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  • upOpen Source Software - Shareware - Freeware Sites
    download.com for the PCSearchable, categories.
    DownloadCollection.com/Home of lots of FREEWARE Software. Searchable, categories.
    Softpedia.comProgram descriptions, rated, searchable. A new competitor in the freeware/shareware repository domain.
    FileforumSearchable, categories.
    Sourceforge.net"The world's largest Open Source software development website, with the largest repository of Open Source code and applications available on the Internet."
    filehippo.comFree software downloads
    SnapFilesFormerly WebAttack, no longer limited to Internet related software
    Pass The SharewareNew shareware
    upInternet Browsers
    Firefox BrowserAvailable for Windows, IOS, Android.
    Chrome from GoogleHas a lot of features to like, including improved handling of Javascript-heavy sites, like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Google Docs. No need for the Google toolbar - it's built-in! Just type search terms in the address box and press enter!
    upFile Formats/File Compression
    jZip"Create, extract and manipulate Zip, RAR, TAR, GZip, 7-Zip and other file archives, absolutely FREE for everybody, home and enterprise users, easy to use and fast archiving software."
    The File Extension Source"A detailed database of file extensions and programs that use them"
    "Every File Format in the World""This is a list of file name extension or suffixes that indicate the format or usage of a file and a brief description of that format."
    upAudio/Video Players & Files
    VideoLAN"A free cross-platform media player, supports a large number of multimedia formats, without the need for additional codecs. It can also be used as a streaming server, with extended features (video on demand, on the fly transcoding, ...)" Highly recommended - much simpler and easier to use than Windows Media Player - with a much smaller system resource footprint.
    free-codecs.comGreat source for Codecs
    mp3TrimFreeware - "This software cleans up and removes unwanted parts of your MP3s."
    upAnti-virus Software - Virus References/FAQs
    Panda Cloud Antivirus Free EditionSets a new technological standard for virus/spyware/malware protection. See the PC Mag review. I now recommend Cloud over all other anti-virus products. Requires free and easy email registration.
    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware"Can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect." Highly recommended - a fast and powerful anti-malware application.
    Avast Home Edition"The product combines first-class detection rates and ease of use with a top performance that protects your computer safely and hardly burdens older PCs."
    AVG Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware Free Edition Version 9"Get your free copy of the AVG Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware System - AVG Free Edition and you will be able to use it without any limitations for life of the product. You can download free updates to get the latest program virus/spyware databases."
    Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition"The product combines first-class detection rates and ease of use with a top performance that protects your computer safely and hardly burdens older PCs."
    SUPERAntiSpyware FREE Edition"Can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect."
    Spyware TerminatorFast spyware scanning 100%, real-time protection, HIPS protection, Antivirus protection. All in one free package! Does excellent analysis of running and installed programs to show you potential threats. Highly recommended.
    ClamWin"ClamWin is a Free Antivirus for Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003. It provides a graphical user interface to the Clam AntiVirus engine." Works on W2K3 server. Much slower than commercial products, but you can't argue with the price!
    Spybot - Search & Destroy"Can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer." Donationware.
    McAfeeVirus info.
    Virustotal"A free service of suspicious file scanning, using several antivirus engines."
    Symantec Virus EncyclopediaSymantec's AntiVirus Research Center's Online Encyclopedia offers the most up-to-date information on recent threats, detailed in their threat list. You may search their encyclopedia for a comprehensive description of viruses. Also you may consult their info on Virus Hoaxes.
    HouseCallTrend Micro's free on-line virus scanner
    upSome useful Windows shareware/freeware
    Advanced SystemCare Free"Advanced SystemCare Free has a one-click approach to helping protect, repair, clean, and optimize your PC. With over 20,000,000 downloads since 2006, this fantastic, award-winning, free program is a "must-have" tool for your computer, 100% safe and clean with no adware, spyware, or viruses." Wow!!! What a terrific product! Free and highly recommended. The best utility of its type I have ever seen.
    Glary Utilities"Offers numerous powerful and easy-to-use system tools and utilities to fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC. It allows you to clean common system junk files, as well as invalid registry entries and Internet traces. You can manage and delete browser add-ons, analyze disk space usage and find duplicate files. You can also view and manage installed shell extensions, encrypt your files from unauthorized access and use, split large files into smaller manageable files and then rejoin them. Furthermore, Glary Utilities includes the options to optimize memory, find, fix, or remove broken Windows shortcuts, manage the programs that start at Windows startup and uninstall software. Other features include secure file deletion, an Empty Folder finder and more." Now superceded in my estimation by Advanced SystemCare.
    OpenOffice 3.1"OpenOffice.org was designed from the start as a single piece of software - not bolted together from separate software packages. This makes it very consistent and easy to use - what you learn in one application is immediately usable in another. The context-sensitive help works across all applications, unobtrusively providing the precise help you need. You can even open any type of document from any application - OpenOffice.org 3 is really one piece of software. It also runs on all major computing platforms - Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, Sun Solaris, Apple Mac." Free and highly recommended.
    PortableApps.com"Now you can carry [on your flash drive many useful] computer programs along with all of your bookmarks, settings, email and more. Use them on any Windows computer. All without leaving any personal data behind." Includes portable Firefox and Thunderbird, OpenOffice, and much more. Free and highly recommended.
    Java VM for WindowsJava Runtime Environment to support Java in IE, etc.
    Picasa from GoogleYet another breakthrough web-software application from Google. You download a small program that allows you to organize and manipulate (simply, powerfully) your images and then publish them ALL AT ONCE to a web albumn for others. Terrific idea! Beats Yahoo photos (where you must upload images one by one) hands down. Highly recommended.
    uTorrent"uTorrent was written with efficiency in mind. Unlike many torrent clients, it does not hog valuable system resources - typically using less than 6MB of memory, allowing you to use the computer as if it weren't there at all. Additionally, the program itself is contained within a single executable less than 170 KB in size."
    UnlockerAllows you to "unlock" and delete files or folders that Windows will not allow you to delete because they are "in use." Very handy. Free and highly recommended.
    CamStudio"CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)." Free!
    IsoBuster"Rescue lost files from a bad or trashed CD or DVD!"
    ThunderbirdThunderbird gives you a faster, safer, and more productive email experience... designed to prevent viruses and to stop junk mail so you can get back to reading your mail. From Mozilla.org - complements Firefox. Highly recommended.
    MozBackup"MozBackup is a simple utility for creating backups of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite and Netscape profiles. It allows you to backup and restore bookmarks, mail, contacts, history, extensions, cache etc."
    Adobe Acrobat ReaderUpdate for popular plug-in/ActiveX control viewer for displaying inline PDF files. This is a link to the Adobe FTP server which lets you get the stand-alone installer (without installing/using Adobe's Download Manager).
    PlanetPDFAll about Adobe Acrobat and PDF files, tips, tricks, other add-in conversion software.
    Kinati 2PDF Converter"This web-based file conversion service allows you to submit your document and retrieve the converted file back as a PDF document."
    AcroTips50+ tips on using Adobe Acrobat and PDF files.
    Optimizing PDF Files"Here are nine rules for optimizing your files."
    upSoftware for Web Page Development
    Paint.NET"Free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins." I now use it in preference to my old favorite Paint Shop Pro - great for simple tasks like cropping/resizing/optimizing - highly recommended.
    Gimp.org"The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages."
    HTML Kit"HTML Kit is a full-featured free editor for HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and other text files. Over 400 plugins are available for it, including HTML Tidy for creating standards -compliant web pages." FREE! Highly reommended.
    Notepad++"A free source code editor and Notepad replacement, which supports several programming languages, running under the MS Windows environment."
    Filezilla FTP ClientFileZilla is open source software distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
    Xenu's Link Sleuth 1.3.8"Xenu's Link Sleuth (TM) is a spidering software that checks Web sites for broken links. Link verification is done on "normal" links, images, frames, backgrounds and local image maps. It displays a continuously updated list of URLs which you can sort by different criteria. A report can be produced at any time." - A great little program and its free!
    CamStudio"CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)." Free!
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