The worlds most popular free Operating System and growing in
popularity everyday. Does almost everything Windows does plus some
more. Takes a little bit of getting used to but it is well worth the
A great all-around spyware killer, Microsoft's free tool is quick,
straightforward, and effective. Absent-minded users will like the
ability to schedule regular scans, as well as the ease of frequently
This might just be the future of office applications. You get most
of the tools included in that "other" office suite (i.e. word
processing database, spreadsheet. presentation software), with
OpenOffice.org being compatible with all standard file formats.
basic audio-editing needs, look no further than this open-source
clone of Macromedia's much-ballyhooed SoundEdit16. It does pretty
well anything you need in audio editing including conversions
Picasa lets you scan your computer and connected USB cameras for
images and organize them as chronologically sorted albums, complete
with thumbnail previews.
Overhaul your images with XnView. Edit, crop, and add filters to
your photos with this quick and nimble image editor.
Spybot - Search & Destroy:
to being one of the best pieces of software for removing invasive
programs (spyware, viruses, Trojans etc), the added Secure Shredder
function absolutely destroys troublesome files.
Installing itself as a printer, this utility enables you to convert
any printable document into PDF format. To make a PDF, you just
press Print. How easy is that?
To help you find and preview your fonts, The Font Thing groups fonts
into collections, lets you browse them in subfolders as a single
combined list, and displays sample text and individual characters in
your choice of colors.
Word is spreading about this powerful open-source graphics program.
The GIMP is jam-packed with professional features such as channels,
layers, and tabbed palettes which let you do many of the things in
more expensive programmes like Photoshop.
Taking pictures is only half the fun. IrfanView lets
you assemble your images into a slide show, as well as offering
solid editing options and multiple ways to preview images.
Palettes and tools allow you to work with layers and masks,
animations, transparency, and special effects in the same manner as
many more expensive programs.
Internet Explorer's well-publicized security flaws have driven many
users to alternative web browsers, Firefox prominently among them.
Other advantages include tabbed browsing, fine protection against
pop-ups, and an integrated Google search box.
Another web browser - this one offered by
CD-ripping applications aren't the most exciting programs in the
world. However, this gem is so loaded with useful features that you
might wonder how you've made it this far without it.
Despite its slow fall from grace, this legendary MP3 player still
packs a powerful multimedia punch. Its skinnable interface, video
support, and expandable feature set keep it on par with its current
crop of competitors.
With support for many, many video codecs, this free player helps you
avoid the annoying necessity of downloading different programs for
different video formats.
Never miss another sing-a-long with this simple utility that
displays lyrics to your favorite songs. It's compatible with most
popular MP3 players like iTunes, Winamp, and Windows Media Player.
What can be said about this industry-leading jukebox that hasn't
been said before? A slick interface, a successful online store,
library sharing, ripping, burning, and seamless integration with the
iPod make iTunes a great asset to have.
SmartFTP is an extremely useful FTP client, thanks to its
customisable interface and intuitive drag-and-drop transfers. Best
of all, it comes loaded with enough functionality to satisfy the
novice and the expert alike.
Highlight a word on your screen and press the appropriate keys and
WordWeb displays the word's definition, along with all related
synonyms and antonyms. It's like installing a virtual English
specialist on your PC.
Get beneath the surface of the Windows Operating System with this
Microsoft-developed program, which lets you easily fine-tune aspects
of your PC's appearance and behavior.
Free Download Manager:
Totally free programs often force you to deal with poor quality
interfaces. Thankfully, that's not the case with this management
tool, which organizes, schedules, and resumes downloads, all from a
well-designed and intuitive main window.
This VoIP application, which lets you make toll-free PC-to-PC calls,
probably isn't as popular with phone companies as it is with the
general public. The conversations won't cost you anything, but you
will have to pay for a microphone or a headset.
Search & Destroy:
If any piece of freeware deserves the name of a would-be James Bond
movie, this is it. In addition to removing invasive, dangerous and
annoying programs, the added Secure Shredder function absolutely
destroys troublesome and malicious files, even the ones that you
don’t know are on your computer.
With its great interface and ability to work with nearly any file
format you throw at it, ZipGenius is one of the best compression