Monday, February 15, 2010

Top Free Software

First, the absolute essentials:
Windows Updates (http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com)
Flash [browser plugin] (http://www.adobe.com)
Shockwave [browser plugin] (http://www.adobe.com)
Reader [PDF file viewer] (http://www.adobe.com)
Java [enable playing of java apps] (http://www.java.com)
Quicktime [media player] (http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download)
Security Essentials [anti-virus] (http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials)

Next come the very Useful:
CCleaner [system cleanup] (http://www.ccleaner.com/download)
CutePDF [PDF writer] (http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp)
VLC [media player] (http://www.videolan.org/vlc)
Open Office [Office Suite] (http://www.openoffice.org)
Gimp [photo editor] (http://www.gimp.org/downloads)
Irfanview [graphic viewer] (http://www.irfanview.com)
FreeCalc [calculator] (http://www.moffsoft.com/freecalc.htm)
Windirstat [directory statistics] (http://windirstat.info)

And then there are the misc:
IESpell [Add spell check to IE] (http://www.iespell.com)
Stellarium [planetarium] (http://www.stellarium.org)
Wallmaster [manage desktop wallpaper] (http://www.tropicalwares.com/wallmast.html)
Filezilla [FTP Client] (http://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=client)
CRON-o-meter [diet tracking software] (http://spaz.ca/cronometer)
Google Earth [virtual globe] (http://earth.google.com)
Windows Live Essentials [Misc Collection] (http://download.live.com)
Audacity [Sound Editor] (http://audacity.sourceforge.net)

Finally, the alternatives*:
Google Docs [Office Suite] (http://docs.google.com)
Firefox [web browser] (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ie.html)
Chrome [web browser] (http://www.google.com/chrome)
Safari [web browser] (http://www.apple.com/safari)
AVG [anti-virus] (http://free.grisoft.com)
Avast! [anti-virus] (http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download)
PCTools [anti-virus] (http://www.pctools.com/free-antivirus)
Avira [anti-virus] (http://www.free-av.com)
Clamwin [anti-virus] (http://www.clamwin.com)
ZoneAlarm [firewall] (http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-pc-security-free-firewall.htm)
Comodo [Firewall] (http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/free-download.html)
* These are listed as alternatives either because Windows already comes with something that does this, or because I have listed an item above that performs the same function.

Disclaimer: I didn’t have to pay for anything, but I have made voluntary contributions to many of these projects in the past.

This list is not meant to be all inclusive, so here are some other lists of free software:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2338803,00.asp
http://100-downloads.com
http://www.opensourcewindows.org
http://lifehacker.biz/articles/best-open-source-software
http://downloadpedia.org/Open_Source_Windows

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10 Comments:

At March 10, 2010 at 1:03 PM , Blogger AngelDeLaNoche said...

Another good free program is Eraser (http://eraser.heidi.ie). This has some excellent options for completely removing sensitive data from your hard drive. It can delete by file, folder or unused space. It also has an option to replace erased files with something else "to allow plausible deniability".

 
At October 8, 2010 at 10:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

And then there is this great defragger at http://www.mydefrag.com.

 
At October 8, 2010 at 10:42 AM , Blogger AngelDeLaNoche said...

I have a list of download links and links to test the installation of the most common browser add-ons at http://www.angells.com/bho.

 
At January 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM , Blogger AngelDeLaNoche said...

A better alternative than CRON-o-meter is http://www.myfitnesspal.com. FreeRIP is an advanced CD to MP3 Converter (http://www.freerip.com).

 
At April 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a free website to guard your PC from porn or such trash as this?Thanks..

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At April 15, 2011 at 2:12 PM , Blogger AngelDeLaNoche said...

Windows Live Family Safety
http://explore.live.com/windows-live-family-safety?os=other

 
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