Project "Do not pay, do not pirate" (working title)

Hello all. The idea of this “project” is to “create” a free (excluding PC itself (hardware) and OS) PC for an avarege user.

Office package:
Open office - http://www.openoffice.org/
Libre Office - http://www.libreoffice.org/

Image viewer:
Ifran View - http://www.irfanview.com/

Image editing:
GIMP - http://www.gimp.org/
Paint.net - http://www.getpaint.net/

Audio \ video player:
VLC - Official download of VLC media player, the best Open Source player - VideoLAN
Zoom player free - Inmatrix.com - Zoom Player Download comes with ability to download \ update needed codecs

Working with archives:
7 zip - http://www.7-zip.org/

Browsers:
Most of them are free. Recomended are Opera, Firefox, Google chrome, Comodo Dragon (in no particular order)

FTP server:
Filezilla server - http://filezilla-project.org/

Cd burning:
ImgBurn - http://www.imgburn.com/

Junk file clean-up:
Ccleaner - CCleaner Professional | Try the world’s most trusted PC cleaner, free!

Registry clean- up (if you use one)
Ccleaner - CCleaner Professional | Try the world’s most trusted PC cleaner, free!
Registry life - Registry Life 5.31 - Free Registry Cleanup and Optimization Utility Can also compact \ defragment registry

Defragmenter:
Auslogics Disk Defrag Free - Best Free Defrag Software [Download] — Auslogics Disk Defrag

Internet security:
Comodo internet security (That was obvious, you’re most likely using it already)

Additional internet security (on demand scanners)
MalwareBytes anti-malware free - http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Super Antispyware free - http://www.superantispyware.com/
Comodo cleaning essentials (again, you’re probably using it)
Emsisoft Emergency Kit - http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/eek/

File \ folder encrypting:
TrueCrypt - http://www.truecrypt.org/

Video converting:
Super - Download SUPER 2021.Build.78+3D+Recorder for Windows - Filehippo.com
Freemake video converter - Download Any Video Converter 7.1.3 for Windows - Filehippo.com

Video editing:
Still searching, Windows movie maker isn’t a good one…

Uninstallers:
Revo uninstaller free (32-bit only) - Download Revo Uninstaller Freeware - Free and Full Download
Iobit uninstaller - http://www.freenew.net/windows/iobit-uninstaller-2-0/68873.htm - portable

Deleted files recovery:
Recuva Download Recuva | Recover deleted files, free!

Partitioning:
Easeus partition master Home edition - EaseUS® Download Center - Free Download Data Recovery Software, Todo Backup Software, Partition Manager

Disk Imaging:
Looking for a good one, Comodo Backup is unusable if you can’t boot into windows, Comodo Time Machine seem to cause a lot of problems to users.

Audio editing:
Audacity - Audacity download | SourceForge.net

Screen capture \ recording

Still looking something like Fraps but free

Cd-rom emulation:
Daemon Tools lite - DAEMON Tools Lite: The most personal application for disc imaging yet - DAEMON-Tools.cc

Youtube video downloader (may work with other services)
Freemake video converter - Download Any Video Converter 7.1.3 for Windows - Filehippo.com

Video \ audio file information
MediaInfo - MediaInfo

System Info
Speccy - Download Speccy | Find your computer specs, free!

Autorun manager
Autoruns Download AutoRuns 14.09 for Windows - Filehippo.com
Ccleaner - CCleaner Professional | Try the world’s most trusted PC cleaner, free!
Autorun Analyzer - part of Comodo cleaning essentials

I wouldn’t recommend OpenOffice until Apache releases a new version. (Estimated for the first half of 2012)

The current release hasn’t been in development since Oracle bought Sun Microsystems in 2010. (Oracle then gave the suite to Apache) Which is why many Linux distributions have switched to bundling LibreOffice, which is still under active development.

Why not a free OS? :wink:

Indeed :-TU

I don’t know any free OSes other than linux destributions… and it has it’s own set of programs I don’t know anything about.

just wanted to add a few to your list.

cdrom emulation:
MagicDisc

Registry Defrag/compacter
Quicksys RegDefrag (Not being developed anymore but works great, comodo system utilities seems to work well too)

Registry Clean-up
Eusing free registry cleaner

Audio player
MediaMonkey

Image Viewer
FastStone image viewer

Junk file clean-up
DiskMax

Your list barely scratches the surface of what is available. What you need depends on how you use your PC.

In addition to showing items of freeware I would also like to see a list of web sites that review or rate freeware by category. My contribution to this is:-

Gizmo’s Freeware Reviews http://www.techsupportalert.com/ contains reviews of freeware in many different categories.

Freeware Planet http://www.freewareplanet.net/ contains links to other site’s reviews of freeware in many different categories.

osalt.com contains descriptions and links to Open Source Alternatives to Commercial Software.

Some good freeware on my PC:-

Additional internet security (on demand scanners)
Hitman Pro http://www.surfright.nl/en
TDSSKiller anti-rootkit http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208283363

Software update checking:
SUMO Software Update Monitor http://www.kcsoftwares.com/
Secunia PSI About Secunia Research | Flexera

Optimizing Internet Connection:
TCP Optimizer SpeedGuide.net :: TCP Optimizer / Downloads

Image viewer:
XNView http://www.xnview.com/en/index.html

Working with archives:
IZArc http://www.izarc.org/

Deleted files recovery:
Mini Tool Power Data Recovery http://www.powerdatarecovery.com/

System Info:
System Explorer http://systemexplorer.net/

Find files by name:
Everything http://www.voidtools.com/

PDF Viewer:
PDF Xchange Viewer Tracker Software Products :: PDF-XChange Editor

Media Player:
VLC Media Player Official download of VLC media player, the best Open Source player - VideoLAN

Windows Explorer Alternative:
xplorer2 lite xplorer² lite: free windows explorer replacement (file manager)

add two more products

1st file downloader (with resume capability ) works with chrome firefox and IE9 www.freedownloadmanager.org/

2nd image viewer = Picasa 3 love it :slight_smile: picasa.google.com/

oops forget about this Download Defraggler for free | Defrag SSD and HDD drives

Disk Imaging: Redo Backup & Recovery (novice) and Clonezilla (expert)
Partitioning: Parted Magic (GParted)

:slight_smile:

A good idea to build a PC using Freeware and Open Source programs. Here are my additions to the list.
Progecad 2009 Smart - an Autocad compatible program.
Inkscape - Graphics Vector Editor.
Kicad - an EDA suite of programs (still a bit basic).