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 Essential Freeware Christmas Downloads 2009
marko
Oct 21 2009, 12:24 PM
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OK, it's that time again, time to ask for recommendations for freeware you consider important and worthy enough for everyone's new Christmas computer.

This year we're planning to package the recommendations into one easy-to-install file to make it even easier for those with new computers to simply download and click!. As always, only freeware from our site will be included in the short-list but if you want to see a title not listed on FreewareBB included, please let us know about it and we'll consider adding it to the site.

Please also remember the list is meant to be an "essential" list which represents freeware software most of us could consider a must, not necessarily a "wish list". This helps slim down the size of the package and keeps things nice and simple offering new computer owners a head start on security and functionality.

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Here's the final shortlist which will now be integrated into our auto-installing CD - please look out on our new downloads for it's release later today ...
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FIREWALL/CHILD/INTERNET SAFETY
Online Armor Personal Firewall Free

ANTIVIRUS
avast! 4 Home Edition

ANTI-SPYWARE/MALWARE
PC Tools Threatfire

INTERNET BROWSER
Mozilla Firefox

OFFICE PACKAGE & UTILS
SSuite Office

UNINSTALLERS
Revo

CD/DVD BURNERS
CD Burner Pro

PHOTO ALBUM/SLIDESHOW MAKER
XnView 1.97

CODECS
Klite Codec Full
 
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Oct 21 2009, 04:11 PM
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For me it's:
FIREWALL/CHILD/INTERNET SAFETY
PC Tools Firewall Plus - https://freewarebb.com/PC-Tools-Firewall-file2448.html

ANTIVIRUS
PC Tools Antivirus - https://freewarebb.com/PC-Tools-AntiVirus-file3220.html

ANTI-SPYWARE/MALWARE
PC Tools Threatfire - https://freewarebb.com/PC-Tools-ThreatFire-file4277.html

INTERNET BROWSER
Apple Safari - https://freewarebb.com/Apple-Safari-file799.html
(Did use Firefox for ages but felt Safari was much faster and more stable)

OFFICE PACKAGE & UTILS
SSuite Office - https://freewarebb.com/SSuite-Office-El...t-file3249.html
(Again, used OpenOffice for long enough but found myself drawn towards SSuite!)

UNINSTALLERS
Revo - https://freewarebb.com/Revo-Uninstaller-file2402.html

CD/DVD BURNERS
CD Burner Pro - https://freewarebb.com/CDBurnerXP-Pro-file3420.html

CODECS
Klite Codec Full - https://freewarebb.com/Lite-Codec-Pack-Full-file100.html
 
sundaram
Oct 22 2009, 02:19 PM
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Hai
Happy Deepavali ( Some say it Diwali )
A great festival in India.

For Christmas software I suggest you can include
a free Photo Alubum maker to prepare and gift to friends and family.
Thanks.
 
marko
Oct 22 2009, 02:23 PM
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Not a bad suggestion sundaram, lots of photos taken over the festival period I guess, if you can recommend one I'll have a look otherwise I'll get my thinking cap on and see what I can come up with :
Cheers
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Oct 22 2009, 10:14 PM
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OK, I'll put up MAGIX Slideshow Maker as a suggestion for a photo album maker, tried it myself and very similar to a commercial version called "Memories On TV" but without the ability to add text to a slide but hey!. If anyone can suggest a better freeware title for the job please shout (IMG:https://freewarebb.com/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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Nov 18 2009, 06:18 AM
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When it comes to freeware, nothing like Open Source. I recommend Ubuntu/Linux. For those who are not ready to give up Windows and periodic MS Window conversions, there is Wubi installer, which loads Ubuntu into a Windows directory and allows "dual booting" into Windows or Ubuntu. It has been reported that an Ubuntu install provides easy access to the largest repository of free Linux software (much of which has Windows counterparts) - via the Synaptic Package Manager or the Applications "Add/Remove" feature.
 
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Nov 18 2009, 09:07 AM
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Bob, I couldn't agree more that an Open Source operating system is the way forward although I think this would be for another thread as to put this in an 'essential' download for a new PC would meet with a great deal of confusion, particularly from a novice point of view. If you have particular experience in Linux or Ubuntu maybe you would consider starting a new thread in our Help, Hints, Tips & Tech Stuff forum on how people can get the most from the Open Source system?.
Cheers
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Nov 18 2009, 12:37 PM
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A few contacts via our contact form have suggested Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition which is increasing in popularity therefore this is now in the shortlist!.
 
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Nov 28 2009, 12:47 AM
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Hi Marko (and all) - I remain somewhat unconvinced about Panda Cloud AV's overall effectiveness. Test results range from poor to not bad (depending on the test criteria). Reviews are pretty good but most of those concentrate on the aesthetic aspects rather than efficiency. They pretty much all say it is easy to use with a nice intuitive UI and light on resources of course, but none really say how effective it is (or not).

Now I realise, ease of use, a nice straight forward GUI and being light on resources can be pretty important ingredients but none of that is much use if the product is ineffective! As far as I am concerned, the jury is still out on that one.

You know Marko, I am an avid Avast fan. We, as users, are very lucky to have access to such terrific free AV products as Avast and AntiVir (which are proven, effective freeware) but I do believe MS may have come up with a challenger. I have been reading and hearing very favourable comments re Microsoft Security Essentials and I do believe this product meets all the critera; it's free, it's easy to use, includes a very user friendly GUI and, if the reports are correct, is very effective too...oh, and did I mention it's free! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)

May I be so bold as to suggest MSE as a worthy contender for your excellent list?

Cheers now.....JIM
 
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Nov 28 2009, 07:19 AM
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Excellent points as always Jim and indeed I will add MSE to the list, I agree it is a worthwhile contender
 
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Dec 3 2009, 01:24 PM
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For me threatfire is a great title, but no list should be without the free zonealarm firewall surely?
 
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Dec 3 2009, 01:28 PM
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Added zonealarm to the shortlist (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
 
James (Jim) Hill...
Dec 4 2009, 04:01 AM
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It seems I am destined to be contrary but....really, ZoneAlarm Free Firewall does not enjoy a great reputation. Yes, ZoneAlarm Pro is a good firewall but there are plenty of freebies which I would rate well ahead of ZA Free.

Online Armor is among the best, then there's Comodo and Private Firewall. All, in my opinion are much better than ZA Free.

I am not alone in this assessment, the respected Gizmo's 'Best Freeware' listings do not even mention ZA Free in the top half dozen firewalls. Testing on the Matousec site also rates ZA Free well below other free offerings.

Sorry to be disagreeable but I think the list should reflect the best available.

Cheers....JIM
 
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Dec 4 2009, 07:24 PM
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I agree Jim, it should reflect the best available, I'd hoped for a slightly better response on this thread to get a majority vote on the various categories but I think we'll have to go with the most popular from the download stats, but for now I'll add your suggestions to the shortlist (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
Cheers mate
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Dec 10 2009, 09:59 AM
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Also added Avast to the shortlist (per Jim's recommendations above) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
 
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Dec 10 2009, 05:57 PM
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This topic is now closed and the final download for distribution being prepared ...
 


 


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