Below you'll find free software / useful apps. Do you have a link or two to share? Post your links, I will add them to the list. If you find any errors and/or broken links, please shoot me a PM or email.
ANTIVIRUS / SECURITY
- spyware scanner
AntiVir Personal Edition
AVG Free Edition
- antivirus scanner (recommended)
- free of charge for HOME users for NON-COMMERCIAL use.
- spyware scanner
-a GPL antivirus toolkit for UNIX
- free anti virus
- Pocket Killbox deletes files that cannot be erased from Windows Explorer.
Get rid of files that stubbornly refuse to allow you to delete them.
- SpywareBlaster can help keep your system spyware-free and secure, without interfering with the "good side" of the web
- Windows Defender is a free program that helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software
online virus scanner. Not software that is installed, but a free scan that usually will remove infections your AV has missed. Panda should be run on a monthly basis. This is not a substitute for AV software, it is used in addition to your AV. Scroll to the bottom of the page, the left bottom will have a link for the free scan. Follow prompts.
- Free online virus scanner. Just like Panda, this is not AV software; it is to use in addition to on a weekly / monthly basis.
CD - DVD Burning Software - MUSIC PLAYER
Free CD/DVD Writing Utility
- Powerful CD and DVD Burning Package. Also see DeepRipper - Powerful AudioCD Ripping Utility on the same page.
Quick Menu Builder
- This is a utility to help you make interactive menus for CD's. You will need a photo program from what I've read. There is a screenshot here
VLC Media Player
- cross-platform media player and streaming server
- If you need a simple, yet very efficient tool to convert (encode) or play any Multimedia file, without reading manuals or spending long hours training, then SUPER Â© is all you need. It is a Multimedia Encoder and a Multimedia Player, easy-to-use with 1 simple click
DESKTOP / ICON SOFTWARE
- displays additional folders in the lower part of Explorer, which enables your to display the contents of two folders at once.
- Free exposÃ© for Windows. Works like a dream.
- a full-featured icon toolkit that everyone who likes icons should use: with it you can extract, view, create, edit, manage & convert icons without requiring any additional tool or knowledge.
EMAIL & EMAIL ADD-ON APPS
- from Mozilla - email app
- Strips the characters ">" and "|" from forwarded e-mails. Formats the text into paragraphs, making it easier to read. Changes the text's right margin, by indenting. Can be used with any e-mail client.
- email programs & tools.
- automatically send an e-mail back to anyone who sends you e-mail, asking them to reply. You get to look at each reply and approve the sender, after which that sender's e-mail will always be accepted.
- highly personalized Outlook email filter can automatically block most spam and junk email messages while keeping legitimate mail in your inbox.
- mail classification program that can help separate your spam from the mail you really want to read.
- an automatic mail classification tool. Once properly set up and trained, it will scan all email as it arrives and classify it based on your training.
- Compatible with Hotmail, MSN and Yahoo
ada email filter XP
-multiple email tools
Advanced Attachments Processor
- extract attachments from mail clients
- preview your emails before downloading them
- Message Management and SPAM filtering Solution
- provides extensive filtering capabilities for incoming correspondence and requests, creating incoming and outgoing message archives.
- is an email processor that allows you automatically process all emails you have in your POP3 mailbox or in Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook email client so you don't have to do it manually any more
- a mail client for SMTP and POP3-Server.
- better than MS clipboard
- get the RGB code for any color that you see on the web.
Folding at Home
- Help Team Maximum PC find cures to diseases.
- GNUWin II includes numerous programs, completely free, which cover a wide spectrum of uses. The complete application list, sorted by type, is available here
. Examples - games, AV, office suites, graphics, utilities.
- look up IP addy's from your desktop. When used with Decoding Email Headers
from the Jan. 2003 issue of MPC, it's a very handy tool! Say goodbye to Sam Spade!
-data recovery and drive maintenance
XP refresh rate fix
- monitor refresh rate tool
Downloads for gamers (demos, maps, patches)
- password management program. They also have downloads for PocketPC, Palm, and an adapter for Firefox/Mozilla. There is a free version along with a Pro version
- lots of free downloads
- file archiver with high compression ratio
- freeware application that provides quick and easy access to Windows Vista's built-in system utilities such as Command Prompt, Device Manager, Disk Cleanup, Registry Editor, User Accounts, and more - from one convenient spot.
- Windows Installation Customizer - a tool for permanent Windows components removal and pre-installation Windows configuration. After removal there is an option to make bootable image ready for burning on cd or testing in virtual machines. Remove Windows components like Media Player, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, MSN Explorer, Messenger...
How about not even to install them with Windows ?
- You can open as many files in EditPad at a time as you want.
You change between the open files by clicking on their tabs. No hassle with heaps of overlapping windows & more
- Tabbed document windows for easy access to your open documents, etc.
- Even copies URL's and makes them clickable.
- Open-source notepad alternative that handles source code files very well
OFFICE SUITES - DESKTOP PUBLISHING - PDF
602PC Suite 4.0
- Compatible with Office, PDF export, edit & organize digital photos.
- whole host of preset document layouts, automated templates, fantastic color schemes and artistic effects, this free download enables anyone to produce professional looking results.
- A full-featured, high-quality software suite, SOT Office is also compatible with other major office applications. (Link reported broken, try google)
- Convert to PDF from any application by simply 'printing' to the PrimoPDF printer
- IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003.
- This software makes web albums of your digital images. JAlbum aims to be the easiest to use and most powerful tool in this category - and free!
- photo software from google
-free image editing and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
- photo program
SYSTEM MONITORING TOOLS
- usually found on MPC disk
- builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser.
- the ultimate stability testing tool for overclockers. The program heats up any x86 CPU to the maximum possible operating temperature that is achievable by using ordinary software.
-a set of tools designed to cool, optimize and monitor your system.
- A tool that will display information from the sensor chip on your motherboard in your Windows system tray. MBM supports a wide range of Chipsets & Sensor Chip combinations.
MR Tech Sys Tray
- A swiss army knife of tools, tweaks and system options. It will not only let you quickly shut down, restart or log off from Windows, it can help keep your hard disk a little cleaner, organize your MP3 & Other Media files, edit MP3's iD3 tags, sort text lines, log reboots and tune your system. Other features include: system-wide shortcut keys, an incredibly fast program uninstaller, a directory jump list, enhanced system information, save or print screenshot/window and more
Error messages for windows & more
- Error Messages for Windows is a small utility that will allow you to look up MS Windows error code numbers and display a descriptive message explaining what the numeric code actually means. If you have software programs that produce numeric error codes now you can find out what they really mean.
- cpu info utility
- excellent diagnostic utility
- SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips as well as S.M.A.R.T. info for hard disks that support this feature and show hard disk temperatures too, if supported.
- A comprehensive, stand-alone memory diagnostic - click on free download
Windows Memory Diagnostic
- Windows Memory Diagnostic tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors.
- allows users to rate sites, so that legitimate sites with good content are easily distinguishable from malicious or poorly designed sites. The program embeds site ratings directly in the search results of the web's most popular search engines. The best thing is that like all good tools, it is free.
- freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!
(Various Apps, Open Source)
The Free Country
- (IE shell with tabbed browsing, pop-up blocker) - Crazy Browser has been renamed to AM Browser
, URL has also changed
- (alternative browser)
Maxthon Tabbed Browser
- Formerly MyIE2
- tabbed browser
- not sure if this will stay.
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