Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
This list is dedicated to "mostly" Windows applications although many
are open source and/or available on multiple operating systems.
Free Virus, Spy-ware and Mal-ware Removal
Ad-Aware - Find and remove viruses, Trojans, mal-ware and spy-ware.
Spybot-S&D - Checks your system against ad-ware and other system invaders.
AVG - Free anti-virus.
Microsoft Security Essentials - real-time protection for your PC.
PeerBlock - block communication with advertising or spyware related servers monitoring your P2P activities.
Comodo - free download firewall.
Free Alternative Browsers
Firefox - 47% of users use Firefox. The most favored alternative browser today.
Chrome - 16% of users use Chrome. Google's browser. It's fast, but lacks features.
Opera - 2.1% of users use Opera. Another alternative browser.
Flock - Centralized photos, videos and updates from your favorite sites such as Facebook or Twitter.
Video: Players, Encoders, Editors
SUPER - Universal player encoder and renderer.
VLAN - The media player that fills all your needs. It can handle DVDs, (S)VCDs, Audio CDs, web streams, TV cards and much more.
GOM Player - plays multiple video formats.
Virtualdub - video capture/processing utility and editor.
Image Viewers and Editors
Irfanview - fast, small and compact.
Picasa - free photo editing software from Google.
Music Players and Ripping
iTunes - Audio player with multiple playlist functions, native burn support, visual effects, and file conversion.
WinAmp - free customizable media player that plays mp3 + other audio files, syncs your iPod, subscribes to Podcasts and more.
Antenna - vast list of stations combined with a map interface, you can discover, listen to, and switch between thousands of stations effortlessly.
CDEx - open source digital audio extractor.
Spotify Open - digital music service with access to millions of tracks. Only available in some countries.
Nexus Free Internet Radio - Search and listen to over 15 million songs directly on your PC, or connect to over 11,000+ global radio stations free of charge!
OpenOffice - free alternative to Microsoft Office.
Adobe Reader - view PDF files.
PC: Diagnostic, Repair, Optimization
Soluto - tracks all the applications in your system boot process, and tells you exactly which ones are slowing you down.
GetFolderSize - find out which folders are taking up the most space.
CCleaner - remove unused temporary files, scan and clean the system register, etc.
Auslogics Disk Defrag - free disk defragmentation utility.
Memtest86+ - advanced memory diagnostic utility.
Hijackthis - generates in depth report of registry and file settings. Easily remove unwanted entries.
Ultimate Boot CD (advanced users) - a massive amount of useful utilites on a boot CD.
Defraggler - compact and portable defragmentation.
Messaging, Video, Phone and Conferencing
TweetDeck - a simple and fast way to experience Twitter, Facebook, Buzz, LinkedIn, Foursquare and Myspace.
Skype - free voice, video and text to anyone using Skype.
Trillian - Connect to AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Facebook, Twitter, ICQ, IRC, etc all in one application.
AIM - AOL instant messenger.
Yahoo - Yahoo instant messenger.
MIRC - IRC (Internet Relay Chat) client.
Xchat / Xchat2 - IRC chat client.
Windows Live - Windows live messenger. Previously called MSN Messenger.
Teamspeak - client and server software for voice communication between multiple users.
Ventrilo - client and server software for voice communication between multiple users.
Dropbox - store, sync, and, share files online.
Anyhub - Share files easily and free. Nothing to install. 10GB limit.
G-Mail Notifier - notifies you when you receive an @gmail.com email.
Thunderbird - one of the best e-mail clients available.
Author Recommended Firefox Add-ons
Web of Trust - With WOT the web is a safer experience. Millions of users rate sites by their privacy, trust, child safety, etc and you immediately know how safe a site is. Blocks access to sites the public have decided to be dangerous.
AdBlock Plus - Regain control of the internet and view the web the way you want to (blocks ads).
IETab - Force specific websites to open in Internet Explorer inside of Firefox (useful for sites that only work in IE).
Notes and Text Editing
Evernote - Save your ideas, things you see and things you like. View them on any device you use.
SublimeText - Text editor for code, html and prose.
Notepad++ - Free source code editor and notepad replacement.
Password Protection and Backup
Keepass - Open source password manager.
ImgBurn - Lightweight CD, DVD, Bluray and HD-DVD burner.
CDBurnerXP - Free CD/DVD burning software.
7-Zip - Supports 7z, ZIP, RAR, TAR, ARJ, CAB, etc
Posted by Christophe... on
Aug 07, 2011 | HP Computers & Internet
Mar 30, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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