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NTREGOPT is used on a loose (if I remember!) monthly basis to optimise my registry. This comes with the rather excellent registry back up tool ERUNT. I have not yet used ERUNT in anger on my 64 bit WIN 7 system but I have used it on my old XP machine. I'm assuming all would be well. (It does back up my registry, but as I've said, I've not put it back as a necessity yet!).

HandiCapsLock neuters the Caps Lock key. When running, to enable Caps Lock you need to do a double tap. Do be aware though that if (like me) you add it to your Startup folder, your AV may complain. ESET AV does, but I just add it to its Exclusions list. Never had a problem in the last 3 or 4 years I've used it.
Erunt runs fine on 64bit W7 Home premium. You will have to disable your nanny nag UAC if you plan to back-up at start up as I do. I haven't tried to back-up on demand with the nanny nag running yet.
 
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ShellMenuNew - Displays the list of all menu items in the 'New' sub-menu of Windows Explorer. It allows you to easily disable unwanted items. x64 version available.

ShellMenuView - Displays the list of static menu items that appeared in the context menu when you right-click a file or folder on Windows Explorer, and allows you to easily disable unwanted items. x64 version available.
 
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Adding 2 more to the list:

1) Avast Free Antivirus - http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Our avast! Free Antivirus often outperforms our competitors´ paid products and is the minimum protection you should have — it provides great protection against viruses and spyware.

2) EmiSoft AntiMalware - http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/download/

Comprehensive PC protection against viruses, trojans, spyware, adware, worms, bots, keyloggers and rootkits.
draceena, I clicked onto the link about the EmiSoft AntiMalware. It looks like a good program, so good that I'll try it out on Vista and see how it does. I don't like doing it, but MSE must go in order to run it.

Also, Avast Free is a really good AV. Prior to running MSE, Avast was on all of my Windows installs. It performed decently, and you have quite a bit more user control than with MSE.

But many thanks for the anti-malware link, I'll check that out now.:top:

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Who Crashed?

I stumbled across this handy little free utility, WhoCrashed while mooching about the T'Interweb.
[FONT=Segoe UI, Arial]Normally, debugging skills and a set of debugging tools are required to do post-mortem crash dump analysis. By using this utility you do not need any debugging skills to be able to find out what drivers are causing trouble to your computer.[/FONT]
Basically it "translates" your memory dump files into something that you can read, although understanding them may still be another matter!! For that you need the main man, Torrent G.

This is a free stand-alone utility although a paid pro version is available. But who needs a Pro version when you've got Torrent G here? (And others, of course).
 
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Here some software I use:
GIMP - [Mod Note: was added to DB]
pidgin - yahoo,MSN,IRC.. all in one, have problems with file sending
UltraVNC - remote software
smplayer - mplayer based video player
renamer - file renamer (excelent for multiple file renaming)
cdburnerxp - CD-DVD burning (I know it say XP but works greate on 7 too :) )
 
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Cat if you feel up to it look for some more online scanners that can be added to the list. :)
I found another one this morning, CC. Panda ActiveScan 2.0 seems to be good. It found no infection, but it's final report stated that:

"We have detected that LAVASOFT Ad-Watch Live! Anti-Virus protection on your computer is enabled and up to date"

This goes to show what Ad-Aware stated about it's live protection module is true. BTW, it auto updated this morning. However, it (Panda) didn't report that MSE 2.0 was installed and active.

Panda ActiveScan 2.0 can be found at:

http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/

I hope that someone finds this tool useful, keep in mind that I've only ran it once. As with ESET, it's best ran from IE, as an ActiveX control has to be installed prior to use.

Kaspersky's online scanner is out of order at this time. I'll check out another one later, many of the listings are redundant, the same product under a different link.

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SysInternals Autoruns belongs on the list. Way better than msconfig at disabling unnecessary startup items. It's also good at finding files leftover after software uninstalls.

Screenshot:
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Suggestions so far not included in our Free Software Database.

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Suggested by: TrainableMan
SyncToy: [URL]http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c26efa36-98e0-4ee9-a7c5-98d0592d8c52[/URL]
PeerBlock: [URL]http://www.peerblock.com/[/URL]
Daemon Tools Lite: [URL]http://www.daemon-tools.cc/eng/products/dtLite[/URL]

Suggested by: etalmar
RegEditX: [URL]http://www.regeditx.com/[/URL]
ShellMenuNew: [URL]http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shell_menu_new.html[/URL]
ShellMenuView: [URL]http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shell_menu_view.html[/URL]

Suggested by: DirtRider
PortableApps: [URL]http://portableapps.com/[/URL]
Absolute Uninstaller: [URL]http://www.glarysoft.com/products/utilities/absolute-uninstaller/#[/URL]
Disk Usage Analyzer: [URL]http://www.extensoft.com/?p=free_disk_analyzer[/URL]
KeePass: [URL]http://keepass.info/[/URL]
Screenrecorder: [URL]http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/magazine/2009.03.utilityspotlight2.aspx[/URL]

Suggested by: catilley1092
Acronis Drive Monitor: [URL]http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/drive-monitor/[/URL]

Suggested by: beamish
Agent Ransack 2010: [URL]http://www.mythicsoft.com/page.aspx?type=agentransack&page=home[/URL]
Mp3-Ripper: [URL]http://www.mp3-ripper.net/[/URL]
QMP (Quintessential Media Player): [URL]http://quinnware.com/[/URL]
Registry Defrag: [URL]http://www.registry-clean.net/free-registry-defrag.htm[/URL]
UltraDefrag: [URL]http://ultradefrag.sourceforge.net/[/URL]
WinPatrol: [URL]http://www.winpatrol.com/[/URL]
YC3: [URL]http://www.intelexual.com/products/yc3/[/URL]

Suggested by: LeHaM
Resource Hacker: [URL]http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker/[/URL]

Suggested by: clifford_cooley
CCEnhancer: [URL]http://thewebatom.net/software/ccleaner-enhancer/[/URL]

Suggested by: bassfisher6522
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder: [URL]http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/[/URL]

Suggested by: draceena
SpywareBlaster: [URL]http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html[/URL]
Wise RegistryCleaner: [URL]http://www.wisecleaner.com/download.html[/URL]

Suggested by: Elmer BeFuddled
NTREGOPT: [URL]http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/[/URL]
HandiCapsLock: [URL="http://lifehacker.com/#%21373177/neuter-the-caps-lock-key-with-handicapslock"]http://lifehacker.com/#!373177/neuter-the-caps-lock-key-with-handicapslock[/URL]
WhoCrashed: [URL]http://www.resplendence.com/whocrashed[/URL]

Suggested by: DeekGeek
NetStat Live: [URL]http://www.softpedia.com/get/Network...tat-live.shtml[/URL]
Security Task Manager: [URL]http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/[/URL]

Suggested by: saga
pidgin: [URL]http://www.pidgin.im/[/URL] - yahoo,MSN,IRC.. all in one, have problems with file sending
UltraVNC: [URL]http://www.uvnc.com/[/URL] - remote software
smplayer: [URL]http://smplayer.sourceforge.net/[/URL] - mplayer based video player
renamer: [URL]http://www.mediachance.com/free/renamer.htm[/URL] - file renamer (excelent for multiple file renaming)

Suggested by: brkkab123
Autoruns: [URL]http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx[/URL]
If anyone else feels one of the items should be added, let us know so we can make a decision based on popularity.
 
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Resource Hacker is for advanced users and could be extremely disastrous. I used it on XP but I've never tried it on W7. If you are this advanced that you would need a tool to edit the kernal etc then you already know about this tool and I discourage it's addition to the freeware DB.
 
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Visual BCD Editor with Dual-boot Repair

Visual BCD Editor - http://boyans.my3gb.com

A GUI alternative for bcdedit.
The complete Boot Configuration Data store is displayed in an explorer like style and all objects (loaders, settings, device options) and elements are editable.
One click creation of Windows XP/Vista/7 and VHD loader entries.

Includes automatic "Dual-boot repair" tool for systems with Windows 7/Vista/XP.
 
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EASEUS Todo Backup

EASEUS Todo Backup Free is hard disk image, file backup, disaster recovery and disk clone freeware for home & home office users to full protect system and data in case of accident file deletion, virus attack, and hardware failure.
Highlights of EASEUS Todo Backup Free

  • Restore system to dissimilar hardware configuration for hardware replacement.
  • WinPE and Linux based bootable disk for easy backup & recovery.
  • Incremental disk/file backup for saving disk space.
  • Network shared file backup.
 
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Yes "Agent Ransack" is awesome
can find win7Pro anything: 'sendto' 'start menu', etc..

I don't use cnet downloads anymore
because they allow sneaky program installs.
I find it on Cnet, then go to snapfiles and download it.
 
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F.lux is a grate free program and should be installed onyour pc.
If you work for hours on your pc then this is for you.
This little utility will adjust ur screen brightness with the time of the day.
and make your computer screen comfortable for ur eyes.
So Guys
DON'T HURT YOUR EYES INSTALL THIS!

(and if iit is a repost then i m realy sory i've just serched for this and dint find it
on the forum thats why i am posting this)

F.lux: software to make your life better
 
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Truecrypt or Axcrypt. Both are free encryption programs. Both are easy to use and are great for making sure that no one can access your data. I personally have used both and still use them today. I will post their websites in a sec
 

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Truecrypt is on the Freeware list already (see Data Encryption section). Axcrypt I'm not familiar with but a few sites seem to rate it fairly well; have you used it yourself?
 
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I recommend ClipLog for the freewrae list:

I recommend ClipLog for the freeware list:
CLipLog is a simple windows program that watches the Windows ClipBoard. Any 'COPY text' action will trigger ClipLog, to LOG the 'CopiedText' into a disk file (yyyymmdd.txt). ClipLog also time_stamps each 'CopiedText' entry, and ceates a new 'yyyymmdd.txt' file for each day.
I know there are lots of ClipBoard programs. Some have lots features, and data-bases.
I wrote this program because I wanted something simple, trustworthy, tiny executable, and viewable in any text-editor program.
Webpage here:
http://www.quickerthanaspark.com/ClipLog/ClipLogDocs.html

Thanks...Vernon
 
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along with Ccleaner, i use Advanced System Care 5. it has a security defense that helps block adware and malware from being installed. i play online games on pogo.com and it blocks the ads on there.
Microsoft Security Esstential is real good for free download, caught a adware right off when i was browsing around and open a website.
Comodo is real good for a system cleaner, if you can get it to delete certain files.
 

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