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 have used.     ** programs I still use.

Category Software Links
Web Browsers Firefox ** mozilla.com - better security, tabs, addons
SeaMonkey mozilla.org - combines Firefox, Thunderbird, web page editor, web development tools, and an IRC chat client.
Internet Explorer microsoft.com - Outlook Express mail
Maxthon maxthon.com - shell for Internet Explorer, advanced features
WINDOWS:
Opera * opera.com
SlimBrowser * flashpeak.com
Lynx * lynx.browser.org
Google Chrome * google.com/chrome
OTHER:
Safari apple.com
Camino Chimera mozilla.org - Mac OS X
Lynx-OS X osxgnu.org - text browser
Mailreaders Thunderbird ** mozilla.com mail/news/RSS reader
Eudora eudora.com
Pegasus pmail.com
PocoMail pocosystems.com
Outlook Express microsoft.com
Newsreaders Thunderbird ** mozilla.com
WinVN science.ksc.nasa.gov
Free Agent * forteinc.com
Feed readers Windows:   FeedDemon   Awasu
Web:   Bloglines   My Yahoo   NewsGator   Freenews   Feedreader   NewsGator   Sharpreader
Mac:   Newsfire   NetNewsWire
Web Editors (FTP) KompoZer : kompozer.net - WYSIWYG web page editor and publisher. Tutorial [Replaces Nvu]
HTML-Kit : htmlkit.com - specialized HTML development environment with plugins For experienced coders. Internet Explorer required.
SeaMonkey Composer (Mozilla Composer) : mozilla.com/projects/seamonkey - WYSIWYG web editor part of a suite with browser, IRC Chat, Mail, Newsreader.
Amaya : 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/html/essentials.html - WYSIWYG web editor, built-in publishing, tutorials. Free version of NetObjects Fusion 11.
Firefox Extensions ** : addons.mozilla.com - allow you to create and test HTML with: EditorZilla, Codetch, HTML Validator, IE view
FTP & Testing FireFTP ** : fireftp.mozdev.org - Firefox addon
Filezilla * : sourceforge.net
FTP Explorer ftpx.com - just like Windows Explorer (Win9x/ME/2000/NT4)
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
Online-Armor Free : tallemu.com
ZoneAlarm * : zonelabs.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 * : 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 * : Spybot.info - run manually, malware scanner
SpywareBlaster * : javacoolsoftware.com - run manually, malware scanner
SuperAntispyware * : superantispyware.com - run manually, malware scanner, does not conflict with real-time anti-virus
Trend Micro RUBotted * : trendsecure.com - monitors for Bot infection in background
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 * : msdn2.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
Start-up List ** : pacs-portal.co.uk - comprehensive list of startup programs (updated frequently)
Network Tools WirelessNetView www.nirsoft.net - displays all WiFi networks in range with channel, signal strength, and security details. (Geek factor: low)
Wireless Network Watcher : nirsoft.net - monitors all computers and devices connected to your home network. (Geek factor: low)
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, the 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 - copy folder/files to another location. Based on command-line RoboCopy **, included in Vista/Win7. (Geek factor: medium/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 name and/or contents search, regex options. Right-click 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)
Win-XP
Utilities
TweakUI for XP (Windows XP Powertoy) : microsoft.com - changes Windows settings safely. Supplied on Win98 disk Tools\Reskit\Powertoy folder. (Geek factor: medium)
X-Setup Pro : x-setup.net - Windows (95,XP,Vista) system configuration, hundreds of tweaking options, easy restore. Download & Reg.key majorgeeks.com.
Windows XP Recovery Console : microsoft.com - how to use it on your Install CD (reading from another computer)
Xxcopy xxcopy.com - Command-line function to copy or syncronize files (Win98/WinXP) (Geek factor: high)
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.
Gnome Office : gnome.org - free office suite includes Abiword, OpenCalc
Foxit Reader ** : foxitsoftware.com - PDF document reader
Microsoft Office document viewers (microsoft.com)
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack (microsoft.com) - get new Word/Excel/PowerPoint fonts. Office software is not required.
Google Docs (cloud apps) : docs.google.com - create documents online (free)
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 for free or buy service for calling phone numbers (review)
Photos Picasa : picasa.google.com - organize photos. Helps locate, edit and share photos.
Windows Live Photo Gallery : 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
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 defragment. !Replaced by MyDefrag!
Minimo : mozilla.org/projects/minimo - 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
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
Cloud Storage DropBox : dropbox.com - 2GB free storage. Backup and share documents online. Syncronize files across all your Windows, Android, IOS devices.
Copy : www.copy.com - 15 GB free storage
Google Drive : www.google.com/drive - 15 GB free storage. Apps (Notepad, WeVideo, PicMonkey) and addons (Save to Drive, Save text to Drive, CloudHQ)
Skydrive : www.google.com/drive - 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. Online editing, share files by email link, website backup. (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.
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