Collection of Free Useful Programs

Here will be a collection of free programs that Comodo users submit. They can be any type of applications that can be usefull or just funny. But they will have one thing in common; they are free (no shareware/adware or paid applications, or software that violates copyright laws).

If you want to contribute for helping the others you can post here providing a small description and a link to the site.

This topic will be updated when new applications are submited :wink:

I hope that it will help.
Microsoft Utilities, Audio-Video, Security related, Utilities, Desktop enhacments, Office, Graphics/ Design/ Presentation, Internet related, Maps, weather, etc, CD, DVD and other hardware utilities, Freeware Sites, Peer to Peer, Different Comercial Software Free Each Day

Last Updated: 12/02/08 [d/m/y]

Microsoft Virtual pc 2007
Virtual PC is a powerful software virtualization solution that allows you to run multiple PC-based operating systems simultaneously on one workstation, providing a safety net to maintain compatibility with legacy applications while you migrate to a new operating system.
[by pandlouk]

Shared Computer Toolkit
Similar with Goback, DeepFreeze, Firstdefence and RestoreIt.
Unauthorized changes to a hard disk can make shared computers less reliable. Windows Disk Protection helps to prevent users, viruses, spyware, or other programs from making permanent changes to the hard disk by clearing changes each time the computer restarts.
Because certain changes, such as critical updates and antivirus signatures, need to be permanently saved, Windows Disk Protection allows you to schedule such changes to occur automatically at whatever time you choose.
(It is not Compatible with XP Media Center Edition 2005)
[by pandlouk]

PowerToys for XP
A collection of tools that provide fun and functionality to your computer running Windows XP.
[by pandlouk]

Photo Story 3
Pstory is excellent for making quick picture slides\effects\sounds, easy to use, etc…MS did one thing right.
[by comicfan2000]

Royal Theme
As some of you know, there is a theme that Windows Media Center Edition, and Tablet PC Edition came with called Energy Blue, but they left the regular Home/Pro XP users hanging without the theme. So you can install this theme on your XP machine with the installer attached. If for any reason you wish to uninstall this theme you can go to, My Computer, Local Disk (usually C:), Windows, Resources, Themes, then delete the Royal, and Energy Blue files, and folder.
[by justin1278]
The originall installer from the microsoft new zealand team currently is removed from the site of microsoft. But you can download it from here.
[By pandlouk]
And here you can download almost all the microsoft windows xp themes
Zune
ChristmasTheme I love this one :wink:
FinalFantasy Theme
Brazilian Beach Theme
Brazilian Carnival Theme
Egypt Nile Theme
Italian Pasta Theme For pasta lovers :smiley:
Ree Ree Khao San Pack One of my favorites
4 Paws Theme Pack
Chinese New Year Theme Pack
Historical Monuments of Québec Theme Pack
Thème Nature 1
Thème Nature 2
Brazil 505 Years Theme
Brazilian Football theme
Danish Spring theme
Danish Summer Theme
Portuguese Discoveries Theme Pack
San Fermín desktop theme
[by pandlouk]

And here are some microsoft screensavers
Chinese Video Screensaver
Valentine’s Day Screensaver
[by pandlouk]

Also if you want the Windows Media Center theme, the install utility is attached.

Drop My Rights
Drop the admin rights for a program to be less open to attacks.
[by Someone]

Sysinternals is now at Microsoft Technet. All software seems to have gone with them.

They have also added a new one, Process Monitor. This combines the features of FileMon & RegMon; showing realtime file system, registry, & process/thread activity. It has filtering, session info, simultaneous logging, and more.
[Little Mac]

TCPview, is a Windows program that will show you detailed listings of all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system, including the local and remote addresses and state of TCP connections. On Windows NT, 2000 and XP TCPView also reports the name of the process that owns the endpoint. TCPView provides a more informative and conveniently presented subset of the Netstat program that ships with Windows.
[AOwL]

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Traders Little Helper
Nice little program to convert to/from the
different lossless audio-codecs ( or decompress to WAV )
[by Gordon]

Shorten
Another lossless audio-codec
[by Gordon]

Monkey Audio Codec
Like FLAC but even higher compression.
More CPU-intensive than FLAC. can be played back directly with WinAmp, VLC etc …
[by Gordon]

FLAC
Free LossLess Audio-Codec .
Allows you to compress WAV-files (CD-Audio) to nearly half the filesize
WITHOUT ANY LOSS OF DATA . can be played back directly with WinAmp, VLC etc …
[by Gordon]

Virtualdubmod
VirtualDub , just better.
[by Gordon]

DivX
Interested in converting all your DVDs and family Videos into dvd quality, yet small in size files. Then this is the tool for you. It has an easy to use user interface unlike some of the professional (yet free) programs like virtualdub. This is developed by the DivX labs itself and you can find help in their forums.
[by Damitha]

MediaMonkey
Another audio player. If you’re an organizer-freak like me, you’ll love its very systematic and organized presentation of ALL audio files in your hard disk (you can limit its search to certain folders).
[by pepoluan]

Ogg Vorbis
Not really a utility, just a public domain, open, patent-free, and royalty-free format that is far far far better in quality and compression than MP3. Use the Lancer Vorbis suite to encode your audio (.wav or CD) into the Ogg Vorbis format: The Lancer suite is extremely optimized, very fast. You’ll end up with a file that’s smaller than MP3s with better quality.
[by pepoluan]

WavPack
If you don’t need ultimate compression ratio, you can use WavPack which still provide quite good compression but does it a whole lotta faster.
[by pepoluan]

OptimFROG
Ultimate lossless compression for audio (.wav) files; because it is lossless, it decompresses perfectly, i.e. will not change what you hear. Very slow though.
[by pepoluan]

MediaCoder
Converts between various formats of audio files.
[by pepoluan]

MP3 Tag
IMO the greatest tagging program. Despite its name, it is not limited to MP3s only, but also Oggs, WMAs, AACs, M4?s, MP4s, etc.
[by pepoluan]

Media Purveyor
Media Purveyor is an image viewer/editor and media player that manages files with a user friendly keyword search. Quickly find content with only a few mouse clicks. Browse entire folders or search results as thumbnails, view images and play movies in a full screen mode, or launch a slideshow with transition effects.
[by Comicfan2000]

XMplay
XMPlay is an audio player, supporting the OGG / MP3 / MP2 / MP1 / WMA / WAV / CDA / MO3 / IT / XM / S3M / MTM / MOD / UMX audio formats, and PLS / M3U / ASX / WAX playlists. A load more formats are also supported via plugins.
i like it bc of its small memory footprint and sound quality is pretty good imho…
[by legion1978]

VLC media player
This video player is great and use it myself, you can catch streams from your movies, etc…plays music and other media types as well, streaming network also
[by comicfan2000]
A cross-platform media player.
* It supports a large number of multimedia formats, without the need for additional codecs
* It is available for almost every OS
* It needs little CPU power
[by pandlouk]

Free Mp3 Wma Converter
A simple but very fast and powerfull audio converter. It converts to and from the following audio formats Mp3, Wma, Ogg, AAC, m4a, mp4, Ape, Wav
[by pandlouk]

foobar2000
A music-player software. You can forget about Winamp or Windows Media Player, foobar2000 is all you need. :wink:
[by BullHorn]

Audacity
Program to edit audio files. You cna cut, delete, add, mix, whatever you wish to an audio file.
[by BullHorn]

K-Lite Mega Codec Pack
This is the ONLY program that you will need to watch movies in your PC. Seriously, it support so many files that I have only heard of 10% of the files that it support.
[by DoomScythe]

Quintessential Player
The fastest ripper, converter out there. I love it and it’s the only one I use. Most stable I believe too.
[by comicfan2000]

MP3myMP3 Recorder
This will catch any sound on your computer\network\internet, easy to use, excellent.
[by comicfan2000]

cole2k
This has a pack of DVD utilities, DVD shrink 1-3, image burn, etc…and for backing up your LEGALLY OWNED movies , it’s excellent.(just to note, I do not support piracy in any way, so get a job and buy it) :wink:
[by comicfan2000]

MediaJoin
MediaJoin-Combines audio or video files. Download from Snapfiles.com
[by KingKull]

EasyTAG
EasyTAG is a utility for viewing and editing tags for MP3, MP2, MP4/AAC, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, MusePack and Monkey’s Audio files. Its simple and nice GTK+ interface makes tagging easier under GNU/Linux or Windows.
[by wjpm]

Media Player Classic
This Wikipedia article lists many features which would be to long for this description. Use it together with ffdshow for best speed and quality.
[by wjpm]

ffdshow
Tired of downloading/updating codecs or codec packs? Try this DirectShow filter. Can also encode some formats. Speed and quality is very good. Very usefull in combination with Media Player Classic.
Play all your favorite videos with just one download, if it’s MPEG4 or H264, MPEG2 or MPEG1 or even WMV3. Also supported are a wide range of audio codecs like MP3, AAC, Vorbis, AC3, DTS, LPCM, True Audio.
And that isn’t all, along with all these you get a powerful filterset that can deband, denoise, deblock your videos and much more and also normalize, downmix, upmix, equalize your audio and much more.
[by wjpm]

Omega Drivers
The purpose of the Omega Drivers is to provide gamers with an alternate set of drivers, ones that have more options and features than the original sets. The drivers contain optimizations, extra features (like OC capabilities), more resolutions and internal tweaks that can give them the edge in a gaming environment over the normal drivers, which are often tailored for synthetic benchmarks.
The soft-modding ability is very nice.
[by wjpm]

eRightSoft Super
a fantastic video/audio conversion program, for use with mobile phones/pocket pc/psp/ipod and many more
it converted a 1.5gig dvd vob file to 25 meg mpeg4 for use on a sony ericsson phone
[by Wilbert]

CamStudio
CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs).
[gebeleizis]

VirtualDub
VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit Windows platforms.
[gebeleizis]

ZS4 Video Editor
ZS4 Video Editor, the new incarnation of Zwei-Stein Video Editor, is advanced video editing and compositing software with over 150 built-in video effects.
[gebeleizis]

Gomplayer
FREE media player with popular audio & video codecs built-in. No need to install codecs separately!
[gebeleizis]

http://www.compression.ru/video/index.htm
A bunch of free VirtualDub and AviSynth filters for non-commercial use and some codecs. Personally I use MSU Screen Capture Lossless Codec with CamStudio and I can put together some nice tutorials.
[gebeleizis]

GSpot
GSpot identifies presence or absence of “B-VOP”, “Qpel”, and “GMC”, thus allowing the user to determine if a DivX5 file is compatible with KISS and other popular hardware DivX players. Provides information about MPEG1 or MPEG2 video and/or MPEG1 or MPEG2 audio either as “elementary” streams or multiplexed into an MPEG1 “system stream” or an MPEG2 “program stream”. Limited support for MPEG4 video when contained in an AVI stream, such as DivX5
[gebeleizis]

Movica
Movica is a graphical user interface that uses these fine programs (AsfBin - Very well done editor for Windows media files; MpgTx - A tool being developed largely for POSIX apps) to edit movie files. A great deal of emphasis has been placed on keyboard shortcuts to make the job of editing easier.

Briefly what you can do is -

  • Select or delete multiple portions from a video file.
  • Copy, paste and fine tune the selections.
  • Join multiple files together
  • Split movies into smaller files
  • Save and play selected scene without editing the movies
    [gebeleizis]

DScaler
The DScaler project is an ongoing attempt to get the best video quality possible from a Windows PC.
[gebeleizis]

Flashmute
small application that resides in the systray on Windows systems, and will disable or enable sound output globally from Flash movies.
[gebeleizis]

The GodFather
Rename,update Tags,restructure files on hard disk, create/merge play lists,encode-decode with LAME/Ogg Vorbis/MpcEnc, export/import to/from file, play, use freedb.org & allmusic.com, catalog them in a library
[by marcogancio]

Korean Media Player (KMP)
The KMPlayer is a versatile media player which can cover various types of container format such as VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg Theora, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, and QuickTime among others. It handles a wide range of subtitles and allows you to capture audio, video, and screenshots in many ways.
It is also available at MajorGeeks, Here.
[by legion1978]

Vixy.net
This service allows you convert a Flash Video / FLV file (YouTube’s videos,etc) to MPEG4 (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP) file online. It is using a compressed domain transcoder technology (outline in Japanese). It converts FLV to MPEG4 faster and less lossy than a typical transcoder. It does not require any software installation; the file download link is pasted into the converter website and converts the file before you get it.
Moderator’s Note; This service is currently a Beta project.
[by kc7brown]

1-2-3 Anti-Spyware
1-2-3 Anti-spyware is free spyware scanner that will keep your system malware free. It will give you free updates and has received several awards.
[by alaertsxan]

Spycatcher Express
QFX Keyscrabler
KeyScrambler defeats keyloggers by encrypting your keystrokes at the keyboard driver level, deep within the operating system. When the encrypted keystrokes reach your browser, KeyScrambler then decrypts them so you see exactly the keys you’ve typed. Keyloggers can only record the encrypted keys, which are completely indecipherable
[by stuartm]

Spycatcher Express is a comprehensive anti-spyware scanner. It has a real-time monitor and gives you deepdefense so it doesn’t damage your system if you delete aggressive spyware.
[by alaertsxan]

CyberDefender
A free malware scanner, is ad supported, but catches malware others may not find.
[by alaertsxan]

Truecrypt
TrueCrypt : FOSS on-the-fly encryption.
AES-256, Serpent, Twofish, cascade up to 3 encryption-algorithms.
Supports “hidden” encrypted volumes, multiple keyfiles,
“portable” (can run from USB flash-stick)
Requires admin-privileges OR that an admin has installed it on the system .
Read the manual before use!
[by Gordon]

Keepass
Keepass : FOSS password-manager (and pw-generator)
save your passwords in AES-encrypted data-base,protected by password and/or keyfile.
“portable” (can run from USB flash-stick)
[by gordon]

GnuPG
Gnu Privacy Guard (GPG), the freeware alternative to PGP. For a WindowsUI interface, use GPG4Win. You can integrate GPG with Thunderbird using the Enigmail plug-in.
[by pepoluan]

AOL Active Security Monitor
AOL Active Security Monitor is a quick and easy way to know if you’re truly protected from computer viruses, spyware, identify theft, network intrusions, and other serious security threats.
[by LJK]

MRU Blaster
Software that cleans up MRU. The developer is still working on a new build, but this is still quite thorough.
[by adchia]

IE-SPYAD
Another layer of security, adding many bad sites (including those with spyware) to your restricted sites zone.
[by adchia]

RogueRemover
"RogueRemover is a utility that can remove various rogue antispyware, antivirus and hard drive cleaning utilities. Rogue applications are applications that rather than remove spyware, provide false positives, distribute malware or spyware, advertise, or provide useless uninstallers. The main point is that rogue applications are useless and eat up system resources.

RogueRemover has the ability to completely remove WinAntiSpyware/WinAntiVirus, SpyAxe, VirusBlast, VirusBursters and many more!"
[by adchia]

Spyware Terminator + ClamWin Antivirus
They work together as HIPS and spyware/virus cleaner. :slight_smile:
[by BullHorn]

SpywareBlaster
I have always use spyware blaster and is a good deterent on spyware, takes no resources, excellent.
[by comicfan2000]

HiJack This
Indispensible - startup, auto execute, BHO, services monitoring tool
[by panic]

IttyBitty Process Manager
Single file executable, run from USB, totally independant of Task Manager and policies
[by panic]

Ice Sword - rootkit detector
Hard to find - Chinese authored, but bloody good suite of detection utilities
[by panic]

Pocket Killbox
Pocket KillBox is a program that can be used to get rid of files that stubbornly refuse to allow you to delete them.
[by panic]

SysInternals
Anything & everything from SysInternals (Process Explorer is one that has already been mentioned).
But, you’ll need to hurry… Microsoft recently acquired SysInternals & they may not keep the site up much longer.
[by kail]

PeerGuardian 2
PeerGuardian 2 is Phoenix Labs’ premier IP blocker for Windows. PeerGuardian 2 integrates support for multiple lists, list editing, automatic updates, and blocking all of IPv4 (TCP, UDP, ICMP, etc), making it the safest and easiest way to protect your privacy (on P2P).
[by wjpm]

SUPERAntiSpyware
Efficient and always updated
[by Stelviux]

Spybot - Search & Destroy
Really strong against spywares, scan and eliminate them.
[by Stelviux]

Raspppoe
This is a PPP over Ethernet (short: PPPoE) implementation for Microsoft Windows.
[by Stelviux]

Spyware Guard
“A real-time protection solution against spyware that is a great addition to SpywareBlaster’s protection method”
[by Someone]

Windows Defender
A free antispyware tool from Microsoft, formerly Giant Antispyware.
[by Someone]

Sandboxie
Sandboxie is a sandbox program to help protect yourself from online threats, a sandbox helps you surf the web in a secure way.
[by Someone]

WinPatrol
“WinPatrol works in two ways. First, when you install a program and it tries to add an icon to the tray at boot-up, you’ll get a WinPatrol warning and a way to nip it in the bud (or kill and remove it afterward). That’s important for programs such as AOL, Apple’s QuickTime, and RealPlayer, all notorious for adding junk icons. WinPatrol also enables you to stop programs such as Adobe Acrobat that insist on running useless, daily version-update checks; and it prevents programs from changing file extensions willy-nilly.”
[by Someone]

EULAlyzer
EULAlyzer can analyze license agreements in seconds, and provide a detailed listing of potentially interesting words and phrases. Discover if the software you’re about to install displays pop-up ads, transmits personally identifiable information, uses unique identifiers to track you, or much much more.
[by Someone]

BitDefender 8 Free Edition
A free antivirus product that features an on-demand virus scanner, and remover, and you can schedule a scan. Free updates… It just isn’t resident, so it won’t conflict with your AV’s resident shield (i think). It’s like getting a 2nd opinion. If you have NOD32 you probably don’t need this, but for all of us Avast! and AVG.
[by Someone]

System Safety Monitor
HIPS; “allows you to track down Microsoft Windows operating system activity in real-time and to prevent undesirable actions from various malware and spyware programs. SSM’s main goal is to discover and block malicious actions of any application.”. Somewhere between Prevx1 and Process Guard (i guess). The free edition is almost like the paid one. One of the best.
[by Someone]

GeSWall
You can safely surf the web, open e-mail attachments, chat, exchange files etc, regardless of the security threats posed by the internet. GeSWall protects you from intrusions and malicious software by isolating vulnerable applications. Isolation applies an access restriction policy that effectively prevents all kinds of attacks, known and unknown.
[by Someone]

JAP
JAP makes it possible to surf the internet anonymously and unobservably(…) JAP uses a single static address which is shared by many JAP users. That way neither the visited website, nor an eavesdropper can determine which user visited which website(…) Instead of connecting directly to a webserver, users take a detour, connecting with encryption through several intermediaries, so-called Mixes…
[by Someone]

InstallWatch & InstallRite
InstallWatch monitors and records what happens during a software installation, with the result exported to a txt file.
InstallRite packages what happens during a software installation into a single executable that can be run and will replicate what the original installation did. You figure out what it could be used for.
N.B. Neither of these utilities are guaranteed to work for every software install you do.

[by panic]

Neoava Guard
Neoava Guard is a Host-based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) antivirus software, which helps you protect your computer against malicious softwares. Neoava Guard allows you to completely control any suspicious action in your computer. The only thing you should do is to help Neoava Guard identify useful applications in your computer, so there will be very little false alerts. Also you can also disable/enable the filters and change the level of security. By the way, Neoava has some innovative features that lets you experience better protection and less wrong alerts.
[by yeiazel]

Superscan4,Powerful TCP port scanner, pinger, resolver.
[AOwL]

a-squared Anti-Dialer
http://www.emsisoft.com/en/

No chance for the Dialer rip off! Protect your PC with a-squared Anti-Dialer from manipulated dial up connections, which can cause a phone bill of several hundred dollars quickly.

a-squared Anti-Dialer provides a complete defense against Dialers. Scan all files on your hard disks for Dialer behavior using the Dialer scanner. The integrated background guard protects the PC from new infections. As soon as a potential Dialer creates or manipulates a dial up connection, the a-squared Anti-Dialer will alert it.
[pedropete]

Rootkitty
Scan and log from Windows; scan and log from UBCD4WIN; compare the two and check what’s hidden from Windows! Not everything hidden is a rootkit, so no paranoia, but it’s a good approach!
[by Someone]

Blocklist Manager
An excellent tool for managing and updating your block list for varius apps.
[by pandlouk]

Protowall
Protowall is a lightweight program that runs in the background, taking up little CPU and memory, while blocking thousands of bad IP addresses. Similar to peerguardian
[by pandlouk]

HOSTS Manager
The HOSTS Manager is a program to maintain your HOSTS file. You will be able to download directly the HOSTS file maintained at Bluetack, append other HOSTS files to your existing one, replace your HOSTS file by a new one, create a back-up and restore it, add, edit, delete entries and much more… You can use your personal inclusions and exclusions lists. It will not import duplicate and invalid entries. You can also check if your HOSTS file contains invalid domains, thus invalid entries. A must have application.
[by pandlouk]

a-Squared Hijack Free
“a-squared HiJackFree is a detailed system analysis tool which helps advanced users to detect and remove all types of HiJackers, Spyware, Adware, Trojans and Worms” ~ Emsisoft.
This allows you to view and manage autoruns, services, LSPs, processes; view ports and DNS entries to the Hosts file. It also has an integrated feature to look up information about these as well.
[by Little Mac]

ShellExView
Allows you to manage options that appear in your context menu, thumbnail viewers, shell extensions, system folders and all other explorer extensions.
[by Searinox]

nLite
Install XP without all the trouble. This tool will help you to create one cd/dvd with all you favorite programs. Not just that you can enter your user information like name, country, etc to the unattended cd. You just have to sit and relax when the installation starts. And the good thing is you can use this in any computer you want…Help is available in their forums…
[by Damitha]

FreePascal
Who says Pascal is dead? With FreePascal, it is not dead; it is alive, cross-platform, and very fast, to boot! Also use the free Lazarus graphical IDE - which looks very much like Borland’s Delphi. I found programs written in Pascal to be easier to understand, easier to maintain, and usually bug-free by the third compile. Quite unlike C/C++, which are usually still not bug-free by the 50th compile…
[by pepoluan]

Allway Sync
A very good, easy-to-use synchronizer. I use this to synchronize files from my home pc to my USB disk, from my USB disk to my office pc, and back again.
[by pepoluan]

Dvdisaster
CDs and DVDs are prone to scratches and cracks which will make you lose your data. This utility is able to create Error Correction (.ecc) files which you can carry in a USB disk. With the .ecc files, dvdisaster can recover your lost data.
[by pepoluan]

Hashcalc
Freeware GUI-based hash (MD5, SHA1, CRC32, whathaveyou) calculator.
[by pepoluan]

Launchy
Instead of spelunking up and down the start menu, just type the keywords and this program provides you a list of matching programs. Just select, and next time your keyword will default to this program. I rarely use the start menu nowadays…
[by pepoluan]

Evernote
Integrate all your note in a freetext database with a papertape interface. All notes are fully-searchable can have multiple categories. Surely beats keeping a bunch of .txt files for your notes: They are not searchable, and you’ll have a royal pain trying to categorize them.
[by pepoluan]

SamSpade
A comprehensive set of Internet tools. A little old but still good.
[by Toggie]

Easy Cleaner
A nice registry (and other things) cleaner.
[by Toggie]

SIV ( System Information Viewer)
A comprehensive collection of tools to find out what’s in your PC.
[by Toggie]

Bulk Rename Utility
Bulk Rename Utility is a utility which allows you to easily rename files and directories, based upon extemely flexible criteria. Add date-stamps, replace numbers, insert strings, convert case, add auto-numbers, process folders and subfolders…plus loads more!
[by Toggie]

MBM 5
A utility to monitor various sensors on your motherboard. Once configured it displays temperature related and fan speed related information in a number of ways. It can also be use as a plugin for Samurize
[by Toggie]

Starter
With this you can start and stop any of your start-up programs; you can see all your running processes and the amount of resources they are using, and can terminate any processes right from there; you can also see all your services listed and can edit them, start them, or stop them whenever you choose. I find it so handy it is always the first utility that I install.
[by JJasper]

StartRight
Another little startup manager, by joejoesoft. It allows you to customize your program run order, customize delays, auto-tune delays (based on CPU usage), notifies about new items, pause or stop program execution, and can automatically disable all new programs.
[by Little Mac]

Startup Control Panel
with this you can easily configure which programs run when your computer starts.
[by pandlouk]

Lavalys
Lavalys provides integrated management and monitoring solutions for Windows-based systems which addresses the growing needs for organizations to protect their IT network investments without breaking their budgets.
[by UGnee]

M8 free clipboard
Not as powerful than the discontinued M8 multi clipboard, but still very usable. Main thing for me is it preserves file formats. for example i can copy from corel or fireworks and i can go back any time and paste editables shapes or whatever i copied, rather than just a bitmap which is what most other clipboards do (even paid ones). Info
[by legion1978]

ShellEnhancer
ShellEnhancer is an application designed to enhance the default shell of Windows and to make your life easier. More info here. They also have some other interesting apps there Nuonsoft
[by legion1978]

ShirusuPad
ShirusuPad is an easy-to-use, yet powerful program, designed to always be right at your finger tips, yet as discreet as possible, allowing you to conveniently make notes of any kind.
Key Features

  • Unlimited number of Tabs, meaning unlimited number of notes.
  • Tabs can be dragged out of the main window, and function just like post-its.
  • Your notes can be encryptet, allowing only you to read them.
  • Sleek, and very, very innovative design, taking up almost no space.
  • Smart show/hide. It’s there only when you need it.
  • Supports alphablending, i.e. transparency.
  • URL-highlighting.
  • Everything saved automatically. All you need to do is make the notes.
    [by legion1978]

Strokeit
StrokeIt is an advanced mouse gesture recognition engine and command processor. StrokeIt can currently recognize more than 80 unique mouse gestures and can be easily trained to recognize many more. For each gesture recognized, StrokeIt can execute a user-defined set of commands within the active application.
[by legion1978]

Find Junk Files 3.0
Very thorough junk file cleaner that cleans junk files, temporary files, and cleans up tracks…
[by adchia]

TCP Optimizer
A great internet tweaker!
[by adchia]

Xen / Xentweak
Two very useful apps, one is a thorough disk cleaner and the other is a great tweaker if you know what you are doing.
[by adchia]

IObit Smart Defrag
A great freeware alternative to defragmenters like O&O still in beta. Once it is officially released, it should be just as good as O&O.
[by adchia]

AusLogics Disk Defrag
One of the fastest free defragers.
from vendor: AUSLOGICS DISK DEFRAG USES MICROSOFT’S SAFE DEFRAGMENTATION API, AND PROVIDES AN INCREASED DEFRAGMENTATION SPEED AND DETAILED CLUSTER MAP AND DEFRAGMENTATION REPORT.
[by pandlouk]

Power Defragmenter
Easy-to-use Defragmenter that makes contig by sysinternals easy for novices!
[by adchia]

Camouflage
Program to compress files. The fun part is: It can, for example, make a .JPG image file with hidden content inside it, that can only be un-compressed with this same software. :wink:
[by BullHorn]

Zipgenius
A file compression suite. Lets you compress files to almost any kind of archive.it is easy to use and supports more than 20 formats of compressed archives, including RAR, ARJ, ACE, CAB, SQX, 7-zip, etc.
[by pandlouk]

7-Zip and ZipGenius
Two top of the line Zip Utilities. For people who love to have a nicer interface, I suggest that you go for ZipGenius.
[by DoomScythe]

Process Explorer
A nifty program to check what is going on on your computer. It analyses current running processes and offer you a way to terminate them. Recommended for diagnostics.
[by DoomScythe]

winmd5sum
A utility that calculates the MD5 sum of a file. MD5 sum of a file is like a thumbprint of the file. If you don’t know what a MD5 sum is, you won’t need this program anyway. However, if you are curious, just start a thread and I will reply.
[by DoomScythe]

Ccleaner
Ccleaner works great cleaning files etc…and yes you can customize which cookies to clean or not, back up the registry before cleaning it, etc…
[by comicfan2000]

Agent ransack
I have used Agent ransack to browse for those tough files for a long time now and it’s the fastest and most thorough seeker in my opinion.
[by comicfan2000]

XuMouse
This is the only place I found to get XUmouse and is an older prog. It clicks for you. If you play games that you want to keep clicking on a button and not be there for it, this is great.
[by comicfan2000]

The Dude
Brilliant freeware LAN mapper and discovery tool. None better!
[by panic]

IZArc
Zip/unzip tool
[by KingKull]

MD5summer
MD5summer is an application which generates and verifies md5 and SHA1 checksums. Its output file is compatible with the output of the Linux GNU MD5Sum and it will also read Linux generated files. No installation is needed for this; just download it and run it. :wink:
[by pandlouk]

SVS
I can recommend a nice free virtualizating program: SVS or Software Vitualization Solution.
If you want to test new software and want to get rid of the any hassle if the program is not to your liking or it is incompatible with your system.
You install the software you like to try in a virtual environment.
You have to “activate” the program, once it is installed, via an icon in the window of SVS. It triggers the virtual enviroment to start with the program.
As long as the program is not activated it is like it wasnt installed in the first place. When activated the files appear in your file system. Nothing is written to the registry itself, it is written in the virtual environment but windows thinks it is installed.
If you dont like the software you try? Just delet the icon in SVS window and all traces of that program is gone.
You can export the program to another computer that has SVS installed.
Here are som free exported programs: http://www.svsdownloads.com/
All you have to do is to import the .vsa file into SVS and activate it.
They dont recommend it for malware testing. It propably will work against most of the malware, but Altiris (the developers) have not built this program (or tested) for that purpouse.
I use it alot to test software (I do test alot of software :slight_smile: ) and I never have to worry that it wont uninstall properly, ie leaving traces in registry, leaving files behind or that they simply doesnt uninstall because of a porly written uninstaller.
[by sukarof]

VirtualBox
OpenSource “full virtualization” Virtual Machine software for x86 computers. It has a modular design with Client/Server setup, and a full Software Development Kit; you can change the interface without digging into the source code. The developer’s statement: “InnoTek VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.”
[by Someone]

Locate32
fast file search.
From the authors web site:
"This program saves names of all files in your hard drives to file database. After that you can locate files. Very fast. This program works like updatedb and locate in Unix systems. Win32 based locating program also included. Program works with Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/XP (and with Windows 95 if Internet Explorer 3 is installed). "
A bit like Agent Ransack, but since it works with a database of the files it is much faster. The downside is that it takes 2.5 minutes to update the database (329Gb of files in my machine) you can schedule the update of the database although it doesnt take much resources while updating.
Once the database is updated file search is lightning fast.
[by sukarof]

Free Launch Bar
Free Launch Bar is a Free replacement for the standard Quick Launch bar. All functions presented in Quick Launch are also in Free Launch Bar. However, the Free Launch Bar is fully compatible with Quick Launch because it uses the same folder for shortcuts. But there is one huge difference. Free Launch Bar allows you to combine your shortcuts into groups. This feature looks like popup menus. This vastly improves the management of your shortcuts and save working space on your desktop. By using Free Launch Bar, you speed up the launching of your applications like never before.
[by Kail]

PowerOff
Poweroff is a small program for Win95/98/NT/W2K/XP to schedule a shutdown/reboot/logoff/poweroff/Standby/Hibernate/Lock/Wake-On-LAN at a certain time. It also support command line options that allows poweroff to be used in batch scripts. It has a built-in scheduler, it allows you to run a program before doing the action, you can give a warning message to the user, wait for a process to finish before doing the action and full remote control is supported.
[by wisanggeni]

LSrunas
LSrunas can be used to run a command using another user account and passing the password as a parameter. This is a big improvement over the standard runas tool which is not able to accept a password. LSrunas can be used in scripts.
[by wisanggeni]

ISO Producer
ISO Producer is an small tool created by JNS (http://www.emucheater.com) that creates ISO images in a fast, reliable and easy way using PSEmu Pro compatible CDR plugins.
[by wisnaggeni]

TaskSwitch XP
TaskSwitchXP is an advanced task management utility that picks up where the standard Windows Alt+Tab switcher leaves off. It provides the same functionality, and adds visual styles to the dialog and also enhances it by displaying thumbnail preview of the application that will be switched to.
[by wisnaggeni]

Password Safe
Stores passwords in an encrypted file using twofish file encryption.
[by MadJack]

Σήμερα v3
This one is for greek users only. It’s a calendar in greek lang
Εορτολόγιο με κινητές, ακίνητες, ονομαστικές γιορτές. Εισαγωγή και προσωπικών ημερομηνιών. Εμφανίζεται με πρακτικό τρόπο όποτε ξεκινάνε τα Windows για να μας ενημερώσει για σήμερα και για το επόμενο διάστημα και περιλαμβάνει πλήθος αστρονομικών στοιχείων.(Αφού κλείσει βέβαια δεν παραμένει τίποτα στη μνήμη των Windows).
[by pandlouk]

Handy Free Clock
It’s not a simple clock.
“It’s a clock! It’s a stopwatch! It’s an egg timer! You can set alarms too!” (by the developer)
Also has options to customize the alarm sounds, to start with windows and to be always-on-top
[by pandlouk]

Citrus Alarm Clock
Tired of setting your alarm clock to a different time each day? Tired of waking up to typical radio fodder or annoying beeps? Citrus can help! Citrus is a software alarm clock that turns your computer into an alarm clock!
[by: rgreene501]

Notepad++ 3.8
A generic source code editor (it tries to be anyway) and Notepad replacement written in C++ with the win32 API. The aim of Notepad++ is to offer a slim and efficient binary with a totally customizable GUI.
[by AOwL]

Dial-a-Fix
Dial-a-fix is an advanced utility for 32-bit versions of Microsoft Windows written by DjLizard in Borland Delphi 7 that repairs various Windows problems, such as:

* Windows Update errors and problems with Automatic Updates
* SSL, HTTPS, and Cryptography service (signing/verification) issues
* COM/ActiveX object errors and missing registry entries
* and more.

Dial-a-fix (hereafter known as “DAF”) is a collection of known fixes gleaned from Microsoft Knowledgebase articles, Microsoft MVPs, and other important support forums, that will assist you in repairing problems with your system. Although this tool is ordinarily meant for power users, technicians, and administrators, it is quite safe to use even without technical guidance (although guidance is recommended). Simply choose the solutions you wish to apply via checkmarks, and click GO. There are other buttons and tools present on the main dialog as well, such as the policy scanner. All tools and checkmarks identify their purpose when you mouse over them. DAF’s primary philosophy is to fix problems by setting various things back to their original Microsoft defaults. DAF currently does not interface with or repair any third party programs (and there are no plans to do so). DAF works on all pertinent 32-bit versions of Windows: 98, 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, and Server 2003. Dial-a-fix dynamically disables functions that are not applicable to your version of Windows. The version of Windows with the most support and functionality is currently Windows XP.
[by Kail]

WireShark
One word: Ethereal
Do I need to say more?
For the unaware, WireShark is packet sniffer with a bunch of protocols and abilities. Very usefull.
Be sure to check out WireShark FAQ Question 1.2 about the Ethereal/WireShark relation!
[by wjpm]

Nmap
Nmap (“Network Mapper”) is a free open source utility for network exploration or security auditing. It was designed to rapidly scan large networks, although it works fine against single hosts. Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics. Nmap runs on most types of computers and both console and graphical versions are available. Nmap is free and open source.
[by wjpm]

RegSeeker
RegSeeker includes a powerful registry cleaner and can display various informations like your startup entries, several histories (even index.dat files), installed applications and much more ! With RegSeeker you can search for any item inside your registry, export/delete the results, open them in the registry. RegSeeker also includes a tweaks panel to optimize your OS ! Now RegSeeker includes a file tool to search for duplicate files, bad shortcuts and more!
Use with care and make backups!
[by wjpm]
A great program for cleaning your registry ( it has not given me any problems until now but you should perform a backup for being sure)
[by Alexx]

Regseeker Exclude.ini (maintained by someone in CCleaner Forums)
A MUST-HAVE for Regseeker users. It makes the registry scanning over 10 times safer!
[by adchia]

NTP + NTP Time Server Monitor
An NTP software plus a time server monitor for controlling.
[by wjpm]

Jacksum
Jacksum is a free (OSI Certified Open Source Software) and platform independent (Java) software for computing and verifying checksums, CRCs and message digests (known as hash values and fingerprints).
[by wjpm]

System Information for Windows
It is amazing, how much information about your system (hardware/software), this little program will give you.
[by Alexx]

RightMark CPU Clock Utility (RMClock)
“RightMark CPU Clock Utility (RMClock) is a small GUI application designed for real-time CPU frequency, throttling and load level monitoring and on-the-fly adjustment of the CPU performance level on supported CPU models via processor’s power management model-specific registers (MSRs). In automatic management mode it continuously monitors the CPU usage level and dynamically adjusts the CPU frequency, throttle and/or voltage level as needed, realizing the “Performance on Demand” concept.”

“A great tool for controlling your mobile CPU consumption/power. It is very easy to use and the users that have notebooks (or desktop with mobile CPU) will love it. ;D”
[by pandlouk]

GhostScript (CNY)
Ghostscript is a package of software that provides:
* An interpreter for the PostScript ™ language, with the ability to convert PostScript language files to many raster formats, view them on displays, and print them on printers that don’t have PostScript language capability built in;
* An interpreter for Portable Document Format (PDF) files, with the same abilities;
* The ability to convert PostScript language files to PDF (with some limitations) and vice versa; and
* A set of C procedures (the Ghostscript library) that implement the graphics and filtering (data compression / decompression / conversion) capabilities that appear as primitive operations in the PostScript language and in PDF.
[by Little Mac]

What’s Running
Ever wonder if your PC is keeping secrets from you? Wonder no more. The freeware utility What’s Running reveals all your system’s active processes, services, drivers, and connections. It’s like Windows Task Manager, except far more informative. The cramped multipane interface is very hard to read, but even it has its good points: it lists processes in a parent-child hierarchy (a good way to spot malware); it lets you choose which columns of information to display; and it makes stopping or prioritizing processes as simple as right-clicking. It even lets you control which programs launch at start-up. Looks aside, What’s Running ought to appeal to system administrators, support specialists, and tech-savvy home users who want to know precisely what their computer is up to.
[by Someone]

Zsoft Uninstaller
Zsoft uninstaller is an easier way to help you uninstall applications.
[by andyman35]

Advanced WindowCare
Advanced WindowsCare v2 Personal is a comprehensive PC care utility that takes an one-click approach to help protect, repair and optimize your computer. It provides an all-in-one and super convenient solution for PC maintenance and protection.
[by Rikitikitawi]

Hamachi
Hamachi is a program that allows you to arrange multiple computers into their own secure network just as if they were connected by a physical network cable.
[by gebeleizis]

Lupas Rename
Lupas Rename is a FREEWARE program developed to rename a big number of files.
[by gebeleizis]

InstallPad
InstallPad downloads the latest versions of your favorite programs.
[by gebeleizis]

Ultravnc
a powerfull, easy to use and free software that can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen. The program allows you to use your mouse and keyboard to control the other PC remotely. It means that you can work on a remote computer, as if you were sitting in front of it, right from your current location.I love it! I use it all the time*
[by gebeleizis]

AppSnap
AppSnap is an application that simplifies installation of software. It automatically figures out the latest version, downloads the installer and
then installs the software in one seamless step.
[by gebeleizis]

VMWare
VMware Player and Server are free! “Optimize and manage your IT infrastructure, from the desktop to the data center, by virtualizing your computing, storage and networking systems with VMware software.” . Do you want to try Linux without uninstalling Windows? VMWARE! Do you want to try other applications in windows to see if there are BSOD’s? VMWARE, but here you’ll need an extra copy of Windows with valid keys. Pre built - http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/appliances/directory/
[by Someone]

Bart’s Preinstalled Environment
“Bart’s PE Builder helps you build a “BartPE” (Bart Preinstalled Environment) bootable Windows CD-Rom or DVD from the original Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 installation/setup CD, very suitable for PC maintenance tasks.”

It will give you a complete Win32 environment with network support, a graphical user interface (800x600) and FAT/NTFS/CDFS filesystem support. Very handy for burn-in testing systems with no OS, rescuing files to a network share, virus scan and so on.
This will replace any Dos bootdisk in no time!"
[by Someone]

Ultimate Boot CD for Windows
“UBCD4Win is a bootable CD which contains software that allows you to repair, restore, or diagnose almost any computer problem. Our goal is to be the ultimate free hardware and software diagnostic tool. All software included in UBCD4Win are freeware utilities for Windows®. UBCD4Win is based on Bart’s PE©. Bart’s PE© builds a Windows® “pre-install” environment CD, basically Windows® booted from CD. We include many free hardware and software diagnostic tools that allow you to fix almost any problem you will face with your computer. With network support, the ability to modify NTFS volumes, recover deleted files, create new NTFS volumes, scan hard drives for viruses, etc. this project includes almost everything you need to repair your system problems. This project has been put together to be the ultimate recovery cd and not a replacement OS (Operating System).”
[by Someone]

Belarc Advisor
" The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server. "
[by Someone]

Secunia Software Inspector
“Detects insecure versions of applications installed , Verifies that all Microsoft patches are applied, Assists you in updating your system and applications, Runs through your browser. No installation or download is required.”
[by Someone]

Baraha
Baraha is a word processing application for creating documents in Indian languages. It is developed with an intention to provide a free software to enable and encourage Indians use their native languages on the computers. Baraha can be effectively used for creating documents, sending emails and publishing web pages. Baraha 7.0 supports Kannada, Devanagari, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati, Gurumukhi, Bengali, and Oriya scripts. The following table shows the languages supported.
[by maxqnz]

Process Tamer
Process Tamer is a tiny (140k) and super efficient utility for Microsoft Windows XP/2K/NT that runs in your system tray and constantly monitors the cpu usage of other processes. When it sees a process that is overloading your cpu, it reduces the priority of that process temporarily, until its cpu usage returns to a reasonable level. From http://www.donationcoder.com/
[by Pedro*]

JKDefrag
Free (released under the GNU General Public License) disk defragment and optimize utility for Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista/X64. Completely automatic and very easy to use, fast, low overhead, with several optimization strategies, and can handle floppies and USB disks/sticks.
There is also a GUI available Here
[by adchia]

System Spec
System Spec is a great system profiling utility. It is a single executable file with no installation required - just run it as is. It details just about every facet of a Windows PC. Runs under Windows 98SE, ME, NT, 2000 and XP (98SE requires WMICORE to be installed). Vista compatability is yet to be determined.
[by panic]

Vista Inspirat 2
This is more like the Vista Transformation Pack! But with no serious configurations when installing unlike Transformation pack! Simply great!
[by Damitha]

Vista Transformation Pack
Vista Transformation Pack will give to your Windows XP system the new and cool look of Microsoft’s future operating system: Windows Vista. The pack changes most of the system icons, skins and toolbars and also adds new enhancements to your desktop such as a dock bar or a different system tray clock
[by Pandlouk]

MRename
Rename multiple files with two clicks from Windows Explorer.
[by gebeleizis]

Folder Size
Folder Size for Windows adds a new column to the Windows Explorer details view that displays the sizes of files and folders. A service scans your hard disk in the background and caches the results. Designed for performance!
PS: this is nice, but if you don’t like it and still want some nice disk usage utility, but outside explorer u can use:WINDIRSTAT
[by gebeleizis]

new-ext
New-ext extends Windows Explorer context menu with a number of commands that create a directory based on a template you configure.
PS: it keeps crashing my explorer, I have have to restart for the 0.8 version see what is up.
[by gebeleizis]

CPext
Adds a column to Windows Explorer details view that shows the extension part of a filename.
[by gebeleizis]

Windowpaper XP
I love changing my backgrounds in the folders themselves, this will do it and is easy to use.
[by comicfan2000]

FlyakiteOSX
FlyakiteOSX can transform the windows 2k/XP enviroment into a Mac OSX similar interface. If you want to change the way your windows looks give it a try. (from the site you can preview how windows will look after installation; just take a look at the “screenshots” there.)
[by pandlouk]

aSkin
aSkin is a cool program that cycles images (skins) over your Explorer and Internet explorer. Each time you open Explorer or Internet Explorer a new skin will decorate its background. It is similar with “hotbar” but it is not a spyware/adware program. :wink:
[by pandlouk]

AutoHotkey
AutoHotkey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. With it, you can:

* Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
* Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.
* Expand abbreviations as you type them. For example, typing "btw" can automatically produce "by the way".
* Create custom data entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars. See GUI for details.
* Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
* Respond to signals from hand-held remote controls via the WinLIRC client script.
* Run existing AutoIt v2 scripts and enhance them with new capabilities.
* Convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don't have AutoHotkey installed.

[gebeleizis]

Taskbar Shuffle
No hotkey, no extra steps, drag and drop the programs on your Windows taskbar by simply… well, dragging and dropping them! Neat concept, huh?
[gebeleizis]

IconTweaker
Give your desktop a personal look by changing the default Windows icons. You can also modify individual icons of drives and folders to be able to recognize their contents easily.
[gebeleizis]

ClipName, AttrMenu, ExecParam

1° - ClipName is also a Context Menu extension copying the full pathname of the right-clicked file to the clipboard. This new version supports copy of multiple filenames either as a space separated list or as a CRLF separated list. DOS filenames (8.3) can now also be copied as well as the URL encoded name and the UNC name for remote files.

2° - AttrMenu is a Windows Explorer Context Menu extension allowing direct access to a file’s attributes. Much easier than using the Properties dialog box.

3° - ExecParm is another Context Menu extension for Windows Explorer. It allows you to run a program with parameters on the command line.
[by gebeleizis]

Dvorak Assistant
An open source Windows tray utility that toggles between your current keyboard layout and the Dvorak layout.

DvAssist allows you to type with the Dvorak layout (like I do) everywhere, even if you’re not an Admin. It is a single, portable executable file that does not need installation. Run it, and it puts a gray “D” on the tray. Double-click the “D”, and the “D” becomes black, and hey presto! Your keyboard is now using a Dvorak layout! Double-click again, and return to whatever layout your keyboard was.

Download hosted on SourceForge
[by pepoluan]

Wikipedia
This is not a program but I added it as worth mentioning free multilingual online Encyclopedia
[by pandlouk]

OpenOffice
A multiplatform and multilingual office suite, compatible with all other major office suites
[by pandlouk]

ABIword
I like ABIword more than open office.The interface is easier and you can do whatever you need to do with it. Not that OO isn’t ok, but it’s too much in my opinion. Abiword works great and does what I need it to do.
[by comicfan2000]

OEBackup
I don’t know how I stumbled across this Outlook express backup full, one but i did and I am glad I did because you click a restore button and all identities are there, that’s it. Easy backup easy restore.
[by comicfan2000]

Foxit Reader
Foxit Reader is a free reader for PDF (Portable Document Format) documents. You can view and print PDF documents with it.
[by wisanggeni]

PDFCreator
PDFCreator is a free tool to create PDF files from nearly any Windows application.
[by mjpm]

MikTex
MiKTeX is an up-to-date TeX implementation for the Windows operating system. Use the net-installer if you want the complete distribution.
[by wjpm]

TeXnicCenter
TeXnicCenter is a feature rich integrated development environment (IDE) for developing LaTeX-documents on Microsoft Windows (Windows 9x/ME, NT/2000/XP) freely available under GPL.
[by wjpm]

WeaverSlave
Get a small, flexible Editor is the objective by the development of the Weaverslave. The program is very configurable and can be extended with plugins. Syntax Highlighting for C++ Script, CSS, Haskell, HTML, Java, Javascript, MySQL, Pascal Script, Perl, PHP, PL/SQL, Plain Text, Python, Smallworl Magik, VBScript, Visual FoxPro and XSL included.
[by wjpm]

MySQL GUI Tools
Including MySQL Workbench, a database Modeller like ERwin. The only tool I use but as this is bundled now in the gui tools you have to download the whole bundle.
[by wjpm]

Converber v1.4.0
Converber is a unit converter. It is a powerful software utility that will help make easy conversions between 924 various units of measure in 31 categories. Converber converts everything from length and force to flow and temperature.
[by marcogancio]

Lotus Symphony
This is a free office suite built on the OpenOffice platform.
From the Developer: IBM® Lotus® Symphony™ is a richly-featured set of productivity tools that are intuitive and easy to use and provided at no charge. There are three applications that make up Lotus Symphony: Lotus Symphony Documents, Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets, Lotus Symphony Presentations.
[by Little Mac]

UFRaw
A great RAW image editor, very easy for beginners.
[by stuartnz]

Gimp
What can I say for the Gimp, it’s awesome and I have found some excellent plugins as well, no need for photoshop but get used to the Gimp interface, it can be tough for some but once you do, it’s easy.
[by comicfan2000]

irfanview
IrfanView may be another you want to look into. It has batch conversion among a hundred other things, image viewer, video, etc…I don’t care for the interface but it is a very good program.
[by comicfan2000]
Irfanview- A nice lightweight viewer
[by KingKull]

Image Viewer,Capture,MaxView,Photo Resizer
I have grown to love this image viewer\organizer\ and file renamer\batch conversion\ text editor, excellent.
[by comicfan2000]
I want to add that fastone has a free image capture as well and in fact captures video windows as well as still images, very nice. They also have Maxview for opening multiple pic windows and simply to view the picture, it’s ok.
[by comicfan2000]

XnView
Xnview is another like fastone but perhaps more basic, still does what you need and is really good.
[by comicfan2000]

ScreenPrint32
Screenprint.exe is excellent for taking screen shots, I use this all the time.
[by comicfan2000]

Easy Thumbnails
EZthumbs is excellent for making thumbnails.
[by comicfan2000]

Animator-9
You want a free animated GiF maker? This is great! Look at my avatar, this is what put it together, I made the files with Gimp, and used animator9 to stitch it all. It has stitch control, etc…awesome program, easy to use.
[by comicfan2000]

Wink
Wink 2.0 is a simple to use screen capture utility that outputs in SWF format. The CPF rules creation tutorial at www.embsolutions.com.au/cpf_rule/index.htm was created with Wink 2.0.
[by panic]

Photo Filtre
Freeware version is exceptionally quick, easy to follow, nice UI and extensible. Don’t download Photo Filtre STUDIO, as it is not freeware, but costs only 25 Euros.
[by panic]

Anim8or
Anim8or is a free3D modeling and character animation program
[by Comicfan2000]

Blender
Blender is the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback. Available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.
[by Comicfan2000]

PHPGraphy
a gallery PHP-script so you can show your images in your website. It supports MySQL but can be used without it too.
[by AOwL]

Paint.net
Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
[by wjpm]

InkScape
Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.
[by wjpm]

Rebirth RB-338
Rebirth RB-338 simulates a Roland TB-303 Bass Line Synthesizer and the TR-808 and TR-909 Rhythm composers, was once payware and now is freeware.
[by wjpm]

Xampp
XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. Usefull as development environment.
[by wjpm]

Open WorkBench
Open Workbench is an open source desktop application that provides robust project scheduling and management functionality. Already the scheduling standard for more than 100,000 project managers worldwide, Open Workbench is a free and powerful alternative to Microsoft Project.
[by wjpm]

Hoversnap
A great program for taking snapshot of your desktop, of the full screen, active window or a selected area. Give it a try. (:LOV)
[by Alexx]

PIXresizer
Resize images without loosing quallity.(well at least not much)
[marcogancio]

WebMon 1.0.1
Great little freeware utility to monitor websites and notify you of changes.
Supports multiple pages, user defined monitoring intervals for each page, TXT, HTML and XML logging of changes and more.
[by Panic]

Pimpzilla-Firefox Theme
The best Firefox theme after the default theme for me.
Don’t Mind the name. But does have the look ;).
[by Damitha]

Privoxy
Privoxy is a web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for protecting privacy,
modifying web page data, managing cookies, controlling access, and removing ads, banners, pop-ups and other obnoxious Internet junk.
Privoxy has a very flexible configuration and can be customized to suit individual needs and tastes. Privoxy has application for both stand-alone systems and multi-user networks.
[by Gordon]

aMSN
aMSN : FOSS Messenger-clone
[by Gordon]

Webaroo
A program that you can use to browse the web offline.
[by Someone]

HTTrack
offline browser utility; which means that if you feed it a URL, it will try to download the contents of the website, HTML-graphics-and-all, including other pages linked to from that URL. You can specify how deep & how wide it sucked the web. Downloaded pages can be “refreshed”, i.e. checked for updates.
[by pepoluan]

Proxomitron
“the Universal Web filter was created by Scott R. Lemmon and is a configurable personal web proxy tool. In simple terms, this software intercepts web pages before they reach the web browser, and then alters the page as the user desires by removing or adding code. It can be configured to block popup ads, blinking banners, regular advertisements, annoying sound clips, and almost anything else on web pages, through the use of regular expression filters.” more info on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxomitron
NOTE from Someone: It can be tricky to use. “The author, Scott R. Lemmon, died 1 May 2004 at the age of 36.” But there are clones like Proximodo ( http://proximodo.sourceforge.net/ ) . There are other approaches too, like Greasemonkey for Firefox.
[by Someone]

Upload Express
Upload Express was designed to make uploading a file to a particular location easy! Upload Express currently supports uploading to YouSendIt, ImageShack, and any FTP Server you desire. Upload Express is a Windows Explorer plugin that sits in the context menu. You can select a file, and then right click and Upload!
PS:it seems that the development stoped or something, but I still use it for uploading my troubleshooting screenshots or whatever.
[by gebeleizis]

Opera
A safer alternative browser to Internet Explorer, more secure and faster!
[by adchia]

Miranda IM
Cross-platform client to connect to MSN/AIM/ICQ/IRC/YIM/Jabber, etc.
[by BullHorn]

GAIM
Same purpose as Miranda IM but different.
[by BullHorn]

BitWise IM – Free IM program with free 128bit Blowfish encryption and direct connection (Your messages and files move from PC to PC without going through any server, while being encryped). Very safe and great[by BullHorn]

No-IP
Program to forward your IP through a DNS name of your choice. For example: BHTS.No-IP.Info
[by BullHorn]

ATH.CX
Same as No-IP but looks like: BHTS.ath.cx
[by BullHorn]

Free Download Manager
Pretty much like Flashget, Getright and Download Accelerator Plus, except it’s free, comes without any kind of adware and has an option to download sites fully and easily. :slight_smile:
[by BullHorn]

Firefox
A great alternative Internet browser to Internet Explorer. I believe no further explanation is required.
[by DoomScythe]

Fresh FTP
Neat, easy to use, resumable FTP client.
[by panic]

Thunderbird
A great free email client from Mozilla
[by KingKull]

hMailServer
hMailServer is a free, open source e-mail server for Microsoft Windows. It supports all the common e-mail protocols (IMAP, SMTP and POP3) and comes with an easy-to-use COM library that can be used for integration with other software. It also has supports for virtual domains, distribution lists, antivirus, antispam, aliases, distributed domains and much more. E-mail data is stored in a database server, MySQL or MS SQL, depending on your choice.
[by wisnaggeni]

VentrigoServ
VertrigoServ was developed to make available a highly professional and easily installable package of Apache (HTTP web server), PHP (reflective programming language), MySQL (multithreaded, multi-user, SQL Database Management System), SQLite (ACID-compliant relational database management system), SQLiteManager (multilingual web based tool to manage SQLite database), PhpMyAdmin (tool written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL) and Zend Optimizer (which increases runtime performance up to 40%) for Windows platform.
[by wisnaggeni]

UltraVNC
UltraVNC is an easy to use, fast and free software that can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen. The program allows you to use your mouse and keyboard to control the other PC remotely. It means that you can work on a remote computer, as if you were sitting in front of it, right from your current location. The ultra in UltraVNC is its video driver which releases CPU while giving very good quality (on Broadband/LAN).
[by wjpm]

TeamViewer
TeamViewer is our solution for easy and friendly desktop sharing. You can remote control a partners desktop to give online assistance, or you can show your screen to a friend - all without worrying about firewalls, IP addresses and NAT.
Full version which can be used to connect and also wait for connections - one solution for every situation!
TeamViewer is absolutely FREE for personal, non-commercial use - just download and start!
[by Damitha]

KVirc
KVIrc is a free portable IRC client based on the Qt GUI toolkit.
[by wjpm]

WebGrab 3.6
WebGrab! (windows version) is a tool that allows you to quickly and easily download web page elements such as images, html pages, Java applets, Shockwave or director animation and more.

We are currently developing a 4.0 version of WebGrab! and would like to now offer WebGrab! version 3.6 absolutely FREE!
Registration Name : WFREE
Registration Number : WFREE
[by Rossman]

YouTube Grabber
Youtube Grabber is a free tool that downloads FLV files from youtube. Simply copy and paste the URL of a video from youtube into the program, press grab OR enter, and the file will be downloaded into the same directory as the program.
[by Rossman]

UseNetGrab
We are currently developing a 4.0 version of UsenetGrab! and would like to now offer UsenetGrab! version 3.8 absolutely FREE!
Please try out version 3.8, and let us know here how it goes by posting in the UsenetGrab! section of the forum. Let us know what you liked or didnt like, impovements we can make, bugs etc.
Registration Name : UFREE
Registration Number : UFREE
[by Rossman]

World Wind by Nasa
[Note: World Wind required a semi powerful Video Card, please check your compatibility here.]
[by justin1278]

Google Earth
If you can’t support World Wind then you can try out Google Earth
[by justin1278]

accuweather desktop
I like having accuweather desktop, it gives me what I want, (the weather). It’s not as beefed up as weather.com but that’s what makes it nice. You are somewhat limited with the free version and has adds running on the side but I have never had spyware from it whatsoever.I love the alerts and streaming weather map. Also, doesn’t take up resources.
[by comicfan2000]

Burrrn
Freeware audio CD creator. Supports MP3s, Oggs, etc. as its input.
[by pepoluan]

InfraRecorder
Freeware CD burning. Also capable of ripping a CD into an .iso image.
[by pepoluan]

CDBurnerXP Pro
CdburnerXP pro is an excellent CD\DVD\Audio disk burner\iso\bootable. It works great, fast, reliable.
[by comicfan2000]

HT Fireman CD/DVD Burner
HT fireman is another burner and does what CDburnerXP pro does but the interface isn’t as easy.But it is solid working.
[by comicfan2000]

MagicDisc
MagicDisc is virtual cd/dvd drive utility. It supports almost all disc images (BIN, IMA/IMG, CIF, NRG, IMG/CCD, MDF/MDS, VCD, VaporCD, P01/MD1/XA, VC4/000, VDI, C2D, BWI/BWT, CDI, TAO/DAO, PDI).
[by pandlouk]

CloneDrive
CloneDrive is another virtual cd/dvd drive utility. Supports less types of images but I like it more because is multilingual.
[by pandlouk]

EVEREST Free Edition
If you want info on your system, Everest FREE edition will do it. It will tell you everything on your pc, temps, etc…but is no longer supported so you have to go elsewhere to find it, Major Geeks has it as linked above.
[by comicfan2000]

PC Wizard
PC Wizard is a powerful utility designed especially for detection of hardware, but also some more analysis. It’s able to identify a large scale of system components and supports the latest technologies and standards. It can analyze and benchmark many kinds of hardware, such as CPU performance, Cache performance, RAM performance, Hard Disk performance, CD/DVD-ROM performance, Removable/FLASH Media performance, Video performance, MP3 compression performance.
[by pandlouk]

SpeedFan
SpeedFans main feature is that it can change fan speeds (depending on the capabilities of your sensor chip and your hardware) according to the temperatures inside your pc, thus reducing noise. But can also monitor voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info for those hard disks that support this feature and show hard disk temperatures too, if supported. I use it all the time.
[by pandlouk]

VidRes
VidRes is an easy to use utility that allows you to change most display settings interactively, or via shortcuts.
[by wisanggeni]

Daemon Tools
DAEMON Tools is an advanced application for multiprotection emulation. It is further development of Generic Safedisc emulator and incorporates all its features. This program allows running Backup Copies of SafeDisc (C-Dilla), Securom, Laserlock, CDCOPS, StarForce and Protect CD (and many others) protected games. Also included is a Virtual DVDROM drive (Generic DVD-ROM) enabling you to use your CD images as if they were already burned to CD! DAEMON Tools works under Windows9x/ME/NT/2000/XP with all types of CD/DVDROM drives (IDE/SCSI) and supports nearly any CD protection.
[by wisanggeni]

MyPhoneExplorer
Simply explore your SonyEricsson phone! Connect your phone via cable, bluetooth or infrared and you’ll be surprised how easy and efficient you can manage your phone with this compact software
[by wisnaggeni]

Silent Drive
A small 18KiB utility do handle acoustic management of harddisk. Site is german. ‘Herunterladen’ is the word for download. Once you made your settings, you can quit it.
Win2K/XP (P-)ATA only
[by wjpm]

Exact Audio Copy
It does, what it says. Recommend (also by HydrogenAudio Forums) audio grabber if you want quality.
[by wjpm]

RightMark CPU Clock Utility (RMClock)
A great tool for controlling your mobile CPU consumption/power. It is very easy to use and the users that have notebooks (or desktop with mobile CPU) will love it. ;D
Developers description: “RightMark CPU Clock Utility (RMClock) is a small GUI application designed for real-time CPU frequency, throttling and load level monitoring and on-the-fly adjustment of the CPU performance level on supported CPU models via processor’s power management model-specific registers (MSRs). In automatic management mode it continuously monitors the CPU usage level and dynamically adjusts the CPU frequency, throttle and/or voltage level as needed, realizing the “Performance on Demand” concept.”
[by pandlouk]

Also for more freeware you can checkout these freeware sites!

Imagerotation
A free image rotating service for the images you host at Imageshack, Photobucket, etc…
[by Neal63]

SnapFiles
A site where you can download many programs, there is also shareware listed here but it is clearly separated from the freeware.
[by pepoluan]

Free TV
Go and watch all your favorite tv programs. Don’t know how long this will continue though…
[by Damitha]

www.ryanvm.net
A site where you can get the latest bugfixes from the last MS Service Pack release - and integrate the bugfixes into Windows installation. Saves a lot of time downloading MS’s bugfixes. Very useful for corporate (i.e. multimachine) deployment. Site also contains “add-ons”, i.e. programs you can integrate into Windows installation. Which means that when you install Windows using the “enhanced/augmented” CD, not only will you have a Windows with the most current bugfixes, you also don’t have to install those programs one-by-one. Use the “RyanVM Integrator” free utility from that site.
[by pepoluan]

http://fileresearchcenter.com/whatsrunningpre.html?tag=INDEX
Find out whats running on your PC with this free online service! Even though this isn’t a program, it still is useful in quickly diagnosing your computer and seeing if it has malware.
[by adchia]

http://www.bluetack.co.uk
Many great free utilities available here:
Blocklist Manager
An excellent tool for managing and updating your block list for varius apps.

Protowall
Protowall is a lightweight program that runs in the background, taking up little CPU and memory, while blocking thousands of bad IP addresses.

HOSTS Manager
The HOSTS Manager is a program to maintain your HOSTS file. You will be able to download directly the HOSTS file maintained at Bluetack, append other HOSTS files to your existing one, replace your HOSTS file by a new one, create a back-up and restore it, add, edit, delete entries and much more… You can use your personal inclusions and exclusions lists. It will not import duplicate and invalid entries. You can also check if your HOSTS file contains invalid domains, thus invalid entries. A must have application.
[by Pandlouk]

http://bearbottoms1.com/
[A Site with all Freeware Downloads!]

https://sourceforge.net/
[A nice place to find free open source programs.]
[AOwL]

http://www.hotscripts.com/
[a place to go to when you want to find scripts in PHP, ASP, Java and so on…
I should say that not all scripts are free, but a lot of them are.]

http://www.simplemachines.org/
[And this forum is a free script.]

SELFHTML
SELFHTML is the well known documentation of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, DHTML, XML/XSLT, CGI/Perl and more, with many additional tips for design, grafic, project management, etc. In germany this site is THE standard source for quick or also deeper looks about the above-named things. English translation is going on.
[by wjpm]

FreeWare
[by Comicfan2000]

FreeWare
[Paul]

http://www.donationcoder.com/ - only goodness.

http://www.eclipse.org/ - Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on building an open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools and runtimes for building, deploying and managing software across the lifecycle. A large and vibrant ecosystem of major technology vendors, innovative start-ups, universities, research institutions and individuals extend, complement and support the Eclipse platform.

http://www.openlaszlo.org/ - the premier open-source platform for rich internet applications.
[gebeleizis]

Box
Share your files in a box widget ~ file sharing host site.
This is not a program but rather a handy online storage place. Great for backing up files and you can get 1 gigabyte of storage for free. Max upload size per file is 10 MB but still pretty useful.
[by Anderow]

Smosh.comList of Freeware programs, broken down by type of application.
[by Toggie]
Mod’s Note: For those with sensitive eyes, they apparently don’t have language filters on this site…

Utorrent
Utorrent the BitTorrent client that satisfies my usual torrent needs.
[by gebeleizis]

KCeasy
KCeasy is one of the best filesharing programs.
It connects to the Ares, Gnutella, OpenFT (and with a plugin, at the Fasttrack) networks. It is far better than bearshare, limewire, morpheus, kazaa, imesh and a lot others P2P programs. It is lighter than Shareaza because it can be used also with very slow internet connections as gprs, 33kb, 56kb.
And the best of all is very fast, and it’s free and open source.
[by pandlouk]

Azureus
Azureus is an open source java based torrent client with lot of features. The only thing that I don’t like is that is a bit heavy; especially for pcs with less than 512mb ram.
If you try it rember to install the safepeer and the sudoku plugins. The first is for your protection and the second for having fun during your downloads. :wink:
[by pandlouk]

Halite
Another open source torrent client. It is very light in resources and with the time will be a great alternative of Azures and Utorrent.
[by pandlouk]

Emule
I think that most know this one. ;D
ps.Emule Xtreme is a modified version a little faster than the original with lots of extras (and easy to configure).
[by pandlouk]

Two sites that may be useful. Offerings change everyday and only last for the day. “Robo Task” is one I would have liked to have gotten or “All My Movies” would have been a nice one too." Oh well.

For Software http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/

For Games http://game.giveawayoftheday.com/

[by munckman]

Hi Guys,

It’s also important to make sure you’re software is fully up to date, to avoid security issues, etc.

Try to avoid Alpha, Beta, Release Candidate (RC) & Other pre-release software as well unless you want to test it out & help make feedback to the developers or whom it may concern. pre-release software isn’t for every day use!

Cheers,
Josh