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Over the years I have found these to be my favorite free software programs to keep my PC/HTPC running "like a top", and/or are very useful. If you have any other free ones to recommended, please post and share your wisdom - or comment on the ones I've listed...

Utilities, tune-up, maintenance & useful PC information
1-4a Rename - batch, mass file renamer & other useful utilities (2/18/04)
[email protected] Kill Disk - free powerful hard drive eraser (11/7/04)
Add/Remove Pro - useful Add/Remove Programs utility - ultimate online HelpDesk for PC problems (5/17/04)
Auslogics' Registry Defrag & Disk Defrag – free defragmentation utilities (1/24/09)
AutoPatcher - install all the updates & registry tweaks (6/22/04)
AutoRuns for Windows – shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup (8/15/08)
BartPE - Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD (10/6/04)
Batchrun - create batch files Win 95/98/ME/NT/2000
Batchrun XP alternative - create .cmd files (using Notepad) (6/21/04)
Black Viper's web site - Windows configurations, setup, tweaks...
Black Viper archived - archived site (5/10/05)
Black Viper archived - archived site for XP SP2 (5/10/05)
Boot Log Analyzer - looks at your Windows BOOTLOG.TXT file for startup issues (5/21/05)
Boot Log XP - the best Windows boot analyzer (5/21/05)
BootVis - performance trace visualization tool for faster boot-startup times (8/1/04)
Ccleaner - freeware system optimization, privacy & cleaning tool (9/12/08)
CDCheck - utility for prevention, error detection & recovery of damaged files (6/30/04)
CodeStuff Starter - view & manage all the programs that are starting - very complete and updated high-tech dictionary for computer users (9/20/04)
Darik's Boot and Nuke - self-contained boot floppy that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers (11/7/04)
ExplorerXP - innovative FREEWARE file manager for Windows 2000/XP (5/20/05)
FARR (Find And Run Robot) – rapidly find programs & documents on your computer (1/27/09)
File Management in Windows XP - a lot of info & tips from The Elder Geek (5/20/05)
FileAnt File Manager - Windows file manager on tabs, FTP client (5/20/05)
Filex - complete reference on File Extensions & associated applications
freeCommander - dual pane, “swiss army knife” replacement for Windows Explorer (12/17/04)
freshdevices - excellent utilities like Fresh Download, Fresh Diagnose, Fresh UI, Fresh View... (5/21/05)
HDD Scan and Restoration Program - free HDD repair & data recovery software (11/7/04)
Help2Go - committed to offering free computer help & tutorials (6/23/04)
Index Your Files – search with file name indexing, smaller footprint (1/27/09)
Iobit SystemCare – System Care, Computer Scan, Computer Repair, PC Maintenance (6/4/09)
KatMouse – mouse wheel utility for Windows (1/27/09)
Lavalys - freeware system diagnostics & benchmarking solution (6/30/04)
Lockergnome Tips - “Your Top Technology Information Resource”
Low-Level Format, Zero-Fill & Diagnostic Utilities - info on HDD (Hard Disk Drive) utilities & formatting (11/7/04)
Low-Level Format, Zero-Fill & Diagnostic Utilities - manufacturer links for HDD utilities (11/7/04)
How to permanently erase data from a hard disk - site about permanently erasing data on a hard drive (11/7/04)
MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD-ROM – designed for creating & managing virtual CD drives & CD/DVD discs (11/25/08)
Motherboard Monitor - manage your fans, resources & alarms
MSFN's Unattended XP CD - create XP CD with Critical Updates, tweaks, drivers... (5/27/04)
MyCoolTools - real useful tools: VisualRoute, MySpeed, Visual IP Trace, eMailTrackerPro... (8/20/05)
nLite - excellent free Windows Installation Customizer, remove unwanted Windows components (8/28/04)
Oscar's File Renamer – rename files in a full featured text editor (8/12/08)
PC INSPECTOR File Recovery - data recovery program for FAT 12/16/32 & NTFS file systems (6/30/04)
PC INSPECTOR smart recovery - File Recovery companion for digital camera media... (6/30/04)
PC Pitstop – free PC scans & tune-up utilities (9/12/08)
PowerToys - Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP, TweakUI...
PrcView - explore & debug, process viewer for Windows (7/1/04)
Process Explorer - advanced task manager (6/26/04)
RegClean - cleans & repairs Windows Registry errors (9/12/08)
Regcompact.NET - registry compaction program that cleans empty values (5/3/2004)
RegEditX - unsurpassed RegEdit productivity
Registrar Lite - powerful & flexible freeware registry editor
Registry Guide for Windows - (formerly RegHelp, RegEditX,
RegShot - small & open-sourced registry compare utility
Restoration - restore files that are deleted accidentally & not in recycle bin (6/30/04)
Revo Uninstaller – make sure those programs are uninstalled (1/27/09)
SiSoftware Sandra Standard - The Diagnostic Tool
SpeedFan - monitors fan speeds, temperatures & voltages in PCs...
Startup Control Panel - easily configure which programs run when your PC starts
StartupList - WAY better than msconfig lists all auto starting programs (5/17/04)
Sysinternals Freeware - free very professional/quality system utilities (6/26/04)
Sysinternals RegMon - Registry monitoring utility
TeraCopy – copy & move files at the fastest possible speed (8/12/08)
Textractor - captures text from screen
The Elder Geek on Windows XP - very useful free information site like Black Viper's
ToniArts EasyCleaner - very useful program to clean PC & registry (5/20/04)
TreeSize - tells you where precious space has gone to
TweakHound - Super XP tweaking guide (1/31/04)
TweakTown WinXP Tweaking - From Reformat to Relax (1/31/04)
TweakTown WinXP Tweaking - From Relax to Righteous (1/31/04)
Ultimate Boot CD - boot CD for any OS, also WinUBCD & other free apps (10/6/04)
UltraExplorer – ultimate file manager for Microsoft Windows (8/12/08)
UnH Solutions - free excellent system utilities (6/26/04)
User Profile Deletion Utility - Delprof.exe - get rid of old User Profiles that are no longer needed (5/14/05)
Visual Task Tips – thumbnail image of things in your taskbar (1/27/09)
Vista Start Menu – alternative start menu for XP & Vista users (1/27/09)
Win XP Virtual CD Control Panel – lets you mount one or more .iso files as virtual drives (11/25/08)
Windows MultiEnhancer - remove Windows DialogBox, Outlook Express & Internet Explorer annoyances (12/8/04)
Windows Registry cleaners, downloads - search, delete & cure invalid references to Windows Registry (5/6/05)
Windows Search – instantly find documents, e-mail, attachments, & more (1/27/09)
Windows service packs & updates - OS and application patch repository, no need for Windows Update! (8/16/06)
Windows Services - a list of all standard Windows Services for NT, 2000 & XP (6/22/05)
Windows update driver site - latest secure Windows certified hardware drivers (6/30/04)
Windows XP Home Edition Utility - setup disks for floppy boot install (6/30/04)
Windows XP Installation - Step-by-Step Windows XP install
WinFlip – alternate window-switcher to the standard Windows Alt-Tab (1/27/09)
WinMerge – visual text file differencing & merging tool for Windows (11/25/08)
Winuscon -unearths many Windows's most useful features (6/30/04)
Xteq X-Setup Pro - 1 of most powerful free tweakers, utilities in 1 program
Yahoo Widgets – put items on screen such as CPU meter, volume control, weather, etc. (1/27/09)
Tweaks & overclocking - Windows XP tweaks (1/31/04) - the original overclockers club (1/31/04)
Extreme Overclocking - tweaking PC hardware to the max (1/31/04)
Overclockers Club - XP Services removal guide (1/31/04)
Overclockers Online - news, reviews & the kitchen sink (1/31/04) - push system performance to limit (1/31/04)
TweakTown - overclocking, tweaking... site (1/31/04)
Security, adware, spyware, spam, cookies, pop-ups...
AnalogX Script Defender - intercepts all requests to execute a variety of script types (.VBS, .JS, .WSH...) (5/15/05)
Anti-Virus freeware - free anti-virus software from (8/11/04)
AxCrypt – free file encryption software (9/12/08)
avast! 4 Home Edition - free antivirus software
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition - free antivirus software - “freeware for you” site, apps like Toolbar Chest, 2 tools below... (6/30/04)
CachePal - dump your IE cache files, browser history, & cookies quickly (6/30/04)
ScrubXP - cleans out temp files, cookies, history & Windows XP opened/searched files (6/30/04)
Bazooka Adware & Spyware Scanner - detects a multitude of spyware, adware, trojan... (2/11/04)
Browser Hijack Blaster - stop anyone from hijacking your home page + other features (6/30/04)
CastleCops - formerly ComputerCops, security professionals (9/5/04)
Comodo Firewall Pro – protection against identity theft hackers, Trojans, scripts... (5/12/07)
Cookie Viewer - discover info that websites leave on your computer (5/7/05)
CWShredder - small utility for removing CoolWebSearch & associated spyware apps (9/7/04)
Eraser - secure data removal tool for Windows (6/22/04)
Eraser - SourceForge open-source site for Eraser (6/22/04)
F-Secure – free online virus scanner (9/12/08)
HijackThis! - powerful spyware tool, many other useful downloads (5/17/04)
IE Privacy Keeper - simple & fast browsing history cleaner for Internet Explorer (6/26/04)
IE-SPYAD - Restricted Sites block list file download, Registry entry (5/14/05)
LeakTest - test for any leaks in your Firewall (6/22/05)
MVPS Hosts File - Restricted Sites block list file download, Registry entry (5/14/05)
MVPS Hosts File - info & help for Restricted Sites block list/Hosts file (5/14/05)
Junkbusters home page - dedicated to fighting junk inside the PC (7/1/04)
Kaspersky – free online virus scanner (9/12/08)
Lavasoft Ad-Aware - useful adware/spyware scanner removal program
McAfee FreeScan – free online virus scanner (9/12/08)
Microsoft Windows XP - site for latest updates, Service Packs & utilities (5/23/04)
Microsoft Security FAQ - FAQ about Microsoft Software & Internet Security
Panda ActiveScan – free online virus scanner (9/12/08)
Password Safe – easily create a secured & encrypted user name/password list (9/12/08)
PGP Freeware - encrypt messages & keep e-mail confidential (6/30/04)
Pop-Up Stopper Free Edition - pop-up blocker with history, cookies... "privacy report" (6/30/04)
Privoxy - proxy web filter download & choice of OS's
Privoxy home page - web filter home page (based on Internet Junkbuster & updated)
Privoxy sources - IE6 enhancements, future versions...
Proxomitron - proxy web filter, similar to Privoxy - not sure of updates (5/7/05)
RegistryProt - compact, low-level realtime registry monitor and protector (5/15/05)
Sam Spade - network-query tool that can help you locate bulk mailers, spammers... (6/30/04)
ScriptSentry - specify which scripts/files should be allowed to run, like AnalogX Script Defender (5/15/05)
SECRETMAKER - handle spam, plus 6 other useful tools (2/23/2004)
SpamAssassin - excellent e-mail SPAM filter that's very flexible... (6/15/05)
Spy Sweeper - free Spyware removal tools & info (9/5/04)
SpyBot - Search & Destroy - powerful spyware/adware... detector & remover
Spyware Doctor - new version very effective for spyware detection (7/6/05)
Spyware Warrior Forums - help with Spyware, Hijackers & other Internet nuisances (9/7/04)
SpywareBlaster - + SpywareGuard, MRU-Blaster... prevent spyware from installing
SpywareInfo - online spyware remover, doesn't scan cookies (5/31/04)
StartupMonitor - notifies you when any program registers itself to run at system startup (5/15/05)
Sygate Personal Firewall - excellent secure Firewall, user friendly (5/12/05)
Symantec Security Check – free online virus scanner (9/12/08)
SwatIt - scans your computer for Trojans, Worms, Bots and other Hacker programs (9/30/04)
ThreatFire – free protection for viruses, spyware and identity theft (3/15/2008)
Trend Micro HouseCall - online virus scanner (2/21/2004)
TrueCrypt – free open-source disk encryption software (9/12/08) Security Advisors - website is totally devoted to security
WinPatrol - spyware program launch alert (6/30/04)
ZoneAlarm - excellent free firewall
Internet browsers & other web surfing software enhancements
AltaVista Toolbar - toolbar w/Google like features + Babelfish translator button (6/30/04)
Avant Browser - versatile tabbed browser using IE engine (5/29/04)
Copernic search engine - allows you to search ALL search engines at once (11/9/04)
Gaim - multi-protocol instant messaging client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows (6/30/04)
Google Deskbar - search using Google without opening your browser (6/30/04)
Messenger Plus! - the most popular add-on for MSN Messenger (6/30/04)
Googlebar - search bar plug-in for Mozilla (6/30/04)
Mozilla Firefox - Mozilla's next generation browser (5/28/04)
Mozilla Firefox Extensions - Most popular Firefox Extensions (5/13/05)
Mozilla Firefox Extensions - Free Download Manager: FULL of features, works w/FlashGot Extension (5/16/05)
Mozilla Firefox Extensions - Download Manager Tweak: still adds features, but smaller alternative (5/16/05)
Mozilla Firefox Extensions - fireFTP: cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox (6/8/05)
Mozilla Firefox Installation Guide - very useful simple guide & tips for Firefox browser (5/13/05)
Mozilla Messaging – free E-mail client (9/12/08)
Mozilla Suite - web browser, advanced e-mail... all-in-one Internet application suite (5/13/05)
Mozilla Thunderbird - Mozilla's e-mail & newsgroup client (6/30/04)
MyIE2 - tabbed interface solution for browser Windows filling taskbar (6/30/04)
Opera - full-featured web browser - surf the web faster, safer & easier (5/14/05)
SeaMonkey - from, all-in-one Internet application suite (4/25/06)
Toolbar Chest - for OE - save window positions, layout & many more settings (6/30/04)
Trillian Basic - multi-network IM client - IRC, AOL, ICQ, MSN, or Yahoo... (6/30/04)
w00t! - counter-strike search engine (11/14/04)
Useful software & links for freeware
100best FREE web space Providers - The Truth About Free Web Hosting
7-Zip - versatile zip extractor
AceFTP 3 - FTP client for creating/exchanging web pages
AceHTML 5 - web page creation, validation (6/19/04, no more updates)
AceMoney Lite - freeware manages your finances (6/30/04)
Adobe Acrobat Reader - useful Internet .pdf file viewer, other features... (6/30/04)
AnalogX - free Network utilities (8/12/04)
André Bacard's Privacy Page - Protect Your Computer, Financial, Internet & Political Privacy (11/29/05)
AutoHotKey - create Macros, automate tasks (6/11/04)
Bart's Network Book Disk - professional network boot disk (2/12/04)
Blender – free feature filled 3D animations software (9/12/08) - create your own blog/web page
Blowfish - The Blowfish Encryption Algorithm, useful for SFTP server transfer... (5/20/05)
CadSoft Online - Eagle Light Edition: free circuit board, electronics... CAD (7/3/04)
CORE FTP LE - FULL FEATURED FTP, SFTP... client for PC... website file transfer (5/17/05)
Cryptainer LE - award winning encryption package is totally free & never expires (11/29/05)
CutePDF – free PDF writer (5/12/07)
DC++ - free ultimate file sharing client for Direct Connect Network (5/5/05)
Dir to HTML Wizard - Advanced Directory Manager (2/10/04)
DNSstuff - useful tools for network administrators, domain owners, users of DNS hosting services, etc. (6/23/05)
Eclipse – free HTML editor (9/12/08)
EventGhost – open-source automation tool for MS Windows (5/12/07)
extendedPDF - make your documents much easier to read w/PDF's navigation (11/29/05)
FileZilla - FTP client for web pages, lots of useful features
FinancialFate – free do-it-yourself financial planning software (9/12/08)
Foxit Reader - free reader for PDF (eBook) documents, small <1 MB download size (10/22/05)
Free Download Manager - FULL of features, also works w/FlashGot Extension in Firefox browser (5/16/05)
FREE DOWNLOADS CENTER - free utilities download site (8/12/04)
Free SSH and SCP - secure transfer protocol for Windows 9x, NT, ME, 2000 and XP (5/20/05)
FreeBSD - FreeBSD makes an ideal Internet or Intranet server (5/7/05)
FreeDNS - Free DNS, Dynamic DNS, subdomain and domain hosting (5/7/05) - The one site for all free CAD, CAM and CAE programs (6/19/04)
FreeDOS – 100% MS-DOS compatible operating system (5/12/07)
Freeware Home - collection of free software & Internet services (8/11/04)
Freeware World Team - International Freeware Database (8/11/04) - your free software resource - utilities (8/12/04)
FreeWorld DIALUP - uses a broadband Internet connection to make phone calls (6/30/04)
Ghostscript - PDF engine, 3 similar links right below... (3/11/05)
GNUCash – personal & small-business finance manager (9/12/08)
GnuPG - a complete and free replacement for PGP encryption (11/29/05)
GSview - display & print PostScript and PDF files, requires Ghostscript (3/11/05)
RedMon - Redirection Port Monitor - redirect Ghostscript .pdf to a file (or printer) (3/11/05)
Creating a free PDFWriter using Ghostscript - step by step on how to create a PDF Writer (3/11/05)
Hamachi - organize 2 or more computers w/Internet connection into secure virtual network (5/24/05)
HTML-Kit - web page creation, Multiple Validators
HTML-Kit Plugins Generator - very useful additions to HTML-Kit (6/19/04)
Internet Download Manager - handle your downloads & increase download speeds... (6/30/04)
IrfanView - free compact powerful image editor (6/30/04)
IZArc - the ultimate archive/compression utility supports many archive formats (1/21/05)
jrdesktop – open source software for viewing &/or controlling a distance PC (9/12/08)
JXHTMLEDIT - excellent easy browser-based HTML/XHTML authoring tool based on Java 2 (5/17/05)
KeyNote - multi-featured tabbed notebook (6/30/04)
Microsoft Typography - free font tools & utilities site (8/12/04)
Moochers Freeware - your home for free software on the 'net (8/11/04)
Mozilla Editor – free HTML editor (9/12/08)
NetLeech - excellent versatile download manager
NoteTab Light - Notepad replacement, MS Word alternative, handy ASCII MDI, HTML editor (2/19/04) - convert just about anything to anything else (7/18/04)
OpenBerg – read, write, publish e-Books with open standards & free software (9/12/08)
OpenOffice - free open-source alternative to Microsoft Office (Excel, Word...)
OpenOffice Calc Tips - spreadsheet resource page & plug-ins (9/18/05)
OpenSSH – free implementation of Telnet & SSH, encrypts all traffic (9/12/08)
Xnumbers - OpenOffice plugin, many features - improves on 15 significant bit calcs... (9/18/05)
Xnumbers - Excel plugin, many features - improves on 15 significant bit calcs... (9/18/05) - find open source software alternatives to well-known commercial software (10/26/06)
Paint.NET – free image & photo editing software (9/12/08)
PC--->MAC - link page to MAC to/from PC utilities (3/11/05)
PDFCreator – free PDF writer (5/12/07)
Photobucket – upload all your photos, videos, & images for free (4/17/09)
Pidgin – the universal IM client (12/17/08)
Pidgin PluginPack – plugins for Pidgin (12/17/08)
POV-Ray - free tool for creating stunning 3-D graphics (8/9/04)
PureText - copy text from Web pages, remove formatting... (6/30/04)
PuTTY – free implementation of Telnet & SSH, encrypted (9/12/08)
Python - powerful object-oriented programming language, like Perl, Tcl, Scheme, or Java (5/20/05)
Ramsinks - The Free GOOD Software List, another excellent site for free apps (12/10/05)
Raw Therapee – RAW converter and digital photo processing software (5/24/07)
rdesktop – capable of natively speaking Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) (9/12/08)
ReactOS – open source operating system providing implementation of a Microsoft Windows XP (5/12/07)
RoboForm - free password manager, form filler, password generator... (6/30/04)
Screenshot Captor – a program for taking screenshots on your computer (1/27/09)
Scribus – free open source desktop publishing software (9/12/08)
StatCounter - invisible web tracker, hit counter, real-time web stats... (5/6/05)
SimpleServer:WWW - set up your own webserver... (2/10/04)
SmartFTP - like CORE FTP LE, free feature rich file-web transfer app (5/17/05)
SnapFiles - huge free software repository (8/16/06)
StatCounter - invisible web tracker, hit counter, real-time web stats... (5/6/05) - all free utilities (8/12/04)
Tech Support Alert - The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities (8/12/04)
The Exhibit Engine - PHP/MySQL application for smooth and versatile online photograph display (11/29/05)
The FreewarePC - run your PC all on FREEWARE (except OS) (8/11/04)
the GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program: photo, image composition & image authoring (6/30/04)
The International PGP Home Page - resource for PGP encryption program & the OpenPGP standard (11/29/05)
The Official Free Web Hosting Guide - the best free web hosting sites on the web (5/6/05)
The R Project - free software environment for statistical computing and graphics (9/18/05) - Free Encryption/Cryptographic Software (11/29/05) - home of the Web's best Freebies (8/11/04)
Tripod - one the best free web hosting sites on the web (5/7/05)
TUGZip - provides support for a wide range of compressed, encoded and disc-image files (9/7/04)
Ultimate CAD Directory - free CAD viewers, reviews & great site for CAD (9/23/04)
web-based news aggregator - create your own custom newspage for your website (5/20/05)
Web Wiz Guide - site for web design & development
WinKeySim - create Macros, automate tasks... (5/21/05)
WinSCP - open source freeware SFTP client for Windows using SSH (5/20/05) - The Universal Currency Converter (7/10/04)
Zip Central - free & easy smart zip file compression manager (6/30/04)

A.P. Lawrence - Unix, Linux & Mac OS X Help site (1/31/04)
Fedora Linux - free open-source alternative operating system
FreeBSD - advanced OS for Pentium, Athlon & other compatible architectures (5/21/2005)
FreeSBIE - FreeBSD-based operating system that works directly from a CD (5/21/05)
FRESHMEAT - vast Linux free resource site (7/1/04)
IntelliCAD 2001 - 3D CAD (might not be free anymore)
Java - download from Sun Microsystems
Knoppix - a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software (5/21/05) - Linux hardware/software resource site (1/31/04)
LiveCD - create your own LiveCD from a currently installed Linux distribution (5/21/05)
SLAX - small bootable CD containing the Linux operating system (5/21/05)
Useful links for other great freeware download sites
DOWNLOAD.COM - useful vast free download resource site (7/1/04) - excellent free “search for the device driver you need” site (6/30/04) – useful all freeware site w/downloadable update checker (7/20/08)
FreeByte - freeware programs created by Freebyte (7/1/04) - super tools & utilities download site (5/21/04)
NONAGS - the original & best genuine freeware site (7/1/04)
Nu2 Productions Website - free Utilities, BootCD & Disk, Multimedia apps... (7/19/04) - pretty self explanatory (7/1/04)
PC World download - vast PC download resource site (7/1/04) – site for photography freeware (5/24/07)
Pricelessware - the best of the best in Windows freeware (2/18/04)
Tucows Downloads - vast download site for Windows, Mac, Linux... (7/1/04)
3GP Video Converter – convert 3GP cell phone video files to more common PC video formats (9/12/08)
Absolute MP3 Recorder - record PC sound directly to MP3 file
AnalogX - 30 different DirectX utilities & plug-ins for audio files (7/1/04)
ASIO4ALL - Universal ASIO Driver For WDM Audio (6/13/04)
auCDtect - audio CD authenticity detector (4/22/05)
Tau Analyzer - audio CD authenticity detector - updated version of Aucdtect (4/22/05)
Audacity - wav sound file editor, audio recorder... (1/6/04)
AVIcodec - multiple info on movies, particularly video & audio codecs (11/12/04)
AviSynth – free powerful tool for video post-production (9/12/08)
BumpUp.exe - small useful filtering/edit tool for audio recordings (5/21/04)
Cdex - CD ripping & converting...
CDisplay Sequential Image Viewer - Windows image viewer for JPEG, PNG & GIF formats (8/11/04)
dBpowerAMP Audio Player - complete audio player (2/18/04)
dBpowerAMP Music Converter - Swiss army knife of audio (2/18/04)
Digital Sound Planet/Quartz Audio Master - audio recording software (5/21/04)
Etree Wiki - award-winning leader in lossless digital audio distribution (7/1/04)
EvilLyrics - view the lyrics of song that's playing, automatic search (7/1/04)
Exact Audio Copy - new audio grabber for CD-ROM drives
FLAC - audiophile lossless encoder
foobar2000 - excellent free useful “audiophile” audio player..
foobar2000 plugins - R1CH's foobar2000 Plugins, Winamp API Emulator (6/13/04)
GuMP – free Java based music jukebox (2/15/2008)
iTunes - digital jukebox for Mac & Windows (7/1/04)
jetAudio Basic - jukebox, burner, recorder, many features (6/11/04)
K-Lite Mega Codec Pack – able to play all the popular audio & video formats (9/12/08)
KMPlayer – an exciting free multi-format media player (6/4/09)
KRISTAL Audio Engine - audio recording software (5/21/04)
LAME - open-source LPGL MP3 encoder
Media Player Classic - non-bloat replacement for Windows Media Player
MediaMonkey - free versatile music manager
Monkey's Audio - lossless compression
MPEG Home Page - Official site for MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MP3... lossy compressed formats (7/18/04)
MPEG.ORG - home page of the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) (7/18/04)
mp3DirectCut - a small tool for editing MPEG audio directly
MP3Trim - clean up & improve your MP3 collection (7/1/04)
MusicBrainz - community music metadatabase & comprehensive music information site (6/17/05)
Nero DriveSpeed w/ASPI manager - control DVD-ROM speed (2/3/2004)
Nullsoft Winamp - excellent versatile free audio utility (3 popular plugins below)
ASIO plugin
CDReader plugin
Monkey's Audio plugin
Kernel Streaming output plugin for Winamp2 - info & help @ Hydrogen Audio Discussion Forum (11/11/04)
Kernel Streaming output plugin for Winamp2 - direct download link (11/11/04)
Quintessential Player - free full featured audio utility
Songbird – excellent opensource media player based on Firefox (12/17/08)
Shockwave Player Download Center - the standard for viewing rich media Web content (7/1/04)
Shorten - (SHN) lossless audio encoder (3/21/04)
System Tray Audio Card Switcher - switch default audio device via click on system tray icon (11/3/05)
Trader's Little Helper - for converting & trading lossless compressed audio files (5/30/06)
VIBIV - automatically tag the film and television videos in your library (12/8/06)
VLC media player - the cross-platform media player and streaming server (6/24/04)
Windows Media 9 HDTV Encoding Guide - Windows Media 9 HDTV Encoding Guide @ AVS Forum
Windows Media Encoder 9 - take advantage of Windows Media 9 Series
Windows Media Player - excellent popular free audio/HD video player
SrDoublerWmpPlg - Microsoft Windows Media Player sample rate doubling plugin (2/15/07)
WMSnoop - free WMV frame-by-frame anaylsis tool (4/27/05)
XP Codec Pack – helps you to play all major audio/video formats (9/12/08)
Zoom Player - simple audio/video player, but gives Power Users all the tools & interfaces
ZynAddSubFX - opensource software synthesizer capable of making a countless number of instruments (8/20/04)
HTPC setup...
3DChipset - ATi Radeon BIOS Flash Programs & Utilities
AC3Filter - DirectShow filter for AC3 decoding/real-time encoding (6/25/04)
AC3Filter - new improved release candidate (6/25/04)
AC3Filter - link that will self update w/each new AC3Filter release (7/18/04)
Ant Movie Catalog - manage your collection of CD/DVD movies (1/31/04) - antenna setup & resource site
AutoRip/MediaDogg – Sony XL1B (1,2,3) - control apps for XP by Alex Wetmore (5/14/07)
AVI_IO - for supported video cards, capturing w/scheduling solution (6/14/04)
AVI_IO - WDM Video Capture Driver for XP (6/14/04)
AVS Forum Search Page - search forum(s), normal search (3/1/2004)
AVS Home Theater Computer - HTPC meta FAQ thread (6/20/04)
AVS Home Theater Computer Forum - thats THIS forum!
Beyond Remote Client and Server - view remote computers, transfer files/clipboard, chat, & power on... (8/21/05)
Bobyte Software - freeware AVI splitter & combining utilities (3/11/05)
BootXP - Windows boot screens
Chameleon - HTPC front-end framework with a very customizable interface (7/7/04)
CheckHD - CheckHD tells you all about high definition (HD) at your house (3/1/05)
CTpvr & CTtv - free PVR for Hauppauge PVR 250/350 TV tuner cards (7/7/04)
Dead Pixel Buddy - program for testing LCD screens for dead pixels (6/7/05)
Digital Theater Interface - HTPC user interface (2/8/04)
DirectShow Filter Manager - utility to help list, sort, find, add or remove DirectShow filters (7/21/05)
Filmerit - freeware application for cleaning and managing DirectShow filters (7/21/05)
RadLight Filter Manager - open-source tool allows you to change merit of DirectShow filters (7/21/05)
DirecTV - Control your DirecTV® satellite receiver with your computer
Dscaler - very useful, versatile free video scaler
DVArchive - Virtual Replay TV for your PC
DVD Profiler - catalog DVD collection
DVHSTool - read/write HDTV transport Streams to/from a D-VHS VCR
Elisa – open source cross-platform media center/front end (8/29/08)
FCCHandler VirtualDub-MPEG2 - handles MPEG2 content
ffdshow - DirectShow decoding filter for decompressing DIVX & XVID movies
ffdshow - alternate download site (6/23/04)
ffdshow - alternate download site (6/23/04)
Ffdshow FAQ - AVS Forum ffdshow FAQ thread
Freevo - home theater PC platform based on Linux
GB-PVR - fully featured Personal Video Recorder (5/3/2004)
GSpot - audio/video codec information appliance (1/26/05)
HCFR Colormeter – free calibration software, also free calibration DVD (5/21/08)
HDD - Intel Application Accelerator - support for hard drives >137 Gigabytes, <= Intel 860 (5/23/04)
HDD - Maxtor Big Drive Enabler - support for hard drives >137 Gigabytes, > Intel 860 (5/23/04)
HdmiOn - a tiny program that turns the monitor off and on (4/8/09)
HDTV Card Buyer's Guide - AVS Forum thread (V2.5 -updated on 4/11/04) (6/19/04)
HIP from ByRemote - Human Interface Programmer - simple & versatile minimal screen keyboard remote (9/29/04) - HTPC news, reviews, gaming, guides... (6/8/04)
HDTVtoMPEG2 - AVS thread on HDTV to MPEG2 file conversion (10/5/04)
HDTVtoMPEG2 - download - HDTV to MPEG2 file conversion application (10/5/04)
HDTVtoMPEG2 description-download - (5/21/05)
How to record via 1394/Firewire to WindowsXP - AVS Forum thread - 2 download links below (10/5/04)
CapDVHS zip file - capture software for 1394/Firewire to Windows XP download (10/5/04)
HT core driver zip file - device driver for 1394/Firewire to Windows XP download (10/5/04)
iuVCR - universal video recording program (2/8/04)
Karnis' Custom Resolution Guide for PowerStrip - AVS Forum thread for 1080i HDTV-HTPC-POWERSTRIP-RADEON
LCD Master - LCD/VFD screen manager (pay version Girder required) (2/10/04)
MCE Standby Tool – configure system properly for desired sleep state (3/15/2008)
Media Engine - HTPC front end - audio/video interface (7/7/04)
MediaPortal - PVR & many other useful features (5/16/04)
Meedio Express - access digital photos & music using your TV and remote control (11/3/05)
Mimic - HTPC front end - build complex, flexible user interfaces (7/7/04)
Moonlight-Elecard MPEG2 Player - excellent tool for viewing, e.g. SVCD streams (6/24/04)
MsDVR 2000 - digital VCR for personal computers (5/3/2004)
Multi-Median - HTPC front end - new standard for Home Theater PC (7/7/04)
My Movies - remote operated DVD index, free add-on app for Media Center Edition users (2/1/05)
My Settop Box - assemble your very own settop box using Linux (7/7/04)
MyHTPC - excellent free front end software
Got TV (at myHTPC) - can be used as integrated TV solution for myHTPC system
MythTV - PVR project, one of best HTPC front ends out there
myTV – TV archiver for Vista Media Center (3/25/2008)
NetRemote - remote control for HTPC
Nimo's Codec Pack website - A/V codecs & DirectShow filters (2/8/04)
Nokia Monitor Test - the best way - by far - to find stuck or dead LCD pixels (6/7/05)
Open Media Library – solution for viewing and organizing your DVD library with Vista (8/29/08)
OpenMC - Open Source Multimedia Center
OpenHTPC - Home Theater PC (HTPC) front-end software (5/16/04)
PCI Latency Tool - utility to set PCI latency & possibly improve stutter or FPS (1/26/06)
PowerStrip - advanced, multi-monitor, programmable hardware support for graphics cards
RadLight Filter Manager - allows you to change registered merit values of DirectShow filters (12/11/05)
Rage3D - ATI utilities site (6/18/04)
Rage3D Tweak - custom resolutions for ATI cards (6/18/04)
ReClock DirectShow Filter - get rid of jerky playback of AVI and MPEG material (6/24/04)
RefreshForce - permanently fixes the Windows 2000/XP refresh rate problem (8/14/06)
RefreshLock - enjoy higher display frequencies w/o hassle of installing special drivers (8/14/06)
ResSwitch & ReCopy – easily change resolutions & lists all display modes available (6/17/08)
RivaTuner - powerful tweaking utility for NVIDIA & ATI display adapters (4/25/06)
Shizzle – Sony XL1B (1,2,3) - control apps for XP (5/14/07)
Server Elements NASLite - a simple dedicated file server using old hardware (12/5/04)
SME Server - Linux file server: versatile, simple, secure, cross platform (9/25/04)
Sony DVP-CX777ES RS232 controller - Windows program for Sony DVP-CX777ES 400-disc DVD player
SpeakerSetup – change speaker mode using command line (4/11/08)
SuperNudelist - CD/DVD megachanger for Pronto remote (2/8/04)
Surround Sound formats - surround sound formats explained with diagrams (7/18/04)
Test Patterns - test pattern apps for setting up a CRT projector with/PC (6/24/04)
TheaterTek - free demo version of TheaterTek, top rated DVD player (12/25/05)
TightVNC - HTPC network remote control
Titan TV - the most definitive source for what is on TV
TV tuner card drivers - WDM Video Capture Driver for XP - information on TV tuner cards & PVR software (6/12/04)
Tversity - allows streaming of any file format to a computer or device (4/11/08)
[email protected] - HTPC network remote control
VideoLan - video streaming solution for every OS (2/6/04)
Vidomi - plays TV quality XviD and DivX™ MPEG4 video (2/8/04)
Virtual VCR - DirectShow video capture application
VirtualDub - video capture/processing utility (2/8/04)
VirtualDubMod – based on the famous video editing software VirtualDub (12/17/08)
VobSub - can load subtitles (vobsub, ssa, srt, sub, ...) into movies being played (6/25/04)
VobSub - Home of VobSub, Media Player Classic (MPC) & other utilities (7/19/04)
VrokSub - automatically download subtitles for your movies.. (4/11/08)
Windows Media High Definition Video - watch stunning HD movies on your PC (7/1/04)
WMV HD Playback Tool - analyze your HTPC for WMVHD file playback & bottlenecks (2/4/06)
XBMC Media Center – excellent media center/front end (11/25/08)
Xlobby - excellent free front end software (8/29/08)
Xlobby – old versions of the software with instructions on how to install (8/29/08)
XMLTV - utilities to manage TV viewing (2/8/04)
XONE MEDIA CENTER - HTPC interface front end software (7/7/04)
YXY - aspect ratio for DVD players, like Zoom Player (2/8/2004)
Links for backup & copying CDs, DVDs... - video players & other free downloads... (6/24/04)
Areca Backup – personal file backup software developed in Java (9/12/08)
Audiograbber - CD-Ripper for Windows (7/1/04)
AutoGK (Auto Gordian Knot) - create excellent quality backups of your DVDs (6/23/04)
burn4free - new free burning solution & DVD copy (7/1/04)
burnatonce - master data and audio discs, read/write image files and copy on the fly (2/18/04) - everything you need for CD/DVD burning info (1/31/04)
CDBurnerXP Pro - burn CD-R, CD-RW DVD+R/RW DVD-R/RW discs, a lot like Nero but free (9/25/04)
DAEMON Tools - useful for mounting DVD images... w/DVD Decrypter (1/31/04)
Doom9 - The definitive DVD backup resource
DriveImage XML - easy reliable program for imaging & backing up partitions & logical drives (4/25/06)
DVD Region Patches - codefree region patches on the web for DVD-ROM players
DVD43 - very good app for use with ripper-free software
DVDFab Decrypter - copy DVD Movie to DVDR (2/15/07)
DVDShrink - excellent free software to backup DVD discs - download latest video & audio codecs free (6/23/04)
HDClone - copies smaller onto larger hard drives for migrating or backing up (12/25/06)
IfoEdit - solution to DVD Copy 1:1
ImgBurn - ImgBurn can write most types of CD / DVD images (11/17/06)
ISO Master – create or customise CD/DVD images, make Bootable CDs/DVDs (9/12/08)
ISO Recorder – burn CD & DVD images, copy disks, make images of data CDs & DVDs (9/12/08)
Lexar Image Rescue – recovery of your valuable photos from any memory card (9/12/08)
Remote Selector - great free program removes Macrovision & region lock on software DVD players (11/1/04)
RipIt4Me - backup or copy protected DVDs (2/15/07)
Ripping 101 - AVS Forum thread, DVD copying & burning info (10/9/04)
Smart Projects IsoBuster - the Ultimate CD & DVD data recovery software (3/11/05)
SmartRipper - DVD VOB file extractor/"DVD ripper" - download audio & video codecs, software, games, drivers + news (6/23/04)
SVCD2DVD or HDTV2DVD - HDTV to DVD made simple (3/25/06)
The Firmware Page - firmware for optical CD/DVD drives (2/20/04)
vStrip - Descrambling/Ripping tool, hard to learn but guaranteed results (6/7/05)
Removable storage & media
CD Media World - media resource & download site (1/31/04) - removable media resource site (1/31/04)
DVD+RW Alliance - DVD+RW resource site - largest, independent, online source for DVD+RW (1/31/04)
Recipe for DVD - DVD resource site (1/31/04) - also known as & (6/23/04)
I/O (Input/Output) info
EVERYTHING USB - USB I/O resource site (1/31/04) - FireWire I/O resource site (1/31/04)
Gary Field's SCSI Info Central - tons of info on the SCSI interface (1/31/04) - catalyst for the DTV revolution (2/3/2004)
IOX – free Girder alternative (9/3/2007)
IR Remote - IR remote control article for HTPC (8/25/04)
IR Remote - IRAssistant - free alternative to Girder, remote control PC apps and actions (8/31/06)
IR Remote - JP1 Remotes Forum - main forum for JP1 remote issues (8/25/04)
IR Remote - Yahoo Group JP1 Users - IR.exe, Keymap Master, RemoteMaster for IR remote (8/25/04)
IR Remote - MiriServer - free software for IR remote control for HTPC (8/25/04)
IR Remote - WinLIRC - free software for IR remote control for HTPC (8/25/04)
IR Remote - LIRC - free software for IR remote control for HTPC - Linux OS (8/25/04)
PCI Express - introduction to PCI Express (6/23/04)
PCI SIG - PCI, PCI-X, PCI Express I/O site (1/31/04)
PDA Archives - resource site for older PDAs (7/1/04)
PDA - FreewarePalm - PalmOS & Pocket PC Windows Mobile PDA freeware (7/1/04)
PDA - FreewarePPC - PalmOS & Pocket PC Windows Mobile PDA freeware (7/1/04)
PDA - Handango - advanced search for many PDAs, sort prices for free downloads (7/1/04)
PDA - - freeware for your versatile PDA (7/1/04)
PDA - Tucows PDA - lots of freeware for many different PDAs (7/1/04)
SCSI Planet - All the SCSI, all the time (1/31/04)
USB-UIRT/MCE IR Remote Control – remote control software for your USB-UIRT / MCE IR-blaster equipped HTPC (6/4/09)
Wi-Fi - AvantGo HOTSPOT LOCATOR - JiWire for use w/Palm OS & Pocket PC devices (6/30/04)
Wi-Fi - JiWire - Wi-Fi Hotspot finder, product news, industry reviews (6/30/04)
Wi-Fi - - troubleshoot & shore up Wi-Fi security (6/30/04)
Themes, desktop enhancements, miscellaneous...
Apple - Movie Trailers - Apple's site on movie trailers using QuickTime video (10/25/04)
Arkaos Visualizer - add visualization to music
Atnotes - drag & drop sticky Post-it like notes on your screen (6/30/04)
Atomic TimeSynch - synchronize with govt. Atomic clock (2/10/04)
BeyONdTV - showcasing features that the mainstream media ignores (5/3/2004)
BZ Hider - mouse cursor hider for Win32 (2/8/04)
CDCOVERS.CC - CD cover art, world's largest cover archive
Click-N-Type virtual keyboard - on-screen virtual keyboard
coverxp - print your CD/DVD covers in seconds... (6/23/2004)
Dave's Quick Search Taskbar Toolbar Deskbar - for search hounds with weary mouse-fingers (5/3/2004)
DeskColor - customize Icons on the Desktop
Desktop Icon Hider - hide your desktop Icons, Start Button (2/8/04) Forum - currently down, alternative site (6/23/04)
ElmuSoft Download Page - many useful downloads like PTBSync, Atomic Clock Synchronization... (12/8/04)
EMS-Project - great free Internet surfing companion (6/26/04)
ESPN BottomLine - displays live scores & news on Windows desktop (7/1/04)
FeedReader - supports major RSS formats - aggregate and organize online news (6/30/04)
Free Launch Bar – if you want tree menus/groups in the QuickLaunch bar (1/27/09)
Gotcha Covered - batch downloading of album & DVD covers (2/8/04)
HP photo tools & templates - personalized photo tool for T-shirts, mugs, calendars... (7/1/04)
IconHider - hides Icons, for Win32 (2/8/04)
Jet Toolbar - useful desktop toolbar - float or dock & many features (6/30/04)
KeyTweak - keyboard remapper for Windows 2000 or XP (2/6/04)
Kill Win - shut down, restart, or log off Windows at specified times (6/30/04)
MobyDock - an Apple-like dockbar (5/3/2004)
MobyDock - DOWNLOAD.COM alternative (6/21/2004)
MobyDock - alternative (6/23/2004)
Movie Wallpapers - movie wallpapers sorted by movie title (10/25/04)
Movie-List - great site for movie trailers (10/25/04)
MultiPatcher - Patch Windows XP to use Unsigned Themes & Visual Styles (5/3/2004)
Nostalgic Screensaver - shows your images similar to documentaries and biographies
ObjectDock - great interactive application launcher (2/20/04) - some beautiful themes, wallpaper & icons a la mac (6/26/04)
Picasa - instantly find, edit & share all the pictures on your PC (1/30/05)
Rainy's Rainlendar - customizable calendar displays current month (5/3/2004)
RocketDock – Mac-like application launcher, KKmenu & Stack Docklet recommended addons (1/27/09)
SAMURIZE.COM - desktop customization program (1/31/04)
Set Your Computer Clock - world animation display + official U.S. time (5/17/04)
Set Your Computer Clock - via the Internet NIST Internet Time Service (5/17/04)
SmartBarXP - best Windows Start Bar replacement bar none (2/20/04)
Smiley & images site - The Ultimate Pointless Website (5/31/04)
Smiley site - Best Smileys Page Index (5/31/04)
Smiley site - (5/31/04)
Smiley site - my Smileys, German (5/31/04)
Smiley site - (5/31/04)
StandaloneStack – Stack Docklet type of popup launch menu for the QuickLaunch bar (1/27/09)
The Open Video Project - interesting archival video - a shared digital video collection, open-source (10/25/04)
Theme Doctor - top rated site for themes & screensaver downloads (1/25/06)
ThemeXP - almost infinite amount of quality windows substitute themes (6/26/04)
ThePhoneBot - use PC as telephone answering machine with Caller ID (9/16/05)
Toddler Keys – lock your computer keyboard, CD drive doors & power-off button (8/29/08)
Video filters - some useful tools & effects... (6/13/04)
WindowBlinds - fully control GUI (2/6/04)
World Time - atomic clock synchronization (5/17/04)
Xnews - excellent Usenet newsreader for Windows (6/30/04)
XPthemes - your headquarters on Windows XP customization (6/26/04)
Audio information links, measurement & loudspeaker design software
ACXO - acoustic correction & digital crossover for PC (9/22/04)
AlmusVCU - Linux convolver for Auralisation, binaural, Ambisonics & ITU 5.1 (9/22/04)
Audio DIY Projects - various projects, some involving use of PC & components... (8/15/06)
Boston Audio Society links pages - many categories of informative & hi-end audio links (9/23/04)
BruteFIR - Linux versatile basic convolver for crossovers, equaliztion, Auralisation, Ambisonics... (9/22/04)
Convolver - convolver plug-in for Windows Media Player & DirectX for room correction (8/15/06)
Digital Crossover Filter Construction/Playback - digital crossover filters w/driver correction (2/6/04)
Digital Room Correction - Digital Room Correction software by Denis Sbragion (9/22/04)
Digital Room Correction - instructions by Jones Rush on how to setup & use DRC (9/22/04)
Digital Room Correction links + guide - links & guide for DRC software by Denis Sbragion (9/22/04)
ETF audio file reader - for reading .etf acoustic measurement files, also a demo (1/22/05)
FRD Consortium - acoustic design tools (2/6/04)
Function Generator - generates sine, square & triangle wave signals from 1 Hz to 20 kHz (6/26/04)
Liberty Instruments - Praxis loudspeaker measurement software - free download (5/3/2004)
Martin J. King's MathCAD models - Quarter Wavelength Loudspeaker Design (2/6/04)
NCH Tone Generator - excellent audio test tone generator (9/14/04)
RAL/Realtime Analyzer Light - measure & equalize sound system acoustics (need dB meter, 3-day trial) (8/19/04)
Room EQ Wizard - Java application for measuring room responses and correcting modal resonances (8/15/06)
SketchUp - powerful tool for quickly & easily creating, viewing & modifying your 3D ideas (4/28/06)
Speaker Workshop - freeware site devoted to creating loudspeakers (2/6/04)
The Edge - baffle diffraction simulator (5/3/2004)
The LDSG - a COMPENDIUM of recommended speaker drivers, crossovers, electronics... (5/16/05)
UniBox - excellent free speaker design software (2/6/04)
WinISD Pro - free speaker design software (2/6/04)
Games & online gaming for PC
Download Free Games - download over 140 virus & spyware free games (7/1/04)
FILE FRONT - 50 latest games in reverse chronological order (7/1/04)
FilePlanet - online play foe IGN/GameSpy software games (7/1/04)
FILESHACK - fastest loading game site on the Web (7/1/04)
FRAPS - benchmarking, screen & video capture tools for DirectX & OpenGL games (9/21/04) - latest video & computer game downloads (7/1/04) - play online games: chess, checkers, Battleship, Stratego, Go (similar variations)... (7/02/04)
List of freeware games, Wikipedia – implemented as traditional executable files (9/12/08) - games for everyone (7/02/04)
WORTHPLAYING FILES - search games by keyword or category (7/1/04)
Hardware info, news, reviews, shopping
[H]ard|OCP - hardware site (1/31/04) - dual CPU site (1/31/04)
Ace's Hardware - hardware site (1/31/04) - news, reviews, articles... (1/31/04) - products, support, resources (1/31/04)
AnandTech - hardware analysis & news site (1/31/04) - reviews of DVD movies, hardware... (1/31/04) - your basic hardware page (1/31/04) - UK's Premier Modding & Review site (6/7/04) - DIY PC resource site (1/31/04)
CHAITGEAR - news & reviews for digital audio & video consumers (5/19/04)
CNET - technology news & business reports (1/31/04)
CNET reviews - CNET reviews page (1/31/04) - product reviews, shopping, tech news, downloads (1/31/04) - tomorrow's device technology today (1/31/04) – hardware resource site (1/31/04) - lots of PC info, quiet PC components & discounts (1/31/04)
EarthWeb - hardware/software news resource site (1/31/04) - gigantic list of consumer electronics reviews (5/20/04)
Explosive Labs - hardware/peripheral reviews, articles, news... (1/31/04)
ExtremeTech - hardware/software info site - the online technology resource (1/31/04)
GIZMODO - gadget guide, lots of new HTPC accessories... (4/22/05)
Hardware Hell - vast hardware/software resource site (1/31/04) - hardware reviews, articles, news... (1/31/04)
HardwareCentral - in-depth computer hardware info (1/31/04)
hARDWAREMANIA - hardware reviews, news... (1/31/04)
Hardwareseeker - hardware news, articles & reviews (1/31/04) - hardware news, reviews, articles... (1/31/04)
Hot Hardware - only the hottest PC hardware tested & burned in (1/31/04)
InfoWorld - news, reviews & analysis (1/31/04) - products, tools, resources, downloads (1/31/04)
Legit Reviews – excellent hardware review site (12/3/08)
LOSTCIRCUITS - reliable hardware reviews (2/7/04) - motherboard reviews & database (1/31/04) - hardware, software, mobile computing (1/31/04)
MODTHEBOX.COM - Canada's premier case modding source (1/31/04) - hardware, DVD movie reviews... (1/31/04) - motherboard resource site (1/31/04)
Neoseeker - hardware & games reviews index (1/31/04)
Network World Fusion - useful news, resources site, home page (1/31/04)
Nexus Hardware - hardware reviews, articles, news... (1/31/04)
PC Abusers - advice, news, reviews (1/31/04)
PC Magazine - articles, news, reviews... (1/31/04)
PC Perspective - excellent forums, e.g. Liquid Cooling Forum, “reference of choice regarding PCs” (11/12/04) - vast hardware resource site (1/31/04) - news, reviews, how-to, downloads (1/31/04) - where the big players come to cool off (11/12/04)
Ram Electronics - resourceful hardware HTPC interface setup
Sharkey Extreme - hardware site (1/31/04) - reference site about quiet, low noise, noise-free PCs & components (11/12/04) - info/news source for semiconductor industry (1/31/04)
STORAGE REVIEW.COM - hardware storage site (1/31/04)
TechFest - ultimate tech info source (1/31/04)
The Hank Files - the truth is right here... (1/31/04)
the INQUIRER - news, reviews, facts & friction
the TECH REPORT - personal computing explored (1/31/04)
The Tech Zone - computer hardware reviews (1/31/04)
tom's hardware guide - news, reviews, latest hardware (1/31/04)
VR-Zone - VIRTUAL ZONE - hardware resources, news, networking, audio, display... (1/31/04) - wide format printer resource site (1/31/04)
Windows Clusters Resource Center - large storage capacity resources (1/31/04)
Woody's Watch - Microsoft software advice, tips & news
X-Bit labs - hardware news & reviews site (1/31/04)
XtremeSystems.Org - computing with no limits (2/1/2004)
ZDNet - hardware/software reviews & prices, tool, downloads... (1/31/04)
Bargain shopping for music, movies... & price comparison sites
Acoustic Sounds - high quality SACD, DVD, CD, vinyl... recordings of different genre (7/02/04)
Amazon - CDNOW - music, video, DVD site for Amazon (7/02/04) - DVD, computer & video games, music, books... (7/02/04)
Auction Sniper - automates process of placing your eBay bid in closing seconds (5/13/05)
bargain$ - special deal notices, to quote “You paid what?!” (3/11/05)
Barnes & - deals on DVD & Video, music, books... (7/02/04)
Best Buy - deals on music, movies, games, electronics... (7/02/04)
BMG Music Service - music club with good deals & selection on various music genre (7/02/04)
brainwashed - unique site for new music of wide taste (7/02/04)
CD Universe - “your online music store” (7/02/04)
CHEAP-CDS - “Look, listen & buy online at Cost” (7/02/04)
Chesky Records - “The Premiere Audiophile Record Label” (7/02/04)
Columbia House - deals in music, DVD, video... clubs (7/02/04)
CPU Prices - price chart by month for 1,000 unit quantites - as indicator (5/21/05)
AMD CPU Prices - price chart for 1,000 unit quantites - as indicator (5/21/05)
Intel CPU Prices - price chart for 1,000 unit quantites - as indicator (5/21/05)
Deep Discount DVD - guaranteed lowest total price (7/02/04)
DVD Price Search - “the smartest way to compare DVD prices online” (3/7/05)
eBay - huge online new & used auction site
Elusive Disc Inc. - SACDs, DVD-As, XRCDs, LPs (7/02/04)
FatWallet - special deal notices, “The smart way to shop online.” (3/11/05)
freecycle - any & every item is FREE - be it a stereo, TV, fax machine, piano, or an old door... (11/14/04)
GEMM - world's largest music catalog (7/02/04) - home page - deals on music, DVDs, movies, video games... (7/02/04) - Music - excellent & cheap music (CD...) selection site (7/02/04) - Movies - excellent & cheap DVDs/movies selection site (7/02/04) - Video Games - excellent & cheap Video Games selection site (7/02/04)
HDCD Music Catalog - the most comprehensive source for HDCD-encoded CDs (7/02/04)
J&R Music & Computer World - audio, video, games, movies, music, computers, software... (7/02/04)
musicdirect - audiophile site for Gold & HDCD, SACD, XRCD, DVD-Audio & Video... (7/02/04)
MusicStack music marketplace - buy music CDs, used CDs, rare vinyl records... (7/2/04)
Negative/Neutral Feedback - returns just negative & neutral ratings for any eBay user ID (3/12/05) - online outlet for books, movies, music & games... (7/02/04)
Price Watch - street price search engine - buy used bargain or sell your DVDs, CDs, VHS... (7/02/04) - buy, sell or trade music, dvds, games (7/02/04) - save money on all your technology product purchases (11/29/04)
VCDGallery - VCD movies & SVCD (7/02/04)
XRCD by JVC - XRCD, extended resolution CD site (7/02/04)
Yahoo shopping - very useful price comparison site

For contributions, special thanks and credit goes to:

.....: for AC3Filter, VobSub, Kernel Streaming output plugin for Winamp2
9mileskid: for, SmartFTP, Audacity
9volt: for HdmiOn
adean1979: for Dead Pixel Buddy
airduct: for Foxit
AlienArchbishop: for SeaMonkey
Arnax: for The Firmware Page
arthurvino: for Copernic search engine
Artisn: for CastleCops
atrix415: for Ccleaner, PC Pitstop, RegClean, AxCrypt, F-Secure, Kaspersky, McAfee FreeScan, Panda ActiveScan, Password Safe, Symantec Security Check, TrueCrypt, Moxilla Messaging, Blender, Eclipse, Financial Fate, GNUCash, jrdesktop, Mozilla Editor, OpenBerg, OpenSSH, Paint.NET, PuTTY, rdesktop, Scribus, 3GP Video Converter, AviSynth, K-Lite Mega Codec Pack, XP Codec Pack, Areca Backup, ISO Master, ISO Recorder, Lexar Image Rescue, List of freeware games – Wikipedia
automagic: for HDTVtoMPEG2
balazar: for, HDTV to MPEG2 file conversion application
BarryD98 (Barry Dacks): for Movie-List, Apple - Movie Trailers, Movie Wallpapers, The Open Video Project
bdraw (Ben): for How to record via 1394/Firewire to WindowsXP
bionicjay: for
BizarroTerl: for Opera
Blacklacl: for Iobit SystemCare
blafarm: for VideoLan
blogjim: for
Bob Sorel: for myTV
Borg: for MyHTPC, Xlobby
br4d: for KMPlayer
Bulldogbreed: for UltraVNC, Spyware Warrior Forums
Captain Purple (Barry Ober): for Boston Audio Society links pages
ChrisW6ATV (Chris): for Deep Discount DVD
cokebear (Shawn): for Theme Doctor
crisscross: for ImgBurn
DaGamePimp (Jason): for VLC media player
Dale_S: for Ripping 101
damdy-cash: for EventGhost
dandrewk: for
darqice: for w00t!
davebytes (David Chait, Founder/Editor/Coder): for CHAITGEAR
David O: for Meedio Express
def&dum: for CDBurnerXP Pro, Ultimate Boot CD
defraguk: for MagicDisc, WinMerge, XBMC
denyart: for Open Media Library
DHunt (Darren): for AVI_IO, AVI_IO WDM Video Capture Driver for XP, FRAPS
diehardii (Steve): for Got TV, FCCHandler VirtualDub-MPEG2v
digitoast: for SAMURIZE, DAEMON Tools
dkan24: for SuperNudelist
doitsomeway: for
DougTea (Doug): for IZArc
DrCR: for Low-Level Format, Zero-Fill & Diagnostic Utilities, AVIcodec, PC Perspective,,
DrkWtsn: fpr
dwk123: for BruteFIR
Eiffel: for XMLTV, HDTV Card Buyer's Guide, AVS Home Theater Computer - HTPC meta FAQ
ElMitz (Eric): for
ElvisIncognito: for LeakTest, Windows Services
ewclam9: for My Movies
ewildgoose: for Digital Room Correction Guide links + guide, AlmusVCU
ez2logon: for How to record via 1394/Firewire to WindowsXP, CapDVHS zip file, HT core driver zip file
finlandia: for vStrip
foobart: for DriveImage XML
galileo2000: for RegShot, Virtual VCR, DirecTV serial control utility, Sony DVP-CX777ES RS232 controller, KeyTweak, AutoRip/MediaDogg, Shizzle
gangrew: for HDClone
GeekFunk: for CheckHD
grappy99: for VIBIV
hagur: for USB-UIRT/MCE IR Remote Control
hammerdwn (Hammer): for Quintessential Player, Absolute MP3 Recorder, mp3DirectCut, DeskColor, TV tuner card drivers,, MusicStack, ResSwitch & ReCopy
HookedOnTV: for SpeedFan
jfath: for IOX
jronlynxtk: for Tversity
James Thorne (James): for AutoGK (Auto Gordian Knot)
jathos: for FileZilla, RealVNC, FLAC, DVD Profiler, Help2Go
jay_madrid (Jay): for Dave's Quick Search Taskbar Toolbar Deskbar
jcblack: for Media Portal
JeffY: for Dscaler
jgenemans: for Raw Therapee,
jjmj427: for GuMP
jkaiser: for MsDVR 2000
joeuser2: TheaterTek demo version
John P: for Rage3D, Rage3D Tweak
Jonmx: for Digital Theater Interface
jpadua: for AutoPatcher
jpj6st (John): for AutoPatcher
Karnis: for YxY, IconHider, BZ Hider
Keh: for Media Player Classic, freeCommander, Radlight Filter Manager, PCI Latency Tool
kguner: for ACXO
kkrull: for GIZMODO
klipsch: for Doom9 DVD backup
Kriilin: for Ant Movie Catalog
Lazarus Dark: for Win XP Virtual CD Control Panel
Lev Minkovsky: for SrDoublerWmpPlg
M.S.-Ohio: for TightVNC
ManhttnBeachMofo (Mofo): for Gspot, MNSnoop, DirectShow Filter Manager, Filmerit, RadLight Filter Manager
Marbles_00: for Xlobby, Toddler Keys, Elisa
martini161: for Legit Reviews, Songbird, Pidgin, Pidgin PluginPack, VirtualDubMod
melechmet (Alex) & PC World: for, CachePal, ScrupXP, Toolbar Chest, Browser Hijack Blaster, CDCheck, Lavalys, PC INSPECTOR File Recovery, PC INSPECTOR smart recovery, Pop-Up Stopper Free Edition, PrcView, Restoration, Sam Spade, WebWasher Classic, WinPatrol, Windows update driver site, Windows XP Home Edition Utility, Winuscon, FRESHMEAT, Gaim, Googlebar, PureText, Google Deskbar, Adobe Acrobat Reader, AltaVista Toolbar, DOWNLOAD.COM,, FreeByte, FreeWorld DIALUP, the GIMP, Internet Download Manager, IrfanView, AceMoney Lite, Mozilla Thunderbird, Messenger Plus!, MyIE2, NONAGS,, PC World download, PGP Freeware, RoboForm, KeyNote, Trillian Basic, Tucows Downloads, Zip Central, Shockwave Player Download Center, AnalogX, iTunes, EvilLyrics, MP3Trim, Windows Media High Definition Video, Audiograbber, burn4free, PCWorld .com - Free Tools, Tucows PDA, FreewarePalm, FreewarePPC, Handango, JiWire, AvantGo HOTSPOT LOCATOR,,, PDA Archives, Atnotes, ESPN BottomLine, Kill Win, FeedReader, Jet Toolbar, HP photo tools & templates,, Xnews, WORTHPLAYING FILES, FILE FRONT, Download Free Games, FilePlanet, FILESHACK,, Junkbusters home page, The FreewarePC, Anti-Virus freeware,, Freeware Home, Freeware World Team, Moochers Freeware, CDisplay Sequential Image Viewer, Tech Support Alert, FREE DOWNLOADS CENTER, Microsoft Typography,, AnalogX,
Michele Spinolo (Michele): for ETF audio file reader
micj: for DVD Price Search, bargain$, FatWallet, PC--->MAC, Ghostscript, GSview, RedMon - Redirection Port Monitor, Creating a free PDFWriter using Ghostscript, Bobyte Software, Smart Projects IsoBuster, Negative/Neutral Feedback
mjcumming (Mike): for LCD Master
mlbdude: for BeyONdTV
Moe: for NetRemote
Montagar: for Atomic TimeSynch, SimpleServer:WWW, Dir to HTML Wizard
Mooneyass (Wes): for Test Patterns, Digital Room Correction
Mysticeti: for ThePhoneBot
nabu: for OpenHTPC, SwatIt, FreeDOS, ReactOS, CutePDF, PDFCreator
NegativeEntropy: for LOSTCIRCUITS
nuthead: for LAME
NYClubKid55: for Hamachi
ogo: for ReClock DirectShow Filter
orbitzboy: for DVHSTool, DVArchive, ReClock DirectShow Filter, Girder, Freevo, MythTV, OpenMC, DVD Region Patches, ATI Radeon unlocked bios & utilities, CDCOVERS.CC,, Titan TV
Paul: for Bazooka Adware & Spyware Scanner, Woody's Watch
Paul: for ZynAddSubFX
pcdoctor: for SiSoftware Sandra Standard/The Diagnostic Tool, remove 1st Page 2000/somewhat outdated, HDD - Intel Application Accelerator, HDD - Maxtor Big Drive Enabler, Microsoft site for latest updates, Service Packs & utilities
pen25: for Windows Media Encoder 9, VideoLan, SME Server, Server Elements NASLite
PGPFan: for nLite, Picasa, Sketchup, ThreatFire
PGw: for DVDShrink, Exact Audio Copy, Nullsoft Winamp & plug-ins, avast! antivirus, Motherboard Monitor, Nostalgic Screensaver, MediaMonkey, RegMon
ps24eva: for ABXZone (Windows XP tweaks thread), TweakHound, TweakTown, OverclockersClub, XtremeSystems.Org
pussyfoot: for dBpowerAMP Music Converter, dBpowerAMP Audio Player, burnatonce, Pricelessware, Mozilla, 1-4a Rename
qranc: for RAL/Realtime Analyzer Light
rajdude: for AutoRuns for Windows
ramsinks: for Ramsinks
rbmcgee (Bob): for Click-N-Type virtual keyboard
RDaneel: for Gotcha Covered
Rgb: for RefreshForce, RefreshLock, Room EQ Wizard, Audio DIY projects, Convolver, Windows service packs & updates, SnapFiles, IRAssistant
rishid (RishiD): for
rogo: for Nokia Monitor Test
RScogland (Rick): for Vidomi, iuVCR, VirtualDub, Nimo's Codec Pack
s1xandout: for Remote Selector
salsbst: for Bart's Network Boot Disk
sathyganesh: for RipIt4Me, DVDFab Decrypter
Scotty L: for AC3Filter
Sgt_Strider: for combined Ripping 101 & 102 AVS threads
SIMJEDI: for My Cool Tools
SmithMK (Mark): for Wilder' Security Advisors
Socio: for jetAudio, R1CH's foobar2000 Plugins
Solarius: for **********
spam101: for Nero DriveSpeed
SteelWill: for MCE Standby Tool
strangesnow: for MusicBrainz
sub (developer) & glassvial: for GB-PVR
techjunkie2005: for RivaTuner
teststrips: for
The Hammer: for Arkaos Visualizer
TheFranchise: for Oscar's File Renamer, TeraCopy, UltraExplorer, Windows Search, Index Your Files, WinFlip, Visual Task Tips, Revo Uninstaller, KatMouse, Vista Start Menu, FARR (Find And Run Robot), Screenshot Captor, Free Launch Bar, RocketDock, StandaloneStack, Yahoo Widgets
thomass: for CWShredder
tj21 (Tomas): for remove DVDRegionKiller/no longer available, add DVD43
tji: for JP1 Remotes Forum, Yahoo Group JP1 Users (IR.exe, Keymap Master, RemoteMaster), Miriam, WinLIRC
Toe Tag: for HCFR Colormeter
tonypeps: for MSFN's Unattended XP CD
tonypeps: for MSFN's Unattended XP CD
top100 (Tony): for GotTV PVR
TPeterson: for HDTV2DVD
Tracie: for CDex, BootXP, PowerStrip, Karnis' Custom Resolution Guide for PowerStrip, ffdshow, ffdshow FAQ, Ripping 101, Ripping 102
ufrthewog: for NoteTab, MailWasher, SECRETMAKER, RegCompact, Windows MultiEnhancer, ElmuSoft Download Page, Beyond Remote Client and Server
uk.steve: for Trend Micro
vladd: for Auslogics Registry Defrag & Disk Defrag
Vrokolos: for VrokSub, SpeakerSetup
wilkinsjme: for TUGZip
willm (Will): for World Time Server
wilsonsoohoo: for WMV HD Playback Tool
WinOutWest: for HIP from ByRemote
WT-46809: for Process Explorer, Sysinternals Freeware, IE Privacy Keeper, UnH Solutions, EMS-Project, ThemeXP,, XPthemes
z.mash (Zak): for ToniArts EasyCleaner, WindowBlinds, ObjectDock, SmartBarXP, MobyDock, Rainlendar, MultiPatcher

Keep up the good work, it's already turning out to be a gold mine of free killer HTPC apps (and links) - thanks again for all your contributions and enjoy! Now all links are "hyperlinked" & this thread better streamlined. Also contributing AVS Members names have been alphabetized, makes it easier to organize & find...
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an FTP/SFTP/SCP client

to remote control your HTPC from another PC on your network

A free lossless audio encoder. Quickly becoming the standard for audiophiles.

DVD Profiler
Catalog your DVD collection
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jathos mentioned RealVNC, and I'd just like to note that
TightVNC is a wonderful alternative that because of its added compression schemes, can really speed up your PC control. If your only goal is to remote control, you don't need an uber pretty screen to do work.

TightVNC has shown in tests, and in my personal usage of it for probably 1.5 years or more over 10mbit/100mbit and cable @ 2mbit to be wonderfully fast.

I can work from home thanks to the program
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great for controlling the sound level coming from all of the cooling
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Nice list but where is DScaler?
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Thanks jathos & M.S.-Ohio (and I thought DirectParallel, USB, Laplink... cable was cool)! They also have some free downloads...

Added those apps in above & gave you credit.

PS - Thanks HookedOnTV for SpeedFan & JeffY for DScaler (WHAT WAS I THINKING?).
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Thanks Tracie, added CDex & BootXP above & gave you credit.
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Also, LAME from
Useful in both Windows and Linux (and Macs?).
Sorry if i missed it in the list.
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I should have said in my post above, great idea for creating this thread. Hopefully the mods will make it a sticky - very useful thing to point newbies to. Also, do you think it would be a good idea to post the links to both Karnis's mega-thread on Powerstrip timings as well as the ffdshow FAQ? Just a thought.

I can't find links up there to downloads for both ffdshow & Powerstrip: (Powerstrip site) (ffdshow site) (Karnis's super-guide for custom timings in Powerstrip) (ffdshow FAQ)

Another thing I just thought of - how about the Ripping 101 & 102 threads? I wasn't sure if this is just a thread for downloading software or for how to use that software as well. If so, here are the links: (Ripping 101) (Ripping 102)
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Great security site is with lots of free downloads and a complete guide to security on your PC...Enjoy!


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Originally posted by PGw

DVDRegionKiller is no longer available. It has been superseded by AnyDVD which is not free anymore. However there is still freeware application for keeping your HTPC region free called DVD43 (read 'DVD for free'). Here is the link:

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where is HDTVtoMPEG2 version 1.12?
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Just an fyi.
1st Page 2000 was pulled from some shareware websites because many anti-virus programs thought one of it's program files was a virus.
It used to be listed on but got pulled.
I'm not sure if this was version 1.0 or 2.0.

Sis Sandra.
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Originally posted by Tracie
Also, do you think it would be a good idea to post the links to both Karnis's mega-thread on Powerstrip timings as well as the ffdshow FAQ? Just a thought.

I can't find links up there to downloads for both ffdshow & Powerstrip:

Tracie, good idea - posted PowerStrip and ffdshow w/corresponding AVS links right below each one. I put the Ripping 101 & 102 links in a new "heading" (trying to keep this organized) and gave you credit. Thanks!

pcdoctor, good observation - about 1st Page 2000 - "Turns out there is a harmless HTML script in this old program that makes modern virus checkers think it contains a virus ("false positive")." However "The setup file is dated 1999." It might be good still - but it has some EXCELLENT new version competitors.

Also thanks to nuthead, SmithMK (Mark), tj21 (Tomas) - yes I removed DVDRegionKiller and added DVD43, automagic, pcdoctor. Added all yours in and gave you all credit at bottom of start of thread.

I added The Elder Geek on Windows XP (where he talks about the recent Beagle-A Worm) and Black Viper's web site. Both sites are also very useful for tweaking and tuning your HTPC.
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Great List!

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OK, added Zoom Player & removed 1st Page 2000 (which is a bit outdated). Also removed Lavasoft RegHance as it appears not to be true freeware but a shareware trial version. This does not apply to Lavasoft Ad-Aware, which is excellent freeware and I left in.
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Where is Netremote?
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Great job on this thead!

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Thanks all for this enlightening thread. A definite Keeper!
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that is one long long list. thanks for taking the time to post.
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You might consider adding Media Player Classic (non-bloat replacement for Windows Media Player).

Kudos for the excellent collection!
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Thanks Moe & Keh for your contributions (added those in & gave you credit) and everyone for the great compliments! Also added named headings to help sort things out.
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About Privoxy web filter: since it's VERY POWERFUL and blocks all sorts of pop ups, banner ads, etc. etc. (and has many other options)... - you may want to toggle it on or off for certain web sites (it's easy). For instance it blocks my tiny web counter on my own web page & I actually WANT some banner ads on favorite sites like the AVS Forum (you can miss some great deals and info on stuff you really want).

At the Privoxy configuration web page: you can "Toggle Privoxy on or off". Or "Look up which actions apply to a URL and why" - type in e.g. and edit just about any imaginable preference for that particular site. Pretty entertaining too - like if you choose "Set to Adventuresome"...

It's very easy to setup: 1st download & install the application, then in IE6 I go to Tools/Internet Options/Connections/Settings:

Automatically detect settings = unchecked
Use automatic configuration script = unchecked
Proxy Server = checked
>>>>Address - empty
>>>>Bypass proxy server for local addresses = unchecked
Then click Advanced:
>>>>HTTP: Proxy address to use: localhost (or - Port: 8118
>>>>Secure: Proxy address to use: localhost (or - Port: 8118
>>>>(all others blank)
>>>>Use the same proxy server for all protocols = unchecked
>>>>Exceptions: (blank)

Just click OK (& the rest of the OK's), close all windows and reboot... You will not know what you've been missing or should I say "not missing"! It should work with any web browser. Enjoy!

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Great list.

Definate bookmark, which I haven't done to an avsforum thread in quite a while. Someone should start a similar list for commercial software.

Here's a few to add:

htpc utilities
dvhtool 2 (
dvarchive (
reclock (

other front ends:
freevo (
mythtv (
OpenMC (

What do you think about adding a section for freeware downloadable hacks. Their legality is about as questionable as dvdshrink and other's already posted.


DVD drive firmware updates to remove region coding and ripping speed limitations: (
unlocked ATI radeon bios's and utilities: (
and here (

how about free resources available:

CD cover art
dvd cover art (
TV listings (
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For audio, wav/shn/mp3 conversion this has been great for me

this can lead you to his site or you can get the software here. SmartFTP is also a great free FTP program.

For $15 nothing beats cdrlabel @ to create cd covers.

Thanks for the great links! Can't wait to start playing yet BEWARE, I'd definitely check the wilder site to get security software before downloading any freeware/shareware.

If you get confused just listen to the music play.
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I forgot to put MediaMonkey Music Manager on my first list (not to be confused with MonkeysAudio).

MediaMonkey Music Manager

Another useful utility is RegMon to see what registry settings an application read and write.

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Here comes Regshot : see your registry before and after something is installed or removed.

Good time to buy computers and computer parts: NEVER
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OK, orbitzboy - added in your links and gave you credit. As for "DVD Firmware updates", I included those too. They are very useful for "legit" or personal reasons - IMO, as long as you don't bump into the wrong crowd of morons (e.g. hard core unscrupulous hackers in a discussion/help forum).

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For $15 nothing beats cdrlabel @ to create cd covers.

Thanks for the great links! Can't wait to start playing yet BEWARE, I'd definitely check the wilder site to get security software before downloading any freeware/shareware.

9mileskid - I use SureThing CD/DVD Labeler Deluxe Edition, my friend who used it for years highly recommended it, and I agree (it does costs $24.95 and up...). As for security and freeware, I definitely agree. If it was known shareware (limited trial or spyware) I would not include them in the list. All the software I originally listed gave me no problems thru the years (well once Ad-Aware and SpyBot had a minor conflict with each other). And IMO AVG Anti-Virus gave me a heck of a lot less problems than Norton. And thank you! Also added your links and gave you credit.

Also thanks PGw for more links & galileo2000 - added them in at top of thread & gave you credit.
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