Free fix for the most common problems.
Advanced WindowsCare Personal: 100% Freeware
This Freeware will give you a complete diagnosis and deep scan of your current performance status and suggest optimizations, then clean junks and accelerate the whole system.
IObit SmartDefrag 100% Freeware
The Fastest, Most Efficient Defragmenter
It’s free. It’s fast. It’s IObit SmartDefrag. It works automatically and quietly in the background on your PC to keep your hard disk running at maximum speed.
Spybot – Search & Destroy 100% Freeware
Spybot – Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean program and Web-usage tracks from your system, which is especially useful if you share your computer.
Spyware Doctor 100% Freeware
Spy ware remover. Scan your system for ad-supported software components and remove them.
Avast Home Edition 100% Freeware
ZoneAlarm Internet: 100% Freeware
Security, Firewall Protection FREE
Easy-to-use firewall blocks hackers and other unknown threats.
* Systematically identifies hackers and blocks access attempts
* Automatically makes your computer invisible to anyone on the Internet.
CCleaner: 100% Freeware
Is a system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space.
Revo Uninstaller: 100% Freeware
Where the built-in and sluggish Windows Add or Remove Programs option fails, freeware Revo picks up the slack. It builds out a useful feature set on top of a fairly light, 1.5MB installation. Launching Revo fires up the Uninstaller screen, which shows icons and titles of all programs installed on your machine.
Ultimate Boot CD for Windows
This program helps you create a CD that boots into its own copy of Windows. The disc contains tons of useful utilities, from antivirus and antispyware to network and disk-repair tools. And if you’re stuck, there’s PacMan and Asteroids to pass the time. Rumor has it you can use UBCD4Win to create a bootable USB drive, too.
Make sure you’re Windows is up to date.
Site Advisor: 100% Freeware
McAfee SiteAdvisor warns you before you interact with a dangerous Web site. Traditional security products focus on trying to clean up problems after they occur.
McAfee SiteAdvisor also complements and enhances your existing security software by detecting threats which traditional security products often miss, including spyware attacks, online scams, and sites that spam you.
Most software is expensive and bloated, while free software typically does one task and does it with precision and elegance. Among the thousands of free apps available on the Web, we’ll show you the best, most reliable ones for your needs.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Microsoft Office, try OpenOffice.org. Though not as full-featured as the offering out of Redmond, the suite includes a very capable word processor and spreadsheet that are compatible with MS Office files. There’s also a presentation app, a diagramming tool, and a database. OpenOffice.org may be all the suite you need.
Ready to start blogging? WordPress is among the most powerful of the many free personal blogging tools around. You can host WordPress on your own server or get a free blog at wordpress.com. Unlike most other free hosted blogs, you can have multiple contributors, customize the looks, and get the word out via RSS.
FileZilla is a full-featured FTP client that supports Secure FTP, SSL, and other protocols in a slick interface, complete with a tree-structured site manager that lets you store settings for multiple sites. An option to set speed limits can prevent download quotas from being triggered on networks that monitor bandwidth usage.
This is a powerful audio editing/recording software package that doesn’t require much training. It works on Linux, Mac, and Windows, and it handles many file types, including OGG, MP3, AIFF, AU, and WAV (but not WMA or AAC). Its features include 32-bit/96-KHz recording and editing (up to 16 channels), independent speed and pitch control, noise removal, a spectrogram mode, and tons of built-in effects. But it’s also perfect for quick recordings and editing long files.
It’s not Photoshop, but GIMP is an amazingly powerful and efficient open-source bitmap-editing package that can look just as confusing as Photoshop if you open all its floating toolbars and sidebars. You’ll need to get used to its nonstandard menus. If you make your living from graphics or photo editing, you’ll probably go commercial, but GIMP gets the job done free.
Microsoft’s super-tweaker tool for Windows XP is the program to install immediately after installing XP. Tweak UI fine-tunes Start Menu and Taskbar settings, helps specify which icons appear on your desktop, sets auto log-in so you can skip entering a password, and much more.