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Free Windows Software Without Spyware/Adware

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the because-those-things-suck dept.

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Jem Berkes writes "This week I launched CleanSoftware.org, a resource site with a unique goal: listing free, daily-use software that is free from spyware, adware, and other malicious/intrusive components. With Windows users increasingly believing that free software invariably means adware or spyware, I set out to promote good, clean, free software. Perhaps geeks helping family and friends set up their new computers this holiday can make use of this resource; sticking to clean software is much easier than struggling with never-ending cleanups. To expand my listing, I am also looking for input from the Slashdot readership: what other free, clean desktop software do you regularly use that Windows users should know about?"

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Good, clean, free. (3, Informative)

kngthdn (820601) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189810)

I am also looking for input from the Slashdot readership: what other free, clean desktop software do you regularly use that Windows users should know about?

Firefox (and Linux!).

Re:Good, clean, free. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189835)

http://www.cleansoftware.org/internet/ [cleansoftware.org] Firefox is already listed.

Um... (1, Redundant)

Crasoum (618885) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189838)

Check the site.

Firefox is there, under internet, second link.

Re:Um... (1)

kngthdn (820601) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189849)

Yeah, I noticed that. I was planning on just writing "Linux", but I threw Firefox in without checking.

Oh, well. : (

FP (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189812)

Donkey Dicks

Currently (0)

roseblood (631824) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189814)

Set to view at 0, and no posts. Dosen't bod well for your effort.

Re:Currently (3, Informative)

roseblood (631824) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189840)

that should be BODE not BOD.

Now to be a little more of a help than an ass...

There's Bittorent, Azureus, Firefox, Mozilla, Thuderbird, Open Office, the GIMP, Ad-aware, Spybot-S&D, Winamp (at least in the 3.0 series...haven't upgraded for a while.)

I'm sure others will name more.

Re:Currently (3, Interesting)

darkain (749283) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189956)

actually, winamp now has AOD (AOL On Desktop). this puts an icon on your desktop that basically tells you to install and use AOL. this is technically adware, therefor should not make the "clean" list. also, by default, winamp installs its "winamp agent". this can also be looked down apon for "clean" install purposes. there is also "winamp pro" which isnt free.

note: dont think i'm anti-winamp... this is all coming from a guy that has been developing 3rd party plugins and components for winamp 2/3/5 the past 4 years now.

more programs (2, Informative)

roseblood (631824) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189873)

Sokoban
WinHTTrack
Battle for Wesnoth
Lbreakout
Filezilla
TightVNC
SciTE

All free - all free from adware/spy ware

Microsoft SUCKS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189815)

FP WOO HOO!

Good, Clean, and Free (0, Redundant)

ErichTheWebGuy (745925) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189816)

GNU/Linux

Re:Good, Clean, and Free (0)

pcmanjon (735165) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189829)

Yes, if your family is worried about that, or you are for your family, I'd suggest installing MEPIS Linux (mepis.org) very clean and fast, easy to install, and easy to use once installed. I've been running it for a while now.

Re:Good, Clean, and Free (5, Informative)

Gopal.V (532678) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189902)

GNU/Windows [sunsite.dk] ... I carry one of these :)

Seriously speaking my desktop right now looks like a Full screen X0rg-cygwin + Fluxbox running - like this [dotgnu.info] . With lots of Xterms and ssh logins :)

Asking /. about Windows software? (4, Funny)

Gogo Dodo (129808) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189817)

You've got to be kidding.

All you're going to get is "All you need to do is list Linux and you're done." comments.

Re:Asking /. about Windows software? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189826)

Yeah, this topic is stupid.

This is a LINUX-whore website, even if MAJORITY of users here are closet-Windows users, nope what you'll get here is "Windows sucks, Linux rules!". If only their market penetration really speaks for itself.

It's all about karma-whoring (1, Funny)

Man in Spandex (775950) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189937)

It's part of the book entitled "Karma-whoring for Dummies".

The first chapter lists the vast choices of jokes that you can pull off on Microsoft.

*smells a second chapter description below this*

so what's wrong with (5, Interesting)

belbo (11799) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189818)

www.pricelessware.org ?

Re:so what's wrong with (2, Insightful)

Superfluid Blob (798525) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189905)

I gather his goal is to be a bit more inclusive than pricelessware - only a handpicked best-of-breed selection gets listed on the latter, and has to be voted in anew every year. People who have no problem with linux distros including seven different text editors should welcome the new site :)

Re:so what's wrong with (3, Interesting)

Tarqwak (599548) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189914)

> www.pricelessware.org [pricelessware.org] ?

Or Nonags [sunet.se] ?

Re:so what's wrong with (1)

Mudcathi (584851) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189953)

Dammit, I went to www.pricelessware.com [pricelessware.com] and came back ready to chew some ass... then reread your post and realized that I missed the DOT ORG.

I love... (2, Interesting)

brain007 (798589) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189820)

the programs that are every bit of other programs except they take the crapware out. A good example is Kazaa vs. Kazaa Lite. Everyone loves Kazaa and hears about it from friends, but it's full of crap.

for mac page (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189822)

for the mac page, see http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/

Waaaaait a minute there, pal... (5, Funny)

SamMichaels (213605) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189823)

A clean design? Valid HTML [w3.org] ? Valid CSS [w3.org] ? Useful info? No ads?

What's the catch?

Additions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189824)

Mozilla Thunderbird and the Opera web browser aren't listed.

Re:Additions (1)

matria (157464) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189837)

The "free" version of Opera is Adware.

the obvious (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189827)

Foobar2000 [foobar2000.org] (audio player)
Miranda [miranda-im.org] (instant messenger)
PuTTY [greenend.org.uk] (telnet/ssh client. but if you didn't know _that_, then you really have no business being here.) :P

Re:the obvious (1)

0x461FAB0BD7D2 (812236) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189876)

PuTTY is listed: Utilities [cleansoftware.org]

But they can add Filezilla [sourceforge.net] and SciTE [scintilla.org] to that list

And the less obvious (5, Informative)

Osty (16825) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189892)

For power users, mostly (because they'll confuse your grandma)

  • Startup Monitor [mlin.net] . Priceless for dealing with crap like Real or Quicktime that always want to setup stubs to run at boot. The popup warning is pretty non-descriptive, though.
  • Startup Control Panel [mlin.net] , also from Mike Lin (the Startup Monitor guy). Similar to msconfig's Startup tab, but more powerful.
  • Pretty much anything from Sysinternals [sysinternals.com] . And they provide source!

I'm sure there are many others, but those are the ones that immediately came to mind.

Re:the obvious (3, Informative)

Guidlib (814472) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189946)

You missed http://gaim.sf.net/ [sf.net] Gaim. Arguably the best IM client for both Windows, and Linux, and as a bonus it's also totally free. If anyone can direct me as to the correct way to make a link with the name Gaim, like the parent has (and as I obviously failed to do here), I would be most apreciative.

IrfanView (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189828)

I use IrfanView [irfanview.com] . The lighest and quickest image viewer for Windows that I've ever used.

Re:IrfanView (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189850)

Hear hear; I can't find any image viewers on either OS X or Linux that are even REMOTELY close to the quality of IrfanView.

thank you and darn (5, Funny)

wcitechnologies (836709) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189831)

Nice.

From the benevolent computer geek in me: thank you.

From the computer repair business owner in me: ouch.

Teraterm and winzip (1, Informative)

mnmn (145599) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189833)

You missed winzip and winrar.

I've recently been impressed with Solarwinds network utilities...

Re:Teraterm and winzip (4, Informative)

BrynM (217883) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189865)

You missed winzip and winrar.
Last I heard WinZIP was $29 [safesite.com] .

Re:Teraterm and winzip (1)

coolhoot2447 (726785) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189935)

I like 7zip [7-zip.org] much better then winzip, and I have not tried winrar. 7zip doesn't have those evil 'register me' messages and is open source.

7-Zip instead of winzip (1)

ReKleSS (749007) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189951)

Compatible, another algorithm with better compression, LGPL. http://www.7-zip.com/ [7-zip.com] .
-ReK

You should mark Open Source as such (3, Insightful)

emblemparade (774653) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189834)

Nice idea. I suggest you put a special icon next to open source software. I'm not saying you should be an open source evangelical, but I do think that *some* people who browse your site might prefer open source (and especially GNU) to propietary software, if they are given a clear choice. [For the record, I often choose propietery "clean" software myself. And sometimes I even (gasp!) pay for it. I'm very, very happy with Trillian 3 Pro, and am unsatisfied with the open source offerings.]

microsoft has some of nice little freeware (4, Informative)

KeelSpawn (575726) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189836)

This one's straight from microsoft's site, but heck the software there are free and I use 'em daily:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/too ls /default.mspx

I also use The Core Media player, a free media player that I use to replace windows media player with. It has all the known codecs already built-in, and has many other unique and helpful features.

http://www.tucows.com/preview/299014.html

Hope you'll find those two useful. :-)
Anthony

Re:microsoft has some of nice little freeware (1)

KeelSpawn (575726) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189857)

Sorry guys for some reason I accidentally put a space right after the word "tools" in that first link... remove it for the page to load.

Re:microsoft has some of nice little freeware (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189881)

Are links really that difficult?

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/tools /default.mspx [microsoft.com]
http://www.tucows.com/preview/299014.html [tucows.com]

The space in the first link isn't your fault, the /. lameness filter breaks words from being too long; it prevents morons from making the page's layout fubar

Re: typo in the first link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189868)

Below is the correct link. The first link in the parent post had an extra space after the word "tools".

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/too ls /default.mspx

Re: typo in the first link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189878)

Okay for some reason /. displays an extra space in the link. darn it.

Trillian (4, Informative)

Sango (90468) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189841)

Trillian basic is a great IM client.

Re:Trillian (1)

transiit (33489) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189899)

Depending on what you're looking for, gaim [sourceforge.net] is even better.

Performace is better, though skinnability (and your own personal concept of aesthetics) is less.

-transiit

My list... (sort of) (1)

Eric Pierce (636318) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189843)

firefox
putty
gimp
gvim

...Actually, just check out the openCD [sunsite.dk]

That sums it up pretty well.

Free Windows Software... (5, Funny)

b374 (799492) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189845)

... i tried lately includes:
W32.Envid@mm
Trojan.Vundo
W32.Bofra@mm
Backdoor.Agent.B
W32.Evaman.C
W32.Erkez.B@mm

Nice, (0, Troll)

krisp (59093) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189846)

Good to know that there are THIRTY NINE free applications for windows that don't include spyware.

Just for some comparison:
There are currently 12157 ports in the FreeBSD Ports Collection.

Re:Nice, (1)

DarthWiggle (537589) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189903)

Well, it's thirty-nine that this one person has found. And, really, how many daily-use applications of a general sort do you need? Web browsing, mail, file transfer, messaging, office documents, media, image viewing and manipulation ... that's a large chunk of an average user's daily needs, and an average user doesn't need, for example, Gaim and Trillian and Miranda installed to chat with friends. Not that there's anything wrong with choice or with FreeBSD's collection, but it's nice to see a simple, quick repository of trusted (with the qualification that we're trusting this guy's judgment in the absence of any certification method) applications for setting up a box. I don't want to be confronted with 12,157 choices when all I want to do is set up the basics in half an hour. If I'm setting up a special-purpose box then, sure, I'll take some more time to find the absolute best tool for the job.

Personally, I've used theopencd [sunsite.dk] in the past to do things like set up my sister's and father's computers to be a bit more idiot-proof, but I'll bookmark this one too.

Hah! (1)

Mark_MF-WN (678030) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189906)

Hah! Hilarously scathing.

Re:Nice, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189947)

ports? i thought there were 65535 of those ;)

Add a Linux Category (1)

peeon (743159) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189848)

List every package from openssh to samba. You might want to leave out those tainted binarys, that the developer hasn't noticed it has been tainted.

Maybe it will turn some heads.

Gaim (1)

Aurix (610383) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189854)

gaim of course... gaim.sf.net... Great for all IM accounts.

Here's some (4, Informative)

BrynM (217883) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189855)

Here are some standard apps for me just taken from my start menu: Good luck!

By the way, how do you plan to take submissions in the future and filter out bunk submissions? It'd be nice to have a moderated system that could evolve some.

paid advertisement? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189856)

Wonder how much he paid slashdot to get this post to the front page?

Video processing (2, Informative)

trythil (444488) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189860)

I'll assume that by "free" you really mean "free speech", not just "free beer". If you really meant to limit yourself to the latter, then the programs I'm about to list are also applicable, but it may be best to clarify your intention next time (considering what the general mindset of most people reading this website are).

I use VirtualDubMod (http://virtualdubmod.sourceforge.net [sourceforge.net] ) and AVISynth (http://www.avisynth.org [avisynth.org] ) extensively for video processing. They're the two big reasons why I keep a Windows XP partition on my computer.

You can find a large collection of AVISynth filters at http://www.avisynth.org/warpenterprises/ [avisynth.org] . I don't do much filtering in VirtualDubMod (I use it mostly for viewing AVISynth output, writing AVISynth scripts, performing compression, and muxing), but you can find a good starting list of VirtualDub filters at http://neuron2.net [neuron2.net] .

The doom9 forums for AVISynth development [doom9.org] are also a good place to look for software and hints.

another to add to the list (1)

Occams Razor (83673) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189863)

"In Control 5" lists as InCtrl5, the problem is finding a place that offers it still. Watches programs as they install and gives you a complete list of everything they install/touch/change.
Very very useful.
Also, Ethereal- www.ethereal.com

Pricelessware.org (1)

Malacca (598693) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189864)

Try also http://www.pricelessware.org/ [pricelessware.org] which is run by folk from alt.comp.freeware where they list their best rated several programs in various categories.

I use it a lot.

Open Source for windows (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189866)

Have a look at http://theopencd.sunsite.dk/ [sunsite.dk]

Cygwin! (4, Informative)

Underholdning (758194) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189871)

You gotta have Cygwin! Best thing since sliced bread.

Free[ soft]ware (2, Insightful)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189872)

Note that there is a huge difference between "freeware" (gratis pieces of proprietary software, often spyware-laden) and "free software" (no need to explain this here, I hope).

Of course, this distinction won't help the ordinary user, but for you, it's a good rule of thumb: basically everything that comes with source is safe (except some "open source" scams -- if you're paranoid, just check if they use some weird fancy license instead of known-good ones). Of course, it's possible to conceal malicious code, but with the freedom to review and modify, it just doesn't make any sense.
On the other hand, gratis pieces of software that don't include the source usually tend to have some strings attached. It may be spyware, may be ads, or perhaps just annoying nag screens -- you shouldn't install anything like this unless you have a reason to think it's ok.

Gnu (1)

Mark_MF-WN (678030) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189877)

Most of the Gnu OS is available for Windows in various forms. Installing Cygwin turns a normal Windows box into a serious power user's machine.

You really can't go wrong running Gnu/Windows. Hah! I wonder what RMS would think of the idea of Gnu/Windows?

Seriously though, Cygwin is awesome. My CompSci professors usually recommend that students install Cygwin for working on their assignments (since our assignments have to compile on the school's unix machines).

Obvious Choices (4, Informative)

Entropy Unleashed (682552) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189879)

Off the top of my head, I'd recommend the following: I'm sure there are many other specialty apps that could be useful, but searching SourceForge [sourceforge.net] for something in the appropriate category seems like a better approach than trying to audit a bunch of closed source stuff for malware.

RTFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189897)

His site lists the obvious software to consider such as Firefox or Spybot.

Repeating over these don't make you any smarter f00!

Re:Obvious Choices (1)

Osty (16825) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189938)

I'm not sure all of the software on your list would fit. For example, GDS is pretty heinous (not good if you have multiple accounts on a single machine, known security issues, the blurring of web content and local content allowing someone to shoulder-surf sensitive documents from your local content when doing a web search, etc). iTunes includes Quicktime, and both are horrible about trying to startup stub apps at boot (qttask, ituneshelper) and taking over your file associations. SETI is not really a tool of any sort. While it's not loaded down with spyware or other crap, it's also not much more than a pretty screensaver or an excuse to buy a faster machine to most people.

Also, I wouldn't really recommend searching SourceForge, simply because there are way too many blue-sky projects there ("blue-sky" being a nice way of saying, "software that's listed as pre-alpha, planning stage for years, without ever actually going anywhere"). Unfortunately, there's really not a good place to find free Windows software similar to Freshmeat.net. Download.com or TuCows worked back in the day, but they're pretty much useless now but for mirroring of demos and such (or so I've found).

JGoodies JDiskReport (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189884)

This is a wonderfull Java application that reports what stuff take hard drive space :

http://www.jgoodies.com/freeware/jdiskreport/ind ex .html

minus 5, troll) (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189885)

Ye4r cointract. [goat.cx]

UltimateZip (2, Informative)

matria (157464) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189887)

I use:

UltimateZip http://www.ultimatezip.com/ [ultimatezip.com] for file compression

Crimson Editor http://www.crimsoneditor.com/ [crimsoneditor.com] for editing code
BadBlue http://www.badblue.com/ [badblue.com] for local webserving

LeechFTP http://stud.fh-heilbronn.de/~jdebis/leechftp/downl oads.html [fh-heilbronn.de] (no longer under development, but I like it)

A few great multimedia tools (1)

Man in Spandex (775950) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189888)

http://www.dbpoweramp.com/
http://cdexos.sourcefo rge.net/
http://www.virtualdub.org/

THE FIRST PLACE where I look for clean software is sourceforge. You'd be surprised at the number of projects that are for both windows and linux so both sides get the benefits. ;)

for the Geekier MS Windows user (3, Informative)

belmolis (702863) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189890)

For the geekier MS Windows user, how about emacs and yudit [yudit.org] ?

How do you know? (4, Insightful)

latroM (652152) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189893)

listing free, daily-use software that is free from spyware, adware, and other malicious/intrusive components.

You can only be sure of that by having the source of the program. I see that you have many pieces of non-free software there in the same list as free. What makes you so sure that a non-free program which you use doesn't have a secret mode in which it obeys its coder, not you.

Me thinks (2, Funny)

Datasage (214357) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189894)

Someone got home from the relatives and was annoyed by the free computer services there were expected to provide.

I didnt have to do much to my parents computer this christmas since i had already installed Firefox and open office to take care of most of thier needs.

More software... (1)

isugimpy (769087) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189895)

BSPlayer
Media Player Classic
ABC (http://pingpong-abc.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net] )
mIRC
XCha t

Re:More software... (1)

Legion303 (97901) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189936)

mIRC is shareware. I mean, *technically* you can use it free on a day-to-day basis, but those naggy splash screens after 30 days indicate it's not free.

Ob. Nelson: Ha ha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189896)

...software that is free from spyware, adware, and other malicious/intrusive components

Funny how you can't put Windows itself on the list, ain't it?

RSS aggregators (1)

jeroenb (125404) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189900)

Such as Sharpreader [sharpreader.net] and RSSBandit [rssbandit.org] . See Wikipedia's News aggregator [wikipedia.org] entry for a lot of good ones.

IMPORTANT Programs (1)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189901)

Never, ever forget these programs for Windows. They prevent anyone from snooping on your drive, even after you erase something. I run "Eraser" at 7 wipes every 2 weeks and have all my important files in PGP disks. Even the CIA can't crack PGP, they had to install a keylogger just to get his PGP key. Thats REAL security. http://www.pgpi.org/products/pgpdisk/ [pgpi.org] http://www.tolvanen.com/eraser/ [tolvanen.com]

FileZilla (5, Informative)

kcomplex (414253) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189908)

FileZilla [sourceforge.net] is a nice FTP/SFTP client and apparently a server too, but I've never tried using it for that.

Did I miss something? (0)

rsilvergun (571051) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189910)

What the heck is WinMX doing there? Admititly it's been years since I installed it, but I remember uninstalling it specifically because it was infested with spyware. Also, what collection of spyware free software is complete without a weatherbug replacement. Not that I have one (KWeather doesn't count :) ). And, yes, I know it's technically 'adware', but making that distinction is like drawing the line between a 'virus' and a 'trojan', i.e. who really cares? Anyway, anyone know a truely free alternative that doesn't involved KDE under cygwin?

WinMX (3, Informative)

JNighthawk (769575) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189942)

WinMX is a P2P program that is NOT infested with spyware or adware. You must have gotten it from a bad location, because I use it and it's clean.

Media Player Classic (3, Informative)

Yonatanz (798506) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189913)

Media player classic [sourceforge.net] is part of the "guliverkli" [sourceforge.net] suite of multimedia opensource tools and applications.

It is much better than any other free player that I have tried, such as WMP, BSPlayer, and others.

I found out that most problems related to subtitles, audio, and codec-specific sync issues, which occur in many other players, never happened in Media Player Classic.

This could be a nice addition to CleanSoftware.org

Zonealarm (2, Informative)

myukew (823565) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189915)

I know many people say it's crap, but hey it's a install&forget firewall, it's free and it has no ads http://www.zonelabs.com/ [zonelabs.com]

Disk security (formatted version) (1)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189916)

Never, ever forget these programs for Windows. They prevent anyone from snooping on your drive, even after you erase something. I run "Eraser" at 7 wipes every 2 weeks and have all my important files in PGP disks. Even the CIA can't crack PGP, they had to install a keylogger just to get his PGP key. Thats REAL security.

http://www.pgpi.org/products/pgpdisk/ [pgpi.org]

http://www.tolvanen.com/eraser/ [tolvanen.com]

Thankyou (1)

Guidlib (814472) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189918)

Thankyou. I often go to extra effort to use a Linux box for simple tasks, just because it's too hard to find useful Windows software that isn't encumbered with adware/spyware. I think this is great.

video lan client (vlc) (2, Informative)

mrterrysilver (826735) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189921)

video lan client is the best video player out there. it plays everything i've ever thrown at it.

http://www.videolan.org/ [videolan.org]

a clean, free, open source gem ;)

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition (5, Informative)

cove209 (681558) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189923)

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/

Blocking the intenet connection for those programs (2, Insightful)

mahesh_gharat (633793) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189924)

I have installed a personal firewall on my system which notifies me about every incoming and outgoing connection. You will be amazed to see how many of those programs try do connect to their home site often. I block their incoming and outgoing internet connection for once and all.

Now I can choose any program that I want. I'm quite happy with this solution for a time being. Though it's not possible for those programs which meant for internet only.

video editting and various codecs (1)

dutchct (673848) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189925)

virtualdub [virtualdub.org]
xvid [koepi.org]
ogg vorbis [vorbis.com]

iTunes (1)

Voline (207517) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189926)

is a free download with no ads or reporting home that I've heard of.

List of free software without spyware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189931)

While a list of all free (as in beer) software that doesn't have spyware would certainly be useful, wouldn't it be much easier to just list software that should be avoided? As far as I can tell, free software with spyware is the exception, not the norm. Anyway, Sourceforge [sourceforge.net] has lots of software for Windows without spyware or adware. For example:

mirrors and third-party oddities (3, Insightful)

transiit (33489) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189934)

Just be wary of where the links come from. Some freeware aggregators will wrap the regular installers in one that will include spyware.

Easiest way to avoid this is to code in a way for people to flag entries as questionable, to be verified manually by you or a trusted compatriot.

Think about it some.

-transiit

sourceforge (2, Insightful)

Kynde (324134) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189940)

Perhaps geeks helping family and friends set up their new computers this holiday can make use of this resource

Or perhaps geeks helping family and friends will set up linux distros instead and head over to sourceforge, just to name one good place for solid gpl stuff.

Not trying flame here, but I got tired of being the windoze adming for the family and friends and for some time now I've been saying something along the lines "sorry, it's been years since I touched Microsoft and thesedays I wouldn't know where to begin to sort your problems. Let me set up a linux for ya and I'll promise I'll help you with as much as is needed."

mohd 0p (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189941)

to under5core OpenBSD wanker Theo Be forgotten in A needs OS. Now BSDI

very nice clean website, i like (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11189943)

very nice clean website, i like

Some softwares I use.... (1)

Fref (843765) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189944)

Exact Audio Copy [exactaudiocopy.org] for cd grabbing
XnView [xnview.com] for picture viewing
Subversion [tigris.org] as code repository
Trillian 3 Basic [ceruleanstudios.com] as Instant Messenger
Media Player Classic, ffdshow, ZipGenius, and many others...

For those of you that make .AVIs (2, Informative)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189945)

I'd nominate Virtual Dub. Come to think of it, I think I'm going to donate a little towards the guy who wrote that. Damn useful if you have to make .AVIs.

What to do with rotten apples...? (2, Insightful)

schumaml (78970) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189952)

For some software, there are multiple distributions on Windows, or merely multiple distributors (check all those Ebay auctions seeling the "MS Office replacements" etc...).

What happens if one of these includes spyware? Will the whole program be delisted, or will the offending ditros be identified individually?

All the tools from sysinternals.com (1)

m_pll (527654) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189954)

Things like FileMon, RegMon, Process Explorer etc.

easyphp (1)

psin psycle (118560) | more than 9 years ago | (#11189955)

http://www.easyphp.org/

Great development environment. Installs apache, mysql, php all in one go. Great replacement for mssql and iis.
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