I won't bother repeating the progs that have already been listed. Some very cool ones.
For those who are still using Kazaa or Limewire, you should check out Ares
. Get Ares lite version. No ads, no
spyware, faster, instant connection, and so on. Hate to sound like a commercial, but "If you like Limewire, you'll love
Ares", and you
should be aware that Limewire bundles sypware with it. Google for limeshop and you'll see what I mean. Not easy to get rid of either. Uninstall
Limewire and Limeshop will still stay on your system. Uninstall Limeshop1 and it automatically installs Limewire0, and back and forth.
- Gets screencaps from video, which normal screen cap (Alt+PrintScreen) can't do. Make thumbnails,
capture images for wallpapers, artwork, editing, etc
- Especially for making animated gifs (like avatars, smilies, etc)
- Download management and optimization.
- Antispyware and security management. Better than Spybot...believe it or not.
- Torrent client. Very user-friendly and FAST.
Security Task Manager
- Like the task manager (ctr-alt-del) in Windows, but actually tells you what all
the thingies do, and assesses their risk as spyware, virus or adware. If you're not confident that your antivirus/spyware is picking everything up,
you need this.
And of course Macromedia Flash
for 2D animation.
Some of the progs I mentioned/linked to are not freeware/shareware, but if you get Ares and/or Bitlord, you might just be able to figure something