Best Freeware

With the proviso that some of it can come with adware/spyware/unwanted toolbars and the like, what are your favourites? To start the ball rolling;

Thunderbird - Mozilla open source email client.
Firefox - Mozilla open source web browser.
Inkscape - Vector drawing package
LibreOffice - Fully loaded office suite.
Scribus - Desktop publishing suite.
CCleaner - Declutterer
HiJack This - System process examiner
Free Studio Manager - Multi purpose media suite inc. file converters, downloaders etc.
MetaPad - Windows Notepad replacement
VLC Player - A more versatile and less intrusive alternative to Windows Media Player
Revo Uninstaller (Free Version) - Useful uninstaller that clears away some of the stuff left behind by the native program uninstaller.
 
Do you consider LibreOffice better than OpenOffice? Could I ask why - I only have experience of OpenOffice.

I used to use OpenOffice, but for various complicated reasons they ceased development and updates (I think that Apache OpenOffice have since taken it over). I went over to LibreOffice. In terms of layout and functionality they are all virtually indistinguishable.
 

hotel_california

LE
Book Reviewer
"With the proviso that some of it can come with adware/spyware/unwanted toolbars and the like"

Increasingly manufacturers of s/w hide the above. Choose the "Custom" option as they are hidden in the "Typical" installation process.
 
Virtual Clone Drive. Might be a bit of a pain to get hold of without bringing a load of shit with it, but i've found it incredibly useful to run ISO's without the need to burn them to disk
 
"With the proviso that some of it can come with adware/spyware/unwanted toolbars and the like"

Increasingly manufacturers of s/w hide the above. Choose the "Custom" option as they are hidden in the "Typical" installation process.

You're quite right, though I have become aware of a new thing where in order to continue with an installation you have to tick an agree box in the Terms & Conditions, whereupon the unwanted stuff gets loaded as well. This is not a total disaster as with a bit of judicious tweaking the unwanted stuff can usually be uninstalled, including any registry references.
 

Vaz

Clanker
I much prefer the Google Chrome browser to Mozilla Firefox, Firefox used to be the browser king and many sites were built specifically to cater for Firefox users which is bad bad bad now that more than half the internet uses Chrome, it's like a less evil form of the zombie that is Internet Explorer.

Mozilla Thunderbird is very useful though, I have a few different emails, one purely for sites I know will send me hourly offers on viagra, legal letters claiming to be my estranged billionaire Somalian warlord cousin who has left me millions in his will, etc, a personal one and a "professional" one, and since hotmail got rid of the feature that allowed users switch between them without logging out and in again it has proved a very handy tool, it also means you get notifications of emails on your desktop, the only con is that it can be tricky to open "junk" mail that isn't actually junk, highly recommended all in all

For anyone interested in graphics, "GIMP" I hear is a very good alternative to Photoshop, although I've never used it, it is freeware and a Windows installer is available for it
 

Vaz

Clanker
Do not most archivers such as WinZip, WinRAR, 7Zip etc. open ISOs? Just a matter then of dragging and dropping contents into a new folder.

Archivers like WinRAR can usually extract the contents of the ISO file but they can't actually use the ISO to emulate a disk drive, ISO software will take a .iso file and effectively "pretend" it is actually a cd or dvd in the disk drive.

It can be very useful for OCD maniacs like me that don't want a matte black disk drive destroying a shiny black case and don't want to spend money on an external reader or a gloss drive! The only minor inconvenience is converting the disc to an ISO image on another computer, then transferring it via the home network!
 
More importantly, what free software is available for downloading vids from YouPorn?*

*Other porn websites are available (so I've been told, 'cos I've never looked at any of them. Honest, guv.)
 
More importantly, what free software is available for downloading vids from YouPorn?*

*Other porn websites are available (so I've been told, 'cos I've never looked at any of them. Honest, guv.)

If you use Firefox as a browser, there's a free add-on called Flash Video Downloader that would probably do the job.
 
More importantly, what free software is available for downloading vids from YouPorn?*

*Other porn websites are available (so I've been told, 'cos I've never looked at any of them. Honest, guv.)


Use google Chrome and FVD Downloader add on.

Not that I ever use it for downloading loads of porn vids from video-one.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps?hl=en


Also have a look at SuperAntiSpyware.

SUPERAntiSpyware | Remove Malware | Remove Spyware - AntiMalware, AntiSpyware, AntiAdware!


And Emsisoft Emergency Kit.

Emsisoft Free Emergency Kit: portable malware scanner | Free removal of Viruses,Bots, Spyware, Keyloggers and Trojans


Avast Antivirus too:

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Make sure you get the free versions.
 
For quite a while I've been trying to track down a free calendar app that looks a bit like the outlook calendar. I don't want to use the google version and I saw this on a colleague's laptop at some convention or meeting or whatever. Sadly I can't remember who it was, where it was or what the app was called.

Any clues?
 

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