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check if there is a rootkit installed on my computer : F-Secure BlackLight
check if there is a rootkit installed on my computer : RootkitRevealer by SysInternals
check if there is a rootkit installed on my computer : RootKit Hook Analyzer
protect the computer against adware : Ad-Aware Personal
protect the computer against adware : Spybot-S&D
protect the computer against spyware : Windows Defender from Microsoft
protect the computer against trojans : ewido
protect the computer against viruses : AVG Free
protect the computer against viruses : AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic
protect the computer against viruses : Avast! 4 Home Edition
protect the computer against viruses : BitDefender 8 Free Edition
protect the computer with a firewall : Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall
protect the computer with a firewall : Safety.Net
protect the computer with a firewall : ZoneAlarm
protect the browser against spyware : SpywareBlaster
protect the browser against spyware : SpywareGuard 2.2
remove CoolWebSearch virus : CWShredder
remove specific viruses : Grisoft/AVG Virus Removal Tools
stop/cleanup homepage hijacking : HijackThis


Audio/Music/MP3/Real/Wav Freeware Utilities :

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burn a CD : CDBurnerXP Pro
burn an audio CD : MP3 CD Doctor Lite
cut mp3 files into small parts : mp3DirectCut
cut wav files into smaller parts : CD Wave
cut wav files into smaller parts : Wave Splitter
control iTunes in Firefox : FoxyTunes
edit mp3 tags : TigoTago
edit mp3 tags : Mp3tag
fade-in/fade-out mp3 files : mpTrim
manage my iPod without iTunes : YamiPod
organize the mp3 collection : MediaMonkey
organize the mp3 collection : Media Manager
play all mp3 files in a folder : 1by1
play an audio CD : TinyCD
play an audio file : Foobar2000
play an audio file : XMPlay
play real audio (.ra, .rm) files without the real software : Real Alternative
record/save streaming music : Streamripper for Winamp
rip music from a CD : Audiograbber
rip music from a CD : CDex
rip music from a CD : EAC = Exact Audio Copy
show song lyrics for the song playing : EvilLyrics
tag/fix mp3/audio file tags : the GodFather
tag/fix mp3/audio file tags : ID3-TagIT

Business/Office/Access/Excel/Word Freeware Utilities :

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add lots of commonly used functions into Excel : ASAP Utilities
capture the screen : Gadwin PrintScreen
capture the screen : ScreenGrab 1.0
capture the screen : Screenshot Captor
capture the screen : MWSnap
change the date/time on multiple files : SetFileDate 1.1
convert a document into a different format : Omniformat
convert a document into pdf : CutePDF Writer
convert a document into pdf : PrimoPDF
convert access database into mysql : Access to MySQL
create a small database : TreePad Lite
create pdf (portable document format) file : PdfEdit995
create pdf file : Pdf995
create pdf file : PDFCreator
create pdf file : PDF reDirect
create/edit css lists : CSS Tab Designer
create/edit html color codes : Color Coder
create/edit html file / website : Evrsoft First Page 2006
create/edit html file : Alleycode
create/edit html file : Matrix Y2K
create/edit html file : HTML-Kit
duplicate a block of text with some programmed variables : DupBlock
encrypt PDF files : Signature995
open PDF files faster : Foxit Reader
password protect a text file : Steganos LockNote
show all the fonts installed : FontList
show all the fonts installed : Font Thing

Communication Freeware Utilities :

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chat on IRC : IceChat
chat on IRC : X-Chat 2 for Windows
chat with different messenger clients : Trillian by Cerulean Studios
chat with different messenger clients : Jabber
chat with different messenger clients : Miranda IM
chat with different messenger clients : Qnext
chat with different messenger clients : SIM-IM
chat with the jabber network : Pandion
check multiple email accounts with 1 utility : ePrompter
phone free using the internet : Skype
phone free using the internet : Gizmo
phone free using the internet : KishKish SAM
phone free using the internet : switchboard
phone free using the internet : Voipbuster
talk to skype and google-talk clients : Festoon Unity
telnet/ssh to a site : PuTTY
use a better MSN Messenger client : Mercury Messenger
video conference with others : SightSpeed

Desktop Freeware Utilities :

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add useful widgets : Yahoo Widgets
add useful widgets : Kapsules
automatically take screenshots at regular intervals : TimeSnapper
change desktop wallpaper automatically : Background Boss
change desktop wallpaper automatically : Panorama 32
change multiple monitors resolution : HobRes32
change my cursor shape/size : Stardock CursorXP
customize my shortcuts : PowerPr
display a calendar : Calendar
display earth-from-space photographs screen-saver : EarthView
display weather information : WeathAlert
display weather information : WeatherMate
display weather information : Weather Watcher
hide/bring back all the icons on the desktop : DeskSweeper 2.0
hide applications from taskbar/system tray : WatchCat 2.0
keep the icons fixed even when screen resolution changes : DIManager
launch applications : Mobydock
launch applications/bookmarks : jetToolBar 3 by Cowon
launch applications from a sidebar : Desktop Sidebar
launch applications quickly (list) : PopSel
launch applications quickly (icons) : RocketDock
launch applications quickly (icons) : Qsel
launch applications quickly (icons) : ObjectDock
launch applications with shortcut names : SlickRun
launch applications with shortcut names : Find and Run Robot
make application windows transparent : Glass2k
make application windows transparent : Power Menu
manage icons : Iconoid by Sillysot
manage wallpapers : Wallpaper XChange
multiple desktops and switch between them : BossKey
multiple desktops and switch between them : Virtual Dimension
rename Recycle Bin/My Computer/My Documents/My Network Places icons : Desktop Renamer
run a airplane flight simulation screen-saver : Holding Pattern
show a funny clock : Toon Clock
show a world clock : Qlock
show an analog clock : ClocX
show date and day in the taskbar : TClockEx
synch computer clock to exact time : TimeSync
synch computer clock to exact time : TimeSync by RaviB
use two desktops on 2 monitors with taskbars : MultiMon Task Bar
write sticky (post-it) notes on the desktop : ATnotes
write sticky (post-it) notes on the desktop : hott notes 3
write sticky (post-it) notes on the desktop : Stickies
write sticky (post-it) notes on the desktop : Stickies for Windows
write sticky (post-it) notes on the desktop : StickyPad

Editors/Notepad Replacements Freeware Utilities :

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edit a file collaboratively : MoonEdit
edit in hex : Freeware Hex Editor XVI32
edit php source code : PHP Designer 2005
edit programming source code : Crimson Editor
edit programming source code : PSPad editor
edit text : EditPad Lite
edit text : EDXOR
edit text : ConTEXT
edit text : Notepad2
edit text : TextPad
preview any file as a hex dump : HexView

Files and Folders Freeware Utilities :

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add a comment field for file/folders : HobComment XP Shell Extension
access files remotely : Avvenu
add a foldersize column to Windows Explorer : Folder Size for Windows 2.3
archive (zip) files : IZArc
archive (zip) files : QuickZip
archive (zip) files : ZipGenius
backup files and folders : Replicator
backup/mirror a folder on another drive : SyncBack Freeware V3.2.10 from 2BrightSparks
change file-date on multiple files : FileDate Changer
change file-date on multiple files : ntouch
change the folder icon : NirExt
compare two text files and find difference or merge them : WinMerge
completely wipe/delete a file : SuperShredder
create a self-extracting (.exe) compressed files archive for a list of files : Funduc Software ZIP Extractor
create an encrypted archive : BCArchive
display all shared folders : GoTo Shared
display size/space of folders on a drive : DriveUse
display size/space of folders on a drive : JDiskReport
display size/space of folders on a drive : SequoiaView
display size/space of folders on a drive : SpaceMonger
display size/space of folders on a drive : TreeSize Free
encrypt a file : DSE
encrypt a large file quickly : SureCrypt
exchange files in my private network : Grouper
find/delete duplicate files : DoubleKiller
identify a file : TrIDNet - File Identifier
keep two folders in synch : SyncToy v1.2 for Windows XP by Microsoft
keep various versions of a file : CVSNT Open Source
list all files in a directory/folder in a text file : FileList
list all files in a directory/folder in a text/html file : Directory Lister
locate a file on the hard drive : Locate32
open subfolders of a folder with a right-click : Open Subfolder
perform muliple operations on files/folders : Drag and Drop Shell Robot
print the directory/folder tree list (and optionally, file list) : YourDir
print the list of files in a folder : PrintFolder 1.2
rename files (command line) : Renamer
rename multiple files : Bulk Rename Utility
rename multiple files : Lupas Rename
rename multiple files : Oscar's File Renamer
rename multiple files : THE Rename
rename multiple files easily : Rename Master
rename multiple files in one click : Flexible Renamer
search file/text on the computer : Copernic Desktop Search
search file/text on the computer : Google Desktop
search file/text on the computer : Yahoo! Desktop Search
search text (regular expressions) in multiple files/folders : Agent Ransack
search and replace text in multiple files : dsFSR
search and replace text in multiple files : ReplaceEm
search and replace text in multiple files : TexRep 2.0
securely delete a file so it can never be recovered : SDelete from SysInternals
share a folder with friends/private network : FolderShare
split a large file into smaller parts : HJ-Split
synch files between computers : BeInSync Basic
un-erase that file : PC Inspector File Recovery
undelete that file : FreeUndelete
undelete that file just recycled : Restoration
upload/download using FTP : SmartFTP
upload/download using TFTP : TFTP Server from SolarWinds
use GMail to store some files : GMail Drive
view all text files in a folder : Textview


Financial Freeware Utilities :

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budget and track expenses : PearBudget
calculate retirement cash flow: Forecaster
manage personal finances : AceMoney Lite
manage personal finances : Money Manager

Graphics/Images/Photographs Freeware Utilities :

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convert images into various formats : Xnview
convert images into various formats : FastStone Image Viewer
create a flash-based animated how-to/tutorial : Wink
create a web photo album and slideshow from my photographs. : JAlbum
create icons : Icon Sushi
create thumbnails of images : Easy Thumbnails by Fookes
draw charts/graphs in 2D/3D from data : Gnuplot
draw diagrams : Dia
edit an image : CinePaint
edit an image : PhotoPlus 6
edit an image : Photo View
extract icon files from exe/library files : Icon Factory
find any duplicate photographs in a folder: Dup Detector
find the color of any pixel : CatchColor
find the color of any pixel : Pixie by NattyWare
find the color of any pixel : Xoomer
magnify image to pixel level : Magnifier
manage galleries of photographs : Picasa from Google
paint creatively : ArtRage
paint creatively : Artweaver
paint creatively (for kids) : Tux Paint
pick a color from a pallette : ColorPic by Iconico
right-click on an image and convert/print/thumbnail it : FirmTools ShellExtension
remove unnecessary information from a jpeg file : PureJPEG
stitch together multiple photographs : Autostitch
view images in an album folder : Irfanview
view images in an album folder : GL Image Browser

Information/Fun/Misc Freeware Utilities :

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convert units of measures : Quad-Lock Unit Converter
convert units of measures : Convert
find word meanings and synonymns : WordWeb
learn the periodic table information : Periodic Library
learn the periodic table information : Periodic Table v2.4
learn typing : MaxType LITE Typing Tutor from AskMeSoft
learn world geography : Seterra
see 3d space simulation : Celestia
solve a scientific calculation : ESBCalc
solve equations and plot graphs : DeadLine
watch funny videos : Metacafe
zoom onto the Earth from space : Google Earth
zoom onto the Earth from space : World Wind by NASA

Internet Freeware Utilities :

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add tabs to Internet Explorer browser : Maxthon Internet Browser
backup outlook express email : OEBackup
backup mozilla (firefox/thunderbird) browser profile : MozBackup
blog from the desktop : w.bloggar
browse the web (small footprint browser) : Off By One Web Browser
clean browser cache/temporary files : CleanCache 3.0
create a single page html of all intenet explorer favorites : FavoritesView
create/edit html files / website : Nvu
create/edit xml files : XMLSpy Home Edition
download a file via a torrent / p2p site : uTorrent
download an entire website : HTTrack
download manager for internet downloads : FlashGet
download manager for internet downloads : Free Download Manager
download manager for internet downloads : LeechGet
encrypt email messages : ClipSecure
ftp multiple sites simultaeously : BlazeFtp 2.1
ftp files securely : WinSCP
log into an internet-connected computer from another : LogMeIn
manage passwords : PassPack
manage/resume file downloads : Free Download Manager
monitor bandwidth usage : RAS Monitor
read my RSS feeds : Abilon
read my RSS feeds : FireAnt
read my RSS feeds : Pluck RSS Reader
read my RSS feeds : RSS Bandit
read my RSS feeds : RSSOwl
read my RSS feeds : RssReader
read my RSS feeds : RSS Xpress
read my RSS feeds : SharpReader
read Yahoo! email using thunderbird/outlook/POP-3 : YPOPs!
remove all html tags from a file to make a into text file : HTMLAsText
remove dead (404) bookmarks : AM-DeadLink
run x-windows server : Xming
safely browse the web : Avant Browser
search the web from the browser : Google Toolbar
search the web from the browser : Yahoo! Toolbar
tune-up firefox browser : FireTune for Mozilla Firefox v1.x
use a text editor to view-source in Internet Explorer: View Source Editor
view Outlook Express message database files (*.idx/*.mbx/*.dbx) : OE Viewer

Keyboard Freeware Utilities :

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automatically send defined keystrokes : AutoHotkey
automatically send defined keystrokes : MacroMaker
automatically send defined keystrokes : PS Hot Launch VVL
automatically send defined keystrokes : RemoteKeys
easily enter unicode characters : AllChars
remap the keyboard : Keyboard Remapper

Performance/Recovery/System/Tuning Freeware Utilities :

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audit all hardware and software installed : Belarc Advisor
automatically logon without the login screen : Autologon by SysInternals
automatically adjust cpu loads : Process Tamer
backup/restore the windows registry : ERUNT
boot machine from a CD : Ultimate Boot CD 4 Win
boot windows faster : StartRight
build custom install windows CD : nLite
burn/create CD/DVD iso image files : ISO Recorder
capture all text written to screen : Textractor
change system settings : Microsoft Tweak UI
clean up temp folders : Empty Temp Folders
clean up temp folders : CCleaner
clean up the registry : EasyCleane
clean up the registry : RegSeeker
completely wipe/delete a file : Simple File Shredder
completely wipe/delete a hard disk : Eraser
customize windows install CD : nLite
defrag the hard drive : PageDefrag by SysInternals
defrag the hard drive : DirMS-S
defrag the hard drive continously : Buzzsaw-S
display CPU information : CPU-Z
display CPU information : WCPUID/XCPUID
display Microsoft ProductID and the CD-Key of MS-Office, Windows, Exchange Server, and SQL Server : ProduKey
display NTFS compression ratio of folders : NTFSRatio
display TCP/UDP endpoints and applications using them : TCPView by SysInternals
display all file activity in real-time : FileMon from SysInternals
display all processes running : PrcView
display all startup programs that run on my computer : Autoruns by SysInternals
display all windows updates (hotfixes and service packs) installed : WinUpdatesList
display and automatically optimize memory usage : FreeRAM XP Pro
display hard drive status information : HDDlife (small print freeware)
display motherboard system information : Motherboard Monitor
display system benchmark report : Fresh Diagnose
display system information : Everest Free Edition
display system information : Samurize
display system information : StatBar
display system information : SysMetrix
display system information : TinyResMeter
display system information : WinBar
display system information : SIW - System Information for Windows
display which pgrogrms are accessing the registry : Regmon by SysInternals
display/edit registry entries neatly : Registry Jumper
find which program has a particular file or directory open : Process Explorer by SysInternals
find which program has a particular file or directory open : WhoLockMe Explorer Extension
monitor bandwidth usage : BitMeter 2
monitor bandwidth usage : NetMeter
monitor voltages, fan speeds and temperatures : SpeedFan
optimize the windows registry : NTREGOPT
optimize TCP/IP settings : SG TCP Optimizer
recover passwords of network connections : Network Password Recovery
recover that password : Cain & Abel Password Recovery
remove unused files from the system : CCleaner
remotely control another computer : TightVNC
reveal the password behind the ***** in some applications : Asterisk Logger
run benchmark tests : 3DMark06
run only approved programs : Trust-No-Exe
scan IP/ open ports : Angry IP Scanner
stress test the system : HeavyLoad
tweak security settings : Safe XP
unlock the file/folder being used by another process : Unlocker
view/kill running tasks : Taskill

Productivity Freeware Utilities :

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connect two/more internet-connected-computers into a virtual network : Hamachi
defrag hard disk with contiguous files : Contig by SysInternals
display which progam has a file/directory open : Process Explorer by SysInternals
edit plain text : TED Notepad
keep more than 1 text snippet in windows clipboard : ArsClip
keep more than 1 text snippet in windows clipboard : Clipboard Recorder
keep more than 1 text snippet in windows clipboard : Ditto
make a to-do list : Easy To-Do by Xanadu Tools
organize calendar, contacts, to-do : EssentialPIM Free 1.71
organize schedules and tasks : Chaos Manager
play a music/mp3 file at alarm time : Alarm
play a music/mp3 file at alarm time : Citrus Alarm Clock
quickly launch applications : Launchy
read the text file to me : Ultra Hal Text-to-Speech Reader by Zabaware
replace Notepad : NoteTab Light by Fookes
set up date reminders : Date Reminder
spell check in an application that doesn't have that feature : tinySpell
word a to-do list : Taskmaster
write a business plan : Free Business Plan Software by PlanWare
write a daily diary : iDailyDiary Free Version by Splinterware

Programming Freeware Utilities :

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program in visual basic : Visual Basic Express by Microsoft
program in visual c++ : Visual C++ Express by Microsoft
program in visual c# : Visual C# Express by Microsoft
program in visual j# : Visual J# Express by Microsoft
proram in c++/c# : Bloodshed Dev-C++
create installation programs : Inno Setup
create installation programs : QuickInstall 2
run perl in windows : ActivePerl
view/print xml tree : XML Viewer

Uninstaller Freeware Utilities :

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cleanly uninstall applications : Easy Uninstaller v 1.5
cleanly uninstall applications : MyUninstaller

Video/DVDs Freeware Utilities :

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backup a DVD : DVD Backup Xpress
capture screen activity into a movie : AviScreen Classic
convert DVD to DIVx : AutoGK
copy a DVD : Shrinkto5
copy/shrink a DVD to the hard drive : DVD Shrink
copy/shrink a DVD to the hard drive : RatDVD
edit an avi file : AviTricks Video Editor Classic (Freeware)
identify missing codecs for playing avi fileGSpot Codec Information Appliance
join two mpg files : CombiMovie
play Quicktime movies without Apple software : QuickTime Alternative
split/join avil files : AviSplit Classic

Windows Explorer Replacements/Shell Extensions Freeware Utilities :

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replace windows explorer : A43 File Management Utility
replace windows explorer : Commander
replace windows explorer : freeCommander
replace Windows Explorer : JExplorer
replace Windows Explorer : ExplorerXP
replace Windows Explorer : xplorer2 lite
use customized shell : ShellON
 

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... and how much is still relevant
 

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my Mcafee virus protection said not to run most of these applications, so i wont , any body else want to chime in
Personally I wouldn't install anything from the list unless you know what it is and where to get it safely. It's a few years out of date.
 
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