The following is a list of software programs that members of the community have determined to be useful for a number of reasons. Links to each program either directs to the download page on the owner/company's website, or to a major download server (such as File Hippo, which is a very fast server and has a large number of these programs on their site). Some programs such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop are not available for free, but links have been provided for information on how to purchase them. Antivirus: NOD32 AVG Kaspersky Spyware: Spybot - Search & Destroy Ad-Aware Personal Spyware Blaster Webroot Spysweeper Sunbelt Counterspy Firewall: Agnitum Outpost Firewall PRO 4.0. Protects all types of network connectivity and detects and defends all types of hacker attacks. Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall (the easiest of all firewalls). Comodo Personal Firewall. Disk defragmentation: O&O defrag Diskeeper pro PerfectDisk Video and Audio Encoder/Converter/Authoring: Xillsoft video encoder Easy CD-DA extractor, ripper and converter Nero Wave Editor Adobe Premiere Elements SUPER© audio encoder dB Power AMP music converter - Convert dozens of formats with additional plugins AutoGnot GK. Free tool that converts VOB files to XviD of desired quality. Adobe Premiere Elements. Edit your videos and background track on a timeline. Add special effects, edit the exposure, add font/images and more. Adobe Encore DVD. Semi-professional DVD authoring product with Photoshop integration. Offers broad functionality. LameFE. Can rip CD's and/or convert audio files, as well as recognize music using acoustic fingerprinting to properly rename files. Audio apps.: Cue Splitter - Split albums that come as single MP3s into tracks using a cue file. Tag&Rename - Mass edit MP3 ID tags, freedb support and more Album Cover Art Downloader - Semi-automatically add album art to all your MP3s Last.fm client - Logs all the music you play to your last.fm profile MusicBrainz Picard allows acoustic fingerprinting too. File compression, extraction: Winrar 7zip IZarc. Video player: VLC MPC WMP Audio player: Winamp Jet Audio Foobar2000 Audio and Video Codecs: ffdshow for audio/video decoding and all that jazz Klite codec pack Combined Community Codec Pack Core AVC Vista codec pack Divx codec Xvid codec Screen/Video Capture: Camtasia Studio SnagIt 8.0 FRAPS (screenshot capturing & recording videos) Tools: Unlocker (Able to delete, move and rename protected files) Crap Cleaner (Delete temp files on your pc and able to clean your registry) Driver Cleaner Pro (for making sure your old drivers are gone) Hacha (Great file splitter). Tuneup Utilities does a lot of maintenance and optimization to your PC Launchy. allows you to search for stuff like the Vista search feature in the start menu. System mechanic. File Splitter. Allows users to split large files into seperate chunks of custom sizes. Chunks can be recompiled later. AutoPatcher. Saves time for new installations btw. Getting the full package is recommended. Encryption: PGP Desktop Pro 9. Powerful technology for encrypting entire hard-drives or single files. Web Browser: Firefox Internet Explorer 7 Opera K-Meleon. Web Browser Tools: Google toolbar: allows suggested hits. TCP Optimizer. increase Internet speed. AM-Deadlink Removes duplicate bookmarks, and checks existing ones for validity. No more dead links. Httrack. Handy to make a duplicate copy of a loved website. Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and Powerpoint Viewer 2003. Noone needs MS Office just to read those docs. Chat Clients: mIRC Windows Live messenger Yahoo! messenger Trillian Pro X-chat Download Accelerator: DAP Free Download Accelerator GetRight Bittorrent client: µtorrent Azureus P2P software: Bitspirit Ares Ratio Master KCeasy. Shareaza. Open-source EDonkey2000, Gnutella, BitTorrent and Gnutella2 client. Customiseable, feature-packed and skinnable. eMule. Popular ed2k client for finding those rarer files. Virtual Optical Drive: Daemon Tools Alcohol 120% (makes perfect images, burns to discs, includes virtual drive) Magic ISO Alcohol 52% Office Suites: Microsoft Office OpenOffice Remote Access, Servers: Ultravnc dynDNS (for easy remote login of your personal computer) RealVNC WAMP. Allows Windows users to run their PC as a server. Combines MySQL, apache, PHP and more. PDF file viewer: Adobe Reader Foxit Reader CD/DVD software: Nero DVD Decrypter ImgBurn Deepburner Image (graphics) Viewer: IrfanView FastStone Image ACDSee 8.0Viewer. XNVIEW, wich shockingly supports many times more formats (even PS1 TIMs and EA pics!!) out of the box, and features a easy browser interface. Image Editing: Adobe Photoshop 10.0 CS3 Paint Shop Pro GIMP. very good image editing program. Paint.NET (requires the .NET framework btw, surprisingly, stunning) CellSea. Online Image editor Overclocking: CPU-Z SuperPi Mod RivaTuner SP2004 Orthos Lavalys Everest MBM5 A64info A64Tweaker Speedfan Clockgen. Virtual Machine utilities.: VMware Player. To use a virtual machine. VMware converter. To actually make a virtual machine from YOUR very actual windows system. Exploring the world: Google Earth. Uses higher quality commercial maps. WorldWind. WP article. VEERY versatile. Has considerably more display-able stuff than the 'basic' Google Earth. 2x less accurate maps though. Visual styles and themes.: BricoPack full conversion themes for XP (NOT recommended with XP64). Icon packager: change icons. Windows Blind. Tuneup styler, inside of Tune up utilities. Big thanks to dashboardy, mogster, Hard core Rikki and all our mates here for their recommendations. If you would like to add to the list, please make a suggestion in this thread. Only recommend applications that you have personally used. I’ll keep updating this post with your advice.