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    Alright Ive seen a few Best of the Best Freeware/Program threads around, but all of them are for security based or process based programs.

    This thread was made to collect the other freeware programs that you may use. Such as video converters, vector imaging software, CAD type software, music players, Docks, RSS readers, or anything else. This is more of an attempt to collect and create a list of some of the not so well known programs.

    Please post your ideas in a specific fashion as to not get this all cluttered up.

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    SUPER ©
    http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html
    Super C is a music/video encoder and renderer that has unlimited capabilities.
    My Laptop Specs
    Asus M50SV-A1, Win7 x64 Pro, 1440x900 WXGA screen, 250Gb Seagate Momentus 5400.4RPM HD with 8Mb Cache, Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 2.5Ghz Processor with 6Mb L2 cache, 3Gbs of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9500GS 512Mb GPU, Logitech G5, Saitek X52/ST290 Logitech Precision Gaming Headset

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    KMPlayer
    http://kmplayer.en.softonic.com/
    Another open source media player that has a wide range of video and audio codecs that it can play.

    Kantaris
    http://www.kantaris.org/
    Another open source media player that was built off of VLCs code.

    Audio Identifier
    http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...Identifier.htm
    Audio Identifier is a FREE audio inspector. You can browse through your audio collection with it and it will show you useful information, like average bitrate, used encoder and settings, guessed quality etc.

    Basically it analyzes your music and tells you the format and the bitrate. Great for burning high quality CDs.

    CD BurnerXP
    http://cdburnerxp.se/
    Free CD/DVD Burner that can also burn blu-ray discs and HD DVD as well as ISO files.

    iWisoft Free Video Converter
    http://www.easy-video-converter.com/index.html
    iWisoft Free Video Converter can fast convert videos between all popular formats like AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, XviD, MP4, H.264/AVC, AVCHD, FLV, MKV, RM, MOV, 3GP, and audio MP3, WMA, WAV, RA, M4A, AAC, AC3, OGG. Directly convert video for playback on your PSP, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, PS3, Xbox, Zune, Creative Zen, Archos and other digital multimedia devices.

    Its a free version of Xilisofts Video Converter. It has the same user interface.

    SpeedyFox
    http://www.crystalidea.com/speedyfox
    Firefox is a fast browser, but with the lapse of time it starts working much slowly. The reason is fragmentation of profile databases. A free tool SpeedyFox is designed specially to resolve that problem. The method used in SpeedyFox is 100% safe for your profile (e.g. bookmars, passwords, etc), it's well documented and tested on many computers.

    Disc Cleaner
    http://www.diskcleaner.nl/index.php
    Disk Cleaner is a free open source (GPL v2) tool to quickly and easily clean your hard disk from temporary files like those in the system temporary folder, the Internet Explorer Cache and Cookies folder, and the Recycle Bin. Disk Cleaner is absolutely free from adware and spyware.

    nCleaner
    http://www.nkprods.com/ncleaner/
    nCleaner contains an advanced system and application cleaner with over 90 cleaning items available, a Registry Cleaner, a Tweak Manager, an advanced Startup Manager, a Junk Finder, a Free Space Shredder, a System Resource Monitor, a System Adviser, supports logging and statistics as well as advanced Scheduling.

    Better than CCleaner I think.

    CCleaner
    http://www.ccleaner.com/
    CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space.

    Restoration
    http://www.aumha.org/freeware/freeware.php#restore
    One of the best file recovery softwares available and its open source and free. Much better than Recuva from Piriform programmers.

    Recuva
    http://www.piriform.com/recuva
    Another free tool to recover lost or deleted files.

    Speccy
    http://www.piriform.com/speccy
    Speccy is an advanced System Information tool for your PC. We're still bug fixing, but have just released a Public BETA version for you to download! It monitors temps, processes, services, etc. Much like Everest, but FREE!
    My Laptop Specs
    Asus M50SV-A1, Win7 x64 Pro, 1440x900 WXGA screen, 250Gb Seagate Momentus 5400.4RPM HD with 8Mb Cache, Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 2.5Ghz Processor with 6Mb L2 cache, 3Gbs of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9500GS 512Mb GPU, Logitech G5, Saitek X52/ST290 Logitech Precision Gaming Headset

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    A couple that I use

    SIW
    http://www.gtopala.com/
    A very useful system info utility.

    K Meleon Browser
    http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net/
    A VERY fast browser That can use Bookmarks and Favorites natively.
    Includes tabbed browsing, ad blocking, privacy options and many other customizations.

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    Thanks for the input. I hope this turns into the best freeware thread on the net.
    My Laptop Specs
    Asus M50SV-A1, Win7 x64 Pro, 1440x900 WXGA screen, 250Gb Seagate Momentus 5400.4RPM HD with 8Mb Cache, Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 2.5Ghz Processor with 6Mb L2 cache, 3Gbs of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9500GS 512Mb GPU, Logitech G5, Saitek X52/ST290 Logitech Precision Gaming Headset

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    Name: Shark007's FREE Codec solutions

    Website: Homepage

    Description: You will no longer be restricted to using any specific player.
    WMP and your Windows Media Center setup will play all your files.

    There are two separate Codec packages offered (both free): 1) Windows XP and Vista, and 2) Windows 7. See the respective "tab" on the top navigation menu on the website to learn more and download the version you need. I have installed and tested both of these packages and they do exactly as advertised. I personally have not found one media type file that I have not been able to play on WMP.
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    Best Freeware
    My selection based on years of exploring

    CLEANERS

    BeClean
    http://www.boozet.org/beclean.htm
    File cleaner that is especially versitle about choosing which folders, filenames, and extensions to delete. Can customize what registries, caches, etc to clean

    Erunt
    http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
    Saves copy of registry

    Ntregopt
    http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
    Packs registry to eliminate unused space

    DISK

    FastCopy
    http://www.ipmsg.org/tools/fastcopy.html.en
    Copies files at unbelievable speed

    Treesize
    http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml
    Shows total folder sizes with quick right-click

    Powerdesk
    http://www.v3.co.uk/vnunet/downloads/2128843/powerdesk
    Best file manager. 1 or 2 panes, drive bar, treats zips like a folder with various operations, many other features. Shareware worth it

    EDITORS

    Atlantis Nova
    http://www.321download.com/LastFreew...l#AtlantisNova
    Very versitle word processor. Best compromise is shareware Atlantis 1.50 which is pre-bloat

    Metapad
    http://liquidninja.com/metapad/
    This is the best text editor. It can reformat word wrap, trim blank lines, most recently used on main menu

    Foxit
    http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/reader3.php
    Small quick PDF reader

    Filenote
    http://download.cnet.com/3001-2094_4...3d9ed6d67f5982
    Right-click on any file to create a txt file with that file's name in that folder. Then paste info about that file and save the already named txt

    INTERNET

    Opera
    http://www.opera.com/
    Fastest full-featured browser

    Gigaget
    http://www.gigaget.com/
    Download huge files at super-speed

    Avira
    http://www.free-av.de/en/trialpay_do...antivirus.html
    Current best rated free anti-virus

    MULTIMEDIA

    Irfanview
    http://www.irfanview.com
    Standard image viewer

    ZoomPlayer
    http://download-free.programas-grati...Codec-Pack-2.2
    Within the codecs is a free version of Zoom Player, which is very versatile

    SYSTEM

    EndItAll
    http://www.docsdownloads.com/enditall-1.htm
    Effectively kills programs that won't close properly. Great

    Handy Tweaker
    http://download.cnet.com/Handy-Tweak...-10650467.html
    Small program to shutdown windows at a set time or interval. Also tweaks

    Powermenu
    http://www.abstractpath.com/powermenu/
    Adds to upper left window icon a right-click that enables priority choice, transparency, always on top, minimize to tray

    PicPick
    http://picpick.wiziple.net/features
    Print screen (with scroll) and many other features quickly

    StartClock
    http://startclock.osnn.net
    Changes the Windows Start button to a clock

    Superfast Shutdown
    http://download.cnet.com/SuperFast-S...-10410931.html
    Fast windows shutdown

    SIW
    http://www.gtopala.com
    Gives a large variety of system info

    ToggleRes
    http://users.forthnet.gr/pat/efotini...toggleres.html
    Click to easily alternate between two selected screen resolutions

    XTeq
    http://www.xteq.com
    Best tweaker
    There are 10 types of people in the world, those that understand binary and those that don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Spear View Post
    Avira
    http://www.free-av.de/en/trialpay_do...antivirus.html
    Current best rated free anti-virus
    Agreed. Looks like someone has done their research.
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    SequoiaView
    Info SequoiaView
    Graphically displays file and folder sizes. Unlike TreeSize Free, also scans network drives.

    About KMPlayer:
    I like this media player and use it myself, but the current version (2.9.4.1435) has raised controversy: the installer includes the ASK toolbar and many users reported that they weren't offered an opt-out during installation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HansV View Post
    SequoiaView
    Info SequoiaView
    Graphically displays file and folder sizes. Unlike TreeSize Free, also scans network drives.

    About KMPlayer:
    I like this media player and use it myself, but the current version (2.9.4.1435) has raised controversy: the installer includes the ASK toolbar and many users reported that they weren't offered an opt-out during installation.
    I had an issue with the latest KMPlayer as well. It installed in Chinese or Korean Im not sure which. I had to use an older version. Im using version 2.9.4.1434 the version before the one you posted and havent had any issues with it yet.
    My Laptop Specs
    Asus M50SV-A1, Win7 x64 Pro, 1440x900 WXGA screen, 250Gb Seagate Momentus 5400.4RPM HD with 8Mb Cache, Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 2.5Ghz Processor with 6Mb L2 cache, 3Gbs of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9500GS 512Mb GPU, Logitech G5, Saitek X52/ST290 Logitech Precision Gaming Headset

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    I have stayed with version 2.9.4.1434 and it works fine for me too.

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    Here are my picks, then. (System - Dell Inspiron 1525, T5550 @1.83 GHz, 3 GB RAM, Windows Vista Home Basic SP2 and Windows XP Pro SP2 in dual-boot)

    Adobe Reader
    http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/
    For PDFs, obviously. Some of you may recommend Foxit but I feel that Adobe is pretty fast too. And, as I have a huge collection of ebooks and text books in PDF format, I prefer to use Adobe because I feel that the font smoothing is better than in Foxit. I used to get headaches when I read too much in Foxit.

    Apex DC++
    http://www.apexdc.net/
    For file-sharing. Mainly in my campus. Can't live without it.

    Avira Antivir Personal
    http://www.free-av.com/
    Best free antivirus I've ever used. Except for the nag screen on every update I have no issues with it.

    CCleaner
    http://www.ccleaner.com/
    General purpose cleaning. I don't mind a bit of clutter, though. Use it mainly for the startup manager.

    Defraggler
    http://www.piriform.com/defraggler
    Use it mainly in XP. Does a great job. Vista's built-in defragmenter is more than enough.

    IrfanView
    http://www.irfanview.com/
    General purpose picture editor and viewer. Prefer Windows' built-in picture viewer, though. Mainly use Irfan for resizing pics.

    iTunes
    http://www.apple.com/itunes/
    Only for managing my iPod. I realise there are less 'bloat-y' ways to do it but I prefer the real thing. Call it OCD if you want.

    Microsoft Reader
    http://www.microsoft.com/Reader/
    Obviously for reading ebooks in .lit format. Works pretty good. No issues.

    Mozilla Firefox
    http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/
    Best all-round browser in my opinion. Can't beat some of the add-ons. Chrome is a bit too slick for my taste.

    Mp3tag
    http://www.mp3tag.de/en/
    Tag editor and organiser for music files. Batch processing rocks.

    Picasa 3
    http://picasa.google.com/
    'nuff said. Best amateur photo editor ever.

    SpeedFan
    http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
    Displays temperature from various system sensors. Has a cool Dell mode to read additional sensors. Mainly use it to prevent overheating of the processor during gaming. The Inspiron's ventilation system is a tad insufficient.

    The KMPlayer
    http://www.kmplayer....orums/index.php
    One stop software for all video viewing needs. Also supports my computer's multimedia keys and remote. VLC doesn't.

    TweetDeck
    http://www.tweetdeck.com/
    Twitter client. Nice UI and annoying notifications can be turned off.

    WinRAR
    http://www.rarlab.com/
    Not strictly freeware but I can put up with its nag screen. Gotten used to the UI and reluctant to switch to 7-zip.

    Zune
    http://www.zune.net/...tware/download/
    Music player from Microsoft. Don't have a Zune device, though. Love the sound quality on the computer and the fantastic UI. Nowhere near as refined as iTunes in functionality but still use it for the sound, especially on tiny laptop speakers.

    uTorrent
    http://www.utorrent.com/
    Best torrent client ever. Hardly uses any resources or space. Necessitated by the non-existance of Fox and ABC in India. Only use it for TV torrents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HansV View Post
    SequoiaView
    Info SequoiaView
    Graphically displays file and folder sizes. Unlike TreeSize Free, also scans network drives.

    About KMPlayer:
    I like this media player and use it myself, but the current version (2.9.4.1435) has raised controversy: the installer includes the ASK toolbar and many users reported that they weren't offered an opt-out during installation.
    This is because during the installation, there is a stage where the installer says Completed with a progress bar below it. At this point the Next> button becomes active but there is no need to press the button as the installer resumes after a slight pause. If, as users are wont to do, you click next in that little pause the installer skips over the toolbar option screen. If you wait, however, the installer automatically displays the toolbar screen and you can opt out. Found this out after many many installations. The toolbar isn't a nuisance, though. You can still uninstall it later. And it doesn't raise any red flags in Avira.
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    Thank you for describing how to get the opt-out for the ASK toolbar when installing the latest version of KMPlayer.

    The ASK toolbar may or may not be a nuisance, but I dislike unwanted software being installed on my PC. I understand that offering extra software is a way for developers of freeware to earn some money, but I'd rather see them offering opt-in than opt-out. Or, as Piriform does (the makers of CCleaner, Recuva etc.), making a "slim" version without the extras available for download.

    Also, several users of KMPlayer reported that they had problems removing the ASK toolbar. It should be possible to uninstall it from the Add or Remove Software control panel, but apparently it doesn't always appear there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HansV View Post
    Thank you for describing how to get the opt-out for the ASK toolbar when installing the latest version of KMPlayer.

    The ASK toolbar may or may not be a nuisance, but I dislike unwanted software being installed on my PC. I understand that offering extra software is a way for developers of freeware to earn some money, but I'd rather see them offering opt-in than opt-out. Or, as Piriform does (the makers of CCleaner, Recuva etc.), making a "slim" version without the extras available for download.

    Also, several users of KMPlayer reported that they had problems removing the ASK toolbar. It should be possible to uninstall it from the Add or Remove Software control panel, but apparently it doesn't always appear there.
    No probs.

    And, yes I agree with you on the opt-in rather than opt-out part. I also understand your pov about the principle of the thing itself but I rarely encounter it and it doesn't bother me that much anyway.

    I believe the toolbar appears as Pandora TV toolbar, actually. However, I never checked in add/remove. I use CCleaner for uninstalling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashwin Bhaskaran View Post
    However, I never checked in add/remove. I use CCleaner for uninstalling.
    I use Revouninstaller Free version http://tinyurl.com/2fdekq since it goes into the bowels of my PC
    acting as any colonic in clearing out the abysmal waste.

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