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By on September 3, 2011 9:42:35 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

DrJBHL

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Ok!

This idea was inspired by Wizard1956, Richie31 and coffeegrinder by their participation in threads. My thanks should go as well to tazgecko and willistuder and many others (like RnD - yeah, even hillbillies have good tips, though rarely ) whose pm's or ideas were the fertile ground (polite for 'compost') from which this weed flower sprouted.

This is a Community Driven Thread: It's yours, not mine.

Just a few suggestions:

  • Your app should be one you yourself found useful. Post the OS you use it with as well as any good or bad points.
  • Make sure you put in the URL where to find it.
  • Hopefully it'll be free, but that's not a must.
  • Please add to your mini review "This comment may not be used on any commercial site, nor for any commercial purpose." to avoid the spammers.
  • At the top, put on "Utility". "Image Processing", "File Management", "Security App" or some label to help folks scan quickly to what they need.

If you see something on "Giveawayoftheday" or other time limited offer, please put that in red or a larger than usual font to make it stand out (within reason).

If I missed something here or in one of my threads, please point it out in that thread and add it here!

 

You guys and girls are just great! Thank you so much for this idea. Hope it helps folks searching for whatever!

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September 3, 2011 9:52:15 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Utility: CCleaner Enhancer

I found this the other day and it works well. It's suprising what CCleaner doesn't remove by default. This little app will "boost" it's cleaning ability and can add up to 500 more programs to the CCleaner list.  

It's free, very easy to use, requires no installation and can be found here: http://thewebatom.net/software/ccenhancer/

I'm using it on Win7/64 and the latest version of CCleaner with great results.

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September 3, 2011 10:06:59 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

"Security" :VirusTotal, now with plugins for Firefox, Chrome and IE.

 

Virustotal is a service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware detected by antivirus engines.

http://www.virustotal.com/about.html

 

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September 3, 2011 10:32:38 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

"SecurityLink Scanner"

AVG Link Scanner 2012 - dl link: http://download.cnet.com/AVG-LinkScanner-Free-Edition-2012/3000-2144_4-10610872.html

Size: 40.2 Mb. 

Pros: Will scan and notify by colored icon after a link if it is safe or not. Easily understood. Updates itself. Mac version available. c|net provides a dedicated forum for Q&A, problems with the software: http://forums.cnet.com/avg-forum/

Cons: From c|net so beware any future "wrapping". Currently none. "Safe" can be a false negative. Works by collecting data. Beware it wanting to change your default search page/engine. Beware it 'offers' a Tool Bar "to increase security". Beware it will collect info from your computer if you do not "un-check" that also. Pay attention during the installation process. Green flags on Google indicate a result is safe to click through to, while Yahoo-safe results display no flags. 

OS: XP,Vista, W7 and Mac. 

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September 3, 2011 11:39:52 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Great idea! I'll be watching this thread!!  Thanks Doc!

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September 3, 2011 11:47:25 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I didn't know that you call reply other than posting a software link.  I agree with RnD, excellent thread, thanks to all those who made it happen. 

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September 3, 2011 12:22:36 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Filemanager

Unreal Commander

 

The best filemanager I've ever used. Back in the day I used Windows Commander which changed its name to Total Commander. Eventually it stopped working and I searched for a filemanager roundup. Unreal Commander gotted among the highest scores (possibly the highest), it works like Total Commander and I've stayed with it.

Using it on Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1.

 

Pros: LOTS of customization options available (just like Total Commander). Choose a color theme or make your own!

Cons: Seems to be a hobbyproject. Isn't at v.1.0 yet (but it has never crashed).

 

I pity the n00b who believes everything (s)he reads on the internetz.

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September 3, 2011 12:54:18 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

 Gadget: 7 Sidebar Gadget.

Ok, so it's not an app, call it a mini-app.  I find it useful and use it every day. I like my sidebar gadgets and missed having a "parking space" for them. (as in Vista if anyone remembers that OS)   I also missed the WindowBlind skins for the sidebar. This replaced it plus extras.

You can check it out here: http://nes.bplaced.net/sidebar7.html

Pros: This gadget also has window management and for you graphically inclined out there, it can be easily skinned (29 are included) or you can run it  without a skin at all. It allows for width adjustment,  l/r screen placement as well as monitor selection and has multi-languge support.

Cons, if you want to call it one: With Aero glass enabled Windows 7 resembles Vista.

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September 3, 2011 4:40:46 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

"Anti-spyware"

Threatfire

"Behavioral, real time" anti-spyare to be used in addition to your other program/s for layered protection.

Pros: Excellent for new, and zero-day threats. low resource (10 Mb) usage. Free. Low "false positive" rate with excellent "true positive" detection and isolation. "on demand" root kit scanning.

Cons: Won't install nor work if computer is in "Safe" mode. Do not install until full antiviral/antimalware scan of computer done.

OS: XP, 2000, 2003, Vista. W7.

Current Version: 4.7.0  Size: 8.59 MB. Maker: PCTools 

Software conflicts: Possible competition slow downs if using another "real time" antiviral scanner. Support only for paid "Pro" version.

Download link:  http://www.threatfire.com/download/

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September 3, 2011 7:16:43 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

This is a bit off-topic, but I'm running a few threads in the forums at Skinnalicious concerning free software. I usually post at least one a day. (If anybody's interested, I also do one on guitars, and there's one called Skinning Stories that has autobiographies by people like Adni18, Messiah1, sViz, etc.).

FREE UTILITIES:                     http://www.skinnalicious.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?viewmode=flat&type=&topic_id=10&forum=5

 
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September 3, 2011 11:19:12 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

APP: Cool Timer

Cool little timer that can be configured to count up or down in many ways. I use it to time many things and the alarm is quite loud.

http://www.harmonyhollow.net/cool_timer.shtml

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September 4, 2011 1:30:45 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

MalwareBytes    (www.malwarebytes.org/)

This thing (the freeware version, though there's also a paid one with realtime protection) cleared up a really annoying browser hijacker that Spybot and AdAware seemed unable to locate and deal with.

Note: When I was infected with the browser hijacker, it was devious enough to notice my search for MalwareBytes and to redirect that search to its own (presumably full of malware) download page!  So if you're already infected, be careful.

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September 4, 2011 4:59:31 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

"Image Viewer/Manipulation"

"XnView"

Pros: Free, very long list of features, >400 file types supported, plugins at the site. http://www.xnview.com/en/features.html

Cons: Few if any.

Download: http://www.xnview.com/en/download.html

Excellent image viewer and manipulator. Fully recommended. Supports all Windows. Portable available.

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September 4, 2011 11:29:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Marked.

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September 5, 2011 9:08:21 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

"Notebook, Organizer, Sharing App"

"Evernote"

Pros: Free. Evernote helps you remember everything-and by everything.

Cons: Haven't found any yet! 

Support: The service's webapp, desktop apps for Windows and Mac OS, mobile apps for iPhone and iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, and even WebOS.

Evernote can help you take notes, save them, tag them with a location, create and organize notebooks, and share them anywhere you are and on any device you happen to have on you. Evernote is great for taking notes and organizing them. It's just as good at letting you capture, scan, and save objects in real life, clip web pages you browse, and share them.

Download: http://www.evernote.com/

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September 5, 2011 5:24:29 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

"System Utility"

"System Explorer"

Link to article about this killer app: http://forums.wincustomize.com/411749

Pros: Free, smal;l app. Very powerful, great interface.

Cons: Should have an instruction manual.

Dl link: http://download.cnet.com/System-Explorer/3000-2094_4-10784281.html?tag=nl.e784 which redirects to:

http://systemexplorer.net/download/1315258295-b95df9f8dd516de931aacd1f3ec8a0ea/SystemExplorerSetup_308.exe

which is kosher. 

Maker's Website: http://systemexplorer.net/index.php

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September 6, 2011 10:16:31 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting irrevenant,
MalwareBytes    (www.malwarebytes.org/)

This thing (the freeware version, though there's also a paid one with realtime protection) cleared up a really annoying browser hijacker that Spybot and AdAware seemed unable to locate and deal with.

Note: When I was infected with the browser hijacker, it was devious enough to notice my search for MalwareBytes and to redirect that search to its own (presumably full of malware) download page!  So if you're already infected, be careful.

Yep........Agree..............Most probably one of the best malware scanners and destroyers out there. 

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September 6, 2011 10:19:25 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Zip utility

7-Zip...........

Easy uncomplicated zip utility..........

Get it here http://www.7-zip.org/


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September 7, 2011 10:53:38 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

"Security App" : WinPatrol, both free and paid versions.

 

From the web site:-
You don't have to be doing anything wrong on the Internet to become a casualty of malware. WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. WinPatrol was the pioneer in using a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting Zero-Day attacks and violations of your computing environment. WinPatrol continues to be the most powerful system monitor for its small memory footprint.

 

http://www.winpatrol.com/

 

I have been using WinPatrol for a number of years now and find it to be a great little application.

 

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September 7, 2011 11:25:16 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting coffeegrinder,
WinPatrol was the pioneer in using a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting Zero-Day attacks and violations of your computing environment

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=sVEEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA43-IA3&lpg=PA43-IA3&dq=%22In+Defense%22+antivirus&source=bl&ots=3HlkqPjW0m&sig=78uwTiw2HcnsaPa2wUl93WPtfLo&hl=en&ei=04tnTvuEL6SiiAek_endCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CEMQ6AEwBTgK#v=onepage&q=%22In%20Defense%22%20antivirus&f=false 

Ick re the link...but it's ancient and likely older than 'WinPatrol'....I used to Beta test it....

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September 7, 2011 7:54:06 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Just like to add that WinPatrol is also a startup manager. You can add,remove,disable and delay your startup programs with it.

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September 8, 2011 12:24:39 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Quoting Campaigner,
Filemanager

Unreal Commander

Similar to Norton Commander (back in the day)!  Cool!

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September 9, 2011 9:29:13 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

"Antiviral Uninstall"

1. "AppRemover" - Will uninstall antivirals using oricinal tools sparing other security apps. Excellent ratings. Also will uninstall bad installations. Excellent documentation of software which can be removed: http://www.appremover.com/supported-applications

Very clear instructions on site: http://www.appremover.com/about/using-appremover.html

Download linkhttp://www.appremover.com/

2. "AntiVirus Uninstaller Tools Pack 2011" - Will uninstall many security and av apps with original uninstallers.

Reviewed: http://www.thewindowsclub.com/uninstall-antivirus-security-software-uninstaller-tools-pack#more-30556 

Download link: http://www.uninst.ru/

Both apps explained here: http://forums.wincustomize.com/411831

 

 

 

 

      

 

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September 26, 2011 10:25:13 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Well, not sure this qualifies as an app, but it is a handy tool!!  It's actually a hidden tool built into Windows 7!  This would be very handy for troubleshooting someone else's PC, conveying what happens on yours to someone else, etc.

 

I just tried it here on WC and it works wonderfully!!

 

Just hit the start button and type PSR....it's that simple!!

 

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/How-do-I-use-Problem-Steps-Recorder

 

 

Below is a screencast of the results.  If anyone knows how to resize this, let me know please.

 

Unable to display content. Adobe Flash is required.

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September 26, 2011 10:27:07 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Sorry it's so big....

 

PS..Thanks to Wiz for pointing me to this! 

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September 26, 2011 10:37:36 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I stumbled onto this and thought it would be helpful. I'm on XP at the moment, so thanks to RnD for trying it out.

 Who knows what else MS has hidden away in Win7.

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