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Old 26-10-2007, 11:22   #241
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Just got a new machine with Vista - anyone got a list of must have apps for the new OS?
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Old 03-11-2007, 10:05   #242
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Just got a new machine with Vista - anyone got a list of must have apps for the new OS?
Not esential by any means....http://www.gadgetsforvista.net/
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Old 24-11-2007, 07:00   #243
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This thread has been quiet for a while, anyway ...

according to this (good read) - http://www.matousec.com/projects/win...ts-results.php

the best free XP firewall is Online Armor - http://www.tallemu.com/downloads.html

XP/NT/2000 only, not Vista (and note the known compat probs with F-Secure & ad-muncher).

I've had problems with Kerio not auto-starting on reboot (known issue apparently, without a fix) and Comodo has been driving me mad lately (not least 'cos of a 50% cpu SYSTEM process when running p2p) so looking for a change.

I'm downloading now (15mb) - anyone used this yet ?
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Old 02-12-2007, 09:10   #244
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GimPhoto - a repackage of Gimp 2.4

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GimPhoto is GIMP repackage with new menu layout, great selection of plugins, and many additional resources for more professional look and feel as digital photo retouching and image editing application package.
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Old 02-12-2007, 09:18   #245
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Seeing this thread bumped again reminds me. I've been meaning to mention Revo Uninstaller for some time. It's an excellent free program removal tool, far better than the built in Windows version. They have a portable version too.
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anyone recommend any firewall and spyware s/w for Vista? Is the default installed with the OS good enough?
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Old 10-01-2008, 20:33   #247
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Personally, i think for the average home user, windows firewall is more than ample. I used to use various options, but especially if you're behind a router, i see no need to put any more rubbish on the machine.
Spyware, again, i use windows defender for the same reason (i make sure that i only install things that i know what they are).
The only thing i have is Anti-virus, which i use Avast.
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Personally, i think for the average home user, windows firewall is more than ample. I used to use various options, but especially if you're behind a router, i see no need to put any more rubbish on the machine.
Spyware, again, i use windows defender for the same reason (i make sure that i only install things that i know what they are).
The only thing i have is Anti-virus, which i use Avast.
fair enough. i'm becoming more wary of third party fireall tools especially on XP, since I installed various spyware/firewall utilities on some novice users' PC's the firewall has caused nothing but trouble. I'd rather stick with the default in the box apps if at all possible.

I notice Avast 4 Home is free (for home use). Ive been using NOD32 for a while, and see it as non intrusive and just does the job. Worth changing to Avast?

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I've tried Nod in the past, and pretty much all of the others at some point, and i always end up coming back to Avast. It has quite a few extra features in it, but i disable them all apart from the basic Anti-virus. Don't need things monitoring my MSN for viruses for example. But yeah, i'd reccommend Avast. Non-intrusive until something is wrong. (i'd advise changing the sounds on the auto update notification tho... they can be annoying if left to the standard!)
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Old 10-01-2008, 22:42   #250
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I've tried Avast before and it was a big time memory hog. What is the current version like?
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In total it's sitting at 14000K, which really isnt that much...
You'll struggle to find any AV that sit at less than that i would imagine
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AVG does the job and is light on resources. (using 380K at the moment)

I've seen some review round-ups where AVG comes out better than the commercial AV s/w reviewed.
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I also used to use AVG and it did not find a lot of virus' as I discovered after switching to NOD32.

I just tried the new version of NOD32 and it takes 30000k of memory, no longer light as it once was.

I may have to check out Avast now.
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Yeah, I moved off AVG for a similar reason - it just didnt seem to find anything (i'd put it on my sister's comp while she was at uni, and every holiday i ended up having to remove some rubbish. AVG didnt find a virus on her first return, so moved to Avast, and never looked back).
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I'm trying to remember the name of a program I used a couple of years ago - basically it would scan your system and output a simple HTML file telling you about every aspect of your PC. It listed everything from the number of RAM slots used to the type of windows running.

I can't remember the name of it, any suggestions?
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Old 26-02-2008, 22:33   #256
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I'm after some decent DVD playback software to stick on my laptop, so I can watch DVD's when I'm away with work - can anyone reccomend anything? preferably freeware - or, are there codecs I can get from Microsoft to enable DVD playback from media centre?
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systems scanners - jv16 PowerTools and SiSoftware Sandra Pro
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I'm after some decent DVD playback software to stick on my laptop
Kantaris Media Player - Free and open-source - http://www.kantaris.org/
Kantaris can play almost anything you can throw at it -- AVI, MPEG, MGEG-AVC, WMV, MOV, MKV, quicktime, matroska, divx, xvid, H264, MP3, WMA, OGG files and more. Kantaris can also play DVDs and audio CDs.

AVS DVD Player - http://www.avsmedia.com/DVDPlayer/
AVS DVD Player is a compact and easy-to-use program that has a simple user-friendly interface allowing you to start watching DVD movies with no additional software.

EDIT - PS - should add that I haven't tried either of these myself - my Dell & Sony laptops have been OK from the off.
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Sandra, that's the one. Cheers!

Not quite as free as I remember it though ...
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