Name a non-Security related software that you can't live without

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by ejr, Jan 30, 2007.

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  1. ejr

    ejr Registered Member

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    Many of us in this forum are security freaks. But outside of security software, what one program or utility would absolutely not be without? As in, this piece of software will be on every PC that you own from now on. It could be a Windows Tweaker, a Registry Cleaner, I continuos defragger, really anything.

    But please name the program and then explain why you simply must have it.
     
  2. phasechange

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    AnyDVD ... because it corrects non-Red Book Complaint CDs and allows them to play correctly on my PC (and it stops DRM infections from installing with it). Frequent updates (a bit too frequent) mean that it was money well spent and over the years it's earned every penny.

    Firefox/Thunderbird... allow me to keep my profiles and email/bookmarks on my data drive so I can restore my system disk without effecting my browser bookmarks/prefs or email history.

    TrueCrypt.... A recent adoption by me however it secures my data from prying eyes, malware, and thieves. (edit: soz security related, it's "in me")

    EAC (Exact Audio Copy).... great secure ripper (one of the reasons I'm not on Linux, apart from support for my printer!)

    Paint.NET ... Free. Nice N easy image manipulation. Great for quick crops of screenshots and saving as PNGs.

    OpenOffice .... I don't have to buy MS Office.

    7-Zip.... very handy little archive manager.

    gknujon script for reporting my gmail spam folder contents to knujon. (edit: soz security related)

    Microsoft Synctoy.... great way of synchronising my USB drive on my desktop with my FLAC collection on my file server. Best powertoy ever!

    Here is my "clean build + apps" image application list:


    Acronis True Image 10
    AVS (or other antivirus)
    AnyDVD
    Truecrypt
    Thunderbird
    Firefox
    GameJackal
    7-Zip
    FoxItReader
    iTunes
    Nero
    FLAC (after Nero)
    Microsoft Synctoy
    OpenOffice
    Paint.net
    Canon EOS400D Software
    Python, gmail library, and gknujon script.
    Autoroute
    MSN Messenger
    Real/Quicktime Alternative
    Bart PE Builder
     
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  3. zopzop

    zopzop Registered Member

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    1) HD backup programs (current favorites are norton ghost 10 and paragon HD manager)

    2) bootable windows recovery cds (bartpe and knoppix)

    3) anydvd and clonedvd (my nephews would have slaughtered my original disney dvds if it weren't for these programs).

    4) firefox with noscript and adblocker.


    that's it :D
     
  4. Green Giant

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    Courier 3.5 e-mail client.
     
  5. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    First Defense - ISR
     
  6. Pedro

    Pedro Registered Member

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    I can live without the pc obviously, and some of the programs i mention aren't essential, but that i remember, i'll always install these:

    7-zip, IZarc, EULAlyzer, CCleaner, Process Explorer, What's running, Open Office, CD Burner XP Pro, Opera, Emule, VMware, VideoLan, foobar2000, TrueCrypt, FastStone Capture.

    When i change to Linux, which could take some time, i hope all of these can be run in it.
     
  7. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    Not really a life question but here are a few reason why one should bother to use computers in the first place:

    eMule
    Firefox
    Linux

    Mrk
     
  8. wilbertnl

    wilbertnl Registered Member

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    My internet browser and my finance manager.
     
  9. ASM

    ASM Registered Member

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    MS Window XP
    Browser - Firefox/Opera/Avant Broswer - for surfing Net
    Outlook/Thunderbird - for email
    MSN - Instant Message
    KMP/WMP/PowerDVD - for enterainment
    Ace Utilities - PC maintainece
    O&O Defrag - Defrag
     
  10. CatFan432

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    V-Com PowerDesk. As for living without it, I spent two weeks recently blissfully unaware that computers existed, and not only survived but seemed to be better for it. Must be something wrong with me.
     
  11. Davidpr

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    Football Manager 2007- the bug has bitten again.
     
  12. gerardwil

    gerardwil Registered Member

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    notepad ++ 4.0
     
  13. lodore

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    diskeeper 2007 pro
    firefox and opera sometimes i use the portable versions at college.
    sonicstage

    thats about it
    lodore
     
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  14. egghead

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    1. BootIt NG
    Digital viagra of 719 KB. Saved my bacon more than once. Gives great
    peace of mind when downloading/running stuff.

    2. Erunt autobackup
    backup program for the registry. Bacon saver also.

    3. RegSeeker
    keeping my registry clean
     
  15. BuckSnort_

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    Rollback.........saved me many times.
    Online Armor
    Firefox/Opera
    Ace Utilities to keep my system running smooth
    Yankee Clipper to replace clipboard....real nice!
    DVDXCopy/AnyDVD
     
  16. JimIT

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    Thunderbird
    Ghost, or equivalent imaging/backup tool
    Diskeeper
    Regseeker
     
  17. vhick

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    smae here plus internet browser (firefox) and of course, internet connection.
     
  18. Alphalutra1

    Alphalutra1 Registered Member

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    Opera
    Vim
    OpenSSH
    gcc (and possibly jdk & jre)


    Cheers,

    Alphalutra1
     
  19. lucas1985

    lucas1985 Retired Moderator

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    WMware, Firefox/Thunderbird, Notepad++, 2xExplorer, Cathy, Locate32, GreatNews, EAC/REACT, Foobar2000, Zoom Player, Burrn, The Godfather, MP3Tag, Emule and lots more :D
     
  20. Pedro

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    Alphalutra1, i'm curious on what these mean, or what they are*puppy*
     
  21. herbalist

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    There's too many!
    Irfan View
    BurnAtOnce
    Open Office.org
    Splinterware System Scheduler
    Launchkey
    Clipboards
    Sea Monkey
    Notepad++
    HTTrack website copier
    WinRar
    WinHex
    Big Jig, a super nice jigsaw puzzle program.

    Most useful of all for me, DOS.
    Rick
     
  22. Reposed

    Reposed Registered Member

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    Half a dozen utilities from Sysinternals
    Firefox Portable
    Opera USB
    GOM player
    Openoffice
    Flashget
    Unlocker
    Altiris SVS
    Any good archive extracter
     
  23. Antarctica

    Antarctica Registered Member

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    FD ISR
    OpenOffice
    Thunderbird
    Firefox
    TuneUp Utilities
     
  24. lodore

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    omg i forgot to put process exoplorer and autoruns.
    lodore
     
  25. screamer

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    hmm, lemme see...

    Clipboard Recorder = 99 clipboard slots
    FD-ISR = sys recovery
    ATI = image
    SyncBack = sync app
    PowerDesk = explorer replacement
    TuneUp Utilities 2007 = sys tune up & clean
    JV-16 Power Tools 2006 = sys tune up & clean
    EditPad Lite = NotePad replacement
    FastStone Capture = Capture utility
    Locate32 = search utility

    Firefox as browser
    Add ons:
     

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