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I recently went on a software hunt to replace all of my software with free alternatives preferably open source software. The hunt took me months and i found a lot of dodgy software but by enlarge the software alternatives i found are better then the pay for apps i had before. Also i hated the fact i would install a app a app that does not need to operate on-line but yet it would still ask to get on-line(wtf is that all about) now that does not happen also i can now use my pc as soon as my pc starts rather then go and get a drink and wait 5 minutes for all the apps to start. Now thanks to faster more efficient apps and the fact i have found a app which allows me so remove start up apps. These are the results :D.

 

The following apps are all free contain no spyware and or adware, but(there is always a but) avast anti virus does require you to register which is free and they email a code which you put in the app, mainly because if you are a company you have to pay for it.

 

First is i found and now use a app called nLite(http://www.nliteos.com/) which allows you to remove windows applications which you do not use i.e. windows movie maker, windows messenger, system restore, outlook express, disability option, xp games(pinball etc) etc and create a bookable iso. Put it this way before tweaking my xp it weight in around 590Mb now it is 248Mb.(yes those number are correct)

 

Adware & Spyware protection:

 

Before=Ad-Aware SE Professional Edition*****After=Ad-aware SE Personal http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Adawa...nal/965718306/1

Scans your pc for adware & spyware and clears certain mru lists(i use CCleaner for that tho :-)i also was not aware there was a free version which does all i want but not the other stuff which i did not want.

 

Before=Msconfig*****After=AutoRuns http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Autoruns/1092024321/1

A lot more freedom and allows you to google the entries before deleting them. I also found the following site which allows you to type in the name of a .exe or .dll file and gives you advice whether to remove it or not. http://www.processlibrary.com/

 

Before=None*****After=Spyware Blaster http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Spywa...er/1056258294/1

Stops dangerous Active X from installing as well as other protection.

 

Before=Just Ad-Aware SE Personal*****After=Spybot Search and Destroy http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Spybo...oy/1043809773/1

Allows you to manual scan your pc for adware & spyware and adds a windows start up entry called a tea time which allows you to stop apps from adding them selves to you start up and SDhelper which stops you from download bad things from the net(Internet explorer only)

 

Anti Virus & Firewall protection:

Before=Panda one week norton the next etc etc*****After=Avast Anti Virus Home edition http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/avast_Home/1034566665/1

Brilliant anti virus app which does all the usual also it automatically updates the actual program as well as the anti virus definitions, allows skins and my fav it allows you to schedule a boot time time scan which is more efficient and faster.

Before=ZoneAlarm Security Suite*****After=ZoneAlarm http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/ZoneA...ee/1023831973/1

As strong as the security suite in terms of the firewall(which is all want) but without the spam, Instant messenger, Privacy etc protection.

 

Compression:

 

Before=PowerArchiver*****After=TugZip http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/TUGZip/1061582000/1

Looks and feels like PowerArchiver but its compltety free.

 

Pdf Reader:

 

Before=Adobe Acrobat Reader*****After=Foxit PDF Reader http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Foxit...er/1102316680/1

Smaller and a lot faster then acrobat and does not even need installing.

 

Media Player:

Before=Realone*****After=Real Alternative http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Real_...ve/1054136293/1

Allows me to still stream real content which is all i wanted it for but does not include the actual bulky player which i never used and can still play real media files thru windows media player.

 

Before Quicktime*****After=QuickTime Alternative http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Quick...ve/1049831315/1

Same as Real Alternative but for quicktime files.

 

Internet Browser:

 

Before=Opera*****After=Firefox http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Mozil...ws/1032985422/1

Brilliant, fast, secure, easy and highly customizable with themes and extensions.

 

File & folder backup:

 

Before=manual copy ;) *****After=SyncBack http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/SyncBack/1070420627/1

WOW this is one brilliant app basically you configure it to copy any number of files, file types and or folders to another location(Cd-rw, flash drive, server etc) in my case a compressed file to my internal backup hd. It also uses Windows Scheduler to Schedule your backups.

 

Office App:

 

Before=Microsoft Office*****After=OpenOffice http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/OpenO...ws/1009574294/1

Another WoW program think of something Microsoft Office can do and for me OpenOffice will do the same.

 

Maintenance:

 

Before=A load of rubbish apps*****After=CCleaner

Do i need to say anything.

 

Before=Nothing*****After=NTREGOPT http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/NTREGOPT/1075895356/1

Backs up and defrags your registry.

Before=Nothing*****After=PageDefrag http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/PageDefrag.html

Defrags(at system restart) files that are open for exclusive access.

Before=Windows recycling bin*****After=Eraser http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Eraser/1010751436/1

Can empty the recycling bin by erasing the contents with special erasing algorithms and allows you to overwrite the free space on a hd so files will not be recoverable. It also alows you to right click a file and erase it in the same way.

Before=Nothing*****After=Driver Cleaner Professional http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Drive...al/1056384838/2

Removes files left over after uninstalling a driver which can conflict with a new driver.

 

Email:

 

Before=Hotmail*****After=Gmail http://gmail.google.com/

Fast, Free, HUGE storage(2290 MB and growing) and for me easier to use.(I have invites if you want one just pm me)

The following 3 entries are my fav because i have completely got rid of apps on my pc, taking up close to 6Gb of Hd space. Also if you see the below screenshot and look at the question mark on the right side of my dock that is a link to Wikipedia's search page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search which acts like a shorcut to a app by when i click it it will launch firefox and directley take me to the search page.

 

Rss & Blog Reader:

 

Before=FeedDemon*****After=Bloglines http://www.bloglines.com/

Same again why have app with loads of feeds taking space up on your pc when you can someone else to store them for nothing.

 

Maps & Route Planner:

 

Before=Microsoft Autoroute*****After=Google Maps http://maps.google.com/ Again why pay for something you can get for free plus i live on a very small road that is no even in Autoroute(It does not have that much detail in it) yet low and behold i can find my road on google maps plus i love the interface, local search & directions features.

 

Encylopedia:

 

Before=Microsoft Encarta*****After=Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

It has everything encarta has yet it costs nothing anyone can make there own page about a subject they now about and as it is web based it does not take up 4.5Gb as encarta does. It also has a lot of things that encarta does not such as type a game in and 99% of the time there will be a page about and it is always up to date.

 

Visual:

 

Before=Nothing*****After=RK Launcher http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/RK_La...er/1110214441/1

A docking app see the bottom of the below screenshot.

Before=Nothing always forgot ;) *****After=Rainlendar http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Rainlendar/970572945/1

Customizable calendar which can remind you off important events which you set. see bottom right corner of screenshot.

My current desktop:

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Hope they help, there are some apps which i could not find suitable alternatives to which are list below if you guys know any please post a link thanks.

 

Current=Easy CD-DA Extractor i use it for converting my music from one format to another.

 

Current=Paint Shop pro, photo editing.

 

Current=Nero, dvd-rw burning i found a couple alternatives but the discs were coaster fired straight after burning.

 

***Added the web apps i have changed***

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englishmen, i want to voice out my opinion... not to offense you...

 

Before=Just Ad-Aware SE Personal*****After=Spybot Search and Destroy http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Spybo...oy/1043809773/1

Allows you to manual scan your pc for adware & spyware and adds a windows start up entry called a tea time which allows you to stop apps from adding them selves to you start up and SDhelper which stops you from download bad things from the net(Internet explorer only)

you might also try the microsoft antispyware... quite good... can be a great arsenal to your spyware defense...

 

Before=Opera*****After=Firefox http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Mozil...ws/1032985422/1

Brilliant, fast, secure, easy and highly customizable with themes and extensions.

good choice... i always wonder why people would even want to use opera browser in the first place...

 

Before=Microsoft Office*****After=OpenOffice http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/OpenO...ws/1009574294/1

Another WoW program think of something Microsoft Office can do and for me OpenOffice will do the same.

if you have microsoft office (not too old version), it think it is better to keep it...

 

Before=A load of rubbish apps*****After=CCleaner

Do i need to say anything.

:lol:

 

Before=Nothing*****After=NTREGOPT http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/NTREGOPT/1075895356/1

Backs up and defrags your registry.

another good registry compactor is regcompact.NET... actually doesnt matter...

 

Current=Easy CD-DA Extractor i use it for converting my music from one format to another.

i am also using this for ripping and converting audio files... very nice... :D

 

Current=Nero, dvd-rw burning i found a couple alternatives but the discs were coaster fired straight after burning.

try CDBurnerXP too..!

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I totally agree with you englishmen, why pay if you can get it for free, maybe it is an english thing, the most expensive piece of software I have is Office 2000, which I only have because all the schools use MS Office, once my kids leave school, I am uninstalling it and using OpenOffice all the time.

The only other reason that I would have kept MS office is for Frontpage, but I now use NVU and manual coding for websites anyway.

 

By the way I take it you are actually an Englishman, you never posted in the Where do we come from? thread.

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Thanks for the feed back guys i have now reposted in the thread freeware list and i am from London in the Uk. Thanks for the suggestions agumon as i said i have tried a load of software some dodgy and i have actualy tried all the apps you recommended.

 

*I decided not to keep microsoft antispyware for 2 reasons the first one is a bit stupid but i don't like the fact that i actualy use to have to have a app call giant antispyware then Microsoft bought the company Giant. They then simply removed all reference to Giant within the app and replaced it with micosoft but from what i can see the app is exactley the same in terms of the way it looks(see screenshots) and how good the engine is. http://www.morenews.ru/arhive/2004-11-20/antispyware.jpg http://blognewschannel.com/images/microsof...tem-summary.gif

 

The second being that i read somewhere that when it comes out of beta or soon after you will have to pay a subscriptions to download the latest definition. And for this reason i thought i would get rid of the problem with changing back to spybot etc bye just sticking with them in the first place.

 

*With the office apps i don't really use a office app that much but when i do i only need a Word like applications and as OpenOffice has a much smaller size print on the Hd i thought i would stick with that. I do agree tho that Microsoft Office is good but then one thing comes up why pay for it when you can get it for free.

 

*I did try registry compactor but i found that NTREGOPT is better because you start it and it asks you one question, Do you want to start the process. Simple.

 

*CdBurnerXp Pro "i found a couple alternatives but the discs were coaster fired straight after burning." That's the app i was talking about and as i burn discs to back up my data. And as the first disc i wrote with it is now my tea cup coaster it did not give me a lot of confidence that my data would be safe.

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*With the office apps i don't really use a office app that much but when i do i only need a Word like applications and as OpenOffice has a much smaller size print on the Hd i thought i would stick with that. I do agree tho that Microsoft Office is good but then one thing comes up why pay for it when you can get it for free.

i assume you are replying to me... what i said is

if you have microsoft office (not too old version), it think it is better to keep it...
... not asking to a new one...

 

actually giant antispyware is a very good antispyware tool... so hope microsoft will not trash it... :)

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Any how i belive openoffice is better then Micorosft office and the use of spybot, spwareblaster & ad-aware are better the Giant antispyware oops i mean microsft anitspyware

 

 

 

Believe it or not, Microsoft Anti-Spyware is better than Ad-Aware Pro.

 

Recently I purposefully infected myself with spyware (windupdates and p2pnetworking) to study how the cleaners handled it and I ran my usual routine. Ad-Aware caught some, Spybot - 0, MSAS caught a LOT that Ad-Aware missed. At least four items.

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Believe it or not, Microsoft Anti-Spyware is better than Ad-Aware Pro.

 

Recently I purposefully infected myself with spyware (windupdates and p2pnetworking) to study how the cleaners handled it and I ran my usual routine.  Ad-Aware caught some, Spybot - 0, MSAS caught a LOT that Ad-Aware missed.  At least four items.

 

 

 

 

Really?

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Yep.  I was a bit surprised honestly.

 

 

 

 

Maybe ill give it a longer try then but i don't think ill need it, ever since i got firefox and follow the following rules do not download anything remotely dodgy do not visit any dodgy web sites and by following those rules neither of the antispyware apps i have have found any spyware on my pc for the last 5-6 months.

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As an alternative to Paint Shop Pro there is GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulating Program).

www.gimp.org

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Ok i understand most of you use openoffice instead of Microsoft Word. What do you use for powerpoints and excels and stuff?

 

 

 

 

Oppen Office can make those as well. To make them compatible with MS office just save them as an office documents (File, save as). I know it works because I use them all the time.

 

http://www.theopencd.org/index.php?option=...openoffice.html

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Yeah, have you never used it before? When you download it it has four programs writer-word, impress-power point, calc-excell, and draw-?

Make sure you get the 2.0 beta it is much better than the current release (1.1.4?).

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does that have power point? or excel?

 

 

 

 

Abi word dosent have powerpoint or excell, but its better than the writer in open office. Thats why I have them both. Their is absolutely nothing wrong with open office's word but I just dont like it very much.

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no never use open before. Word and power point take up to much space :(

 

 

 

 

 

If you already have MS office your probably not going to want to want to use open office. But If your like me and the only version of office you have is 97 than you should deffinately use Open Office. Also Openoffice can be used on Macs and Linux so they can create MS office compatible doccuments as well.

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Gimp was one of the apps i tried but i could not really get hang of it so give up on it, maybe ill give it a longer try. I also only use OpenOffice for the word app which i hardly use anyway but at leasts its there when i need it.

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