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Free. There's no other word which conveys the feeling of being disengaged from corporate constraint, and the constant wails of wilting wallets. Fortunately for us, freeware and open source software is in abundance, contained amongst the vast tubes of the Internet. Along with this great collection of applications and games is a question most enthusiasts keep on the tips of their tongues. What software is best for my situation? This is where this thread comes into play.

 

Below are several sections containing links to pieces of software as recommended by the Atomic community. Please report any broken links you may encounter.

 

 

Freeware/Open Source Websites

321download - Free (older) versions of commercial software

CodePlex - open source software host

Download.com - Also contains other licences such as shareware

eConsultant - comprehensive list of freeware software

FileHippo - Also contains other licences such as shareware

Giveaway of the Day - free commercial software, daily

OldVersion - older versions of current software

PortableApps - portable versions of common software

Softpedia - Also contains other licences such as shareware

SourceForge | Apps for Windows | Games for Windows

ToadSoft Server administration software

 

 

List of Individual Software

 

Anti-malware/Anti-spyware

Avast

Avira AntiVir

BitDefender

Comodo

Malwarebytes

PC Tools AntiVirus

Spybot Search & Destroy

 

Audio Editing/Tagging

Audacity

MP3Tag

 

Benchmarking

3DMark06 - GPU (free version is limited)

3DMark Vantage - GPU (free version is limited)

HD Tach - HDD

HD Tune - HDD

MaxiPI2 - CPU/Memory

Unigine - GPU

 

CAD

Kicad - circuit design

SketchUp

 

Calendars

Sunbird

 

CD/DVD Ripping

CDex - Audio

DVDShrink

Exact Audio Copy - Audio

FreeDVD

FreeRIP - Audio

 

CD/DVD Writing and Imaging

Ashampoo Burning Studio

Burrrn - audio CDs

Daemon Tools

Imgburn

InfraRecorder

IsoBuster

MagicISO

 

Codec Tools

CCCP

GraphStudio - Improved open source version of GraphEdit

GSpot

MediaInfo

Panasonic DV codec

 

Compression

7zip

IZarc

 

Debuggers

OllyDbg

 

Diagnostics/Repair

Sysinternals Suite

 

Dictionary/Thesaurus

WordWeb

 

Disc Management

Clonezilla - imaging

GParted - partitioner

 

Document Readers

Adobe Reader

Calibre (e-Books)

Evince

Foxit Reader

PowerPoint Viewer 2007

Sumatra

 

Download Managers

Flashget

Free Download Manager

Orbit

 

Encryption

KeyPass

TrueCrypt

 

File Management

TeraCopy

 

File Recovery

JFileRecovery

PC Inspector

Recuva

 

FTP Clients/Servers

Filezilla

Golden FTP Server

 

Games

Sauerbraten

 

Gaming Clients

Steam

 

Graphic Editors

GIMP

Inkscape

Paint.Net

SmillaEnlarger

 

Graphics Management

IrfanView

Picasa

 

Hardware Auditing

CPU-Z

GPU-Z

Speccy

 

Hex Editing

HxD

XVI32

 

Instant Messengers

aMSN

Digsby

Pidgin

Windows Live Messenger

 

IRC Clients

Chatzilla

mIRC

 

Mail Clients

Thunderbird

Windows Live Mail

 

Maintenance

Auslogics Disk Defrag

BleachBit

Ccleaner

Defraggler

Device Remover

JKDefrag

Power Defragmenter

WinDirStat

 

Media Center

MediaPortal

XBMC

 

Media Format Conversion

AutoGK

Free Studio Manager

SUPER

Ultimate Webshots Converter

 

Media Players

foobar2000

KMPlayer

MPCHC

MPlayer

Quicktime Alternative

Real Alternative

SMPlayer

VLC

Winamp

Zoom Player

 

Network Tools

Hamachi - zero configuration VPN

LogMeIn - remote desktop

NetMeter

RealVNC - remote desktop

TightVNC - remote desktop

UltraVNC - remote desktop

 

Office and Word Processors

AbiWord

OpenOffice

PDFCreator

 

Overclocking

RivaTuner - GPU

SetFSB - CPU/RAM

 

P2P/Torrents

Ares

µTorrent

Vuse

 

Programming/Markup IDEs

Bricx Command Center - NQC/NXC

Delphi Turbo - C++, Java, Ruby, Win32

Eclipse - Java

Netbeans - C, C++, Java, PHP, Python, Ruby

Notepad++ - editor with syntax highlighting

SharpDevelop - C#

Visual Studio Express Editions - Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++

 

Security

Cain & Abel

 

Spam Filters

Mailwasher

 

Synchronisation

Allway Sync

FullSync

 

System Tools

DeskPins

Launchy - Keystroke launcher

MS PowerToys

Software Information for Windows

 

Stability Testing

FurMark

LinX

memtest86+ - RAM

OCCT - CPU/RAM and GPU

Prime95 - CPU/RAM

 

Temperature Monitoring

RealTemp - CPU

SpeedFan

 

UI Modification

JetToolBar

RocketDock

Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover - Vista/7

Webshots

 

Video Editing

AsfTools 3.1

Avidemux

AVIMux GUI

DelayCut

DrDivx2

FLVExtract

HandBrake

SolveigMM AVI Trimmer

TMPGEnc

VirtualDub

 

Virtualisation

VirtualBox

VMware ESXi

 

VOIP

Mumble

Skype

Teamspeak

Ventrilo

 

Virtual Machines

VirtualBox

Virtual PC

VMware Player

 

Web Browsers

Chrome

Firefox

Internet Explorer

Opera

Safari

UltraSurf

 

Web Filtering

K9

 

Widget/Gadgets

Weather Tracker

 

 

Feel free to recommend software!

Edited by .:Cyb3rGlitch:.

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For VMs:

 

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 is still free.

 

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en

 

As is VMware Player.

 

http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

 

Both free but proprietary.

 

 

CD ripping:

 

There's Exact Audio Copy ( http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/ free, proprietary) and CDex ( http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/ free, open source)

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We had a list like this on the old site and it was well received, here are my recommendations :)

 

Ashampoo burning studio free An easy to use burning program that also rips cd does backups ect.

 

Malwarebytes Great malware/spyware removal program.

 

Auslogics disk defrag great and very fast defrag tool.

 

Ares P2P good solid program.

 

Free antivirus

 

 

Avast

 

BitDefender

 

Comodo

 

Avg

 

PC-Tools

 

Weatherzone A handy little weather station right on your desktop works way better than the Vista one ! And also works by your postcode linking to the nearest weather station.

 

Mail Washer free for one mail account does what it says filters your email, very easy to setup.

 

Frameworkx A little app that removes the GIANT shortcut arrow in vista and windows 7.

 

That will do me for now lol more will occur to me in time I am sure. All these programs work fine in vista.

 

EDIT: Don't forget to RTM and vote for this to be a sticky :)

Edited by bowiee

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Zoom Player is a decent media player

 

Smplayer, an alternative to Kmplayer

 

Utorrent, a fully featured bittorrent client.

 

The free System Internals tools for diagnosing and repairing

 

Golden FTP Server, a free FTP server for Windows.

 

IrfanView, free image manipulating and managing tool

 

Auto Gordian Knot - tool to convert DVD's to xvid files. Should only be used for Legal DVD's.

 

As a sidenote, avoid AVG at all costs. It is inefficient, unreliable, and untrustworthy. Use Avira or Avast instead.

 

edit:removed mIRC.

Edited by TheSecret

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There is also the classic Mirc IRC client

 

Zoom Player is a decent media player

 

Smplayer, an alternative to Kmplayer

 

Utorrent, a fully featured bittorrent client.

 

The free System Internals tools for diagnosing and repairing

 

 

 

 

As a sidenote, avoid AVG at all costs. It is inefficient, unreliable, and untrustworthy. Use Avira or Avast instead.

As a side note Avg is free and belongs on this list people will use it or not at their discretion. This is not a thread about your personal likes or dislikes so pull your head in. End hijack.

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As a side note Avg is free and belongs on this list people will use it or not at their discretion. This is not a thread about your personal likes or dislikes so pull your head in. End hijack.

I was just letting people know that regardless of AVG being free, it is inefficient and unreliable due to not detecting an awful lot of stuff and having false positives, affecting performance. People can use what they like, but they should have information to make an informed choice where possible.

 

mIRC isn't free.

It is now?...it no longer requires registration or payment. That's what it stated when I installed it recently..

Edited by TheSecret

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As a side note Avg is free and belongs on this list people will use it or not at their discretion. This is not a thread about your personal likes or dislikes so pull your head in. End hijack.

I was just letting people know that regardless of AVG being free, it is inefficient and unreliable due to not detecting an awful lot of stuff and having false positives, affecting performance. People can use what they like, but they should have information to make an informed choice where possible.

 

mIRC isn't free.

It is now?...it no longer requires registration or payment. That's what it stated when I installed it recently..

 

I repeat this is not the thread to voice your likes or dislikes it's about freeware only. You seem to want to turn every thread into your own personal troll fest. Now you will try to justify to all that you can make comments like this here, knock your self out.

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What? I included it because I had thought it was free, based on recently installing it.

 

edit: it's not free, so I'll remove it..no problem.....

Edited by TheSecret

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Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 is still free.

[04:28] > Microsoft's Virtual PC is free, you should list that

[04:28] <Vito_Cassisi> it's also shit

[04:28] > eh

[04:28] * mr_a-bomb shrugs

[04:28] <Vito_Cassisi> compared to vitualbox anyway

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Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 is still free.

[04:28] > Microsoft's Virtual PC is free, you should list that

[04:28] <Vito_Cassisi> it's also shit

[04:28] > eh

[04:28] * mr_a-bomb shrugs

[04:28] <Vito_Cassisi> compared to vitualbox anyway

 

IRC stays in IRC! :P

 

*slappety slap slap*

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