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    Default Helpful programs Ver. 3.0

    Okay, so yeah.
    This was supposed to be posted a LONG time ago.
    But, I forgot.
    And, this post was full of server inducing error words.
    It was super frustrating. :'(
    But, now I've gotten everything completely.
    And, yeah. I'll be updating this every so often when people post other decent programs. [Yeah, the list is a tad out of date]

    Some positives before posting:
    1. Free programs. This does not include shareware, trial software, or "free" programs with a catch, such as mandatory installation of another program.
    2. Ad-free programs. This includes programs free of spyware and adware. The person should be able to install the program and nothing else that isn't related to the program.
    3. "Intuitive" programs. These programs should be at least somewhat user friendly. If you're talking about a command line interface program (not that CLI is a bad thing), unclear/intimidating instructions, or one that takes too long to actually get down to doing what you want, then it's not intuitive.
    4. I'm going to assume everyone here either uses Windows XP or Windows Vista. Mac OS X or Linux is welcome. So no whining if you use Windows 98.

    I'll list the ones here, but I can only comment on what I know or used.

    Media Programs
    Windows Media Player (Updates on XP require a valid copy)
    Apple Quicktime
    VideoLAN (VLC) - This media player has the ability to play almost any video file without additional downloading (i.e. codecs).
    Media Player Classic - This is a very light stand alone video player. However it does need a few things to play certain video files.

    Real Alternative - Media Player Classic with a Real Media codec, in order to play Real Media files without Real Media Player (it's bloated, so I'm not recommending Real Media Player)
    Winamp - A digital music player with customizations to both appearance and playback.
    Foobar2000 - Another digital music player that plays a variety of formats and is customizable.
    Apple iTunes - A digital music player for mainly playing MP3, MP4 audio, and AAC.
    Exact Audio Copy - A free CD Ripping program that focuses on accuracy. With some plugins, you can convert to a variety of formats. I believe it comes with an OGG Vorbis encoder by default.
    VirtualDub - An AVI/MPEG editor program. It's powerful in the sense that you can crop to the frame and add effects to videos (possibly more with plugins) and then encode it using any of the encoders you have on your computer.
    Audacity - A free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. Very good. :]
    MediaCoder - An alternative to SUPER. While the interface may not be as user friendly as SUPER (not that SUPER is user-friendly), it's more stable. It also handles audio.
    Audiacity - A powerful audio editor and recorder.
    SCMPX - A light MP3 <-> WAV converter.
    Combined Community Codec pack - It has all the codecs you need.

    Productivity Programs
    Open Office - A suite of office document processing tools (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, etc). Though not as feature rich as Microsoft Office, it provides many features that you'll need in your office life.
    Foxit Reader - An alternative to Adobe Reader for PDF files.
    PDF Creator - A program that allows the option to save documents as a PDF by "printing" them.
    PrimoPDF - Another PDF creator that "prints" out PDFs.
    Paint.net - A free photo editing program with common features you'd find on commercial products. It's not as powerful, but it's simple to use.
    GIMP - A free photo editing program designed to be on par with commercial products like Adobe Photoshop.
    Blender - A free 3D modeling tool.

    Online Programs
    Internet Explorer 8 - Now it doesn't require a valid copy of Windows. Comes with tabbed browsing, RSS feed, and antiphishing. However it's not recommended as often due to security concerns. Also if you're using Windows Vista, turning off User Access Control (UAC) forces IE7 to run without Protected Mode.
    Firefox - A great alternative to IE, which you can customize greatly using extensions and skins. However a pressing issue I keep coming across (and no matter how many times I "fix" it) is that it uses up a lot of memory after some time.
    Opera - Opera is another great alternative and is a happy medium between Firefox and IE. It has customization features but not as much as Firefox. It's also been reported to be the fastest browser between IE7 and Firefox.
    Safari - I'm only putting this up here if you like Apple based products. However I cannot recommend this over any of the other browsers due to bugs I've encountered that made it unstable.
    Flock - It's a branch of FireFox that's pretty good
    Google Chrome (Beta) - Google's answer to a browser. It's decent.
    AIM - AOL's IM client
    AIM Express - If you want to use AIM without downloading it, you can use this (make sure to set your pop-up exceptions to aol.aimexpress.com first!)
    Windows Live Messenger - Microsoft's IM client
    Trillian -A multi-client compliant program. Speak to users on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, mIRC, etc. with this program.
    Pidgin - Same as Trillian, used to speak to users of AIM, MSN, etc.
    Thunderbird - An e-mail client software. If you use Outlook or Windows Mail, this program is an alternative to that.
    Hamachi Virtual Private Network - Want to host an internet game or network but your router isn't letting you and you don't feel like port forwarding? Hamachi will create a virtual private network that only you and people you give the IP address of that network to. However it may be unsuitable for some applications as ping is quite high.
    Skype - A free voice over IP (VoIP) program that allows you to make "calls" to anyone on Skype.

    Offline Pokedexes

    Pokedexer 1.0 - First 251?, has russian/english translations. A version 2 is mentioned on the site, but cannot be found.
    Offline Pokedex - In german, but with english translations.
    Gastly & Haunters Pokedex - Only covers the first 251. Viewable online and offline
    NW's Pokemon Program Suite 2.0 - Currently BETA, still missing some info, covers all 493 with information on other things, not just Pokemon but berries and other things too. Note: Large file size due to volume of content.
    The Masters Pokedex - Only first 251.

    Security Programs:
    AVG Anti-Virus - Comes with real-time protection, E-mail scanning (although major providers such as G-Mail do this for you), and an optional daily scan.
    Avast! 4.0 Anti-Virus - While it is free, it has a 60-day "trial", after that you have to register online to get a key (again, free).
    Spyware Doctor - While it does provide good protection and detection, I've noticed that it slowly ate up memory. It may just be me, so I'm putting this up anyway.
    Windows Defender (Requires a valid copy of Windows) - Despite it being a Microsoft product, it's actually quite good at detecting spyware. But the only problem is that it doesn't offer the best protection you could be getting with paid software (But then again, most free stuff doesn't do that well).
    Spyware Terminator
    Kerio Personal Firewall
    Panda Anti-rootkit
    Rootkit Revealer

    System Programs:
    ATI Tool - Used to overclock your ATI/AMD video card. It also works with NVIDIA's cards.
    NTune - NVIDIA's official system diagnostic and video card overclocker utility. Comes with a stability test as well
    CPU-Z - Analyzes what your CPU is down to the stepping. Also detects your RAM and motherboard information.
    GPU-Z - Analyzes what your graphics card is and all the useful information about it.
    WinDirStat - A file manager program (like Explorer or Finder) that represents files in the normal fashion, and as blocks depending on the size of the file. Useful for finding big files.
    7-Zip - A free compression utility that can access and decompress various common archives such as ZIP and RAR.
    CCleaner - This utility will clean your computer of unneeded junk (temporary files, cache, etc). It also comes with a registry cleaner and a system startup configuration.
    Driver Cleaner Professional - Before updating drivers, uninstall the old ones, run this program to clean up the leftovers, and then update. This helps prevent "driver rot".
    Google Desktop - Want a sidebar with various widgets? This one's for you.
    Yahoo! Widgets - Instead of a sidebar, display those widgets on your desktop!
    Windows XP Powertoys - A various set of tools from Microsoft to enhance the XP experience. Recommended from here is TweakUI and PowerCalculator. All require Windows XP to install.
    WinDirStat - A file manager program (like Explorer or Finder) that represents files in the normal fashion, and as blocks depending on the size of the file. Useful for finding big files.
    7-Zip - A free compression utility that can access and decompress various common archives such as ZIP and RAR.
    CCleaner - This utility will clean your computer of unneeded junk (temporary files, cache, etc). It also comes with a registry cleaner and a system startup configuration.
    Driver Cleaner Professional - Before updating drivers, uninstall the old ones, run this program to clean up the leftovers, and then update. This helps prevent "driver rot".
    Google Desktop - Want a sidebar with various widgets? This one's for you.
    Yahoo! Widgets - Instead of a sidebar, display those widgets on your desktop!
    Windows XP Powertoys - A various set of tools from Microsoft to enhance the XP experience. Recommended from here is TweakUI and PowerCalculator. All require Windows XP to install.

    TweakVI - A tool designed to tweak many aspects of Windows Vista. While you have to pay to get all the features, it comes with enough on the free version to work well.
    Virtual CloneDrive - A hassle free image mounting software. Supports the common formats such as ISO and BIN. Hassle free in that you just double click on the image it supports and it automatically mounts it. From what I know, it also works in Vista as in XP.
    Unlocker - Can't delete or move a file or folder? Use this program to release whatever is holding that file or folder down!
    Auslogics Disk Defrag - A free disk defrag tool that 1. works 2. is faster than Microsoft's program 3. works in Vista.
    Auslogics Registry Defrag - While I'm not certain what defragging the registry does, I'm just putting this up for good measure.

    Image uploading services
    Imageshack - Granted it's slow at times, it's free and the only restriction is that the file must be kept under 1.5MB.
    Photobucket - Faster than Imageshack, but free accounts are only restricted up to 1024x768 resolution

    E-mail providers
    Gmail - Google mail, offers 6.5GB (and counting) of space. Tools can be used as well to make it into an online storage (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-...-storage-tool/ )
    Windows Live Mail
    Yahoo! Mail
    AOL Mail

    Useful Firefox Extensions
    Download Sort - Sorts what you download into user-specified folders based on keywords or extensions. So you can tell it to save any png, jpeg, or gif file into a pictures folder.
    Download Statusbar - Track your downloads in the same window as Firefox.
    Fasterfox - Tweaks Firefox to run faster
    Tabs Mix Plus - Extended tab options for Firefox.
    Adblock Plus - Blocks certain ads from appearing, thus saving you from annoying adverts.

    Mac Programs
    Adium - Like Trillian and Pidgin, Adium is a multi-client program for people to talk to AIM users, MSN users, etc.
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