View Full Version : Useful programs to download

24-03-2006, 12:19 AM
i recently got a brand new pc, and i want to downloads some cool but useful programs, i got IE 7 beta 2 which i think is cool, is there any visual enhancemens that would make XP look really cool, the luna theme just doesnt do it for me

24-03-2006, 04:35 AM
Get TWEAKUI (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx) for fun...it includes a lot of enhancements that you'll like.

IMHO, I set the following stuff up in my systems:

I really like Picassa II (http://picasa.google.com/) ...a great photo processor and folder-maker...it uses HELLO (http://www.hello.com/) by Picassa and has a blogger and can send pixs via most any format you want using your e-mailer or whatever.

I use Gmail, Google Desktop Search, GTalk and FireFox (just get the whole Mozilla Suite (http://www.mozilla.org/products/mozilla1.x/))....stay away from Internet Explorer like the plague.

Delete Windows Messenger.

Install a good firewall (Windows Defender is pretty good) and remember that you can use only one software type, and one hardware type; I use AVG Free, Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware (not Adware!), SpywareBlaster and Belarc Adviser, CrapCleaner, Hijackthis, MBSA (Microsoft's Baseline Security Adviser). Make sure that when you click on anything that it IS what you want and not some clone of it. There are a lot of look-alikes out there that want you to be fooled into adding them to your system and cause you all sorts of havoc. I also run SITEADVISER (http://www.siteadvisor.com/), which is a FireFox extension for assistance in browsing.

Keep your updates and HotFixes all up to date.....ya gotta have SP-2...not an option!

Stay away from Bonzi Buddy, The Weatherbug, anything porn, be ye very aware of most Yahoo stuff, AOL is a system sucker and burrows deep into the bowels of your machine and McAfee, Norton (Symantec) is really a poor anti-anything...not that they don't work, they just also suck the life outta your system.....

24-03-2006, 09:45 AM
http://www.7-zip.org/ (a zip program. Can do many differnt compression formats)
http://www.irfanview.com/ (nice small image editor)
http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm (more powerful notepad, and has tabs)
http://gaim.sourceforge.net/ (I use this instead of MSN.)
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ (media player. Can emulate dvd regions)
http://www.bzflag.org/ (a game with simple graphics, but i find it addicting)
http://winmerge.sourceforge.net/ (for comparing files and merging changes)
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/index.php (stores your password safely, so you dont need to remember them)
http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/ (ftp client)
http://sector7g.wurzel6.de/pdfcreator/ (pdf creator)
http://www.openoffice.org (very nice microsoft office replacement)
http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/ (quite a powerful image editor)

These are all free. And clean of nasties.

24-03-2006, 10:38 AM
Another you might like is Ewido:


especially if you like Internet Exploder......jk ;)