Sunday, August 29, 2010

Awesome freeware you never knew you needed!

Going to go out on a limb here, and guess that you have found a few things that you cannot live without installed on you're personal confuser. But, I would be remiss in not showing you a few on my all time favorite list. First, is a nifty little pair of programs from my bag of tricks called ccleaner (link is to "slim" version without yahoo toolbar as I believe toolbars are pure garbage with only one exception). It is a lightweight system/privacy/registry cleaner that is easy to use and very low on overhead. Second, I direct you to it's partner in crime from the same people that is called defraggler which is a lightweight defragmentation program to put all of you harddrive ducks in a neat little row. *Disclaimer, if you are using a netbook or computer with a SSD (aka solid state drive) do NOT defrag as it will offer no improvement and may shorten the life of you harddrive. Third, I direct you to Malwarebytes free edition which might be the best freeware defence against trojans, spyware and assorted other nasties that can make your day really suck. And if you're like me you have tons of icons on your desktop and have a bummer of a time trying to find stuff the answer is a program called Stardock Fences that rounds up your icons and "fences" them in to easy to organize areas and helps to clean up the clutter And last, but most certainly not least, I give you roboform an awesome password and form filler that will free up more time then you ever knew you were wasting (this program is the exception to my toolbar rule I expressed earlier).

6 comments:

  1. I already have the ccleaner that you introduced to me and it said it had the registry cleaned up already. Why is it that when I tried out a "free scan" of registry with a different registry cleaner, it said I had way over 100 registry errors? By the way, my old pc is still running great! Just thought I'd see what another cleaner says.

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  2. The "free scan" registry cleaner is likely scareware which tries to "scare" you into buting a full version. PC World magazine rates ccleaner as a "top ten" freeware utility consistantly.

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  3. Glad to meet you Jason, Very informative post you have here.. I think you and my husband will get along really well, I need to get him onto blogger.. lol.. I am a friend of your Wife's I adore her, so it is nice to be able to meet her other half and see what he has to say! I have to admit I am impressed!You are well penned! Though, I know noting about computers, my husband will. .lol thanks for the information.

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  4. Nice to meet you too, my apologies for not posting recently but the holidays are upon us and all that it entails but I'm sure that the after-the-holidays computeracolypse that occurs every mid winter will give me plenty of reasons/excuse/inspiration to post further blogs if only to preserve a modicum of mt own sanity

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  5. Something my Dear Husband needs and forgets about is ieSpell http://www.iespell.com/ a free spell checker that also installs to your toolbar but takes up only a tiny little space and is an exception to his rule (or should be as shown by his spelling errors...LOL)

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  6. Touche' hun, and noted, if anybody else finds a great freebie utility then by all means please post and I'll give them a good once over and a thumbs up/down!

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