The Ten Best Lesser-Known Freeware Apps of 2009... Revealed!

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Alam

Great list of useful apps. I'm a long time user of Eraser and funnily enough i actually forgot about it till i saw this list...

instructables

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Jims45wow

Link to ReNamer download is reported as dangerous (4 computer threats) by Norton IS 2009.

Thank you.

Jim

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Jims45wow

Thanks for your security concern and response. Jim

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DBsantos77

 Wow. Renamer is amazing. I had over 500 songs with the extension .mp3 IN the filename, so it was kind of annoying to see goodsong.MP3 when I played it on my phone.

With this app, all you gotta do is set up a rule. In my case I put: Remove .MP3 from filename, then clicked rename, and it did it's job in less than a second. 

Thanks so much Murph, You saved me a ton of time. 

 Also, I donated to the coder of Renamer, I believe his efforts need to pay him back in some way. :)

-Santos

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charcaroth

Actually, I find Murph's weekly roundups of apps very useful.  It saves me a lot of time finding them as I'm a freelance IT guy for very small and home-based businesses.  While I may not use every application, I get requests all the time for strange ways to customize an interface in Windows or to set something up as a reminder, etc.  Most of the time, these are not things that people want enough to pay for outright (small business folk are tight-fisted enough in a GOOD economy), but since they're paying for my time I can show them the app, set it up, and explain how useful it is and remind them that if they like using it, they should contribute to the author by the methods provided and show them how that's safely done.  They may not contribute to every app I load, but occasionally fairminded folk will pay in a few dollars, and certainly more than if I had not loaded the app at all. 

 What I could really use is an organized archive of those weekly, or bi-weekly app roundups if you prefer, so that I can search for the app that was mentioned six months ago that tweaks some miniscule setting that I've forgotten about.

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TheMurph

...I like your idea, charcaroth!  Let me bring it up with the overlords and see if we can't make something happen!

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COMMANDER_COOK

Yeah maybe a monthly roundup, with a neatly organized list would be a winner in my book.

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nsk chaos

does eraser and ccleaner overwrite stuff thats already been deleted (emptied) via the recycle bin?

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COMMANDER_COOK

Yep, ccleaner will wipe the free space on your drive.

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DOOMHAMMA

Unless you physically damage the disks of your hard drive, government employees can, eventually, piece together everything on your pc. It only takes time.

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COMMANDER_COOK

If the data is overwritten several times, then it is impossible to retreive.

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vinniec09

Thanks for letting me know about Renamer, what a great program for someone like me who takes pictures with my digital camera and was renaming the pictures one by one!

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TheMurph

That's exactly what I use it for, Vinniec09!

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DBsantos77

 Murph, it's time for a vacation. Quit posting these kick ass apps already! ^_^

Im gonna give USBdrivefresher a try, I hate when Im working on macs then switch to a PC and find that I have .trash .spotlight .CRUD stuff everywhere. -__-

-Santos

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COMMANDER_COOK

Yeah murph, give it a break for a while.

Santos, the real solution to your problem is to quit working on macs.

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TheMurph

v...vacation?

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COMMANDER_COOK

They're great and all, just don't over-do it.

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WarCrime342

Oh you silly fanboy. ;)

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Ibrad

My two most used applications of 2009 that I reccomend every PC have are: Winpatrol and CCleaner. Every PC I work on I install those two applications. I am surprised about how many PC's I see without these two tools.

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nsk chaos

sadly i have never heard of winpatrol but i absolutely love ccleaner. i still have some questions about ccleaner, one is up above and another one here: does ccleaner overwrite the registry crud that it deletes while decrapifying your pc?

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Danthrax66

You shouldn't be surprised most people don't know anything about computers or take the time to look at useful software. I mean IE still has majority market share.

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TheMurph

Sadly true, Danthrax66...  :\

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