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The Best-ever Freeware List


1 Best Free Web Browser Updated January 16, 2006

Internet Explorer is a competent browser but it has become such a target for malicious exploits that it is now a major security risk. Quite separately, the browser itself is now looking dated with most alternative products offering tabbed browsing and other productivity enhancements. There are several excellent alternatives but Mozilla Firefox V1.5 is the stand-out pick. It's safer than Internet Explorer, so safe in fact that many users have reported no spyware infections since they started using the product. It's also browses faster than Internet Explorer and is stable and reliable as well. It loads a little slower than IE but once running, it zips along at lightning speed. With tabbed browsing and more free extensions than you could ever want, it offers a major upgrade in your browsing experience. Unlike IE, it's also standards compliant. The 600+ free extensions available are a huge plus, allowing you to totally customize your browsing experience. Firefox is now my everyday browser though occasionally I have to fire up IE to browse a site designed around IE's non-standard features. If you don't like Firefox then you should check out Opera. It's always been a great browser but until recently was only available as shareware or in advertising-supported versions. Now though, it's free. There's much to like about Opera but I do miss all those Firefox extensions.

http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/ (4.7MB)

http://www.techsupportalert.com/firefox.htm <= Free Firefox migration guide

http://www.opera.com/ (3.7MB)


2 Best Free Anti-Virus Software Updated January 16, 2006

There are two equal recommendations in this category. First there is AVG Antivirus 7.0 Free Edition. This product [1] has been continuously refined since it was first released in 1991 and now offers very impressive protection capabilities. Additionally, it's relatively small, light on resources, has regular automatic updates and handles email scanning. There is a free and a pro version, the only difference being that the free version has a few non-critical features disabled and has no direct technical support. Even so, it's an impressive package and offers the financially challenged a real alternative to the major anti-virus suites. Equally impressive is the free Avast! scanner [2] though its funky media player style interface is not to everyone's taste. Avast! also required periodic re-registration while AVG does not. However Avast! does not seem to suffer the signature file update problems that plague some AVG users. A possible third option is AntiVir [3]. It offers slightly better detection rates than either AVG or Avast! but the lack of email scanning precludes general recommendation. However it's a good choice as a second on-demand scanner. If you use it in this role, make sure you disable its resident virus guard during installation to prevent it interfering with your main AV scanner. Another good option for on-demand scanning is the free version of the commercial AV product BitDefender [4]. It's fine in this role but the free version lacks an email scanner and a resident virus guard so it's unsuited for use as your only AV product.

[1] http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/ (15.8MB)

[2] http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html (9.5MB)

[3] http://www.free-av.com (6.8MB)

[4] http://www.bitdefender.com/PRODUCT-14-en--...ee-Edition.html (13.2MB)

[5] http://www.techsupportalert.com/free-vs-paid-av.htm <= review of the effectiveness of free security software


3 Best Free Adware/Spyware/Scumware Remover

My top recommendation is Microsoft's Antispyware program [1] which is currently available as a free beta to users of Windows 2000 and later. The Microsoft program is based on the Giant Antispyware product that Microsoft purchased late in 2004. I used Giant for some time and found it to offer outstanding detection and real time protection against the current plague of scumware products. The only minus being that it uses a fair slab of processing power and that could can slow down older PCs. The free Microsoft version is very similar to the previous commercial Giant version. I just hope Microsoft doesn't mess around too much with this excellent product however Microsoft's track record in this area has not been good. It's something I'll be keeping a close eye on. Microsoft has announced that the product will remain free even when out of beta so, subject to my previous reservations, it's a good long term choice. For Windows 9x and ME users I suggest two free products: Ad-Aware SE V1.6 [2] and SpyBot Search and Destroy V1.4 [3]. Both work well together and between them you'll get excellent protection. If you have a relatively fast PC, I suggest you turn on the TeaTimer option when you install SpyBot. It will give you reasonable active protection but at the cost of eating up some of your processing power. The active protection offered by TeaTimer is not as comprehensive as the Microsoft product but Internet Explorer users can augment it by using SpywareBlaster (see next item)

[1] http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx ( 6.4MB)

[2] http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/ (1.7MB)

[3] http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html (4.6MB)


4 Best Free Browser Protection Utility

There's a scumware plague at the moment. All it takes is a visit to a pushy web site or a loaded shareware install and next minute your Internet Explorer homepage has been changed, your default search setting altered, unwanted ads pop up on your screen and worse. You can help protect Internet Explorer against these attacks by using SpywareBlaster [1]. It's is not a system scanner rather it is monitor that's designed to prevent an initial infection. It provides active protection for Internet Explorer users against thousands of malevolent products that use ActiveX based exploits and offers defenses against hostile sites and unwanted cookies as well. SpywareBlaster can be used with Firefox but there's not much point as Firefox doesn't need to be protected against ActiveX exploits. SpywareBlaster is free but the automatic update service costs $9.95 annually. A companion program to SpywareBlaster is SpywareGuard [2]. It is also a protective program that checks programs before they are run for malware behavior and also does some signature checking as well. However of late SpywareGuard seems to have been rather neglected with no new updates for more than a year so I can only give it a qualified recommendation. SpywareBlaster though, is a terrific product and a must-have for Internet Explorer users who also use the free version of Ad-Aware. If you are using Microsoft Antispyware, Ad-Aware Pro or other anti-spyware utility with a real-time monitor, you don't really need it.

[1] http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html (2.2MB)

[2] http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareguard.html (1.96MB)


5 Best Free Firewall Updated January 16, 2006

No other single product class seems to cause as much angst to average users in their installation and day-to-day use as Firewalls. That's why my choice for "best" goes to Kerio Personal Firewall the product that seems to cause the fewest problems for users yet manages first rate protection as well. Kerio dropped the free version in late 2005 but thankfully Sunbelt Software, the makers of the excellent CounterSpy anti-spyware scanner, picked it up and will continue making it available [1] under the name of Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall. Note that the free and paid versions of Kerio are the same. If you don't buy the product some advanced features are automatically turned off after 30 days. The latest free version (V6) of the ZoneAlarm firewall [2] comes in as a good second choice though it can be a troublesome program on some PCs. It's also a very cut-down product; each new version of the free ZoneAlarm seems to have fewer features while its commercial big brother grows ever more bloated. More adventurous users might like to try the now discontinued Sygate Personal Firewall. It's still available from numerous download sites[3] and is an excellent and robust firewall though not the easiest to set up. Another tricky product to install is NetVeda Safety.Net firewall [3] however its performance is quite outstanding and it offers application control and content filtering as well. This highly capable product deserves to be better known and experienced users should definitely put it on their short list.

[1] http://www.sunbelt-software.com/Kerio.cfm (7.3MB)

[2] http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/comp...reeDownload.jsp (9.0MB)

[3] http://www.snapfiles.com/get/sygatefw.html (9.1MB)

[4] http://www.netveda.com/consumer/safetynet.htm (6.3MB)


6 Best Free Trojan Scanner/Trojan Remover

Ewido is the best of a new crop of anti-Trojan programs. On my recent tests over at http://www.anti-trojan-software-reviews.com it emerged as was one of the few products that could reliably detect polymorphic and process injecting Trojans that were totally missed by anti-virus products like Norton and AVG. Unfortunately the free version of Ewido doesn’t have a memory monitor and this omission significantly reduces the level of active protection provided. However the on-demand scanner is excellent. I recommend that all average PC users who don't have an anti-trojan scanner download Ewido and scan their PCs weekly. I suspect you may be surprised at what you will find. Ewido is also pretty good at removing some spyware infections so bear that in mind next time you encounter a spyware product you can't remove with normal anti-spyware products like Ad-Aware. Note that Ewido only works with Windows 2000 and later so Win 9X users should consider the free version of a2 (a-squared) anti-trojan as an alternative. It's not quite as effective as Ewido but is still an excellent product. High risk PC users such as P2P file sharers and frequenters of hack sites, should however consider the industrial strength protection of Trojan Hunter or the full version of Ewido both of which offer the active protection they need. Note: The free version of Ewido is actually the same as the paid version but after 14 days the active protection (i.e. memory monitor) becomes non-functional.

http://www.ewido.net/en/ (2.2MB)

http://www.anti-trojan-software-reviews.com/review-ewido.htm <= review of Ewido


7 Best Free Rootkit Scanner/Remover Updated January 16, 2006

Rootkits are a special kind of software tool used to hide trojans, viruses and other malware from your anti-virus scanner and other security products. Unfortunately, they are extremely effective which means that some of you reading this will be infected even though you believe your PC to be totally clean. Thankfully there is a new class of security product now available called rootkit detectors that use specialized techniques to detect these dangerous intruders. Most of these detectors require quite a bit of technical skill to interpret the results but one of the simplest to use and most effective is also free. It's called BlackLight [1] and is currently available as a free beta from F-Secure until the 1st of March, 2006. I suggest everyone download this product and scan their PC. The chances of you being infected are small but for five minutes work it's not worth taking the risk. BlackLight will detect most rootkits missed by AV scanners but can still be fooled by state-of-the-art rootkits like some of the custom versions of Hacker Defender. To detect this and a few other insidious rootkits, you need heavier artillery. Currently the biggest gun in the rootkit detection war is a free Chinese product called IceSword. It will reveal just about everything running on your PC. Usage, however, requires considerable technical skill together with the patience to work out the program. It was originally only documented in Chinese but an English version [2] has now appeared. In the hands of an skilled user, its an amazing tool. The Chinese site is very slow but David Wasson has provided a local mirror [3]. The reality is that at the present time full protection against rootkits requires the use of multiple products. For details see my article on rootkits below [4].

[1] http://www.f-secure.com/blacklight/cure.shtml Windows 2000 and later, 911KB.

[2] http://www.xfocus.net/tools/200509/IceSword_en1.12.rar <= slow Chinese site, 565KB

[3] http://tinyurl.com/ckqsn <= Local mirror for IceSword

[4] http://www.techsupportalert.com/rootkits.htm <= How to deal with the threat of rootkits


8 Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use Updated January 16, 2006

These days all users face a real risk of malicious programs secretly installing themselves on your computer. Anti-virus and anti-spyware products dramatically reduce the chance of infection but you can enhance your protection further by installing an additional layer of defense with an intrusion detection program (IDS). For advanced users Prevx Home is a stand out recommendation. In my tests it beat all other free intrusion detection systems hands down. The free Home version was recently discontinued by the developer in favor of a new product Prevx1 for which there is no free version only a free beta [1] . However Prevx Home is still readily available from other download sites [2] and remains a very viable product. One problem with Prevx Home is its talkative nature and sometimes cryptic messages which make it only suitable for truly experienced users. For other users (but not beginners) I recommend the free version of WinPatrol [3]. Like Prevx it provides a vital "last ditch" defense layer by telling you when a product is trying to change any of the critical settings on your PC such as the registry and auto-start areas. WinPatrol simply throws up a dialog asking whether you want to allow the change or not. Of course being warned is useless unless you have some idea how to respond to the warning. That's why neither Prevx nor WinPatrol is suited to inexperienced users. If you are a beginner you should seriously consider the $29.95 Plus version of WinPatrol which provides lots of guidance to help you make sense of any warning messages. As a bonus it offers better protection as well.

[1] http://www.prevx.com/prevxhome.asp (7.5MB)

[2] http://www.tucows.com/preview/385216

[3] http://www.winpatrol.com/ (880KB)

http://www.techsupportalert.com/intrusion-detection.htm <= Brief survey of IDS software


9 Best Free Anonymous Surfing Service

There are lots of reasons folks have for wanting to surf anonymously, ranging from simple paranoia to possibly being murdered by a malevolent foreign government. Whatever the reasons, commercial services that offer anonymity are doing real well. However one of the best services JAP, is totally free. In fact JAP is perhaps a little too good. That's why the German Police insisted in 2004 that a backdoor be put into the product to allow interception of child pornographers. This was done but subsequently removed as a result of court action by JAP. An alternative to JAP is another system called Tor. It not only allows anonymous browsing but anonymous email, IM, and IRC chat as well. Given the US Navy origin of Tor, the suspicion arises that this system may indeed have a permanent backdoor. However the source code is now publicly available so that suspicion can be set aside. Whatever, both JAP and Tor offer a level of secrecy that is better than many commercial systems. However expect your surfing to slow down as you'll be relayed through a chain of servers. You'll also need to change your browser settings to work through a proxy. Note: the latest V5 release of JAP now allows Tor users to use JAP as a software access point.




10 Best Free Software Suite Updated November 18, 2005

The Open CD site [1] offers for free a wonderful collection of just about every application software product you need to run a PC including the latest version of OpenOffice. Many of these freebies substitute admirably for expensive commercial products. There is Abi Word as an alternative for MS Word, OpenOffice for MS Office XP, Thunderbird for Outlook, The Gimp for Adobe Photoshop, 7-zip for WinZip and many more. If you then add to this collection some of the other utilities from my "46 Best-ever Utilities" collection you will have all the software you'll ever need without spending a cent. Note: All of the Open CD utilities can be downloaded for free as a CD ISO image. If you have a slow connection you can purchase the CD for a as little as $1.99. In addition to the Windows versions, the CD also contains the same collection of programs implemented under a version of Linux called Ubuntu that can be booted and run directly from the CD. That way you not only get to try all these great programs you can try Linux as well, without interfering in any way with your current Windows installation. Update: the folks at Ubuntu [2] are now giving away free CDs containing the latest version of Ubuntu Linux together with most of the programs on the Open CD. They will send you the full Ubuntu installation CDs plus a live CD where you can run Ubuntu directly from the CD. You can order as many CDs as you want and you don't even have to pay the mailing costs! When you get your CDs read this this simple introduction to Linux [3] before starting.

[1] http://theopencd.org

[2] http://www.ubuntu.com/download/support/doc...ion/faq/shipit/

[3] http://www.paulstamatiou.com/2005/10/24/ho...ux-for-novices/





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The Best Windows Backup Software

We are in the process of updating all the backup reviews at our site but I can tell you right now that the top product has blitzed the field for a second year in row. In fact, it's improved so much that it's now a one horse race for our "editor's choice." The updated review of the top product is now online. If you have been looking for a backup program, this is the one.



The Best Spyware Detector

If you use Ad-Aware or SpyBot you will be surprised just how more effectively SpySweeper detects and protects your PC from Adware, Spyware, Trojans and other malicious products. That's why it yet again won the prized "Editor's Choice" award from PC Magazine. "Webroot's Spy Sweeper 4.5 is the most powerful antispyware tool we've seen yet". - PC Magazine, October 31, 2005. Try the free evaluation copy and see for yourself, you may be surprised what it finds on your PC.



The Best Remote Access Software

Our reviewer had given this product category away as "too slow, tool clumsy and too unreliable" but after reviewing this product he's changed his mind; "... at long last a remote access solution that actually works! Quite frankly we agree with him, it's an impressive product. Read the full review here:



The Best Spam Blocker for Dummies

Most spam filters require you to be a computer expert. Our Editor has found two spam filters for average users that will remove the spam from your email and yet are simple to use.



The Best Anti-trojan Scanner

Most users are not aware that their anti-virus scanner can only provide a moderate level of protection against trojan programs that try and take control of your PC. To really protect your computer, you need a dedicated anti-trojan program. Our editor's have reviewed every major product on the market and have concluded that two scanners stand head and shoulders above the other contenders.



11 Best Free File Manager

Windows Explorer is fine for simple file management activities but when you have some serious work to do, you need a two pane file manager. I use Directory Opus which is without doubt the best product in this class but costs $59. Recently I discovered xplorer². It offers a good part of the functionality of Directory Opus and is totally free. As a bonus, its user interface is very similar to Windows Explorer, so most users will find this tool easy to learn and use.(575KB)



12 Best Free Email Client Updated January 16, 2006

Thunderbird is a free open source POP and IMAP email client developed by Mozilla.org, the same folks who brought you Firefox. Feature-wise it sits somewhere between Outlook Express and Outlook which means that it offers an upgrade to Express users and a downgrade to those who use the more advanced PIM features of Outlook. All Outlook Express users should seriously consider switching. You’ll be rewarded with a more advanced product including built- in spam filtering, built-in RSS reader, better security, message color coding, fast email search and the ability to view your mail in conversational threads. On top of that, the product is more secure than OE and unlike the latter, is still being actively developed. The transition is made easier by the fact that Thunderbird looks and works similar to OE. Tools within Thunderbird also allow you to easily import OE account settings and stored email. Outlook users who aren’t reliant on calendaring, Microsoft Exchange or Outlook plug-ins should also consider switching. Thunderbird email files can be indexed by the Google, Yahoo! and Copernic desktop search programs. Note: the newly released Version 1.5 adds anti-Phishing measures, spell check as you type, inbox filters, Kerberos authentication, automatic updates and many more features to this already excellent product.




13 Best Free Web Mail Accessory

Two suggestions: the first is a nifty free product called YPOPs! (formerly YahooPops!) that allows you to collect your Yahoo webmail from within your POP email client such as Outlook, Thunderbird or Eudora. I use it on multiple Yahoo accounts and it works wonderfully. The second suggestion is an Open Source utility called MrPostman. It's a much more flexible product than YPOPs! and will download HotMail, Lycos, Yahoo and several other webmail services into your POP email client. It can also give you access to email accounts on MS Exchange 5.5. If you only use Yahoo webmail, go with YPOPs! as MrPostman is a more complex program and can need a bit of fiddling to work correctly. You'll find a couple of links below that will help you. Note that MrPostman requires the Java Runtime Environment to be installed on your PC.

http://yahoopops.sourceforge.net/ (1.3MB)

http://mrpostman.sourceforge.net/ (1.5MB)

http://2mod2.com/mohot/ <= Installing Mr Postman

http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=68124 <= MrPostman forum


14 Best Free Clipboard Replacement Utility

The regular clipboard in Windows has limitations – one item at a time and no retention after logging off. Clipboard replacement utilities provide the ability to hold multiple items and store them for future use, even after logging off. There are many free clipboard replacement utilities available, including CLCL, Clipboard Magic, Clipboard Recorder, Clippy 2001, Ditto, DzSoft Paste & Save, and Yankee Clipper III. While none of these have the very extensive set of features of the class-leading shareware product ClipMate 6 ($29.95), they all offer the basic clipboard replacement features that 95% of us really want and need. If you just need a basic clipboard replacement utility, look no further than Clipboard Recorder [1]. It will store up to 99 items that can be easily selected and pasted from the popup history list by pressing the shortcut key (Ctrl-Alt-V by default). It supports a variety of formats (text, RTF, HTML, CSV, Bitmap, etc.) and has the ability to transfer copied items between computers. In addition, it is a very small program and uses very little resources. Clipboard Recorder is what the regular clipboard in Windows should have been! However, if you need advanced features such as the ability to support additional item types, create groups of items, search previous items, and synchronize clipboards across multiple computers, then I would recommend trying Ditto [2]. In addition to its extended feature set, its user interface is very clean, easy to use, and has many configurable options that you can configure to meet your needs. Note that Ditto requires DAO to be installed [3].

[1] http://www.lw-works.com/ Windows 98 and later, 382 KB

[2] http://ditto-cp.sourceforge.net/ Windows 95 and later, 422KB

[3] http://ditto-cp.sourceforge.net/dao_setup.exe .3MB


15 Best Free HTML Editor Updated January 16, 2006

This is one of my most requested items but up until now I've not been able to give any product my hearty endorsement. There have been any number of contenders: Amaya for example, impressed with its standards compliance but was incomplete while Selida looked slick but had too many bugs. Finally a worthy contender has arrived on the scene in the form of the Open Source Nvu. In reality Nvu is nothing new but rather a reworking of the old Netscape Composer. Composer was always a solid product and the revamp has lifted the product into another class. Here is an HTML editor and site manager that's easy enough for beginners to use but powerful enough to build large sites. It's closer in concept to Microsoft's FrontPage more than any other product but unlike FrontPage it, thankfully, produces standards compliant code. Its easy-to-use WYSIWYG editor will delight HTML newbies while HTML honchos can simply click a tab to switch to code view. Multiple tabs can be kept open to allow simultaneous editing and there is excellent support for forms, tables and templates. An internal spell-checker is included. CSS is handled through the CaScadeS editor from Mozilla Composer. Nvu also has the handy ability to call W3C's HTML validator from within the product. It's also extensible via XUL. Nvu can upload files to your site via FTP and has some basic site management features but this is not its strength. Indeed the FTP side of the program has proved so problematic for some users that they have switched to using an external FTP client for uploading their sites. Overall it's an impressive product; no, it's not a replacement for commercial products like DreamWeaver but those looking for a competent, free HTML editor that's easy to use need look no further. Free Open Source, Windows 98 and later plus Linux, 6.57MB



16 Best Free Spam Filter for the Average User

This is a difficult category as ordinary users need products that are easy to use and frankly, most free spam filters are way too complex to set up and use. The best products in this class are in fact, shareware not free. That said, MailWasher is for most folks, the best free option. MailWasher is an email preview utility that allows you to check your email on your mail server before you download it to your PC. The advantage of this approach is that you can kill unwanted messages including spam, viruses and large attachments before they get anywhere near your computer. MailWasher flags for you any messages containing possible spam and viruses for you to quickly check. It's a simple idea but quite effective and one which average users find easy to understand. The last free version of MailWasher [2] before it went commercial is still floating around the web. It lacks many of the advanced spam detection features of the current commercial version but is still quite effective. Alternatively, try XTerminator [3] which works much the same way as MailWasher and is totally free. I must say though, I prefer MailWasher's user interface.

[1] http://www.mailwasher.net ( 3.05MB)

[2] http://www.321download.com/LastFreeware/pa...html#Mailwasher (1.57MB)

[3] http://www.artplus.hr/adapps/eng/xterminator.htm (1.87MB)

[4] http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-antispam.htm <=brief review of the best spam blockers


17 Best Free Spam Filter for Experienced Users

There are many different spam filters available employing lots of different techniques. In my experience "learning" spam filters that use the Bayesian statistical approach out-perform most other types of filters I've tried. Not only are they better at detecting spam they are also less liable to classify your real mail as spam. This effectiveness takes a little time to develop as the filter has to be trained to recognize your spam from your normal mail. It takes a week or so before results start becoming accurate and best results may take a month or more. POPFile, a free, open source spam filter, was one of the first Bayesian filters and is still one of the best. It works as a proxy mail server so that means that it can be used with any POP email client. Setup is reasonably straightforward for experienced users but beginners may be better off with Mailwasher. If you use Outlook there are several excellent free Bayesian spam filters available including SpamBayes and K9. Both are simple to install though, like all statistical filters, they need to go through a training phase before they reach full effectiveness.

http://popfile.sourceforge.net/old_index.html (4.3MB)

http://spambayes.sourceforge.net/ (3.6MB)

http://www.keir.net/k9.html (113KB)


18 Best Free Popup Stopper

The need for popup stopper utilities has fallen away in recent months as many browsers such as Firefox now have this function built in. If you need a separate popup stopper and have good PC skills I suggest you try The Proxomitron. It operates by filtering and transforming all your Web pages on the fly. As a result you can not only stop pop-ups but pop-unders, ads, flash animations, status bar scrollers and just about anything else. Besides, next time you are asked what pop-up stopper you use, you can answer; "why, I use The Proxomitron" and how cool is that. The first link below is to version 4.5, the last and final version of this superb utility. The following two links offer useful setup and usage tips. Note: For Novice PC users I suggest you try the Google toolbar rather than The Proxomitron. It's free as well and has an excellent popup filter built in. It's nowhere near as flexible as as The Proxomitron, but it requires no setup. As a bonus it also makes Google searches easier.






19 Best Free Desktop Search Utility

In early 2004 there were no contenders for this title. Today we have a wealth of choices. In a close race I would have to say the Free Desktop Search from Yahoo! comes out in front because of the clear way it presents search results. It's powered by the well established X1 local search engine and can index the contents of 300 different file types including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, Outlook, Outlook Express, HTML, text, ZIP and Adobe PhotoShop though at the moment it will only handle email files from Outlook, Outlook Express and Thunderbird. It will index html files but can't index your web browsing history. If the later is important to you, you may want to look at Version 2 of Google desktop search. It not only will search your web history but offers an Outlook toolbar, integrated Gmail search and a novel desktop sidebar that allows personalized search, news, weather, photos and more. The Sidebar also includes a quite effective application launcher. Some folks love the Sidebar others, me included, find it intrusive. Unfortunately though, to run either the Yahoo! or Google DTS you'll need Windows 2000 or later. If you are stuck with earlier version of Windows then try the free Copernic Desktop Search. It offers many of the key features as the others though the presentation of search results is not quite as elegant as Yahoo! DTS.


http://desktop.google.com (1.4MB)

http://www.copernic.com/en/products/deskto...h/download.html (2.3MB)


20 Best Free Digital Image Viewer Updated November 18, 2005

Three good choices here. First there's the classic IrfanView. Irfan [1] is a first class product but one for which I have mixed feelings. That's why it's been in and out of my "46 Best Freeware" list several times. It's an amazingly capable product but it just doesn't work the way I want it to. Other users though, just love it. A product I feel more comfortable with is XNView [2]. Like Irfan it is very versatile; it can read and display nearly 400 types of graphic files and convert any of these to over 50 formats. It displays pictures very quickly and these may be viewed full screen, as slideshows or thumbnails. It's quite capable at processing images, too; you can adjust brightness, color, apply filters or effects, crop photos, re-size, convert format and more. These operations can also be carried out from a batch file, which makes it ideal for converting large digital photos to smaller sizes for the web or emailing. It supports drop and drag, has many plug-ins, is available in 44 languages and has full cross-platform support including Mac. XNView has a lot of similarities with IrfanView, so many in fact, that it comes perilously close to plagiarism. Put positively, one may say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery however the developer of IrfanView must feel more than a little miffed. XNView is free for non-commercial use, all Windows versions plus many other platforms. The standard version for Windows is 3.3MB but I suggest you download the complete version with all plug-ins which weighs in at 6.8MB. My third choice and personal favorite is FastStone Image Viewer [3]. This is a speed demon with a zippiness in displaying images that's reminiscent of the old ACDSee before it suffered feature bloat. It supports all major graphic formats and popular digital camera RAW formats as well. It's also got good basic image editing facilities, a great slide show and a very cute interface. Much to like here. Free for personal use, Windows 98 and later.

[1] http://www.irfanview.com/ (874KB)

[2] http://perso.wanadoo.fr/pierre.g/xnview/endownloadwin32.html (3.3MB)

[3] http://www.faststone.org (3.0MB)


21 Best Free Digital Image Editor

I use to recommend The Gimp but after dozens of letters from newbies who couldn't manage to install it or work out the idiosyncratic user interface, I've decided to confine that recommendation to more experienced users. If that's you and you patient enough to learn the product's sometimes quaint ways then you have no need to consider anything else. If you are used to Photoshop you might like to look at GIMPShop, which changes the user interface of GIMP to something more familiar though frankly, I prefer the original. For other less experienced users I have two recommendations: First there is Paint.net, an amazingly sophisticated piece of work from computer science students at Washington State University. It's not quite as powerful as The Gimp but a lot easier to use and install. It's also getting better; the new V2.5 continues this product's impressive development record. It is however only for Windows 2000 and later and you'll need Microsoft's bulky .NET framework installed on your PC. My second choice is PhotoPlus 6.0 from a company called Serif. It's an impressive piece of work; again it installs easily and it's loaded with features including layer support. In fact, it looks and feels like a "lite" version of Adobe PhotoShop except that it is relatively easy to use. I say "relatively" because graphics editing is by its nature, not simple. Both Paint.net and PhotoPlus are outstanding free products. Which is the best? Easy, the answer is ... your call ;>)

http://www.gimp.org/windows/ (7.07MB)

http://www.gimpshop.net/ (7.4MB)

http://www.eecs.wsu.edu/paint.net/ (1.1MB)

http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/software/...lus/default.asp (19.4MB)


22 Best Free Digital Photo Organizer


It’s rare for me to be utterly wowed by a product but this one certainly did it. When you first run Picasa it offers to scan your whole hard drive (or designated locations) for photos and videos. Scanning is surprisingly quick and when finished you’ll have all your shots neatly organized into folders on a time line basis. Now you can view you shots one at a time, in slideshow or traversing the time line. The editing features are limited compared to professional image editors yet they provide you with every function amateur photographers need including one click red eye reduction. Similarly adding labels to photos is a cinch while a simple but effective star rating system allows you to flag favorite snaps. Individual folders can also be password protected. Facilities are provided to import your images from your camera in multiple formats including RAW. You can send photos to your choice of web printing service, cut a CD, print to a local printer or share with others via your own blog or instant messaging. Simply sensational. Windows 2000 or later, 300MHz Pentium with 128MB memory or better, 4.0MB.



23 Best Free Notepad Replacement

There are lots of text editors and Notepad replacements. Some of these aspire to be programming editors while others try to be word processors. What I love about EditPad is that, unlike the others, it concentrates on simply being a better plain text editor and in that role, it succeeds brilliantly. It has a Notepad-like interface combined with tabbed document windows, the ability to open as many documents as you like, no file size limitations and unlimited un-do capability. If however you are looking for something that will also serve as a programming editor you might like to check out Notepad++. It's not only great for programming but can be used as a Notepad replacement as well. It also supports plug-ins, themes and has multi-language support. Note that I'm not saying that Notepad++ is the best programming editor available, that's too controversial a category even for me ;>)

http://www.editpadlite.com/editpadlite.html (973KB)

http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm (807KB)


24 The Best File Archiver/Zip Utility

I checked out six utilities: QuickZip, ICEOWS, IZArc, TUGZip, ZipGenius and 7-Zip. The product that impressed me the most was the Open Source program 7-Zip. It was the only product in the group that could unpack a multi-part RAR volume embedded in a ZIP archive and the only product to give a meaningful error message when an attempt was made to unpack a 256bit encrypted WinZip archive. My only reservation is that it handles fewer archive types than some of the other products; it only supports 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, GZIP, BZIP2, Z, TAR, CPIO, RPM and DEB . If that's really important to you than I'd recommend IZArc. It can read nearly 50 archive types including media formats like ISO, BIN and IMG and can write (and convert) to 12. You couldn't go wrong with either product. 7-Zip is a little more robust while IZArc is a little more flexible. If you already use WinZip you'll find either 7-Zip or IZArc make excellent companion products. They can can read just about all the major archive formats WinZip can't, including the widely used RAR.

http://www.izarc.org/download.html Windows 9x and later, 3.1MB

http://www.7-zip.org/ Windows 9x and later, 1.05MB


25 Best Free Hotkey Utility Updated November 18, 2005

PS Hot Launch VVL [1] is a free utility that allows you to define your own hotkeys so that a single key press can launch an application, insert commonly used text, change your volume, or just about anything else. Hotkeycontrol works on all versions of Windows and is an excellent performer even on slow machines. A second alternative is the qliner's free Open Source "hotkeys" utility [2]. It's strength is its wide support for international keyboard layouts plus a handy reminder key that flashes up your current hotkey assignments. On the minus side, it's not quite as flexible as PS Hot Launch and it's only available for Windows XP. A final option is not really a hotkey utility at all but achieves the same result by using "magic words." SlickRun [3] places a tiny text box on your screen and when you type specially assigned words into the box, it will launch a program, go to a web site or whatever. For example if you type "mail" it can launch your mail reader. Type in "46" and it can take you to the web page of the "46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities." Of course, it's up to you to define these magic words and you can have as many as you want. It all works very neatly with some really nice touches like auto-complete for your magic words which means you only have to type in two or three letters and SlickRun will complete the rest. Nice too, is an eyedropper tool that allows you to identify a program you want to "hotkey" just by clicking in its application window. There's also a built-in note jotter and a calendar date display. It requires Win 98 or later.

[1] http://www.pssoftlab.com/pshl_info.phtml (743KB)

[2] http://qliner.com/hotkeys/ (804KB

[3] http://www.bayden.com/SlickRun/ (168KB)


26 Best Free Registry Cleaner Updated November 18, 2005

To keep the registries on my PCs in top running order I use the the registry cleaner "SystemRegistry" in the Fix-It Utilities though many folks swear by the Registry Cleaner in jv16 PowerTools. Both of these are commercial products though you can still find the last free version of jv16 [1] on the web. In my mind the best registry cleaner is one which reliably fixes problem entries but doesn't itself cause problems in the process. The products most likely to possess these qualities are those that are conservative in operation and confine their cleaning to removing definite and unambiguous errors. I say this because I have seen as many problems created by registry cleaners as problems solved. This view flies in the face of many who consider, for whatever reason, that the best registry cleaner is the one that finds the most problems. To me such products can be dangerous and not worth owning. That said, my recommendation is Toni Helenius' free EasyCleaner. It's a good reliable, conservative performer that will fix all major problem without creating problems of its own As a bonus, it will also detect duplicate files and help you clean up temp files to make more disk space. Remember though, as with every Registry cleaner, to back up your Windows Registry before use. (2.64MB)

[1] http://www.321download.com/LastFreeware/

[2] http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/ecleane.htm


27 Best Free BitTorrent Client Updated January 16, 2006

It's amazing how quickly BitTorrent has become one of the major download formats. With good reason, too: it's fast, equitable and efficient. If you haven't yet installed a BitTorrent client on your PC, you should as there are some great free clients available. I recommend the Open Source program Azureus [1]. It's beautifully implemented, well supported and, being Java based, is available for multiple platforms. It's very feature rich and supports embedded tracker so you can host your own torrents, UPnP, a distributed decentralized database for decentralized torrents and DHT (Distributed Hash Table) which distributes indexing responsibility across multiple clients rather than relying on a single web-based tracker plus many other features too numerous to mention. There are also a lot of plug-ins available for Azureus including a competent RSS feed scanner. One downside with Azureus is that the Java code will eat up your CPU cycles so you need a reasonably fast PC. A good alternative is μTorrent [2] which comes in at a tiny 130KB. It's fast, lean on resources, easy to use and requires no installation. It formidable feature list includes trackerless downloads, multiple simultaneous downloads, multi-scrape, UPnP and has an inbuilt RSS reader which is an impressive achievement for such a tiny package . μTorrent is being enhanced so quickly that I suspect it will soon match or surpass Azureus.

[1] http://azureus.sourceforge.net/ (6.4MB)

[2] http://www.utorrent.com/ (130KB)


28 The Best Free FTP Client Updated January 16, 2006

I used WS_FTP Pro as my principal FTP client for years. What started out as simple and effective product gradually with each new version became more feature-bloated and less effective for routine tasks. With the release of Version 9 it was clear to me that the product had totally lost its way so I started looking for an alternative. After trying seven different FTP clients I decided that the best for me was the Open Source utility FileZilla. It uses a simple layout based on a two pane interface that looks a bit like the early versions of WS_FTP. But this simplicity is deceptive, it is actually a quite powerful product There's a full featured site manager, firewall and proxy support, SSL and Kerberos GSS security, restart, drop and drag and a lot more. The only significant feature that's missing is site-to-site transfer but that's of no importance to me. What is of importance is that FileZilla is fast, totally reliable, secure and and very easy to use. There's also a free FileZilla FTP server which I haven't used but I hear that it's just as good as the client. If you want a SCP (secure copy) client for Windows that uses SSH and offers a rich feature set you might like to try WinSCP. It features a built-in terminal, it can launch Putty directly, allows remotely file editing edit files, direct transfer and transfer queuing and the ability to limit download speed rates. Me, I'll stick with FileZilla

http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/ (3.5MB)


29 Best Free Bookmark Cleaner Updated January 16, 2006

AM-DeadLink scans your browser bookmark file for dead links or duplicate links. When I tried it on my huge favorites file I discovered 17% of my links were dead. I've now got a much leaner set of favorites and the comfort of knowing that the links actually work. Freeware, any Windows version, Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla and Firefox, (845KB)



30 Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility Updated January 16, 2006

This is getting scary. First I recommend Microsoft Antispyware as the best free spyware scanner and now I'm going to recommend another Microsoft product as the best in this category. Well, equal best. It's called SyncToy v1.0 for Windows XP [1] and, as the name implies, is only for XP - SP2. This program is more than a syncing program; it can copy, move, rename, and delete files between any number of folders and even computers. The program operates on the principal of pre-defined folder pairs. You define and name these pairs and then when you want to perform a sync or other task, you recall one of these pairs and carry out the operation. Syncing can be in either direction and covers all options from complete sync to updating newer files only. The handling of files with changed file names is exceptional as is the backup of overwritten files. Overall, pretty well everything you ever wanted in a sync utility. Also highly recommended is 2brightspark's SyncBack. It works for Windows 98 and later and has a number of features that SyncToy lacks such as the ability to back up using FTP.

[1] http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...C975-4814-9649-

CCE41AF06EB7&displaylang=en (844KB)

[2] http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html (1.9MB)


31 Best Free Screen Capture Utility

Two recommendations here: The first is PrintScreen. It does exactly what I want, in the way I want and furthermore avoids the trap of providing lots of useless and confusing features. It's the little things that count like making the hot key PrtSc so I don't have to remember it, and automatically sequentially naming the output files for multiple screen shots. A second recommendation is Screen Hunter. It's a commercial product but the "lite" free version is excellent, offering more features than Gadwin at the cost of a little added complexity. Both products work with Win 98 and later.

http://www.gadwin.com/printscreen/?prnscr (976KB)

http://www.wisdom-soft.com/products/screenhunter.htm (381KB)


32 Best Free Search Toolbar

Search toolbars allow users to do web searches without having to go first to the home page of a search engine. This really saves a lot of time. In the last year search toolbars have become a hotly competed product class and as result, users now have an excellent choice. The "best" in terms of features is probably Yahoo's Toolbar whose features include anti-spyware capabilities as well as popup blocking. It's for Internet Explorer but they are currently offering a beta version for Firefox. My only beef with the Yahoo product is that I prefer to use Google for my web searches rather than Yahoo and that's why I use the Google Toolbar which also offers popup blocking though no anti-spyware features. On the other hand it includes a useful web form spell-checker and a few other goodies not found in the Yahoo product. Google also offers a full Firefox version as well as the standard IE version. Some folks still like Dave’s Quick Search Bar because it gives access to multiple search engines. Another advantage is that it resides in your task bar rather than your browser so it's easily accessible from any application. Other Dave's features include a dictionary, thesaurus, calculator and a lot of customizability.

http://toolbar.yahoo.com/ie (3MB)

http://www.dqsd.net/ (327KB)

http://toolbar.google.com/deskbar/ (447KB)


33 Best Free Download Manager Updated November 18, 2005

For some time I've been recommending Star Downloader but the freeware version has been effectively frozen at version 1.44 with future enhancements restricted to the shareware version. It is however, still a fine choice. After trying half a dozen other products, I've settled on "Free Downloader" as my new selection. It's fast, stable and integrates well into both Internet Explorer and Firefox though the later will require the installation of the free FlashGot extension. With "Free Downloader" there is no embedded adware or nag screen and after using it for a couple of weeks, I've decided that it's actually just as good as Star Downloader with the advantage that it's still being actively developed. (1.31MB).



34 Best Free Web Site Ripper

HTTrack is one impressive product: it's easy to use, has an excellent user interface, offers every feature you could want, is blindingly fast and free of any adware as well. If you like to download web sites so that you can "browse them offline", this is the product to get. ( 3.23MB)



35 Best Free Download/Upload Meter Updated November 18, 2005

NetMeter [1] shows upload and download speeds, along with cumulative weekly and monthly volumes and projected values. The program reminds me in many ways of Hagel's excellent $20 shareware product "DU Meter." It's freeware and works with all Windows versions. In essence, everything you really need for nix. A good second choice if you have the Microsoft .NET package already installed on your PC is BitMeter II from Codebox Software [2] . It's a little more feature rich than NetMeter but uses a tad more of your PCs resources to deliver those features.

[1] http://readerror.gmxhome.de/ (601KB)

[2] http://codebox.no-ip.net/controller?page=bitmeter2 (806KB)


36 Best Free TCP Settings Tweaker

Whether you use a modem or broadband, you'll get a faster connection if you tweak your connection's TCP parameters. Among the most important of these is MaxMTU which, in simple terms, needs to be set to the largest value possible without your data being broken up into smaller chunks en-route. Most techies determine MaxMTU by trial and error pinging using different packet sizes but it's a tedious procedure and definitely not for beginners. TCPOptimizer from SpeedGuide.net is a free utility that will do the job for you automatically. Furthermore, it will use this value to advise you on your other TCP settings and then apply these values at the press of the button. There are commercial programs that will do much the same thing but TCPOptimizer does it just as well and is totally free. The only minus is the lack of in-program help. However you'll find a useful FAQ at the SpeedGuide site. (225KB)




37 Best Free File Cleaner

I've tried quite a few commercial products designed to clean unused, temporary and unnecessary files off your hard disk but must say that the free utility "Empty Temp Folders" [1] ranks with the best. It takes a few minutes to set up but after that, just press a button to recover many megabytes of disk space. An equally attractive alternative is CCleaner [2]. It's a tad easier to use though not quite as effective in removing temporary files. Its default settings are also quite aggressive so check the options carefully before running for the first time. Both products may be used together for maximum cleaning. Between them you may be surprise how much disk space you will free up.

[1] http://www.danish-shareware.dk/soft/emptemp (667KB)

[2] http://www.ccleaner.com/ (403KB)


38 Best Free Resource Meter Updated November 18 2005

This is cute. TinyResMeter is an itsy-bitsy system monitor. Unlike many other monitors, it doesn't consume a lot of CPU utilization in order to tell you your CPU utilization. In addition to CPU usage, you can optionally monitor cache, RAM, page file and swap file usage, running processes and threads, disk space utilization and a number of other parameters as well. Also built-in, is a screen grabber that saves the current screen to disk when you press PrintScreen. How the author fits all this into 92KB beats me. A new version is on the way offering even more functionality. If you are like something a little fancier than TinyResMeter then check out StatBar. It's got more features than you could ever want though but at the cost of a higher resource overhead needed to run the program. Nice product though and easy to try out as the program doesn't require installation.

http://perso.accelance.net/~pesoft/trm/us_trm.html (92KB)

http://www.statbar.nl/ (1.65MB)


39 Best Free Sticky Notes Utility Updated November 18 2005

Some people hate these programs others swear they can't work effectively without them. I used to be in the first category but with so many things on my plate these days, I'm slowly being converted. The function that I find really useful is the reminder that pops up at a designated time and date. I use it for simple things like "put up the latest issue on the web site." ATnotes is a neat implementation that features configurable alarms, resizable windows, variable fonts and a host of other useful features. The product is remarkably similar to the class-leading commercial sticky notes utility called, TurboNotes, a case perhaps of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. NOTE: As of the 30th of May 2005, development work has ceased and the author's site pulled down. However someone has built a mirror of the author's site [1] where you can read about ATnotes and download the final version. You can also download ATNotes from the a number of other sites including the second link below. If you want an alternative that is still being developed try StickyPad. Some folks actually prefer it to ATnotes and I must admit the interface is very slick but I find the alarm function to be rather inflexible. It cannot for example handle recurring events such as birthdays. If you want that functionality you are better of with another sticky note program called "Stickies" from Zhorn Software. It's not quite as svelte as the other two programs I've mentioned but it's very effective in operation

[1] http://atnotes.free.fr/news.html

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[2] http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_desc...id,17660,00.asp

[3] http://www.greeneclipsesoftware.com/stickypad.html (550KB)

[4] http://www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/stickies/ (596KB)


40 Best Free Secure Erase Utility Updated January 16, 2006

Eraser [1] is a free, GNU license utility that will securely erase files, folders or even whole disks from any Windows or DOS PC. Eraser overwrites data area with selectable random data patterns and also wipes data in the paging file, Internet cache, temporary files, Internet cookies, unused disk space and a number of other places where data can secretly lurk. It handles FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS partitions as well. Erasing files with high security will always be a difficult and time consuming task and can never offer absolute 100% safety. However Eraser makes the task about as easy as it be, with a security level beyond most conceivable requirements. If Eraser is overkill for your needs try Simple File Shredder[2]. It's not as comprehensive a solution to secure deletion as Eraser but it's much easier to use. Another rather different alternative is Darik's Boot and Nuke [3]. Its an Open Source program that's used to construct a floppy disk or CD that will automatically wipe the all hard drives of any PC booted from the disk. It's great for bulk disk cleaning of PCs and is useful too as an emergency tool for quickly removing sensitive information. However this power makes it a dangerous tool in the hands of beginners.

[1] http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/ (2.8MB)

[2] http://www.scar5.com/prod_sfs.php (673KB) XP only

[3] http://dban.sourceforge.net/ (1.6MB)


41 Best Free Registry Editor

I've used the full version of Resplendent Registry Editor for years and have never had any reason to look for an alternative. Recently a subscriber asked me what was the best free registry editor and that made me realize I've never looked at that particular product category. The first product I checked out was Registrar Lite, the free version of Resplendent Registry Editor and I'd have to say it's an impressive freebie. To start with, it works totally reliably - an essential feature for any registry editor. On top of that, the user interface is simple, the functionality excellent and, perhaps most importantly, it has a really fast search. I did, however, miss a "search and delete" option - that's unfortunately only available on the full product. That said, it leaves Regedit for dead. If you know a better free registry editor, drop me an email. (2.0MB).



42 Best Free Process Viewer

PrcView has long been my personal choice but Process Explorer has pushed it aside. The reason? A better display setup coupled with more features and even more information. Process Explorer uses two vertical panes. The top contains all active processes while the second shows either all the handles opened by a selected process or, optimally, a list of DLLs and memory mapped files. A very handy search feature allows you to work backwards from named DLLs or handles to the owning process. A gem. Freeware, 230KB.



43 Best Free System Information Updated January 16, 2006

The freeware utility AIDA32 was the best system information / inventorying tool ever, regardless of price. It documented just about every aspect of your hardware and software configuration as well as checking networks and providing memory benchmarks. However the developer announced in March 2004 that the free product had been frozen and development work shifted to another organization where AIDA32 was re-launched as a commercial product called Everest [1]. You can however still find the old AIDA32 at the second link below[2]. If you only need to inventory a single PC then you should also check out Belarc Advisor [3]. It's free for non commercial use and while not quite as thorough as AIDA32, it has the advantage of being actively developed. An excellent third option and my current favorite is the SIW utility [4] written by Gabriel Topala. It "displays detailed specs for motherboard, BIOS, CPU, devices, memory, video, disk drives, ports, printers, operating system, installed programs, processes, services, serial numbers (CD keys), users, open files, system uptime, network, network shares, as well as real-time monitors for CPU, memory, page file usage and network traffic. It also displays currently active network connections, passwords hidden behind asterisks, installed codecs, and more. " That's impressive enough for a freebie but my favorite feature is SIW does not need installing; all you need to do is run the executable. This means one less installed program on your PC as well the fact that you can run the program directly from a USB flash drive.

[1] http://www.lavalys.com/products.php?lang=en (4.0MB)

[2] http://www.majorgeeks.com/download181.html (2.9MB)

[3] http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html (830KB)

[4] http://www3.sympatico.ca/gtopala/about_siw.html (1.2MB)


44 Best Free Search and Replace Utility

There are several contenders for this title but HandyFile's excellent Find and Replace program is my favorite. It's fast, has a simple but effective user interface and some nice features including support for regular expressions. It started life as a free product before going commercial however the free version is still floating around and can be downloaded from a number of sites including the one below. (361KB)



45 Best Free Outliner Updated November 18, 2005

I'm not a great fan of outliners - my brain doesn't work that way. Some folks however, swear by them and if that includes you, then you should check out Keynote, an Open Source freeware program that has a dedicated band of followers. Its major design attribute is its ease of use. Words like "natural" and "seamless" come close to the mark but really don't capture the essence of what is really a great design. What do you do with it? Well to quote the web site “KeyNote is used by screenwriters to draft screenplays, by medical doctors to keep patient databases, by developers to store source code snippets - and to everyone it serves as a place to put all the random pieces of information that have no particular structure of relationship to other data, and do not fit easily in task-specific applications such as word-processors, databases or spreadsheets.� Unfortunately the program is no longer being developed but is totally usable in its current form. If you find that a turn-off you might like to consider NeoMem as an alternative. It's another Open Source program but is not really a dedicated outliner rather more of a general purpose program that can be used as an outliner. It's a kind of hybrid of a database and word processor that's designed to allow you to organize, store, hyperlink and search information. That bland description totally under-sells the product. It's one of those programs that you really need to use in order to understand the potential. It works with all Windows versions so try it.

[1] http://www.tranglos.com/free/index.html (1.7MB)

[2] http://www.neomem.org/neomem.htm (640KB)


46 Best Free Rename Utility

If you want industrial strength file renaming there are two great choices: First there's Lupas Rename 2000. This is a small utility for Win 98 and later that globally renames all the files in a directory and its subdirectories. It can convert names to upper/lower case, change the case of the first letter, add text, left crop, right crop and just about anything else you can think of. And unlike DOS based utilities, it will work on hidden files as well. Add in a nice GUI interface, an undo feature, full preview of changes, MP3 tag renaming, support for regular expressions and the fact that it's free and you have an outstanding product. The second and equally attractive option is Flexible Renamer. It's quite similar to Lupas and choosing between them is not easy. Lupas seems to me to be easier to use for simply renaming files while Flexible Renamer has the edge with tags. Flexible Renamer can also can bulk change file attributes while Lupas can't. It also runs without installation, a definite plus. However if you only need a re-namer for re-labeling digital photos and MP3 files you might like instead to looked at a program called "THE Rename" (sic)." that's better suited to these tasks. It's freeware and works on all versions of Windows though usage is not very intuitive.

[1] http://www.azheavymetal.com/~lupasrename/download.php (742KB)

[2] http://hp.vector.co.jp/authors/VA014830/english/FlexRena/ (648KB)

[3] http://www.herve-thouzard.com/modules/wfse...php?articleid=1 (2.8MB)

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ok for you Mac Users Dont Know very Much but heres common question and answers that come into the shop at work


A program quits with one of the following not-so-helpful messages: "Application has unexpectedly quit" or "Type 01 Error."


OS 9 or below.


* Select the program icon in the Finder, then choose “Get Information� from the File menu ( command + i).

* Select Memory from the pull-down menu.

* Add 2000 KB to the Preferred Size. Repeat as necessary.


Mac OS X, OS 9 and below


* Move the Preference file (located in System Folder) associated with the program in question to the desktop, and rename it “old preference file.� Restart the computer and launch the program. If the problem doesn’t recur, trash “old preference file.�

* If the problem recurs often, try reinstalling the software.


A program isn’t working. The mouse cursor still moves, but you can’t click anything.

You’ll need to “Force Quit� to close the program. Hold down the command and option keys, then press the “esc� key. Then …


Mac OS X


* Choose the program that’s misbehaving and click the “Force Quit� button.


OS 9 or below


* A dialog box will ask you if you’re sure you want to force quit. Answer yes. It’s a good idea to then reboot your Mac to guard against further crashing.


A program isn’t working and the cursor won’t move. A “hard reboot� will turn the Mac off, and then back on. Here’s how to do it.


* Make sure the mouse and keyboard are plugged in.

* For most Macs, hold down the Command and Control keys, then press the power button.

* Some early iMacs and PowerBooks have a reset button that requires a paperclip. It’s usually located near the power cord.

* Most Power Macs have a button with a triangle on the front panel that resets the computer.

* If all else fails, gently unplug the machine, then plug it in again and restart it.


A bomb icon appears in a dialog box.

If the Restart button doesn’t work, try a hard reboot (command + control + power for most Macs).


Your computer freezes while the extensions are loading at start up.


* Watch to see which was last of the extensions to load, then follow the directions for the hard reboot above. (Hint: Sometimes newly installed software causes extension conflicts.)

* When the computer restarts, hold down the spacebar until the Extensions Manager opens.

* Uncheck the last extension to load.

* Click the Restart button.

* If the Mac boots up, go to Control Panels and open the Extension Manager.

* In the Extensions Folder, select the extension you unchecked and rename it with an A or a Z in front of it (this changes the loading order). Then click the Restart button. If the computer locks up or crashes on restart, disable the renamed extension and give MacForce a call.


Quick Tips


* Check to see everything is plugged in and turned on. Don’t assume.

* Force quit: command-option-esc

* Hard reboot: command-control-power

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im tryin to use that profile snoop thing for my myspace but when i paste the code where it tells me to post it myspace keeps modifyin the code and addin >allowScriptAccess="never"< (w/o arrows)into it..

its workin fine on my girls profile though... wtf is goin on?

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Originally posted by swedish erotica@Feb 27 2006, 10:34 AM

know of any other proxy servers? The firewall in the computer lab has most of them blocked, but i know there are a few more out there. Appreciate anyone who takes the time.

make your home computer a proxy server and login that way you can bypass the computer labs firewall



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Originally posted by johnny ballbags@Feb 27 2006, 10:36 AM

im tryin to use that profile snoop thing for my myspace but when i paste the code where it tells me to post it myspace keeps modifyin the code and addin >allowScriptAccess="never"< (w/o arrows)into it..

its workin fine on my girls profile though... wtf is goin on?


myspace blocked the script you cannot use the code no more privicy thing

if it was there before they implemented the block you can keep it

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are you sure hers is working right?


cause last i heard this happened like 2 weeks ago so you shouldnt beable to use it i have not tried it myself

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Originally posted by johnny ballbags+Feb 27 2006, 10:43 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (johnny ballbags - Feb 27 2006, 10:43 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Mainter@Feb 27 2006, 10:43 AM

are you sure hers is working right?


yeah.. its doin what its supposed to and the code stayed the way it was origianlly pasted in there.



then most likly a syntex error somewhere take the code from her and paste it

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turns to:


<embed allowScriptAccess="never" src=http://..




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Guest imported_Tesseract

i still have viruses btw, you fuckin dudes

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Originally posted by johnny ballbags@Feb 27 2006, 11:15 AM

turn off system restore..

restart in safe mode run: adaware, spybot, & a/v prog..

and then .....

fuck it... idk...


dont help his ass haha he owes me an apology first


like i said in the other computer thread download hijackthis and paste the log in here so i can take a look at it when i get my apology i will tel lyou what you need to take out and what is causing the problem

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turns to:


and yer girls stays the same do you have the code posted in "I'd Like to Meet: "?


Edit your MySpace profile and put this code in your "I'd Like to Meet"

field after everything in that box at the very bottom.

If it doesn't work put the code in a section below "I'd Like to Meet"

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still no good... i guess it just aint gonna happen.. oh well... at least i get to see who lookin at my girls shit...

its weird she has way more females that males checkin her out...


i just wish i at least knew why hers worked and mine didnt.. i hate not understanding shit..

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Originally posted by johnny ballbags@Feb 27 2006, 11:31 AM

still no good... i guess it just aint gonna happen.. oh well... at least i get to see who lookin at my girls shit...

its weird she has way more females that males checkin her out...


i just wish i at least knew why hers worked and mine didnt.. i hate not understanding shit..


maybe you can get her into a 3some haha


but yeah to keep it computer releated it does suck

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