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A few good free programs that i use alot for my computer maintenance are Wise Disk Cleaner and Wise Registry Cleaner. They Make your computer Really fast and Its as easy as 1 click on both programs and boom done. I do the Registry one first then the Disk cleaner 2nd.
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I found a few fun programs to spruce up your desktop environment. One is called bumptop and the other is called stardock objectdock. Bumptop is no longer free because they sold the license to google ( dumb idea ) but if you scour the internet enough then you can find it. Bumptop turns your desktop into a 3d looking box. You have 4 walls and a bottom and each wall can be used for different things. It keeps me organized. Stardock Objectdock is basically the Mac dock converted for windows. Its a nifty little program that makes your Intel based computer look like a mac.
Malwarebytes - removes all forms of malware, including viruses, Trojans, spyware, adware and rootkits. This free utility finds stuff that most anti-virus utilities don't look for. It's a must have...
TrueCrypt - Keep your data safe in case your drive is stolen or lost. Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk. Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive.
It's what I used for the recent multi-quoting feature tutorial and it works really well and it's easy to use. They even supply a brief tutorial video which is pretty irrelevant as the interface is idiot-proof.
For my own curiosity, I'm going to pit it against a paid prog, SnagIt, (now that my setup is not the limiting factor) just to see how they rank. I'll report back with my findings.
In the meantime, let's breathe some life into this thread. And don't forget to donate to a dev if you like their prog. ~$10 is nothing but it speaks volumes to someone that has worked hard to make something cool that you use.