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guest102
05-05-2008, 11:14 PM
The following programs in various categories are recommended as both safe to use,
and the forum choice for the best in each class. Where possible, the download links
provided are the Authors website, or next best...a mirror site.
They are also listed in order of preference.

Anti-Virus Software:

Avast Free Antivirus (Free)
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download


Nod32 5.0 Antivirus
http://www.eset.com/us/home/products/antivirus/


Anti Malware (Spyware):

Malwarebytes (Free and Pro)
www.malwarebytes.com (http://www.malwarebytes.com)

Emsisoft AntiMalware
http://www.filehippo.com/download_emsisoft_anti_malware/

Adware and popups:

Ad Muncher
www.admuncher.com (http://www.admuncher.com)
Blocks ads and pop up windows in all browsers.

Adblock Plus (Free)
http://adblockplus.org/en/

MVP Hosts File
HOSTS file to block ads, banners, 3rd party Cookies, 3rd party page counters, web bugs, and hijackers.
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm


Burning Software:

Cd Burner XP Pro (Free)
http://cdburnerxp.se/download.php

Burnatonce (convert iso) (Free)
www.burnatonce.net/ (http://www.burnatonce.net/)

Nero 12.0
http://www.nero.com/enu/index.html
Complete burning suite


Partitioning:

EaseUS Partition Master (Free & Pro)
http://www.partition-tool.com/

Acronis Disk Director 2011
www.acronis.com (http://www.acronis.com/)


Backup- Image Files:
Macrium Reflect
Full featured image backup and cloning free version
Incremental & Differential as well as folder backups and restoring to similar pc's etc on paid ones with a server version as well
http://www.macrium.com/
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx



StorageCraft Shadow Protect Desktop 5
Fast and reliable Disaster Recovery, Data Protection and System Migration for Windows Desktops and Laptops.
Avoid System and Data Loss with Shadow Protect Desktop.
http://www.storagecraft.com/shadow_protect_desktop.php

EaseUs ToDo Backup (Free)
http://www.todo-backup.com/
Backup-Files & Data:


Handy Backup 6.8
www.handybackup.net (http://www.handybackup.net)
Backup on schedule or synchronize files or folders on 1 pc or across a network with ease

Karen's Replicator (Free)
http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp


Startup Control:

Win Patrol
www.winpatrol.com/download.html (http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html)
Monitors pc for browser hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your
computer without your permission.

Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel
www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml (http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml)
Applet that allows you to configure which programs run when your computer starts.

Autoruns
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
Comprehensive 'startup' monitoring and configuration utility. Displays programs that run during
system bootup or login, including those in startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys.
Can be configured to show Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects,
Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more.


Uninstall Utilities

Revo Uninstaller (http://www.revouninstaller.com/)
Will remove orphaned files, folders and registry entries from an incomplete/failed uninstall.

Note: Uninstall utilites modify the Windows Registry. Always create a system restore point
and/or backup your data, prior to running these utilities!!!


System Stats:

Process Explorer
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx
System monitoring utility useful for tracking down resource problems.

Siw
http://www.pcworld.com/product/94742...e-version.html
Stand-alone utility provides detailed system info, including an inventory of installed software and hardware.


File Recovery:

Recuva
http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Recover My Files
www.recovermyfiles.com (http://www.recovermyfiles.com)


Harddrive Eraser:

SDelete
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897443.aspx


Access System Down:

Ulimate Boot Cd
www.vnunet.com/vnunet/downloads/2158286/ultimate-boot-cd (http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/downloads/2158286/ultimate-boot-cd)
Bootable CD (.iso image) that allows you to run diagnostic, repair and system tools on a pc when Windows won't boot.

Bart Pe
www.nu2.nu/pebuilder (http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder)


Windows Defragment:

Diskeeper 2012
www.diskeeper.com/downloads/downloads-r.asp (http://www.diskeeper.com/downloads/downloads-r.asp)
Comprehensive defragmentation utility features automatic and real time disk defragmenting.

Auslogics Free Disk Defragmenter
http://www.auslogics.com/disk-defrag


PDF Reader:

Foxit Reader
www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php)
View and print PDF (Portable Document Format) documents with this free program.
Paid version includes advanced features.

MuPDF
http://mupdf.com/
A lightweight PDF and XPS viewer

PDF-XChange
http://pdf-xchange-viewer.en.softonic.com/
Free PDF editor/reader that allows you to view and edit PDFs. Paid version includes advanced features.

Lightening Pdf 7 Pro from Avanquest
View, edit, change or create pdf files
http://www.avanquest.com/USA/Lightning-PDF-Professional-7/


Memory Test:

Memtest86
www.memtest.org (http://www.memtest86.com)


Productivity:

Apache Open Office
http://download.openoffice.org/
Open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases, etc.
Sun Office reads all the major office suites.

Word Perfect X6
www.corel.com (http://www.corel.com)
Complete word processing, pdf creation, spreadsheets and database suite


Audio/Video:

Real Alternative
www.codecguide.com/about_real.htm (http://www.codecguide.com/about_real.htm)
Play RealMedia files without having to install RealPlayer.

Quick Time Alternative
www.codecguide.com/about_qt.htm (http://www.codecguide.com/about_qt.htm)
Trimmed down version of QuickTime for playing QuickTime content that is embedded in webpages.


Archive/Compression:

WinRar
WinRar (http://www.rarlabs.com)
Archiving and compression program (.rar files and more) - custom compression ratios and disk spanning.

Open .rar files (freeware)
RAR File Open Knife (http://www.philipp-winterberg.com/software/rar_file_open_knife.php)
Jzip (http://www.jzip.com/)

7-Zip
http://www.7-zip.org/
Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS,
RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z.


System Monitoring:

Speed Fan (http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php)
Program monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips.
Can also access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures.


Cpuid-Cpu-z
CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html