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UtilityMax

Intel's Turbo Indicator is one of the most useless utilities you can install on a PC. The bar goes up and down, but there is no indicator for the close speed, either in percent or MHz or whatever. It would also be nice to have a scrolling graph showing CPU states across time.

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pratikpoudyal

Great article, but one of the software that is useful and I really like but I feel is missing from this article is Tuneup media. It manages all the songs in your library AUTOMAGICALLY. It finds proper album art, artist name, year, genre in one click. This software is also available for mobile devices.

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Chelsea Dumas

Proofhub (www.proofhub.com)should be on the top of the list.

Proofhub has allowed us to bring together an entire campus of website administrators to work collaboratively and efficiently as if we are all in the same room. The new proofhub takes it one step further by allowing us to receive real-time messages, updates and schedules. It has not only increased our productivity, but it has saved us time.

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Scatter

and recommendations for a good replacement for iTunes for a person with a huge MP3 library and likes being able to sort their music by artist, genre and also enjoys having album art? Bonus points if it also doesn't involve having to manually download and install plug ins and addons.

Also, is there really a "free" version of Revo or is the author of this story referring to the free 30 day trail?

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UtilityMax

The best is Foobar2000. I have been using it for three years. Fully configurable display of your library, great import/export facilities, very fast, lots of DSP plugins.

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jbitzer

I used to use media monkey.

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Scatter

I tried it once and it seemed to be the opposite of what I was looking for. The base install looked like crap and it would require a lot of extra plug ins and configuration to make it look good and add the features that I wanted.

What do you use now?

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jbitzer

iTunes.... "hangs head in shame"

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jbitzer

iTunes.... "hangs head in shame"

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Shalbatana

try media monkey again. There are so many skins you're bound to find one you want. They're easy to install and not buggy. very reliable program.

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nbrowser

Nice to see someone did an Image Resizer similar to the old XP Powertoy....SWEET !

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BRIAN STALOCH

Great article, I'm going to be busy all night sorting out these 60 new programs I got now lol

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cc3d

WinDirStat is THE best application in the world!! nuf said

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kixofmyg0t

Screw Teracopy. I've had it hang when copying large amounts of files on multiple different machines.

I just use Robocopy instead.

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Shalbatana

middle manager of justice seems to be ipad and iphone only. If it's for something else, they have the link well hidden.

Excellent article. My only complaint would be that it wasn't 100 best free... some of my favorites were left out.

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Tiak

It might be a bit more specialized than needed for this list, but I love FOXE (First Object Xml Editor) as my go to XML editor. One of my co-workers and I are having a friendly war in the office. He wants everyone to use Notepad ++, even as an XML editor, but for anyone that needs to do a lot of work in XML, I try and push them towards FOXE.

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bigceebin4

Great list of freeware. I enjoyed the ending mostly. Too many these days rush through the install process and click away, unknowingly installing junkware onto their PCs, by way of sneaky install approvals. One must always read all windows before click 'Agree' these days.

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siramic

Agreed, loved the ending comments/paragraph, humor included :)

It's also the way to go when you can run the Custom install option, to be able to hopefully disable some of the add-ons. My sister had about 35% of her browsing window taken up by add-on tool and search bars, some I've never heard of before. She would just click and tick the install whatever her heart desired, leaving me with the blood, sweat and tears of clean up. I did try to educate her a bit, but I'll see what stuck the next time I visit her and her notebook.

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pastorbob

I have tried HW Monitor and found it to be less than adequate. The "free" version is trialware only and after 30 days you must purchase a license (20 euros for a basic license). Additionally the trial version has many of the parameters blocked and won't display them until you buy the license. I prefer Core Temp to monitor my temps. While it doesn't show fan speeds, it does minimize to the System tray and will show temps immediately on all four cores when you hover the mouse over the icon. It also uses a lot less memory/resources than HWMonitor. And it is truly FREE!

I also am wondering why Paint.Net is not included. It is by far the best freeware program out there for graphics editing.

If you guys are going to review "free" software you should be sure it is truly free. Trialware is NOT free.

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Nixon

GIMP, MBAM, and QT Tab Bar are probably my favorites.

If you don't know what QT Tab Bar is, it's just a program for Windows 7 that allows for tabs in Windows Explorer (just like a web browser.) That way you won't have to have multiple explorer windows open in a strewn out mess.
Probably useless for some, but as a person that can be found with multiple File Explorer windows open at any given time, it's a gift.

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pastorbob

That sounds very useful Nixon. I'll have to give it a try. I have several Explorer windows open at a time when I am working. I assume that it works on Windows 8 as well?

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Nixon

I don't know that it does. I haven't had the chance to try it out on someones computer that has Windows 8.

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praetor_alpha

I've stopped using 7Zip, and have been using PeaZip for some time. I got tired of waiting forever for my files to extract, then waiting another forever for them to copy to where I needed them. PeaZip does away with that nonsense, and doesn't need to extract to a temporary directory.

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Arnulf

Oh and Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe (OpenTTD) not on the list either ? It appears the list was compiled by a 14-year old.

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Arnulf

How comes Paint.Net is not on the list but you listed a ton of crappy first person shooters noone cares about ?

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vrmlbasic

Does the free version of Catzilla now allow all 4 "levels" of testing? When I tried the free version I could only test at 540 & 720, the first 2 levels. Glados would not be pleased.

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fung0

A MUCH better image manager is XnView. Does all that basic stuff - batch conversions/modifications, slide shows, catalog, thumbnail, multi-image comparison view, etc, etc - but also adds non-obvious power features, like the ability to save and easily switch between multiple configurations, for different types of work. Picasa is okay for regular folks, but XnView is definitely the "maximum" choice. (And as a bonus, it DOESN'T integrate with Google+.)

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0ly1r3m@1ns

This isn't free software, its freeware, unless you have access to the source code it isn't free software

Also VLC is shit and should not be used, MPC or SMPlayer (has a pretty good windows port) are good choices, even better Kawaii Codec pack (custom pre-packaged MPC made for movies and anime)

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fung0

Definitely agree about VLC. MPC-HC has all the same capabilities and then some, and just plain works better.

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vrmlbasic

+1. MPC-HC is especially great when obtained through the free (and unfortunately named; darn hipsters) Combined Community Codec project as it is now bundled with fun software with support for Hi10 and provides for GPU-accelerated decoding. That's useful and cool.

It also plays every video format under the sun that is worth playing.

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Mikey109105

Great article, guys! I personally use about half if not more than that of all the PC Tolls/maintenance programs you listed here! As for the antivirus, Malwarebyte's Antimalware is good, and I also use AVG Free to compliment it for extra protection. I don't use a software firewall either, as I have never had the need for one (my router's firewall is the real workhorse, lol). Still, I have to this day since first building my current PC (three years ago) gotten infected with a virus. Sure, I've gotten warnings, but every time either AVG or Antimalware gets rid of it before it can do anything. Anyway, yeah, great article, MPC, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

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winmaster

Um, why is the AbiWord screenshot from a Mac? I don't think many users here can relate to that...

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bjoswald

I think the guinea pig took a dump on her neck.

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LatiosXT

I'd like to comment on uTorrent. It's great... for versions prior to 3. You can grab 2.2.1 one some websites and just never update it.

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whitneymr

+1

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FGCC

EMIT its a kickass little software that lets you stream from your PC to your tablet or smartphone and I just LOVE it!

Great Article!

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jbitzer

Fort the record, you can get the first elder scrolls game, Arena free also from the same site.