Necessary or very useful programs...

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  1. wilder

    wilder Registered Member

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    Which programs do you keep installed on your pc? Which are necessary or very useful in your opinion?

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  2. Thanasis159

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    ImgBurn, Ccleaner, Process Explorer and 7-zip among others!
     
  3. WSFuser

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    The two more important software for me: nLite/vLite

    And heres the rest of the (non-security) software I use:

    Ace Utilities, Autoruns, cFosSpeed,eMule,ESBSmallCalc, FastStone Capture, Firefox, FreePOPs, Halite, ImgBurn, InfoTag Magic, Just Another Nasty Editor (jane), Karens Replicator, LClock, Nero 7 (Micro), Notepad++, ObjectDock, OpenOffice, Orbit downloader, Paint.NET, PerfectDisk, Process Explorer, Sumatra PDF, Thunderbird, UltraISO, Vista Codec Pack, VMware Player, WinRAR, XnView, Zoom Player

    If I didnt find any of them useful I wouldnt have them installed.
     
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  4. EASTER

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    Aside from malware research and the ton of utilities i keep in inventory for this work, including console tools, i also enjoy customizing or completely revamping Windows appearances from it's default out-of-the-box looks.

    Neccessary for me since i do a lot of Adobe Flash editing are SoThink's SWFdecompiler, SoThink's Quicker & SWF Extractor which are ABSOLUTES for this.

    Also is the latest Nero Enterprise that helps me with DVD & CD chores. I've used Nero & SoThink's Programs since 98 days and find they still are my favorites even today.

    On the customization side, i ALWAYS install and depend on Vanimator, Ubericon, StarDock's LogOn Studio + BootScreen which without them i would puke at the sight of my screen every time i booted.

    With the onset of apps designed to mimic Vista, i now regularly also install VistaMizer and Vista Drives which shows a real-time indicator bar of disk useage alongside WallPaper Master that changes my wallpaper at whatever minutes between i want.

    I adore automation or as someone once put it, Auto-Pilot when it comes to customizing the appearances of Windows.

    DigitalTimePiece replaces the taskbar clock with a more attractive Digital look with different skins/colors of your choosing. A really nice freeware.

    With all of those above, my meager 512Mb of memory retains plenty of juice to power ALL my security programs without a single loss of performance and best of all no delay.
     
  5. the Tester

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    System TuneUp which is a new version of Ace Utilities.
    XP AntiSpy,Index.dat Suite for cleaners.
    Agent Ransack for file searches.
    Photo Filtre for photo copying etc..
     
  6. 19monty64

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    I would also add TinyWatcher and HijackThis to this growing list...
     
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  8. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    My top softwares are :

    1. FirstDefense-ISR
    2. ShadowProtect Desktop
    3. MS Office 2000 Pro (Word/Excel)
    4. Mozilla Firefox
    5. Mozilla Thunderbird
    6. Karen's Replicator

    The rest is mediocre.
     
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  9. EASTER

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    My Top Confidence Programs: (not neccessarily in this order)

    Paragon Drive BackUp 8.51
    Ultimate Defrag
    Drive Snapshot
    Power Shadow
    EQSecure 3.4
    Sandboxie
    FD-ISR


    .......to name just a few :thumb:
     
  10. stapp

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    Not counting av/malware programs, these are some I wouldn't like to be without (no order)

    K-Light media player classic
    Picasa2
    FD-ISR
    Ccleaner
    sandboxie
    Ashampoo Burning Studio
    Shrink and Decrypter
     
  11. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,

    Windows, right? And only running natively (no live CDs and such) ...

    A list by random order: Firefox (+ extensions), OpenOffice, CDBurnerXP Pro, VMware Server, Notepad++, Nvu, KompoZer, eMule, WinTeXmacs, FileZilla, IrfanView, GIMP, 7-zip, IZArc, AxCrypt, TrueCrypt, K-Lite codec pack, VirtualDub, ffmpeg, DOSBox, QEMU, PixResizer, BartPE builder (+ UBCD4WIN), FreeMat, VLC, Foxit, PeerGuardian, Proxomitron ...

    That's it, can't recall more right now.

    All of the above are freeware for domestic abuse.

    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  12. L Bainbridge

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    My essentials:

    System restore/ imaging:
    1. FD-ISR
    2. Shadow Protect
    3. AJC Active BackUp (for protecting Office doc revisions)
    4. Karen's Replicator
    Internet/ email
    1. Firefox
    2. Thunderbird
    3. IE Pro (for the rare occasions I use IE7)
    4. Flash Get (large downloads only)
    5. Pop Peeper (fantastic prog. for previewing/ deleting mail on server)
    CD & DVD
    1. Ashampoo Burning Studio
    2. Any DVD/ Clone DVD (ahem... for DVDs!)
    3. CyberLink Power DVD
    System
    1. Directory Opus (Explorer replacement)
    2. WinRAR
    3. nLite
    4. CCleaner
    5. TuneUp Utilities
    6. jv Power Tools
    Multimedia
    1. Winamp
    2. WMP11
    Appearance
    1. Vista Inspirat2 BricoPack - 'Vista' makeover minus the overheads
    2. Styler
    Office/ Productivity
    1. MS Office 2003
    2. Foxit Reader
    3. Cute PDF (PDF Printer)

    That's about it.... Actually that's about all that's on my rig...
     
  13. farmerlee

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    Programs that are always on my windows builds,

    Acronis TrueImage
    CCleaner
    RegCleaner
    Burning Studio
    PowerShadow
    FirstDefense-ISR
    K-Lite Mega Codec Pack
    Foxit Reader
    WinAmp
    WinRAR
    MSN Messenger
    PerfectDisk
     
  14. Tony

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    @ Easter

    Hi Easter, do you have a link for vAnimator.
    Done a google but the only download link i can find no longer works.
    Thanks :)
     
  15. Huupi

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    Necessity by way of experience are FDISR and ShadowProtect,they dragged me from the gates of hell more then once. All other usefull softwares i use are good but transient.
     
  16. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    You mean gates of bill .... hi hi hi hi hi hi hi ho ho ho.
    Mrk
     
  17. ErikAlbert

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    The same here.

    1. FDISR changed my computer completely from hell to paradise :
    - clean software folders and clean registry
    - working properly constantly
    - malware-free
    - solves all my problems, including my mistakes without needing any deep knowledge.
    I only have to reboot and everything is back to normal in less than 2 minuts.

    2. ShadowProtect does the rest in the worst scenarios : reliable and fast and restores everything in 9 minuts, loading time of Recovery CD included.

    I have alot more time to do something positive and constructive, instead of wasting my time on solving problems and writing disaster posts at Wilders. :)
     
  18. Huupi

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    Keep smiling Mrk,but without Bill we get only Linux on our desktops,and as you know very well, Linux is for geeks, ignoring the majority of us who can barely handle the simple GUI of Windows,let alone the dossy intricacy of Linux. So Windows is a godsend for us [me] ,i guess 99 % of the computerowners
     
  19. gkweb

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    Hello,

    I would say : backup/imaging software.

    Regards,
    gkweb.
     
  20. EASTER

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    Re: @ Easter

    Tony

    See your PM

    Regards EASTER
     
  21. TairikuOkami

    TairikuOkami Registered Member

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    ALL:

    7-Zip
    AxCrypt
    Belarc Advisor
    CCleaner
    Daemon Tools
    Defraggler
    DivX Web Player
    Flash Player (IE)
    Foxit Reader
    Google Earth
    HiJackThis
    ImgBurn
    Java Runtime Environment
    K-Lite Mega Codec Pack
    Microsoft Silverlight
    Notepad++
    OpenOffice
    Recuva
    System Info for Windows
    Windows Live Messenger
    XnView
     
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  22. acr1965

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    ie7pro
    pdf-xchange
    Tune Up Utilities
    Ccleaner
    trillian
     
  23. FadeAway

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    Not necessary, but useful:

    Tweak UI from Microsoft
    tinyresmeter from PESoft
     
  24. EASTER

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    Like ErikAlbert and many others, FD-ISR alone is revolutionized the way i can finally conduct either routine business or my hobby of editing.

    The very BEST! and next "vital" installment to this class regiment HAS to be PARAGON

    I can't tell you enough how many times this imaging & drive management app has meant to complete confidence & peace of mind = PRODUCTIVITY, on a level likely never to be matched for the duration of computing, at least with $M Windows systems.

    For me, it is the absolute EMPIRE that stately supports any & all other activities with data & programs. I can image without concern or thought and the same on restores.

    Some can rightfully argue that it's Linux (CD) recovery environment is their limitation with it, but since it works effectively with all my systems, it's a piece of cake to manage and manipulate throughout the file system and partition/drive without issue.

    This program ranks on the same level as FD-ISR, that is it WORKS! each and everytime and is very forgiving of users miscues to mention only a fraction of the possibilities it affords.
     
  25. ErikAlbert

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    FDISR requires imagination of the user and some users use it right and others don't.
    FDISR uses more space and isn't fast, I read that all the time, that's from users, who don't understand anything about FDISR and those are born Rollback-users.
    FDISR has the longest learning curve of all immediate system recovery softwares, so I'm not surprised that most people don't understand FDISR from the beginning and ditch it for other softwares with a short learning curve, speed and less space. :)
     
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