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« on: June 28, 2009, 02:01:59 PM »

Hi Folks,

The thread started here:

fully free software utilities for biz use
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=18813.0

And that is the best place for most of the side-threads.  
Here is the list updated, now in sections, there were problems in page size before.

Below is also fine for suggestions and questions, once I get the first group of posts in,
with the new groupings.

Here are the groupings for now !  
(Do we have URL direct to post ?)

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OFFICE - NOTES - PIM  & TO-DO & CALENDAR & REMINDER - EMAIL

WINDOWS UTILITIES
INSTALLER - UNINSTALLERS SCREEN CAPTURE - CLIPBOARD  CLEANERS - SCHEDULING - MEMORY ZIP - UTILITY SUITE  
PASSWORD REVEALERS - ICONS - DESKTOP - TRAY - GRAPHICS

DISK FILE MANAGEMENT
FILE MANAGERS, EXPLORER, DISK SPACE, DUPS, SEARCH, COMPARE DEFRAG

BACKUP - COPY

FTP & REMOTE ACCESS

SECURITY - FIREWALL, ANTI-VIRUS & MALWARE, HIPS

WINDOWS UTILITIES
STARTUP -   SHUTDOWN & RESTART -
PROCESS & TASK MANAGER  & TERMINATION

DATABASE DEVELOPMENT

OP SYS -
REGISTRY COMPACT, DEFRAG, BACKUP - PAGEFILE - UNIDENTIFIED DEVICES - DRIVER BACKUP
EVENT VIEWER & LOG FILES - analysis & real-time

SYSTEM UTILITIES - BOOT DISK, RESCUE, PARTITION, DATA RECOVERY-UNDELETE

IMAGE EDITING AND VIEWING -- PDF UTILITIES - PRINTING UTILITIES

BIZ APPS Accounting - Inventory - Time Tracking

NETWORK ADMINISTRATION - NETWORK TRAFFIC - TCP/IP

BIZ-WARE - what you are most likely needing to purchase (SECURITY)

WINDOWS SHELL

SOFTWARE INVENTORY - VERSION UPDATES - SYSINFO -HARDWARE DIAGNOSTICS

EDITORS - NOTEPAD REPLACEMENTS - PROGRAMMER/DEVELOPER EDITORS

WEB BROWSING - Research - Activities - Recreation

HOME (OFFICE) SERVER
SCRIPTING / MACRO / PROGRAMMING TOOLS

CD - DVD

MISCELLANEOUS AND NOTES-DISCUSSION
DONATIONCODER - PROLIFIC PACKAGES - ABANDONWARE

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RESOURCE LIST  

FREEWARE PACKAGES WHICH NEED EULA AND/OR AUTHOR CHECK

ONLINE TECH RESOURCES

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Shalom,
Steven
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OFFICE - NOTES - PIM  & TO-DO & CALENDAR & REMINDER  
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OFFICE & WORD PROCESSING

Jarte
http://www.jarte.com/
"free word processor based on the Microsoft WordPad word processing engine .. expands well beyond the WordPad feature set .. small, portable .. documents are fully compatible with Word and WordPad."
"Carolina Road Software, L.L.C. grants you a license to use this SOFTWARE on any hardware product. "You" means the company, institution, entity or individual installing or using the SOFTWARE."
Jarte Plus is $20 for 1-user & adds background spell checking with AutoCorrect plus a number of other features, mostly more "extras".  Items that a tech user might want for their heavy-use home puter but would not be needed in an office.

AbiWord
http://www.abisource.com/
AbiWord Mailing Lists
http://www.abisource.com/mailinglists/
"AbiWord is GNU Free Software software, which means that you will always have the freedom to use it, make copies of it, and improve it. You are encouraged to make use of these freedoms and share the program with your family and friends! "

Open Office
http://www.openoffice.org/
Forum and Mail Lists
http://support.openoffice.org/#fcs
"you may use OpenOffice.org binaries for commercial use"
Note: StarOffice works with site licensing, some biz may like Open Office yet want to go the StarOffice route.
http://www.sun.com/software/staroffice/get_org.jsp

SoftMaker Office 2006 - TextMaker, PlanMaker (spreadsheet, Excel compatible)
http://www.softmakeroffice.com/
"fully-functional, non-crippled, not time-limited version of this office suite... totally free of charge, without any obligations ... consider upgrading to its successor, SoftMaker Office 2008 for Windows....Even if you won't, you don't owe us anything. We would love to welcome you as a new user of our software, be it the free version or the for-pay one. Try it out and tell your friends and colleagues about it...."
Forum
http://www.softmaker.com/forum/index.php

Textmaker Viewer 2009 - Softwmaker
http://www.officeviewers.com/
"open, view, and print documents created with Microsoft Word 6.0 to 2007, TextMaker as well as OpenDocument and other common office file formats."
Document Viewer TextMaker Viewer 2009 - Ghacks
http://www.ghacks.net/200...er-textmaker-viewer-2009/
Forum
http://www.softmaker.com/...473c9f09c2870bcb7d6051cf8

Angel Writer 3.2
http://www.angelicsoftwar....com/en/angel-writer.html
"Angel Writer is a free text editor (like Microsoft Word) allowing you to create impressive documents that contain formatted text, graphics and tables. You can learn how to work with Angel Writer in five minutes since it is very similar to Microsoft Word."
Eula or company contact check needed on commercial use - no apparent limitations, the company has other commercial products, especially Info Angel, a PIM. FOLLOWUP NOTE: Discussion forum indicates so far no response on EULA inquiries.

Atlantis Nova
http://www.atlantiswordprocessor.com/en/nova.htm
"Atlantis Nova is very fast, compact, and has a very small memory footprint. But above all,
it is completely free. You can install Atlantis Nova on your PC, and use it free of charge!"
Atlantis Word Processor - the full version, yet Nova looks capable.
http://www.atlantiswordprocessor.com/en/
Forum
http://www.atlantiswordprocessor.com/en/forum.htm
Eula/license or company check would be helpful.

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NOTE APPS

Stickies
http://www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/stickies/index.html
"..and Stickies is completely free!"
Forum
http://tomrevell.conforums.com/

Keynote-NF
http://code.google.com/p/keynote-nf/
Google groups email forum
http://groups.google.com/group/keynote-nf

Mempad - Horst Schaeffer
http://home.mnet-online.de/horst.muc/wmem.htm
MemPad help file for Windows console commands     
No RTF and tables and other niceties however for simple notes and/or editor (below) very competent.
"Donate.. * July 2009 - All programs: Freeware © Horst Schaeffer"
Horst has a few other freeware softwares for consideration.

The Guide
http://theguide.sourceforge.net/
Google Groups
http://groups.google.com/...e-guide-users-group?pli=1
Chosen at Portable Freeware where the discussion is at:
The Guide
http://www.portablefreewa...id=1499&ts=1247175690

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TO-DO, TASK, CALENDAR, REMINDER

ToDoList - Abstract Spoon
http://www.abstractspoon.com/tdl_resources.html
Forum
http://www.codeproject.co.../todolist2.aspx#_comments
"Everything on this site is free, the only proviso being that if you use bits of the code, you may not say that you wrote them yourself ."

Task Coach
http://www.taskcoach.org/
Mailing List - Yahoogroups
http://www.taskcoach.org/mailinglist.html
"Task Coach is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3 or any later version and free to use for both individuals and companies."

Swift ToDo Lite - Dextronet
http://www.dextronet.com/swift-to-do-list-lite.php
Confirmed fully freeware - would be good to check if there are nag screens. One indication now that Lite has a limitation that you cannot eliminate deleted tasks, if confirmed, will take off list.

To-Do Desklist - Detronet
http://www.dextronet.com/to-do-desklist.php

Rainlendar Lite
http://www.rainlendar.net...om_frontpage&Itemid=1
Forum
http://www.rainlendar.net...;id=7755&catid=3#7755
"The lite version of Rainlendar is free also for commercial use."

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PIM

PIM Xtreme  - Open Source
http://dgtalize.com/products/pimx
"PIM Xtreme is a free Open Source application for management of personal information (PIM: Personal Information Manager) configurable and highly flexible (or at least that is the goal). It aims to be a powerful organizer for your personal data ... All this information is stored in a relational database (MySQL for the moment)"
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pimx/
"financial module (accounts, reports, etc.), contacts, schedule, tasks, alerts, encrypted notes and MORE!...exports to several formats (xml, iCal, etc.)"
Forum
http://dgtalize.com/en/fo...?func=showcat&catid=1
Utube - PIM Xtreme installing (and others)
http://www.youtube.com/wa...rwk7s&feature=related

Editors and notepads and such - now have own section below.
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WINDOWS UTILITIES

INSTALLER - UNINSTALLERS
SCREEN CAPTURE - CLIPBOARD
CLEANERS - SCHEDULING - MEMORY
ZIP - UTILITY SUITE  
PASSWORD REVEALERS - ICONS - DESKTOP - TRAY - GRAPHICS
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SOFTWARE INSTALLATION

ZipInstaller - Nirsoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/zipinst.html
"This utility was originally developed to install the utilities in NirSoft Web site, but you can use it for installing utilities and applications from other sources, like the utilities provided in SysInternal Web site, Funduc Software, and many others."

Nothing real complicated there, except the addition of the uninstaller option is very nice, and saving time.  ToDoList, Keynote-NF and JavaRa are examples of programs which afaik do not have their own Microsoft-style installation progrram.  Also many of the "Portable Apps".  Thus this is #1, since you might want to use this for installing some of the other apps.

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UNINSTALLER

Revo Uninstaller
http://www.revouninstaller.com/
"Revo Uninstaller is a freeware product and you can use it also in commercial environment according to its License Agreement, which forbids reverse engineering, modifying, removing any trade marks etc." - response to email request

Safarp-"Small And Fast Add/Remove Programs" Open Source - 2005
http://wistinga.online.fr/safarp/
Forums
http://wistinga.sourceforge.net/forums/
"Safarp is a small and fast alternative to the Add or Remove Programs Control Panel applet of Windows 2000/XP"

SPECIALTY UNINSTALLERS

JavaRa - Ra Products
http://raproducts.org/
A specialty tool, cleans up the old Java versions and helps makes sure you are up-to-date.  While not a major issue, it is a nice cleanup and does not have the complications of e.g. .net cleanup attempts.  PureRa is also available, yet I would consider that more a "special use" product so it goes below, otherwise it might change things like folder order that you don't want to change.
"JavaRa is a simple tool that does a simple job: it removes old and redundant versions of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). ... RaProducts is a website dedicated to bringing you the highest-quality products for your home and office alike. Currently, our software includes JavaRa, PhoneRa, PureRa and PastIconsFlusher."

Automated cleanup tool to remove the .NET Framework 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5 - Aaron Stebner
http://blogs.msdn.com/ast...ve/2006/05/30/611355.aspx
Unlike JavaRa this is not designed as a "run anytime to clean up" tool, but as a help in times of .Net trouble. (Originally I had omitted it, however with proper explanation and caution it might save a lot of headache and solve problems.)

Adobe Flash Uninstaller - Repair Tool of the Week
http://www.technibble.com...-repair-tool-of-the-week/
How to uninstall the Adobe Flash Player plug-in and ActiveX control
http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/141/tn_14157.html

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Note: PC Decrapifier is inexpensive for commercial use : ... $20 per "technician" (not per PC) per year. For folks receiving many new computers it may have a place with the few inexpensive products below.  While AppRemover, designed for security tool removals, has a specific commercial license.

Comprehensive List of Uninstallers or Removal Tools for Antivirus Software - Raymond
http://www.raymond.cc/blo...oval-tools-for-antivirus-
oftware/#more-2878
avast, AVG, Avira, BitDefender, Computer Associates, ESET, F-Secure, McAfee, GData, TrendMicro, Panda, Norton and Windows Live OneCare references

Repair Tool of the Week: Antivirus Removal Tools - Technibble - June, 2009
http://www.technibble.com...-antivirus-removal-tools/
Adds Kaspersky, omits GData

How to uninstall anything: free apps that get the job done - Samer (Freeware Genius)
http://www.freewaregenius...ps-that-get-the-job-done/

Remove Old Drivers After Upgrading to New Hardware
http://www.howtogeek.com/...pgrading-to-new-hardware/

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SCREEN CAPTURE

Purrint - Screen Capture
http://www.bcheck.net/apps/
"Apps from your close personal friend, bCheck. These are all MS Windows apps, they have zero dependencies and are as small as I could get 'em. Source is supplied for most"

ScreenshotCaptor
- Donationcoder -Mouser
http://www.donationcoder....reenshotcaptor/index.html
Forum
http://www.donationcoder....orum/index.php?board=34.0

Also Gadwin, MWSnap, PicPack and Greenshot (Screen Capturer from Extensoft also, below, also Screenshot Pilot and Annotation Pilot from Two Pilots), Gipo@ScreenCapture and Screeny may all be fully freeware, based on notes and research.  I happen to like the simplicity of Purrint for giving to office folks, with an easily recognizable system tray icon, although as long as a software has an automatic "Print-key-->Print" configuration (with optional auto-file-save) the extra potential features in other softwares may make them a better one-horse install.

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SCREEN TEXT CAPTURE

Textractor - Resplendence Software
http://resplendence.com/textractor
Monitor and capture all text any program writes to the screen
"Textractor is provided free of charge"

SysExporter - NirSoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/sysexp.html

SCREEN TEXT CAPTURE - OCR

JOCR - EverRex Software (2006)
http://home.megapass.co.k...oosjung/Product_JOCR.html
"JOCR is a freeware"
http://home.megapass.co.k...osjung/Index_License.html
"JExplorer (and power toys such as JOCR, JMounter, and JCalculator) is a freeware. You are free to use JExplorer at your own risk and free to distribute JExplorer in its original state to your friends, public web site, online service, or BBS without explicitly obtaining the author's permission. There is no charge for any such distribution. Notification would be greatly appreciated though ! ... (continues)"
Note the relationship of JOCR with MODI and we have a separate thread about accomplishing this OCR capture with Microsoft Office products, as well as the web alternatives like Evernote.  Also note that the freeware file manager JExplorer (2006) includes JOCR and JMount, a virtual drive.  JOCR received a positive review from FreewareGenius.

SCREEN WEB PAGE CAPTURE

SiteShoter - NirSoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/ut.../web_site_screenshot.html
Lifehacker
http://lifehacker.com/522...ite-screenshots-over-time

WebShot
http://www.websitescreenshots.com/
Email from Nathan confirms that free version is ok for commercial use.  Pro version has additional features,
color being the most user-important, however in companies often b & w lasers are the norm.

Firefox extensions mentioned - ScreenGrab - Picnik
Other Firefox extensions of interest.  Screenshot Studio Abduction Snapper
With paid and free versions Page Saver Fireshot

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VIDEO CAPTURE

CamStudio - Open Source
http://camstudio.org/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/camstudio/
Forum
http://sourceforge.net/community/forum/
"CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs) "

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SCAN & TIFF --> TEXT OCR

Simple OCR - Simple Software
http://www.simpleocr.com/Info.asp
"Not only is SimpleOCR up to 99% accurate, it is 100% free."
"SimpleOCR works with all fully compliant TWAIN scanners and also accepts input from TIFF files.  "

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CLIPBOARD

Clipboard Help+Spell
http://www.donationcoder....rdhelpandspell/index.html
Forum
http://www.donationcoder....orum/index.php?board=49.0

Ditto-cp Clipboard Manager - (fav in Lifehacker poll)
http://ditto-cp.sourceforge.net/
Forums
http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=84084

ArsClip
http://www.joejoesoft.com/cms/showpage.php?cid=111
"My programs are freeware. There are no strings attached, no nags, no ads, and no timebombs. Those that enjoy my programs and wish to make a small donation can do so... Delphi 6 (Personal) source code is included - modify it freely for any non-profit use. NOTE: The newer versions are compiled with Turbo Delphi for Win32 (also a free download)."

Clipomatic - Mike Lin
http://www.mlin.net/Clipomatic.shtml
Forum
http://groups.google.com/group/mlin_net

ClipX - Francis Gastellu
http://www.bluemars.org/clipx/
"ClipX is a tiny clipboard history manager. It is sweet, it is free, use it"
BestFreeApps - ClipX
http://www.bestfreeapps.com/system-tools/clipx/

Ditto, ClipX and ArsClip are all Freeware Genius recommendations, with ArsClip getting a small special nod.

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CLEANERS

CCleaner - Piriform
http://www.ccleaner.com/
"CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool."
"... like all Piriform products, Defraggler is completely free for both corporate and individual use."
Forum
http://forum.piriform.com/index.php?showforum=4

Bleachbit - Open Source
http://bleachbit-project.appspot.com/
Forum
http://bleachbit-project.appspot.com/forum/
"The privacy and disk space cleaner for Linux and Windows"
Being fairly new and having a Linux heritage we do not have a lot of reviews and Windows discussion.  One thing .. apparently it does handle a large number of applications.

Free Internet Window Washer - Eusing
http://www.eusing.com/Win..._Washer/Window_Washer.htm
"Free Internet Window Washer is a freeware product, this means that you can download and use it for free. Anyway we will appreciate contributions: we will use collected money to finance new development of Free Internet Window Washer."

PureRa - System Purification Tool  
http://raproducts.org/purera.html
"removes files from your computer that other mainstream cleaning programs tend to oversee.
- Config.msi Folder [..Sometimes a Windows Installer package is sloppy..]
- Thumbs.db [.. tiny preview images generated for image files ]
- Iconcache.db [The icons used in Windows are saved in an icon cache]
- .sqm-files [sqm-files are created by MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger.]
- Desktop.ini "

TFC - Temp File Cleaner by OldTimer
http://www.geekstogo.com/...ner-OldTimer-file187.html
"TFC (Temp File Cleaner) will clear out all temp folders for all user accounts (temp, IE temp, java, FF, Opera, Chrome, Safari), including Administrator, All Users, LocalService, NetworkService, and any other accounts in the user folder. It also cleans out the %systemroot%\temp folder and checks for .tmp files in the %systemdrive% root folder, %systemroot%, and the system32 folder (both 32bit and 64bit on 64bit OSs)"

TFC may be a good compliment to CCleaner to get to the other temp files of the other users without lots of reduncancy or complication.

A bit strangely wants to have the .exe on the Desktop (shortcut anywhere). And the instructions say:
"You MUST be logged on as an administrator to use this utility. While cleaning the temp files all open applications will be closed and the desktop will disappear. When finished, if any files need to be removed by a reboot you will be asked to reboot. Otherwise the desktop will be restored."

DiskMax - KoshyJohn (AutoIt application)
http://www.koshyjohn.com/software/diskmax.html
Similarly will clean out other user temp files.  And similarly, reading on the web, lacks some configurability as an overall cleaner.  

Links and mini-discussion of Cleanup!, ATF-Cleaner (new release planned, per blog) and many other freewares (not all fully freeware) :

CCleaner 2.0 Beta Released - Clean the Crap off your Computer
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=9598.25

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WINDOWS SCHEDULING

System Scheduler - Splinterware
"System Scheduler is provided free of charge (no warranties implied whatsoever). You can use System Scheduler at home or for business purposes. It can be redistributed freely but without modification of any kind. It must not be re-sold either by itself or as part of other commercial software."
Forum
http://www.splinterware.com/forum/

Ka-Firetask - Konrad Papala
http://www.konradp.com/pr...ts/firetask/pro_index.htm
"none of my freeware has any restrictions, including Ka Firetask. It's 100% free, also in corporate use." (email from Konrad)
Network-aware.

JIT Scheduler 9 - Gibin Software
http://www.gibinsoft.net/
" JIT Scheduler ... is licensed, not sold.. is a freeware. This means, that JIT Scheduler grants you the right to use it free-of-charge/free without any limitations for the number of copies. This Agreement grants a user the following limited, non-exclusive rights: the right to install and use the Software Product... You are not allowed to modify the Software Product or perform disassembling of any kind.You are encouraged to distribute the original, unmodified and integral package freely, in any form and on any media, provided you don't charge any fee for the Software Product."

Gibin has some other software of interest, especially Gipo@DB_Utilities "an easy way to work with different OLE DB- and ODBC-compatible databases and data sources such as Microsoft SQL Server 7.0/2000, Oracle DBMS, Informix, MySQL, DB2, Microsoft Access, dBase, Paradox, FoxPro, Visual FoxPro and many other databases that have OLE DB providers."  License hasn't been checked yet, though, likely it is very similar.

nnCron lite
http://www.nncron.ru/#nncronlt
Forum
http://www.nncron.ru/forums/viewforum.php?f=2
   "* The nnCron LITE program is distributed as freeware.
    * All copyrights to nnCron LITE are exclusively owned by its developer, Nicholas Nemtsev.
    * The nnCron LITE may be freely distributed provided the distribution package is not modified. No person or company may charge a fee for the distribution of nnCron LITE without permission from the copyright holder. The nnCron LITE may be bundled or distributed with any other package without permission of the copyright holder."

PC Inspector Task Manager - Convar
http://www.pc-inspektor.d...nager/info.htm?Language=1
Apparently only in German so far, likely to expand .. found a Convar license note !
"The full version of PC INSPECTOR™ task manager is made available to you at no cost by "CONVAR – Die Datenretter™". You may use the software at no charge and with no time limitations. You are also allowed to share it with friends, acquaintances and colleagues. Please note that you must accept the following license agreement in order to use the software."
(License agreement is the "no warranty" stuff on the same page).

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MEMORY SWEEPING - "Working Set"

CleanMem - PC WinTech - Shane
http://www.pcwintech.com/node/145

MemClean - KoshyJohn
http://www.koshyjohn.com/software/memclean.html

We can avoid the big debates about whether these types of programs are worthwhile.  Your biz folks may have low-memory puters or early OS.  These two look to be fully freeware and are written by techies who share in the forums and have other software and use superior techniques.  Other software may be considered in this group.  (I do have a small concern about whether the name similarity is simply coincidental.)

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ARCHIVE - ZIP

7-Zip
http://www.7-zip.org/
Forum
http://sourceforge.net/fo.../forum.php?forum_id=45797
"You can use 7-Zip on any computer, including a computer in a commercial organization. You don't need to register or pay for 7-Zip. But you can make a donation to support further development of 7-Zip."

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PASSWORD REVEALERS

Password Revealer - Rekenwonder Software - Source Code included
http://rekenwonder.com/revealer.htm
"Password Revealer is freeware."
"Please note that Password Revealer does NEVER work with the following passwords..."
Note his mini-apps with source code, such as Schedule Control and Member Administration and other utilities.

Asterik Logger - NirSoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/astlog.html
"Asterisk Logger - Recover passwords stored behind asterisk (**) characters."

Mail PassView - NirSoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/mailpv.html
Repair Tool of the Week: Mail PassView
http://www.technibble.com...of-the-week-mailpassview/
"Mail PassView is a small, freeware and portable tool designed to reveal the password and other account details which you should run before you format the machine."
(Note: these passwords will generally be less mission-criticial, able to be gotten from the ISP.)
Note also from NirSoft in the same style -
    * MessenPass - Recover the passwords of 'Instant Messenger' applications.
    * IE PassView - Recover the passwords of Internet Explorer.
    * Dialupass - Recover VPN/RAS/Dialup passwords
    * Network Password Recovery - Recover Windows XP/Vista network passwords (Credentials file)
The last one being of the most administrative interest.

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UTILITY SUITES

Advanced SystemCare Free - Iobit Utility Suite -  "100% Freeware"
http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html
Forums
http://forums.iobit.com/forumdisplay.php?f=4

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Here are links to folks who have groups of freeware software utilities that they developed that appear to be fully free. Possibly will move to their own sections, licenses may vary even within the software author's packages.

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INDIVIDUAL UTILITIES -  PLAN TO MOVE TO OWN SECTION AS THE NUMBERS BECOME VERY LARGE
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EZ-SHELL TO WINDOWS COMMANDS

XpSyspad - xtort
http://xtort.net/xtort-software/xpsyspad/
"Windows system monitoring utility that allows easy access to Windows system information and Windows system utilities, such as the individual control panel applets, as well as putting the “hidden” applications in Windows at your fingertips..."

DRIVE MANAGEMENT

Drive Manager - Alex Nolan
http://www.alexnolan.net/software/driveman.htm
"No-install, standalone freeware utilities with a modern and easy user interface."

FILE ATTRIBUTES (Often included in File Managers)

Attribute Changer - Romain Petges
http://www.petges.lu/index.html
"Attribute Changer is free, even for commercial use. "
"Attribute Changer shell extension (freeware) is a power user tool to change all kind of file and folder attributes, date, time and even NTFS compression."

DonationCoder thread shows pic of this feature on some file manager programs for comparison.
Program to Change File Attributes on Windows
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=10647.0

Flexible Renamer - Naru (updated 2008)
http://hp.vector.co.jp/au...A014830/english/FlexRena/
"Copyright Naru - License Type Freeware - Copying/Reproduction Free" "You can support future development by donating! I appreciate any amount of donation. Thank you!"

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Open Window Info and Troubleshooting (overlaps process explorers)

Window Seizer - Take control of your open windows and tasks. - Alex Nolan
http://www.alexnolan.net/...oftware/window_seizer.htm
"Windows Seizer is a standalone portable freeware utility which lists all the windows you have open..technical information .."

WinLister  NirSoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/winlister.html

WinExplorer - NirSoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/using_winexp.html

CowSpy - NakenCow (2004)
http://www.nakencow.tk/cowspyindex.php

WinEnabler - SMarmotte
http://dragondarka.free.fr/smarmotte/
AdminTest looks like a nice simple app, Filelist might be handy, Process Cleaner is of interest, and there are others.
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Windows

WinSplit Revolution
http://www.winsplit-revolution.com/
"WinSplit Revolution is freeware. Some Rights Reserved.This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License."
"WinSplit Revolution is a small utility which allows you to easily organize your open windows by tiling, resizing and positioning them to make the best use of your desktop real estate. What can it do? WinSplit is especially useful for high-end LCD screens with high resolutions because it helps you to efficiently manage many active windows."

This could be especially nice for those execs with the 21" and 24" screens.  Maybe even programmers !

Taskbar - System Tray

Taskix Reorder taskbar tabs and more
http://taskix.robustit.com/
"Developing Taskix takes considerable time and effort. It you find it very helpful, I will greatly appreciate it if you are sending me in return a small amount of money. Thank you! "
Lifehacker - Taskix Enables Taskbar Reordering with a Small Footprint
http://lifehacker.com/504...ng-with-a-small-footprint

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Icons & Thumbnails

IconFX - The Free Icon Editor
http://icofx.ro/
" You can show your appreciation for IcoFX and support future development by donating! Your support makes this project possible, and your assistance is greatly appreciated! I strongly feel that IcoFX should remain free of charge in the future also. The recommended minimum donation is 10 USD, but of course any amount is welcome.Thank you!"
Forum
http://icofx.ro/forum/

Easy Picture2Icon 2.5
http://www.picture2icon.com/
"The programs at Picture2Icon.com are freeware, but donations are gratefully accepted"
Review - CompletelyFreeSoftware
http://www.completelyfree...p_w95_Picture2Icon32.html

Easy Thumbnails - Fookes
http://www.fookes.com/ezthumbs/
"Easy Thumbnails is a genuine freeware product that will not annoy you with advertising, intrusive spyware components or nag screens. It comes from the developers of the award-winning NoteTab text editors."

Graphics

Creative Docs.Net
http://www.creativedocs.net/
"Creative Docs .NET 2.x is available for free as a full-featured version. It comes with no warranty whatsoever."
(License confirmed ok for biz use by author Pierre on CyberNet post.)
"Creative Docs .NET is a vector-based graphic design tool with support for rich text, ideal to quickly write short documents, manuals, posters, illustrations, schemas, plans, flow charts, and much more."

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   GROUPS OF SMALL FREE UTILITIES  
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Funduc Software.
http://www.funduc.com/otsoft.htm#WordSR
"We currently have eleven freeware applications available for Windows 95/98/ME NT/2000/XP: Count Characters, Decode Shell Extension, DupBlock, Folder Synchronize Script Editor, Limit Edit, HexView, FS ZIP Extractor, TZAdjust, SR Regular Expression Wizard, Word Search and Replace, Excel Search and Replace, and PowerPoint Search and Replace."

FreeByte
http://www.freebyte.com/

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LINUX and OS Interopability
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Ext2 Installable File System For Windows - Stephan Schreiber
http://www.fs-driver.org/
"provides Windows NT4.0/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 with full access to Linux Ext2 volumes (read access and write access). This may be useful if you have installed both Windows and Linux as a dual boot environment on your computer. The "Ext2 Installable File System for Windows" software is freeware.... Linux Ext3 volumes can also be accessed. "

As an OS extension, this may later go into its own subsection.

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DISK FILE MANAGEMENT

FILE MANAGERS, EXPLORER,
DISK SPACE, DUPS
SEARCH, COMPARE
DEFRAG
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FILE MANAGERS

Free Commander - File Manager (unclick the ebay icon installer)
http://www.freecommander.com/fc_faq_en.htm
"Yes it is, you can use it free of charge for private and professional purposes. You may not however sell it for profit and you may not bundle FreeCommander in other software packages without affirmation of the author."
Forum
http://www.forum.freecommander.com/

Q-Dir
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/Q-Dir
Is a possibility as an alternative to Free Commander. (Info: see ProcessKo below)
Lifehacker - Q-Dir: the portable file management program that could
http://www.freewaregenius...ement-program-that-could/

A43 File Management Utility
http://alterion.us/a43/
A43 is a freeware file management utility for Windows 2000/XP.

Cubic Explorer - Open Source
http://www.cubicreality.com/ce/
Forum
http://www.cubicreality.com/forum/
Lifehacker - Cubic Explorer Saves Your File Management Sessions
http://lifehacker.com/510...agement-sessions#c9183132
Dual pane under active development.

JExplorer - EverRex Software - Woo Sik Jung - Korea - see JOCR & JMounter below which integrate
http://home.megapass.co.kr/~woosjung/
"JExplorer (and power toys such as JOCR, JMounter, and JCalculator) is a freeware. You are free to use JExplorer at your own risk and free to distribute JExplorer in its original state to your friends, public web site, online service, or BBS without explicitly obtaining the author's permission. There is no charge for any such distribution. Notification would be greatly appreciated though ! ... (continues)"
Snapfiles Comment on Admin rights being helpful in network use,
http://www.snapfiles.com/.../JEXPLORER/JEXPLORER.html

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WINDOWS EXPLORER

FileMenu - LopeSoft
http://www.lopesoft.com/en/fmtools/info.html
Lifehacker - Download of the Day: FileMenu Tools (Windows)
http://lifehacker.com/227...ay-filemenu-tools-windows

There could be tons of Explorer enhancements and replacements, likely we will only list this one and a bit more, RubĂ©n LĂłpez Hernández  seemed to have done an excellent job on this one, beginning in 2006 and updates continuing.

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DISK SPACE - TREE & GRAPH VIEWERS

WinDirStat (thanks Lashiec for the emphasis)
http://windirstat.info/
"WinDirStat is free software published under the GNU General Public License."
Email to owner, user defined cleanup (and more) function, shows extension totals for drives, all local drives feature, folder %, top 50 files, does not show individual files.

Free Disk Usage Analyzer
http://www.extensoft.com/?p=free_disk_analyzer
"We are so confident that you will love our products, we hope that you will buy the full Extensions package sooner or later, or simply get more use out of Windows and be more happy using it. So enjoy some our individual Extensions absolutely free."
http://www.extensoft.com/?p=home
Files or filters.  Rather than extensions, has a pre-defined non-configurable filter for file type groups. No fancy charts or graphs,  one "folder to disk" comparison.

JDiskReport
http://www.jgoodies.com/f...re/jdiskreport/index.html
"This is ad-free uncrippled no-charge binary multi-platform software that never expires."
A very pleasant Java program with themes and directory excludes and good features like top 50 files and modified date analysis and toggles from two graphs to list, one custom command, extension totals shown for folder and directory yet no filtering or sorting by extension.

Only WinDirStat of these three has the ability to sort the individual files by extension, although it does not show the individual files.  

So for flat-view file-filtered viewing Free Commander is superior, and may be used in tandem.  Here are some more.

Xinorbis - Paul Alan Freshney - England
http://www.freshney.org/xinorbis/index.htm
(see Pyxis below for quotes/policies)

SpaceSniffer - Uderzo Software
http://www.uderzo.it/main.../space_sniffer/index.html
"SpaceSniffer is a free software, both for personal and commercial use."

Disk Usage - (cmd Line Tool, du.exe so you can create desktop shortcut)
http://technet.microsoft....ysinternals/bb896651.aspx
Forum
http://forum.sysinternals...m/forum_topics.asp?FID=11

Get File Type Distribution - Howard Kaikow
http://www.standards.com/...FileTypeDistribution.html
Designed for practicality of analyzing file extension usage on drives or paths, with export to .csv or .txt.
Howard has the Page File Usage Monitor (below) and a number of other programs to peruse, and is active on Wilders.
Copy, Move, Delete, and Rename files: Recover files with certain types of lost access.
Change File Times - Change Path Times - Compare Logical Drives - Copy File To Printer - Get Disk Space Used
Read File -Font List

ShowMan - David Taylor
http://www.satsignal.eu/software/disk.html#ShowMan
"The Disk Utilities described on this page are currently freeware, but if you require support on the software you must register with me. "
A lead-in to a wide variety of free software by David Taylor, a lot freeware, some shareware and suites.
David & Cecilia Taylor's Web pages
http://www.satsignal.eu/
"My applications are written in Borland's Delphi and are currently offered as freeware and shareware - my way of repaying everything I've got from other freeware authors.  Some programs require registration if you wish support or to access the more advanced features.  If you want to use any of my applications you will need the Delphi runtime library installed on your PC... You can bookmark this page and register free of charge to be automatically notified by e-mail of any updates." - Many programs - Tiny Ben, a minor one, is definitely cute.  Simply a round clock.

Disktective - (2006)
http://www.disktective.com/
Freebyte - (TreePad, Custom Addressbook, Freebyte ZIP and more.)

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FILE NAME SEARCH

Everything - Voidtools (David Carpenter)
http://www.voidtools.com/
Everything search engine. Locate files and folders by name instantly. NTFS only.
"1.6 Is "Everything" free? - Yes, "Everything" is Freeware."
Forum
http://forum.voidtools.com/
Freeware Genius
http://www.freewaregenius...-program-for-ntfs-drives/

Locate32 - Open Source
http://locate32.webhop.org/
"Locate32 is a file finder which works by indexing all your files on your hard disk drive and thus is able to provide almost instant access to them."  (My fav.)
Forum
http://locate32.webhop.org/

ScanDir
http://www.skybird.net/ScanDir/index.php
Ghacks - 02/2009
http://www.ghacks.net/200...-directory-lists-manager/

Snowbird
http://lmadhavan.com/software/snowbird/
"A small and fast file management and search tool, focusing on performance rather than features. ... Copy files quickly .... Access extremely large folders and network resources at lightning speed"

SearchMyFiles - Nir Sofer - new 02/2009  
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html
(Note the simple usage of file attributes inclding the three 3 dates, portability and text search.)

neoSearch - KoshyJohn
http://www.koshyjohn.com/software/neosearch.html
"Over my 18+ years with computers, I have gone from being a casual user to a developer of fine software. Good software is fast, efficient, safe, purpose-built, aesthetically pleasing and competitive to industry standards. I have developed a number of FREE software applications that, I'd like to think, meet the above standards."
Instant Desktop Search - Now for Real (reviews neoSearch and Everything)
http://www.pallab.net/200...h-%E2%80%93-now-for-real/

ExtraSearch Free - Crave Worldwide
http://www.craveworldwide.com/extrasearch.html
Forum
http://www.craveworldwide...lt.aspx?g=topics&f=19
Needs EULA and/or company check. Especially as DiskSweeper Free, Password Pond, ExtraMp3 Renamer are also freeware.

More may be added from post on this page and forum discusion. (Note link to Gizmo forum discussions too).

Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software?
http://www.donationcoder..../index.php?topic=2434.600

FILE SEARCH

Xteq X-Find
http://www.xteq.com/products/xfnd/index.html
"All programs from Xteq Systems are freeware, so you can use our programs at no cost!"

Harddisk Search and Stats
http://www.harddisksearch.com/
"Harddisk Search & Stats is a very powerful text-Search Engine for your harddisk which is free for corporate, government and private use. It enables you to conveniently search large numbers of text/ascii-based files simultaneously."

grepWin - Regular expression search and replace for Windows - Stefan's tools
http://tools.tortoisesvn.net/grepWin
"To support further development of these tools, please consider making a donation"
Note the pics of the strong regular expression and saved search (bookmark) features.

BareGrep baremetalsoft.com (2006)
http://www.baremetalsoft.com/baregrep/index.php
Similar to BareTail, freeware program has splash screen, while there is a higher-feature Pro version as well.

And there are heavy-overhead programs to consider like Google and Copernic (free for non-commercial use) for text search as well, some free, some pay.  More on those planned, if they are freeware.

COMPARE

WinMerge
http://winmerge.org/
"WinMerge is an Open Source differencing and merging tool for Windows. WinMerge can compare both folders and files, presenting differences in a visual text format that is easy to understand and handle."
Forum
http://sourceforge.net/ap...inmerge/viewforum.php?f=4
Lifehacker -
http://lifehacker.com/290...and-folders-with-winmerge
Compare and merge files and folders with WinMerge

DUPLICATES

Easy Duplicate File Finder is a free powerful tool that helps you to find and remove duplicate files on your PC.
http://www.easyduplicatefinder.com/
"Free Duplicate File Finder - You can make a donation if you'd like to support my work."
Also Duplicate Image Finder and Duplicate MP3 Finder  
Lifehacker -Consolidate Your Data with the Easy Duplicate Finder
http://lifehacker.com/sof...plicate-finder-290824.php

Clonespy
http://www.clonespy.com/
"CloneSpy is a Free Duplicate File CleanUp Tool for Windows 98se/NT/ME/2000/XP/Vista.. ", as CloneSpy is for free, we have some costs, e.g. in maintaining our web site. Therefore, if you like CloneSpy, we would appreciate it if you send in a donation to support our work." "while it's not as pretty as Easy Duplicate Finder it has a few more options for finding files and picking which ones to get rid of. It also lets you save checksum files" (Comment in Lifehacker thread)


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DEFRAG

Defraggler - Piriform
http://www.defraggler.com/
Forum
http://forum.piriform.com/index.php?showforum=19

Smart Defrag - Iobit
http://www.iobit.com/iobi...tdefrag.html?Str=download
Reviews of Smart Defrag vary, however Iobit is a keeper-type company.
Forum
http://forums.iobit.com/forumdisplay.php?f=9

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My Defrag
http://www.mydefrag.com/index.html
Forum
http://www.kessels.com/forum/index.php

For most this freeware will be the replacement for the earlier open source software pair.

JKDefrag - Jeroen Kessels
http://www.kessels.com/JkDefrag/index.html
"JkDefrag is completely free, no cost, no time limit."
JKDefrag GUI - Emiel Wieldraaijer
http://www.emro.nl/freeware/

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DiskTune
http://www.diydatarecovery.nl/DiskTune.htm
"DiskTune is freeware."
MBRtool manual (another current freeware) nicely points out the specific limitations, especially:
http://www.diydatarecovery.nl/MBRtool_manual.htm
"not permitted to .. use this program for commercial reasons or in environments (i.e. companies or persons) that (make a) profit from data recovery"
Forum
http://www.diydatarecover...b28f293a431&board=7.0

Yes, we are including a lot of defragmenters, there is so much personal variation in preference, each one has strong points, with how visual you want, background functioning, placement issues, techie reboot features, pausing, speed, handling huge files in a timely fashion, how to handle locked .pst, picking individual files, etc.

Auslogics Disk Defrag
http://www.auslogics.com/.../software/disk-defrag/faq (no forums)
"Disk Defrag is absolutely free of charge for home and corporate users alike. We believe that Auslogics Disk Defrag is a great alternative to Windows own underpowered defragmentation utility and it should stay free."
Auslogics may be the fastest, lightest (followed by Defraggler, which has some more features, since they are not do file placement 'optimization' oriented).  

Note: Another Auslogics freeware is their registry cleaner, a category that I find hard to take seriously.  (In fact, I think the main issue with CCleaner is seeing if their is a way to disable the registry cleaner function.)  Auslogics does have a registry defrag (below) and a system info - "Last Freeware Version".

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BACKUP - COPY
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BACKUP FILE-BY-FILE

Cobian Backup Version 9 Amanita
http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianbackup.htm
"The program is freeware even for commercial use." - Luis Cobian in webforum
Forum
http://www.cobiansoft.com/forum/

SyncBack Freeware V3.2.19.0
http://www.2brightsparks....reeware/freeware-hub.html
"Our freeware is free for personal, educational, charity, government, and commercial use."
SyncBackPro, SyncBackSE, and SyncBack Freeware Comparison Table
http://www.2brightsparks.com/syncback/compare.html
(For gentle business use the main concern I see in the non-features would be no to "Copy open/locked (in-use) files (XP/Vista/2003/2008")
Forum
http://2brightsparks.com/...7d6f7f553fed4a59ffa972660

FBackup
http://www.fbackup.com/
Forum
http://www.fbackup.com/forum/
"FREE. Reliable. No nags. FBackup is a backup software free for both commercial and personal use." From the folks who also have Backup4all as the commercial backup software.  Plus - uses extensive Backup4all plugins.  Since Softland distributes/markets their backup products separately, there is no easy-access compare sheet, the FBackup page says about Backup4all : "Backs up to FTP, DVD, or other removable media. Keeps different file versions, does incremental and differential backups, uses AES encryption, has the ability to pause/resume the backup and offers many more features." .. these features are likely what is not in FBackup.  

Comodo Backup
http://forums.comodo.com/...y-t38776.0.html;msg280048
"Comodo Backup is free for use in personal, educational and commercial environments. There are no licenses required, nor are there any subscriptions."
Note however that some of use do not use Comodo products due to the issues around the toolbar install on their CIS product. At the very least, if you use their software,be very careful to uncheck any toolbar checked boxes.   I only put them here because it is possible that they have some significant features in the backup software not in the products above, and some folks see the whole toolbar thing with less negative residue, since Comodo has a history of some good freeware products.

BackUpTime- Cezeo
http://www.backuptime.com/
http://www.cezeo.com/products/backuptime/
"Anyone may use this software because its free ... BackUpTime has become the backup utility of choice for large and small businesses, freelancers, students, IT professionals, designers, accountants ..."  One place they call it a "Fully functional trial version". Mentions a 2 GB Zip limitation, perhaps all backups are to .zip.  Did not find any handy reviews of BackUpTime, appears to be the light version of Backup Platinum. Platinum is described as "Advanced BackUp software with FTP, CD/DVD and Encryption support! and is probably the SoftLogica product, so maybe the same company ?

Other Cezeo free products include a Disk Redactor wipe utility, a PasswordsGuru and two Network products, Netsend and Network Info Requestor.

AceBackup - AceBit
http://www.acebackup.com/
"AceBackup is for free." "In the future, AceBIT will make the backup software AceBackup available for free. With this measure we will allow for the fact that the program is still very popular and used by many customers, but AceBIT will not continue to develop it with top priority." (Forum - 02/2008)
English Forums (also German)
http://www.acebit.com/for...d24b7da11d31c3f9b2217bc9c
Lifehacker - AceBackup Offers Local, Remote, and Secure File Backup
http://lifehacker.com/394...te-and-secure-file-backup

JaBack - Hitek Software - Java - also Linux, Mac
http://www.hiteksoftware.com/jaba/
Forum
http://www.hiteksoftware.com/phpBB2/index.php

DataSafe Backup -Sofgem Softwae
http://www.sofgem.com/products/datasafe.html
"License - Freeware" - (unsure about biz - commercial use)
Spiceworks forum discussion
http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/31510

Note:
This section can be so important that I would like to add a couple of the major features, especially the target file types and any GB limitation.  e.g. DFIncBackup has a fully freeware backup with a 2GB Zip file limitation, Uranium Backup has a freeware (not sure if fully) with a 4Gb Zip backup.  These types of backup limitations are of less interest, especially if the next version up is $$. (Another one being researched is SE Backup by Simply Engineering. Restore (network server capable) is an open-source enterprise that is dormant, no active developement. Bonkey is recent open source, not sure if active. And Areca is an open-source that may well qualify.)

The server backups should all be in the Network area.

Cloud backups could use a little mini-section.  I have found the DriveHQ interface great for dual-pane file manager small-file xfer (50mg a day) .. something the user might appreciate for either extra backup or home use.

BACKUP - OUTLOOK .PST

Using the Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders Backup tool
http://office.microsoft.c...tlook/HA010875321033.aspx
JM Silva blog
http://blogs.msexchange.o...-personal-folders-backup/
"The Personal Folders Backup download creates backup copies of your .PST files at regular intervals, in Outlook 2002 and later versions, making it easy to keep all of your Outlook folders safely backed up."
Referenced at:
Wilders - http://www.wilderssecurit...m/showthread.php?t=245908
Lifehacker - http://lifehacker.com/037...k-personal-folders-backup

COPY UTILITIES

Five Best Alternative File Copiers - LIfehacker - June, 2009
http://lifehacker.com/528...-alternative-file-copiers

Rich Copy - Ken Tamaru
http://blogs.technet.com/ken/default.aspx
"RichCopy became publicly available from the Microsoft download center"
Johsua Hoffman - Microsoft Technet - 04/2009 (w pic)
http://technet.microsoft....ityspotlight.aspx?pr=blog
TechNet Summary
http://www.microsoftpost....ility-spotlight-richcopy/
Amit Agarwal blogger review (w pic)
http://www.labnol.org/sof...ng-tool-for-windows/8035/
"RichCopy offers all the functionality of the popular command line file copier, RoboCopy, but it's wrapped in a radically more user friendly GUI. (Lifehacker)

Super Copier
http://supercopier.sfxteam.org/?q=node/35
Forums
http://supercopier.sfxteam.org/?q=forum

Note: Teracopy by CodeSector is "free for home use".  And there is a Teracopy 2.0 Bits Du Jour 6-23-09.  So far unclear whether Teracopy regular (very capable software) is "unfree for biz use".

FastCopy
http://www.ipmsg.org/tools/fastcopy.html.en
"FastCopy integrates with the system shell and is the only copier listed here which allows you to select which individual commands will appear on the right-click context menu. (Lifehacker)"

Copy Handler
http://www.copyhandler.com/en
Forum
http://www.copyhandler.com/forum/

Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier
http://www.roadkil.net/program.php?ProgramID=29
Forum
http://forums.roadkil.net/
(More coming on the excellent Roadkil contributions.)

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IMAGE BACKUP , CLONING

This is a complex area, the following is only a starting point for discussion.

EASEUS Disk Copy

http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/
"EASEUS Disk Copy is a potent freeware providing sector-by-sector disk/partition clone regardless of your operating system, file systems and partition scheme."
In the comparisons, Easesus calls this "Freeware" while Partition Master Home Edition  is "Free for Home Users only"

Clonezilla
http://clonezilla.org/
Free (GPL) Software.
http://clonezilla.org/forum/

GImageX (AutoIt application)
http://www.autoitscript.com/gimagex/
"GImageX is a graphical user interface for the ImageX tool"
AutoIt Forums
http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/index.php?
What is ImageX ?
http://technet.microsoft....rary/cc722145(WS.10).aspx
"ImageX is a command-line tool that enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and corporations to capture, to modify, and to apply file-based disk images for rapid deployment...."

PC INSPECTOR clone maxx - Convar
http://www.pcinspector.de..._maxx/info.htm?Language=1
Disk to Disk cloning: PC Inspector Clone Maxx - FreewareJunkie
http://thefreewarejunkie....cloning-pc-inspector.html
Gizmo has a Convar software as fully free, and no contradictions so far on site, more research needed.

Disk Wizard (Acronis on Seagate Drives)
http://www.seagate.com/ww...ort/downloads/discwizard/

MaxBlast (Acronis on Maxtor Drives which is also Seagate)
http://www.seagate.com/ww...0VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

Roadkil Disk Image
http://roadkil.net/
Forum
http://forums.roadkil.net/

SYNCHRONIZE

(A couple can be added from elsewhere on the page, like DSynch)

Synkron - Open Source
http://synkron.sourceforge.net/index.php


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FTP & REMOTE ACCESS
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FTP - SCP - SFTP - WEBDAV

FileZilla (FTP)
http://filezilla-project.org/index.php
Forum
http://forum.filezilla-project.org/

WinSCP
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php
"WinSCP is free, open-source software... GNU"
Forum
http://winscp.net/forum/index.php

Sherrod FTP
http://www.sherrodcompute...m/products_sherrodftp.cfm
"3-21-2008 - A new FREE FTP client - for both home and commercial use! ... we do have a Deluxe version which offers some additional features, but the FREE version should satisfy 95% of the FTP users out there."  Deluxe is $20, feature chart on site.

CoreFTP
http://www.coreftp.com/
free Windows software that includes the client FTP features you need.  Features like SFTP (SSH), SSL, TLS, IDN, browser integration, site to site transfers, FTP transfer resume, drag and drop support, file viewing & editing, firewall support, custom commands, FTP URL parsing, command line transfers, filters, and much, much more! ...There are no popup ads, advertising or spyware and you're never asked or reminded to register.
http://www.coreftp.com/forums/
"If you're using Core FTP for business/commercial interests we ask that you sign up on the mailing list so you can be notified of updates to Core FTP products" - forum response to inquiry

NetDrive discussed in abandonware section.  JScape and many other additions possible, the above have especially good rep and experience and solidity. FireFTP Firefox extension is especially notable.

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FTP SERVER

FileZilla
http://filezilla-project.org/
Forum - Server Support
http://forum.filezilla-pr...78c7dd3df7780a6b8d134a106

JScape
http://www.jscape.com/secureftpserver/
Forum
http://forums.jscape.com/forumdisplay.php?f=15
Community (free) - Professional - Enterprise

NOTE:
Others that could be EULA-checked are : Cereberus, CoreFTP and the smaller projects like Home FTP Server by Ari Pikivirta and Guild FTP and Baby and Quick 'N Easy by Pablo Software.  zFTPServer has a free FTP server for non-commercial use, up to 10 accounts and connections.

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REMOTE ACCESS

Crossloop
http://www.crossloop.com/
Reported on TechNibble to be free for commercial use !

Mikogo - browser-based
http://www.mikogo.com/en/
"Free screen sharing for people and businesses"
Forum
http://www.mikogo.com/en/support/forum/
Firefox extension - https://addons.mozilla.or.../en-US/firefox/addon/6779
Skype extension - https://extras.skype.com/1672/view

PuTTY: A Free Telnet/SSH Client - (see post below by 40hz)
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/
Portable PuTTY
http://portableapps.com/a...s/internet/putty_portable
"Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction ...anybody (even companies) can use PuTTY without restriction (even for commercial purposes) and owe nothing to me or anybody else. Also, apart from having to maintain the copyright notice and the licence text in derivative products, anybody (even companies) can adapt the PuTTY source code into their own programs and products (even commercial products)"

Real VNC - VNC Free Edition 4.1
http://www.realvnc.com/products/free/4.1/
"VNC Free Edition is release under the GNU Public License."
http://www.realvnc.com/pi.../2006-October/056333.html

TightVNC
http://www.tightvnc.com/
 TightVNC is a free remote control software package....
    * free, GPL-licensed, with full source code available;
    * useful in remote administration, remote customer support, education, and for many other purposes;
    * cross-platform, available for Windows and Unix, compatible with other VNC software.

UltraVNC
http://www.uvnc.com/index.html
"UltraVNC is Free and distributed under the terms of theGNU General Public License."

OpnnVPN - Open Source
http://openvpn.net/index.php/open-source.html
Free Open Source: OpenVPN Software is a free software download and may be modified to the needs of the user as long as restrictions and conditions governing the use of the software and it's development are adhered to as outlined in OpenVPN GPL License. Open Source licensing is based on the idea that all can use the programming code for their needs."
"Commercial Licensing: Businesses and enterprises who wish to incorporate a modified version of OpenVPN Software into an appliance for re-distribution and keep those modifications proprietary must license a commercial version of OpenVPN."
"OpenVPN is a full-featured open source SSL VPN solution that accommodates a wide range of configurations, including remote access, site-to-site VPNs, Wi-Fi security, and enterprise-scale remote access solutions with load balancing, failover, and fine-grained access-controls"

In the paid yet reasonable realm,
Techinline -http://www.techinline.com/
is worth a note with a monthly plan, or $20 for five session. $4 to support a client or friend can make some sense.
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========================================================================
SECURITY - FIREWALL, ANTI-VIRUS & MALWARE, HIPS
========================================================================

FIREWALL

PC Tools Firewall Plus
http://www.pctools.com/firewall/
"Best of all it’s FREE. No catches, limitations or time-limits."
Forums - Firewall Plus
http://www.pctools.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=30
"Is PC Tools Firewall Plus freeware also for Commercial use ?(for the small business ) ... It is free"
http://www.pctools.com/fo...;highlight=commercial+use
This firewall does have some HIPS functionality.
Will new PC Tools owner Symantec keep this policy ?

Webroot Desktop Firewall
http://www.webroot.com/En...ucts-desktopfirewall.html
(Confirmed fully freeware on phone call only.)

Filseclab is also apparently free for all use, however the Wilder's thread indicates that while the firewall is serviceable the software  has been effectively abandoned (source code is for sale).  And a new rewrite, Vista-compatible, is forthcoming.  Unclear whether the free aspect will remain at that time.

XP Firewall Commander
http://www.bestsecurityti...m/content+index.id+16.htm
Forum (minor activity)
http://www.bestsecurityti...bb+viewforum.forum+16.htm

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ANTI-VIRUS AND MALWARE

ClamWin Free Anti-Virus (On-demand scan, open source)
http://www.clamwin.com/
Forums
http://forums.clamwin.com/
"ClamWin Free Antivirus is based on ClamAV engine and uses GNU General Public License by the Free Software Foundation, and is free (as in freedom) software."
This can augment your other security strategies.
PortableApps - http://portableapps.com/a...tilities/clamwin_portable
PortableApps ClamWin Forum - http://portableapps.com/f.../support/clamwin_portable

PC Tools Anti-Virus Free Edition
http://www.pctools.com/free-antivirus/
"Is it legal to use PCTools Antivirus in corporation? ..
PC Tools Free AV is free for all users, including non-profit and commercial." 08/2008
http://www.pctools.com/fo...um/showthread.php?t=53227
More discussion.
http://www.pctools.com/fo...m/showthread.php?p=177577
http://www.pctools.com/fo...um/showthread.php?t=45998

Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 6
http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor-antivirus/
"The Starter Edition offers full scan and removal of threats, and basic real-time protection, is available for free as part of the Google Pack."
PC Tools - Spyware Doctor Starter Edition - for Google Pack users
http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor/google_pack/ (Not sure yet what, if anything, the "Google Pack" requires.)

Note the distinctions between the Trial edition and the Starter edition.

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Avira AntiVir Removal Tool
http://www.avira.com/en/s...removal_tool_details.html
Forum
http://forum.avira.com/wb...age=Board&boardID=210
"For all those experiencing the damaging effects of a virus infection, Avira's researchers have prepared a free removal tool, which can be used to eliminate major distinct threats."

Free Tools
http://www.free-av.de/en/products/index.html
Avira AntiVir Removal Tool
Avira AntiRootkit Tool
Avira Boot Sector Repair Tool
Avira UnErase Personal
Avira NTFS4DOS Personal
Avira AntiVir Rescue System


Questions about Antivir Rescue System
http://forum.avira.com/wb...Thread&threadID=71314
"1) Is it free of charge for commercial use or only for personal non-commercial use?"
"1) It's free to use in any environment. Please take a look at AVIRA_EULA.txt under the licenses folder of the CD for more details."

This will likely apply to the group of tools above, allowing for free use in a commercial environment (likely with limitations on modifying, removing copyright, charging, bundling without approval and such).

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There are a few such tools from vendors, often with no easily-visible specifics about license on the web-blurb.  For now we are including Avira because of the "for all those experiencing" wording.  (Additional confirmation now added above.)

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SPECIALTY MALWARE REMOVAL

ComboFix  - limited, specific functions, not a general anti-malware tool
http://www.combofix.org/
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/
"ComboFix is a program, created by sUBs, that scans your computer for known malware, and when found, attempts to clean these infections automatically. In addition to being able to remove a large amount of the most common and current malware, ComboFix also displays a report that can be used by trained helpers to remove malware that is not automatically removed by the program. You should not run ComboFix unless you are specifically asked to by a helper. Also, due to the power of this tool it is strongly advised that you do not attempt to act upon any of the information displayed by ComboFix without supervision from someone who has been properly trained."

Roguefix - Plague of the rogue scanners (smitfraud)
http://www.internetinspiration.co.uk/roguefix.htm
Repair Tool of the Week: Roguefix
http://www.technibble.com...ool-of-the-week-roguefix/

SmitFraudFix
http://siri.urz.free.fr/Fix/SmitfraudFix_En.php
Repair Tool of the Week: SmitFraudFix
http://www.technibble.com...of-the-week-smitfraudfix/

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STARTUP ANALYSIS FOR MALWARE

Runscanner Freeware startup and hijack analyzer (From author of LanSweeper)
http://www.runscanner.net/
Repair Tool of the Week: Runscanner
http://www.technibble.com...l-of-the-week-runscanner/
Runscanner specialist helper forums
http://www.runscanner.net/helperforums.aspx
    
FreeFixer - Kephyr - Roger Karlson
http://www.freefixer.com/
Support Forum
http://www.securitywonks....unc,showcat/catid,15.html
Freefixer User Forum - GoogleGroups
http://groups.google.com/...up/freefixer-forum/topics
(similarities to HijackThis!)
"FreeFixer is a general purpose removal tool which will help you to delete potentially unwanted software, such as adware, spyware, trojans, viruses and rootkits."

HijackThis - bought by TrendMicro from Merijn
http://www.trendsecure.co...security_tools/hijackthis
Lifehacker - Manage browser add-ons with HijackThis
http://lifehacker.com/sof...with-hijackthis-30895.php

HijackReader (2007) - Mikko HollmĂ©n Olesen    
http://www.hollmen.dk/content/view/69/31/
Ghacks - HijackReader analyse HijackThis results
http://www.ghacks.net/200...alyse-hijackthis-results/
Lifehacker - Understand HijackThis Results with HijackReader
http://lifehacker.com/355...results-with-hijackreader

HijackThis automated log analyzer!
http://startup.networktechs.com/

Some more info to follow-up on both HijackThis type analysis and startup programs (free and commercial) at:

Win Patrol Plus (Bits Du Jour- Fri) Chameleon Startup Manager, Startup Organizer
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=17392.0

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ROOTKIT DETECTION
 
RootRepeal - Rootkit Detector
http://rootrepeal.googlepages.com/
Forum - GeekstoGo
http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/forums.html

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Resplendent Software, which has Texttractor uplist (from their obsolete or outdated freeware section):

Registrar Registry Manager for administrators and power users - free lite version - and command line edition
Resplendent Resolver - Resolve compatibility issues with older applications (obsolete section)

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Security software references in a Microsoft forum thread, Oct 2008.

Best free antivirus for commercial use
http://www.msfn.org/board...ndex.php?showtopic=124148
BitDefender is apparently not.
http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/364779

Comodo has crapware and adware concerns, note that PC Tools is now owned by Symantec and policies could change. And AOL Active Virus Shield software is no longer an active software.  Dr. Web Cure-it Utilility is another that I have a request in about the licensing.

Wilders discussion of PC Tools.
PC Tools Antivirus v. 6
http://www.wilderssecurit...m/showthread.php?t=238743

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HIPS - Host Intrusion Prevention System

MJ Registry Watcher - Mark Jacobs
http://www.jacobsm.com/mjsoft.htm#rgwtchr
Forum
http://www.wilderssecurit...om/showthread.php?t=54666
"MJ Registry Watcher is a simple registry, file and directory hooker/poller, that safeguards the most important startup files, registry keys and values, and other more exotic registry locations commonly attacked by trojans. ... Exactly which keys and files are protected can be completely configured by the user, although the sets I supply with MJRW will cover most standard PCs."

Mark Jacobs has an interesting group of fully freeware software.
MJ Emails - MJ News Reader - Maths Penknife - Grapher - MJ Player - MJ Zoomer - MJ Browser - MJ Radio Listener

Any HIPS program that you put on for non-tech users -- you might want to be sure you have already managed a fairly extensive "no warning" configuration.

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On security software it might be nice to have a short list of the "free for home use" most interesting products, although the list can get pretty long.

This one needs a EULA/vendor check.

AntiFreeze - Emergency task manager for unresponsive and hanging systems

While these two you might find especially interesting for home and/or research use.

Sanity Check - Daniel Terhell
"an advanced rootkit and malware detection tool "
http://resplendence.com/sanity

Objmon - Monitor kernel object activity in realtime
              research and educational purposes, not recommended for production puters.

Malware and Spyware Cleaning Guide - Geekstogo
http://www.geekstogo.com/...Cleaning-Guide-t2852.html

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HELP FORUMS

Help Forums (English) from RunScanner list

PC Help Forum - http://www.pchelpforum.com/forum.php
The SpyKiller - http://thespykiller.co.uk/
Geeks to Go - http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/forums.html
Bleeping Computer - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/
Gladiator - http://www.gladiator-antivirus.com/forum/
TeMerc - http://www.temerc.com/forums/index.php
WhatTheTech - http://forums.whatthetech.com/forums.html

Caution: WhatTheTech is a Uniblue affiliate, also pcmech.com .. welloiledpc.com and others
Sites that promote Registry Booster  -- shamware ads on security sites
http://www.mywot.com/en/f...-promote-registry-booster

List of forums supporting Trend Micro's "HijackThis" - Pac's Portal
http://www.pacs-portal.co...rtup_pages/HJT_Forums.htm
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WINDOWS UTILITIES

STARTUP -   SHUTDOWN & RESTART -
PROCESS & TASK MANAGER  & TERMINATION
============================================


STARTUP MANAGERS

Startup Control Panel and StartupMonitor - Mike Lin
http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
http://www.mlin.net/StartupMonitor.shtml
Startup Selector
http://mlin.net/other.shtml
Google Groups Forum (2007-current)
http://groups.google.com/group/mlin_ne
(Although started by Mike Lin and active today, not sure when he last monitored the forum.)

An important category for business install, where afaik the well-known Lite programs are generally not fully freeware. Note:There are a number of programs with general utilities that have some limited Startup functionality and a shortcut to msconfig is always an alternative.

Autoruns - Sysinternals
http://technet.microsoft....ysinternals/bb963902.aspx
Forum
http://forum.sysinternals...m/forum_topics.asp?FID=16

WhatInStartup - NirSoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/ut.../what_run_in_startup.html
"Disable/enable/delete programs at Windows startup "
"This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification ! "

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PROCESS AND TASK MANAGERS

DTaskManager
http://dimio.altervista.org/eng/
"All my programs are completely free, and will  always remain free .. any donation small or large, will be welcome (and gratefully appreciated!"
I like this as the actual Task Manager replacement because it is so much like the Windows Task Manager in look and feel, simply much better, while for example the Sysinternals Process Explorer takes more attention.

System Explorer
http://systemexplorer.mistergroup.org/
"Licensing: SystemExplorer is FREE for personal and commercial use!"
(Donation appreciated)

Process Explorer - Sysinternals
http://technet.microsoft....ysinternals/bb896653.aspx
Forum
http://forum.sysinternals...om/forum_topics.asp?FID=2
And other Sysinternal softwares - this one fits well here

** This next is a Wilder's discussion special **

Eset SysInspector
http://www.eset.com/download/sysinspector.php
http://kb.eset.com/esetkb...amp;cat=ESI&actp=LIST
"ESET SysInspector is a free, state-of-the-art diagnostic tool for Windows NT-based systems."
This note at Misertech:
http://www.misertech.com/...diagnostic-security-tool/
"SysInspector works as an excellent diagnostic tool for identifying potential problem areas on a Windows computer....  While released as freeware, I was unable to find any specific limitations for commercial use in the license. "
Eset Forums on Wilders (very favorable comments on some threads, too)
http://www.wilderssecurit...com/forumdisplay.php?f=15

Free Extended Task Manager - Extensoft  
http://www.extensoft.com/?p=free_task_manager
Forums
http://www.extensoft.com/...m_id=3&p=forum_topics
(However note the thread about buggyness - plan to drop this to a second tier.)

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PROCESS TERMINATION - FILE UNLOCK AND DELETION

ProcessKO
http://www.softwareok.com...?seite=Freeware/ProcessKO

LockHunter - Crystal Rich
http://www.lockhunter.com/
"LockHunter is a foolproof file unlocker. It is a free tool to delete files blocked by something you do not know ... So if you like LockHunter and it helps you in your work consider donating any amount of money to show the authors your appreciation. "

Kill Process - Roger Kulläng
http://orangelampsoftware.../products_killprocess.php
"All applications developed by Orange Lamp Software Solutions are today totally free of use ... Any donation size if accepted."

Killbox
http://www.killbox.net/

OpenedFilesView - Nirsoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/ut...ls/opened_files_view.html

WhoLockMe - Dr. Hoiby
http://www.dr-hoiby.com/WhoLockMe/
An exception to our not getting involved in Explorer extensions ! Dr. Hoiby has a number of freeware tools.

Advanced Process Termination - Diamond CS
http://www.diamondcs.com.au/advancedseries/apt.php
This company though is reported as dormant a long time at Wilders, so be careful about any purchase products.

UnLock IT - Emco
http://www.emco.is/products/unlock-it/features.php
MoveOnBoot - Emco
http://www.emco.is/produc...move-on-boot/features.php
EULA/author check would be helpful.

GiPo@MoveOnBoot - Gibin Software - Gipo@FileUtilties
http://www.gibinsoft.net/...outils/fileutil/index.htm

Notes -

Unlocker
http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
One of the top programs, 32-bit, howeer reported to install an ebay program even if you uncheck, discussed on DC, Wilders and elsewhere, with lots of back and forth, so caution if you use. Also portableapps is working with a beta and forum discussion and that may be the safest no-hassle continuation. The Unlocker site does have a nice graph with 20 programs and their features (information a bit stale) designed to be pro-Unlocker, and nicely including urls to many products.
 
Malwarebyte's File Assassin, and other freeware utilities from MB like RegAssasin, biz user contacts their corporate support.  
LockedFileWizard - Registrations are required for daily or professional uses.
Note that Process Explorer and HijackThis also get a number of recommendations as file unlockers/process terminators.

I will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways...freely
http://grandstreamdreams....ee-hundred-and-fifty.html
Excellent article .. note also the section on Linux Live CD's

Lifehacker - Determine what app has locked a file with WhoLockMe
http://lifehacker.com/sof...with-wholockme-267243.php

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TECHIE PROCESS SUB-VIEWERS

svchost viewer
http://www.codeplex.com/s...aseId=17498#ReviewsAnchor
Forum
http://svchostviewer.codeplex.com/Thread/List.aspx
Free Up Your System Resources With Svchost Viewer
http://maketecheasier.com...svchost-viewer/2009/02/28

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SHUTDOWN FLEXIBLE

JustCloseSomeTasks - DonationCoder - Justice
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=16018.0

SHUTDOWN ALL RUNNING PROGRAMS

SmartClose - BM Productions
http://bmproductions.fixn....org/smartclose/index.htm
Download of the Day: SmartClose (Windows)
http://lifehacker.com/sof...tclose-windows-222617.php
Smart Close
http://www.ghacks.net/2008/12/03/smart-close/

Close All Windows - NTWind (author of the nice WinSnap, now commercial, and more)
http://www.ntwind.com/sof.../utilities/close-all.html
Forum
http://www.ntwind.com/forum/

EndItAll2 - Docs Downloads
http://www.docsdownloads.com/enditall-1.htm
Repair Tool of the Week: EndItAll
http://www.technibble.com...ool-of-the-week-enditall/
"EndItAll2 is also handy for closing all programs before installing software, which I always recommend."
A bit different, shutting down all but essential processes.

PC Mag had this .. the same ?

EndItAll 2: A True Killer App
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2068,00.asp
"This version has been superseded by TaskPower 2 "
http://www.pcmag.com/arti...le2/0,2817,2253746,00.asp
TaskPower 3 Puts System Control in Your Hands
(Which reminds us that we should see how a techie would use PC Mag utilities in a biz environment)

Caution: noting that some folks have problems with these utilities, it may be simpler to just reboot.

==============================================

FULL SHUTDOWN & LOG ON/RESTART

DShutdown - by Dimio (Dimitrios Coutsoumbas)
http://www.den4b.com/scre...shots.php?project=Shutter
http://dimio.altervista.org/eng/
The Ultimate Windows Shutdown Application - Ghacks
http://www.ghacks.net/200...ows-shutdown-application/
Dimitrios is the author of the excellent DTaskManager above.  Three others to be considered for adding above are DSynchronize, DSpeech and HDHacker.

Slawdog Smart Shutdown Classic 2005
http://www.slawdog.com/products/smartsd/index.aspx
Forum
http://forum.slawdog.com/forum/yabb2/YaBB.pl
"Software License: The product is freeware, contains no functional or time limitations, and no attached advertisements. ... the alpha release of Smart Shutdown LX is available to the public for preview purposes."

Mz Shutdown Scheduler - Michael Zacharias (Uses Net 2.0)
http://www.mztweak.com/MzShut.html
"Donations are the biggest motivation for supporting me and making Mz Ultimate Tools better!"

Planned System Shutdown - Triston J. Taylor (.NET Framework 3.5)
http://surefiretrust.net/apps/pss/index.shtml
"Registration is not applicable for this program it is freeware. You should keep in mind however that support is available only to those who have made a donation to support this project and its development."

PowerClick
http://www.asmdev.net/pro...cts/powerclick/index.html
"PowerClick is a small free utility that provides you with fast access to all commonly used power management features available in Windows. Those are shutdown, restart, standby, hibernate, log off and station lock..."

RS Somnifero - Rico Software
http://www.ricosoftware.n...dex.php?pag=somnifero.php
"The registration of the programs is completely free. The purpose of the register is to be able to improve to the maximum the programs through statistics as well as the possible sended suggestion by the users... RS SomnĂ­fero is a task manager for the computer, that will allow you to carry out an action under the selected condition."
Others software includes RS Alicia - a text editor with MDI interface, RTF or HTML.

====

Autologon for Windows - Sysinternals
http://technet.microsoft....ysinternals/bb963905.aspx
Forum - Sysinternals Miscellaneous Utilities
http://forum.sysinternals...m/forum_topics.asp?FID=11

============
 
As with Screen Capture, we have a wealth of choices.

AMP WinOff (solid Lifehacker ref), Quick Shutdown (Shatran Software)  A.F.1-4 (Alex Fauland), Shutdown Scheduler (SDS) by Damian Pasternak, Simple Shutdown Timer by Shane of PCWinTech/Cleanmem, Shutdown PC, Shutdown Monster, Direct Shutdown and Shutdown After may be fully freeware, listed vaguely in order of interest.

And definitely fully freeware are Manage PC Shutdown (Spanish website, Ghacks review), Timed Shutdown by Tinnes, Auto Shutdown by Konrad Papala, Auto Shutdown by VCL Developer (Open Source, sShutdown (skin interface, by Shedko), Shutdown Machine and Mini Shut Down Utilities (MSDU-2004).

While Shutter by den4b (also ReNamer, Hasher ,CPUMon, Hooker) has a Creative Commons license, and you write and request or negotiate. For Shutdown Tool by Koma a donation of your choice is required for commercial use.

Quite a roundup, the whole panoply of the freeware world.

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Shutdown - Network & Local Capable

PowerOff -  Jorgen Bosman - Belgium
http://users.telenet.be/jbosman/applications.html
"Free applications .. If you want to thank me for any of these programs, please have a look at my goodies whishlist!"
And with Source Code.

Manage PC Shutdown - (Shutdown My PC) - Genbeta
http://www.shutdownmypc.com/
http://www.genbeta.com/he...e-pc-shut-down-en-windows
PC Shutdown Manager - Ghacks
http://www.ghacks.net/200.../14/pc-shutdown-manager/#
And some nice network instructions, Ghacks

PsShutdown - Sysinternals
http://technet.microsoft....ysinternals/bb897541.aspx
Forum
http://forum.sysinternals...om/forum_topics.asp?FID=8
"You can use PsShutdown to initiate a shutdown of the local or a remote computer, logoff a user, lock a system, or to abort an imminent shutdown." - Command Line utility
PsShutdown -Make remote shutdowns a cinch - WindowsIT Pro - February 2005 (pics)
http://windowsitpro.com/a...eid/44973/psshutdown.html

ServersCheck Remote Booting
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/remotebooting.html
Forum
http://www.serverscheck.c...heck+Online+Support+Forum
ServersCheck Monitoring Free Edition is another from ServersCheck
More info needed, apparently quiet on Serverscheck website.

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DATABASE DEVELOPMENT
========================================================================

MySQL
http://www.mysql.com/

MySQL Workbench
http://www.mysql.com/products/workbench/
http://dev.mysql.com/workbench/
Forums
http://dev.mysql.com/workbench/?page_id=16
This incorporated the highly regarded DBDesigner4.

PostgreSQL
http://www.postgresql.org/
Mailing Lists and User Groups
http://www.postgresql.org/community/lists/

Visual Studio Express 2008 (Basic C+ C++ Web Developer, SQLServer)

http://www.microsoft.com/...ress/product/default.aspx
http://www.microsoft.com/express/support/faq/
"# Can I use Express Editions for commercial use? Yes, there are no licensing restrictions for applications built using Visual Studio Express Editions ... "Express Edition products are designed for hobbyists, students, and novice developers. As such, they lack the full breadth of features found in higher-end Visual Studio and SQL Server Editions."
http://en.wikipedia.org/w...oft_Visual_Studio_Express
"No IDE support for databases other than SQL Server Express and Microsoft Access" - see other limitations and links to other articles that discuss limitations like refactoring reductions.
Forums
http://social.msdn.micros.../en-US/category/vsexpress

Firebird
http://www.firebirdsql.org/
Support Lists and Forums
http://www.firebirdsql.org/index.php?op=lists

DBTools Manager
http://www.dbtools.com.br/EN/dbmanagerpro/
Forums
http://www.dbtools.com.br/EN/forums/
Freeware, only in a limited non-commercial Standard edition, however a full-use tool (Professional Enterprise Editions) for a database on a server for about $70 to $130.  Apparently there are no "per seat" or run-time or number of application concerns.

Smashing Magazine - Paul Andrews
http://www.smashingmagazi...velopment-tools-round-up/
"In the overview below we present some of the most useful and most popular MySQL Admin and Development Tools for Mac, Windows and Linux, for beginners and for professionals. Among other tools we feature phpMyAdmin, MySQL Workbench, HeidiSQL and SequelPro"
Also Aqua Data Studio, SQLyog, MYSQL Front, EMS SQL Manager, Navicat Lite MySQL Admin Tool, DreamCoder for MySQL, Toad MySQL, SQL Buddy (Web-app) and four more.  Quite a round-up.

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We will need more information as to which tools allow for full use and deployment in a commercial environment free or very low cost.  For now, here is an article with some sharp insight.

Readers suggest – best SQLite tools digest
http://www.rarst.net/software/sqlite-tools/

From his summary we will include here:

AnySQL Maestro
http://www.sqlmaestro.com/products/anysql/maestro/
Forum
http://www.sqlmaestro.com/support/

And if this leads to a developers purchase to augment placing custom apps for free on multiple puters, the salient consideration is that there is no "per seat" cost.  Also for consideration, commercial database tools with a free runtime .exe or environment (ie. one cost only, not per seat, without having to buy a super-$$ special developer's version to create the runtimes).

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Access to MySQL - Bullzip
http://www.bullzip.com/products/a2m/info.php
Access To MSSQL
http://www.bullzip.com/products/a2s/info.php
Forum
http://www.bullzip.com/phpBB/index.php
"Access to MySQL is a small program that will convert Microsoft Access Databases to MySQL ... Please make a donation to keep the wheels turning for the Bullzip products. Even small donations help."
Note also that the Dataceptor product, for bringing MYSQL to a web-site, has "Personal licenses are free." while commercial licenses are steep, $900.
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OP SYS -
REGISTRY COMPACT, DEFRAG, BACKUP - PAGEFILE - UNIDENTIFIED DEVICES - DRIVER BACKUP
EVENT VIEWER & LOG FILES - analysis & real-time
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REGISTRY UTILITIES

Erunt - The Emergency Recovery Utility NT - Lars Hederer
"to backup the registry, as well as providing an auto-backup capability, for example at Windows startup. Or, before installing a new program for testing purposes one could save the registry with ERUNT, install and test the program, uninstall it and restore the registry to be 100% sure that no debris is left."

Lars Hederer
"Though I chose to make my programs freeware so that no one is required to pay for using them, I accept and appreciate donations"

NTREGOPT -NT Registry Optimizer - Lars Hederer
http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
"You should use the NTREGOPT utility regularly, but especially after installing or uninstalling a program, to minimize the size of the registry files and optimize registry access .. the program does NOT change the contents of the registry in
any way, nor does it physically defrag the registry files on the drive (as the PageDefrag program from SysInternals does). The optimization done by NTREGOPT is simply compacting the registry hives to the minimum size possible."

RDilly - JoeJoeSoft
www.joejoesoft.com/vcms/124/
"RDilly is program that makes a backup copy of the NT,2K,XP registry. It's very similar to System Restore found in WinME and WinXP. You get a point-in-time copy of the registry labeled with the date it was made. You also are able to restore the registry to this point-in-time copy."

Registry Wizard - Brian Friesen - Freezerware - Last update 2006
http://users.csc.calpoly....sen/software/regwiz.shtml
"Registry Wizard is a powerful program that allows you to backup your Windows registry."

Registry Backup XP  
http://forums.techguy.org...8-registry-backup-xp.html
"The advantage of ERUNT, if you have Windows PE or a UBCD24Win CD, is that you need only boot with one of those CD's and run the executable ERDNT.exe from whatever directory the backup is stored in to restore the registry very easily." - Elvandil

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Eusing Free Registry Defrag
http://www.eusing.com/fre...efrag/registry_defrag.htm
"Free Registry Defrag is a freeware product, this means that you can download and use it for free. Anyway we will appreciate contributions: we will use collected money to finance new development of Free Registry Defrag."
"optimizes registry by removing gaps, fragments and wasted space in Windows registry files... nor does it physically defrag the registry files on the drive. The optimization is simply compacting the registry hives to the minimum size possible. " (Similar function to NTREGOPT, simiilar wording too.)

Auslogics Registry Defrag - Last Freeware Version - (no to Ask Toolbar install)
http://www.321download.co.../LastFreeware/page38.html
This compacts the hives and defrags the file.
"Is their any legal or ethical problem with using your last freeware version of the Registry Defrag ? .... No specific problems, but we decided not to provide too many free software as we still need to get some revenue in order to produce new software" (correspondence).  On another free product on their site: "Question: Is it really free? Answer: Yes, it is. No hidden costs, no viruses, no spyware."

PageDefrag - Sysinternals
http://technet.microsoft....ysinternals/bb897426.aspx
Forum
http://forum.sysinternals...m/forum_topics.asp?FID=11
"how many clusters make up your paging files, event log files, and Registry hives (SAM, SYSTEM, SYSTEM.ALT, SECURITY, SOFTWARE, .DEFAULT), as well as how many fragments those files are in."
Note pic: you can use this to first see if there really is any substantial defrag need.

Defragment Your System Files (Pagefile and Registry) in Windows XP
http://www.howtogeek.com/...d-registry-in-windows-xp/

Wilders Thread
Registry defrag for 09?
http://www.wilderssecurit...m/showthread.php?t=236733

Auslogics and Eusing also have free registry cleaners (as did CCleaner above).  Since that is a largely unnecessary and hazardous category, it is not ready to have a section yet.

Be awares, even the compacting and defragmenting options have techies who feel that they are either potentially hazardous (there is at least one such thread on the Sysinternals forum). And maybe of little utility (defragmenting, which would occur at boot).  Thus Erunt is the one stand-out tool in this section. In using the other tools, unless you are personally very confident in the tool and use, use Erunt with a UBCD4-type disk handy, and/or imaging, before use.  Similar with the partition software.  The last thing you want to do is create a problem.

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PAGE FILE

PageFileUsageMonitor - Howard Kaikow
http://www.standards.com/...PageFileUsageMonitor.html
Forum
http://www.wilderssecurit...m/showthread.php?t=213473


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UNIDENTIFIED DEVICES

Unknown Devices
http://www.halfdone.com/ukd/
Forum
http://forums.halfdone.com/
    
(Unknown Device Identifier by HunterSoft is a well-documented rip-off of this - and according to PortableApps places a shortcut unasked on the desktop.)

BACKUP - DRIVERS

Double Driver - BooZet
http://www.boozet.org/dd.htm
"Double Driver is freeware. Feel free to use and give this program to anyone you know. Your donation or feedback would be greatly appreciated."
Forum
http://forums.boozet.org/
BooZet has a doozy-nice program here, you can have all those pesky video and ethernet and other drivers that you know actually work on your system backed up in various ways and lists, including .. a simple and strong .exe reinstall where you see before selecting.

DriverGrabber - Siginet Software
http://siginetsoftware.co...forum/showthread.php?t=34
"This small exe will grab all 3rd party drivers from your system and stick them into a "Drivers" directory in the same directory as the exe. ... "I do want to update drivergrabber in the future. It is a simple program I created a long time ago that deserves an upgrade. When I get some time in the future I will update it.  Or if someone is interested in helping develope it please let me know. " - 5/29/2009 forum note

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Driver Lists and Services (overlaps process manager)

Device Info - Alex Nolan
http://www.alexnolan.net/software/deviceinfo.htm
"A simple spin off utility from System Spec. It lists all your PC's device drivers and their provider and version."

DriverView - NirSoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/driverview.html

ServiWin - NirSoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/serviwin.html
"ServiWin utility displays the list of installed drivers and services on your system. For some of them, additional useful information is displayed: file description, version, product name, company that created the driver file, and more.
In addition, ServiWin allows you to easily stop, start, restart, pause, and continue service or driver, change the startup type of service or driver (automatic, manual, disabled, boot or system), save the list of services and drivers to file, or view HTML report of installed services/drivers in your default browser."

Caution: In this section, Nirsoft is linking to a not-recommended pair of utilities.  Driver Checker and Driver Detective, which can charge you for their services while automatically dangerously "updating" drivers (rules of thumb, if it is working good, an update is not needed, and if an update is wanted, do it by hand yourself from the vendor. Driver Detective also sets off alarm bells on my Avira).  
 
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EVENT VIEWER AND LOG FILES - (Some are network capable.)

MyEventViewer - Nirsoft

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_event_viewer.html
"watch multiple event logs in one list ...easily select multiple event items and then save them to HTML/Text/XML file"
Filters to errors only, column sorts.  Network feature via command line, one at a time.

Event Log Explorer
http://www.eventlogxp.com/
FSPro will give a free personal license to Event Log Explorer upon registration, looking at up to 3 puters, then their business licenses have a reasonable price (up to 10 users = $150, up to 25 = $200).

EventSentry Light
http://www.eventsentry.com/
Full vs. Light
http://www.eventsentry.co...tsentry-full-vs-light.php
Forums
http://forums.netikus.net/

Event Log Archiver - Netwrix
http://www.netwrix.com/ev...nsolidation_freeware.html
There is a freeware tool for consolidation of multiple PC sources, the archiving is limited to one month.  Apparently this tool uses the standard eventvwr.exe engine, so it would be interesting if it could use the alternate NirSoft engine.

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BareTail - (2006)
http://www.baremetalsoft.com/baretail/index.php
"A free real-time log file monitoring tool ... View files over a network" -
Startup Splash screen can be disabled with $25 registration and registered Pro version is $35

MakeLogic Tail 2.1.0 - Freeware from our labs (Java)
http://www.makelogic.com/tail/TailHome.htm
"Used for monitoring log files in real time"
Forum
http://www.makelogic.com/forums/

Log-Expert
http://www.log-expert.de/
"LogExpert is a Windows tail program (a GUI replacement for the Unix tail command). LogExpert is free for non-commercial or commercial use. ... there are many good replacements for tail (e.g. BareTail or Tail for Win32) out there. LogExpert is one of these tail programs. It adds some nice features which are very useful if you have to work with log files."
Support Forum
http://www.log-expert.de/board/

Tail for Win-32
http://tailforwin32.sourceforge.net/
SourceForge and Forum
http://www.codeproject.co...tions/Tail_for_Win32.aspx

JlogTailor - Paul Mutton
http://www.jibble.org/jlogtailer.php (Java)
"This software product is OSI Certified Open Source Software, available under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Since the GPL may be too restrictive for use in proprietary applications, a commercial license is also provided."
"A Java log tailer with regular expression features"

mTAIL - d'Olivier Philipp
http://ophilipp.free.fr/op_tail.htm
mTAIL is a Windows Program that emulates the TAIL Unix Command. It's free ... so enjoy !
(Corporate/Professional users are really encouraged to register mTAIL)

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SYSTEM UTILITIES - BOOT DISK, RESCUE, PARTITION, DATA RECOVERY-UNDELETE
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UBCD4 (Ultimate Boot CD for Windows)
http://www.ubcd4win.com/
List of Tools
http://www.ubcd4win.com/contents.htm
Forums
http://www.ubcd4win.com/forum/

"UBCD4Win is a bootable recovery CD that contains software used for repairing, restoring, or diagnosing almost any computer problem. Our goal is to be the most complete and easy to use free computer diagnostic tool. Almost all software included in UBCD4Win are freeware utilities for Windows®. Some of the tools included are "free for personal use" copies so users need to respect these licenses. A few of the tools included in UBCD4Win are paid for and licensed software owned by UBCD4win. On occasion we work with software companies/authors for permission to include their software in our download or have requested their software better support PE. Users can freely share copies of UBCD4Win with friends but selling UBCD4Win for a profit is not acceptable. We have worked hard for many years helping people for free with this project, others should not make money from our hard work."

This helped me twice on a recent XP reinstall, first by having Free Commander ready for a post-XP save (the included backup tools are more in the imaging realm, FC works excellently for a simple ad hoc backup) then when I bungled the partitioning Test Disk let me easily change an incorrect primary partition to unprimary, getting rid of an 'invalid partition table' problem.. Lots of programs and tools are included, some more of which deserve their own special note. Very strong out of the box, no custom tailoring required, as long as your disk puter boots from CD you can go to town.  On one recent Lifehacker comment, TeamViewer (free non-commercial use program) was mentioned as a custom-tailor add-on, with support.  An excellent idea if you have to support someone remotely, to add an easy-use remote program.

SystemRescueCD
http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page
Forums
http://www.sysresccd.org/forums/

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PARTITIONING

GParted LiveCD
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/index.php
"The GParted application is the GNOME partition editor for creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions."
Live CD/USB/PXE/HD
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php
Forum
http://gparted-forum.surf4.info/
"///NOTE/// It is recommended to do a whole disk or partition image backup before you use GParted to resize or move your partition."

Cute Partition Manager (No resizing or merging of partitions)
http://www.cutepm.com/
http://www.cutepm.com/eula.htm - EULA
"The "Software" should either be licensed to a specified number of users, or as a Site License for a specified number of users at a single physical location, or as an Enterprise License for a specified number of users within a single organization. ...  the "Software" can be freely distributed in its original form and you can make as many copies as you want. "
Apparently their "OSL2000 Boot Manager" is a commercial product, and often the two are used in tandem.

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DATA RECOVERY - UNDELETE

Recuva - Piriform
http://www.recuva.com/
"restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer"
Forums
http://forum.piriform.com/index.php?showforum=16

PC INSPECTOR™ File Recovery 4.x i
http://www.pcinspector.de...overy/info.htm?language=2

SoftPerfect File Recovery – Restore deleted files from NTFS and FAT drives
http://www.softperfect.com/products/filerecovery/
Forum
http://www.softperfect.com/board/list.php?14

Best Free Data Recovery / File Un-delete Utility - Gizmo
http://www.techsupportale...te-utility.htm#inspector3

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Spotlight on Windows
http://www.quest.com/spotlight-on-windows/

"Spotlight on Windows is unsupported freeware. The license key is provided in the download package and expires one year after installation. To renew, please revisit this website.  An activation key will be made available prior to the expiration date of your current key."
"...With its unique graphical view of the Windows OS internals, Quest® Spotlight® on Windows empowers you to quickly identify and eliminate bottlenecks in the Windows environment. Displaying the real-time flow of data within your Windows OS, Spotlight enables you to quickly identify and resolve performance problems."
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IMAGE EDITING AND VIEWING -- PDF UTILITIES - PRINTING UTILITIES
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IMAGE VIEWER AND GRAPHIC UTILITIES

Imagine - Chun Sejin
http://www.nyam.pe.kr/php...iewtopic.php?f=2&t=14
"This program is Freeware(Donationware). This means that you can use this program for free without any limitation.
But, your donation will greatly help the author continue developing this program. And if you donate, you can get technical supports from author...."
Ghacks -> very positive, included in Gizmo roundup where the better known ones are non-commercial. Fast, and may be excellent for much biz usage.

RESIZE - Peter Bone
http://www.geocities.com/peter_bone_uk/resize.html
"These programs are freeware and can be freely distributed, but feel free to make a donation"
Is this one of the best to use for putting screen pic .jpgs up on the forum ?

Paint.net - Rick Brewster
http://www.getpaint.net/
Forum
http://paintdotnet.forumer.com/index.php
"Paint.NET is free for all uses including personal, business, commercial, government, and school." (more details in forum discussions). "Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. ...  Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool. It has been compared to other digital photo editing software packages such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP."

GIMP for Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD, Sun
http://www.gimp.org/
"GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring."
GIMP Users Forums http://www.gimpusers.com/forums/
Gimper.net Forums http://gimper.net/
GIMP Wiki - http://wiki.gimp.org/gimp/

Likely many more, share your fav.

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PDF VIEWERS

Pdf-Xchange Viewer - Docu-Track
http://www.docu-track.com...Change_Tools/pdfx_viewer/
Forums
http://www.docu-track.com/forum3/
"Free for Private and Commercial use, provided not bundled with other software or for financial gain"

Sumatra PDF
http://blog.kowalczyk.inf...are/sumatrapdf/index.html
"Sumatra PDF is a slim, free, open-source PDF viewer for Windows ... designed for portable use ... Sumatra PDF is distributed under GPLv2 license."
Forum
http://forums.fofou.org/sumatrapdf/

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PDF PRINTER
    
CutePDF Writer
http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp
"FREE for commercial and non-commercial use!  No watermarks!  No Popup Web Ads! "

PDF Printer
http://www.ronyasoft.com/products/pdf-printer/
"Can I use the created PDFs for commercial purposes? Yes. The license allows you to use the current version of software both for commercial and noncommercial purposes."
This is a new product, yet the company seems solid, with the poster software having received good references on DC and Snapfiles.

There are 5-10 competent freeware and shareware products to give you a PDF printer - I have used PDF Factory from Fineprint - which gives you a trial version with no time limit - however that does not qualify for this roundup.  

DoPDF
http://www.dopdf.com/
Forum
http://www.dopdf.com/forum/
"doPDF is a free PDF converter for both personal and commercial use. Using doPDF you can create PDF files by selecting the "Print" command from virtually any application. "
"Freeware. Lightweight. No nags."
(This company also does NovaPDF so they have some who upgrade, they also write FBackup, above)

This next is not a Printer Driver, so functions differently.

HP Smart Web Printing
http://h10025.www1.hp.com...lc=en&lc=en&cc=us
Review - Digital Inspiration
http://labnol.blogspot.co...pages-with-images-to.html
Only up to IE 7 and Firefox 2 so far.

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PRINTER INK & PAPER SAVING AND SIMPLICITY UTILITIES

Also there is the idea of printing 2 or 4 or 8 in one, like FinePrint. The only personal freeware product I have seen so far is Greenprint, not free for commercial use.  (Thus we might want to compare biz licenses and use on the softwares.)

Any helpful utilities and Firefox extensions ?

Aardvark- Firefox extension 2.97 bv Rob Brown
https://addons.mozilla.or.../sv-SE/firefox/addon/4111

One cloud-site.

PrintWhatYouLike
http://www.printwhatyoulike.com/
Tired of printing web pages only to find your printout is full of ads, empty space and other junk you don't want? PrintWhatYouLike is a free online editor that lets you format any web page for printing in seconds!

Note that it is often a lot easier to work with a 12 page document that is condense to 3 or 6 pages than have 12 sheets.

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PDF UTILITIES
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PDF Split and Merge
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfsam/
Forums
http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=160044
"PDF Split and Merge is an easy to use tool to merge and split pdf documents."

pdftk - the pdf toolkit
http://www.pdfhacks.com/pdftk/

XPdf - (Open Source freeware)
http://www.foolabs.com/xpdf/home.html
"Xpdf is an open source viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF) files. (These are also sometimes also called 'Acrobat' files, from the name of Adobe's PDF software.) The Xpdf project also includes a PDF text extractor, PDF-to-PostScript converter, and various other utilities. "


Zilla PDF to TXT converter  (freeware)
http://www.pdfzilla.com/z...pdf_to_txt_converter.html
Zilla PDF to TXT Converter Plain-Texts Your PDF Files in Bulk
http://lifehacker.com/526...ts-your-pdf-files-in-bulk
PDF Zilla is the related $30 commercial product.
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BIZ APPS
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ACCOUNTING

Microsoft Office Accounting Express (good find 40hz)
http://www.ideawins.com/Default.aspx
Professional is a $200 software, however Express is said to be fully functional for many needs. You would want to compare this to the inexpensive shareware products like AceMoney, MoneyDance and the online products, and the freeware Gnucash. This is one area where you might consider the savings of say $30 to be rather minor, however if MOAE is a polished and fine product, many will want to use. Be sure to look over the version feature comparison.
Microsoft Office Accounting 2009 - Compare Products
www.ideawins.com/Compare.aspx
Ghacks Review of 2008 version
http://www.ghacks.net/200...-accounting-express-2008/

GnuCash
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gnucash/
"GnuCash is a personal and small-business finance manager with a check-book like register GUI to enter and track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. GnuCash is designed to be simple and easy to use but still based on formal accounting principles."
Ghacks Review - Jan, 2009
http://www.ghacks.net/200...countingfinance-goodness/

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INVENTORY - ASSET MANAGEMENT DATABASE

Pyxis
http://www.freshney.org/pyxis/
"Pyxis is an asset management system that is tailored for home and small business use.
... All of the software on this site is free for commerical and non-commercial use alike. If you use any of it regularly then please let me know! Feel free to send me suggestions and feedback on any of the software ..."
Can I distribute your software?
"Yes, as long as your let me know that you're going to do it and also that you don't charge for it and that you don't alter any of the files that you distribute."

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TIME TRACKING

TaskClerk - British Micro
http://www.taskclerk.com/Home.ashx
"TaskClerk is FREE, make sure you don't get charged for this version! .. "TaskClerk has an intuitive interface that helps you capture the time you spend on tasks. It’s easy to change task times and export to other applications. TaskClerk will change the way you capture your time. No more filling in time sheets at the end of the week with this application!"

GI TimeTracker - Adobe AIR patform
http://goodimprovements.c...m/content/gi-time-tracker
Forum
http://goodimprovements.com/tracker
"GI Time Tracker is a desktop time tracking software, based on Adobe AIR platform ... a cross-platform program that functions as a stop clock and runs in the background while you work ... Application designed for the specialized daily needs of the consultant, the programmer, or the freelancer."

Rachota - Straightforward timetracking - Open Source, Java, multiple OS
http://rachota.sourceforge.net/en/index.html  
Forum
http://sourceforge.net/fo...forum.php?forum_id=485060
"GI Time Tracker is a desktop time tracking software, based on Adobe AIR platform."
Lifehacker - Download of the Day: Rachota time tracker
http://lifehacker.com/190...-day-rachota-time-tracker

Time Stamp Open Source, Donationware
http://www.syntap.com/products_timestamp.htm
Forum
http://www.syntap.com/timestampforum/
"Time Stamp is "DonationWare". If you find Time Stamp to be of value to you and you would like to make a donation... A donation is not required for your free use of this product." GNU license.

Klok Adobe AIR
http://klok.mcgraphix.com/klok/index.htm
Forum
http://klok.mcgraphix.com/klok/forum/
"make an attempt to offset the development cost by charging for the 3rd party integration feature which will be available in the coming months. I realize that any cost is not as good as free ... $20 (USD) is fair or not. Keep in mind that the personal edition will remain free. This is only for the ability to connect to a remote system. What do you think?"

On the Donation Coder thread, there was discussion of using ToDoList and other apps for this purpose.
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NETWORK ADMINISTRATION
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Untangle - Open Source Network Gateway
http://www.untangle.com/home
Forums
http://forums.untangle.com/

ManageEngine - Desktop Central 6 Windows Desktop Management Software
http://www.manageengine.com/
Forums
http://forums.manageengin...m/?forumId=49000000066955
Separate product for Active Directory and Workgroup .. main free product limited
to 10 PC's.  Agents installed on PC and excellent knowledgebase.

Spiceworks
http://www.spiceworks.com/
Forums and Community
http://community.spiceworks.com/

The Dude
http://www.mikrotik.com/thedude.php
"The Dude is free of charge!"
"automatically scan all devices within specified subnets, draw and layout a map of your networks, monitor services of your devices and alert you in case some service has problems."
Forum
http://forum.mikrotik.com/viewforum.php?f=8

Hyperic HQ
http://www.hyperic.com/pr...e-systems-monitoring.html
"Hyperic HQ is the award-winning open source monitoring software designed to manage web applications and infrastructure. Hyperic HQ's unique ability to automatically discover and monitor software and network resources, regardless of type or location, gives you a unified view of the performance and health of your applications."

Zenoss
http://www.zenoss.com/download
Forums
http://forums.zenoss.com

Osmius Open Source Monitoring Tool
http://osmius.net/en/
SourceForge
http://sourceforge.net/projects/osmius/
Forums
http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=160907

Groundwork Open Source
http://www.groundworkopen...ty/community-edition.html
Forums
http://www.groundworkopen...rce.com/community/forums/

Nagios
http://www.nagios.org/
Sourceforge
http://sourceforge.net/projects/nagios/

How much is free with each of these products varies widely, and that should only be one factor in a testing or deployment decisions. The rest of the tools do not try to be all-purpose network administration.

Lansweeper Network Inventory
http://www.lansweeper.com/
Lansweeper is a powerful freeware solution without any embedded ads to make a complete software, hardware, computer inventory of your windows network.

Axence NetTools 4.0 Pro
http://www.axencesoftware...m/index.php?action=FreeNT
Forum
http://www.axencesoftware.com/forum/
"Free network diagnostics & host monitoring. NetTools is a free and comprehensive set of host monitoring, network scanning, security and administration tools, all with a highly intuitive user interface."

AutoScan Network - Thierry Lagarde
http://autoscan-network.com/index.php
Forum
http://autoscan-network.c...m_fireboard&Itemid=51

Network Scanner - MiTec
http://www.mitec.cz/netscan.html
"Free to use for both private and commercial users."
"It is a free multi-threaded IP, NetBIOS and SNMP scanner with many advanced features. ..."

NetResView - NirSoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/netresview.html
View all computers/shares on your network

SoftPerfect Network Scanner
http://www.softperfect.co.../products/networkscanner/
Forum
http://www.softperfect.com/board/list.php?12
"SoftPerfect Network Scanner is a free multi-threaded IP, NetBIOS and SNMP scanner with a modern interface and several advanced features..."
Also a firewall and file recovery (added above) are free,  and LAnSearch Pro and NetWorx (below) and a few commercial products. The firewall, although designed ok, lacked outbound application control in discussions on Wilders and DSL around 2004, no indication that it is a contender today.  

LANguard Network Scanner - Xiaoyu Zhang - Denmark
http://vipmeister.com/dl/...annetscan/lannetscan.html
"LANguard is probably one of the best, if not the best network scanning and information tools you can find for free. It allows you to not only scan your network, but do it from a 'Hackers' perspective. It will identify all machines on your network, their Netbios info, open ports, shares and much more..."

NetPoint - Neutex
http://www.neutex.net/
Forum
http://support.neutex.net/
"NetPoint is the simplified yet powerful way to inventory your hardware and software assets. It was designed by system administrators to meet the needs of Windows enterprises."

NetWrix Service Monitor - Netwrix
http://www.netwrix.com/wi..._monitoring_freeware.html
Forum
http://www.netwrix.com/forum/

Roadkil's Audit
http://www.roadkil.net/program.php?ProgramID=2
"Creates a database of computers on your network and their configurations. Allows you to track what applications are installed across your network for license auditing purposes."
Forum
http://forums.roadkil.net/forums.php?ID=8

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PC INSPECTOR™ fs guard
http://www.pc-inspektor.d...guard/info.htm?language=1
"PC INSPECTOR™ fs guard can independently monitor services and directories in the background. When a service is stopped or crashes, PC INSPECTOR™ fs guard can independently send notification via e-mail. PC INSPECTOR™ fs guard can also monitor any number of directories. For example, you can have PC INSPECTOR™ fs guard inform you by e-mail if the contents of a directory (folder) are changed or when the directory exceeds a specified size. PC INSPECTOR™ fs guard is very multi-faceted and can be used for diverse purposes. "

Note, this last sounds like it might be a good lite tool for a personal PC as well.

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UTILITIES (SHUTDOWN) AND MESSENGERS AND DISK SPACE

(ABOVE: - Shutdown - Network & Local Capable)

Shutdown Scheduler & Shared Notes
http://www.dnsoft.be/dn_s...are/pc_shutdown/index.htm
Help us to continue freeware development... Make a Donation .. This software allows you to automize your computer's shutdowns or restarts. You can specify times by day or by week. It also allows you to create notes shared by other users over home (or business) networks. There are a lot of other useful features and options in this software.

LanShutDown
- remote shutdown or remote reboot a computer
http://lantricks.com/lanshutdown/
Forum
http://lantricks.com/foru...40d08d11c1d06aa9e89c7f42c
LanWhoIs, LanSpy, LanCalculator - Freeware - Commercial --> Remote Process Explorer, Find MAC Address

Disk Space Monitor  - Netwrix
http://www.netwrix.com/di...ace_monitor_freeware.html
Forum
http://www.netwrix.com/forum/
Freeware Products
http://www.netwrix.com/freeware_products.html

SoftPerfect LAN Search Pro - File Search
http://www.softperfect.com/products/lspro/
Forum
http://www.softperfect.com/board/list.php?9
"LAN Search Pro is a free utility for fast file searching across your LAN. You can search for specific file names or for specific file types (e.g. all MP3 files). LAN Search Pro provides a lightning fast search engine and lets you search hidden network resources, restricted access resources, IP subnets, LAN FTP servers and much more."

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NETWORK TRAFFIC (including TCP/IP activity, protocol analyzer)

Wireshark
http://www.wireshark.org/
"Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer"

TrafficWatcher - Stefan's tools (Steve King)
http://tools.tortoisesvn.net/trafficWatcher
small tool to monitor your network activity.. can differ between traffic inside your LAN and the traffic that reaches the internet ...you must first install WinPCap!

WinPcap: The Windows Packet Capture Library
http://www.winpcap.org/install/default.htm
"WinPcap is an industry standard library used by many tools, several of which commercial, and developed by a respected team of people ... it's free "
http://www.winpcap.org/misc/copyright.htm
"Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met ..."

Stefan has a number of others to consider, eg. grepWin will be added to the search/replace section, while MailNoter is quite an interesting take on notes from web-pages. While SKTimeStamp has the simple purpose of changing time stamps on a file and may make the small utility section..

Network Meter - MiTec
http://www.mitec.cz/netmet.html

NetWorx – Free Bandwidth Monitoring and Usage Reporting - SoftPerfect
http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/
Forum
http://www.softperfect.com/board/list.php?8

MZL & Novatech TrafficStatistic - bandwidth statistics on package level
http://www.trafficstatist...om/pages/basemodules.html
"For internet users this tool is more then sufficient to monitor internet traffic volumes. For owner of internet server MZL & Novatech TrafficStatistic is a sensible tool to get additional information on bandwidth usage."

SmartSniff - Nirsoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/smsniff.html
Repair Tool of the Week: SmartSniff
http://www.technibble.com...l-of-the-week-smartsniff/
"SmartSniff allows you to capture TCP/IP packets that pass through your network adapter, and view the captured data as sequence of conversations between clients and servers."

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NETWORK UTILITIES

AnalogX
http://www.analogx.com/co...ents/download/network.htm
NetStatLive, PacketMon, ITR Client, WhoIs ULtra, HyperTrace, PortMapper, QuickDNS and more. Also AnalogX will be included in other sections.

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WHO-IS

Win32Whois - Gena01 - Gennady Feldman
http://www.gena01.com/win32whois/
"Win32Whois is a free, small and efficient tool that lets you retrieve registration information for a particular domain or website."

WhoisThisDomain - NirSoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/ut...ls/whois_this_domain.html

IPNetInfo - NirSoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

WhoIs Client - Delphi Freeware
http://www.delphifreeware.com/whois-client/

For your personal non-commercial use (which will often fit here) the Karenware WhoIs is a good software to compare.
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EMAIL
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EMAIL CLIENTS

Mozilla Thunderbird
http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/
Forum
http://www.mozilla.org/support/thunderbird/forums
mozilla . support . thunderbird newsgroup mirrored on Google groups
http://groups.google.com/...upport.thunderbird/topics

EMAIL NOTIFIERS

ePrompter
http://www.eprompter.com/
Free Email Notification and Retrieval Program
Forum
http://forum.eprompter.com/
"This software is provided free of charge to the Internet community, courtesy of Tiburon Technology, Inc. The download for this software may be freely distributed by email. Actually, if you like the ePrompter  email notification program, we encourage you to tell your friends about it! Every computer should have ePrompter."

Pop Peeper
http://www.poppeeper.com/
"POP Peeper is an email notifier that runs in your Windows task bar and alerts you when you have new email on your POP3, IMAP (with IDLE support), Hotmail\MSN\LiveMail, Yahoo, GMail, Mail.com, MyWay, Excite, iWon, Lycos.com, RediffMail, Juno and NetZero accounts."
Forums
http://www.poppeeper.com/Forums/
http://www.poppeeper.com/...lit=commercial+use#p16985
"I take no issue if you're using PP in an office environment to check your personal and/or business email (PP wouldn't have too many users if I did Wink ). And defining what "commercial" use is probably a "I know it when I see it" definition. For example, there was a business using PP as an automated process to continually delete 100s of their inboxes. That's commercialization."

These are two very fine softwares, actively supported, many biz-office users will appreciate one on their desk.  The only way to tell which one is more appropriate for a user is reading specs, looking at pics and your own comparison.

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EMAIL VIEWERS AND UTILITIES

OUTLOOK

Xobni
http://www.xobni.com/
Forum
http://community.xobni.com/xobni
Lifehacker - Supercharge Outlook with Xobni - Adam Pash, Jan 9 2008,       
http://lifehacker.com/342...charge-outlook-with-xobni
Lifehacker - Xobni Beta Now Open to the Public
http://lifehacker.com/386...ta-now-open-to-the-public
The free Outlook plugin that makes searching and finding people and email faster and easier.

MailViewer
http://www.mitec.cz/mailview.html
Licence: Free to use for both private and commercial users.
"Viewer for standalone files containing Microsoft Outlook Express 4,5 and 6 message database (*.idx/*.mbx/*.dbx), Windows Vista Mail/Windows Live Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird message databases as well as standalone EML files."

Note: Many more MiTec (Michael Mutl) softwares under consideration.

OutlookStatView - Nirsoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/ut...s/outlook_statistics.html
StatView Adds A Whole New World To Outlook
http://www.makeuseof.com/...ole-new-world-to-outlook/

Outlook Attack View - Nirsoft
http://www.nirsoft.net/ut...s/outlook_attachment.html

ScanPST - Microsoft Outlook recovery tool - Technibble article describes.
http://www.technibble.com...e-week-scanpst/#more-2856
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BIZ-WARE - Crème de la Crème
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And there are a few softwares that are significant and whose cost is rather nominal for use.  Some of those will be highlighted here.  These may be worthwhile even in the budget-minded company that is avoiding multiple software registrations.  

Companies are often criticized for this, yet dozens of packages can end up being quite a hefty sum, along with various annoyances. One purpose of this list is as a whole largely those excellent softwares that do not need any IT-accounting $ approval, and where the legal-ethics contingent rest comfortably, yet the software itself may be of solid company help.  

In this little sub-section we will list those few in-betweeners, light cost, yet truly significant function.

One purpose here is to see at a glance what type of $ would be needed.

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Spyware Blaster - JavaCool
http://www.javacoolsoftwa...e.com/spywareblaster.html
Forum
http://www.wilderssecurit...com/forumdisplay.php?f=23
10 PC Small Business Multi-Pack - $80/yr
http://www.javacoolsoftwa...sbautoupdate.html#Pricing
Network Version - $300 for up to 29 seats
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/sbnvpurchase.html

In home use this is completely free, and $10 a year, very reasonable, if you want automatic updates.  The biz user is expected to register for the automatic updates at a slightly lower price than the $10/yr, per seat.

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Next there are some that are so significant that they will be listed even if cost is "regular".  At least these tools are must-be-prepared.

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Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware
http://malwarebytes.org/

While this may not be super-inexpensive, this is so good that you may want to have some method of use on almost any PC network.  Just this AM at work a bogus "System Security" program was harassing a user .. the solution - Malwarebytes (and I needed Safe Mode) as recommended in Bleeping Computer and others.  Excellent diagnosis, and there is another on the same high level.

SUPERAntiSpyware
http://www.superantispyware.com/

Some pricing info on these two to be added later, probably Spybot Search & Destroy also. 

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Later this section may move to its own thread.  
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WINDOWS SHELL & DESKTOP
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Emerge Desktop - Open Source
http://emergedesktop.org/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/emerge/
Forum
http://sourceforge.net/community/forum/
[How To] Use Emerge Desktop – A Novice’s Guide to Greatness
http://versatile1.wordpre...vices-guide-to-greatness/

LiteStep
http://www.litestep.net/

Sharp Environment - Open Source
http://www.sharpe-shell.org/news.php
Forum
http://www.sharpe-shell.o...7_plugins/forum/forum.php

DesktopCoral - DonationCoder
http://www.donationcoder....r/desktopcoral/index.html
Forum
http://www.donationcoder....orum/index.php?board=28.0

Maybe these will help you look like a real techie the other folks in the office !
(And make the day lighter and more fun.)

Stardock - which has Object Dock and WindowBlinds - also has a corporate solutions page.
So it will take a little effort to find what is appropriate and what is fully
    
Windows XP Alternative shells - (most realistic overall discussion)
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=19221.0
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SOFTWARE INVENTORY - VERSION UPDATES
SYSINFO
HARDWARE DIAGNOSTICS
MONITOR TEST, SET & FIX
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SOFTWARE INVENTORY

Installed Program Printer
http://www.judge-software.co.uk/
Simple list of registry-based installs, perhaps this is done as simply in some of the utility suites and system info programs.  Who does the best list including direct (non-registry) installs and maybe including extra info ? A helpful tool, so even the better one-trick pony may be fine.

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UPDATE VERSION NOTIFIERS

Update Notifier
http://cleansofts.org/

Update Checker - File Hippo (uses Net 2.0)
http://www.filehippo.com/updatechecker/

These programs will generally be ok, free in biz, and can be more important than to the tech user who keeps himself more up-to-date, I am including two for now which afaik have not had crapware and similar problems.  Should check which is the best network capable, combined with network software inventory.

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AutoPatcher
http://www.autopatcher.com/
Forum
http://www.autopatcher.com/forums/
A way to automate the Windows upgrades outside the Windows and Microsoft websites, thus not always looked kindly upon my Microsoft.  At the very least, a source of good information about patches and service packs in the forums.

Offline Update
http://www.heise.de/ct/Of...-Update--/projekte/133634
Offline Update 5.0, Clone of Autopatcher to Some!!
http://www.tech-linkblog....autopatcher-to-some.html/

Dial-a-Fix
http://forums.lunarsoft.net/forum/33-dial-a-fix/
Forums
http://forums.lunarsoft.net/
Lunarsoft is quite impressive in understanding some of the Microsoft XP fixes, I recently posted there when I had a permission lock-up after an evening IE8 update .. that turned out to be firewall related.  Their software and savvy and helpfulness is kewl.

You may want to check out their Anti-Malware Toolkit .. although like Hitman Pro it is unlikely to really be ok as fully free for commercial use, since it is using various other softwares.

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SYSTEM INFO - HARDWARE MAINTENANCE -
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WinAudit - System Info
http://www.pxserver.com/WinAudit.htm
"WinAudit is free, you can use it in your commercial applications and distribute it freely to anyone."

SIV - System Information Viewer - Ray Hinchliffe
http://rh-software.com/

BGInfo - Systinternals
http://technet.microsoft....ysinternals/bb897557.aspx
"BGInfo ... automatically displays relevant information about a Windows computer on the desktop's background, such as the computer name, IP address, service pack version, and more."

System Spec - A Portable Freeware System Information Utility.
http://www.alexnolan.net/software/sysspec.htm
"see, save and print a complete spec of your PC. This standalone, system information utility can also perform various windows functions. Additional advanced info includes CPU, drives, applications, display, memory, networking, internet, CD / DVD drives and more."  (Drive Manager spinoff in the drivers section.)

Optical Info
http://www.alexnolan.net/software/opticalinfo.htm
"spin off utility from the popular System Spec - system information"

PC Wizard 2008 - System Info
http://www.cpuid.com/pcwizard.php
"PC WIZARD 2008 can be distributed freely (ftp, archives, CD-ROMs ...). "

Free PC Audit - MIS Utilities
http://www.misutilities.c.../free-pc-audit/index.html
"Free PC Audit is a freeware system, hardware and software information tool."

FreeMeter
http://www.tiler.com/freemeter/
Lifehacker - Freemeter bandwidth monitor
http://lifehacker.com/244...andwidth-monitor--windows
Net 2.0 and there is a Professional version .. 9 meters on free, 19 on prof.

SimpleSysInfo -  Emiel Wieldraaijer (author of JkDefrag GUI)
http://www.emro.nl/freeware/
Has U3 portable app version, can print, make text or HTML or send email. May be a nice alternative for those used to the simplicity of using Belarc.

Note: also CPU-Z, PerfMonitor and :

HARDWARE TROUBLESHOOTING - GENERAL

HWMonitor (Free .. Pro is $20)
http://www.cpuid.com/hwmonitor.php
"HWMonitor is a hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed."
Forum
http://forum.canardpc.com/forumdisplay.php?f=75

HWINFO32 - System Info - Martin Malik - Slovak Republic
http://www.hwinfo.com/index.html

HARDWARE TROUBLESHOOTING - SPECIFIC

CrystalDiskInfo
http://crystalmark.info/s...stalDiskInfo/index-e.html
CrystalDiskInfo is a HDD/SSD utility software which supports S.M.A.R.T.
CrystalDiskMark
http://crystalmark.info/s...stalDiskMark/index-e.html
CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software.
"Software License - All of my softwares are freeware. A part of my software is distributed under The modified BSD license."  (We discuss his licensing on p. 3 of the thread.)

HDDScan - Artyom Rubtsov
http://hddscan.com/
Forum
http://en.rlab.ru/forum/index.php?board=1.0
"HDDScan is a freeware program for low-level HDD diagnostics."
Diagnose And Manage Hard Disks with HDD Scan
http://www.ghacks.net/200...hard-disks-with-hdd-scan/

MemTest86 - Bradytech - Open source
http://www.memtest86.com/

Memtest86+ - Open Source
http://www.memtest.org/
Forum
http://www.memtest.org/

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Many of these diagnostic softwares are fully freeware.

HardDrive Tools and more (German and English)
http://freelancer.greatbo...43151ab6f0ce4b01f18531a0a

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MONITOR TEST AND SET

Roadkil's Monitor Test
http://www.roadkil.net/program.php?ProgramID=20

CheckeMON
http://www.ykwong.com/checkemon.html
"Test a monitor before you buy. Alternatively you could test your current monitor as well...."

Monitor Tester - Dariusz Zamlynski  
http://www.geocities.com/tvdarekz/
Repair Tool of the Week: Monitor Tester
http://www.technibble.com...-the-week-monitor-tester/
"This diagnostic program helps you adjust the settings of your monitor to get the best possible picture quality. This program does not require an installation and is completely freeware. It helps you test important criteria like sharpness, color convergence, moirĂ© and interference or the geometry.  With this program you can easily adjust brightness, contrast, white balance, focus and the picture size and position."

Pixel Persistance Analyzer
http://www.benchmarkhq.ru...eenshot.php?g2_itemId=270
From the Benchmark folks who do a fantabulous job finding these hardware programs

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MONITOR PIXEL FIXING
(sometimes these programs come with a warning that epilectics can be sensitive to the flashing screen)

UDPixel - Samuel Larché (.NET Framework v2)
http://udpix.free.fr/
"This program helps to locate and fix LCD screens dead pixels ... I offer this software for free, and I write it all in my free time. If you are so kind to donate, I will greatly appreciate it! "

Dan's Dead Pixel Fixer
http://dwright77.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!2004D0087F1C5B86!258.entry
"cycling through all the colors used by an LCD it will help to reactivate those dead or stuck pixels."

Dead Pixel Tester
http://www.dataproductservices.com/dpt
lots of good info

Monitor test tools - Portable Freeware thread
http://www.portablefreewa...&t=3461&view=next

Benchmark Tools - Monitor
http://www.benchmarkhq.ru...ish.html?/be_monitor.html
(note this as a good general resource for hardware tools)

Monitor Calibration and Testing
http://en.community.dell....om/forums/t/18178238.aspx

TFT Technology Panel Guide
http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/383529/+0

How to Fix a Stuck Pixel on an LCD Monitor
http://www.wikihow.com/Fi...k-Pixel-on-an-LCD-Monitor
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EDITORS - NOTEPAD REPLACEMENTS - PROGRAMMER/DEVELOPER EDITORS
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PSPad - Jan Fiala - editor for developers for Microsoft Windows systems
http://www.pspad.com/
"freeware product (both for personal and commercial use)"
Freeware Genius - PSPad: a small, powerful, and versatile freeware text editor
http://www.freewaregenius...ile-freeware-text-editor/
Freeware Junkie
http://thefreewarejunkie....06/text-editor-pspad.html

Notepad2 - Florian Balmer - Open Source (based on Scintilla)
http://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html
Notepad2 Modifications - Kai Liu
http://code.kliu.org/misc/notepad2/

TED Notepad
http://www.jsimlo.sk/notepad/
"TED Notepad is targeted particularly to users with non-trivial demands and tasks: Those that need to quickly extract info from the text, find duplicate lines or sort them, convert case, replace or reverse something non-trivial, and so on."

Metapad - newly Open Source
http://liquidninja.com/metapad/
"metapad is a small, fast (and completely free) text editor for Windows 9x/NT/XP/Vista with similar features to Microsoft Notepad but with many extra (and rather useful) features. It was designed to completely replace Notepad since it includes all of Notepad's features and much, much more."

RJ TextEd - A Unicode source and text editor.
http://www.rj-texted.se/
"RJ TextEd is released as FREEWARE. However, if you find the program useful I would appreciate a small donation."
Forum
http://www.rjsoftware.se/Forum/index.php

ConTEXT Text Editor - Eden Kirin
http://www.contexteditor.org/
Forum
http://forum.contexteditor.org/

Win32Pad - Gena01 - Gennady Feldman
http://www.gena01.com/win32pad/
Forum
http://www.gena01.com/forum/
"It's FREEWARE. Which means that you are allowed to use it for personal or commercial purposes (without selling it of course). You are also allowed to give the program to your friends"
"Win32Pad is a feature filled text editor that is written with a programmer in mind. Its main purpose is to provide enough functionality that is missing from notepad without sacrificing file size and performance."

NoteTab Lite - Fookes Software
http://www.notetab.com/versions.php
3 versions .. Pro is $29
Additional tools, most are free
http://www.notetab.com/tools.php

LopeEdit Lite - (Author of FileMenu Tools)
http://www.lopesoft.com/en/index.html

QJot - xtort
http://xtort.net/xtort-software/qjot/
"Freeware. For the masses.  ... QJot is a small USB portable alternative rich text editor that reads and writes .doc files, inserts images and more. It is basically meant to serve as a good WordPad replacement."

Xint - xtort
http://xtort.net/xtort-software/xint/

SubPad - xtort
http://xtort.net/xtort-software/subpad/
"no-install USB compatible lightweight notepad clone .. faster find/replace, MRU documents, and syntax highlighting ... find/replace routine is perhaps one of the fastest out there."

TabPad - Michael Dickens
http://www.lfi.net/LFI/prjTP.htm
"LFI.net (Opensource and/or freeware) Applications .. Donations are appreciated, but the programs, tutorials and services provided by LFI.net will always remain free."
"TabPad is yet another Notepad clone - except with tabs."

PlainEdit
http://www.gaijin.at/en/dlplainedit.php
"PlainEdit is a text editor for ANSI and ASCII files. Syntax highlighting is supported for the most common Web, script and programming languages. Many functions for text conversion, formatting, decoding and encoding are included."
License:   Royalty free (Donate button)

NotePad++ - Open Source (based on Scintilla)
http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm
Forum (a bit of a mess, indicating project may be fully ended)
http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=95717

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JAVA

Eclipse
http://www.eclipse.org/
IDE - Various projects and plugins and extensions

Jedit - Java
http://www.jedit.org/
"free software with full source code, provided under the terms of the GPL 2.0."
Forums
http://community.jedit.org/?q=forum

J
http://armedbear-j.sourceforge.net/
Mailling lists
http://sourceforge.net/mail/?group_id=55057
"J is a text editor written in Java and distributed under the GNU General Public License."

Arachnophilia- Paul Lutus
http://www.arachnoid.com/arachnophilia/index.php
"In CareWare ... "Anything except money" ... So here is my deal: stop whining for an hour, a day, a week, your choice, and you will have earned your copy of Arachnophilia. Say encouraging words to young people, make them feel welcome on the planet Earth (many do not). Show by example that we don't need all we have in order to be happy and productive "

Arachnophilia 4.0 - legacy pre-Java version
http://www.arachnoid.com/...chnophilia/index_old.html
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MORE PROGRAMMER-EDITOR ORIENTED THAN NOTEPAD REPLACEMENT
(this division is very rough, any division-tweaking help is appreciated)

SourceEdit
SourceEdit - Brixoft
http://www.brixoft.net/default.asp
Forums (light activit)
http://www.brixoft.net/forum.asp
"Brixoft Source Edit is a FREE award winning editor especially made for developers. It has syntax highlighters for all the most common computer languages and if you miss one you easily create your own with the built-in Language Editor."
Lifehacker - SourceEdit is a Beefy Text Editor for Programmers
http://lifehacker.com/518...xt-editor-for-programmers
"Brixoft File Courier is a FTP client application distributed together with Source Edit ... HexSource is a free hex editor that is distributed together with Source Edit. The source code is available and distributed according to the GNU license agreement."  

Programmer's Notepad - Echo Software - Simon Steele - Open Source - (based on Scintilla, as are some above)
http://www.pnotepad.org/
Licensing - http://www.pnotepad.org/licensing/
Forums
http://pnotepad.org/forums/

Open Komodo Open Source GNU, and IDE component
http://www.openkomodo.com/
Mailman Archive Forum (2008) Inactive - http://lists.openkomodo.com/pipermail/mailman/  - Check others
"very impressive professional editor for dynamic languages" - Smashing Magazine 35 Useful Source Code Editors
Komodo Edit (developers of Komodo IDE)
http://www.activestate.com/komodo_edit/
Mailing Lists (komodo-discuss)
http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Mail/

Crimson Editor
http://www.crimsoneditor.com/  (shows nice list of nine other editors with short description)
Email forum
http://tech.groups.yahoo....oup/crimson_editor_users/

Emerald Editor
http://www.emeraldeditor.com/
Forum
http://forum.emeraldeditor.com/
"Emerald Editor is (being) designed to be an open-source multi-purpose, functional text editor, inspired heavily by Crimson Editor. It is available under the GNU General Public License."
Developers direction after Crimson Editor source code was releases
http://forum.emeraldedito...com/index.php?topic=235.0

Scriptly
http://scriptly.webocton....34/start/englishpage.html
"Webocton - Scriptly is an extensive freeware code editor for writing HTML and programming with PHP."
Forum - German
http://community.webocton.de/main/index.php

TotalEdit
http://www.codertools.com/totaledit.aspx
"TotalEdit is free for commercial and non-commercial purposes (its freeware)." Pro is $10
 
Html-Kit
http://www.chami.com/html-kit/
Forum
http://www.html-kit.com/e/hkforum.cgi?g=hbeta
"HTML Kit is a full-featured free editor for HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and other text files. 400+ plugins are available for it .. "

Bluefish Editor
http://bluefish.openoffice.nl/development.html
"Bluefish is an open source project, released under the GNU GPL licence."
New releases, mailing lists, not sure which are active.

AlleyCode
http://www.alleycode.com/
"Alleycode is a fast, sleek and highly productive award winning HTML editor with unique features ... Alleycode is FREE! (we do accept donations if you find it useful)."

Visual Web Developer Express 2008 (above)will has an HTML editor integrated in the package.  The free Visual Studio edition also contains an editor.

HateML Pro
http://www.migajek.com/?c=hateml
Forums
http://migajek.com/myBB/
"HateML Pro is freeware product and a powerful PHP IDE with support for XHTML and CSS for both professional and novice users alike. Designed to help accelerate the process of editing,debugging web applications, php scripts and simple XHTML sites as well."

Dev-PHP
http://devphp.sourceforge.net/
Forum
http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=54728
"Dev-PHP is a well-featured integrated development environment (IDE). You'll be able to create scripts and applications using the PHP scripting language and the PHP-GTK library (both included in the "PHP Package").
Dev-PHP is free software under the GNU General Public License"
Editor is one part of the project.

CodePad (2006)
http://shicola.wz.cz/codepad/features.php
"CodePad may be used free of charge, but if you wish to express your appreciation for the time and resources the author have expended developing and supporting it over the years, I do accept and appreciate donations."

FlashDevelop - Open Source
http://www.flashdevelop.o...index.php?title=Main_Page
Forum
http://www.flashdevelop.org/community/index.php
"FlashDevelop is a free and open source (MIT license) source code editor."

Geany - Linux heritage
http://www.geany.org/Main/HomePage
"Geany is a text editor using the GTK2 toolkit with basic features of an integrated development environment... To run Geany under Windows you may need to install the GTK+ runtime libraries"

InType (Alpha)
http://intype.info/home/index.php
Forum
http://intype.info/forums/
"Intype is a powerful and intuitive code editor for Windows with lightning fast response. It is easily extensible and customizable, thanks in part to its support for scripting and native plug-ins."

SciTE
http://www.scintilla.org/SciTE.html

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VIM & Emacs heritage (Unix)

Vim the Editor Bram Moolenaar -  (Unix-legacy .. see DonationCoder comments)
http://www.vim.org/index.php forum, wiki
See gVim, the graphic interface.
"Vim is distributed free as charityware. If you find Vim a useful addition to your life please consider helping needy children in Uganda."

Cream - Open Source
http://cream.sourceforge.net/
"A modern configuration of the powerful and famous Vim, Cream is now available for Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and FreeBSD."

WinVi -  Raphael Molle.
http://www.winvi.de/en/
"WinVi is a free editor for MS Windows. ... This editor is especially useful for friends of the Vi editor, who do not want to give up the little conveniences offered by Windows."

XEmacs
http://www.xemacs.org/
Usenet and mailing lists
http://www.xemacs.org/Lists/index.html

GNU Emacs
http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/emacs.html
GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more.

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SPECIAL-USE

Ini-Beast - Funkytoad
http://www.funkytoad.com/...8574bc3ca2e53ad16cc549ad4
" Long time Shareware turned Freeware (with the optional "donate so my cat has good food" button).
And what we have here is a very cool Ini File editor - enjoy."

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REGISTRY EDITORS

O&O Registry Editor
http://oo-software.com/sm...ts/ooregeditor/index.html
"Changing or creating system and program settings belongs to the daily routine of every Administrator. The O&O RegEditor makes working with the registration database significantly easier"

Regalyzer - Safer Networking (suthors of Spybot Search & Destroy)
"RegAlyzer is a tool to browse and change the registry. It was created because of a few features we missed in the original regedit tool...we would appreciate it if you would honor our efforts with a moderate donation"
Forum
http://forums.spybot.info/forumdisplay.php?f=6

Registry Explorer - Vilma Software - Bulgaria
http://www.vsft.com/products.htm
"Registry Explorer is a powerful tool that will give to you the easiest way to rule all aspects of your system. You can create new keys and values, add them to the registry, or delete the existing ones."

Eula, contact check would be be helpful, especially on the last two.

Registrar Lite from Resplendence is available in an earlier nag-free version from Major Geeks.
Regseeker from Hovercraft, is free for personal use only.
RegSafe - by ImagineLan, unclear if free or paid software.
Registry Commander is 2003 defunct.,

Best Free Registry Editor
http://www.techsupportale...-free-registry-editor.htm

These next softwares I think are all designed for use with RegEdit.

RegEditX - Tweaks for the Windows Registry Editor (REGEDIT)
http://www.dcsoft.com/products/regeditx/
"RegEditX 2.0 is  FREE. RegEditX Gold (not yet available) will be a reasonably priced superset of RegEditX 2.0."

RegScanner - NirSoft - find/search in the Registry of Windows
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/regscanner.html
(Be careful to skip the link to "Regtool")

Registry Jumper - Eolsoft
http://www.eolsoft.com/freeware/registry_jumper/
"Registry Jumper is absolutely free - no nag screens, no ads, no spyware, no time limit."
"Registry Jumper is a small utility that makes system registry navigation easier."

Programmers/admins looking for a personal commercial registry editor - Registry Workbench from Torchsoft is a Wilder's favorite, and there is the Resplendence full version of Registrar Registry Manager. RegCOPA is another possibility.

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EditPad Lite - personal, non-commercial use.  (by PowerGrep author Jan Goyvaerts)
PolyEdit Lite - professional version is for commecial purposes

Donationcoder Thread - Best Text Editor
http://www.donationcoder....ive/TextEditor/index.html
Discussion threads
http://www.donationcoder....orum/index.php?board=30.0

And UltraEdit can be considered the programmer's commercial package leader, with EditPlus having many fans as well. Since it is unlikely that everyone in your company will need a programmer's editor, the pricing situation may still be light.  E-Editor is also well liked, and has at least a partial open source direction, so that part of the project may be added to this list.

Cybernetnews on UltraEdit
http://cybernetnews.com/c...ltraedit-review-giveaway/

35 Useful Source Code Editors Reviewed - Smashing Magazine - May 2008
http://www.smashingmagazi...ce-code-editors-reviewed/

25 Useful WYSIWYG Editors Reviewed
http://www.smashingmagazi...wysiwyg-editors-reviewed/

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Web Browsing and Research and Activities and Recreation
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BROWSERS

Firefox
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/personal.html
Forums
http://forums.mozillazine.org/
 
Firefox extensions
(My thoughts : start with Download Statusbar and WOT .. Web of Trust .. and Tab Mix Plus or Tab Kit)

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Opera
http://www.opera.com/
Forums
http://my.opera.com/community/forums/

Chrome
http://www.google.com/chrome
Forums (unofficial)
http://www.chromeboard.net/
http://www.chromeboard.com/
Wiki - http://www.gchromewiki.co...index.php?title=Main_Page

Chromium
http://code.google.com/chromium/
Download (.zip recommended for placement)
http://build.chromium.org...bot/continuous/win/LATEST
Is Chronium Better than Google Chrome ? - Cliff Notes
http://clif-notes.blogspo...r-than-google-chrome.html
 
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HTTTrack WebSite Copier
http://www.httrack.com/
Forums
"HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility. "
http://forum.httrack.com/

Songbird
http://www.getsongbird.com/
Developers Forum
http://groups.google.com/group/songbird-dev


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HOSTS FILE and BROWSING RESTRICTION SOFTWARE & LISTS
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As the decision of whether to employ any host file or blacklist browsing restrictions on sites is quite difficult, with its own politics between resources and possible compications (with some of the freeware software being linked to the  lists offerred), the whole section is now separated from the security section and placed here.

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INTERNET EXPLORER
(discussion of Spyware Blaster as excellent commercial value below as well)

IE-SPYAD Restricted Sites List
http://www.spywarewarrior...c/resource.htm#IESPYAD_ZO
"This program is Free! Please read this License & Disclaimer." ..
"IE-SPYAD for ZonedOut. ZonedOut is a free utility that loads and unloads a plain text list of domains into the Restricted sites zone. ... IE-SPYAD contains a set of Internet Explorer "Restricted sites" lists for use with ZonedOut.
# stop unwanted crapware from being installed behind your back via "drive-by-downloads";
# prevent the hijacking of your home page and other key Internet Explorer settings;
# shut down ActiveX, Java, and scripting, all of which can be employed to push obnoxious advertising on you and
compromise your privacy and security;
# block cookies, which can be used to monitor and track your travels around the Internet;
# combat obnoxious script-based popups that clutter

Zoned Out - Funkytoad
http://www.funkytoad.com/...8574bc3ca2e53ad16cc549ad4
Internet Explorer Security Zone Manager

IEFix - Ranesh Srinivasan - Microsoft MVPS
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/IEFIX.htm
"IEFix - is a general purpose repair utility for Internet Explorer which repairs Internet Explorer by registering it's core DLL files and reinstalls using the IE.INF file" (I recently had my IE open-close, and the problem was registering .dll - a software like this can save a lot of effort.)

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HOSTS FILE

HostsXpert - Funkytoad
http://www.funkytoad.com/
Freeware license
http://www.funkytoad.com/...le&id=5&Itemid=30
"HostsXpert is an ultra-groovy Hosts file Manager, Editor and Helper-outter."
Homer
Homer is a LocalHost webserver...  listens to IP address 127.0.0.1 on port 80 for Http requests and serves up an image of your choice to your webbrowser. If you block Ads with a gigantic Hosts file - Homer is for you i.e..
Homer can dramatically improve the speed of your browsing experience.

Hostsman - abelhadigital
http://www.abelhadigital.com/
Forum
http://forum.abelhadigita...com/index.php?showforum=2
"HostsMan is a freeware hosts file manager and editor."

Host Administrator - Rekensoft
http://rekenwonder.com/hostadm.htm
"Host Administrator (213 kB- Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP) is a freeware 32-bit program that can administrate the TCP/IP hosts file for your local network."

Hostswitch Home - Woodenpickle
http://www.woodenpickle.com/code/hostswitch.html
This is a tool for switching your HOSTS file off or on ... an Edit File button for quick editing of your hosts file to add or remove entries.  (More elegant than - RenHosts.bat - on the next article.)

HostsToggle - Stuart Hanzlik - Open Source Freeware
http://www.accs-net.com/hosts/HostsToggle/

Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File - Host News Blog
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
Excellent presentation

Web of Trust thread on :
"Seeking New Trusted Sources"
http://www.mywot.com/en/f...eking-new-trusted-sources
(Hope to run through these more, WOT folks are kewl.)

hpHosts
http://hosts-file.net/
Forums
http://forum.hosts-file.net/
hpHosts is a community managed and maintained hosts file that allows an additional layer of protection against access to ad, tracking and malicious websites.
 
Bluetack, the next section, is simply one example .. quite hefty with the software that comes with, maybe too complex and hefty. MVPS and HPGuru are others, and may get their own listing.  Also you may decide to work this through an Untangle or Spiceworks or appliance method, if applicable.  The theory is that prevention is far superior to treatment. The problem is that the cat-and-mouse game with the malware guys is quite complex, and hosts files were more designed for blocking ad servers than malware-contents.

Bluetack Internet Security Solutions
http://www.bluetack.co.uk/forums/index.php
To utilise our regularly updated IP Block list research we provide the following freeware security software :
    * Blocklist Manager
    * Protowall
    * Hosts Manager
    * Blocklist Converter
Freeware Security Software from BISS
http://blocklistpro.com/d...oad-center/biss-software/
"Our free Blocklist Manager software is available to download and merge your blocklists into one file or alternatively you can download the files individually from our IP Blocklists download page."
http://blocklistpro.com/download-center/
FAQ
http://blocklistpro.com/f...ss-ip-blocklists-faq.html
Forums
http://www.bluetack.co.uk/forums/
"If you would like to help support our blocklist research efforts, and various free software applications we have now been providing for over 5 years, please consider making a donation ... actively particpate on the BISS forums , start to actively monitor your own network connections"

The next is considered an excellent primer, with discussion.  Later the auxiliary info may be removed to its own thread.

Setting up a Hosts File - Blackspear
http://www.wilderssecurit...om/showthread.php?t=78363

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More study - this is an interesting biz area, since so many employees can be surfing and cruising.  What to do ?

Large hosts file delays browsing?
http://www.wilderssecurit...14&highlight=bluetack

Host File vs a Blacklist?
http://www.wilderssecurit...60&highlight=bluetack

Note the comment by Rico about Bluetack, and the ongoing discussion, it is a concern to consider.

Bluetack's Host Manager
http://www.wilderssecurit...om/showthread.php?t=78363
"IMHO Bluetack is not reputable outfit, they use other peoples host lists, to compile there list, without first getting permission. The author of MVPS Hosts, has stated this. See: ..."
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HOME (OFFICE) SERVER
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HFS ~ Http File Server - Open Source - GNU General Public License
http://www.rejetto.com/hfs/
Forums
http://www.rejetto.com/forum/index.php?c=6
http://www.winpenpack.com...7_plugins/forum/forum.php
"HFS is completely free!... Do you like this software? Donate - Consider even $2" "programmers: download sources (created with Turbo Delphi)"
file sharing .. webserver .. open source .. free.. use HFS (HTTP File Server) to send and receive files. ... uses web technology to be more compatible with today's Internet ... very easy to use and runs "right out-of-the box".

Cobian Amigo
http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianamigo.htm
"client server application which can be used to store and manipulate your favorite sites, quick notes, contacts and to-do lists online."

This combines simple notes & PIM with home server, an interesting concept. However it does not seem to be discussed in the Cobian forum.  I noticed that the only security was by IP#, not password. So if you open up the server to a future library stop, it could be too open, unless you had other internal firewall security.

Lifehacker - Geek to Live
How to set up a personal home web server
http://lifehacker.com/sof...ome-web-server-124212.php
How to assign a domain name to your home web server
http://lifehacker.com/sof...ome-web-server-124804.php
How to access a home server behind a router/firewall
http://lifehacker.com/127...r-behind-a-routerfirewall

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SCRIPTING / MACRO / PROGRAMMING TOOLS
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AutoIt
http://www.autoit.com/
Forum
http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/index.php?

AutoHotKey
http://www.autohotkey.com/
Forum
http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/

PowerPro
http://powerpro.webeddie.com/
Email Forum
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/power-pro/
"(Completely free! No catch!) "
"PowerPro integrates three capabilities: Running commands: Tool bars, tray icons, hot keys, mouse actions, menus, timer, scheduler.
Controlling other program's windows: Close, minimize, maximize, roll-up to caption, tray minimize, position.
Providing utility functions: Send keystrokes to programs, run commands when windows first open, virtual desktops, clipboard extender, keyboard macros, shutdown, show all folder files in a menu, sounds, wallpaper, and screensaver activation and randomization."

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CD - DVD
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CDBurnerXP
http://cdburnerxp.se/
"CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components."
FORUM
http://forum.cdburnerxp.se/

ImgBurn
"http://www.imgburn.com/
"ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit! ...... it's 100% FREE ;-) "
Forum
http://forum.imgburn.com/

InfraRecorder
http://infrarecorder.org/
"InfraRecorder is a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows.... released under GPL version 3."
Forum (minor activity recently)
http://forums.infrarecorder.org/

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MISCELLANEOUS AND NOTES-DISCUSSION
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This post is left available for any packages that we simply have not figured out a category !
And special general notes and discussion.

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DONATIONCODER
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And the DonationCoder software is a bit of a hybrid in terms of this list.  A low-cost commercial license is expected (appreciated, required) on a real corporate-enterprise biz usage, yet the home user and light small business this is optional.  So if we work in a medium-larger company, we can install a few programs where we work for our use, and then if it expands to new usage by others, request the site or multi-license.

Mouser gave the explanation on this page.
http://www.donationcoder..../index.php?topic=18813.25

Though we don't make too big a deal about it, the official DonationCoder policy about commercial business uses is described here:
http://www.donationcoder.com/Help/entry/23/

It basically says:
Quote
"Our software is free/donationware for personal use.  If you are running your own small home business, we consider that the same thing (as fellow voyagers in the world of small home businesses we know how hard it can be).

But if you are running a real business with more than one or two non-family employees, we do expect you to purchase a Site/Business License for the program you will be using.

Note: If you are simply an individual using the program at work, it doesn't matter if you are a member of a large business -- you do not need a formal commercial license (unless the program specifically says a commercial license is required for all profit making use).  Commercial Licenses are normally intended for the situation where many people at your business all use the program."

In other words, if you are a larger company that wants to install the software on many pcs, you should get a commercial license.  Otherwise, no worries.

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PROLIFIC PACKAGES - PROVIDERS PAR EXCELLENCE
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NIRSOFT          (Nir Sofer)
http://www.nirsoft.net/
http://www.nirsoft.net/faq.html
"A: When I say that my software is for "non-commercial use", I mean that you are not allowed to make profit from my software. You are allowed to freely use my software in your work environment for serving the internal needs of the company or for your own personal use. You can also offer my software to your customers, as long as you don't charge your customers for using my software, and as long as your customers know that my software is freeware and available to download from NirSoft Web site. Government agencies are also allowed to use my software without restrictions.
However, you are not allowed to:
    * Include my software as a part of commercial software package.
    * Charge your customer for a service provided by using my software. For example: You are not allowed to recover the password of your customer by using my password-recovery tools, and then charge your customer for password-recovery service. :"

What we have above in place so far.

ZipInstaller
WhatInStartup 
MyEventViewer 

More later about these many utilities, the smaller ones here, the category ones as additions to their spots above.

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SYSINTERNALS (Microsoft, Mark Russinovich)
http://technet.microsoft....sysinternals/default.aspx
"Whether you’re an IT Pro or a developer, you’ll find Sysinternals utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications."
Forums
http://forum.sysinternals.com/

Sysinternals Live
http://live.sysinternals.com/
Sysinternals Live is a service that enables you to execute Sysinternals tools directly from the Web without hunting for and manually downloading them.

So far above:

Autoruns
Process Explorer
Disk Usage
PageDefrag

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ROADKIL
http://www.roadkil.net/
"This site is my collection of applications which I provide free of charge to the internet community
.  Please feel free to use any of the applications on this site and distribute them to anyone you think might find them useful"
Forums
http://forums.roadkil.net/

Utilities in 9 sections, here is the "Disk Utilities" group.
Roadkil's Boot Builder
Roadkil's Disk Image
Roadkil's Disk Speed
Roadkil's Disk Wipe
Roadkil's Raw Copy
Roadkil's Sector Editor 

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Note the WSCC package is for installing NirSoft and Sysinternals, and Roadkil has been a suggested addition.

WSCC - Windows System Control Center
http://www.kls-soft.com/freeware/wscc.php
"WSCC is a free, portable program that allows you to install, update, execute and organize the utilities from various system utility suites. WSCC is only an interface, you need to download and install the utilities separately. Alternatively, WSCC can use the http protocol to download and run the programs. The included Update Manager can check for newer versions of the utilities already installed and can download and install the missing items. The setup packages are downloaded from the author's website!"

The WSCC developer, KLS has a very competent shareware file backup software. One suggestion was for them to consider adding the Roadkil utilities to the Control Center.

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ABANDONWARE
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Reluctant to be included above, hard to justify to the biz-bureaucracy, yet hard to omit if the software package still meets a special need excellently, and has a cadre of dedicated users.

NetDrive
http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/qna/999.html
NetDrive - Browse FTP File Structures in Virtual Explorer-style Drives
http://www.freewarereview...xplorer-style_drives.html
Abandonware and WebDrive
"NetDrive was created by Novell Networks. It is abandonware, which - if you want to get technical - is not freeware. Novell abandoned the NetDrive software and opted for the very similar and expensive WebDrive. I’ve tried WebDrive and concluded that NetDrive was good enough and got the job done."
"From the NetDrive.exe - Novell Cool Solutions: Question & Answer page, Novell tells us this:To find a download, search for netdrive.exe on the Web. Due to licensing issues, it is not a download from Novell.com."

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