Best Free Software

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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 ** - better security, tabs, addons
SeaMonkey - combines Firefox, Thunderbird, web page editor, web development tools, and an IRC chat client.
Internet Explorer - Outlook Express mail
Maxthon - shell for Internet Explorer, advanced features
Opera *
SlimBrowser *
Lynx *
Google Chrome *
Camino Chimera - Mac OS X
Lynx-OS X - text browser
Mailreaders Thunderbird ** mail/news/RSS reader
Outlook Express
Newsreaders Thunderbird **
Free Agent *
Feed readers Windows:   FeedDemon   Awasu
Web:   Bloglines   My Yahoo   NewsGator   Freenews   Feedreader   NewsGator   Sharpreader
Mac:   Newsfire   NetNewsWire
Web Editors (FTP) KompoZer : - WYSIWYG web page editor and publisher. Tutorial [Replaces Nvu]
HTML-Kit : - specialized HTML development environment with plugins For experienced coders. Internet Explorer required.
SeaMonkey Composer (Mozilla Composer) : - 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 : - WYSIWYG web editor, built-in publishing, tutorials. Free version of NetObjects Fusion 11.
Firefox Extensions ** : - allow you to create and test HTML with: EditorZilla, Codetch, HTML Validator, IE view
FTP & Testing FireFTP ** : - Firefox addon
Filezilla * :
FTP Explorer - just like Windows Explorer (Win9x/ME/2000/NT4)
Xenu Link Sleuth ** : - Scans an entire website and creates a report with bad links and site map. (review)
Firewalls Comodo Firewall Pro * :
Online-Armor Free :
ZoneAlarm * : : ZA Free - controls outgoing Internet requests
Sygate :
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 in background
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
Start-up List ** : - comprehensive list of startup programs (updated frequently)
Network Tools WirelessNetView - displays all WiFi networks in range with channel, signal strength, and security details. (Geek factor: low)
Wireless Network Watcher : - monitors all computers and devices connected to your home network. (Geek factor: low)
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, the 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 - 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) ** - 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 name and/or contents search, regex options. Right-click 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)
TweakUI for XP (Windows XP Powertoy) : - changes Windows settings safely. Supplied on Win98 disk Tools\Reskit\Powertoy folder. (Geek factor: medium)
X-Setup Pro : - Windows (95,XP,Vista) system configuration, hundreds of tweaking options, easy restore. Download & Reg.key
Windows XP Recovery Console : - how to use it on your Install CD (reading from another computer)
Xxcopy - Command-line function to copy or syncronize files (Win98/WinXP) (Geek factor: high)
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.
Gnome Office : - free office suite includes Abiword, OpenCalc
Foxit Reader ** : - PDF document reader
Microsoft Office document viewers (
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack ( - get new Word/Excel/PowerPoint fonts. Office software is not required.
Google Docs (cloud apps) : - create documents online (free)
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 for free or buy service for calling phone numbers (review)
Photos Picasa : - organize photos. Helps locate, edit and share photos.
Windows Live Photo Gallery : - 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
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 defragment. !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
Pstart : - Start menu for portable apps is drive letter independent
Portable ClamWin : - anti-virus
Portable "Open Office" suite : :
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)
Skydrive : - 7/10 GB free storage. (Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, Android)
Box : - 10 GB to 50 GB free storage.
Adrive : - 50 GB free storage. Online editing, share files by email link, website backup. (Android/IOS apps)
SendSpace Lite : - upload/download a file up to 300 MB (saved 30 days). Inactive files may be deleted. Free, ad supported.
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