CIPCUG Freeware 16 Gb Flash Drive Contents

With almost all new systems being sold with 64 bit Windows 7 or 8 and the older computers mostly 32 bit, it is important to pay attention to programs that have a version for 32 vs. 64 bit operating systems. If you don't know which you have, click on Start and then right mouse click on Computer (or My Computer depending on version of Windows), then select Properties from the bottom of the menu. In the middle of the windows that pops up, under System, look for System Type where it will either say 32-bit Operating System or 64-bit Operating System. If it doesn't say, it's 32 bit.

The site links in the right column will take you to the download page for the software (hopefully). If you land somewhere else or the link appears not to work, please let us know by using the Webmaster link at the bottom of the page.

For the flash drive we downloaded separate versions of the programs for 32 vc 64 bit systems, yet on many of the sites, it's the same download page, with separate download links. Just make sure you match up your system with the download version. Several programs have Mac and Linux versions as well. Be sure you download the right one.

AdbeRdr10***_en_US.exeAdobe Reader 10 Installersite
AdbeRdr11***_en_US.msiAdobe Reader 11 Installersite
Acrobat Reader PatchesFolder for patches. Adobe doesn't put all their patches in the latest download.
Adobe Reader Alternative.txtA text file about a very good alternative to Adobe Reader for those who prefer something besides Adobe software for .pdf viewing. The download file is in the PDF folder.
Flash Player READ ME FIRSTAdobe Flash Player Install Instructions (don't ignore, it's tricky)site
install_flash_player***.exeAdobe Flash Player Installersite
Shockwave READ ME FIRSTAdobe Shockwave Install Instructions (don't ignore, it's tricky)site
Shockwave_Installer_Full***.exeShockwave Installersite
RUBotted 2.0 Warning-READ ME FIRST.txtRead this BEFORE installing RUBottedsite
RUBottedSetup***.exeRUBotted checks for SpyBotssite
spybotsd***.exeSpybot, still a usable programsite
spywareblastersetup***.exeSpyware Blastersite
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool V***.exeMicrosoft Malicious Software Removal Toolsite
MBAM-setup-***.exeMalwarebytes Anti-Malware is a surprisingly effective freeware antimalware tool and it's speedy. The company has gotten aggressive into trying to trick you into installing the paid version, so be
avira_free_antivirus_en ***.exeAvira Antivir antivirus softwaresite
avast_free_antivirus_setup.exeAvast antivirus softwaresite
avg_free_stb_en_***_free.exeAVG antivirus software, not as good as it once wassite
Microsoft Security Essentials install 32 bit.exeMicrosoft Security Essentials for those with a 32 bit operating systemsite
Microsoft Security Essentials install 64 bit.exeMicrosoft Security Essentials for those with a 64 bit operating systemsite
Audio Tools
audacity-win-***.exe"Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds"site
CoolPlayer***_Bin.zipBlazing Fast Audio Player for Win32 Environmentssite
Exact Audio Copy-xxx***.exeExact Audio Copy rips CDs/DVDs and fixes errors on the fly. Read accompanying .txt filesite
Poddox.exe"The software PoddoX is a fast and user friendly alternative to iTunes, Apple’s iPod software. With PoddoX you can easily copy your music, pictures and videos to your iPod. Poddox also helps you to organize the existing files on the iPod: delete them, copy them back to your computer or to any other storage medium. To this end, Poddox lists the content of your iPod clearly structured in a tree control. You can even copy files or hole folders from the Windows explorer to your iPod. This option is missing in iTunes. Other than iTunes or alternative software for iPod, PoddoX doesn't create or copy files to folders as long as you didn’t choose to do so."site
MediaCoder-***.exe"MediaCoder is a free universal media transcoder since 2005. It integrates most popular audio/video codecs and tools in an elegant and transparent manner into an all-in-one transcoding solution. With a flexible and extendable architecture, latest codecs and tools are updated added in constantly. MediaCoder intends to be the Swiss army knife for media transcoding in all time." USES INSTALLER THAT WILL ASK YOU TO OPT IN OR OPT OUT OF OTHER SOFTWARE DURING THE MEDIACODER INSTALLATION. See FAQ’s here: Use only on 32 bit operating systems (see next)site
MediaCoder-x64***.exe"This is the 64 bit version of MediaCoder - use it only if you have a 64 bit operating system"site
Carpathia_Backup_***.zip"Carpathia Backup is a Windows user profile backup tool. It allows easy store, restore and domain/AD migration functions for profiles. Also join and unjoin functions for AD/domains, to support the PC replacement process of companies."site
WLSetup-****.exeWindows Live Setup. Create a Windows Live account and receive 7GB of free
SkyDriveSetup.exeSkyDrive Setup. Once you have a Windows Live ID, setup SkyDrive to allow you to use the 7GB of cloud
SyncBack_Setup***.zip"SyncBack is our freeware program that helps you easily backup and synchronize your files to: the same drive; a different drive or medium (CDRW, CompactFlash, etc); an FTP server; a Network; or a Zip archive."site
winscp *** setup.exe"WinSCP is a backup client for Windows "site
winscp portable edition ***.zip"WinSCP Portable Edition is a client for Windows packaged with an OTBSoft Launcher as a portable app, so you can take it with you on a USB drive, iPod, etc and use it on any computer."site
AMDeadlink setup ***.exeAM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in browser bookmarks and text files. If a bookmark has become unavailable you can verify and delete it permanently. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks. A very handy tool if you have a rather large collection of bookmarks in most major
ChromeSetup.exeGoogle Chrome Browsersite
Firefox Setup ***.exeFirefox Browsersite
IE8-WindowsXP-WindowsServer2003-x64-ENU.exeInternet Explorer 8 for 64 bit versions of Windows XP or Server 2003 (almost no one will use this version)site
IE8-WindowsXP-x86-ENU.exeInternet Explorer 8 for Windows XP (for almost all XP users) site
IE9-Windows7-x64-enu.exeInternet Explorer 9 for 64 bit Windows 7site
IE9-Windows7-x86-enu.exeInternet Explorer 9 for 32 bit Windows 7 site
IE9-WindowsVista-x64-enu.exeInternet Explorer 9 for 64 bit Vista. Vista came with IE8 installed by default, so you may want to upgrade to IE9 for enhanced security and newer browsing features for today’s Web pages. site
IE9-WindowsVista-x86-enu.exeInternet Explorer 9 for 32 bit Vista. Vista came with IE8 installed by default, so you may want to upgrade to IE9 for enhanced security and newer browsing features for today’s Web pages. site
Opera_***_int_Setup.exeOpera Browsersite
GoogleDesktopSetup.exeGoogle Desktop -- this is end of the line for Google Desktop. It is no longer supported 
PowerDeskStandard6013_US.exePowerDesk File Management (version 6 was last free version, now up to version 8)site
DVD Tools
Ashampoo_Burning_studio***.exeAshampoo will work with almost any CD/DVD, and will perform as well as Nero or
dvdshrink32setup.exe"DVDShrink is software to backup DVD discs. You can use this software in conjunction with DVD burning software of your choice, to make a backup copy of any DVD video disc."site
HandBrake-***-i686-Win_GUI.exe"HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows." This is the 32 bit versionsite
HandBrake-***-x86_64-Win_GUI.exe"HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows." This is the 64 bit versionsite
SetupDVDDecrypter_***.exe"DVD Decrypter is a software application that can create backup disc images of the DVD-Video structure of DVDs. It can be used to image any DVD, but controversially it is especially useful for decrypting copy-protected movies. The program can also burn images to disc."site
EudoraOSE-***.en-US.win32.installer.exeEudora E-mail Programsite
Thunderbird Setup ***.exeThunderbird E-Mail Programsite
Wlsetup-web.exeWindows Live Suite -- inclides way more than just Windows Live Mail. If you just want the mail program uncheck everything from the install except
eclipsetrader-***"Eclipse Trader is an application focused on building an online stock trading system, featuring shares pricing watch, intraday and history charts with technical analysis indicators, level II/market depth view, news watching, and integrated trading."site
eclipsetrader-Nightly Build ***-win32.win32.x86.zipNewer update to the version above. Considered a beta version, so tread lightly if you decide to use
mas_v***.zip"MAS provides facilities for stock charting and futures charting, including price, volume, and a wide range of technical analysis indicators. MAS also allows automated processing of market data — applying technical analysis indicators with user-selected criteria to market data to automatically generate trading signals — and can be used as the main component of a sophisticated trading system."site
FileZilla_***_win32-setup.exeFileZilla FTP Clientsite
FileZilla_Server-***.exeFileZilla full ftp server installsite
ancestris-windows_***.exeJava genealogy program fully gedcom compliantsite
GrampsAIO32-3***.exeGramps is a fully gedcom compliant program with a PortableApp
GrampsAIO64-3***.exeThe 64-bit
Hardware-Software Inventory
BelArc advisor.exe"The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server. "site
OCSNG-Windows-Server-Setup ***.exeServer install for OCSNG: Clients report their hardware and software to the serversite
OCSNG-Windows-Agent-***.zipClient install for OCSNG: Clients need to report to a server installsite
PSI***Setup.exeSecunia Software monitoring of software versions with automatic
Siw-setup.exeSIW is an advanced System Information for Windows tool that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings and displays it in an extremely comprehensible
Imaging Software
gimp-***-setup.exe"GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring"site
gPhotoShow***.exegPhotoShow is a quick and easy to use slideshow screen
iview***_setup.exe"IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer and editor for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista"site
irfanview_plugins_***_setup.exePlugins for Irfanviewsite
picasa***-setup.exe"Google tool to manage, edit, create and share your photos. It will sort, find duplicates and allow uploading for public viewing."site
Miro-***.exeMiro will turn your computer into an Internet TV. Watch free Internet channels and play video filessite
MPC-HC.***.x64.exeMedia Player Classic Home Cinema program. Turn your computer into a home theater. For 32 bit systemssite
MPC-HC.***.x86.exeMedia Player Classic Home Cinema program. Turn your computer into a home theater. Fpr 64 bit systemssite
vlc-***-win32.exeVLC Media player version 2.0.4. Very highly regarded by
winamp***_full_emusic-7plus_en-us.exeGood multi-format media player also Win7 compatible with a long list of features, including maintaining playlists!site
pidgin-2.5.2.exe"Pidgin is a GTK+ instant messaging application for Windows and Unix. It supports AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, QQ, SILC, SIMPLE and more"site
SkypeSetupFull.exeTurn your computer into a video telephone. site
Microsoft Power Tools for XP
PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released. They are unofficial Microsoft tools that program developers created for projects they were working on
ClearType Tuner.exe
List of Power Toys.rtfThis file is the list and description of all the power toys. Start here.
MS converters
FileFormatConverters.exeAllows users of Office 2003 or earlier to read files created by Office 2007 and 2010site
MS Works Conv README FIRST.txtPlease read this file FIRST before using/installing the Microsoft Works Converter program listed
WorksConf.exeAllows you to open Works files in Wordsite
Works9Conv_KB***_en-US.mspA security patch you MIGHT need when running/installing the MS Works Converter. See the README file above for more
PowerPointViewer.exePowerPoint Viewer. The Viewer is free, the editor is
MS Word Viewer_en-us.exeView, but not edit Word docssite
Open & Libre Office
Apache_OpenOffice_incubating_***_Win_x86_install_en-US.exeLatest Open Office version. Open Office is a fabulous, free alternative to Microsoft Office. It can read/write Word/Excel/Powerpoint, etc. filessite
LibO_***_Win_x86_install_multi.msiLibre Office installer. Libre Office is the newer kid on the block of open source office suite software to compete against Microsoft’s Office
LibO_***_Win_x86_helppack_en-US.msiLibre Office help filessite
clipbrd.exeMicrosoft’s clipboard viewer built into Windows XP. Can also be used in Vista and Windows 7. These two newer OSes DO NOT HAVE a clipboard viewer built into them that’s user friendly. Enables you to view and, if needed, delete the clipboard contents. Just copy this file into the Windows/System32 folder of Vista or Windows 7 and you’re all set. site
dban-***_i586.isoDBAN is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most
DOSBox***-win32-installer.exeDOSBox allows other operating systems to run DOS programs (mainly games). This version will allow you to play old DOS games on a Vista machinesite
FontViewer.zipFont Viewer is a simple utility written in Java which shows how text will appear when loading fontssite
GoogleEarthSetup.exeJust the Google Earth
PSISetup ***.exeFree software monitor from Secunia that help you keep your installed programs updated. VERY thorough, does the legwork so you don’t really have
sendtotoys***.exeAllows you to add and remove items from your SendTo listsite
stellarium***win32.exeA stunning planetarium, showing the sky at night you can't see around here. Has a
ultradefrag-***.bin.amd64.exeUltraDefrag is a powerful Open Source Defragmentation tool for the Windows Platform. It can defragment any system files including registry hives and paging file. Also one of the main goals of UltraDefrag is doing the job as fast and reliable as possible. This is the 64 bit
ultradefrag-***.bin.i386.exeUltraDefrag is a powerful Open Source Defragmentation tool for the Windows Platform. It can defragment any system files including registry hives and paging file. Also one of the main goals of UltraDefrag is doing the job as fast and reliable as possible. This is the 32 bit
UltraVNC_***_Setup_W32.exeUltraVNC is a remote desktop connector, allowing a user to log into his work computer from home. VNC is the root technology for commercial services like
UltraVnc_***_x86.msiThis is the .msi version for those who have difficulty installing the .exe versionsite
FoxitReader***_enu_Setup.exeA very good alternative to Adobe Reader for those who prefer something besides Adobe software for .pdf
ImagePrinter_***.zip"ImagePrinter can print any document which can be printed in your Windows system to the one or many BMP, PNG , JPG, TIFF or PDF files."site
PDFCreator-***_setup.exePDFCreator easily creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer in any Windows
PDF2Mail-***.exe"PDF2Mail is a PDF-Writer Windows printer that creates PDF files from your current print job, opens up a new eMail (in Outlook, Outlook Express or Thunderbird) and attaches the PDF to this eMail."site
PDF2WordConverter.exeConverts most any PDF into a Word format document, saving the cost of needing the full blown Acrobat program to edit the
Setup_BullzipPDFPrinter_***.zipA FREE PDF Printer that allows you to print to a PDF document from any Microsoft Windows application. WARNING: Read the accompanying .txt file before installing. site
Portable Apps
" Suite™ is a complete collection of portable applications that will install and run from a flash drive: including a web browser, email client, office suite, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client, antivirus, audio player, sudoku game, password manager, PDF reader, minesweeper clone, backup utility and integrated menu, all preconfigured to work portably. Just drop it on your portable device and you're ready to go." (for more information)site
PortableApps.com_Platform_Setup_***.exeBasic Portable Apps platform installer. You then go to to view and download the software of your choosing. Once you’ve installed it, the platform has a built-in updater to keep track of the latest releases for your chosen software to help you stay up to date and worry less about patching on a regular basis. Over 230 apps covering a very wide spectrum of categories from browsers to office apps to games and quite a good number of utilities. All
EMET Setup v***.msiEMET is a free Microsoft utility that helps prevent vulnerabilities in software from being successfully exploited for code
EraserSetup***x32.exeEraser is a secure data removal tool for Windows. It completely removes sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected
KeePass-***-Setup.exe"KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way."site
RogueScannerGUISetup_***.exeRogueScanner is a network security tool for automatically discovering rogue wireless access points by scanning a wired
SandboxieInstall.exeSandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your
TrueCrypt Setup ***.exe"Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux Main Features: * Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk. * Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive. * Encrypts a partition or drive where Windows is installed (pre-boot authentication). * Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent. * Provides two levels of plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password: "site
Wireshark-win32-***.exe32-bit version of Wireshark, a network packet analyzer. A network packet analyzer will try to capture network packets and tries to display that packet data as detailed as possible. site
Wireshark-win64-***.exe64-bit version of Wireshark. site
Text Editor
NoteTab_Light_Setup.exe"NoteTab is a leading-edge text and HTML editor. This is the free, Light version of the Notepad replacement that Toby used to hold SIG's on"site
npp.***.Installer.exeNotepad++ is a generic source code editor and Notepad replacementsite
Troubleshooting Tools
Autoruns.exeAutoruns is a Microsoft tech tool, that will let you look at everything running on your computer and allow you to turn off services, features and programs at startup. Be very careful. You can turn off Windows completely if you're not careful. Definitely not for casual
Autoruns.chmHelp file for Autoruns. Be certain to read before messing with Autoruns. If you don't understand what it says, don't run
nlsi.exeNetStat Live will display your network info: Total incoming and outgoing traffic and how much CPU your networking is consuming. This is a handy way to see if something is using your network without your
pmoni.exePacketMon is a network packet monitor. It will display every piece of data going into or out of your network -- not just on your computer. It's geeky, but will really help if your network is slowing down for no apparent
ProcMon.exeProcess Monitor is a Microsoft tool that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. Allows you to find out what programs are causing processes to run. Geeky, but extremely useful, diagnostic
Video Processing - Capture
VirtualDub-***.zipVirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit Windows platformssite
Web Editor
amaya-WinXP-***.exeAmaya is a Web editor, i.e. a tool used to create and update documents directly on the Web. Browsing features are seamlessly integrated with the editing and remote access features in a uniform environment. Supports Windows XP, Vista and Win 7
BlueGriffonBlueGriffon is a new WYSIWYG content editor for the World Wide Web. Powered by Gecko, the rendering engine of Firefox, it's a modern and robust solution to edit Web pages in conformance to the latest Web
kompozer-***-win32.zipKompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page
7z***.exe"Zip program that can open ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z formats, while writing 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR"site

If you have a favorite freeware program that isn't listed, please let us know. There's comment link at the bottom of every page on the web, or you can just let Michael, Helen or Toby know at a meeting.

None of the freeware programs are nagware or time-out after a while. These are all fully-functioning programs. Be aware, however, that freeware program installers frequently contain "extra" options. You may need to uncheck these additional installs. Please look over the pages carefully for checkboxes that are pre-checked. You will almost always want to uncheck them. If you find one that contains nagware or other nuisances, please let us know.

The flash drives can sometimes be updated a regular meeting for $2 -- time and laptops permitting.

Rather than having to update the file listing every time a revision comes out with the revision number in the filename, we have replaced the revision numbers with *** in the listings.

Freeware Project

Latest Revision September 26, 2013

This collection of Freeware is a compendium of freeware programs that experienced members of the club actually use on a regular basis. The major providers of suggestions for inclusion are Craig Ladd, Bob de Violini and Toby Scott.

One particular freeware platform is worthy of note: PortableApps. This project has created a platform that will run hundreds of different programs on a flash drive. Borrow a computer at the library or a friend's house and you can have your favorite programs and data all ready on a flash drive. Insert the drive and your programs are ready to run and your data is available for updating. When done, dismount the flash drive and there is nothing of yours left on the computer. Everything is contained on the flash drive.

You can install as many of the programs as you care to on the flash drive. All the programs are freeware. It's a fantastic project.

Isn't Freeware Dangerous?

Yes, freeware can be dangerous. We do not recommend that you download freeware you don't know. However, there are some extremely safe freeware projects. For example, quite a few governments of the world don't trust commercial software creators like Microsoft. They fear backdoors into the software. So, they have created two huge open source, freeware projects: Open Office and Libre Office. Different programmers from many countries work on these projects to make them excellent. All source code is published, so an experienced programmer could easily see any irregularities in coding. This assures you that these programs are free of spyware/malware/nagware, etc.

There is an incubator for freeware, called SourceForge where all the projects are open source. The developers are required to publish the source code for all projects. Many of the programs on the freeware disks are from SourceForge.

Sold Out

We are sold out of the latest 16GB freeware flash drives. One reason for keeping the list online and up-to-date is that it is an excellent refrerence for those looking for software. Even if you don't have the flash drive, you can go to the sites and download the software knowing that it is safe and CIPCUG members like it.