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broncoholic
11-16-2005, 12:38 PM
Good list of free stuff...

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best_46_free_utilities.htm

Lzen
11-16-2005, 03:29 PM
Cool stuff. Thanks for posting.

irishjayhawk
11-16-2005, 04:49 PM
Thanks for the list.

Couple things:

I don't agree with:

3 Best Free Adware/Spyware/Scumware Remover
My top recommendation is Microsoft's Antispyware program [1] which is currently available as a free beta to users of Windows 2000 and later. The Microsoft program is based on the Giant Antispyware product that Microsoft purchased late in 2004. I used Giant for some time and found it to offer outstanding detection and real time protection against the current plague of scumware products. The only minus being that it uses a fair slab of processing power and that could can slow down older PCs. The free Microsoft version is very similar to the previous commercial Giant version. I just hope Microsoft doesn't mess around too much with this excellent product however Microsoft's track record in this area has not been good. It's something I'll be keeping a close eye on; so far, so good. Microsoft has announced that the product will remain free even when out of beta so, subject to my previous reservations, it's a good long term choice. For Windows 9x and ME users I suggest two free products: Ad-Aware SE V1.6 [2] and SpyBot Search and Destroy V1.4 [3]. Both work well together and between them you'll get excellent protection. If you have a relatively fast PC, I suggest you turn on the TeaTimer option when you install SpyBot. It will give you reasonable active protection but at the cost of eating up some of your processing power. The active protection offered by TeaTimer is not as comprehensive as the Microsoft product but Internet Explorer users can augment it by using SpywareBlaster (see next item)
[1] http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx ( 6.4MB)
[2] http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/ (1.7MB)
[3] http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html (4.6MB)

M$'s adware program is a memory hog that rarely does any good. Load up the other two (lavasoft's Ad-Aware and Spybot) and do a periodic scan and you're set. On top of that add SpywareBlaster (javacoolsoftware.com and you'll be protected from future occurrances.

27 Best Free BitTorrent Client Updated October 20, 2005
It's amazing how quickly BitTorrent has become one of the major download formats. With good reason, too: it's fast, equitable and efficient. If you haven't yet installed a BitTorrent client on your PC, you should as there are some great free clients available. I recommend the Open Source program Azureus. It's beautifully implemented, well supported and, being Java based, is available for multiple platforms. It also features an embedded tracker so you can host your own torrents and DHT (Distributed Hash Table) which distributes indexing responsibility across multiple clients rather than relying on a single web-based tracker. With BitTorrent sites coming and going regularly DHT is definitely a plus. One downside with Azureus is that the Java code will eat up your CPU cycles so you need a reasonably fast PC. Those with older machines should check out BitTornado. It's also cross platform and is fast and highly configurable as well. Both products are adware and spyware free. An interesting new contender is μTorrent which comes in at a tiny 96Kb. It's fast, lean on resources, easy to use and requires no installation. It currently doesn't support trackerless downloads but the product is evolving so fast that it's only a matter of time.
http://azureus.sourceforge.net/ (6.4MB)
http://bittornado.com/ (3.3MB)
http://www.utorrent.com/ (96KB)

I haven't tried bittornado but azureus is cumbersome. It eats memory like no other.

Utorrent or actually Microtorrent, is perhaps the best. I see better speeds and results using it. The down side is that it doesnt' have plugins like azureus. That said, its about 10x faster, smaller and more efficient.

Fishpicker
11-16-2005, 11:48 PM
great list although the microsoft spyware utility really doesnt belong on this list. Avast and Adware combined do a much better job.

KC Jones
11-18-2005, 06:22 AM
I can't remember the last time Spybot was anywhere close to being up to date. I've had similar experiences with Ad-aware from lavasoft. Of all the categories I think this one has the weakest freeware entries.

StcChief
11-18-2005, 10:24 AM
Very happy with
Zonealarm pro virus scan (though not free)

and Grissoft AVG is free.

Swanman
11-18-2005, 12:58 PM
I haven't tried bittornado but azureus is cumbersome. It eats memory like no other.

Utorrent or actually Microtorrent, is perhaps the best. I see better speeds and results using it. The down side is that it doesnt' have plugins like azureus. That said, its about 10x faster, smaller and more efficient.

I'm a big fan of Azureus, although I agree it can be a resource hog. I usually will run it overnight so it doesn't interfere while I'm playing games and surfing the web. I have SBC DSL with max 3 mb/s download and I can get up to 150 kB/s download speeds using Azureus. I've never heard of Microtorent. What sort of speeds do you get with that program?

irishjayhawk
11-28-2005, 01:26 PM
It has DHT peers as well, which means trackerless peers. Anyway, I get alot more speed when i use it. I'm not sure why.

At home I get max download speeds most of the time (again depending on the # of seeds/peers).

At school i get alot more :P

Iowanian
11-28-2005, 02:02 PM
Anyone know of a good site(free) to upload vid clips so I could post them here?

b0urn3
11-28-2005, 04:40 PM
That's a pretty good list. It misses a couple of my favorites though.


PGP - Encryption (http://www.pitt.edu/%7Epoole/PGP.htm) Cain - Password Recovery (http://oxid.it) NetStumbler - Wireless Detection (http://netstumbler.com/)

irishjayhawk
11-28-2005, 04:59 PM
Anyone know of a good site(free) to upload vid clips so I could post them here?
yousendit.com