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How do I install RAM here? A guide
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// Spyware/adware/malware removal instructions

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Pre-guide

Alright, so you've got a kick arse game, a new PCI card and stonker of a harddrive, you're on top of the world, but you've noticed that your PC still runs slow.

Sure, you’ve got all that extra storage capacity and all those different ways to interface with your computer, but you’ve noticed that the old box just doesn’t move like it used to. Maybe it's time to put the old bitch to rest? Cry no more! Today I, Joe Williams, will talk about speeding up your old PC by installing more RAM (Random Access Memory).

RAM? Whaaaa?!

Okay, so maybe you're no the most advanced computer user, never fear, I have a crap analogy that explains how RAM works. If your CPU were a cook, then your hard drive is the refrigerator, and your RAM is the kitchen table. When your CPU starts cooking dinner, it lays out food from your hard drive/refrigerator on your RAM/kitchen table for fast and easy access. If your RAM is too small, you might not have enough space for all the food when the CPU starts cooking a big Christmas dinner. That’s when you know you need more RAM.

Opening my computer, are you fucking mental?

Yes, maybe I am, but in this case, I can categorically say that you shouldn't have any problems at all. Computer hardware isn’t the mysterious bad-boy you always thought. It's actually more like the mysterious bad-boy who just wants to be loved. Once you show hardware acceptance, it'll open up and totally love you back. But you should really look into getting a woman if you want that kind of love.

How do I know what type of RAM is suitable for my system?

The easiest way is to use the Crucial System Scanner. That little device will tell you exactly the sort of RAM you need. Crucial will probably offer you to buy the RAM from their site, don't bother, just take note of what type. For example, the type of RAM I need is "184-pin DIMM DDR PC3200" (Crucial scan will tell you yours). Motherboards can be finicky when it comes to RAM compatibility, so be sure to look before you leap. Regardless of specifications, the installation of RAM is simple and basically the same from motherboard to motherboard.

Also, another way to check is to physically open up the system and read the sticker that has been placed on the RAM, although only do that if the scanner yields no results.

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Precautions: Ground yourself

Static electricity can damage your module and other computer parts. You need to ground yourself to avoid "shocking" your computer. If you have wrist straps designed for this purpose, you should wear them. If you don't have wrist straps, here is the easiest way to ground yourself:

> Turn off the computer, monitor, and all accessories (printer, speakers, etc.)
> Leave the computer power cord plugged in. (It's OK to unplug your accessories if you like.)
> Briefly touch an unpainted metal part of your computer case.
> Plant your feet and don't walk around. If you do need to walk around, ground yourself again before touching any of the internal parts of your computer.

THE GUIDE

What you'll need

> Non-magnetic screwdriver (for opening your case)
> Your computer manual (optional)
> Common sense (Recommended)

Step 1: Open your case

> If you haven't already done so, turn off the computer, monitor, and all accessories (printer, speakers, etc.)
> Remove any screws holding your cover in place.
> Remove the desktop cover.

Every computer case is a little different, so consult your manual if you have any questions about how to open your case.

Tip: Make sure you put the screws from your computer case in a safe place so that it's easy to put your system back together again!

Opening case

Step 2: Find the DIMM slots

This is easy enough. Just locate the RAM sockets on your motherboard and find an empty one. If you’ve never installed RAM in your computer, you should have at least one or two empty slots*. When you’re choosing the socket in which to install your RAM, again you should consult your manual. For example, your motherboard may require you to fill the sockets in a particular order. In my installation, my motherboard supports dual-channel mode, but the sticks of RAM need to be installed in the correct sockets for this to work. Although this is quite a rare occurance (well, on PCs I've worked on)

Next, the RAM retaining clips need to be opened (white buttons next to RAM slots) up in order for RAM to be installed. All you need to do is press the retaining clips outward, opening the socket for installation.

RAM Slots

[I have shown the PCI slots incase you get confused as to what the RAM slots look like]

*If you do not have any empty slots, you will need to remove existing RAM. Just push down on the retaining clips, and the RAM should pop out.

Step 3: Install your RAM

Now pick up your stick of RAM by the outeredges, it's best not to get your fingerprints all over the 'working parts' of the RAM itself. The RAM should be slotted so that it can fit in the socket only one way, so just line up the slotted RAM with your motherboard’s RAM socket. (Look at how existing RAM is placed)

Firmly press the RAM until it is seated securely in the socket. If your socket has retaining clips, press down until the clips snap back into place. I.e, don't force the clips down, they will "snap" back into pace if the RAM has been fitted properly.

Like so

After this, your RAM should be properly seated and installed.

Step 4: Finishing up

Basic stuff here, place the panel back onto your computer and restart. You are now back into the land of the known, where you are king. To check to see if the RAM has been installed correctly, Right click "My Computer > Properties" it will show you how much RAM you have.

Easy as that. Brilliant.


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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-16 16:04:12 Reply

Ok im back, remember pornmag pass? well its back. The Little ballon that pops up every once in a while, Which says "critical System Error" has come back. ANother thing is i cant boot into safemode, so im unable to run smitrem. Its really annoying. But when i try to boot into safe mode, it dissapears when i come back up. Im gonn system restore and see if that works.


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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-17 05:28:11 Reply

At 10/15/06 09:55 PM, ErectPENISman wrote:

D: Check the power module in your control panel while the game is running?
What does this do?

Well every action your computer does takes electricity. And so if it isn't getting sufficient power that may be what's causing it.

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JusticOfIrony's HijackThis! log to delete
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Sorry for the lateness of this HJT log, JOI, I didn't see you down there.

REMEMBER: Follow these instructions exactly

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No active firewall was found on your system. If you don´t use a firewall you should download and install one [ZoneAlarm]

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Please click Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs and uninstall these programs:

IE Host
Kazaa Media Desktop 2.0.2
Logitech Desktop Messenger <-- not malicious, but recommended to remove
RelevantKnowledge
Viewpoint Manager (Remove Only)
Viewpoint Media Player

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>> Download SmitRem and save the file to your desktop. Double click on the file to extract it to it's own folder on the desktop.

Next, please reboot your computer in SafeMode by doing the following:

*Restart your PC
*As soon as power is back on press F8 [In other words, press F8 frantically on start-up]
*If you see there Windows boot up scroller, you have been too slow, make sure to keep pressing F8.
*After this, you will several options, choose the option "SAFE MODE" not "SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING" or "SAFE MODE WITH COMMAND PROMPT"
*Press Enter
*Your PC will then boot up in safe mode
*If using ME or XP, you do not want to do a 'System Restore' so follow the prompt to aviod that.

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Please double-click Killbox.exe to run it.

* Select
> "Delete on Reboot
> Then, click on the "All Files" button"
* Please copy the file paths below to the clipboard by highlighting ALL of them and pressing CTRL + C

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Folders\ibm00001.exe
c:\temp\salmau.dat
c:\GatorPatch.log
c:\keys.ini
c:\windows\sepsd.bin
c:\windows\woinstall.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins\npclntax.dll

> Return to Killbox, go to the File menu, and choose "Paste from Clipboard".
> Click the red-and-white "Delete File" button. Click "Yes" at the Delete on Reboot prompt. Click "No" at the Pending Operations prompt.

If your computer doesn't restart automatically, restart it manually

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Open HijackThis! and re-scan your system.

Place a check against the following items

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Shell] C:\Program Files\Common Files\MicrosoftShared\Web Folders\ibm00001.exe
O2 - BHO: Zango Toolbar - {5CBE2611-C31B-401F-89BC-4CBB25E853D7} - C:\Program Files\ZangoToolbar\Bin\4.8.2.0\ZbHostIE.dl
l (file missing)
O3 - Toolbar: Zango Toolbar - {5CBE2611-C31B-401F-89BC-4CBB25E853D7} - C:\Program Files\ZangoToolbar\Bin\4.8.2.0\ZbHostIE.dl
l (file missing)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [rFtg32l] cmpuk.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Search - http://bar.mywebsear...html?p=ZSzeb02944US

After you have ticked all the items, press "Fix Checked" and reboot

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Download CCleaner and run it. Delete everything it finds.

Then, scan with Spybot S&D and Ad-Aware.

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E-mail me a fresh HijackThis! log.


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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-17 10:56:35 Reply

Alright, here's my computer problem:

When I turn on (or restarts) my computer and log in, my internet works and I can hear sounds from everywhere.
But after 30 minutes or and hour or so, the internet stops working, and the computer says that I got no speakers installed.
Anyway as I said, it works again when I restart the computer.

Another problem is that the theme of the computer sometimes change to 98 style. (hope you understand).

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-17 10:58:09 Reply

Oh yeah, another thing. You should make a Computer Hospital Website. If you don't have much HTML experience (spelled right?), I could make one.

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-17 12:16:26 Reply

At 10/17/06 10:58 AM, ShadowCrush wrote: Oh yeah, another thing. You should make a Computer Hospital Website. If you don't have much HTML experience (spelled right?), I could make one.

Actually it could be a neat idea, just to use as a repository for all the tutorials DHT has written, and perhaps link to all the various utilities we've talked about..

Alright, here's my computer problem:
When I turn on (or restarts) my computer and log in, my internet works and I can hear sounds from everywhere.
But after 30 minutes or and hour or so, the internet stops working, and the computer says that I got no speakers installed.
Anyway as I said, it works again when I restart the computer.
Another problem is that the theme of the computer sometimes change to 98 style. (hope you understand).

Is there anything else that doesn't work? If your internet stops working, my first guess would be a virus. Have you run any virus scans lately? There is a good free online scan at http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ if you don't have anything installed on your system.

Are you able to change your theme back to the default XP theme after it switches on you?
If not, this might be a temporary solution.

Let me know how the virus scan goes.

-RageOfOrder

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-17 12:28:30 Reply

At 10/17/06 12:16 PM, RageOfOrder wrote:
At 10/17/06 10:58 AM, ShadowCrush wrote: Oh yeah, another thing. You should make a Computer Hospital Website. If you don't have much HTML experience (spelled right?), I could make one.
Actually it could be a neat idea, just to use as a repository for all the tutorials DHT has written, and perhaps link to all the various utilities we've talked about..

Please give a bit more time, I want to make sure this thread is up and running before I start making any sites. Also, if a site was made, I can assure you I am more than capable of creating one by myself. I have loads in the pipe-line, I can assure you :)

Thanks for the offer anyway.

When I turn on (or restarts) my computer and log in, my internet works and I can hear sounds from everywhere...

This is really following on from what Rage said.

If it would make you feel better, follow the instructions I've written on page deux and send me a HijackThis! (HJT) logfile. This will enable me to see what problems (if any) are on your system.


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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-17 16:08:59 Reply

Does your computer stop working after thirty minutes no matter how much or little you do?

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-18 05:37:28 Reply

At 10/17/06 04:08 PM, JerkClock wrote: Does your computer stop working after thirty minutes no matter how much or little you do?

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it does so.

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-18 05:51:02 Reply

At 10/18/06 05:37 AM, ShadowCrush wrote:

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it does so.

First run it without speakers for 30 minutes to see if they're the problem(it's extremely unlikely, but possible), then try re-installing your sound card's software. If that doesn't work, take off your computer's casing, Look for any cooling fans that may be off, then look for visable signs something is wrong with your sound card(loose, damaged wires, etc.) Failing that you'll just have to have it looked at. There are a number of other things, but they are all either too risky and precision based to try yourself(checking the power supply fan), or require devices you don't likely have. If you bought your computer at frys, they can look at it for free.

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-18 06:44:41 Reply

Hey deckheadtottie. I have a huge problem and I have no idea how it started. All of a sudden I could not access my MSN or Hotmail! I tried a combination of passwords I could think of and still nothing. I tried resetting my password, but my account question does not look like the one I made. I don't think someone changed my password.

Also, I was trying to access Steam and I couldn't because of a wrong password! Do you know anything that may help? I tried scanning for viruses and doing some procedures that was found in the Help section of MSN. I've tried everything I could man. I don't have a problem making a new email account, I just have a problem losing all my contacts :(. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-18 13:39:27 Reply

1) How long have you been unable to log in?
2) Can you sign in with any other adress?
3) What did you use to scan your computer for a virus, and what did the scan say?

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-18 15:14:23 Reply

At 10/18/06 01:39 PM, RageOfOrder wrote: 1) How long have you been unable to log in?

For 2 days now.

2) Can you sign in with any other adress?

I can sign in using my old email account, but I want to use my currnent one.

3) What did you use to scan your computer for a virus, and what did the scan say?

AVG and Ad-Aware.

I'm gonna try doing that full computer scan procedure that deckheadtottie made where you go into safe mode and do a bunch of things. Hopefully that works.

Anyone else have any ideas?

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-18 17:26:43 Reply

Did you used to auto-login? If so check your cookies, it's a long shot but it's possible the cookie the auto-logged you in could still be there and that the password you remember is slightly wrong.

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-18 18:40:03 Reply

At 10/18/06 05:26 PM, JerkClock wrote: Did you used to auto-login? If so check your cookies, it's a long shot but it's possible the cookie the auto-logged you in could still be there and that the password you remember is slightly wrong.

I tried clearing my cache, deleting file, cookies, and clearing my history and still nothing. I tried signing in to Hotmail and it said I am in a lockout because I have tried signing into Hotmail too many times with a bad password. If that is the case, maybe that is what is happening. But how long will it last?

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-19 02:22:24 Reply

i need help with firefox, every time i try save a picture or a movie or something the download box doesnt show up, any idea why? ive gone through all the options and everythings all ticked and i went through and clicked view - downloads and tried to save again but it still didnt work, any idea why?

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-19 05:38:02 Reply

At 10/18/06 06:40 PM, AbsentMassacure wrote:

I tried clearing my cache, deleting file, cookies, and clearing my history and still nothing. I tried signing in to Hotmail and it said I am in a lockout because I have tried signing into Hotmail too many times with a bad password. If that is the case, maybe that is what is happening. But how long will it last?

Shouldn't be more than a day, if it's a server based e-mail like hotmail though, it's probably the server itself and not your computer. Get a free e-mail with yahoo and use it to e-mail the hotmail admins.

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At 10/19/06 02:22 AM, SpeedMetalSandwich wrote: i need help with firefox, every time i try save a picture or a movie or something the download box doesnt show up, any idea why? ive gone through all the options and everythings all ticked and i went through and clicked view - downloads and tried to save again but it still didnt work, any idea why?

The download box is merely an indicator, did you check to see if the files are saving? If they are then I wouldn't worry about it. Try to save a picture to your desktop and see if it saves.

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At 10/19/06 05:40 AM, JerkClock wrote: The download box is merely an indicator, did you check to see if the files are saving? If they are then I wouldn't worry about it. Try to save a picture to your desktop and see if it saves.

nope doesnt work dude, nothing wont download at all

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-19 08:05:11 Reply

oh crap all i had to do was un install and re-install, its all good now

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-19 15:19:23 Reply

Sounds like the original file was corrupted.

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-19 15:46:36 Reply

At 10/19/06 05:38 AM, JerkClock wrote: Shouldn't be more than a day, if it's a server based e-mail like hotmail though, it's probably the server itself and not your computer. Get a free e-mail with yahoo and use it to e-mail the hotmail admins.

Just tried it now and I am STILL locked out!! This is really pissing me off!

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-19 15:53:25 Reply

At 10/19/06 03:46 PM, AbsentMassacure wrote:
Just tried it now and I am STILL locked out!! This is really pissing me off!

Well you'll have to wait for them to respond, if they even do.

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-19 17:31:50 Reply

At 10/19/06 03:53 PM, JerkClock wrote: Well you'll have to wait for them to respond, if they even do.

What do you mean by respond? Why would they respons? And how?

I can't get out of the lockdown!

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-19 17:39:54 Reply

At 10/19/06 05:31 PM, AbsentMassacure wrote:
At 10/19/06 03:53 PM, JerkClock wrote: Well you'll have to wait for them to respond, if they even do.
What do you mean by respond?

The Hotmail staff replying to the e-mail you sent them.

Why would they respons?

Because you sent them an e-mail, chances are they won't actually respond though.

And how?

By e-mailing the e-mail account you e-mailed them with.

I can't get out of the lockdown!

I reckon somebody hacked your account, since you said that the secret question was different.

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At 10/19/06 05:39 PM, AfroUnderscoreStud wrote: The Hotmail staff replying to the e-mail you sent them.

I never sent them any email. I will if they can somehow reset my password.

Because you sent them an e-mail, chances are they won't actually respond though.

Again, I never sent them an email.

By e-mailing the e-mail account you e-mailed them with.

Wow. Talk about a tounge twister there :P

I reckon somebody hacked your account, since you said that the secret question was different.

Ya, I think so too.

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-19 23:57:12 Reply

At 10/19/06 09:48 PM, AbsentMassacure wrote: I never sent them any email

Then why did you say you did?

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Response to Computer Hospital: Part Two 2006-10-20 00:00:10 Reply

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DHTs Mega freeware feast
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I thought rather than just posting 3 freeware tools at a time, I'll just post them all. I suppose it makes more sense in the long run. So, over the next couple of pages, I will be posting a plethora of awesome freeware tools for you lucky, lucky people. Enjoy

-DHT

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Other freeware tools:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

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Anti-Spyware/Anti-Virus

Ad-Aware Personal - Anti Spyware
Spybot-S&D - Anti Spyware
Windows Defender - Anti Spyware
ewido - Anti trojan
AVG Free - AntiVirus
AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic - AntiVirus
Avast! 4 Home Edition - AntiVirus
BitDefender 8 Free Edition - AntiVirus
Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall - Firewall
Safety.Net - Firewall
ZoneAlarm -Firewall
protect the browser against spyware : SpywareBlaster - AntiSpyware
protect the browser against spyware : SpywareGuard 2.2 - AntiSpyware
CWShredder Remove "Cool Web Search"
Grisoft/AVG Virus Removal Tools - Remove specific Virus

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Audio/Music/MP3/Real/Wav Freeware

CDBurnerXP Pro - Burn a CD
MP3 CD Doctor Lite - Burn an audio CD
mp3DirectCut - Cut mp3 files into small parts
CD Wave - cut wav files into smaller parts
Wave Splitter - cut wav files into smaller parts :
FoxyTunes - Control iTunes in Firefox
Mp3tag - Edit mp3 tags
mpTrim - fade-in/fade-out mp3 files
YamiPod - manage iPod without iTunes
MediaMonkey - organize the mp3 collection
Real Alternative - play real audio (.ra, .rm) files without the real software
Streamripper for Winamp - record/save streaming music
Audiograbber - rip music from a CD

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Communicating

IceChat - IRC
X-Chat 2 for Windows - IRC
Trillian by Cerulean Studios - chat with different messenger clients
Jabber - chat with different messenger clients
Miranda IM - chat with different messenger clients
Qnext - chat with different messenger clients
SIM-IM - chat with different messenger clients
Skype - phone free using the internet
Gizmo - phone free using the internet
KishKish SAM - phone free using the internet
switchboard - phone free using the internet
Voipbuster - phone free using the internet
Mercury Messenger - better MSN Messenger client
SightSpeed - video conference with others

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More to be had on the next page. Until then, that's your lot.

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