Antivirus software provides an essential layer of protection from a multitude of virus, trojan, worm, spyware, adware, dialer, keylogger and rootkit infections. Traditionally antivirus programs just detected viruses and spyware removers just detected spyware but nowadays the boundary between antivirus and spyware removers is unclear. Most current antiviruses have at least reasonably good detection rates of all forms of malware.
Malware includes viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, adware, dialers, keyloggers and rootkit threats that perform malicious activities on a computer. With the huge increase in malware, antivirus software cannot keep up with detecting all of it. But using more than one real-time antivirus uses much more system resources, can cause conflicts and even reduce protection.
Avira AntiVir Personal Edition is a protection for spyware and rootkit threats
Microsoft Security Essentials is apersonal favorite; with gooddetection rates, particularly for rootkits.
Providers of the most downloaded anti-virus and free spyware removal software,
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DISK DEFRAGMENTER MyDefrag, by the author of JKDefrag, available in 32 and 64 bit versions, is novel in that it is a merely a defragmentation and file placement engine.
DISK CLEANER CCleaner, recently rewritten in C++ , scans for both junk files and registry errors
REGISTRY CLEANER Wise Registry Cleaner.
REGISTRY DEFRAGMENTER Free Registry Defrag is a fast, reliable and free tool
DATA/FILE/FOLDER TOOLS - DATA RECOVERY / UNDELETE Recuva
SECURE ERASE UTILITY 64 bit version of Eraser will securely overwrite selected files and folders, or even whole disks (it works with any drive, including IDE, SCSI, RAID, and CD-RWs).
FOLDER SYNCHRONIZATION UTILITY Microsoft’s SyncToy, available as a native 64 bit application, can copy, move, rename, and delete files between any number of folders and even computers
Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility: PureSync — Review
Best Free Browser Protection Utility: Sandboxie – Review
Best Free PC Tune-up Utility: Ashampoo WinOptimizer – Review
Best Free Program Uninstaller: Revo Uninstaller — | Review
Best Free Startup Manager: Autoruns — Review
Best Free Windows Tweaker — Ultimate Windows Tweaker — Review.
Best Free PDF Tools Utility: PDFill PDF Tools – Review
Best Free Word Processor — Jarte — Review. “
Best Free Digital Image Viewer: Zoner Photo Studio Free – Review
Best Free Screen Capture Utility: PicPick – Review
Best Free Photo Organizer — Picasa 3 — Review.
Best Free Photo Noise Reduction Software —
Best Free HTML Editor —
Best Free FTP Client — Fire FTP – Review.
Best Free Instant Messaging Client — Pidgin – Review.
Skype – “Allows free Skype-to-Skype Internet phone calls with video, but it also has instant messaging and many other features (voicemail, SMS, forwarding).”
Best Free WiFi Network Finder — InSSIDer – Review.
Best Free Media Player: The KM Player — Review
Best Free Music Player and Organizer: Jaangle — Review
Best Free CD / DVD Burning Software: ImgBurn — Review
Best Free MP3 Tag Editor: TagScanner — Review
Best Free Audio & Video Format Conversion: iWisoft Free Video Converter — Review
Best Free Video Editor: Avidemux — Review
Best Free Audio Editor: Audacity — Review
Best Free Online TV Viewer: JLC’s Internet TV Viewer — Review
Best Free Streaming Media Recorder: Jing – Review
Best Free CD Ripper: Exact Audio Copy – Review
Best Free Backup Software: GFI Backup — Review
Best Free Drive Imaging Software: Paragon Backup and Recovery Free – Review
Best Free Web Browser: Mozilla Firefox — Review
Best Free Email Client:Mozilla Thunderbird – Review
Best Free Bittorrent Client: µTorrent — Review
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Windows Computers – Backup
Brand-new PCs are pristine examples of perfect operating system performance, right? Ha! Buy a name-brand computer and you’ll likely find it filled with shovel-ware and other crap that the manufacturer is paid to include. Before you try to do any serious computing, run PC Decrapifier and it will delete a lot of the pre-installed junk you’ll never, ever need.
Ever thought what you do on a computer screen was worthy of being made into a movie? CamStudio will make it so, recording all your on-screen actions—even audio to accompany it—and it can turn the whole thing into an AVI or SWF for streaming via Flash.
196. Windows Live Movie Maker
It used to come with Windows XP; now Movie Maker is part of Windows Live Essentials, so you download it separately for Vista or Windows 7. This is a completely new program and ties in tightly to other Live components like the Live Photo Gallery. Another sign of Movie Maker’s relative modernity: it uses the “ribbon” interface introduced with Microsoft Office 2007. For easy Windows video editing videos, it’s hard to beat.
If you’re lucky enough to have multiple monitors, and you’re looking to get more from the experience, try DisplayFusion. It gives each its own unique wallpaper (with integrated search on Flickr), the ability to display more with the Titlebars at the top of each window, hot keys to move windows from system to system, and more.
Windows | Mac | Linux | Mobile | Portable
Practically synonymous with VoIP and now with one-on-one free video conferencing, Skype offers its core function—PC-to-PC communication—totally free. That goes for talking to Skype users on smartphones as well. Skype has gotten so big, entire phone systems have been built to use its backbone. You only pay if you want extras, such as the ability to call landline phones or built-in voice mail, but even those are super-cheap compared to what’s offered by traditional providers.
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