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TECHIES...The best Freeware for Windows? Post your favoties!

Posted on 08/21/2004 1:49:32 AM PDT by Capitalism2003

just got a slightly faster web connection and am looking to download come quality freebies ;)

What do you consier absolute "must-have" freeware programs?

All opinions greatly appreciated.


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KEYWORDS: favorites; favoties; freeware; software; spyware; virus; windows; worms
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1 posted on 08/21/2004 1:49:33 AM PDT by Capitalism2003
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To: Capitalism2003

Best free program for getting rid of temporary files and cookies

http://cleanup.stevengould.org/
This is an amazing free program. Its called CleanUp.
It gets rid of all temporary files and cookies on your computer. It free's disk space and reduces the "clutter" on your computer helping it to run more efficiently. Since i'v been using this, my computer runs so much faster.


2 posted on 08/21/2004 1:52:43 AM PDT by Lori675
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Adaware and Spybot for spyware. These are by far the best free spyware programs. I use both of them.


3 posted on 08/21/2004 1:54:11 AM PDT by Lori675
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To: Capitalism2003
ieSpell is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage. It should come in particularly handy for users who do a lot of web-based text entry (e.g. web mails, forums, blogs, diaries). Even if your web application already includes spell checking functionality, you might still want to install this utility because it is definitely much faster than a server-side solution. Plus you get to store and use your personal word list across all your applications, instead of maintaining separate ones on each application.

Software saves you from those embarrassing misspelled titles on FR.

4 posted on 08/21/2004 1:55:24 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (<a href="http://www.angelfire.com/ultra/terroristscorecard/">Terrorist Scorecard</a>)
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To: Lori675

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5 posted on 08/21/2004 1:55:42 AM PDT by grannie9 (There are three kinds of kids I dislike. Mine, yours and everyone else's.)
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To: Capitalism2003
First I want to know what a Favotie is?



6 posted on 08/21/2004 1:55:57 AM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat)
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To: Capitalism2003

The Firefox web browser.


7 posted on 08/21/2004 1:57:15 AM PDT by toadthesecond
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To: Capitalism2003
Open Office is a free productivity suite compatible with all major office suites. A must have, and keeps money out of Bill Gates' pockets.
8 posted on 08/21/2004 1:58:40 AM PDT by BullDog108 (Islamists are Insane! http://bvml.org/webmaster/islam.html)
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To: Lori675

read for later


9 posted on 08/21/2004 1:59:04 AM PDT by GWB00
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To: Capitalism2003

winrar: unzips and unpacks almost any compresssed file in a very simple way and unpacks it to right where youi want it

msconfig which is free, comes with some windows OS (XP,98,ME) and is great for getting rid of programs churning in the background

hijackthis: gets rid of unwanted (malicious)browser plug ins


10 posted on 08/21/2004 2:00:06 AM PDT by dennisw (Allah FUBAR!)
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To: Cacique
First I want to know what a Favotie is?

These kids are wearing Favo Ties. . .

Favo Tie

11 posted on 08/21/2004 2:01:26 AM PDT by Flyer (I will never reference my tag line in my posts)
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To: Capitalism2003

http://www.pestpatrol.com/Products/


12 posted on 08/21/2004 2:02:36 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (Kerry couldn't have gone to Sears in Cambodia Christmas day! They were closed!)
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To: Capitalism2003
Spybot
13 posted on 08/21/2004 2:09:16 AM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: Capitalism2003

The "Mozilla" Browser Suite. Not only is it immune to all the viruses and security holes that plague Internet Explorer, it can handle your email and newsgroups. The built-in web page program and customizable tabbed browsing makes this a keeper.


14 posted on 08/21/2004 2:09:27 AM PDT by NewRomeTacitus (http://www.numbersusa.com makes a difference!)
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To: Lori675
What's the difference between the two and what does overlapping them provide?
15 posted on 08/21/2004 2:10:31 AM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: Capitalism2003

I found a nice Free Antivirus program. My Norton AV just expired so I can't get new virus updates. This one looks very good. The version for home workstations is free.

http://free.grisoft.com


16 posted on 08/21/2004 2:17:16 AM PDT by Capitalism2003 (America is too great for small dreams. - Ronald Reagan, speech to Congress. January 1, 1984.)
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To: VaBthang4

Ok, Adaware is the best free spyware. Its finds up so many spyware programs on your computer. But there are spyware programs that Adaware didn't pick up, that Spybot did pick up. Its best to use both of them. If you were going to use one of them. I would use Adaware.


17 posted on 08/21/2004 2:20:00 AM PDT by Lori675
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To: Capitalism2003
Network Stumbler.
18 posted on 08/21/2004 2:31:16 AM PDT by Benrand
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To: Capitalism2003

Steel Panthers full game...free...it's about a 500mb download


19 posted on 08/21/2004 2:37:18 AM PDT by wolficatZ (two lazy too proofread=too lazy to proofread)
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To: Capitalism2003

Why not subscribe for another year of updates?


20 posted on 08/21/2004 2:37:57 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Why are we in Iraq? Just point the whiners here: http://www.massgraves.info)
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To: Capitalism2003
It's your lucky day....there is a big thread over at OS News about this very subject.
21 posted on 08/21/2004 2:39:06 AM PDT by alnitak ("That kid's about as sharp as a pound of wet liver" - Foghorn Leghorn)
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To: Capitalism2003

Open Office v1.1

http://www.openoffice.org/

This is a full office suite, FREEWARE...
It's essentially Windows Office 97, or Sun's StarOffice..( formerly freeware, bought by Sun, now sold by them in enhanced form.. )
There is NO E-MAIL in the freeware versions.. Use Outlook, Eudora, Mozilla, Thunderbird ( Firefox compliment e-mail program..)

Windows version is approx. 64 megabytes...

Also some good download managers, like GoZilla, etc.. on download page..


22 posted on 08/21/2004 2:42:25 AM PDT by Drammach (Freedom; not just a job, it's an adventure..)
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To: Capitalism2003
Depending on how informed you are about the internet, you might want to google a search for "Internet Maniac"...
Does stuff like "ping" sites, & junk like that..
23 posted on 08/21/2004 2:44:51 AM PDT by Drammach (Freedom; not just a job, it's an adventure..)
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To: Capitalism2003

I planned to mention grisoft's AVG antivirus program as well. The program updates automatically when necessary and even these updates are free. So I'll second your recommendation.


24 posted on 08/21/2004 2:45:30 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: Capitalism2003; Havoc; Golden Eagle
TECHIES...The best Freeware for Windows?

Linux....
25 posted on 08/21/2004 2:49:22 AM PDT by Cronos (W2K4)
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To: Capitalism2003

Linux -- it cures clippityitis


26 posted on 08/21/2004 2:49:42 AM PDT by Cronos (W2K4)
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To: Capitalism2003

And here's a good Freeware Site to start your own personal search for software that piques your interest..

http://www.freewarefiles.com/

http://www.jumbo.com/

http://freewarearena.org/PHPNuke/index.php

http://www.tusafe.com/nonags/index.html

http://www.freeware-guide.com/


27 posted on 08/21/2004 2:49:56 AM PDT by Drammach (Freedom; not just a job, it's an adventure..)
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To: Capitalism2003

with Audiograbber you can record streaming audio to listen to later, or to burn to cd. (If you're interested in streaming audio, you'll also want/need the latest Real Player, Winamp, and of course Windows Media Player).

go to publicradio.com for a tv-guide of streaming public-radio programs, and links to their sites (many archive their programs).


also Kazaa Lite, for file-exchange of music files.


28 posted on 08/21/2004 3:00:12 AM PDT by Flashlight
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To: Capitalism2003

also, see download.com. you can set the search criteria for "freeware".


29 posted on 08/21/2004 3:01:52 AM PDT by Flashlight
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To: Capitalism2003

Cygwin.


30 posted on 08/21/2004 3:03:45 AM PDT by djf
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To: VaBthang4
If you're referring to Spybot Search and Destroy, I don't believe its being supported any more. I haven't seen any updates for it in months.

I switched over to Ad-Aware for my spyware nuking pleasure.

31 posted on 08/21/2004 3:10:09 AM PDT by asgardshill (The Republican's best weapon lies midway between John Kerry's nose and lower chin.)
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To: Benrand
Network Stumbler.

War Driving or Chalking?

I use, or have available, almost all of the security and drive clutter clearing software mentioned on this thread. What a serious internet-surfer absolutely needs:

AVG Antivirus
Adaware
Spybot
System Security Suite

I also use Add-Remove Pro rather than the Add-Remove in Windows control panel. Tweakui XP is a good one to have, as is Reg Cleaner.

Once a month I run msconfig to keep the start-up programs to a minimum.

With a cable connection running on average at 350kbs, I don't want to see the "hourglass" thingy on my screen at all.

32 posted on 08/21/2004 3:23:14 AM PDT by woofer
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To: Lori675; Straight Vermonter; toadthesecond; VaBthang4; NewRomeTacitus; alnitak; Drammach; Quilla; ..

thanks to everyone...lots of great stuff. Keep em coming! :)


33 posted on 08/21/2004 3:27:29 AM PDT by Capitalism2003 (America is too great for small dreams. - Ronald Reagan, speech to Congress. January 1, 1984.)
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MAME - Multiple Arcade Machine Emulation! Play 4000+ original arcade games on your PC!

No knock-offs - but the actual games coded into roms on the original arcade boxes. All done in the name of history preservation.

Must be seen to be appreciated!

34 posted on 08/21/2004 3:32:14 AM PDT by Slump Tester
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To: asgardshill
If you're referring to Spybot Search and Destroy, I don't believe its being supported any more. I haven't seen any updates for it in months.

??? I just checked for updates after reading that & there was a new one.

35 posted on 08/21/2004 3:35:06 AM PDT by Sloth (John Kerry: Frank Burns with Charles Winchester's pedigree.)
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To: Cacique

A brand of cereal?


36 posted on 08/21/2004 3:37:25 AM PDT by LiberationIT
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To: Capitalism2003

FTP Commander is a very easy & small program for uploading files. http://www.internet-soft.com/


37 posted on 08/21/2004 3:37:44 AM PDT by Sloth (John Kerry: Frank Burns with Charles Winchester's pedigree.)
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Interesting. I checked a couple of days ago and there hadn't been any updates for weeks. That's why I dumped it and got Ad-Aware.


38 posted on 08/21/2004 3:42:41 AM PDT by asgardshill (The Republican's best weapon lies midway between John Kerry's nose and lower chin.)
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I don't believe its being supported any more. I haven't seen any updates for it in months.

Spybot had an update yesterday. It found a trojan, StartPage-EH, that Ad-Aware SE didn't detect.

39 posted on 08/21/2004 3:43:54 AM PDT by csvset
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MAME

Yes indeed. I've got a quarter of one 200 gig hard drive devoted solely to ROM storage, care, and feeding. Love it.

40 posted on 08/21/2004 3:44:21 AM PDT by asgardshill (The Republican's best weapon lies midway between John Kerry's nose and lower chin.)
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To: csvset

Well, I'll be reinstalling it then. It worked well for me when there were updates available. Thanks for the heads-up.


41 posted on 08/21/2004 3:45:08 AM PDT by asgardshill (The Republican's best weapon lies midway between John Kerry's nose and lower chin.)
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To: asgardshill
"If you're referring to Spybot Search and Destroy, I don't believe its being supported any more. I haven't seen any updates for it in months.I switched over to Ad-Aware for my spyware nuking pleasure."

I'm running AdAware v1.3 - is "SpyBot S&D" still required or recommended?

42 posted on 08/21/2004 3:45:10 AM PDT by newfreep
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Several on this thread have found new updates for Spybot. If there are updates available, I highly recommend it - it worked very well for me when I had it installed.


43 posted on 08/21/2004 3:46:28 AM PDT by asgardshill (The Republican's best weapon lies midway between John Kerry's nose and lower chin.)
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Thanks AGS - if I'm using the latest version of AdAware v1.3, is SpyBot S&D redundant?


44 posted on 08/21/2004 3:51:36 AM PDT by newfreep
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Again, some on this thread are reporting that Spybot catches some adware that AdAware doesn't. I haven't had AdAware long enough to notice any significant "misses" on its part. I intend to reinstall Spybot as soon as I can.

I see no reason not to have both installed.

45 posted on 08/21/2004 3:53:31 AM PDT by asgardshill (The Republican's best weapon lies midway between John Kerry's nose and lower chin.)
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Spybot is still very alive, but download the latest program, I think it is 1.3.

Also, Adaware is also new so it should be downloaded and installed. In both cases it is best to uninstall the old programs before installing the new. Not really necessary, but it is cleaner and causes less problems.

A great resource for freeware is the freeware newsgroup. There are alternate sources for just about every program out there,


46 posted on 08/21/2004 4:00:08 AM PDT by KeyWest
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Spybot is still very alive, but download the latest program, I think it is 1.3.

Yes. When I nuke a program, I nuke it completely (including checking the registry to make sure all traces are gone). I'll have to get the latest version anyway.

47 posted on 08/21/2004 4:04:02 AM PDT by asgardshill (The Republican's best weapon lies midway between John Kerry's nose and lower chin.)
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To: KeyWest

bump


48 posted on 08/21/2004 4:05:14 AM PDT by knarf (A place where anyone can learn anything ... especially that which promotes clear thinking.)
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To: Capitalism2003
IrfanView
49 posted on 08/21/2004 4:29:32 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: Capitalism2003

bump for later


50 posted on 08/21/2004 5:02:51 AM PDT by upcountry miss
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