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Useful Free Software Links (as recommended by forum users)

RJS (undefined) posted this on Thursday, 5th January 2012, 15:29

Thought it might be handy to have a sticky with a list of software for various things, save people having to dig around old threads.

Just add suggestions to this one and I`ll edit them into the first post every now and again.

Antivirus Software

Bitdefender Free
Minimal interface, low system impact, good protection.

Excellent interface, easy to use, sandboxing feature, good protection

Easy to use, good protection, but needs a bit of fiddling to disable nag screen

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
Possibly the most well known and used malware scanning and removal tool

Open source anti-virus engine, also runs on Linux, but unlikely to have as good a database as commercial products

Infection Rescue CDs
Kaspersky Rescue Disc 10
Avira Rescue CD
BitDefender Rescue CD
Norton Bootable Recovery Tool
Comodo Rescue Disc
Windows Defender Offline

Web Browsers

One of the fastest, and the one with the most addons

One of the fastest

The one with the most make text pretty options

The one you think you heard about someone using once

A web developer that needs to check how things look in IE, but don`t want to install lots of versions of IE?

Email Readers

From the makers of Firefox, read emails and newsgroups, supports POP3/IMAP

DVD/Video Players

Media Player Classic
Should play back almost anything!

For those that don`t seem to like MPC, also does streaming of video across networks

If something doesn`t play back because you are missing a codec, or you want to enhance the playback of video or audio, this is what you need. NOT a player, requires something like Media Player Classic as well.

Video Encoding/Recoding/Conversion

XMedia Recode
For encoding/re-encoding as things like DivX, Xvid, MKV, etc

For ripping DVDs to MPEG4 or H.264 (MKVs)

Want to download a YouTube video? Or other streaming video or audio from the internet? Use this

MP3 Players

Supports all major audio formats, also video and includes music library and iPod support

MP3 Utilities

MusicBrainz Picard
Automatic ID3 tag renaming based on extensive online database

Comprehensive ID3 tag editor

MP3 to iPhone/iPod Audio Book Converter
Also combines multiple files into one MP3


Most popular bittorrent client

Actually now the same as uTorrent (they bought it!), useful if you want to run two identical clients but tell them apart

Hard Disk Utilities

TreeSize Free
Find out what is taking up all the space on your disk drive

Find out what is taking up all your space on your disk drive with a different interface

The best and one of the not very prettiest disk defrag utilities

Ever been unable to delete a file in Explorer because Windows says it`s in use? You can guess what this does then

Wipe that hard disk before you throw it or give it away, nuke that folder with the naughty pictures in it

Partition editor, resizer, copier, just boot to the LIveCD!

Copy one hard drive to another, or many across a network, a free equivalent to Norton Ghost

Parted Magic OS
A Live CD with various free partition and HDD management utilities (including GParted)

Macrium Reflect
Free version does most of what most of us would want to do when it comes to backing up and cloning disks.

EaseUs Partition Manager
Free version allows for most basic partition resizing, moving, copying, but doesn`t work with Windows Server editions

Free version will help you to undelete files from HDDs and memory cards

Archive/Backup Utilities

For zipping/unzipping/raring, etc

Comodo Backup
For when the built in Windows backup isn`t enough, like for instance you want to backup to a network drive

CDBurner XP
Remember when we all used Nero before it became bloatware? This is like that!

Create and burn ISO images to CD/DVD

Backup utility that supports full, incremental and compressed backups to local or remote storage locations, complete with encryption, that works with network drives, FTP, SSH, SkyDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3 and more

Simple folder cloning utility for backing up from one directory to another, whether that be local or networked

EaseUS Backup Free
Free backup application supporting file and disk backup, and disaster recovery

Windows Installation, Cleaning, Fixing and Optimising

Install or update loads of free utilities and applications (including many on this thread) automatically

PC Decrapifier
Automatically removes a host of rubbish apps installed on PCs and Notebooks so you don`t have to

Cleans up temporary files and the windows registry

Updates or uninstalls Java, removes legacy Java files

Remote Access

Remote control your PC, from another PC, or your mobile, or well anything

Much like UltraVNC, also supports a Java viewer so you can remote control from a browser

Remote access via the browser, free for non commercial use

Remote access via the browser, free for non commercial use

Instant Messaging

Supports MSN, ICQ, Yahoo and a lot more

Images and Photography

Can`t afford Lightroom? Then try this!


GPS logging software, for getting that data off your logger and into one of many formats useful for geo-tagging photographs

An all singing all dancing image viewer, with basic editing functions, useful if you want to crop or browse large folders filled with images

A sort of free equivalent to Photoshop

Audio Editing and Creation

Edit sound, supports most audio formats


Run an old version of Windows, or DOS, or Linux, or Unix, inside a window. Also supports USB

Run old DOS games under Windows (or Mac, or Linux)

Spectrum emulator, probably the best, just add games from World of Spectrum

Commodore 64 emulator (also emulates Vic 20 and C-128)

Emulates loads and loads of arcade machines, requires ROMs to do anything useful

For making sure all your emulation roms are up to date

Office Suites

Began where OpenOffice left off

Lotus Symphony
IBM`s fork of OpenOffice, with more user friendly style toolbars

Operating Systems

Create USB boot sticks of many popular Linux distributions, including Mint, Ubunto, CentOS

General Applications

See what the stars are doing tonight


My Flickr Photostream

This item was edited on Tuesday, 21st May 2019, 18:58

RE: Useful Free Software Links (as recommended by forum users)

admars (Elite) posted this on Thursday, 5th January 2012, 18:35

good idea, there`s some top stuff there, another forum I go to has a similar thread and it`s been v useful, hopefuly this will be as well as ppl find new cool stuff :)

the only obvious one I can think of off top of my head you`ve missed is Libre Office

this thread has some more security apps

another good free ant vius is clam, I mention that as it`s free but can run on windows servers as well as desktops
you can also get it for Linux :)

comodo do free firewall and anti virus as well, didn`t know about their backup so may look at that

This item was edited on Thursday, 5th January 2012, 18:47

RE: Useful Free Software Links (as recommended by forum users)

Sue Brown (Elite Donator) posted this on Thursday, 5th January 2012, 18:52

Can I suggest that you include in your listing as a superb one stop shop for free software to install in one go on a new PC or laptop. I use it every time.

RE: Useful Free Software Links (as recommended by forum users)

admars (Elite) posted this on Thursday, 5th January 2012, 19:24

that looks useful

also for partition resizing
and EaseUS

Free imaging (as in ghosting)

remote access

following 2 are free for non comercial use

This item was edited on Thursday, 5th January 2012, 19:27

RE: Useful Free Software Links (as recommended by forum users)

Miles (Elite Donator) posted this on Thursday, 5th January 2012, 20:22

A very useful tool to clean up temp files and unwanted stuff on your Windows PC, also an easy way to control the startup items that often cause a slowdown.

Also, I`d recommend looking for those free apps on "" - since you can then run them from a USB drive (or from the hard drive) without having to fully install them.

This item was edited on Thursday, 5th January 2012, 20:23

RE: Useful Free Software Links (as recommended by forum users)

Viewtiful Mark (Elite) posted this on Thursday, 5th January 2012, 22:00

Parted Magic. Excellent live CD/USB partition editing tool that also incorporates a lot of disk health and back up utilities such as GParted (above), TrueCrypt, and the marvellous Clonezilla.

RE: Useful Free Software Links (as recommended by forum users)

admars (Elite) posted this on Sunday, 8th January 2012, 12:07

looking good, another one for you budding photogrophers/ppl who liek to fiddle with images but want a free alternative to Photoshop.
GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program

RE: Useful Free Software Links (as recommended by forum users)

Snaps (Elite) posted this on Sunday, 8th January 2012, 15:11

Very useful and not too difficult to use sound editor, Audacity.


Every Third Car

I used to be with it, but then they changed what `it` was.
Now, what I`m with isn`t it, and what`s `it` seems weird and scary

RE: Useful Free Software Links (as recommended by forum users)

admars (Elite) posted this on Monday, 9th January 2012, 19:25

audacity is a good one, great for converting between formats, splitting, joining etc, and as you say, not too difficult to use if you want to do basics, but plenty of features for those that want to be adventurous.

I was introduced to evernote today.
I started a new job, and I was making notes as I was explained how to do things, fix problems etc, and the guy supervising me showed me evernote. It`s a useful program which lets you enter data, as you would say an email, but it catalogues it all into a database. What he says he finds most useful is that you can sync the windows/mac app with your phone/tablet etc. the website mentions some cool stuff like taking photos with your phone of say a whiteboard, and it will do character recognition to convert the image to text so you can search it!

RE: Useful Free Software Links (as recommended by forum users)

Chris Gould (Elite) posted this on Monday, 16th January 2012, 21:21

Not strictly an app, but a very useful alternative to Gimp:

Online photo editor that has many of Photoshop`s features, including layers and a decent number of filters. Very useful if you`re on a corporate PC and can`t install software etc.

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