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Windows 7: FREE Great Programs for Windows 7 [2]

02 Jul 2015   #651
ColinWG

Windows 7
 
 

PC Tools firewall is gone.


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03 Jul 2015   #652
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you Colin. Removed from list.
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03 Jul 2015   #653
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
PC Tools Firewall

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ColinWG View Post
PC Tools firewall is gone.
Well if you still want it you can get it from here:

hxxp://www.pctools.com/mirror/fwinstall.exe

If you have your own reasons for installing it. For most users it would be best to avoid installing it as it's no longer supported or updated.
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14 Aug 2015   #654
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

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I downloaded CDBurnerXP and was about to install it when the Terms and Conditions included the word "Candy". Remembering that this thread had removed imgburn because they were under the Candy umbrella, I did not install it.

Perhaps CDBurnerXP should also be de-listed.
Thank you. CDBurnerXP removed from list.
CDBurnerXP does offer downloads without Open Candy.
You do have to click on More download options >> on the Download page to see the list of downloads available.
I downloaded and ran the latest portable version, no Open Candy here.

https://www.cdburnerxp.se/download?more-options

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14 Aug 2015   #655
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

If I can't find a download that doesn't contain Open Candy then I just use this batch file to install the software. Just drag and drop the executable into the window that opens when you run the batch file and you get a clean install.

Looking for freeware to burn bin/cue other than imgburn
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14 Aug 2015   #656
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Unchecky catches OpenCandy and most other PUPs.
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14 Aug 2015   #657
akjudge

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Unchecky catches OpenCandy and most other PUPs.
I could be wrong... but I think Unchecky only catches PUPs (like OpenCandy) IF the download site gives you a choice about running the PUP. If the site does not let you "uncheck" the optional PUP, Unchecky will not catch it.

To avoid programs like Unchecky, the PUP is buried in the installer and IS NOT OPTIONAL. Using the referenced batch file to block OpenCandy buried in the installer is one way to circumvent the running of OpenCandy while the desired software is being installed.

And while I avoid installing downloads that contain Opencandy, it is probably benign. It runs during the software installation, providing targeted ads while the software is being installed. OpenCandy then deletes itself after the software is installed, since in fact OpenCandy is not a program that is installed on your computer, but rather runs only during the installation process.

Granted, it does send out information about your OS, location, timezone, etc. to target the ads. But I suppose it is not a "bad fee" to pay for free software. Don't get me wrong, but this information is not much different than what you provide when you register software, create an account on Ebay, or subscribe to forums like this one.

Jim
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14 Aug 2015   #658
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Unchecky catches OpenCandy and most other PUPs.
I could be wrong... but I think Unchecky only catches PUPs (like OpenCandy) IF the download site gives you a choice about running the PUP. If the site does not let you "uncheck" the optional PUP, Unchecky will not catch it.
Guys, Unchecky and a lot of other software mentioned in this thread can be installed silently in the background in Windows 7 and later without none whatsoever fear of PUPs or other unwanted elements.

In Seven and Eight it's done with Chocolatey: Chocolatey - Install Apps from Command Line

In Ten with PowerShell OneGet: PowerShell OneGet - Install Apps from Command Line - Windows 10 Forums
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14 Aug 2015   #659
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Let me run this by and see if I got it right. If you type the name of the installer on the command line and just add the param NOCANDY it won't install the candy? Or am I fantasizing?
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14 Aug 2015   #660
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
Let me run this by and see if I got it right. If you type the name of the installer on the command line and just add the param NOCANDY it won't install the candy? Or am I fantasizing?
You are fantasizing a bit

In Seven and Eight where you cannot use the marvelous native Windows 10 PowerShell module OneGet, you can use Chocolatey instead. It's simple and fast to install, see the tutorial link in my previous post for instructions. The OneGet module in Windows 10 PowerShell is more powerful but Chocolatey does a good job in Seven and Eight.

When Chocolatey is installed you can install software from command line. In fact, you can install all your software with one command, installers then running silently in the background. This command would install the VLC Player, Adobe Reader, Chrome and Opera browsers, 7zip, WinRAR and Unchecky:

Code:
choco install vlc, AdobeReader, GoogleChrome, Opera, 7zip, WinRAR, Unchecky
No browsing to download sites, no clicking "Next" and "Accept", no questions about "Would you also like to install this additional software?".

If you know apt get or yum install or similar in Linux (install from repositories), Chocolatey in 7 & 8 and OneGet in 10 work almost exactly the same way. At the moment of posting this, the Chocolatey repository has almost 2,900 packages to install. You can check the repository here to see if the software you need is available: https://chocolatey.org/packages
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