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Title: Recommended software
Post by: nuthatch on December 22, 2010, 03:06:53 pm
Hello all,

First message on the new board so I thought I'd suggest some software.

Alternative browsers to Microsoft's standard offering:

Firefox - http://www.mozilla-europe.org/en/firefox/
Chrome - http://tinyurl.com/24robel

And a link to a useful website:

Check your connection speed - http://tinyurl.com/24robel   See posting below.

I'm sure there will be plenty of suggestions from new members of the forum.

Mike 
Title: Re: Recommended software
Post by: Geoffw on December 22, 2010, 03:34:27 pm
My browser of choice is Opera .... I have it on my mobile as well.

http://www.opera.com/ (http://www.opera.com/)
Title: Re: Recommended software
Post by: jarcadia on January 24, 2011, 06:16:33 pm



"Check your connection speed - http://tinyurl.com/24robel"

Mike I think your link is wrong as it is the same as for "Chrome"
Brian
Title: Re: Recommended software
Post by: jarcadia on January 24, 2011, 06:26:40 pm
Spybot-S&D Used this for years, one of the first programs I run on a PC if somebody has a problem
http://www.filehippo.com/download_spybot_search_destroy/ (http://www.filehippo.com/download_spybot_search_destroy/)

Description
Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies.
If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware.

Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.

Spybot-S&D can also clean usage tracks, an interesting function if you share your computer with other users and don't want them to see what you have been working on. And for professional users, Spybot-S&D allows you to fix some registry inconsistencies and extended reports.
Title: Re: Recommended software
Post by: nuthatch on January 26, 2011, 09:22:33 am
Jarcadia

Thanks.

The link(s) are now as below.


Some connection speedtest links:

http://www.speedtest.net/

http://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/speed-test.asp

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/speedtest.html


Mike
Title: Anti-Spam software
Post by: nuthatch on January 26, 2011, 09:31:49 am
Not a freebie this time but probably worth every penny if you get a lot of spam emails cluttering your inbox.  You can download and try the system for 30 days before deciding if it is worth the outlay.

http://www.firetrust.com/en/products/mailwasher-pro

P.S. The home site offers a free version which may be all you need:

http://www.mailwasher.net/
Title: Re: Recommended software
Post by: welshcol on January 26, 2011, 01:23:23 pm
Hi all-I do not know if you have seen Martin's money saving tips this week? but some broadband items and thoughts on free download software are discussed.

see: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping/free-anti-virus-software

I keep on "wanting" to download AVG etc but since have been running happily :o but expensively for four years am a bit reticent to delete Norton and go for the recommended "freebies". Have heard some horrendous stories of trying to remove Norton from their PCs!!!.
Not being that computer friendly am playing it safe-I hope. :-\.
Take care all-wow!! the sun is out.  8)
Title: Image resizer
Post by: nuthatch on January 27, 2011, 06:21:23 pm
Powertoys for Windows XP includes a very useful image resizer.  This is integrated with the operating system so that right-clicking on an image file in Windows Explorer (or group of images) gives you a drop down menu item 'Resize Pictures'.

This in turn gives you several defaults and a custom option for the new size.

It produces a resized copy and does not alter the original (unless you tell it to!).  I would not advise ever changing the original.  The resized images are stored in the same folder as the original.

The original powertoys are at:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

Windows Vista and 7 versions are available at:

http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/

Mike
Title: Re: Recommended software
Post by: nuthatch on January 27, 2011, 06:25:56 pm
Quote from: welshcol on January 26, 2011, 01:23:23 pm
Hi all-I do not know if you have seen Martin's money saving tips this week? but some broadband items and thoughts on free download software are discussed.

see: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping/free-anti-virus-software

I keep on "wanting" to download AVG etc but since have been running happily :o but expensively for four years am a bit reticent to delete Norton and go for the recommended "freebies". Have heard some horrendous stories of trying to remove Norton from their PCs!!!.
Not being that computer friendly am playing it safe-I hope. :-\.
Take care all-wow!! the sun is out.  8)



I have used the free version of Avast for some years and know several satisfied AVG users. 

You may have to Google for information about deleting all the  Norton software - or their website may tell you.

BTW If you have a Barclays account you can  use Kaspersky Internet Security freely on 3 computers.

Mike
Title: Re: Recommended software
Post by: jarcadia on January 27, 2011, 06:26:24 pm
and another  free image resizerhttp://www.faststone.org/FSResizerDownload.htm (http://www.faststone.org/FSResizerDownload.htm)
Brian

Title: Re: Recommended software
Post by: Sunnyridge on March 22, 2011, 05:36:14 pm
2 programs that I have used for a while now to 'declutter' my hard drive - Ashampoo WinOptimizer and CCleaner.
Title: Re: Recommended software
Post by: nuthatch on April 05, 2011, 05:51:23 pm
Another marvellous program for photo sorting/viewing etc. is also from Faststone called Image Viewer.

"FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments. "

Have a look:

http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm (http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm)

Mike
Title: Accidentally deleted files.
Post by: nuthatch on May 04, 2011, 07:09:04 pm
Accidentally deleted all the photos on a memory card or a file that you really needed?

Try:

http://www.piriform.com/recuva (http://www.piriform.com/recuva)


Title: Microsoft System Sweep and Safety Scanner
Post by: nuthatch on June 02, 2011, 06:29:10 pm
New programs released by Microsoft which may help dig you out of trouble.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx (http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx)

http://connect.microsoft.com/systemsweeper (http://connect.microsoft.com/systemsweeper)


Not a personal endorsement since I've never used them but they should augment proper security measures i.e. up-to-date virus scanner and anti-spyware.

Mike
Title: Re: Recommended Desktop Calendar
Post by: Geoffw on July 01, 2011, 08:46:01 am
Here's one I've used for a while.  The Pro Version can be used with external Calendars such as Outlook and Google Calendar.

Rainlendar:  http://www.rainlendar.net/cms/index.php?option=com_rny_features&Itemid=35 (http://www.rainlendar.net/cms/index.php?option=com_rny_features&Itemid=35)


Title: New Version of Mailwasher Pro2011 out
Post by: Geoffw on July 05, 2011, 03:52:42 pm
A new version of MailWasher was released last week, with speed improvement, spam reporting and other enhancements.

To download click here (http://www.firetrust.com/en/node/587)
Title: Getting an old scanner to work
Post by: nuthatch on July 07, 2011, 01:13:54 pm
Have a look at Vuescan from http://www.hamrick.com/ (http://www.hamrick.com/)

In my view it is better than a lot of the software that comes with the scanner.

Mike
Title: Free software
Post by: nuthatch on October 01, 2011, 01:31:04 pm
Not recommending any particular software this time but this is a resource to find a piece of free software which might be just-what-you-need.

http://directory.fsf.org/wiki/Main_Page (http://directory.fsf.org/wiki/Main_Page)

Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. Think of "free" as in "free speech," not as in "free beer." Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.
Title: Re: Recommended software
Post by: nuthatch on November 09, 2011, 04:20:40 pm
If you want or need to keep tabs on your download/upload limits have a look at Networx:

http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/ (http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/)

If you have more than one computer you can also link them to see the total usage.

It does a few other useful (to me) things as well.

P.S. Sadly it doesn't work for Linux