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Ok guys, some of us have been hanging out here for years and if you've been anything like me than you've probably installed/removed hundereds of programs by now. So now I'm curious after all this time have you found your select "set" of programs that you've decided on or do you still switch them out weekly/daily/whatever. I have definitely settled on my select programs that I've been using day in/out for the last year or more. I actually very rarely try new stuff anymore(shocking, I know).


So if you've settled on your programs then what are they?


Here is basically my pc in a nutshell:


Browser: Firefox with adblock plus and firegestures.

Office Suite: MS Office 07

Audio Player:WMP 11

Archive Program: 7zip

Chat/IM: Pidgin

PDF Reader:Foxit

Pictures: Picasa(Still cant emphasize enough how awesome this program is)

Cleaning/Tweaking: CCleaner, desktop maestro, autoruns

Security: I have avast on my laptop currently and hijackthis

Burning/Converting Music/ect: Ashampoo free, Foobar(lame mp3 encoding), dvd fab, shrinkto5


Thats pretty much it, out of all the stuff that I've used over the years this is pretty much all I use on a daily basis. When I reformat my computers these are the only programs I bother installing anymore.

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PDF - Foxit.


Firefox 3 with Noscript and Adblockplus. Scripts are allowed globally when I go hunting malware but then again I'm always hunting sandboxed so no probs.


Office 2003 - Word, Excel and Power Point are all I need.


Pics - Default viewer.


Burning - Burnaware free version.


Audio - WMP or Spider Player


Cleaning - a reboot out of Returnil mode and/or deleting the contents of the sandbox cleans everything that needs cleaning, but I do run CCleaner every now and then, who doesn't? :P


Security - Sandboxie, Returnil and Ghost Images.


Same setups on all my XP Pro/Vista Ultimate installs.

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Seem to have ended up with


Foxit reader

MS Word etc.

Ashampoo Burning Studio








Shrink and Decrypter


These apps are now ones that I always have installed and use.

CCleaner documentation can be found here


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I really haven't changed much. Everything I've listed is freeware or open source with the only exception being MS Office 2003. I could list more, but this is more than enough:



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Here's the programs I mainly use:


Opera, Thunderbird, IrfanView, BitComet (0.70), CCleaner, TeraCopy, BSPlayer (1.38) and UltimateZip. And when ever I need; for burning: Nero and ImgBurn.


Avast, Sygate and Ad Muncher are running all the time in the background. I also use SpywareBlaster.


For audio/music I use Winamp, but I don't use it that often nowadays. Also sometimes use Nokia PC Suite to transfer stuff from my phone to PC or vice versa.

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What I use:


Browser: IE7 with IE7Pro and McAfee SiteAdvisor Plus

email: OE-Quotefix addition to OE with OE Spell

Audio Player: WMP 11 and my Creative Media Sauce on XP Home

PDF Reader: Foxit

Pictures: Built in pic viewer and Facebook

Cleaning/Tweaking: CCleaner, Dial-a-Fix, Event Log Explorer, JavaRa, PureRa, RegSeeker and TweakNow WinSecret

Security: avast anti virus, HijackThis, hpHosts and MVPS HOSTS files, Malwarebytes MBAM, SpywareBlaster, Windows Defender and WinPatrol PLUS

Misc: Belarc Advisor, System Explorer, ClicKey, CurrPorts and SpeedFan

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school." - Albert Einstein

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Well the list of programs I wouldn't be without, have used for ages, and don't see swapping for anything else:


Browser: Firefox with following permanently installed extensions:

AdblockPlus (Easy List/Easy Element/Easy Privacy subscription) + Element Hiding Helper,

CookieSafe Lite



Download Manager Tweak

Duplicate Tab


McAfee SiteAdvisor


Redirect Remover

Session Manager



Audio/video Player: KMPlayer (occasionally WMP11)


Chat: Miranda IM


Pictures: Gimp, Irfanview, TinyResMeter (for quick screenshots)


Cleaning: CCleaner, Reg Mechanic 5, RegSeeker, Total Uninstall, Revo Uninstall, Eraser 5.7


Tweaking/optimising: JKDefrag, NTRegopt, Process Lasso


Security: AVG 7.5 (till updates stop then Antivir), SpywareBlaster, Spybot, Sygate, Eulalyzer


CD Burning: Ashampoo Burning Studio


Misc: Returnil, Foxit, AM-Deadlink, Unlocker

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Browsing : Firefox 3.0.5 Portable with a small handful of addons. ( Adblock Plus, NoScript, Feed Sidebar, GooglePreview, McAffee SiteAdvisor {just the firefox plugin, deleted the global installation}, Menu Editor, Stylish, Tempomail, URL Fixer, Thumbnail Expander)


Audio/Video Player : VLC Player


Chat : aMSN Portable ( for MSN ), XChat Portable ( for IRC ), and Pidgin Portable ( for the rest )


Cleaning : CleanUp!, CCleaner


Defrag : Defraggler


Security : SUPERAnti-Spyware, SpywareBlaster, MBAM, ClamWin Portable


CD/DVD : ImgBurn, IsoBuster, DVD Decrypter


Misc : Foxit, Notepad++, MUSHClient, MinGW, Cygwin

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Well, the softwares I haven't used for years are Google Earth, Cheat Engine and .sol Editor.



These are my frequently used programs


Browser: Firefox 3.0.5 and Firefox Portable 3.2a1pre with a hint of add-ons

IM Software: Yahoo! Messenger

Office Suite: Microsoft Office 2003+Compatibility Pack for the 2007 Office system with only Word, Excel, and Powerpoint installed

Media: K-Lite Mega Codec Pack+QTLite with MPC-HomeCinema from xvidvideo.ru, and The KMPlayer

Archiver: PowerArchiver 2009

Graphics Editing Program: Adobe Photoshop CS4

PDF Reader: Adobe Reader 9 Lite and Foxit PDF Reader

Burning Software: Nero 6

Transcoder: MediaCoder and Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate

Maintenance/Diagnostic Programs: SIW, RunScanner, CCleaner, Defraggler, and JKDefrag

Downloader: Orbit Downloader

Server: XAMPP

Security: KAV 2009 (Desktop) & avast! AV (Laptop), XP's Firewall, SpywareBlaster, and Common Sense

Games: MU Online, Crazy Kart, and Warcraft III RoC & TFT

Miscellaneous: Notepad++, ResHacker, StyleBuilder, and Snagit

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Here's mine


Browser: Firefox 3.0.5


IM Software: Yahoo! Messenger


Office Suite: MS OFFICE 2007


Media: Windows Media Player 11, GOM player


Archiver: Winrar 3.80


Audio Editor: Audacity


PDF Reader: Adobe Reader 9


Maintenance Programs: CCleaner, Auslogics Disk Defrag & RegDefrag, TuneUp Utilities 2009(yeah i purchased one lol :D)


Downloader: DAP Premium, LimeWire PRO


Security: ZoneAlarm Security Suite 2009, HiJack This, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware(free version)


Others: SharePod, iDump, Unlocker, TweakUI

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OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

Browser: IE7+IE7Pro, Firefox, Google Chrome

Anti-Virus: Aira AntiVir Personal

Anti-Spyware: Malwarebyte', SUPERAnti-Spyware, Spybot

Cleaners: CCleaner, Defraggler

Photo Editor: Paint.Net

Torrent: uTorrent

DVD Rip: DVD Decrypter+DVD43

Firewall: Router, Windows Firewall

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OS: XP Pro SP3 / Vista HP 32bit depending on the hardware


A/V: AVG 8 http://www.avg.com


Spyware: Spybot, Malwarebytes

http://www.safer-networking.org/ and http://www.malwarebytes.org/


Browser: Opera http://www.opera.com


Media player : WMP and VLC http://www.videolan.org/vlc/


Codec pack: FFDShow + MPC http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow


Disk defrag: Diskeeper 2009 Pro http://www.diskeeper.com


Disk utilities: HDTune http://www.hdtune.com

Virtual Clone Drive http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html

DVD Decrypter (google!)


Transcoder: Handbrake http://handbrake.fr/


System utilities: CCleaner

Process Explorer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb896653.aspx

Windirstat: http://windirstat.info/

7zip http://www.7-zip.org/


Burner: CDburnerXP http://cdburnerxp.se/


Office: MS Office

Foxit PDF reader http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php

Nitro PDF maker http://www.nitropdf.com/

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OS : XP SP3 (I think I'll upgrade to Seven when it'll be out - in a final release)

Browser : Firefox (with ABP, Stylish, Personal Menu..)

Image editor : Paint.NET (with lots of plugins - I have like 60 DLLs in my Effects folder)

Text editor : Office 2003 (I only use Word...)

Utilities : Defraggler, PageDefrag, CCleaner, Recuva

Chat : WLM 2009 with Messenger Live Discovery and Messenger Plus! Live

Programming : Visual Studio 2008

Archiver : WinRAR

Anti-spyware, virus, malware, ... : Avast!

Media player : WMP

Games : Chuzzle Deluxe and Rocket Mania Deluxe (both by PopCap Games), Spore and SimCity (both by Maxis (EA) )..and Lego Digital designer if you can call this a "game"

Other : Bricopack Vista Inspirat 2, HHD Free Hex Editor (...wait, what is this and why is it on my computer ??), Tweak UI, Bootvis.


I think this is all...

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Browser: Google Chrome


IM Software: Windows live messenger 2009 beta 2


Office Suite: MS OFFICE 2007


Media: Itunes


Archiver: Winrar 3.80


Maintenance Programs: CCleaner, Auslogics Disk Defrag and Registry Clean Expert


Downloader: uTorrent


Security: MalwareBytes Anti-Malware(paid version), Threatfire, Avast, Spybot Search and destroy, PC Tools Firewall Plus, Spywareblaster


Other: Notepad++

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OS: Windows XP SP2

Browser: Firefox with AdBlockPlus-FEBE-JavaQuickStarter-British English Dictionary, K-Meleon

Firewall: Lavasoft Personal FW

Security: BitDefender AV 2008, SUPERAntiSpy Pro, CounterSpy

Media player: WMP 11, GOM, XnView

Archiver: WinRar 3.8, 7Zip

Rip/Burn: Ashampoo Studio 6, SonicRecordNow

Office: MS Office 2007, Sage

PDF: Adobe Reader 9

Screen Print: Gadwin PrintScreen

Rename: THE Rename

Clean up: CCleaner, EasyCleaner, FreeWindowSweeper, EvidenceBlaster

Defrag: Defraggler, AusLogics-DiscDefrag

Back-up: AcronisTrueImagePersonal(free), Erunt

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Opera: Firefox: CCleaner: DeFraggler: Recuva: Ashampoo Burning Studio: DVDFab HD Decrypter:


DVD Shrink32: Faststone Capture: MP3Gain: Mp3Tag: MPUI: (MPlayer) Photofiltre Studio: Unlocker:


Process Explorer: Karens Replicator: What's Running: WinRAR: AutoHotkey: AvantiGUI: AviSynth:


BonkEnc Audio Encoder: Burn: CleanMem: DivX: Erunt: Foobar2000: Format Factory: Revo Uninstaller:


Foxit Reader: HDTune: HostsMan: Macrium Reflect: Q-Dir: Registry Mechanic: Returnil: Sandboxie:




Avast: Windows Firewall (XP): Spybot: MBAM: Panda AntiRootkit: Spyware Blaster: Rogue Remover: Prevx CSI:

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Browser: Firefox

Anti-Virus: Avast (I do fluctuate between Avast and AVG)

Anti-Malware: MBAM, SAS, Spybot and SpywareBlaster

PDF reader: Foxit

Image editing: Irfanview and Photoscape

Burning software: Trying new things here (mainly stuff that Andavari suggests)

Office: MS Office

Audio: WMP

Cleaning: CCleaner, JavaRa and PureRa

Website creation: Kompozer

FTP: FileZilla

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