#1 Posted by DillonWerner (1528 posts) -

post programs that you find very useful or just are really neat to have on your computer
for me its CCleaner, its so much very helpful

#2 Edited by Dark_Jon (581 posts) -
Dropbox for me. Can share files easily plus sync between computers. Screw file upload sites like MegaUpload, just put a file into your Dropbox and you can give people a link to that file. No waiting for 50 seconds to download and can download multiple files at once, and the speed is pretty solid.
 
Also, the Xmarks addon for Firefox. Very easy to set up and all my bookmarks are synced between all the computers I use. Completely awesome.
#3 Edited by BabyChooChoo (4515 posts) -

Glary Utilities
KeePass Poassword Safe 
Team Viewer 
Process Exploter
7zip

#4 Posted by DillonWerner (1528 posts) -
@Dark_Jon: ill have to check that out sometime
#5 Posted by BeachThunder (11942 posts) -

Steam >_>

#6 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6197 posts) -

Could people post descriptions of what their programs do?  I'm curious about this topic but I haven't heard of half these programs.  
 
Also, does anyone know of a free-to-download program that could utilize iTunes music as an alarm clock?  I used to have an alarm clock program that ran using MP3's or .wav files as the alarm sound, but I've never found anything like it that can use iTunes music.

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#7 Edited by Zidd (1846 posts) -
#8 Posted by HS21 (2682 posts) -
   
I find that it's important to sweep your computer for mines on at least a bi-monthly basis. This keeps your computer in check and running as fast as the day you got it. 
#9 Posted by DanielJW (4915 posts) -
@HS21: What if my smiley-man doesn't wear sunglasses? 
#10 Posted by DillonWerner (1528 posts) -
@Sparky_Buzzsaw: 
CCleaner - removes unwanted cookies and useless nothing ness on your coputer
Glary Utilities - \This powerful application offers extensive utilities to improve your system's performance and protect your privacy
KeePass Poassword Safe - saves all your passwords in tis progra so you dont loose them and suc
Team Viewer  - share desktop remotely with someone else
Process Exploter - super easy to use task mananger
7zip - winrar? zips and unzips shit
 
and to answer your question, i havn't heard of anything that does that myself, but i hope there is because that would be very delightful.
#11 Posted by mazik765 (2315 posts) -

Unlocker. Helps when you have trouble deleting files.

#12 Posted by DillonWerner (1528 posts) -
@HS21:  GREAT IDEA, i need to go quarintine all of those pesky mines that are hiding in y computer
#13 Posted by HS21 (2682 posts) -
@DanielJW said:
" @HS21: What if my smiley-man doesn't wear sunglasses?  "
Then you're not done! Keep sweeping. 
 
@DillonWerner said:
" @HS21:  GREAT IDEA, i need to go quarintine all of those pesky mines that are hiding in y computer "
Expect to see an increase in overall performance and an increase in the amount of RAM you have.
#14 Posted by DillonWerner (1528 posts) -

Also,
True Crypt - http://www.truecrypt.org- Lets you securely hide your porn or other secret items on your computer. 
 
PeerBlock -  http://www.peerblock.com - Blocks trackers so you cant get caught while illegally downloading things, not that any of us do that or anything.
   

#15 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6197 posts) -
@DillonWerner:
Right on, thanks.  Gonna have to check out some of those.
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#16 Posted by eroticfishcake (7786 posts) -

Here are the ones I normally use. All of them are free and I've included the download links. 

  • AVG Anti-Virus - A free anti-virus program that's constantly updated. Reliable and quick.
  • Avira Anti-Virus - Another free and reliable anti-virus program just as good as AVG. Only problem is that a pop-up comes up once every day about registering.
  • CCleaner - A useful program that's faster and more useful then Microsoft's default disk cleaner. Can clear the cache, uninstall programs and fixes the registry. Highly recommended.
  • Spybot:  Search & Destroy - Anti-spyware program that's excellent for deleting and protecting your PC against spyware programs. Free and highly recommended.
  • Ad-Aware - Another anti-spyware program that's updated every now and again. More of a resource hog then Spybot but just as reliable.
  • Smart Defrag - A faster, better HDD defragging program then Microsoft's basic defragger. Can also optimize your HDD and is fairly easy to use.
  • GIMP - A great substitute for Photoshop. Somewhat harder to use then Photoshop but very powerful and is community driven. Lot's of tutorials online.
  • 7-Zip - A compression tool handy for compressing or extracting most ZIP and RAR files.
  • WinRAR - Another compression tool. Just as good and has a strange habit for being stuck on a thirty day trial. Highly recommended.
  • Audacity - A free audio editor and recorder. Easy to use and free.
  • PSound - A program used to rip sound effects and music from PS1 and PS2 games. Fairly basic and not 100% stable but does the job for most games.
  • JDownloader - A handy little program for downloading multiple files from file hosting sites such as Megaupload, Rapidshare and so fourth. A little confusing to use at times but painless when you understand how it works.
#17 Posted by SumDeus (1857 posts) -

Porn.

#18 Posted by sodiumCyclops (2644 posts) -

TuneUp utilities is great.

#19 Posted by SoothsayerGB (1468 posts) -

Nice one.
 
Synergy.  I have a 5 box rig.  This allows me to use one keyboard and mouse for all of them.  By basically setting up a mini server on a host PC, then clients on the others.  So my cursor passes quickly from the edge of one screen to another.  Easy to use and great for multi-tasking.    It just uses the keyboard for which ever PC the mouse cursor in on.  Also carries over copy pasta info. from box to box.
 
MkVtoVoB.  Is a simple video file converting program.  Cept it remuxes AVIs to vob files or Blu-ray/AVCHDs.  So I can share and watch high res movies with my PS3.  Much faster then converting, burning or hosting over to my PS3.  
 
AutoHotKey.  Is a simple script that runs in your background.  That clones certain keystrokes and sends them to multiple video game/App instances.  Very useful if you are multi-boxing in a MMO-RPG.  Like playing 5 mages in WoW.  Little setup, free, and easy to run. More Info.
 
DVDshrink.  For backing up DVDs.  Free, lightweight and easy to use.  It shrinks movie files quickly so that they don't take up lots of memory and makes them ready to burn.  Also doesn't have a copyright halt.  So it will rip any DVD that you own.  As long as you turn off auto-play and start it before you insert the disk.   It also doesn't download any booking code.  So you just get a small movie file.  Also great for setting up clips for Youtube. 
 
TVersity.  A simple free, file hosting program that works great with PS3.  I use it to set up a file server on one PC to share movies to my PS3.  Quick and easy.  I think it work well with 360 too.  But PS3 plays more file types( AVI.) and doesn't have all that Vivo bullshit.  PS3 also downloads the files WAY faster!  For watching movies on the big screen.
 
VLC Player!  The greatest video player out there.  It plays just about every video file type.  No crashing bullshit, no copyright BS, and no fucking forced trailer/ads! Like with MSplayer.  You can skip anything.  It gives you back total control. Instead of forcing script in your face.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!    
 
 Hope these help.  I keep these program's set up files, among others, saved to a flash drive.  At all times.  These are a few of my essential programs for everyday use. 
 
 
 
 
Will have to f5 can test links. 
#20 Posted by ZanzibarBreeze (3071 posts) -

Yo. Firefox.

#21 Posted by thatguy42 (86 posts) -

Speedcrunch 
Winscp  
PuTTY
Unetbootin 
pidgin 
cygwin (for windows users)

#22 Posted by Coombs (3449 posts) -
ConvertXtoDVD - Convert any file format and burn in one easy process 
 
Debut Video Capture - Customizable size screen capture (Video & still) with Webcam / a/v capture support (Requires Webcam or a/v capture device (Duh)) 
 
uTorrent - Getting..... Backup copies of stuff.....   
 
Lot's of others but many have already been mentioned above 
#23 Posted by turbomonkey138 (4950 posts) -
@Dark_Jon said:
" Dropbox for me. Can share files easily plus sync between computers. Screw file upload sites like MegaUpload, just put a file into your Dropbox and you can give people a link to that file. No waiting for 50 seconds to download and can download multiple files at once, and the speed is pretty solid.
 
Also, the Xmarks addon for Firefox. Very easy to set up and all my bookmarks are synced between all the computers I use. Completely awesome. "
Only problem with drop box is it does not have a progress bar . But it is free so i will let it off . Mega useful
#24 Posted by Leopard (108 posts) -

Chromium (web browser), CCleaner (system maintenance), foobar2000 (audio player), MPC Home Cinema (video player), Photoshop CS5 (image editor), 7-Zip (file archiver), Pidgin (instant messenger), Daemon Tools Lite (disc image emulator), and of course, uTorrent.

#25 Edited by SJSchmidt93 (4895 posts) -

Virtualdub, vlc, avg, vuze, game booster.

#26 Edited by Raakill (870 posts) -
#27 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6197 posts) -

FRAPS.

#28 Posted by Leo (73 posts) -
OnyX is analogous to CCleaner but for OSX. Works pretty well!
#29 Posted by ThePwnee (234 posts) -
@SumDeus said:
" Porn. "
This.
#30 Posted by DillonWerner (1528 posts) -
@ThePwnee said:
" @SumDeus said:
" Porn. "
This. "
i have pleanty of that on my computer already ;)
#31 Posted by Pazy (2581 posts) -

Pidgin: Multi-Protocol Instant Messaging

Opera: Great web browser

GIMP: Free Image editor

Open Office: Free Office Program

VLC: Media player with support for many codecs in the standard install which simply works.

Terminal: Terminal Emulator, gotta have access to command line.

PulseAudio: Sound server which has per-application volume control.

#32 Posted by DCFGS3 (1054 posts) -

Most of mine have been said, and my dad raves about CCleaner. I'll ad mine though;
 
Revo Uninstaller - Basically this uninstalls programs that you tell it too, then sweeps the registry, hidden files, etc, for any remnants and allows you to delete them.
 
I'm actually looking for a really good communications centre, that puts RSS feeds, multiple email accounts etc all into one place for easy viewing. Windows mail does this, but it's not very user friendly or shiny.

#33 Posted by JustinNotJason (422 posts) -

Spellcheck   (thread title) 
 
:D
Seriously though
 
 HWMonitor is good - lets you monitor temperature of computer components
 http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
 
Virtualbox - Lets you run virtualmachines.....yeah
 http://www.virtualbox.org/

#34 Posted by illmatic19 (964 posts) -

Ad Block.

#35 Posted by ArcLyte (884 posts) -

VLC
WinRAR
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Microsoft Security Essentials   
µtorrent
Steam

#36 Posted by Dark_Jon (581 posts) -
@turbomonkey138: If you put your mouse on the dropbox icon on the takbar, you can see your progress for uploading files. You can also right click it.
#37 Posted by OwnlyUzinWonHan (1480 posts) -

Do you guys know if VLC plays blu-rays?

#38 Posted by dudeglove (7855 posts) -
#39 Posted by natetodamax (19207 posts) -

An internet browser.

Online
#40 Posted by Dipstick (546 posts) -

Winrar  
Fraps
Cpu-Z 
Goldwave 
HLDJ 
prime64 

#41 Posted by DillonWerner (1528 posts) -
@dudeglove:  HOLY SHIT <3
#42 Posted by Elbon (368 posts) -
#43 Posted by Marz (5653 posts) -

MyDefrag,  i prefer it over Auslogic diskdefrag since i can customize where i want certain folders on the disk through scripts.

#44 Posted by dudeglove (7855 posts) -
@DillonWerner said:
" @dudeglove:  HOLY SHIT <3 "
Hehe, glad you like it.
#45 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8576 posts) -

spybot seach and destroy for anti spyware, avast for anti virus.