software to replace bloated software

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by lodore, Oct 12, 2006.

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  1. lodore

    lodore Registered Member

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    HI, the other day someone here reccomended foxitreader to replace adobe reader. is there anything to replace other apps e.g. quicktime?
    and others?

    im trying to replace most of the bloated apps atm.



    thanks in advance
    lodore
     
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  2. Mrkvonic

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    thanks and i cant think of any others thou i was hoping someone could think of some.
     
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    There are other apps that work better than the ones that came bundled with WinXP -- although they aren't necessarily slimmer or faster. As examples:

    +Image for DOS, FDISR or Rollback (& several others of similar ilk) instead of Window's Restore
    +Metapad or EditPad Lite instead of Windows notepad
    +K-Meleon or Firefox instead of Internet Explorer
    +Total Uninstall as adjunct to Add/Remove
    +OpenOffice instead of Microsoft's Office
    +FreeCommander or 2Explorer as adjunct to Windows Explorer

    And the list could go on & on. As Mrkvonic said in his post, give us some specifics as to what you think is slowing down or bloating your computer.

    It can be a lot of fun testing out software but ONLY IF you can fully recover when you encounter an application that causes real trouble in your computer. Ergo, it's a very good idea to first of all replace or supplement Windows Restore with one of the programs that can really save your bacon should disaster occur. There are lots of good programs for this purpose. Read about some of them in THIS Wilders thread.
     
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    There are so many fvery good freeware and small aplication out there to replace the well known bloated software. I do it every time when i find something.

    My last killings:
    Photoshop -> Photofiltre
    Nero -> IMGBurner/Burnatonce/Burrn
    O&O Undelete -> AVIRA Undelete PE
    WMP -> MPC + XviD Codec
     
  6. ErikAlbert

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    Streamline Windows with nLite.
     
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    AIM/Triton -> miniaim
    SnagIt -> WinSnap
    K-Lite Codec Pack -> CCCP
    ACDSee -> XnView, IrfanView
     
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  8. ErikAlbert

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    OMG, one of my favorite softwares is listed.
     
  9. lodore

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    ok i have so far replaced adobe reader with foxitreader
    outlook express with Thunderbird this was done ages ago.
    I just uninstalled yahoo messenger since i no longer use it and could use trillion for that.
    and im done to 76 processes atm. and 73 at startup.
    i might get rid of that stupid btyahoo browser.
    i think i got the firefox memory leaks.
    when i had the same stuff open earlier it was using 560mb ram now its using 645mb ram. so im guessing memory leak.


    lodore
     
  10. Mrkvonic

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    Hello,
    That's quite a lot of processes - 73.
    Mrk
     
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    Not to hijack the OP. But have to agree. Have seen many XP machines running in the 40+ range. Always felt that was a lot. Wifes XP and my XP laptop both run 20+. That is with all security apps. running as well. Sorry for the OT, we now return to our regularly scheduled thread. ;)
     
  12. King FN Kong

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    i have 21 processes while surfing. removed everything, all i need is to be able to surf. 2 svchosts remain. no explorer.

    http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/8636/untitledhs2.jpg

    if you got the time, replace your shell. explorers suposed to be taking 24 to 30 megs now but atm blackbox only has about 7.

    try blackbox for windows, litestep, aston, etc. there are others more out there you can try. bit of a learning curve though.

    edit :

    you can try xmplay for mp3s, music. i used Winamp 2.95 until recently with very low footprint. found out xmplay has less. with a lot more eyecandy.
     
  13. lodore

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    thanks. i have been trying to get my number of processes down but its not easy.

    i have checked autoruns and theres of course alot of f-secure and quite alot of creative.

    i still dont know how you got your process count down so much.

    also i think sonicstage my music player uses alot of processes. but since i have a sony atrac hardrive player i dont really wanna use a different lighter player because that would mean converting all my music.

    i have just noticed a file called SsiEfr.e in the bootexcute on autoruns and i found it out to be an old spysweeper file remover. it can no longer find it so can i disable them? there like 7 of the same file?
     
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