useful software for WIN (pls share youre gems)

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  1. breadd

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    last week I moved a download
     
  2. DoubleTake

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    Treesize is great. It does embed into the context menu, but only when you want it to.
    AS ALL PROGRAMS SHOULD, it allows for easy removal and adding to context menu in the options.
     
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    It works in combination with an Android Phone.
    With the software you can use your phone or tablet as a graphical input device for Windows. Originally made for OBS and stream creators it's a universal application to be used as a command center where you can start/stop programs on your computer and within the programs you can use the buttons like hotkeys but with a nice UI.
     
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    The same for me. Very easy to spot high hdd space clutter. I use it since long time.

    I would add Clonespy, to get rid of duplicates, lot of options.
    http://www.clonespy.com/?Features
     
  6. PrettyPurdie

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    USB Deview - old Tool that resets all your usb port registries (still use it when my hub doesnt rec any) usb sticks anymore
    Win Unlocker - Sometimes Folders wont delete, despite checking all the boxes about write protection etc
    Revo Uninstaller - No need to explain, get it
     
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  8. eldarktufa

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    Windows Firewall Control (highly recommended & Free) from https://www.binisoft.org/wfc
    Been using this for 15 years in Windows 7.
    • What is it? It is a Firewall User Interface that hooks into Windows existing firewall programme which is neither intuitive nor user-friendly. Available for all Windows version from Win 7 up. 32bit & 64bit.
    • WFC lives in the system tray. Filtering of inbound AND outbound connections can be blocked at HIGH, the most secure level, with Medium Filtering configured to allow/reject legit traffic.

    • Most of the configuration options of WFC can be applied from the system tray app below. A Manage Firewall Rules Overview window is located via the far left button on the bottom of this app.

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    Read carefully, but it's actually very simple to use. If you leave your computer on 24/7, at night you can right click the tick icon in the system tray > profiles and choose high. Now you're safe for the night.
     
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  9. DoubleTake

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    I have been using it for a few years, too.

    The main thing is to make sure you enable notifications, so you can allow what you want to allow.
    Before I registered mine on the old versions, notifications was not enabled and was a paid feature (A small donation - I think I paid $15 for lifetime upgrades).
    Since Malwarebytes has it totally free I guess that notification feature may be enabled by default (it OUGHT to be).
    [EDIT: NOT enabled by default, but easy to enable]
    Well, i feel I've been sold-out, but I agree it is a great program.
    Easy to clean up the rules if you have made many duplicates and/or invalid entries.

    When it was acquired by Malwarebytes, I did not update and keep suing my older version.
    I notice occasionally i have to turn off filtering even after allowing a program, so i should update.
    It still works great besides that.
    I see this on the website, and hope the short term is not too short:
    "We at Malwarebytes are big fans too. That’s why we’ve asked Binisoft founder Alexandru Dicu to join our team. And not to worry—we will maintain, support, and keep Binisoft products free for everyone in the short term."
     
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  10. Gyro Gearloose

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    but never protect settings of wfc with password or you must buy the unlock cause your pass wont work ...
     
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  11. eldarktufa

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    Well spotted @Double Take. More, more, more $$ is the name of their game.
     
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    Here are my favourites "gems" (not all of these programs are super obscure, but so far, no one mentioned them, so this might be useful to some people):
    1. F.lux - free blue light exposure protection app, I personally can't live without it.
    2. Jackett - API for torrent trackers, lets you search dozens of torrent trackers at once.
    3. Den4b Renamer - in my opinion, the best file renamer available.
    4. Signal - good and secure application for daily communication.
    5. TuxGuitar - my favourite guitar tablature editor, way better than some certain bloatware.
    6. RKill - terminates malware processes that block standard security software from running.
    7. x360ce - Xbox 360 controller emulator (good if you use no brand controller).
    8. Registry tweak to restore Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10 LTSC - self-explanatory.
    9. Microsoft Visual C++ All-in-One Repack - in my opinion, the best repack.
    10. Windows Update Blocker - blocks Windows Update.
    11. Defender Control - blocks Windows Defender.
     
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  13. DoubleTake

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    It looks like you are using the pre-Malwarebytes version too..
    I just changed and am running the Malwarebytes one. Seems good.

    I made sure when I uninstalled the older version to KEEP CURRENT WINDOWS FIREWALL SETTINGS, (and NOT "set to recommended" or "defaults" or whatever the option was).
    I did not want to have to click a bunch for all those I have already allowed.
    I HAVE seen a few new notifications asking what i want to do. They seem to be newer Windows stuff that might have been blocked by the other version without notifying me. "Devicecensus.exe", MicrosoftEdgeupdate.exe, usocoreworker.exe.
    So far so good :)

    I have used Malwarebytes in the past for manual virus scanning.
    I did not even realize that I still had it installed, and it seems to not interfere with anything.
    Its Program Files folder was created in April of 2017... Wow. I didn't realize how old this setup was.

    Can't complain...
    This used to be my gaming PC but now my "Everything PC" - tons of stuff on it but still running great.
    Can't really complain about Win10 considering the only "restores" i have done I did of choice after poor installs of "unofficial" DAW stuff.
    I did not bother tracking installs with an uninstaller since it only took 20 minutes to restore backups to SSD.
    Now that I have so much more stuff on here it takes longer, so I watch and track installers with Revo uninstaller....
     
  14. eldarktufa

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    @DoubleTake: Yes, pre-Malwarebytes. You prob know if you scroll down to the bottom of the WFC Options panel, you can export/import your User Settings to a backup location. Ditto under Rules import/export, although I think this is for the existing Windows Firewall rules, not the WFC rules you created.

    Under Security, I have mine set to Secure Boot.

    If for some reason WFC ever jams up (I don't use Win 10) start your task manager and end processes wfc.exe and wfcs.exe, then restart WFC. It will restore those two processes if either of them are missing..
     
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  15. eldarktufa

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    Suggestion for full Windows system backup and partition management:
    I used the free versions for several years. Backupper saved my bacon more times than I can remember and Partition Manager is excellent for managing/changing your partitions. Based on my experience and added benefits and tweaks, I now use the Pro versions. Excellent support fpr free and pro.
     
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  16. PartyShit

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    My knowledge so far:

    Windows tricks:
    If you have "quick launch" shortcuts in your Taskbar than WIN+1, WIN+2, WIN+3...opens your 1st...2nd...all of your applications.
    Virtual Desktop: Open your applications setup your screen than press WIN+D this will store your layout with the apps open as a Virtual Desktop you can create as much as you want to toggle press WIN+TAB https://community.windows.com/en-us/stories/virtual-desktop-windows-10
    Take screenshot and save it immediately without any notification just press WIN+printScreen as much as you want and it will be saved immediately in "users-----"your name"----Pictures" it will be automatically renamed screenshot 1, 2, 3, 4 as much as you press WIN+PRTS

    google Chrome:
    Install uBlock Origin https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/ and you'll no longer have ads on youtube, no interruptions when you are listening to someone's mix on mixcloud, no more facebook ads you'll see just your news feed & friends things.
    CTRL+T opens a new tab in Chrome than pressing CTRL+1, CTRL+2...and so on will switch between your tabs much faster than clicking...

    Replace your hosts file:
    https://someonewhocares.org/hosts/ just copy the whole text on this website and save it as your hosts file in "c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\" your PC will be much snappier and your browsing experience much faster.

    uBlock Origin+this hosts file thing secures you completely I'm not using any firewall/windows defender..all that crap without any issues I'm installing new cracked plugins all the time/torrenting all the time and no viruses nothing for years now.

    Lightning fast file search: https://www.voidtools.com/downloads/ for example you have terrabytes of music on your drives you just run "everything" and type any character part of the band or song and there will be than you just drag it to your media player to play.

    Run your CPU at it's maximum capability all the time https://www.techpowerup.com/download/techpowerup-throttlestop/
    Check on youtube how to set up ThrottleStop once you have your settings right it will be a much better experience using your PC I have an old gaming laptop i7-6700HQ it runs at 2.6GHz and I have a Turbo boost of 3.1GHz so without ThrottleStop WIndows is using my CPU just on it's base frequency (2.6GHz) and using ThrottleStop I'm able to run it at 3.1 GHz all the time without any heat issues because I can undervolt with ThrottleStop as well so it runs like 48-50 Celsius on idle at 3.1 GHz when I'm in heavy use it only reaches 67-70 Celsius very very ggod.
    And of course if I'm running Ableton the plugins will run better at 3.1 GHz less CPU load as well so more DSP power available with ThrottleStop.
     
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    Also this, for people who need/like to script things, ConEmu.

    This in conjunction with Bash (for instance but PowerShell can also be powerful but I'm not too good with it so I won't comment on that) is a ridiculously powerful way to automate your computing.
     
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    Thanks to all for the contribution, here are some of my favorites not yet mentioned

    Sandboxie - best way to test software installing it in a sandbox
    MusicBee - best music player and catalog
    Vivaldi - browser with great features
    Xyplorer - most advanced file management
    SumatraPdf - lightweight pdf viewer
     
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    I always kept foobar's converter and tagger out of the installs on my machines, might be better i dont know ive only looked at a screenshot of it..

    Does it rely on internet databases for the tags? i hate that and dont use it,
    therefore i wonder if its as robust and fully featured as mp3tag and a standalone converter (both also free)
     
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