Freeware Software Collection

Video Apps

  • AVIcodec – Gives the codecs needed to play the file, and where to download those codecs if they are missing on your system.
  • DVD Shrink – DVD Shrink is software to backup DVD discs
  • MovieTrack – a freeware dvd database and general movie collection organizer, for Windows.
  • TMPGEnc – converts .AVI file to MPEG1, the format which is used in VideoCD. Using variety of option in TMPGEnc, you can compress your video file in high quality.
  • VLC – Stream DVDs and Videos over a network
  • VirtualDub – VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit Windows platforms (95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP)”

CD & DVD Applications

  • AudioGrabber – audio CD ripper – Current Resident
  • CDex – a CD ripper and converter for Windows
  • Deep Burner – “A CD/DVD burning software that lets you create Data Cds, Bootable CDs, and Audio CDs as well as data DVDs. In addition, it lets you burn ISO files, and create ISO images. Also lets you design an auto start menu to launch documents or programs from the CD”
  • DeepRipper – can convert music files from AudioCDs into practically any format you’d like, including: MP3, WAV, OGG, and others.
  • Exact Audio Copy – CD ripper
  • TagMaster – lets you edit the ID3 tag in MP3 files, which contains information like the name of the artist, song, album, etc.

Graphics Design & Editing

  • @icon sushi – “@icon sushi is an icon convert tool that supports the mask editor and the creation of Windows XP 32bit icons.”
  • Avery Design Pro Limited – Customize and print professional looking labels, cards, dividers and more in minutes.
  • BatchRename – allows you rename all files or all image files in a folder, batch change extensions, and will automatically number each item in a series.
  • Blender – the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback.
  • Dogwaffle – “A program designed for creative individuals who want to get down and dirty with their pixels.”
  • Dup Detector – will scan pictures within a file (including subfolders) and present potential duplicates for deletion.
  • Easy Thumbnails – can resize your pictures physically either larger or smaller, or you can keep the physical size and downgrade the quality
  • FastStone Image Viewer – An image browser, converter and editor that supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA.
  • Gimp – ” GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.”
  • Icon Snatcher – “This one can pull icons from your own files to use to customize your folders.”
  • ImageForge – Create and edit images, acquire pictures from your scanner, digital camera or other Twain-compliant device, apply special effect filters, produce your own photo albums and simple slide shows, and much more.
  • Image Resizer – gives you the ability to resize an image/picture in 2 clicks, by adding the option to the Context Menu.
  • Inkscape – an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. A powerful and convenient drawing tool fully compliant with XML, SVG, and CSS standards.
  • IrfanView – “IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003.”
  • Paint.NET – image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
  • PhotoPlus 6 – image editing software that enables you to create, manipulate and enhance photographs, bitmap graphics and web animations. (Free Registration Required)
  • Pixia -”Pixia is the English version of a popular Japanese painting and retouch software for full color graphics. It supports mask, layer and many other editing functions.”
  • Terragen – a scenery generator, created with the goal of generating photorealistic landscape images and animations.
  • Xnview – you can quickly and
    easily view, process and convert image files. Will read more than 400 graphic file formats, and write to about 50. Will also display video formats. Also offers more advanced features such as Web page creation, contact prints, multiple conversion (format and transformation), slide shows, screen capturing and Twain support for scanners and digital cameras.

Office Applications

  • Abiword – Free word processor that can open and edit OpenOffice, Word, Rich Text Format, HTML, Wordperfect documents, Palm, web pages and many more
  • CutePDF – Create PDF Documents
  • Foxit PDF Reader – You can view and print PDF documents. No installation required.
  • Open Office – Free Microsoft Office alternative. Has the ability to open most mainstream document types and edit them.
  • PDF Creator – Freeware PDF creation through any Windows based program.
  • PDFill PDF Writer – a PDF Writer, Printer or Converter.
  • Wink – A presentation program designed to make tutorials on how to use software. Can export these tutorials in Flash, EXE, and HTML.
  • Rainlendar – Desktop calender for Windows, that’s skinnable and able to synchronize with M$ Outlook’s calender so you may see what your appointments are, without opening Outlook.
  • Sunbird – Calendar program

File Compression and Archiving

  • 7-Zip – a file archiver with high compression ratio.
  • IZArc – File compression utility that supports most standard compression formats.
  • WinRAR – click on the downloads tab and download the trial version (not the beta). You can use the full functionality forever.
  • ZipGenius – A nice archiving tool. It handles zip, rar and many others.

Time & Weather

  • Atomic TimeSync – synchronize your system clock with the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology).
  • ClocX – An analog clock application for Microsoft Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003.
  • ForecastFox – “This great little extension allows you to set it up so you can always view your local forecast in your Firefox Browser itself. The forecasts come straight from the Weather Channel’s website.”
  • SysMetrix – Highly customizable, and skinnable clock. Can be customized to monitor the weather, your e-mail, cpu, memory usage and many other things, in addition to the time.
  • Weather Pulse – A weather application
  • WebTime2000 – WebTime 2000 is a small utility program that will synchronize your PC’s internal clock with one of the several atomic clocks maintained by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Utilities

  • Active@ KillDisk – powerful and compact DOS software that allows you to destroy all data on hard and floppy drives completely, excluding any possibility of future recovery of deleted files and folders.
  • AM-DeadLink – detects dead links and duplicates in your Browser Bookmarks. Checks Bookmarks from Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla and Netscape.
  • Clipboard Buddy – a clipboard cache program that remembers what was copied to the clipboard even after new data is copied, and allows you to retrieve the old data.
  • Convert – an easy to use unit conversion program that will convert the most popular units of distance, temperature, volume, time, speed, mass, power, density, pressure, energy and many others, including the ability to create custom conversions.
  • Fass – a forum post editor & automated post generator. It also has a “Post Preview” feature, which shows your post as it will appear on forums. Designed for use with Invision Power Board, compatible with most forum software.
  • HandyNotes – a small software program, that makes it easy to keep all your notes organized, in one easily accessible place.
  • Magical Jellybean Keyfinder – a utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install windows from your registry. It has the options to copy the key to clipboard, save it to a text file, or print it for safekeeping.
  • MyUninstaller – Free app to remove entries from your Add/Remove Programs list.
  • Netstat Live – a small, easy to use TCP/IP protocol monitor which can be used to see your exact throughput on both incoming and outgoing data – whether you’re using a modem, cable modem, DSL, or even local network. Will also graph the CPU usage of your system.
  • Pow – trainable, popup blocker for Internet Explorer.
  • Process Explorer – shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.
  • RealVNC – makes it possible to view, and fully-interact with, one computer from any other computer, or mobile device, anywhere on the Internet.
  • Snap Backup – The One-Click Backup Utility that makes it simple to protect your important work.
  • SpeeDefrag 3 – a program, which restarts your computer and runs only defrag.exe with optimized windows settings.
  • Startup Inspector for Windows – helps both novice and expert user manage Windows® startup applications.
  • Total Uninstall – can help you to monitor any changes that were made to your system during installation of a new software product and allow you to perform a complete uninstall without having to rely on the supplied uninstall program (which may leave files or changes behind).(last freeware version)
  • TweakUI – This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more.
  • WinKey – create keyboard shortcuts to access your favorite programs, documents, and files. Once you’ve made a shortcut, simply press your desired key combination to launch your program. This tool supports up to 200 key assignments.

Screen Capture Applications

  • Capture – a screen capture utility for Windows (and NT), which allows you to capture the active window, or the entire screen, at any color depth and resolution, and save it into a Bitmap file for editing.
  • Gadwin Print Screen – an easy to use utility, that allows you to capture any portion of the screen, save it to a file, copy it to Windows clipboard, print it or e-mail it to a recipient of your choice.
  • Screenhunter – screen capture tool for you to easily take screenshots.
  • ScreenPrint32 – allows you to print, and/or capture to disk, or clipboard, the full desktop, active window, predefined area, or user selected area of the screen.

Windows Desktop Customization

  • BootSkin – “These two are the full version and never expire, but are unsupported by the company. The bootskin will not work on every computer, from their literature; “Some drivers and bios makers “break the rules” which can cause BootSkin to not work correctly. If you experience that, you can try these alternative versions:”
  • Iconoid – Iconoid is a small program that helps reduce the clutter and confusion of the Windows desktop.
  • Logon Studio – Never expires
  • ObjectDock – Limited functionality but never expires.
  • WindowsBlinds – Limited functionality but never expires.

Chat Clients

  • ChatZilla
  • GAIM – a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows.
  • IceChat
  • Trillian

Games

  • Free Full Computer Games

HTML & CSS Editors

  • 1st Page 2000 – HTML Editor
  • HTML- Kit – HTML Editor
  • Notepad++ – a free source code editor which supports several programming languages running under the MS Windows environment.
  • NVU – WYSIWYG HTML Editor
  • Selida – HTML/WYSIWYG Editor
  • Sothink HTML Editor – HTML Editor (Can only edit one page at a time)
  • Topstyle Lite – CSS Editor
  • WYSIWYG Web Builder – HTML Editor

Website Creation

  • ewisoft – Website creation tool.
  • Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar – provides a variety of tools for quickly creating, understanding, and troubleshooting Web pages.
  • Jalbum – “This one is pretty cool for making photo layouts for your website.”
  • SiteGenWiz
  • WindowSizer – Sets a given window to an exact size in pixels. Useful for web developers who want to see what their site will look like at various resolutions.

File Transfer Programs

Programming Languages & IDE/Editors

Telnet Clients

  • Putty – Telnet and SSH Client

Antivirus

Trojan Removal

  • a² Free – a complementary product to antivirus software which is specialized in protection against harmful software. Antivirus software often features an inadequate protection against Trojans, Dialers and Spyware. a² fills this gap.” – tg911
  • Ewido Security Suite – removes Trojans, Worms, Dialers, Hijackers, Spyware and Keyloggers.

Spyware Removal

  • Ad-Aware
  • IE-Spyad
  • Spybot – Search & Destroy
  • Spywareblaster – prevents spyware from being installed on your PC.
  • Spywareguard – provides a real-time protection solution against spyware that is a great addition to SpywareBlaster’s protection method.
  • WinPatrol – WinPatrol uses a heuristic approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. Traditional security programs scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats. WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge.

Free Online Virus/Trojan/Spyware Scanners

  • – Malware & Security checks. On the right, under Quicklinks.
  • aumha.org – Internet Explorer (IE) parasite scan
  • BitDefender – virus scanner
  • CastleCops – several scans under “Tool Kit’, on the right, at the bottom of the page
  • eTrust – Virus scanner – WhyBeNormal
  • F-Secure – virus scanner
  • HouseCall – virus scanner
  • HouseCall – Europe – virus scanner – Does not require the use of ActiveX controls. Uses Java instead.
  • Jotti’s scan – submit files to be scanned by multiple (14) scanners (AntiVir, ArcaVir, Avast, AVG, BitDefender, ClamAV, Dr.Web, Fortinet, F-Prot Antivirus, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, NOD32, Norman Virus Control, UNA and VBA32)
  • kephyr.com – PopUp Killer Test
  • McAfee – virus, security and Wi-Fi scanners
  • PandaSoftware – virus scanner
  • PC Pitstop – several scans, on the left
  • RAV – virus scanner
  • SpywareGuide – spyware scanner, on the left, under “Our Online Tools”
  • SpywareInfo – spyware scanner, on the left, under “Site Navigation”
  • Sygate – several different scans on the left
  • Symantec.com – virus & security scanners
  • Webroot Spy Audit – Spyware scanner. It will not remove or modify any files.
  • WindowSecurity – trojan scanner
  • Specific Virus Removal Tools – if you know what Virus you have, try here.

    Firewalls

    PC Security

    • CleanUp! – a powerful and easy-to-use application that removes temporary files created while surfing the web, empties the Recycle Bin, deletes files from your temporary folders and more. – WhyBeNormal
    • Core Control – a full featured advanced security program, designed for Windows 95/98/ME Operating Systems. – acklan
    • Cryptainer LE – A really simple to use encryption tool that creates an invisible, password protected folder on your hard drive or other media. Free version limited to 25MB.Cryptainer LE’s encryption works with all 32 bit versions of Microsoft Windows (95/98/ME/2000/XP/2003 Server) and with all known file types.
    • Eraser – an advanced security tool (for Windows), which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. – jgweed
    • EULAlyzer – can analyze license agreements in seconds, and provide a detailed listing of potentially interesting words and phrases. Discover if the software you’re about to install displays pop-up ads, transmits personally identifiable information, uses unique identifiers to track you, or much much more. – Wink
    • Hide & Protect any Drives – Hide or restrict access to any drives such as Hard drive, CD, DVD, floppy and flash, and deny access to partitions of your hard drives. (This is an older version that is still freeware. The newer version isn’t free.)
    • iProtectYou – allows parents to control which web sites can be visited, which programs can have Internet access, block e-mails, chat sessions and instant messages with inappropriate words, stop annoying ads, and/or restrict internet time to a predetermined schedule. – acklan
    • MaxCrypt – an automated computer encryption tool that protects your PC. –
    • SiteAdvisor’s Plug-in for Internet Explorer – installs a small button on your Internet Explorer browser. The button changes colors as you browse the Web based on the results of our safety tests. You can also click on the button’s menu to see the site’s detailed test results.

    Hard Drive & System Utilites

    • Belarc Advisor – builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, including Microsoft Hotfixes, and displays the results in your Web browser. – Ronbo
    • Cobian Backup – a multi-threaded program that can be used to schedule and backup your files and directories from their original location to other directories/drives in the same computer or other computer in your network. – usasma
    • CoolMon 2 – a program for monitoring vital system stats and almost anything else you wish to display on the desktop. – nosnhoj#3
    • CPU-Z – gathers information on some of the main devices of your system; CPU, Mainboard, Memory, and System. – Rimmer
    • Digital Dolly – hard-disk-partition, image, and cloning software that runs completely from a bootable CD-ROM. – acklan
    • EVEREST Home Edition – a freeware system information, system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for home PC users. Similar to Belarc, but much more comprehensive. – Herk
    • Memtest86 – a thorough, stand alone memory test for x86 architecture computers. – boopme
    • MicroSoft’s Memory Test – tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors. – acklan
    • PC INSPECTOR – a data recovery program that supports the FAT 12/16/32 and NTFS file systems. – usasma
    • Quick Access InfoBar – Get the latest definitions and exhaustive advice on all the processes running in the Windows Task Manager. – Quick Access InfoBar
    • Ranish Partition Manager – Partition resizer, create, manager similar to Partition Magic but free!
    • SequoiaView – an excellent utility to help you figure out what is taking up so much space on your hard
      drive.
    • SIW – This program performs computer configuration, analysis, and diagnostics. (Similar to Everest)
    • SpeedFan – monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips.
    • SyncBack Freeware – backup and synchronization software
    • System Spec – lets you can see, save and print a complete spec of your PC with this no-install, system information utility and perform various windows functions. Additional advanced info includes CPU, drives, apps, display, memory and more.
    • What’s Running – a product that gives you an inside look into your Windows 2000/XP/2003 system. Explore processes, services, modules, IP-connections, drivers and much more.
    • WinAudit – a self-contained (no setup required) PC audit, and inventory of software, licenses, security configuration, hardware, network settings

    Web Browsers

    • Avant Browser – based on the Internet Explorer browser engine.
    • Firefox – a highly customizable web browser, with tabbed browsing
    • Maxthon Internet Browser – tabbed browser with a highly customizable interface. It is based on the Internet Explorer browser engine.
    • Mozilla – ” Web-browser built for 2004, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple — all your Internet needs in one application–Mozilla.”
    • Netscape – Includes a browser, email client, and html composer
    • Opera

    Email Clients & Tools

    • ePrompter – automatically and simultaneously checks and retrieves your e-mail messages from up to 16 password-protected e-mail accounts. It not only lets you compose, forward, and reply to your retrieved messages, but also gives you the ability to delete unwanted spam or suspicious-looking mail without having to launch your e-mail program or having to go to your Web mail’s site.
    • Eudora – Free mail client but is ad sponsored. ( Eudora has a lite version available… just download the current version, and if you can live without the spellchecker, you dont have to live with the ad screen, being there. Go to the help menu, after installing, and select “payment and registration”. Then select “lite mode”, and it will ask if you can live without all of the extras, just click on “reduce features” – rexifelis)
    • Pegasus Mail – Bizrus
    • SpamBayes – anti-spam filter
    • Thunderbird – Open Source email client.
    • OE Quick Backup – Backup Outlook Express mailboxes, settings, mail rules, etc.

    Spell Checker & Dictionary

    • IESpell – A spelling checker for Internet Explorer. Works like the spell checker in M$ Office, right click and select Check Spelling.
    • Magical Jellybean Dictionary – a freeware dictionary client for Windows 9x/ME/2000/XP, that connects to a dictionary server, and retrieves the definition from a database on the server.
    • tinySpell – easily and quickly check the spelling of words in any Windows application. Monitors your typing on the fly, and alerts you whenever it detects a misspelled word. It also checks the spelling of every word you copy to the clipboard.
    • Word Web – a comprehensive English thesaurus and dictionary, that can be used to look up words from within most programs.

    Audio Applications

    • Audacity – a free audio editor.
    • dBpowerAMP Audio Player – “dAP plays Mp3s, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, Monkeys Audio, Real Audio, Wave and Midi, and many more”
    • foobar2000 – an advanced audio player for the Windows platform.
    • iTunes – Music Player, Organizer, Tag Editor and online store. Only works with Windows XP. – Phawgg with clarifications from Jeservices
    • K-Lite Codec Pack – a software bundle which includes the K-Lite Codec Pack Full, QuickTime Alternative, Real Alternative and BSplayer.
    • Media Player Classic – The application has the same look and feel as the old light-weight Windows Media Player 6.4, but is a completely different application which has all the options and features one might expect from a modern media player. (Media Player Classic comes bundled with Real Alternative, so if you’d like both, just get RA)
    • Mp3Decode – a real handy app to have in your Send To menu, it simply converts MP3 into WAV, quick and lightweight.
    • mp3DirectCut – a fast and extensive audio editor and recorder for MP3.
    • Real Alternative – designed for playing RealMedia files, which normally require Real Player
    • QuickTime Alternative – will allow you to play QuickTime files (.mov, .qt and other extensions) without having to install the official QuickTime Player. It also supports QuickTime content that is embedded in webpages.

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    Anti-Spyware/Anti-Virus/Anti-Rootkit Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. check if there is a rootkit installed on my computer : F-Secure BlackLight
    2. check if there is a rootkit installed on my computer : RootkitRevealer by SysInternals
    3. check if there is a rootkit installed on my computer : RootKit Hook Analyzer
    4. protect the computer against adware : Ad-Aware Personal
    5. protect the computer against adware : Spybot-S&D
    6. protect the computer against spyware : Windows Defender from Microsoft
    7. protect the computer against trojans : ewido
    8. protect the computer against viruses : AVG Free
    9. protect the computer against viruses : AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic
    10. protect the computer against viruses : Avast! 4 Home Edition
    11. protect the computer against viruses : BitDefender 8 Free Edition
    12. protect the computer with a firewall : Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall
    13. protect the computer with a firewall : Safety.Net
    14. protect the computer with a firewall : ZoneAlarm
    15. protect the browser against spyware : SpywareBlaster
    16. protect the browser against spyware : SpywareGuard 2.2
    17. remove CoolWebSearch virus : CWShredder
    18. remove specific viruses : Grisoft/AVG Virus Removal Tools
    19. stop/cleanup homepage hijacking : HijackThis

    Audio/Music/MP3/Real/Wav Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. burn a CD : CDBurnerXP Pro
    2. burn an audio CD : MP3 CD Doctor Lite
    3. cut mp3 files into small parts : mp3DirectCut
    4. cut wav files into smaller parts : CD Wave
    5. cut wav files into smaller parts : Wave Splitter
    6. control iTunes in Firefox : FoxyTunes
    7. edit mp3 tags : TigoTago
    8. edit mp3 tags : Mp3tag
    9. fade-in/fade-out mp3 files : mpTrim
    10. manage my iPod without iTunes : YamiPod
    11. organize the mp3 collection : MediaMonkey
    12. organize the mp3 collection : Media Manager
    13. play all mp3 files in a folder : 1by1
    14. play an audio CD : TinyCD
    15. play an audio file : Foobar2000
    16. play an audio file : XMPlay
    17. play real audio (.ra, .rm) files without the real software : Real Alternative
    18. record/save streaming music : Streamripper for Winamp
    19. rip music from a CD : Audiograbber
    20. rip music from a CD : CDex
    21. rip music from a CD : EAC = Exact Audio Copy
    22. show song lyrics for the song playing : EvilLyrics
    23. tag/fix mp3/audio file tags : the GodFather
    24. tag/fix mp3/audio file tags : ID3-TagIT

    Business/Office/Access/Excel/Word Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. add lots of commonly used functions into Excel : ASAP Utilities
    2. capture the screen : Gadwin PrintScreen
    3. capture the screen : ScreenGrab 1.0
    4. capture the screen : Screenshot Captor
    5. capture the screen : MWSnap
    6. change the date/time on multiple files : SetFileDate 1.1
    7. convert a document into a different format : Omniformat
    8. convert a document into pdf : CutePDF Writer
    9. convert a document into pdf : PrimoPDF
    10. convert access database into mysql : Access to MySQL
    11. create a small database : TreePad Lite
    12. create pdf (portable document format) file : PdfEdit995
    13. create pdf file : Pdf995
    14. create pdf file : PDFCreator
    15. create pdf file : PDF reDirect
    16. create/edit css lists : CSS Tab Designer
    17. create/edit html color codes : Color Coder
    18. create/edit html file / website : Evrsoft First Page 2006
    19. create/edit html file : Alleycode
    20. create/edit html file : Matrix Y2K
    21. create/edit html file : HTML-Kit
    22. duplicate a block of text with some programmed variables : DupBlock
    23. encrypt PDF files : Signature995
    24. open PDF files faster : Foxit Reader
    25. password protect a text file : Steganos LockNote
    26. show all the fonts installed : FontList
    27. show all the fonts installed : Font Thing

    Communication Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. chat on IRC : IceChat
    2. chat on IRC : X-Chat 2 for Windows
    3. chat with different messenger clients : Trillian by Cerulean Studios
    4. chat with different messenger clients : Jabber
    5. chat with different messenger clients : Miranda IM
    6. chat with different messenger clients : Qnext
    7. chat with different messenger clients : SIM-IM
    8. chat with the jabber network : Pandion
    9. check multiple email accounts with 1 utility : ePrompter
    10. phone free using the internet : Skype
    11. phone free using the internet : Gizmo
    12. phone free using the internet : KishKish SAM
    13. phone free using the internet : switchboard
    14. phone free using the internet : Voipbuster
    15. talk to skype and google-talk clients : Festoon Unity
    16. telnet/ssh to a site : PuTTY
    17. use a better MSN Messenger client : Mercury Messenger
    18. video conference with others : SightSpeed

    Desktop Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. add useful widgets : Yahoo Widgets
    2. add useful widgets : Kapsules
    3. automatically take screenshots at regular intervals : TimeSnapper
    4. change desktop wallpaper automatically : Background Boss
    5. change desktop wallpaper automatically : Panorama 32
    6. change multiple monitors resolution : HobRes32
    7. change my cursor shape/size : Stardock CursorXP
    8. customize my shortcuts : PowerPr
    9. display a calendar : Calendar
    10. display earth-from-space photographs screen-saver : EarthView
    11. display weather information : WeathAlert
    12. display weather information : WeatherMate
    13. display weather information : Weather Watcher
    14. hide/bring back all the icons on the desktop : DeskSweeper 2.0
    15. hide applications from taskbar/system tray : WatchCat 2.0
    16. keep the icons fixed even when screen resolution changes : DIManager
    17. launch applications : Mobydock
    18. launch applications/bookmarks : jetToolBar 3 by Cowon
    19. launch applications from a sidebar : Desktop Sidebar
    20. launch applications quickly (list) : PopSel
    21. launch applications quickly (icons) : RocketDock
    22. launch applications quickly (icons) : Qsel
    23. launch applications quickly (icons) : ObjectDock
    24. launch applications with shortcut names : SlickRun
    25. launch applications with shortcut names : Find and Run Robot
    26. make application windows transparent : Glass2k
    27. make application windows transparent : Power Menu
    28. manage icons : Iconoid by Sillysot
    29. manage wallpapers : Wallpaper XChange
    30. multiple desktops and switch between them : BossKey
    31. multiple desktops and switch between them : Virtual Dimension
    32. rename Recycle Bin/My Computer/My Documents/My Network Places icons : Desktop Renamer
    33. run a airplane flight simulation screen-saver : Holding Pattern
    34. show a funny clock : Toon Clock
    35. show a world clock : Qlock
    36. show an analog clock : ClocX
    37. show date and day in the taskbar : TClockEx
    38. synch computer clock to exact time : TimeSync
    39. synch computer clock to exact time : TimeSync by RaviB
    40. use two desktops on 2 monitors with taskbars : MultiMon Task Bar
    41. write sticky (post-it) notes on the desktop : ATnotes
    42. write sticky (post-it) notes on the desktop : hott notes 3
    43. write sticky (post-it) notes on the desktop : Stickies
    44. write sticky (post-it) notes on the desktop : Stickies for Windows
    45. write sticky (post-it) notes on the desktop : StickyPad

    Editors/Notepad Replacements Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. edit a file collaboratively : MoonEdit
    2. edit in hex : Freeware Hex Editor XVI32
    3. edit php source code : PHP Designer 2005
    4. edit programming source code : Crimson Editor
    5. edit programming source code : PSPad editor
    6. edit text : <Araneae
    7. edit text : EditPad Lite
    8. edit text : EDXOR
    9. edit text : ConTEXT
    10. edit text : Notepad2
    11. preview any file as a hex dump : HexView

    Files and Folders Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. add a comment field for file/folders : HobComment XP Shell Extension
    2. access files remotely : Avvenu
    3. add a foldersize column to Windows Explorer : Folder Size for Windows 2.3
    4. archive (zip) files : IZArc
    5. archive (zip) files : QuickZip
    6. archive (zip) files : ZipGenius
    7. backup files and folders : Replicator
    8. backup/mirror a folder on another drive : SyncBack Freeware V3.2.10 from 2BrightSparks
    9. change file-date on multiple files : FileDate Changer
    10. change file-date on multiple files : ntouch
    11. change the folder icon : NirExt
    12. compare two text files and find difference or merge them : WinMerge
    13. completely wipe/delete a file : SuperShredder
    14. create a self-extracting (.exe) compressed files archive for a list of files : Funduc Software ZIP Extractor
    15. create an encrypted archive : BCArchive
    16. display all shared folders : GoTo Shared
    17. display size/space of folders on a drive : DriveUse
    18. display size/space of folders on a drive : JDiskReport
    19. display size/space of folders on a drive : SequoiaView
    20. display size/space of folders on a drive : SpaceMonger
    21. display size/space of folders on a drive : TreeSize Free
    22. encrypt a file : DSE
    23. encrypt a large file quickly : SureCrypt
    24. exchange files in my private network : Grouper
    25. find/delete duplicate files : DoubleKiller
    26. identify a file : TrIDNet – File Identifier
    27. keep two folders in synch : SyncToy v1.2 for Windows XP by Microsoft
    28. keep various versions of a file : CVSNT Open Source
    29. list all files in a directory/folder in a text file : FileList
    30. list all files in a directory/folder in a text/html file : Directory Lister
    31. locate a file on the hard drive : Locate32
    32. open subfolders of a folder with a right-click : Open Subfolder
    33. perform muliple operations on files/folders : Drag and Drop Shell Robot
    34. print the directory/folder tree list (and optionally, file list) : YourDir
    35. print the list of files in a folder : PrintFolder 1.2
    36. rename files (command line) : Renamer
    37. rename multiple files : Bulk Rename Utility
    38. rename multiple files : Lupas Rename
    39. rename multiple files : Oscar's File Renamer
    40. rename multiple files : THE Rename
    41. rename multiple files easily : Rename Master
    42. rename multiple files in one click : Flexible Renamer
    43. search file/text on the computer : Copernic Desktop Search
    44. search file/text on the computer : Google Desktop
    45. search file/text on the computer : Yahoo! Desktop Search
    46. search text (regular expressions) in multiple files/folders : Agent Ransack
    47. search and replace text in multiple files : dsFSR
    48. search and replace text in multiple files : ReplaceEm
    49. search and replace text in multiple files : TexRep 2.0
    50. securely delete a file so it can never be recovered : SDelete from SysInternals
    51. share a folder with friends/private network : FolderShare
    52. split a large file into smaller parts : HJ-Split
    53. synch files between computers : BeInSync Basic
    54. un-erase that file : PC Inspector File Recovery
    55. undelete that file : FreeUndelete
    56. undelete that file just recycled : Restoration
    57. upload/download using FTP : SmartFTP
    58. upload/download using TFTP : TFTP Server from SolarWinds
    59. use GMail to store some files : GMail Drive
    60. view all text files in a folder : Textview

    Financial Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. budget and track expenses : PearBudget
    2. calculate retirement cash flow: Forecaster
    3. manage personal finances : AceMoney Lite
    4. manage personal finances : Money Manager

     

    Graphics/Images/Photographs Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. convert images into various formats : Xnview
    2. convert images into various formats : FastStone Image Viewer
    3. create a flash-based animated how-to/tutorial : Wink
    4. create a web photo album and slideshow from my photographs. : iGal
    5. create a web photo album and slideshow from my photographs. : JAlbum
    6. create a web photo album and slideshow from my photographs. : Web Album Generator
    7. create icons : Icon Sushi
    8. create thumbnails of images : Easy Thumbnails by Fookes
    9. create thumbnails of images : Thumbnail Generator
    10. draw charts/graphs in 2D/3D from data : Gnuplot
    11. draw diagrams : Dia
    12. edit an image : CinePaint
    13. edit an image : PhotoPlus 6
    14. edit an image : Photo View
    15. extract icon files from exe/library files : Icon Factory
    16. find any duplicate photographs in a folder: Dup Detector
    17. find the color of any pixel : CatchColor
    18. find the color of any pixel : Pixie by NattyWare
    19. find the color of any pixel : Xoomer
    20. magnify image to pixel level : Magnifier
    21. manage galleries of photographs : Picasa from Google
    22. paint creatively : ArtRage
    23. paint creatively : Artweaver
    24. paint creatively (for kids) : Tux Paint
    25. pick a color from a pallette : ColorPic by Iconico
    26. right-click on an image and convert/print/thumbnail it : FirmTools ShellExtension
    27. remove unnecessary information from a jpeg file : PureJPEG
    28. stitch together multiple photographs : Autostitch
    29. view images in an album folder : Irfanview
    30. view images in an album folder : GL Image Browser

    Information/Fun/Misc Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. convert units of measures : Quad-Lock Unit Converter
    2. convert units of measures : Convert
    3. find word meanings and synonymns : WordWeb
    4. < li class="MsoNormal">learn the periodic table information : Periodic Library

    5. learn the periodic table information : Periodic Table v2.4
    6. learn typing : MaxType LITE Typing Tutor from AskMeSoft
    7. learn world geography : Seterra
    8. see 3d space simulation : Celestia
    9. solve a scientific calculation : ESBCalc
    10. solve equations and plot graphs : DeadLine
    11. watch funny videos : Metacafe
    12. zoom onto the Earth from space : Google Earth
    13. zoom onto the Earth from space : World Wind by NASA

    Internet Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. add tabs to Internet Explorer browser : Maxthon Internet Browser
    2. backup outlook express email : OEBackup
    3. backup mozilla (firefox/thunderbird) browser profile : MozBackup
    4. blog from the desktop : w.bloggar
    5. browse the web (small footprint browser) : Off By One Web Browser
    6. clean browser cache/temporary files : CleanCache 3.0
    7. create a single page html of all intenet explorer favorites : FavoritesView
    8. create/edit html files / website : Nvu
    9. create/edit xml files : XMLSpy Home Edition
    10. download a file via a torrent / p2p site : uTorrent
    11. download an entire website : HTTrack
    12. download manager for internet downloads : FlashGet
    13. download manager for internet downloads : Free Download Manager
    14. download manager for internet downloads : LeechGet
    15. encrypt email messages : ClipSecure
    16. ftp multiple sites simultaeously : BlazeFtp 2.1
    17. ftp files securely : WinSCP
    18. log into an internet-connected computer from another : LogMeIn
    19. manage passwords : PassPack
    20. manage/resume file downloads : Free Download Manager
    21. monitor bandwidth usage : RAS Monitor
    22. read my RSS feeds : Abilon
    23. read my RSS feeds : FireAnt
    24. read my RSS feeds : Pluck RSS Reader
    25. read my RSS feeds : RSS Bandit
    26. read my RSS feeds : RSSOwl
    27. read my RSS feeds : RssReader
    28. read my RSS feeds : RSS Xpress
    29. read my RSS feeds : SharpReader
    30. read Yahoo! email using thunderbird/outlook/POP-3 : YPOPs!
    31. remove all html tags from a file to make a into text file : HTMLAsText
    32. remove dead (404) bookmarks : AM-DeadLink
    33. run x-windows server : Xming
    34. safely browse the web : Avant Browser
    35. search the web from the browser : Google Toolbar
    36. search the web from the browser : Yahoo! Toolbar
    37. tune-up firefox browser : FireTune for Mozilla Firefox v1.x
    38. use a text editor to view-source in Internet Explorer: View Source Editor
    39. view Outlook Express message database files (*.idx/*.mbx/*.dbx) : OE Viewer

    Keyboard Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. automatically send defined keystrokes : AutoHotkey
    2. automatically send defined keystrokes : MacroMaker
    3. automatically send defined keystrokes : PS Hot Launch VVL
    4. automatically send defined keystrokes : RemoteKeys
    5. easily enter unicode characters : AllChars
    6. remap the keyboard : Keyboard Remapper

    Performance/Recovery/System Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. audit all hardware and software installed : Belarc Advisor
    2. automatically logon without the login screen : Autologon by SysInternals
    3. automatically adjust cpu loads : Process Tamer
    4. backup/restore the windows registry : ERUNT
    5. boot machine from a CD : Ultimate Boot CD 4 Win
    6. boot windows faster : StartRight
    7. build custom install windows CD : nLite
    8. burn/create CD/DVD iso image files : ISO Recorder
    9. capture all text written to screen : Textractor
    10. change system settings : Microsoft Tweak UI
    11. clean up temp folders : Empty Temp Folders
    12. clean up temp folders : CCleaner
    13. clean up the registry : EasyCleane
    14. clean up the registry : RegSeeker
    15. completely wipe/delete a file : Simple File Shredder
    16. completely wipe/delete a hard disk : Eraser
    17. customize windows install CD : nLite
    18. defrag the hard drive : PageDefrag by SysInternals
    19. defrag the hard drive : DirMS-S
    20. defrag the hard drive continously : Buzzsaw-S
    21. display CPU information : CPU-Z
    22. display CPU information : WCPUID/XCPUID
    23. display Microsoft ProductID and the CD-Key of MS-Office, Windows, Exchange Server, and SQL Server : ProduKey
    24. display NTFS compression ratio of folders : NTFSRatio
    25. display TCP/UDP endpoints and applications using them : TCPView by SysInternals
    26. display all file activity in real-time : FileMon from SysInternals
    27. display all processes running : PrcView
    28. display all startup programs that run on my computer : Autoruns by SysInternals
    29. display all windows updates (hotfixes and service packs) installed : WinUpdatesList
    30. display and automatically optimize memory usage : FreeRAM XP Pro
    31. display hard drive status information : HDDlife (small print freeware)
    32. display motherboard system information : Motherboard Monitor
    33. display system benchmark report : Fresh Diagnose
    34. display system information : Everest Free Edition
    35. display system information : Samurize
    36. display system information : StatBar
    37. display system information : SysMetrix
    38. display system information : TinyResMeter
    39. display system information : WinBar
    40. display system information : SIW – System Information for Windows
    41. display which pgrogrms are accessing the registry : Regmon by SysInternals
    42. display/edit registry entries neatly : Registry Jumper
    43. find which program has a particular file or directory open : Process Explorer by SysInternals
    44. find which program has a particular file or directory open : WhoLockMe Explorer Extension
    45. monitor bandwidth usage : BitMeter 2
    46. monitor bandwidth usage : NetMeter
    47. monitor voltages, fan speeds and temperatures : SpeedFan
    48. optimize the windows registry : NTREGOPT
    49. optimize TCP/IP settings : SG TCP Optimizer
    50. recover passwords of network connections : Network Password Recovery
    51. recover that password : Cain & Abel Password Recovery
    52. remove unused files from the system : CCleaner
    53. remotely control another computer : TightVNC
    54. reveal the password behind the ***** in some applications : Asterisk Logger
    55. run benchmark tests : 3DMark06
    56. run only approved programs : Trust-No-Exe
    57. scan IP/ open ports : Angry IP Scanner
    58. stress test the system : HeavyLoad
    59. tweak security settings : Safe XP
    60. unlock the file/folder being used by another process : Unlocker
    61. view/kill running tasks : Taskill

    Productivity Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. connect two/more internet-connected-computers into a virtual network : Hamachi
    2. defrag hard disk with contiguous files : Contig by SysInternals
    3. display which progam has a file/directory open : Process Explorer by SysInternals
    4. edit plain text : TED Notepad
    5. keep more than 1 text snippet in windows clipboard : ArsClip
    6. keep more than 1 text snippet in windows clipboard : Clipboard Recorder
    7. keep more than 1 text snippet in windows clipboard : Ditto
    8. make a to-do list : Easy To-Do by Xanadu Tools
    9. organize calendar, contacts, to-do : EssentialPIM Free 1.71
    10. organize schedules and tasks : Chaos Manager
    11. play a music/mp3 file at alarm time : Alarm
    12. play a music/mp3 file at alarm time : Citrus Alarm Clock
    13. quickly launch applications : Launchy
    14. read the text file to me : Ultra Hal Text-to-Speech Reader by Zabaware
    15. replace Notepad : NoteTab Light by Fookes
    16. set up date reminders : Date Reminder
    17. spell check in an application that doesn't have that feature : tinySpell
    18. word a to-do list : Taskmaster
    19. write a business plan : Free Business Plan Software by PlanWare
    20. write a daily diary : iDailyDiary Free Version by Splinterware

    Programming Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. program in visual basic : Visual Basic Express by Microsoft
    2. program in visual c++ : Visual C++ Express by Microsoft
    3. program in visual c# : Visual C# Express by Microsoft
    4. program in visual j# : Visual J# Express by Microsoft
    5. proram in c++/c# : Bloodshed Dev-C++
    6. create installation programs : Inno Setup
    7. create installation programs : QuickInstall 2
    8. run perl in windows : ActivePerl
    9. view/print xml tree : XML Viewer

    Uninstaller Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. cleanly uninstall applications : Easy Uninstaller v 1.5
    2. cleanly uninstall applications : MyUninstaller

    Video/DVDs Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. backup a DVD : DVD Backup Xpress
    2. capture screen activity into a movie : AviScreen Classic
    3. convert DVD to DIVx : AutoGK
    4. copy a DVD : Shrinkto5
    5. copy/shrink a DVD to the hard drive : DVD Shrink
    6. copy/shrink a DVD to the hard drive : RatDVD
    7. edit an avi file : AviTricks Video Editor Classic (Freeware)
    8. identify missing codecs for playing avi fileGSpot Codec Information Appliance
    9. join two mpg files : CombiMovie
    10. play Quicktime movies without Apple software : QuickTime Alternative
    11. split/join avil files : AviSplit Classic

    Windows Explorer Replacements/Shell Extensions Freeware Utilities : I want to …

    1. replace windows explorer : A43 File Management Utility
    2. replace windows explorer : Commander
    3. replace windows explorer : freeCommander
    4. replace Windows Explorer : JExplorer
    5. replace Windows Explorer : ExplorerXP
    6. replace Windows Explorer : xplorer2 lite
    7. use customized shell : ShellON

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