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Windows 7: Must Have Programs

05 Jul 2009   #1
Static

Windows 7 RC - 7100 64bit
 
 
Must Have Programs

Hey all, I'm just wondering what free software you have on your computer at all times. Especially in regards to things like popup blockers, anti adware programs, and anti-virals. Specifically in mind for browsing the internet and safeguarding your computer from the forces of evil.

I get McAfee free thru cox cable internet and I use it and it's firewall protection. Coupled with Windows defender and firefox, I've been clean for years.

But I was wondering if anyone would recommend or discuss the best/their favorite pop up blockers and adware type programs.

Please add why you use them specifically as well. and keep in mind I'm discussing free programs. Only give shout outs to paid ones if they're light years better and worth the price.


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05 Jul 2009   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

MajorGeeks has lots of Free & ShareWare stuff


" Doc "
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05 Jul 2009   #3
K3VL4R

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Firefox 3.5 with Addons- Addblockplus / Flashblock / NoScript.
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05 Jul 2009   #4
Static

Windows 7 RC - 7100 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by McBlzr View Post
MajorGeeks has lots of Free & ShareWare stuff


" Doc "
Thanks good to know. But the focus of this thread for me was to discuss and determine what runs best specifically on windows 7 and what runs best combo'd togther with what other programs!
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05 Jul 2009   #5
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

Avira free, for anti-virus, Itunes, to sync music to my Ipod, FireFox, Chrome, SRware Iron, Opera, for Browsers, Nokia PC Suite, to sync to my mobile, CCleaner to get rid of junk files and such, Windows Live Suite, for Windows Live Messenger, Steam, to organise all my games, and that basically what gets installed on my computer every format, not including Paid software.
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05 Jul 2009   #6
Static

Windows 7 RC - 7100 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by K3VL4R View Post
Firefox 3.5 with Addons- Addblockplus / Flashblock / NoScript.

Thanks. I'm trying those addons now
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05 Jul 2009   #7
Static

Windows 7 RC - 7100 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Uber Philf View Post
, FireFox, Chrome, SRware Iron, Opera, for Browsers,
Why so many?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Uber Philf View Post
Avira free, for anti-virus, CCleaner to get rid of junk files and such,
I liked Avira from what I hear. I think on my next reformat I'm going to run Avira and test it out. Lotta people told me it's nice.

What about this CCleaner program? do explain. I'm googling it right now tho
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05 Jul 2009   #8
K3VL4R

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Static View Post
Why so many?



I liked Avira from what I hear. I think on my next reformat I'm going to run Avira and test it out. Lotta people told me it's nice.

What about this CCleaner program? do explain. I'm googling it right now tho
Avira is definitely one of the best. However with the free version you get adds during the update procedure. To remove these adds you can:

Just make sure if you're using the free version to disable the ads that pop up when it updates.


Quote:
To remove the adds during AV update:

go to the avira folder and find the program called avnotify.exe
-right click it
-properties
-security
-remove its security rights to "read and execute"

or right click avnotify.exe / properties / select read only
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05 Jul 2009   #9
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

haha glad to explain. CCleaner has many features, but its generally used to clean out junk files from browsers, and program caches. Also has a reg cleaner, which on some builds will screw your computer over. Has a custom Un-installer, Start-up Manager, and System restore Feature. To round it up, its a generally very handy program to have on hand.
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05 Jul 2009   #10
Static

Windows 7 RC - 7100 64bit
 
 

Ya, just installed it. And it cleaned out just over 300mb of crap. And I did a fresh win7 install barely a month ago. Kind of nice. A definite addition to my must have program list as well. Thanks.
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