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  1. entropy13

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    So here's my attempt at such a list.

    I'm certain that there are others with several suggestions, which I would be waiting to get.

    Disk Defrag - Disk Cleanup - Disk/File Management/Recovery/Encryption/Backup - System Information
    Disk Defrag
    MyDefrag
    Defragmenting tool with numerous options, useful for different types of disks (in terms of use - "system disk" or "data disk" and physically - a USB thumb drive or a usual internal hard drive). Not exactly for the Average Joe however.

    Defraggler
    A simpler defragmenting tool that also allows defragmentation of individual files. Piriform has other useful programs besides this (which would be making an appearance later on).

    Auslogics Disk Defrag
    Another alternate choice for disk defragmenting needs.

    Disk Cleanup
    CCleaner
    Another program from Piriform, arguably the primary disk cleanup program of many.

    Disk/File Management/Recovery/Encryption/Backup
    Recuva
    A file recovery program from Piriform.

    Double Killer
    Is a "fast and easy to use application for finding and removing duplicate files."

    Advanced Renamer
    Rename multiple files quickly with this program.

    True Crypt
    A free open-source disk encryption software.

    Teracopy
    Copying files made faster and easier through this application.

    Space Sniffer
    Know which file occupies how much space where with this program.

    TreeSize Free
    Scan directory sizes and spot space hogs quickly with this application.

    Cobian Backup
    Free software for your "backupping" needs.

    Bacula
    And here's another.

    System Information
    CPU-Z
    Usually comes first to mind when thinking about such programs.

    HWMonitor
    From the creators of CPU-Z, focusing more on temperatures, voltages and fan speeds.

    GPU-Z
    Foremost choice for information on your GPU(s).

    Real Temp
    A "temperature monitoring program designed for all Intel single Core, Dual Core, Quad Core and Core i7 processors."

    Core Temp
    A CPU temperature monitoring program alternative.

    Speccy
    A system information program from Piriform.

    Blue Screen View
    View BSOD information in your system's dump files.

    SpeedFan
    Versatile program which also allows fan control.

    HWINFO32
    "It is a professional hardware information and diagnostic tool supporting latest components, industry technologies and standards. Designed to collect and present the maximum amount of information possible about computer's hardware which makes it suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufacturers, system integrators and technical experts as well. Retrieved information is presented in a logical and easily understandable form and can be exported into various types of reports."

    System Explorer
    A free program for exploration and management of System Internals.

    CrystalDiskInfo
    A HDD/SSD utility software which supports S.M.A.R.T. and a part of USB-HDD.

    File Compression/Decompression - Media Players, Codecs and Media Servers- Media Files Conversion, Creation and Editing - Video Card Utilities
    File Compression/Decompression
    7-Zip
    My first choice for file compression/decompression.

    WinRAR
    Congraturation, you are WinRAR.

    WinZIP
    And here's another one.

    Media Players, Codecs and Media Servers
    Winamp
    Audio and video player. I usually restrict its use to audio files however.

    CCCP
    The codecs pack that will choose you. In Soviet Russia, it is not you who choose the codecs, for the codecs choose you!

    Media Player Classic - Home Cinema is included, the best media player out there today.

    VLC media player
    An alternative...alternative media player.

    Foobar2000
    Another one, also a popular choice.

    Media Jukebox
    A totally free media center.

    PS3 Media Server
    A transcoding media server that works with more than just the PS3. it is also cross platform, working on Windows, Linux or Mac.

    Tversity
    Another option for a media server. Works better with other devices if you don't need advanced subtitle support.

    Media Files Conversion, Creation and Editing
    SUPER
    A program with a comprehensive list of files to convert to and from.

    HandBrake
    Included here to add variety.

    MediaCoder
    Another choice for the alternatives.

    Virtual DJ
    It's free. That doesn't mean it's easy to use and quick to get the hang of it though.


    Video Card Utilities
    Afterburner
    Now the primary option for video card tweaking. And yes, it works even with non-MSI cards.

    Rivatuner
    The program which forms the basis for Afterburner.

    Internet Browsers - Desktop Customization - Productivity Suites - Image Editors
    Internet Browsers
    Firefox

    Chrome

    Opera

    Safari

    Lunascape

    Internet Explorer 9
    IE9 is included as I'm under the assumption that you haven't updated IE yet and you have either Vista or 7.

    Desktop Customization
    Rainmeter
    Can be either easy to set-up or a nightmare to use, depending on the amount of time you have free. Does not measure the amount of rainfall in your area.

    Rocket Dock
    A dock for your shortcuts in your desktop.

    RK Launcher
    Another useful dock program.

    Productivity Suites
    OpenOffice

    LibreOffice

    CutePDF Writer
    Create PDF files and make them cute.

    PDF Creator
    Alternative PDF creation here.

    Foxit Reader
    An alternative PDF reader.

    Sumatra PDF
    Free PDF reader.

    Image Editors
    GIMP
    A free alternative to Adobe's Photoshop.

    Paint.NET
    Another free image editor.

    Inkscape
    Alternative vector graphics editor.

    Image Resizer for Windows
    Exactly what it says in the title.

    Greenfish Icon Editor Pro
    It's free, very capable (like GIMP) and can handle more than just icons; has full support of the ICO format.

    POV-Ray
    "The Persistence of Vision Raytracer is a high-quality, totally free tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics."

    Security - Emulation/Burning Software - Networking - Instant Messaging/Voice Chat
    Security
    Microsoft Security Essentials

    AVG Free Anti-Virus

    Avast! Free Antivirus

    Avira Antivir Personal

    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

    Spybot Search & Destroy

    Emulation/Burning Software
    DAEMON Tools Lite
    Disc emulation and burning tool.

    Virtual CloneDrive
    A free virtual drive software.

    ImgBurn
    A lightweight burning application.

    CDBurnerXP
    Another program for your burning desires.

    Networking
    Wireshark
    A network protocol analyzer.

    Spiceworks
    Networking management and monitoring software.

    Instant Messaging/Voice Chat
    Skype

    Pidgin

    Digsby

    E-Mail Clients - Benchmarks - Miscellaneous
    E-Mail Clients
    Thunderbird
    A free, open source, cross-platform e-mail and news client.

    Benchmarks
    wPrime

    Prime95

    IntelBurnTest

    Super PI

    MemTest

    Unigine Benchmarks

    3DMark 11

    3DMark Vantage

    3DMark 06

    Final Fantasy XIV benchmark

    Lost Planet 2 benchmark

    AVP - Aliens vs. Predator benchmark

    PCMark Vantage

    PCMark 7

    CrystalDiskMark

    HDTune

    Flash Memory Toolkit

    ATTO Disk Benchmark

    x264 HD Benchmark

    CASE Lab Euler3d CFD benchmark

    Miscellaneous
    Soluto
    "Soluto Beta allows you to understand your boot, discover which applications are slowing it down (and keep running later in the background, affecting your ongoing experience), and allows you to significantly improve it. While Soluto Beta focuses on the boot, it already researches for frustrations and helps map the PC Genome, allowing you to share your wisdom with others." Yes, it's still in Beta.

    Notepad++
    Tired with using Notepad? Use Notepad++ then.

    Joomla
    A free content management system for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets.

    SeaMonkey
    An all-in-one internet application suite.

    4GB Patch
    Patches x86 executables in order to let them have 4GB (instead of only 2) of virtual memory on x64 platforms.
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    can we add http://raptr.com/

    it kind of brings together the multiplayer of all of the games across consoles and pc's alike - very usefull
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    Good idea! A program I'm using frequently due to it's simplicity is Bluescreenview which simply shows data about BSOD's. You can see this without the program, but it's so easy to use I've fallen in love with it.
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    Wrigleyvillain PTFO or GTFO

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    Props for hilariously awesome thread title.
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    KMP and VLC should be included in media players.
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    perhaps add NINITE?


    its not really a program by itself, but its extremely useful and related.
    http://ninite.com/



    Definitely add VLC, best media player ever created ever, and thats a *fact :D



    Virtual CloneDrive - alternative to daemon tools.
    http://www.slysoft.com/en/download.html

    Ultimate Defrag
    http://www.disktrix.com/




    TotalMedia Theater - Blu Ray playback. not free... but the best program i have found yet.
    http://www.arcsoft.com/estore/software_title.asp?ProductCode=TMT5P


    Micro Torrent AKA - U Torrent - Best torrent software known to Slyfox.
    http://www.utorrent.com/


    Steam - For all your gaming needs
    http://store.steampowered.com/

    Winamp - could be the next best thing since sliced bread?
    http://www.winamp.com/

    Teracopy - Stolen from digibucc :D i +1 this program
    http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php

    Futuremark - For all your benching E-PEEN needs
    http://www.futuremark.com/download/

    Skype - ..... apparently people like to call other people to talk to them?
    http://www.skype.com/intl/en/home


    *you may not agree with the facts. if this is the case, then you are wrong.
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    teracopy
    http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php
    replaces/co-exists with windows file copy dialog. more accurate, more stable, faster. get it.

    image resizer for windows
    http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/
    adds right-click context menu file resizing, simple and fast.

    mozilla sunbird
    http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/sunbird//
    great calendar app. add provider for google calendar to sync it to your gmail calendar. will not sync tasks with gmail.

    cutepdf writer (printer)
    http://www.cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/writer.asp
    prints from any program to a pdf file you save. great to save docs without a printer

    bacula
    http://www.bacula.org/en/
    open source, pc/network automated file backup

    foldersize
    http://foldersize.sourceforge.net/
    open source, allows a folder size column

    quicktime alternative
    http://www.free-codecs.com/download/quicktime_alternative.htm
    allows playing of quicktime files without... quicktime

    autoit
    http://www.autoitscript.com/site/autoit/
    windows batch scripting, much more robust and capable than bat cmd scripting

    sharpkeys
    http://www.randyrants.com/2008/12/sharpkeys_30.html
    remap any key on your keyboard with another, or a combo

    fast duplicate file finder
    http://www.mindgems.com/products/Fast-Duplicate-File-Finder/Fast-Duplicate-File-Finder-About.htm
    what it says

    fast file renamer
    http://www.fastfilerenamer.com/
    what it says

    filemenu tools
    http://www.lopesoft.com/en/fmtools/info.html
    customizeable context(right-click) menu .. menu. tons of options

    filezilla
    http://filezilla-project.org/
    ftp client

    folder menu
    http://foldermenu.sourceforge.net/
    adds a folder menu into your taskbar(by clock), recent places, registry, etc. quicker.

    picasa
    http://picasa.google.com/
    photo gallery/editor

    pidgin
    http://www.pidgin.im/
    multi-network im app. i use it for sms2pc, to do texting with a keyboard and not my phone :)

    tightvnc
    http://www.tightvnc.com/
    best, fast, simple vnc client/server

    spiceworks
    http://www.spiceworks.com/
    network monitoring tool

    z-screen
    http://code.google.com/p/zscreen/
    screen/text capture software, advanced clipboard replacement

    hedgewars
    http://hedgewars.org/
    worms-like game, 2d, highly customizeable.
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  8. Kreij

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    Title words capitalized and thread stickied.
    Very useful list, Entropy, thanks.
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    Seamonkey is another great browser in fact like it over Firefox. Other apps that are good free ones Treesize, Cerbeus and Open Hardware Monitor.
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    nice list, I picked up a 3 allready
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    @Entropy : If you remove the CR/NLs after the links and uses something like " - ", you can tighten up the original post so it's not so long.

    for instance
    Great Web Sites
    TPU - TechPowerUp! Website.

    Unparsed it looks like ...
    [url="http://www.techpowerup.com"]TPU[/url] - TechPowerUp! Website.


    You don't have to do that, it's just a suggestion. :toast:
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  12. FreedomEclipse

    FreedomEclipse Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!

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    someone sticky this....like NOW

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    Oh shit -- someone beat me to it
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  14. Kreij

    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    @Entropy ... are you aware you can change the text of a spoiler tag?
    Stuff

    [spoiler="Text before button"]
    Stuff
    [/spoiler]
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    FreedomEclipse Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!

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    TriXX for GPU utilities?


    (well....ATi/AMD only GPUs)
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    Yes, the text are slightly smaller and cannot be underlined however.
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    [size="+2"]
    Stuff
    [/size]


    Hmm ... you can underline it, but font resizing doesn't work. Oh well. Carry on. :)
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    System Information Viewer SIV

    http://rh-software.com/

    http://mirror.szepe.net/siv/siv.zip


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    System Explorer

    http://systemexplorer.net/

    http://systemexplorer.net/download.php
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    I have been using this for years. Very handy.

    Emulation/Burning Software

    DVD Shrink 3.2
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    This little baby patches 32-bit .exes so they can use up to 4GB of memory. The possibilities are now slightly less limited.
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    Sumatra PDF

    http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/free-pdf-reader.html
    http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/prerelease.html
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    Added "Benchmarks", and I'll check out your suggestions and add them later. :)

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