Best Free Software

Best free tool is my very own Pat's Units Converter - you can use it offline! Here are some tags that will help you:
Geek factor: low - can be used 'out of the box'.
Geek factor: medium - requires learning or special setup.
Geek factor: high - for experienced people.
* programs I've used.  ** and still use.  $$ not free

Category Software Links
Web Browsers Firefox ** - better security, tabs, addons
SeaMonkey Suite - browser, email, newsreader, feed reader, IRC chat, HTML editing.
Internet Explorer - Outlook Express mail
Maxthon - advanced shell for Internet Explorer
Opera *
SlimBrowser *
Lynx *
Google Chrome **
Camino Chimera - Mac OS X
Lynx-OS X - text browser
Mailreaders Thunderbird ** mail/news/RSS reader
SeaMonkey Suite
Outlook Express
Newsreaders Thunderbird **
SeaMonkey Suite
Free Agent *
Feed readers Thunderbird **
SeaMonkey Suite
Awasu Awasu
Web: **   Bloglines   My Yahoo   Freenews   Feedreader   Sharpreader
Mac:   Newsfire   NetNewsWire
Web Editors (FTP) KompoZer - WYSIWYG web page editor and publisher. [Replaces Nvu]
HTML-Kit - specialized HTML development environment with plugins For experienced coders. Internet Explorer required.
SeaMonkey Composer - WYSIWYG web editor part of Internet software suite
Amaya - Web editor to create and update documents directly on the Web. Linux, Windows, MacOS. World Wide Web Consortium W3C
NetObjects Fusion Essentials - WYSIWYG web editor & publishing. NetObjects Fusion 11 included.
Firefox Extensions ** - create HTML and test with: EditorZilla, Codetch, HTML Validator, IE view
FTP & Testing FireFTP ** - Firefox addon
Filezilla *
Xenu Link Sleuth ** - Scans an entire website and creates a report with bad links and site map. (review)
Firewalls Comodo Firewall Pro *
ZoneAlarm * : ZA Free - controls outgoing Internet requests
Anti-Virus & Anti-malware Comodo Antivirus * highly rated
Avast! Free Antivirus * - real-time, script protection, highly rated (Windows/Mac OS)
Panda Cloud Antivirus - highly rated (Windows 32/64-bit versions)
AVG Free * - highly rated (Windows 32/64-bit versions)
Microsoft Security Essentials ** - auto-updates
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware ** - run manually, malware scanner. Does not conflict with real-time anti-virus
Spybot Search & Destroy ** - run manually, malware scanner.
SpywareBlaster * - run manually, malware scanner
SuperAntispyware * - run manually, malware scanner. Does not conflict with real-time anti-virus
Trend Micro RUBotted * - monitors for Bot infection Also: Rootkit Buster
Computer Security Microsoft Security Center ** - protect, update, fix and help
Secunia Personal Software Inspector ** - scans your software for security upgrades. Online tester! (Geek factor: medium)
LastPass Password Manager ** - remember one password. Browser addon securely fills in online forms. Mobile apps (Geek factor: medium)
Drop My Rights * - allows you to drop administrative privileges for individual applications.
fSekrit ** - creates a portable encrypted text file that requires a password to open. (Geek factor: medium)
Spector Pro $$ - controls your childrens' online usage: chat, IMs, email, websites, Facebook, MySpace, searches.
Startup Control (Boot-Time) StartUpMonitor ** - asks before installing startup applications
Autoruns ** - manages existing startup applications and services
Start-up List * - comprehensive reference of startup programs (updated frequently)
Utilities 7-Zip ** - packs 7z, zip, tar; unpacks gzip, rar, cab, iso, arj, lzh. Supports 256-bit encryption
CCleaner ** - comprehensive system cleaner: deletes unused or unneeded files in the computer, Registry, and Windows Startup applications. (Geek factor: medium)
Search Everything ** - file name search. Very fast. (Geek factor: low)
MyDefrag ** - disk defragment utility for Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, Win7, X64 (also portable)
RoboCopy GUI - backup your folders.
RoboCopy ** command-line version included in Win7. (Geek factor: high)
WinBubbles for Win7/Vista (similar to TweakUI/XP) ** - Change Windows settings safely. (Geek factor: medium)
jv16 PowerTools ** - clean, optimize your Windows PC (Windows XP/2000 to Windows 8) (Geek factor: medium) - creates a CD-ROM with diagnostics & utilities (Geek factor: high)
DiskCheckup - monitors SMART attributes of an internal disk drive to predict disk reliability. Can send email notification alarm. (WinXP to Win7)
WizMouse [561 Kb] ** - Solves mouse scrolling problems. Mouse wheel will scroll anywhere under the mouse. (Vista/Win7) (Geek factor: low)
FileMenu Tools * Set of tools including enable/disable "Context Menu" commands (Win XP-7) (Geek factor: high)
File Types Manager ** - change default icons for file extensions (Geek factor: high)
Unlocker by Cedrick Collomb * - Delete, rename or move locked files and folders. (Windows XP+) (Geek factor: low)
Agent Ransack ** - file search by name and contents, regex options, context menu option. (review)
Wizmo ** - create icons to shutdown, standby, reboot, hibernate your computer, start screensaver, mute sound, blank screen, etc. (review)
BAT to EXE Converter ** - you can pin the EXE executable program to the taskbar (Geek factor: med)
Office Software Open Office * - office suite for all major platforms except Mac OS X.
WPS Office Free (Kingsoft Office) ** - free office suite replacement for MS-Office: Write, Excel, Powerpoint. Writes doc, dot, wps, wpt rtf, htm, mht, pdf.
SoftMaker Office 2008 * - office suite, free licence key. Opens MS-Word, Excel, OpenDocument, RTF.
AbiWord - word processor similar to Microsoft Word. Part of Gnome Office.
Foxit Reader ** - PDF document reader
Microsoft Office document viewers *
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack : - get new fonts. Office software is not required.
Notetab ** - - plain text editor with tabbed files, options for programmers & HTML, clip libraries (function scripts). (review)
Skype VOIP client ** - - Phone from your computer to another computer running Skype (free) or call any phone number with purchased credit. (review)
Office Software Online (cloud apps) Microsoft Office online : - Basic documents, spreadsheets, & presentations. Save documents in "OneDrive".
Google Docs ** - basic create documents online. Save documents in "Google Drive"
Cloud Storage DropBox - 2GB free storage. Backup and share documents online. Syncronize files across all your Windows, Android, IOS devices.
Copy - 15 GB free storage
Google Drive - 15 GB free storage. Apps (Notepad, WeVideo, PicMonkey) and addons (Save to Drive, Save text to Drive, CloudHQ)
Microsoft OneDrive (was Skydrive) - 7/10 GB free storage. (Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, Android)
Box - 10 GB to 50 GB free storage.
Adrive - 50 GB free storage. (Android/IOS apps)
SendSpace Lite - upload/download a file up to 300 MB (saved 30 days). Inactive files may be deleted. Free, ad supported.
Photos Picasa * - organize photos. Helps locate, edit and share photos.
Windows Live Photo Gallery - organize photos. Windows Live is Microsoft's social networking.
GIMP - graphics editor for Win/Mac/Linux. Replaces Photoshop with tweaks here:
Image Resizers ** - XP Image Resizer Powertoy. - Image Resizer Powertoy Clone For Windows 7 **
Irfanview Viewer ** - viewer for photos, images, documents, multimedia (addons). Basic image editing/conversion. (review)
Audio - Video Audacity * - Sound Editor
Freemake Video Converter ** - Converts video and audio formats. Rotates videos! Create photo slideshows.
QuickTime Alternative - plays Quicktime movies in websites
VLC media player ** - Plays and converts most audio and video formats
Portable Apps 7-Zip Portable * - zip & archive utility
Autoruns * - manages startup applications
JkDefrag * - disk defragmenter *REPLACED by MyDefrag*
Minimo - web browser for mobile devices
OperaTor - portable software to browse the web anonymously using Opera Browser, Tor and Polipo ** : Mozilla Firefox Portable : Mozilla Thunderbird Portable and more
Pstart - Start menu for portable apps is drive letter independent
Portable ClamWin - anti-virus
Portable "Open Office" suite :
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