I have been using the computer for decades and I thought I knew it all as far as using a computer, and about basic software.. only to now discover that for months I still had a spyware on my computer that other secuirty programs had not  even brought to my attention.. 

Here are some great free software.. Type: Freeware

Software: Process Scanner

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Publisher's Description:

Process Library just got even better!

Now you can harness the power of the industry's leading and most definitive process listing with just one single click! Process Library now lets you search for and identify all the processes that should - or should not - be running on your computer. What's more it's fast, comprehensive and FREE to all PC users.

Our new Process Scanner brings new interactive functionality to the Process Library. Simply click on the scan button and the Process Scanner deep scans your system online to provide within seconds a complete list of all the processes, .dlls and other items that open on your system on startup, while the system is running, or even those which are programmed to run later.

Process Scanner will:

  • Offer you a results page that lists all the processes found on your system
  • Give you clear, at-a-glance, categorized information on the task functions of each process listed
  • Provide color coded information on the threat risk on all processes - from safe to dangerous
  • Advise you what action you should take concerning the listed processes.
  • Share reports

Your process list is scanned by Process Library online and checked against all known processes. An alert is raised to the Process Library team for any variants or unknown processes not covered by the Library. They are logged, analyzed and the new information is added to the Library.

  • Our proprietary RePLACE technology matches your data list with all existing Process Library entries, constantly updating the Library database with new process entries.
  • Using our internal checking system The Uniblue Research Labs dedicated team of IT specialists edits the existing Library data.

Because everything happens online it means our users are helping us to update and improve the Process Library on a daily basis!

Process Scanner saves you time, alerts you to the presence on your PC of any virus or malware processes and helps you deal with any problems instantly.

Software: Process Tamer

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Publisher's Description:

Process Tamer is a tiny (140k) and super efficient utility for Microsoft Windows XP/2K/NT that runs in your system tray and constantly monitors the cpu usage of other processes. When it sees a process that is overloading your cpu, it reduces the priority of that process temporarily, until its cpu usage returns to a reasonable level.

There are many times when a process will hog your cpu, such as when converting audio/video files, or working with compressed archives. Because these processes completely consume the cpu, your system becomes sluggish to respond and using the computer for other tasks becomes impossible while these processes are running.

Process Tamer solves this problem by identifying such these degenerate conditions and temporarily reducing the priority of the offending processes in order to allow your system to respond to other requests. Stop being a victim to an overloaded cpu - let Process Tamer keep your system responsive no matter what you're doing.

Software  CCleaner


Official Site: CCleaner

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Publisher's Description:

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)

Cleans the following

Internet Explorer
Temporary files, URL history, cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat.
 
Firefox
Temporary files, URL history, cookies, download history.
 
Opera
Temporary files, URL history, cookies.
 
Windows
Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.
 
 
 
 
 
Registry cleaner
Advanced features to remove unused and old entries, including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more... also comes with a comprehensive backup feature.
 
Third-party applications
Removes temp files and recent file lists (MRUs) from many apps including Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, MS Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and many more..
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100% Spyware FREE
This software does NOT contain any Spyware, Adware or Viruses
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Software 12: FreeRAM XP Pro 1.52

Software: FreeRAM XP Pro
Official Site: FreeRAM XP

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Publisher's Description:

Looking to free up some RAM on your running system? Then FreeRAM XP Pro is the program for you. Truly freeware, it gives you complete access to all its features at no cost. You can either have the program automatically optimize your system, or you can specify how much memory you'd like to free up. Advanced tray support, automatic memory monitoring and optimization, system-metric monitors, and real-time memory information are just a few of the features that make this program attractive and useful. You also can apply different sounds to different actions. It's doubtful you'll find a memory optimizer easier to use than FreeRAM XP, making it a smart pick for anyone who's ever been frustrated by a poky PC.
 

Comodo Personal Firewall  

Software: Comodo Firewall
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Description:
The only firewall that doesn't leak..

Unfortunately, most firewalls leak. But Comodo's Firewall is unique in that it passes all known leak tests to ensure the integrity of data entering and exiting your system. Comodo has put firewall through all kinds of sophisticated tests to ensure its firewall powerful enough to ward off these attacks with default settings. No other firewall has had to work this hard.

 
Software: Folder Lock

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Flash Tutorial

Description:
Folder Lock is a fast file-security program that can password-protect, lock, hide and encrypt any number of files, folders, drives, pictures and documents in seconds. Protected files are hidden, undeletable, inaccessible and highly secure. It hides files from kids, friends and co-workers, safeguards them from viruses, trojans, worms and spyware, and even protects them from networked PCs, cable users and hackers. Files can also be protected on USB Flash Drives, Memory Sticks, CD-RW, floppies and notebooks. Protection works even if files are taken from one PC to another on a removable disk, without the need to install any software. It locks files in Windows, DOS and even Safe Modes. Additional Options include Stealth Mode, Hacker Attempt Monitoring, Shred files, AutoLock, Auto Shutdown PC, Lock your PC, Erase PC tracks, 256-bit Blowfish Encryption and Context Menu in Explorer. Works on Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/Me/98 and all kinds of disk types like FAT16, FAT32, NTFS. Folder Lock is the most downloaded file-security program in the market today.
 
Software: TVU Player
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Publisher's Description:
Watch live TV broadcasts on your PC. TVU networks uses P2P technology to broadcast TV programs live over the Web. The service is based on a number of patent-pending technologies, covering high-quality video coding, efficient real-time P2P distribution, and effective digital rights management.

Software: Dextop
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Publisher's Description:

You've seen it before: a desktop totally cluttered with too many open windows. No overview, the workflow is affected. Dexpot offers up to 19 additional work spaces to spread out your work. Finally, a tidy desktop again.


Software: VideoLAN - VLC Media Player

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  • It is a free cross-platform media player
  • It supports a large number of multimedia formats, without the need for additional codecs
  • It can also be used as a streaming server, with extended features (video on demand, on the fly transcoding, ...)
 
Software: FoxyTunes

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FoxyTunes lets you control almost any media player and find lyrics, covers, videos, bios and more with a click right from your browser. iTunes, Winamp, Windows Media Player and other players are supported.

Version 1.0.0.3303 supports 18 media players, displays currently playing track information, automatically launches your player when needed.

Software: Any video converter
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Publisher's Description:

Any Video Converter is an All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It allows you to effortlessly convert video files between every format, for FREE! It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for iPod/PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player or smart phone. It also supports any user defined video file formats as the output. Any Video Converter makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the any format video with your iPod, PSP, mobile phone or MP4 player.


Software: Smartclose

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Publisher's Description:

Many tasks that can be performed on PC's these days require you to close all currently running programs. For example, almost every installer asks you to close all other applications to minimize conflicts and to avoid replacing in-use files. Other high-end tasks, such as burning CD's and defragmenting or scanning hard drives can slow down or even fail when other processes 'kick in', like background programs, the screen saver or a scheduled task.
Of course, you can manually exit each program one by one, disable the screen saverů That is when SmartClose comes in! SmartClose will automatically close all running programs, disable the screen saver and halt all other processes that can interrupt without asking.
But what when you have finished the task that required you to use SmartClose and you want to restore the programs and such that were disabled by SmartClose? Restart the computer? No, because before SmartClose closes or disables anything, it will first save the current state of the system (running programs, screen saverů) to a 'system snapshot', that can later be opened and restored again by SmartClose.

Some other features of SmartClose:

  • Two wizards: the Close Programs wizard, for closing all the programs, and the Restore wizard, to restore a system snapshot. Both provide an intuitive and clear interface - the latest Windows 2000/XP wizard style - and assist you step by step.

  • Thanks to its SmartClose-technology, most programs can be properly closed, so that the program can still save its settings and return memory and resources to the system.

  • In the rare cases that a program can't be properly closed, SmartClose can use SmartKill to kill the program. Still, all the memory and resources used by the program will be freed with this method.

  • If you don't want a program to be closed or killed by SmartClose, you can add it to a list of 'Protected Programs'.

  • Besides closing programs, SmartClose also closes Explorer and Internet Explorer windows and saves their current location, so they can be restored properly later.

  • Disables and restores the screen saver.

  • Stops and restarts Windows NT/2000/XP-services, such as the Task Scheduler, that can interrupt other processes. On Windows 9x/Millennium, the Task Scheduler can also be disabled and re-enabled.

  • And finally, you get all of these features for free! SmartClose is 100% freeware without any nag screens, trial periods, ads, spyware etc.

Minimum system requirements: Windows 95 with Internet Explorer 4.0, Windows 98, Windows Millennium, Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6 with Internet Explorer 4.0, Windows 2000, or Windows XP.

 Software: Stream Ripper
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Sometimes if I am bored of my music collection, I like to listen online radio. There are lots of stations out there that offer lots of music genres. Let's say you like a song you hear on that online radio and want to record it. What can you do? Well, I use Streamripper. It works great with Winamp. It separates each song, adds relevant tags and does everything for you. Here is how it works:

  1. Install Streamripper for Winamp.
  2. Go to shoutcast.com, icecast.org, or your favourite radio station website (mine is di.fm), and click on a stream.
  3. Depending on which Winamp version you use...

    1. Winamp 2.x:
      Both the Winamp and Streamripper windows should come up. If you don't see Streamripper try clicking the SR icon in the taskbar.
    2. Winamp3:
      Winamp appears, if you don't see Streamripper go to the Thinger window, scroll right in it and you should see the SR icon - click it.
  4. The stream should be playing in Winamp, if it's not, click "Play".
  5. On the top of Streamripper, notice it says 'Press start to rip http://something:port' etc. Click "Start" to start ripping.
If you don't have a fat pipe (cable modem/dsl, T1, etc.) you'll want to use the Streamripper "Relay server" (RLY). If you don't use this, Streamripper will make another connection to the stream you're listening to, effectively doubling your bandwidth usage. The RLY feature makes Streamripper rip the stream and send it on to Winamp.

You should also consider using the RLY option if you're listening to streams which accept only a low number of listeners, are in high demand, or if you simply don't want to 'squander' their capacity (someone else might want to listen to your favourite music).

To setup a Relay server with the plugin follow these steps:
  1. Load your stream as usual.
  2. Click on "Options".
  3. Check "Create relay stream".
  4. Click "Ok".
  5. You'll now notice a "RLY" icon in the Streamripper window.
  6. Start ripping the stream as normal.
  7. Once the stream has gotten past the "buffering" stage. Click on the "RLY" icon. The Winamp Playlist should now have an entry for your relay server in its playlist, something like 'localhost:8000'.
  8. Double click the 'localhost:8000' (or similar) in the Playlist.
  9. Winamp will now be playing "through" Streamripper. The entry in the Playlist will probably change name to something like '[relay stream] + stream name ...'. The normal entry for the stream is no longer in use - you can remove it if you want to - it doesn't matter.

Software: Flickr Wallpaper Rotator
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Publisher's Description:
Specify tags or a Flickr username which the program will use to download wallpapers to your computer. You can have it rotate the wallpaper at regular intervals, like once a day for example.

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