Your Favorite FREE Software

By PanicX ยท 47 replies
Oct 14, 2003
  1. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    I love freeware. I have Weatherbug running in my tray. I still use ver 2.7 which if you say you're under 13 , it won't collect data on you and has little or no ads, depending on your browser. Laterversions got more full of ads and make you have a parent authorize it's installation when you say you're <13.

    PoloView is a good image viewer. Tiny and fast.

    Cyberkit is good for ping and tracert.

    Zone Alarm is a nice firewall.

    MBM5 is good for seeing your system temperatures.

    Winzip and mIRC are not 'freeware' but work without paying.

    Eudora mail is a great safe mail client that can run as 'banner ad' supported free mail client.

    SafeSex and Winamp by Nullsoft are great. SafeSex is a notepad type thing that sits on your desktop (Veh turned me on to it) and everybody knows what Winamp is.

    that's my list off the top of my head.
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +456

  3. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 669

    Thanks for all the great replies! I've got a CD compilation going thats actualy more than 1 CD. If you come up with any other notable Freeware, please post!
  4. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    Well you can always set them up with AIM and MSN Messenger... as well as StyleXP to change the windows themes and what not.
  5. conradguerrero

    conradguerrero TS Rookie Posts: 310

  6. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    I didn't introduce you to safe sex, your health teacher did!

    I find the irony in the site delicious. You having to pay to get (better access to) freeware...Contradicts the whole "nonags" idea.
  7. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    StyleXP is shareware is it not?
    The UXTheme.dll on the other hand, which is all you need, to use styles, is free
  8. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    Hrmm... when I got it a while back, it wasn't considered shareware... I think.

    Well at least it's a free trial that never expires.... right?
  9. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Browser Hijack Blaster
    Small background program that detects when a web site tries to change your browser settings.

    An even smaller background program that notifies you when a program tries to add a startup entry for itself in the registry.

    I use both and am very satisfied :)
  10. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    Ahh don't forget WinRAR!
  11. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    last time I checked, StyleXP was a time limited trial.

    Also not free.
  12. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    Yes! There are freeware versions of winRAR! I have a late freeware version... not shareware or ad-supported. It is a legal version.

    Why ain't you the police?
  13. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    these two programs are freeware. they arent for the casual computer user but could come iin handy.

    the first is

    PowerPrompt v.1.1

    the other is FreeFile v.1.1

    NOTE: FreeFile requires Net.Framework to be in stalled.
  14. josbd

    josbd TS Booster Posts: 202

    How about a decent free firewall: I use Sygate from, but there is the ubiquitous ZoneAlarm.
  15. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

  16. dbonniwell

    dbonniwell TS Enthusiast Posts: 120

    picasa 2
    good photo managing download
  17. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    ZoneAlarm Firewall
    Ad-Aware Personal Edition
  18. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    I use AVG antivirus and antispyware (better than symantec which tends to be memory hog) ad aware is okay, but avg can automatically delete cookies where as ad aware wants you to keep re-deleting them (last time I had the program) avg also has a bunch of helpful options like disabling error reporting (if nothing else it saves you from clicking cancel).
    As for a free vista theme google bricopack vista inspirat 2. Even if you don't have a high-end PC you can still enjoy many of vistas features, since you can disable the rocket dock, shadows and transbar
  19. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,472   +126

    GBPVR - HTPC - PVR - Supports many capture cards, and MediaMVP

    an it's free...
  20. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    Open office
    Mozilla and Firefox web browsers

    These are my faves.
  21. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 385

    I can say that CDBurnerXP Pro is good!

    Code::Blocks and SmartSVN are also good!
  22. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,986   +12

    FastStone Capture.

    It's small, simple and easy.

    Can't say it's the best. Haven't used others.
  23. Aolish

    Aolish TS Enthusiast Posts: 171

    avg ftw, best bang for the buck obviously. :D
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