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Author:  Jcee [ Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

shame its trialware :P, also maybe next time mention that, and if possible a more direct link, yours showed like 10 different video products :)

Author:  Tenzen [ Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

eRightsoft's Super

I use eRightsoft's Super

Its a bit tricky to download.. so:
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the 1st page, click "Start Downloading Super"
  2. Scroll down on the 2nd page and click "Download eRightsoft SUPER"
Actually, its pretty easy now, it used to be 3 pages, each page contained massive amounts of information on how to use it..

I think it was like that, because if you dont know how to use it or what you are doing, it can be a bit tricky, and alot of your conversions may fail

It's had a long history, and it started out a bit rough.. the developer seems pretty sincere, he offers one of the most amazing video editors on the internet, and does for free what the high-end ones you pay for cant even do

but, it does check for the latest version by default on start up, not sure if it can be turned off, there might be by now.. if not, you can use your firewall rules to block its access to the internet, if you like

and it seems to hate hotlinking or direct linking to the DL link, and the PHP Download link that hates Download managers, and i think is self-cycling through different addresses, and the DL link expires pretty rapidly... and I also suspect some installers will, after a certain date, corrupt itself, or claim to be corrupted after a silent version check perhaps... i havent confirmed that, since i have about 10 or 15 different versions on various computers... and because of the link cycling, it does appear occasionally to give false clickjacking warnings in NoScript, as some of the links are re-routed to avoid them being useful to anyone anywhere but on his site, at that moment... an if you are somewhere with a very slow connection, like a crowded hotspot, you may not be able to download it all.... so.. other than that.. i dont find that malicious.. just a little bit of a pain in the butt.. he always seems to be monkeying around with the way things work though.. so some of it could be temporary glitches..

the great thing about super is the codecs it comes with, just work perfectly for most media programs on your computer, without conflicts or problems.. it includes:

FFmpeg , MEncoder , MPlayer , x264 , MusePack (mpc) , Monkey's Audio (ape) ,
Shorten Audio (shn) , Tom's Audio Kompressor (tak) , True Audio (tta) , WavPack (wv) ,
libavcodec library (compiled inside FFmpeg and MEncoder) & the theora/vorbis RealProducer's plugIn

but you really need to read the instructions carefully, and know what you are doing..

for example, you need to manually know how to set the different containers, and which codecs are compatible with which containers, and which audio & video formats are compatible with which settings, and manually set your own ratios, sizes, qualities, etc, etc

its not that difficult, especially if you stick with a certain workflow, like from .DAT to AVI to MP4 H.264 etc

and it has formats for animated gif, series of stills, psp, ipod, etc..

by the time you get proficient with it, you will have learned everything there is to know about media encoding..

It also has Full Unicode support.. and is one of the fastest encoders, if you know what you're doing

you can Mux & Demux, combine files, split files, create IFO & BUPs

Supported Input formats are:
3gp/3g2, amv, asf, avi, dat, dvr-ms, flc, fli, f4v, flv, gxf, ifo,
m2ts, mkv, mov, mpg, mtv, m4v, mp4, mxf, mxg, nsv, ogg,
ogm, qt, ram, rm(vb), str, swf, tmf, trp, ts, ty(+), viv, vob,
webm, wmv, wtv and probably more

- Input Audio formats:
3ga, aac, ac3, amr, ape, cpt, dts, flac, mmf, m4a, mp2, mp3,
mpc, ogg, ra, shn, tak, tta, vqf, wav, wma, wv ..

- Input Image Sequence:
bmp, jpg, pgm, png, ppm, sgi, tga
(with sequentially numbered-ONLY filenames) having the
same filename numbered-ONLY format.
Example: 0001.jpg --up to--> 0999.jpg

- Input AviSynth Script Files:
AVS - for writing advanced scripts for encoding options

Outputs Containers are as follows:

A. Nineteen Output Containers
for PC and Cell Phones:

video converter to 3G2
video converter to 3GP (specific for various phones)
video converter to ASF
video converter to AVI
video converter to DV
video converter to FLV
video converter to SWF
video converter to GXF
video converter to MKV
video converter to MOV
video converter to MP4
video converter to MPG
video converter to OGG
video converter to RM
video converter to TS
video converter to M2TS
video converter to WEBM
video converter to WMV
video converter to WTV

B. Five Output Containers
for Hardware Players:

video converter to VCD
video converter to SVCD
video converter to DVD
video converter to AutoMode
video converter to DAT to MPG

C. Nineteen Output Containers
for Audio Only:

converter to AAC
converter to AC3
converter to AMR
converter to APE
converter to DTS
converter to FLAC
converter to MMF
converter to M4A
converter to MP2
converter to MP3
converter to MPC
converter to OGG
converter to RA
converter to SHN
converter to TAK
converter to TTA
converter to WV
converter to WAV
converter to WMA

D. Thirteen Output Containers
for Portable Devices/Players:

video converter to Android - Phone/Tablet (MP4)
video converter to Apple - iPad/iPod/iPhone (MP4)
video converter to Blackberry - (MP4)
video converter to Microsoft - Xbox (MP4)
video converter to Microsoft - Zune (MP4)
video converter to Microsoft - Zune (WMV)
video converter to Player - (MTV)
video converter to Nintendo - DS (DPG)
video converter to Sony - PS3 (MP4)
video converter to Sony - PS3 (BluRay)
video converter to Sony - PSP (MP4)
video converter to S1 AMV Player - (AMV)
video converter to SigmaTel Motion Vid - (SMV)

E. Two Output Containers
for Image based format:

video converter to GIF
video converter to Sequence Of Images

Video Codecs include:

DV Digital Video
Flash Video
Quicktime Animation (lossless)
CamStudio (Lossless)
FFV1 (Lossless)
huffYUV (lossless)
Lagarith (lossless)
Rax UnCompressed (lossless)
Screen Video BGR24 (lossless)
Sorenson Video

Audio Codecs Include:

AAC Main
ALAC (Apple Lossless)
AMR Narrow-Band
IMA 4:1
RealAudio (lossless)
WAV-sowt-(pcm 16 little-endian)
WAV-twos-(pcm 16 big-endian)
WAV-(pcm U8)

Author:  Jcee [ Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

Windows 8 start screen customizer:


Compatibility: windows 8

Description: this handy little program customizes your start screen in several ways: Allows you to pick a custom image, Allows you to set it as a slideshow, with options for interval and folder (where you save the images for it to use), Allows automatic blurring of the background.

Author:  Satuim [ Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:52 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

Just downloaded DisplayFusion. Can't wait to try it out :)

Author:  Tenzen [ Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

Folder / Directory Info Tools:

Folder Sizes

  • Super Fast- Fastest I've used
  • Integrated into Context Menu
  • Tool bar Buttons for B, KB, MB, GB or Auto
  • Nice Graphic Representations, Bar or Pie Charts
  • Auto Expands to wherever you click, & Gives a Sub-Chart
  • Easy Report Export
  • FREE!

  • Has 3 Tool bar Buttons to other Paid Tools you cant remove, but u dont really notice them in full screen
  • Doesnt Show Free Space
  • Doesnt Show Unknown Space
  • Few Options

Windows Directory Statistics
  • Moderately Fast
  • Zoomable Graphic Chart of Clickable Individual Files, similar to a Defrag Chart
  • Expands to wherever you click
  • Shows Free Space
  • Shows Unused Space
  • Shows Different File Types in Different Colors
  • Easy to Find Large Files
  • FREE!

  • Hard to Click on Smaller Files
  • No new Graphics created for sub folders
  • No Shell Integration
  • Graphics Chart isnt labelled & is Kind of hard to handle
  • Report launches Email

File Menu Tools > "Size of Folders"

  • Comes with alot of other useful tools you are probably using anyway
  • Shell Context Menu Integration with the whole set of tools
  • No Additional Software needed
  • More Compact / Less Cluttered Menu
  • Has Colored Graphic Charts which are clickable to select as well
  • Can Ctrl+Select any number of folders you want & get the total size of what you have highlighted
  • FREE!

  • No Extra Options
  • No Files shown, Only Folders
  • The Slowest one I've used
  • Bare Minimum, probably works for most things though..

Author:  Tenzen [ Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

Wireshark Network Protocol Analyzer

  • Network Traffic Packet Sniffing & Analyzing
  • Analyzes any program which sends or receives network traffic of any sort
  • Industry Professional Analysis, Troubleshooting, Development & Education Tool
  • Write Captures to Many Formats for Offline Analysis
  • Cross-Platform
  • Portable Version Available
  • Lots of Help, & Books about its usage
  • Developed over 15 years
  • Graphical Analysis with GUI, or Command TTY mode
  • Deep Inspection - 141000 fields in over 1000 protocols
  • Many Filters for Narrowing down Specific Displays
  • Live Data Reads
  • On the Fly Encryption & Decompression
  • Support for Port Mirroring & Network Taps
  • Can Play Captured VoIP Calls
  • Captures Raw USB Traffic
  • Free & Open Source

Author:  Satuim [ Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives
NiceCopier seems great, i'm going to try it out

Author:  webulator70 [ Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:53 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

TAGO Fences is a freeware alternative to Stardock's Fences. ... ences.aspx

Author:  webulator70 [ Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:08 am ]
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Prcoess Hacker (open source)
It can replace the Windows task manager, it's crazy-versatile and a must install install for me. It's Even better then Process Explorer.

Aomei Backupper (freeware)
I'd much rather use this instead of any of the backup options that come with Windows or any others for that matter. What did I ever do without this? It's very clean, fast, stable and easy to use. It can do full, incremental or differential backups of a partition or the whole OS+boot partition. Restoration can be kicked off from within windows or from a peice of bootmedia. (You can even use Easybcd to make an Aomei boot ISO into a hard drive based boot option.)

Also Realcopy might be worth keeping an eye on, It's pretty good too and it was just announced that Ax64 is going to merge with Realcopy.

Author:  Jcee [ Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:26 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

Ill definitely try tago fences :), currently ive been using Nimi places which is another free alternative to stardocks fences program :P

Author:  webulator70 [ Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

I personally really like how KDE does it desktop sorting thing, (I think KDE 4 was the original "fence".) Hell, KDE is awesome all around. I have yet to find anything remotely as good as Klipper on Windows for one thing.

Author:  Satuim [ Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

Classic Shell is also a very good tool.

Author:  Jcee [ Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

Yes it is, I just assumed it went without saying since this is the classic shell forums :P

Author:  hesterl [ Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:47 pm ]
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I aways use this free file shredder to clean my files on my PC, , it shred documents and remove deleted files from my windows.
For removing music and videos drm protection, I aways use this one: , It can remove drm protection on audio and video files and convert them to mp4 and other common video/audio format with high quality for iPod,Zune, iPhone, PSP, ect.
Two useful programs on windows.

Author:  Gaurav [ Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:09 am ]
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OpenWith Enhanced

I just came across OpenWith Enhanced and can't recommend it enough. Every Windows 8 and Classic Shell user must use it to fix the Metro shite abomination that they have done to the Open With dialog in Windows 8/8.1. :o :lol:

Author:  Jcee [ Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

Thanks, thats one of the parts of w8 thats been bugging me :P

The only real good UI elements i like is the task manager, and copy dialog, although both have room for improvement :P

Author:  DimTim [ Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:48 pm ]
Post subject:  FAR Manager

Not exactly a windows mod, but for me it's one of the most used tools. :) It's a file/archive manager like Total Commander, with lots of options and plugins, but a console one, with look and feel of good old Norton Commander (remember that? :). Personally I often use command line (it's faster to type a short *command*, than browse endless menus), and a file manager combined with console is very useful.

See here:
The program is now freeware/open source.

P.S.: And, once again, great thanks for Classic Shell. The tool is absolutely awesome. :)

Author:  guily6669 [ Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

Windows 8 is so stupid.

Have to use:

- Classic shell to remove Metro the hell away from the pc (start windows on Desktop) \\ Install a windxp start menu;
- Windows Tiny Border (to lower stupid huge wind8 solid color border size);
- Windows Gadgets (get back what was on Wind7, so I can have CPU\GPU info on-the-fly);

- Still need a good real transparency mod like official Wind7 have.

ps: For me this wind8 is far worse than when Vista came out (I vote Win8 to be the worse PC OS EVER MADE. I don't even give a damn about it's stability, as if I really wanted the best of the best stability I would install Linux instead. ~M$ must learn improving stability is not a way to just simply make you have to buy a new stupid OS).
Keep Cool

Author:  Lantash [ Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Software policy replacement for UAE

Basically a less intrusive replacement for user account elevation, no screen dimming, no aggro when changing control panel settings, and no problems with older non UAE-aware programs provided they follow Windows' guidelines as to where files should be stored. (which most do)

Uses software policies to restrict the places on disk where programs can be run from. With the policy in force, most installers will fail rightaway, keeping junk out. Optionally, running of programs from CD or USB memory can be blocked. To install wanted software, you unlock from a system tray icon. This gives you 30min of 'superuser time' with no more nags, after which it relocks automatically.

Runs selected processes (typically browsers such as Firefox/Chrome) as a restricted user, but with same settings and preferences as the regular account. Provided you have standard folder permissions this prevents the webpage from dropping files into system folders or various other malicious actions.

It is intended to be run with UAE off, you can run with UAE on as well for extra security, although in this case you will see a UAE prompt asking to allow SoftwarePolicy.exe to run at each startup.

Not yet tested on Windows 8.1 (will be soon)

Author:  Tenzen [ Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives



  • Best Clipboard Manager I've tried, and I tried all I could find
  • Essential for Online Forums, Emails, etc.
  • Never lose your typed work again!
  • Personally, I dont even bother to go online if I dont have this program installed & running


  • Saves up to 1024 of your clipboard states
  • Very Small Process, around 400k
  • Has 32-bit & 64-bit versions
  • Easy to insert Pop-up menu with the Insert Keyboard button
  • Displays thumbnails for Images..
  • Copies all types of files
  • Very Reliable, never had any problem with it and I've used it for many years
  • Select Paste Methods
  • Select what to copy
  • Customize Pop-up menu size & Behavior
  • Custom Thumbnail Sizes
  • Custom Hot-keys
  • Plug-ins Available
  • Many Icons to choose from
  • Can Hide system Tray icon
  • Works perfectly on my Win 7 x64, never tried it on Win 8

How to Use:

  • Download the 32-bit or 64-bit version from their site
  • Install
  • Right-Click > Configuration (My Settings):
  • General Tab:
    • Remember last 4-1024 history states.. I keep this between 100-300.. never needed more
    • Save History Across Sessions
    • Select Paste Method - CTRL+V
    • Click "Run ClipX on Start up"
  • Hotkeys Tab:
    • Paste menu (Primary) "Insert"
  • Pop-up Tab:
    • Limit Text Clipboard Menu Width to - I use 55
    • Show Item Previews- On
    • Show Text Formatting - On
    • Use graphical Menu Items - On
    • Limit Width to 128, Height to 64
    • Default Item - Second to Last Keyboard
    • Add search Item when triggered with Hotkey - On
    • use Caret Position when Possible otherwise use Mouse Positions

**This program is especially useful if you live in regions or visit forums & web services where the government or moderators control information or hide truths for propaganda or control purposes, or where they implement Sensitive word filters that either delete or trash your posts, or throw you to an error page.. Or for any website where your posts may not get posted because of a server time-out.. or anywhere you spend a good deal of time writing and for whatever reason your post and information may be lost or deleted, even up to several days later.

*** Be sure to get in the habit of hitting Ctr+A then Ctrl+C before hitting any Send or Submit button on the internet.

Author:  waltz [ Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

The QTTabBar link in the first post is to the SourceForge project, which is a mostly inactive branch. The original is at

And it's *Tab*, not *Tabs*. :)

Author:  Jcee [ Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

Updated to reflect; At the time it was posted though, Quizo's (the original developers) version was less stable, and only slightly more functional than that branch. Though this has changed in my opinion (Ive been using quizo's version pretty much the entire time)

Author:  Tenzen [ Wed Nov 11, 2015 7:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives


An essential tool that should really be installed before most other programs
Let's you easily block access to servers and malicious updates etc, by programs on your computer
Just google a specific software program for a list of servers and websites it uses to force updates, covertly make changes to itself, or whatever other kind of malware behavior otherwise good programs may try.

Also great for simply blacklisting websites etc.

Can also be used to block your OS from accessing its servers

You could do that by editing the host file directly, but this GUI helps you do it easier, with additions to save you typing time.

If adding bulk lists, the Hostman can open the hostfile directly for you to paste long lists in..

Author:  Tenzen [ Wed Nov 11, 2015 7:52 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

FastStone Image Viewer

One of the best free, fastest, & lightest Image Viewers out there.

Most customizations, Conversion Options, Preview Options, Dual Monitor Options, Window Layout & Color Options, Magnifier Options, Editing & Retouching options, Sideshows, "Browse Folder with Fastone" Context Menu, etc, etc..

Author:  Tenzen [ Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:03 am ]
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Great way to clean your computer from Windows & Web Data

Maintain your computer with cleaning tools for the specific programs or browsers you have on your computer.

Cleans things like Old Prefetch Data, Menu Order Cache, Font Cache, Tray Notification Cache, Size/Location Cache, Thumbnail Cache, Jump lists, Network Passwords, etc

Wipes things like Memory Dumps, Clipboard, Temp Files, Chkdsk fragments, Log Files, Error Reports, Startmenu & Desktop Shortcuts, Autocomplete, typed URLs, Cookies, History, Temp Internet Files, etc

Can also manage Start-up items, Uninstall, System Restore, Individual Cookie Manager for wipe white lists, etc

You can specify specific folders to include or exclude in cleaning deletes.

And can also check the registry for 15 different errors

Also has Secure Wipe options and comes with a 1-35 pass Drive Wiper

Author:  Tenzen [ Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:11 am ]
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Greenfish Icon Editor
Greenfish Icon Editor Blog

One of the best and easiest Icon Editors out there, and the one I use for all my Classicshell Icon Edits & Windows Icon Edits

Author:  Tenzen [ Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:30 am ]
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Sysinternals Suite

Comes with Process Explorer, Autoruns, Process Monitor, VMMap, Rootkit Revealer, PStools, etc.. About 70 different Windows management Utilities in all, essential for taking control of your computer, identifying & removing malicious software, Solving Performance Issues, and Managing your Windows OS

Author:  Tenzen [ Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives


How about having a Windows OS that is completely Install free?

None of the Programs that work with PortableApps can be installed on your computer, they are only portable versions of well-known Programs, ported specifically to PortableApps

It also has its own Start Menu

This means that you can take your entire OS with you on a USB Key, and have it anywhere you plug it in... all the apps and programs and data intact, provided you save it all onto your same USB Flashdrive.

It also means you don't have to worry about all the security problems, all of the malware, or all of the problems that go along with full-installs.

I use this for running around to different computers in different offices, businesses or classrooms when giving lectures or training. It's like having your entire computer in a USB key. You can use everything you need, without leaving a footprint or needing to install anything that a computer you use may not have or need special permissions to access. Works great at libraries or public computers that don't give you access to anything.

I suppose it could even be made to work with WinPE, which would mean you could use it anywhere without an OS even.

Portableapps works best if you also keep all of your other portable versions of your favorite programs on the same USB key, so that you can use anything that is portable that you need, in case PortableApps itself doesn't have it available for download.

Author:  Tenzen [ Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:51 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

ESET SysInspector

A free tool from ESET, its a complete System Diagnostics Tool

Gives you a lot of useful information about your system and what's going on on your computer

Gives you online search right from the right-click menu for anything going on in your computer, as well as edit options, and direct location directory navigation to anything happening or present.

Has 32 & 64-bit versions

Author:  Jcee [ Wed Nov 11, 2015 11:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives


Compatibility: XP-10
Price: Freeware
Description: This useful little program adds shell Icon support for various movie formats (allowing them to have a proper preview Image)

Author:  krizzylei [ Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:11 am ]
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Thanks for this.

Author:  Jcee [ Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

X-mouse Button control

This handy program allows you to assign custom functions to your mouse based on what program is active, For example I have assigned win+scroll Up to increase the Volume. globally and have reconfigured the side buttons on my mouse to move between tabs in chrome. Configuration is a little tough, but once you get it configured Its quite useful.

Adds custom mouse gestures to windows. This software is highly customizable and can do anything from sending a hotkey when a gesture is made, to opening a specific website or program. It compliments X-mouse quite well, and allows an unlimited number of functions to supplement the few buttons available on a mouse. I would strongly suggest changing the default button to either middle click, or one of the side buttons on your mouse. (right click is likely to interfere with alot of games/software)

Author:  grisha22 [ Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:55 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

7 Taskbar Tweaker have support of Windows 10 !!!

Author:  Jcee [ Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

Thanks for the update :P actually most of these probably work on windows 10; Ill update the origonal post to reflect

Author:  NoahNicholsFourm [ Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:39 pm ]
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------------ RocketDock-------------
Compatibility: Windows 2000-Windows 10
Price: Free
Description: A OS X like dock that can be used to launch apps.

Author:  Jcee [ Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:27 pm ]
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Ah I forgot about good ole rocket dock! I cant believe i didn't add it to this list back then :P I used to use it all the time.

Author:  NoahNicholsFourm [ Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:38 am ]
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------------ Unchecky-------------
Compatibility: Windows XP-Windows 10
Price: Free
Description: When installing a program that bundles adware and crapware, Unchecky prevents adware and crapware from being installed.

Author:  Jcee [ Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:29 pm ]
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LOL, it sounds like the very crapware, that's trying to be avoided (no offense)
To me, it sounds like something that constantly runs in the background (eating up precious system resources) just waiting for you to try and install something. It would also need a list of the most common programs, and what they have bundled (unless it just tries to uncheck all checkboxes for all installers, which doesnt work since ive seen a few that say "Dont install crapwareX" and unchecking it causes it to be installed.

Unless you install 4-5 things a day, this really doesnt sound that useful.

Author:  Jcee [ Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:06 pm ]
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Chrome extensions:
Since many people do use google chrome, i thought I'd add a post or 2 about the everyday extensions that are OFTEN useful.

Adblock - goes without saying..., though some ads have found a way to skirt through in recent years (and some sites go on lock-down until you disable it)
Fresh Start - session manager.. This extension saves all (or whichever tabs you select) as a session (actually it bookmarks everything, in a hidden folder, so it works across computers, or system reinstalls) It also has a crash recovery function, that can restore windows/tabs closed a day or 2 ago (which is very convenient when chrome occasionally looses tabs
Lazarus form recovery - This extension stores form data, (like really long forum post) so if you accidentally hit the back button, or close the tab. all that precious text isnt lost.
Clutter free - this extension ensures you dont open duplicate tabs. If your workflow is like me (with a hundred open tabs at a time) its quite easy to do.
PageArchiver - this extension requires a parent extension be installed on your computer, but it effectively converts webpages into single-file documents for offline viewing (and archival purposes)

Author:  Gaurav [ Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:38 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

Development of one of the best media players on Windows - Media Player Classic - Home Cinema has died: :o :cry: :shock:

Grab the last release here: ... -farewell/
Of course, since it's open source, it can be forked. 8-)

Hopefully, MPC-BE ( will live on and carry on the project's legacy.

P.S. VLC sucks. :mrgreen:

Author:  NoahNicholsFourm [ Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:09 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives


Windows versions supported : Windows 9x (for 95 and 98FE, it needs IE5), Windows NT (NT4-10) (NT4 needs at least SP5)

Download :

What it does : WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer.

For Linux :
For OS X :

Author:  Joe Riverani [ Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows Mods/Alternatives

Jcee wrote:
PageArchiver - this extension requires a parent extension be installed on your computer, but it effectively converts webpages into single-file documents for offline viewing (and archival purposes)

Thanks for the clarification! I've been looking for it.

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