Top applications to install after a fresh OS installation

By Julio Franco ยท 32 replies
Feb 10, 2009
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  1. redzwan

    redzwan TS Rookie

    did anyone mention unlocker? this is a great program if u want to kill or unlock a program and also known where the program is from..

    sorry for bringing this up..:p

    i cannot post link because of the restriction...
  2. Hi,

    I can really recommend PSPad editor as a top notch text editor. It's been my favorite for a while now.

    Also please take a look at faststone image viewer. Super fast image veiwer with sweet editing and batch processing features. This is like the best tool ever! :D

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Putty. Best telnet/ssh client.
  4. pizzada

    pizzada TS Booster Posts: 72

    OK...first...great thread concept.........second everything I'll list is totally free.

    I SECOND this motion:

    GIMP - A FULL picture editor/creator. Get it, Learn it, Love it.
    VLC Player - great supplemental (if not primary) media player
    Foxit Reader - loads way quicker than Adobe for PDF's. Not annoying either.
    Google Earth - great for finding places and mapping trips as well as just plain cool


    OK, now a couple personal favorites:

    Auslogics Duplicate File Finder - Finds duplicate files easily. VERY cool for thinning out the herd...errm, I mean hard drive.

    Defraggler - WAY better than XP native defrag can defrag individule files...and even consolidate just the free space if you want.

    7zip - quicker than Winrar...unpacks many file, ISO's and even .rar files...MUST HAVE for me. Andto keep it short, last b' not least:

    TreeSizeFree.exe - Ever wonder what's taking up all that disc space? This FINDS the LARGEST files on your disc....VERY user friendly...Easy to read BAR-chart...lets you delete. DON'T hesitate...just get it.

    OK, two final thoughts:

    1) To keep current with my favorite 'restore' goodies...I just keep a fat thumb drive plugged in. ( I know it is not TOTALLY safe as far as data loss..but have never had a single issue with it)...very easy instead of having to make a disc or something. Makes new installs simple.


    2) As we all companies like to 'upgrade' our favorite freebies into nightmarish advertising platforms on a regular basis. MOST of you will already know about this,,,,but for any who don' can find a LOT of old version utilities/prgs, guess where.... A TREASURE of goodies.
  5. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    I would put in my vote for Microsoft Security Essentials for Anti malware and anti-virus. It has gotten very good reviews and i have been very pleased with its low profile & low annoyance factor. Plus it gets extra points for being free without having to register anywhere (note that i think it does validate your windows license on install, so make sure you have a valid copy).
  6. kweeny

    kweeny TS Rookie

    Am a relative newbie at all this tech stuff, but think IMHO 'Format Factory' is excellent for simple multimedia needs eg ripping/copying music and videos and converting to/from various formats without hassles. It is even capable of batch conversions and file joining.
    And its free.
  7. superty12

    superty12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 413


    BumpTop is a great program that gives your desktop walls. You can download themes or use your own pictures. You can put programs into piles. You can put sticky notes on it too. BumpTop: Widgets: Free version and Full version* available.
    Great. BumpTop is no longer available. Bought by Google. This stinks.


    A Google search says that BumpTop can still be gotten from many legit sources. I am bumping again!

    * Full version has
  8. rajevcharudutta

    rajevcharudutta TS Enthusiast Posts: 53

    I am a fan of JKDefrag.

    No need to install as it runs as seperate exe file.

    If you have external drives plugged in while running it , it will also defrag them after defragging the hard dirves.

    It's a freeware. Now it had been renamed as "MyDefrag".

    Another very useful freeware I found to protect the computer from infections through "autorun" (through external storage) is AUTORUN EATER

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