Remaking this at Turner's request. Ill try to keep it more up-to-date than Thunderfall did. Now with 100% more useful Websites too! Jump to: SECURITY | PRODUCTIVITY | GRAPHICS | AUDIO & VIDEO | SYSTEM UTILITIES | DEVELOPMENT | COMMUNICATION | ZIP UTILITIES | OPERATING SYSTEMS | DESKTOP WIDGETS | WEBSITES | MISCELLANEOUS SECURITY Zone Alarm - Personal firewall. Free version available AVG Antivirus - Free version available here avast! - Great antivirus program. Home edition is free for personal Usage Avira - A good, non-bloatware anti virus program. Windows Defender - Spyware scanning and removal tool, with realtime system monitoring. AdAware Personal - Spyware detectors/cleaners. Spybot Search & Destroy - Useful Spyware removal tool. Spyware Blaster Ewido Anti-Spyware - The free version includes auto update and spyware sheild free for 30 days but the scanner stays indefinately, as does the manual update feature. - Ewido has been acquired by AVG. WinPatrol- A powerful system tool with security features. GRC Research - Can test your firewalls strength (safely) and has lots of free software and hints how to maintain a virus free comp. KeePass - A password management program Firestarter - Linux Only. Free firewall. PRODUCTIVITY OpenOffice - Open source word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, and more. AbiWord - A very good alternative to Microsoft Word. (Besides Open Office) Foxit - Small PDF reader, also allows adjustment of the files Cute PDF Writer - write documents in PDF GRAPHICS GIMP for Windows - An open source graphics editing program Google's Picasa - Easy to use and has simple image editing abilities. ScreenPrint 32 - Replacement for PrtScrn - Allows capture to clipboard, as well as printer and/or file. Irfanview - Very lightweight, small, and fast image viewer that supports over 30 image formate. Remember though, viewer, not editor. Even though it can resize and do some very basic editing, it's really best used just as your default viewer. Make sure to also download the plugin pack. Paint.NET - an image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Server 2003. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. FastStone - A great free photo viewer / lightweight editor. ImageWalker - allows you to manage your image files visually ShellExtension - A Handy program that adds the option to "convert" or "print" your image files with a right click in Windows explorer. XnView - efficient multimedia viewer, browser and converter. PrintKey - Allows you to capture the entire screen or any portion of it, then make changes to the screen capture and save in a variety of formats. Blender - Open Source 3D-Modeling/Graphics program. Inkscape - A free Vector based graphics editor. Scribus - Page layout software. ImageJ - Java-based image editor, viewer and processor. AUDIO & VIDEO VirtualDub - A free video capture/processing utility for Windows[/url] Bink Player - Let's you play bink videos (video games often use bink format for movies) Winamp - Plays MP3 and videos Mplayer (for Linux) - Video player VLC Media Player - An all-purpose Media Player and available for literally any type of OS. Switch - This program can switch music file types to other types of music file types. Audacity - This is a great program for audio recording/editing. Open Source and works on multiple platforms. massid3lib - Mp3 Tag Tools - Retagging and renaming batches of MP3s MP3cutter - Cutting up a large MP3 in smaller pieces HarddiskOgg - Sound recording in MP3, Ogg etc. Real alternative - Small alternative for Realplayer (doesn't stream though...) Quicktime Alternative - allows your system to play QuickTime movie files (.mov) without having to install the full version of the Quicktime Player. It includes the browser plugins to allow seemless playback of movies within webpages. FRAPS - can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology for benchmarking, screen capture, and realtime video capture. K-Lite Codec Pack - contains many different codecs to help with audio and video playback. Exact Audio Copy - Good audio ripper and can grab any copy protected music CD with amazing quality. foobar - An advanced audio player for the Windows. MP3Gain - For normalizing your MP3's (analyzes and adjusts mp3 files so that they have the same volume) XMMS - Linux Only. Music player modeled after Winamp MythTV - Linux Only. Free DVR software that can transform a computer into a home media center. tvtime - Linux Only. Video capture card software that processes video input and displays it onscreen. Dia - Linux Only. Diagram creation software inspired by Microsoft Visio. SYSTEM UTILITIES Process Explorer - Gives you information about processes running on your system. An excellent replacement to the default Windows task manage. Gives you realtime info on dozens of items such as virtual memory used, physical memory used, CPU usage by core, Process I/O and many more. Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP - Some of these are useful, like TweakUI PC Inspector file recovery - Recovering files you've deleted WinDirStat - disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool The Font Thing - A useful utility that makes browsing your installed fonts a little easier. CCleaner - a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. True Crypt - Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows and Linux Memtest86+ - Updated version of Memtest86. Creates a bootable floppy that you can use to test your system RAM. If you suspect you have bum RAM and want to test it, run this program for as long as possible (let it loop through a few times), as your CPU cache can obfuscate test results for a pass or three. Cacheman XP - lets you know how much free memory (RAM) is available to use. Handy to have when your machine runs slow; at least you know why. WinASO Registry Optimizer - cleans out trash from your registry. Free version will correct 10 errors at a time. Handy Recovery - A tool to attempt to recover deleted files Ant Renamer - Batch renaming tool. Eraser - Securely deletes data by overwriting it several times. Good tool to use if you plan to sell or donate your hard drive/computer with hard drive. DEVELOPMENT eclipse - An extensible development platform and application frameworks for building software. Currently has packages available for Java, PHP, C/C++ with plugins available for Perl, Python, COBOL and many others. Visual Studio Express Edition Downloads - Lightweight, easy-to-use, and easy-to-learn tools for the hobbyist, novice, and student developer. XML Editing - Altova XMLSpy Home Edition and Altova Authentic Notepad++ - A free source code editor which supports multiple programming languages running under the MS Windows environment. EditPad Lite - It's like Notepad but way sweeter. There's also a Pro version which is, of course, not free. AceHTML - Free HTML Editor jEdit: Very powerful programmer's text editor. XML Notepad - from Microsoft Install Creator - a very easy to use and professional tool to create software installations. Paquet Builder - A mix between a Zip, 7-Zip and Cab Self-Extracting file archive maker, and an advanced software Setup routine generator. Nullsoft Scriptable Install System - A professional open-source tool for the development of Windows installers. It's a scriptable installer, using C++ language. Recommended if you have programming experience. Xenu's Link Sleuth - checks Web sites for broken links. Crystal Space - A free cross-platform software development kit for realtime 3D graphics. ConTEXT - Free text editor that works with a variety of languages. COMMUNICATION Firefox - Good open source web browser Opera - Another good web browser Avant Browser - Multi-window browser, which adds a batch of features and functionalities to Internet Explorer. Trillian - All-in-one instant messenger (ICQ, MSN, Yahoo) and IRC program. Miranda - Multi-platform IM programs. Pidgin - A good open-source instant messenger program. Formerly known as GAIM. FileZilla - Open source FTP program - FileZilla is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface. PuTTY: A Free Telnet/SSH Client - PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator. eMule - Server and non-server based P2P AMule - A P2P client for the E2K and Kad networks. uTorrent - Small Bittorrent utility ABC - Another Bittorent program BitComet - a BitTorrent/HTTP/FTP download management software. Azureus - A very good BitTorrent client Thunderbird - open source email client from Mozilla XChat - A good and free client for IRC chat. Colloquy - an IRC/SILC client for the Macintosh (OSX). Open-source, free, and easy to use. WinSCP - Open source freeware SFTP/SCP client for Windows. UltraVNC - Allows you to remotely access your computer from any Internet-connected computer in the world. FeedReader - A RSS reader that can also download podcasts/videocasts. LifeRea - A Linux clone for FeedReader Skype - Free talk, chat and videochat. Can allow up to 100 simultaneous connections with SkypeCast. For a charge, you can also talk to standard phone lines. DownThemAll Firefox Extension - Download all links off a page. Customizable. Useful for offline reviewing of sites. Video Downloader Firefox Extension - Use to download movies from YouTube, GoogleVideo and others. mIRC - One of the best IRC chat clients available for Windows. Free to try, but a full license costs 20$ (Shareware) aMSN - MSN messenger clone. Linux, OSX, Windows compatible. ZIP UTILITIES WinRAR (Shareware) WinZip (Shareware) 7-Zip (Free) Filzip - A free Zip program. IZArc - Free archive utility supporting many archive formats. OPERATING SYSTEMS Linux - Free Linux distributions DESKTOP WIDGETS Google Desktop - Allows you to search your computer and also has a very nice desktop widget system. Yahoo widgets - Yahoo!'s desktop widget system. Rainlendar - A very nice lightweight calendar system with events and to-do list features. Rainmeter - A highly customizable desktop widget system. Can be used to create anything from a simple calendar and clock to giving your desktop a complete makeover, themed however your imagination decides. Requires some basic programming to customize themes. WEBSITES SourceForge - A Project hosting site that houses thousands of different software projects. If you need a program, this is a good place to look. All of the software is free. freshmeat - A Project hosting site similar to SourceForge Google Code - Yet another project hosting site. Gives you free access to an svn repository. Useful if you're working on a software project for school or personal reasons. Mibbit - Web based IRC chat client. MISCELLANEOUS Google Earth - A cool satellite image program (Mac, PC or Linux) EarthExplorer - Free version (Both Mac & Windows) generates satelite or topographical map images for anywhere on earth up to 1km. There are 2 version, the DEM version gives topographical map. It even has political overlay, rivers overlay etc. Worldwind - NASA's equivalent to Google Earth. Celestia - Good free Planetarium / space simulation software. Freeciv - Free Civilization-like game inspired by the series. QJoyPad - Linux Only. Translates joystick or gamepad input into mouse and keyboard actions allowing control of any XWindows program. //This list is complete to post 66 of the old thread. I will continue to update this post over the next few days. If anyone wishes to compile a list of working links and names starting from post 66, please feel free to pm it to me.