Windows recommended apps

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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 [URL="http://www.acdsee.com/"]ACDSee 8.0Viewer[/URL].
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.
 
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