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May 10, 2009
12:15 PM
jerseys
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I'd like to get opinions regarding which freeware programs do you feel are important to have on your computer. I'm not too computer savvy; looking through various websites and blogs I find differing opinions on freeware.

I'm interesting in keeping my computer free of viruses, trojans, hackers. Additionally, I'd like to keep the drives clean, running smoothly and perform at an optimal level.

Certainly, I don't know of all the freeware that exists to enhance performance and it's likely that programs exist that I should be using on my computer. I'd appreciate any advice of which programs perform the best.

I'm using Windows XP and using Firefox as a browser. Any Firefox extension suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks for your input.

May 10, 2009
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I highly recommend SiteLauncher for Firefox. So useful for getting to your bookmarks and favorite sites quickly; I love it.

Grab it at http://www.donesmart.com/sitelauncher/

May 10, 2009
2:58 PM
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Jerseys,

Although the post needs to be updated, a good place to start for security applications is http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/3174

August 6, 2009
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jerseys said:

Post edited 10:16 AM – May 10, 2009 by jerseys


I'd like to get opinions regarding which freeware programs do you feel are important to have on your computer. I'm not too computer savvy; looking through various websites and blogs I find differing opinions on freeware.

I'm interesting in keeping my computer free of viruses, trojans, hackers. Additionally, I'd like to keep the drives clean, running smoothly and perform at an optimal level.

Certainly, I don't know of all the freeware that exists to enhance performance and it's likely that programs exist that I should be using on my computer. I'd appreciate any advice of which programs perform the best.

I'm using Windows XP and using Firefox as a browser. Any Firefox extension suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks for your input.


I would recommend CCLeaner (run once a week) and Glary Utilities (once a week) .  Free versions of course.

Simply Google them to find the websites.  AVG Free version is great for virus protection but don't run another virus program like McAffee or Norton.  It's like having too many cooks in the kitchen.  They don't play well together. 

I use Firefox as well.   None better.  I use gmail for email.  Best for spam control.

August 7, 2009
12:51 PM
Jeanjean
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I installed:

Advanced SystemCare
Malwarebytes' Antimalware
AVG Anti-Rootkit Free
CleanMyRegistry (without installation)
Ccleaner
EasyCleaner
Fixmyregistry (without installation)
Fsecure Blacklight (rootkits)
GlaryUtilities
GMer (rootkits) – without instal.)
RegSeeker (without installation)
RogueRemover Free
RootAlyzer (without installation)
Sophos Anti-Rootkit
Spyware Blaster
The Cleaner 2010
ThreatFire
TuneUp Utilities 2008 (Free key)
Zemana Anti-logger (Free key)

Most are freeware;  they are not necessarily needed (I would say they are complementary), but I start them once in a while.

I don't use Firefox (sometimes).Cool

August 7, 2009
5:58 PM
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Jeanjean said:

I installed:

Advanced SystemCare
Malwarebytes' Antimalware
AVG Anti-Rootkit Free
CleanMyRegistry (without installation)
Ccleaner
EasyCleaner
Fixmyregistry (without installation)
Fsecure Blacklight (rootkits)
GlaryUtilities
GMer (rootkits) – without instal.)
RegSeeker (without installation)
RogueRemover Free
RootAlyzer (without installation)
Sophos Anti-Rootkit
Spyware Blaster
The Cleaner 2010
ThreatFire
TuneUp Utilities 2008 (Free key)
Zemana Anti-logger (Free key)

Most are freeware;  they are not necessarily needed (I would say they are complementary), but I start them once in a while.

I don't use Firefox (sometimes).Cool

My goodness.  You have quite a “stable” of horses there.

The ones I have and use are these in your “stable”

Ccleaner

AVG Anti-Rootkit Free

AVG Anti Virus

GlaryUtilities

Malwarebytes' Antimalware

I don't think you need all those to keep up with.  AVG AntiVirus runs everyday, the others I run once a week when I remember to do it.

You asked for an opinion. ;-)

I download a lot of stuff everyday and try them.  Haven't been caught with a nasty one yet.  Now watch my luck change just becauswe I wrote that to you.

Why don't you burn them onto a CD for use later if need be?  They are taking up hard drive room now and will “live” just fine uninstalled on a CD or DVD until later.

Noting to do with Protection but one program I think shoud be on everybody's PC is Irfanview 4.25 and its plugins.  Master that one program and you have “PC talent” in the eyes of others.

David  (been running PC's since 1981 when they came out)


August 9, 2009
4:51 AM
Jeanjean
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@ David

Together, they take roughly 180 Mb on the PC which I can pass .
Like you, I never had any major problems either so far (no doubt thanks to the precautions
I take before downloading anything on internet … official website, notice Mc Web Advisor, etc.).
I have seen, however with time (and I use a PC for less time than you) that the use of various programs of “clean(s)ing” was needed.
None of them is able to detect all unnecessary or suspicious entries and it is better, therefore, use several…from time to time.
Threatfire, Spyblaster et Zemana are residents and does not conflict with the antivirus (Avast) or firewall (Comodo).Cool
However, I believe i'll abandoned Zemana  after the free year of testing.

October 15, 2009
10:34 AM
ruchir9897
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Amazing addons for Firfox 3.5.x

1.Lazarus for recovering forms on a website

2.Ghostery,sorry but I disable it on your site brother.

3.Cookie safe-excellent program

4.Scrapbook,you will never forget me if you did not tried this earlier

5.Tab Mix Plus

6.X Marks for online bookmarks

7.Mozilla Weave for online many 6 or more syncs

8.Fireshot for screenshot

9.Speed Dial,excellent any no. of speed dials,folders on your desktop

10.Foxtabs,3d magic,everybody loves it

11.Evernote web clipper,store it for ever

12.Firedownload for faster downloads by multi thread downloading

13.Google toolbar with auto translate on mouseover

14.Firetorrent for direct torrenting

15.Skipscreen for skipping Mediafire,megaupload,Rapidshare, etc waiting screens

16.fabtabs for colored tabs,automatically

17.Multiple Tab handler-print all tabs at once,great prog

18.Read it later,saves web page on your account,can be accessed later from anywhere

19Googletuber-watch youtube videos on a small window while working on same tab

20Linkextend-the best,suggested by you,the boss

21Flashgot-works with 7-8 download managers,necessary

22.Adblock plus-very common

23.Flashblock-for blocking flash ads

24.Autocopy

25lastpass-password manager

26imacros-difficult yet very powerful

27-tabscope-preview tabs on mouseover over tab bar without activating tab

28status bar scientific calculator

I wil write in detail about addons and other soft later.thanks

For antivirus free,only one comes into my mind-Avira.AVG does nothing.Paid-Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 best,ultimate.I bought 1 yr for 2.2 $.Antispyware-free-1.IObit Security 360 or spywareterminator.

Best maintenance Advanced system care,paid-tune up utilities 2009,

best free pdf viewer-pdf xchange viewer free from docu-track.com

best free pdf printer primo pdf drag and drop pdf maker

plz try these before I continue the list

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