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    Default Freeware Worth Using

    This thread started a little differently and has been edited to become a list of freeware that BE members use and would recommend.

    I like:

    VLC media player

    7-Zip file archiver

    Filezilla FTP client

    Grabit Usenet binary downloader

    Gimp image editor

    GoGo MP3 To CD Burner

    Foxit PDF Reader

    PSPad text and code editor

    Daemon Tools CD-Rom emulator I haven't been able to get it to work with Vista Beta 2, see next entry.

    Virtual CloneDrive - CD-Rom emulator Works with Vista Beta 2

    Tftpd32 - DHCP, TFTP, SNTP and Syslog servers as well as a TFTP client.

    SolarWinds TFTP Server

    Darik's Boot and Nuke Hard Disk Wiper

    Audacity, The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor

    Iso Recorder

    PhotoFiltre image editor

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    Kerio Personal Firewall

    Avast Anti-Virus

    Simply Safe Backup

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    Ultimate Boot CD
    --I second this, I've used the windows password utility a couple of times!

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    Freemeter: lightweight, powerful system monitor for Windows

    PuTTY: Telnet and SSH client

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    ZipGenius file compression suite

    Eraser: Secure file/folder deletion.

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    CCleaner system optimization and privacy tool

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    WinSCP: Freeware SFTP and SCP client for Windows

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    Starter: Startup manager for Windows

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    Moveonboot - Copies, moves or deletes files and folders on the next system boot.
    Note- this is the last version that was freeware.
    Alcohol 52% CD & DVD emulation software
    Note- use to create disk images too!

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    Security Toolkit - File encryption utility.
    Note- soon to be replaced by CleverCrypt

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    Unknown Devices - Find what those unknown devices in Device Manager really are.

    DVD Shrink - Software to backup DVD discs.

    DVDDecrypter - Rips encrypted dvd video files to harddrive.

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    Open Office- free office suite.

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    cool, i am going to try some of them out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FB
    cool, i am going to try some of them out!
    I really like all of these, even over the commercial ones I've used. I especially couldn't wait to stop using adobe acrobat reader - foxit pdf reader is fast!

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    Cool but don't forget to list your firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware...




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    Quote Originally Posted by Snafu
    Cool but don't forget to list your firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware...

    As soon as I start using them I'll list them..

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    I just started using Filezilla FTP, thanks for the tip sodface I like it a lot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RotorHead
    I just started using Filezilla FTP, thanks for the tip sodface I like it a lot.

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    Added solar winds tftp server. This is nice for uploading and downloading config files and op code to switches etc.

    Thanks to Joe K. for this one.

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    Default My Two Cents

    A few more that I'm using:

    Kerio Personal Firewall

    Avast Anti-Virus

    Simply Safe Backup

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    Quote Originally Posted by bughouse
    A few more that I'm using:

    Kerio Personal Firewall

    Avast Anti-Virus

    Simply Safe Backup

    All get from me.
    Thanks bughouse, edited post 1 to add your entries and make this a list.

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    Default I done lost my Adobe Blues

    Just wanted to drop a note of thanks for the Foxit PDF reader, a tool that I made use of 5 minutes after I DL'ed it

    The history of Adobe and it's PostScript language is one that goes back per-Bill Gates even, and has ALWAYS been an expensive proposition to own. Despite never getting a patent on thier early programs Adobe has made itself and it's investors a ton of money.

    My humble opinion is that using the Foxit program to fill forms that I DL off the net in Adobe format saves me from laying out significant amounts of $. It's my belief that almost all (if not truley all) gub'ment forms are transcriped in Adobe format, true? Well, until today I,ve had to do all kinds of shananagins to get someting to my printer so I could print out a form and then have to fill it in by hand. Shoddy looking stuff really, offends my sense of order.

    Enough rambeling, thanks again for the tip, and kudos to Sodface
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    Interesting Magicky, I'm not that familiar with adobe's history - I never really understood the popularity of the .pdf format other than adobe was around at the right time to get the format entrenched. Yeah, I know, cross platform, hence portable document format and all that, but any document can be cross platform as long as there is a way to read and create them on every OS. Oh I don't really know what I'm talking about, I'm sure there are other aspects of it like document security, pics and text all wrapped up in one file, etc. - I still think the major factor in the wide spread use of pdf was timing.

    Which gets us to the end user and the fact that the "free" adobe reader has become a bloated, slow-loading pig, which is why I love Foxit myself!

    Anyway, glad you like it and the real kudos go to Foxit Software.

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    Any suggestions for a registry editor that is reliable and some what easy to use? Regedit is not letting me remove an entry that is in there due to a virus.




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    How about one of these:

    Linky

    I'm thinking what you need is a way to boot from CD and access the registry - that way the main OS (and virus) aren't even loaded.

    The entry for Austrumi on that page looks particularly promising:
    Austrumi is a Linux bootable ISO image for recovering NT passwords and other cool tools and methods, sized for Business Card size CD media (50Mb). It allows you to change any password, including that of the Administrator, on a partition occupied by Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Simply boot the CD and when you get to the initial boot prompt, type:

    boot: nt_pass

    This will launch a console utility that will detect Windows partitions on the hard disk and provide you with a menu to modify any user or Administrator passwords on the Windows system. It will even give access to the Windows registry for recovery purposes. Quite a handy utility to keep in your wallet (AUSTRUMI is small enough to fit on a business card-size CD) if you are unfortunate enough to having to deal with Windows machines in your line of work.

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    Interesting. All the software is removed from the system and it is only now that MS antispyware found these registry entries.




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