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 ** mozilla.com - better security, tabs, addons
SeaMonkey Suite seamonkey-project.org - browser, email, newsreader, feed reader, IRC chat, HTML editing.
Internet Explorer microsoft.com - Outlook Express mail
Maxthon maxthon.com - advanced shell for Internet Explorer
WINDOWS:
Opera * opera.com
SlimBrowser * slimbrowser.net
Lynx * lynx.browser.org
Google Chrome ** google.com/chrome
OTHER:
Safari apple.com
Camino Chimera caminobrowser.org - Mac OS X
Lynx-OS X osxgnu.org - text browser
Mailreaders Thunderbird ** mozilla.com mail/news/RSS reader
SeaMonkey Suite seamonkey-project.org
Pegasus pmail.com
PocoMail pocosystems.com
Outlook Express microsoft.com
Newsreaders Thunderbird ** mozilla.com
SeaMonkey Suite seamonkey-project.org
WinVN science.ksc.nasa.gov
Free Agent * forteinc.com
Feed readers Thunderbird ** mozilla.com
SeaMonkey Suite seamonkey-project.org
FeedDemon FeedDemon.com
Awasu Awasu
Web: feedly.com **   Bloglines   My Yahoo   Freenews   Feedreader   Sharpreader
Mac:   Newsfire   NetNewsWire
Web Editors (FTP) KompoZer kompozer.net - WYSIWYG web page editor and publisher. [Replaces Nvu]
HTML-Kit htmlkit.com - specialized HTML development environment with plugins For experienced coders. Internet Explorer required.
SeaMonkey Composer seamonkey-project.org - WYSIWYG web editor part of Internet software suite
Amaya w3.org/Amaya - Web editor to create and update documents directly on the Web. Linux, Windows, MacOS. World Wide Web Consortium W3C
NetObjects Fusion Essentials
netobjects.com - WYSIWYG web editor & publishing. NetObjects Fusion 11 included.
Firefox Extensions ** addons.mozilla.com - create HTML and test with: EditorZilla, Codetch, HTML Validator, IE view
FTP & Testing FireFTP ** fireftp.mozdev.org - Firefox addon
Filezilla * filezilla-project.org
Xenu Link Sleuth ** home.snafu.de - Scans an entire website and creates a report with bad links and site map. (review)
Firewalls Comodo Firewall Pro * comodo.com
ZoneAlarm * zonealarm.com : ZA Free - controls outgoing Internet requests
Sygate sygate.com
Anti-Virus & Anti-malware Comodo Antivirus * antivirus.comodo.com highly rated
Avast! Free Antivirus * avast.com - real-time, script protection, highly rated (Windows/Mac OS)
Panda Cloud Antivirus cloudantivirus.com - highly rated (Windows 32/64-bit versions)
AVG Free * avg.com - highly rated (Windows 32/64-bit versions)
Microsoft Security Essentials ** microsoft.com - auto-updates
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware ** malwarebytes.org - run manually, malware scanner. Does not conflict with real-time anti-virus
Spybot Search & Destroy ** safer-networking.org - run manually, malware scanner.
SpywareBlaster * brightfort.com - run manually, malware scanner
SuperAntispyware * superantispyware.com - run manually, malware scanner. Does not conflict with real-time anti-virus
Trend Micro RUBotted * trendmicro.com - monitors for Bot infection Also: Rootkit Buster
Computer Security Microsoft Security Center ** microsoft.com/security - protect, update, fix and help
Secunia Personal Software Inspector ** secunia.com - scans your software for security upgrades. Online tester! (Geek factor: medium)
LastPass Password Manager ** lastpass.com - remember one password. Browser addon securely fills in online forms. Mobile apps (Geek factor: medium)
Drop My Rights * msdn.microsoft.com - allows you to drop administrative privileges for individual applications.
fSekrit ** f0dder.dcmembers.com - creates a portable encrypted text file that requires a password to open. (Geek factor: medium)
Spector Pro $$ spectorsoft.com - controls your childrens' online usage: chat, IMs, email, websites, Facebook, MySpace, searches.
Startup Control (Boot-Time) StartUpMonitor ** mlin.net - asks before installing startup applications
Autoruns ** microsoft.com - manages existing startup applications and services
Start-up List * pacs-portal.co.uk - comprehensive reference of startup programs (updated frequently)
Utilities 7-Zip ** 7-zip.org - packs 7z, zip, tar; unpacks gzip, rar, cab, iso, arj, lzh. Supports 256-bit encryption
CCleaner ** filehippo.com - comprehensive system cleaner: deletes unused or unneeded files in the computer, Registry, and Windows Startup applications. (Geek factor: medium)
Search Everything ** voidtools.com - file name search. Very fast. (Geek factor: low)
MyDefrag ** mydefrag.com - disk defragment utility for Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, Win7, X64 (also portable)
RoboCopy GUI microsoft.com - backup your folders.
RoboCopy ** command-line version included in Win7. (Geek factor: high)
WinBubbles for Win7/Vista (similar to TweakUI/XP) ** windowsforus.com - Change Windows settings safely. (Geek factor: medium)
jv16 PowerTools ** www.macecraft.com - clean, optimize your Windows PC (Windows XP/2000 to Windows 8) (Geek factor: medium)
UltimateBootCD.com ultimatebootcd.com - creates a CD-ROM with diagnostics & utilities (Geek factor: high)
DiskCheckup passmark.com - monitors SMART attributes of an internal disk drive to predict disk reliability. Can send email notification alarm. (WinXP to Win7)
WizMouse 1.0.0.5 [561 Kb] ** antibody-software.com - Solves mouse scrolling problems. Mouse wheel will scroll anywhere under the mouse. (Vista/Win7) (Geek factor: low)
FileMenu Tools * www.lopesoft.com Set of tools including enable/disable "Context Menu" commands (Win XP-7) (Geek factor: high)
File Types Manager ** www.nirsoft.net - change default icons for file extensions (Geek factor: high)
Unlocker by Cedrick Collomb * emptyloop.com - Delete, rename or move locked files and folders. (Windows XP+) (Geek factor: low)
Agent Ransack ** mythicsoft.com - file search by name and contents, regex options, context menu option. (review)
Wizmo ** grc.com - create icons to shutdown, standby, reboot, hibernate your computer, start screensaver, mute sound, blank screen, etc. (review)
BAT to EXE Converter ** www.f2ko.de - you can pin the EXE executable program to the taskbar (Geek factor: med)
Office Software Open Office * openoffice.org - office suite for all major platforms except Mac OS X.
WPS Office Free (Kingsoft Office) ** wps.com - free office suite replacement for MS-Office: Write, Excel, Powerpoint. Writes doc, dot, wps, wpt rtf, htm, mht, pdf.
SoftMaker Office 2008 * mydigitallife.info - office suite, free licence key. Opens MS-Word, Excel, OpenDocument, RTF.
AbiWord abiword.org - word processor similar to Microsoft Word. Part of Gnome Office.
Foxit Reader ** foxitsoftware.com - PDF document reader
Microsoft Office document viewers * microsoft.com
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack : microsoft.com - get new fonts. Office software is not required.
Notetab ** - notetab.com - plain text editor with tabbed files, options for programmers & HTML, clip libraries (function scripts). (review)
Skype VOIP client ** - skype.com - 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 : office.com - Basic documents, spreadsheets, & presentations. Save documents in "OneDrive".
Google Docs ** docs.google.com - basic create documents online. Save documents in "Google Drive"
Cloud Storage DropBox dropbox.com - 2GB free storage. Backup and share documents online. Syncronize files across all your Windows, Android, IOS devices.
Copy copy.com - 15 GB free storage
Google Drive drive.google.com - 15 GB free storage. Apps (Notepad, WeVideo, PicMonkey) and addons (Save to Drive, Save text to Drive, CloudHQ)
Microsoft OneDrive (was Skydrive) onedrive.live.com - 7/10 GB free storage. (Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, Android)
Box www.box.com - 10 GB to 50 GB free storage.
Adrive adrive.com - 50 GB free storage. (Android/IOS apps)
SendSpace Lite www.sendspace.com - upload/download a file up to 300 MB (saved 30 days). Inactive files may be deleted. Free, ad supported.
Photos Picasa * picasa.google.com - organize photos. Helps locate, edit and share photos.
Windows Live Photo Gallery microsoft.com - organize photos. Windows Live is Microsoft's social networking.
GIMP gimp.org - graphics editor for Win/Mac/Linux. Replaces Photoshop with tweaks here: smashingmagazine.com
Image Resizers ** microsoft.com - XP Image Resizer Powertoy.
addictivetips.com - Image Resizer Powertoy Clone For Windows 7 **
Irfanview Viewer ** irfanview.com - viewer for photos, images, documents, multimedia (addons). Basic image editing/conversion. (review)
Audio - Video Audacity * audacity.sourceforge.net - Sound Editor
Freemake Video Converter ** freemake.com - Converts video and audio formats. Rotates videos! Create photo slideshows.
QuickTime Alternative free-codecs.com - plays Quicktime movies in websites
VLC media player ** videolan.org/vlc - Plays and converts most audio and video formats
Portable Apps 7-Zip Portable * portableapps.com - zip & archive utility
Autoruns * microsoft.com - manages startup applications
JkDefrag * jkdefrag.en.softonic.com - disk defragmenter *REPLACED by MyDefrag*
Minimo mozilla.org - web browser for mobile devices
OperaTor archetwist.com/en/opera/operator - portable software to browse the web anonymously using Opera Browser, Tor and Polipo
PortableApps.com ** Portableapps.com : Mozilla Firefox Portable : Mozilla Thunderbird Portable and more
Pstart pegtop.net/start - Start menu for portable apps is drive letter independent
Portable ClamWin portableapps.com - anti-virus
Portable "Open Office" suite sourceforge.net : portableapps.com
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