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    Free Software Megathread

    Hey all. I thought it would be nice to have a thread dedicated to useful programs that function like many of the popular programs that cost a lot of money for personal use. This isn't a thread to post links of a cracked photoshop, but rather links of programs that replace them free of charge. If you have any programs to add feel free. Plz include a link to the official site in your post.

    Antivirus
    Avast
    Malwarebytes
    Microsoft Security Essentials
    Spybot

    Monitoring
    CoreTemp
    CPU-Z
    Real Temp
    MSI Afterburner
    Speccy
    SpeedFan

    Benchmarking/Stressing
    Memtest86
    Prime 95
    Futuremark

    Cleaning/Optimizing Computer
    Gamebooster
    CCleaner
    Defraggler
    MyDefrag
    Temp File Cleaner

    Media Player
    VLC
    GOM Player
    iTunes
    Media Player Classic
    XBMC

    Photo Editor
    Gimp
    PhotoFiltre
    Paint.NET

    Video Tools
    H.264Video Encoder
    AvidemuxVideo Editor
    HandBrake Video Conversion
    VirtualDub Video Processing

    ISO/CD/DVD
    DeepBurner
    Burn4Free
    Magic Disc

    Game/World Developer
    Unity3d
    Unreal Development Kit
    VUE PLE

    Modeler
    Blender
    Google SketchUp
    Sculptris

    Downloader
    Jdownloader
    NiNite

    Codecs
    MPC + K-Lite Codec Pack
    FLAC

    Youtube Downloader
    YouTube Downloader
    Easy Youtube Video Downloader (Firefox) Firefox Addon

    Misc
    CloneZilla used for cloning hard drives to another hard drive or to a disk. caution when cloning to an SSD, cloning from an SSD is fine
    Audacity Sound Editor
    OpenOffice mimics microsoft office
    7-zip Rar files
    IrfanView Graphic viewer
    Rainmeter Customizes desktop
    X-Chat 2 IRC
    CamStudio Video recording
    TorProject Masks internet activity
    Foxit Reader PDF reader
    Skype Chat and VoIP
    FilleZilla FTP
    Notepad ++ Advanced Notepad
    Hiren's BootCD Repair/Diagnose computers
    WinSCP SCP, SFTP, FTP client with mock Norton Commander interface for windows.
    PuTTYfree Telnet and SSH client.
    Eclipse IDESDK mostly for Java
    Netbeans Alternative to Eclipse
    BelarcSecurity Advisor - Advanced PC information
    ThunderBird Outlook replacement
    Gpart Partition Copier
    Oracle Virtualbox Virtual machines
    Google Earth 3D Model of Earth
    TeamViewer Remote Control of PCs
    NeoSmart Manages Boot Loaders
    RockBox MP3 Firmware
    TeraCopy File Copier
    EverThing Search function for windows
    F.lux Adjusts brightness based on time of day
    Unified Remote Turns your Android phone into a remote for your PC
    Videora Ipod Converter Convertes files for iPod/MP4 players
    Recuva for recovering lost / corrupted files on good or 'not too bad' hard drives

    < Big thanks to georgevonfranken for compiling / formatting / sorting this whole list! >
    Last edited by llDemonll; 2011-09-29 at 05:42 PM. Reason: Fixed links broken with hanging quotes or dashes - Cilraaz

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    Free anti-virus, well known and very good. http://www.avast.com/index

    Free graphics viewing proggy. http://www.irfanview.com/

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    Herald of the Titans kailtas's Avatar
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    http://www.cpuid.com/ - Also known as CPU-Z. Monitors CPU and RAM on your system.

    http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/ - Monitors the heat of your CPU.
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    Some very nice selections in here!

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    Malwarebytes - Incredibly useful spyware scanner and removal tool.
    -Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street is the Lead Systems Designer for World of Warcraft and once killed a dinosaur with a spreadsheet.

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    Rainmeter - Free Desktop customization software.
    RealTemp - Highly accurate, professional level temperature monitoring software.
    MemTest86 - Free RAM diagnostics software.
    Microsoft Security Essentials - Free, low memory, reliable anti-virus software.
    Prime 95 - Free CPU stress tool.
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    DeepBurner for .ISO's and CD's in general

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    http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner - frees up hard drive space as well as some other useful utility functions
    http://handbrake.fr/ - open source video conversion!
    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/ - sound editor
    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ - media player.. plays like.. everything
    http://downloads.guru3d.com/Afterbur...load-2562.html - OCs and monitors your graphics cards

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    Maybe it's a lil much to ask but is it possible to gather all the info and software in the first post (maybe even under catagories). Could be worth a sticky if a Mod or deticated member did a litle work on it.

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    Speccy a very usefull tool, when you need to see all the specs an all the hardware parts of your computer, including how hot they are, and what the maximum heat they can take, before they die.

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    Great thread. Can a moderator please sticky this? I'm serious.
    A typical raid leader command would be something like "Yo Scrub, why don't you YOLO 1337 yards to the left because the boss's Swag is about to hit us in 3 seconds".
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    Oh my god, a company tries to put some lore flavor into the game mechanics, all is lost, whatever shall we do without a whole 1% of crit or haste.
    Quick, call Ukraine and Russia, let them know to put their conflict on standby because Touch of Elune is BULLSHIT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilmaniac View Post
    Unreal Development Kit- Or UDK for short. UDK is a free leased game engine for non commercial use that anyone who wants to game design or learn some things that's involved in game design can do. Many people have created popular indie games from this product. This is the very game engine that created Borderlands, Bulletstorm, Sanctum, and other present day popular games.
    UDK is supposed to be pretty good. I personally use Unity ( http://www.unity3d.com ), though I've never used UDK. It's free for standard PC use, and I believe you're even allowed to sell with the free license (where with the UDK, you need to buy a license or pay loyalties for commercial use [though it is free to use otherwise]), with the drawback that the free license requires you to have a Unity splash screen, and you don't have access to certain neat features.

    Either way, both development bases are free in their basic form, and are very good for indie developers.


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    Fraps isn't free, for the record. It's near useless without the paid version. That said, I support the idea of collectivizing and categorizing all of this information into a single post.

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    Stood in the Fire dooffie66's Avatar
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    I wrote something not contributing to the thread, and I refered to illigal stuff.

    < sweeeeeeet; considering I don't see any software listed so far that isn't available for free, you are wrong in your statement. >
    Last edited by dooffie66; 2011-05-24 at 10:37 PM. Reason: sorry for that one, edited post xD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dooffie66 View Post
    <mod snip of quoted piracy discussion>
    Talking about pirated software is against server policy. And morals. It's stealing, plain and simple. No more talk of cracked software, mmmkay?
    Last edited by Cilraaz; 2011-05-25 at 01:38 AM.

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    photofiltre - It's easy, smooth and enjoyable to use. It's similar to paint, and gimp.

    speedfan - SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures.

    GOM Player - Easy and smooth media player program. It supports 64-bit operationsystems, which i believe VLC doesn't.
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    Defraggler, drive defragmenter that's a bit more robust than the standard Windows defragmenter.
    http://www.piriform.com/defraggler

    MyDefrag, same idea as defraggler, but more robust. (I use this over defraggler personally)
    http://www.mydefrag.com/

    WinSCP, free SCP, SFTP, FTP client with mock Norton Commander interface for windows.
    http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

    PuTTY, free Telnet and SSH client.
    http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/

    PSTools Suite, extra command line tools for the CMD shell and Windows Powershell, useful for server admins.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s...rnals/bb896649

    Blender, free open source 3D modelling and animation suite, similar to Autodesk Maya, 3DS Max, Lightwave, Cinema 4D and the like. It is however NOT similar to ZBrush.
    http://www.blender.org/

    ---------- Post added 2011-05-24 at 07:34 PM ----------

    Couple more...

    Eclipse IDE, SDK mostly for Java, but I believe you can use other languages in it as well.
    http://www.eclipse.org/

    XChat 2, free, easy to use IRC client.
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    BelarcSecurity Advisor - Builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, security benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server. Also lists product key's of pretty much all installed software (that needs one)
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