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Freeware Utilities

Here is the list of the free utilities compiled in categories according to alphabetical order. These utilities represent an excellent alternative to the commercial programs, some of them are even better.

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1 Adware / Spyware / Scumware Remover

2 Anonymous Surfing Service

3 Anti-Virus Software

4 Applications Launcher

5 BitTorrent Client

6 Bookmark Cleaner

7 Browser Protection Utility

8 Clipboard Replacement Utility

9 Desktop Search Utility

10 Digital Image Viewer

11 Digital Editor

12 Digital Photo Organizer

13 Download Manager

14 Download / Upload Meter

15 Email Client

16 File Archiver / Zip Utility

17 File Cleaner

18 File Manager

19 Firewall

20 Folder Synchronization Utility

21 FTP Client

22 Hotkey / Macro Recorder Utility

23 HTML Editor

24 IDENT server

25 Intrusion Detection Utility

26 Navigation

27 Notepad Replacement

28 Outliner

29 PDF Generator

30 Popup Stopper

31 Process Viewer

32 Quick Launch Replacement

33 Resource Meter

34 Registry Cleaner

35 Registry Editor

36 Rename Utility

37 Rootkit Scanner / Remover

38 Screen Capture Utility

39 Search and Replace Utility

40 Search Toolbar

41 Secure Erase Utility

42 Software Suite

43 Spam Filter for the Average User

44 Spam Filter for Experienced Users

45 Sticky Notes Utility

46 System Information Utility

47 TCP Settings Tweaker

48 Trojan Scanner/Trojan Remover

49 Web Browser

50 Web Mail Accessory

51 Web Site Ripper </ul>

Adware / Spyware / Scumware Remover

Windows Defender is a free program that helps you stay productive by protecting your computer against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Windows Defender no longer supports Windows 2000 as mainstream support ended in June 2005.

Spyware Terminator -A Real-Time Protection is included in Spyware Terminator basic version – an essential function most other applications charge you extra for. Effectively remove spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, home page hijackers and other malware threats. Suspect files found during the scan are moved into Quarantine. Spyware Terminator prevents them from functioning and causing further damage to your computer. You can review and choose to permanently remove suspect files or safely store essential files.

SpyBot-Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.

Anonymous Surfing Service

JAP (called JonDo in the scope of the new commercial service JonDonym - AN.ON remains free of charge) makes it possible to surf the internet anonymously and unobservably.;

Tor is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people that want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and other applications that use the TCP protocol. Tor also provides a platform on which software developers can build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy features.

xB Browser is the free anonymous web browser. The benefits of xB Browser is that it allows you to securely and anonymously surf the internet, bypass firewalls and website censorship. For enhanced privacy, xB Browser clears history of browing and deletes cookies when you close the browser. The main advantages is that xB Browser requires no configuration, technical knowledge, or installation in order to achieve anonymity.

Anti-Virus Software

Avira AntiVir Personal is a free of charge PC basis protection. It protects against viruses, worms and Trojans, expensive dialers and phishing, detects and deletes rootkits.;

AVG is the most popular free solution available at no cost to home users and provides the high level of detection capability that millions of users around the world trust to protect their computers. It is easy to use, has low system resources. Among other features are real-time protection as files are opened and programs are run, and AVG’s Virus Vault for the safe handling of infected files. AVG Anti-Virus is only available for single computer use for home and non commercial use.

BitDefender one of the world's most effective antivirus engines for free! BitDefender Edition uses the same ICSA Labs certified scanning engines found in other BitDefender products, allowing you to enjoy basic virus protection for no cost at all. Powerful scan engines ensure detection and removal of all viruses in the wild every time you need it.

avast! Home Edition is a full-featured antivirus package designed exclusively for home users and non-commercial use.

ViruSense is a part of CodySafe portable drive management tool. ViruSense detects and prevents Autorun virus infection by monitoring the changes of the Autorun.inf file. The tool alerts user if the file was modified, which usually indicates an infection of portable drive.

Applications Launcher

CodySafe - free portable applications launcher and portable drive management utility. Operates PortableApps Framework (PAF) compliant and non-PAF applications.

BitTorrent Client

µTorrent allows multiple simultaneous downloads, has a configurable bandwidth scheduler, allows global and per-torrent speed limiting, and many more.

BitTyrant is a new, protocol compatible BitTorrent client that is optimized for fast download performance. It is fast - during the evaluation testing it provided an average 70% download performance increase when compared to the existing Azureus 2.5 implementation, with some downloads finishing more than three times as quickly.

Azureus implements the BitTorrent protocol using java language and comes bundled with many invaluable features sucha as multiple torrent downloads , upload and download speed limiting(both globally and per torrent), advanced seeding rules, adjustable disk cache.Check out for other benefits!

Bookmark Cleaner

AM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in browser bookmarks and text files. If a bookmark has become unavailable you can verify and delete it permanently. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks.

Browser Protection Utility

Sandboxie - Protecting your Freecell statistics using Sandboxie may be a good idea when a less qualified player comes along, but you will probably want to play most of your games outside the sandbox. On the other hand, you may want to run your Web browser inside the sandbox most of the time. This way any incoming, unsolicited software (spyware, malware and the like) that you download, is trapped in the sandbox. Changes made to your list of Favorites or Bookmarks, hijacking of your preferred start page, new and unwanted icons on your desktop -- all these, and more, are trapped in and bound to the sandbox.

SpywareBlaster can help keep your system spyware-free and secure, without interfering with the "good side" of the web. It prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software, blocks spyware/tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox, and restrict the actions of potentially unwanted sites in Internet Explorer.;

SpywareGuard - provides a real-time protection solution against spyware that is a great addition to SpywareBlaster's protection method. An anti-virus program scans files before you open them and prevents execution if a virus is detected - SpywareGuard does the same thing, but for spyware! And you can easily have an anti-virus program running alongside SpywareGuard.

Clipboard Replacement Utility

LangOver is Change Language text replacement free tool.

ClipX is a lightweight clipboard history manager.

Clipomaticis a clipboard cache program. It remembers what was copied to the clipboard and allows you to retrieve it, even after you've copied something else to the clipboard. Clipomatic only works with text. It works on any modern version of Windows.

ArsClipis a free utility for the windows clipboard. ArsClip monitors the clipboard and keeps track of the entries. Press a configurable hotkey and select an item (or items) to quickly paste into a program.

YC3is a powerful Windows clipboard extender/memory. Handles Pictures, Richtext, URLS, etc - any size. Features printing, drag and drop, optional permanent storage of clippings. Familiar "Outlook" interface.

Ditto-CP is an extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those items at a later time. Ditto allows you to specify what gets saved, text, images or html.

Desktop Search Utility

Copernic Desktop Searchis a powerful search engine that is designed to find files and emails.

exalead Desktop Search is a powerful and flexible search tool. This tool first indexes your computer and then updates the index when the computer is idle. Once it has indexed your computer the results are instantaneous. The free desktop version is full featured and shows hits by relevance, or date, or counts by subdirectory, author, size, document type, etc. It also supports phonetic and related searches. Search results look a bit like google, but with the addition of the document or file name, directory, date and file information. Two very useful features are the tree views showing where in the directory tree structure the hits are, and the results by year and month.

Google Desktop makes searching your computer as easy as searching the web with Google. It's a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email, files, music, photos, chats, Gmail, web pages that you've viewed, and more.

Agent Ransack is a search tool like the built in Windows search but with a lot more features and options. It makes it easy to select what drive or directories you are searching and you can do advanced complex rule based searches. It does not maintain a master index so, just like the Windows search, you will have to wait for the engine to read the files before getting your results.

X1 enables you to search and instantly find information, preview it in its native format and take action on it immediately regardless of type or location.

Digital Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer ; is 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. It has a nice array of features such as image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustments, musical slideshow and much more.

IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista.

Digital Editor

Inkscape is 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. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping.;

PhotoFiltre is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it. It is simple and intuitive to use, and has an easy learning curve. The toolbar, giving you access to the standard filters with just a few clicks, gives PhotoFiltre a robust look.

PhotoPlus 6 is the amazing image editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photographs, bitmap graphics and even create web animations. Adjust brightness and contrast, colour balance, remove red-eye and make numerous other image adjustments and enhancements, achieving fantastic results time after time.

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

Digital Photo Organizer

Picasa is a free software download from Google that helps you locate and organise all the photos on your computer, edit and add effects to your photos with a few simple clicks, share your photos with others through email, prints and on the web.

Download Manager

Free Download Manager powerful, easy-to-use and absolutely free download accelerator and manager.BitTorrent support, upload manager, flash video download, HTML spider, and a lot more features.

FlashGet is a leading download manager and has the highest amount of users on the internet. It uses MHT(Multi-server Hyper-threading Transportation) technique, supports various protocols and has excellent document management features. FlashGet is a freeware without any adware or spyware.

DownThemAll is fast, reliable and easy-to-use. It lets you download all the links or images contained in a webpage and much more: you can refine your downloads by fully customizable criteria. it features an advanced accelerator that increases speed up to 400% and it allows you to pause and resume downloads at any time!

Download Manager is a powerful, easy-to-use and absolutely free download accelerator and manager. Moreover, FDM is 100% safe, open-source software distributed under GPL license.

LeechGet is a download manager that uses a very nice, modern, Microsoft Outlook-like user interface and seamlessly integrates into Internet Explorer, allowing you to easily start and manage your downloads.It provides many features, such as automatic downloading, resume of broken downloads, a download timer, automatic hang-up and shutdown and more.

Download / Upload Meter

BitMeter 2 is a bandwidth meter that allows you to visually monitor your internet connection by displaying a scrolling graph that shows your upload and download speed over time.

Email Client

Webmail -The Webmail extension integrates web site based email accounts in to Mozllia Thunderbird, this allows Thunderbird to download and to send emails using the web site.Currently Yahoo, Hotmail, Lycos (Europe), MailDotCom, Gmail, Libero, and AOL domains are supported.

Thunderbird Mozilla’s Thunderbird is an easy and secure email application.It features many new enhancements to help you better manage your unruly inbox, and stay informed. Thunderbird allows you to customize your email to suit your specific needs whether it’s how you search and find messages or listening to music right out of your inbox.

Foxmail is a compact, yet very powerful email program with many useful features and a pleasant interface. It supports POP3 accounts as well as Hotmail accounts and offers support for HTML email, mailbox encryption, multiple accounts and more. Foxmail also comes with a WYSIWIG tool to compose nice looking HTML emails from templates or scratch.

File Archiver / Zip Utility

AlZip is free for home users. it works with windows vista and is compatible with 35 archive and compression formats. you can create self extracting archives.

7-Zip is open source software. Most of the source code is under the GNU LGPL license. The AES code is under a BSD LICENSE. The unRAR code is under a mixed license: GNU LGPL + unRAR restrictions. 7-Zip has the following features - high compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression. It supports 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR (Packing / unpacking) and RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS (unpacking only). For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip.

IZArc a file archiver that is extremely easy to use. If you have an older version of IZArc installed it is recommended to uninstall it first, then restart the computer if needed and install the new version.

File Cleaner

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Contains no Spyware or Adware.

Freeraser is a popular freeware utility for unrecoverable deletion of files in Microsoft Windows environment. It was developed by Codyssey.com and provided as a freeware. Available as a portable application or a software utility for installation. Freeraser is available in 16 different languages, with more to be added by users' community.

PC Decrapifier will uninstall many of the common trialware and annoyances found on many of the PCs from big name OEMs. You can always choose what will be removed automatically.

CleanUp! deletes traces of you Internet activity that get stored on your hard disk. These things include: browser cache and history, cookies, bookmarks and favorites. Deletion of these is optional and disabled by default. CleanUp! It provides full support for the three most popular browsers used under Windows. It also removes Windows files tracking your use of the computer.

File Manager

FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. The program helps you with daily work in Windows. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock.

Firewall

Sunbelt Personal Firewall used to be called the Kerio Personal Firewall (KPF). The SPF two-way firewall keeps hackers out and your private info inside, and has some very advanced features as well.

ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite- It provides network and program firewall, operating system firewall, antivirus protection, anti-Spyware protection, and more.

Comodo Firewall - The award-winning free Firewall Software secures against internal and external attacks, blocks internet access to malicious Trojan programs, safeguards your Personal data against theft. Get an excellent protection against identity theft hackers, Trojans, scripts and other unknown threats.

Safety.Net offers Internet security, content security and advanced Internet firewall protection for all your LAN computers, and trust controls to block unwanted or harmful applications from accessing the network. You can define granular user or computer specific access controls based on site, content, PICS ratings and time of day. You can monitor connection level network activity round-the-clock and view detailed reports to analyze traffic and usage patterns.

Jetico Personal Firewall The software offers detailed, configurable event logs, reports, plus the option to view and edit the firewall configuration. The modular architecture is as open as possible to assist with easier evaluation of the security. It enables you to protect your computer against hackers and malicious software when networked or connected to the internet, choose a pre-defined Security Policy, edit and create your own Security Policy, and more.

Folder Synchronization Utility

SyncBackSE is a file backup and synchronization solution.Whether you're a beginner or an advanced user, at home or work, SyncBackSE ensures your most valuable asset, data, remains protected.

SyncToy for Windows Vista is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center. The easy to use, customizable application helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers.

FTP Client

SmartFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client which allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. With its many basic and advanced features SmartFTP also offers secure, reliable and efficient transfers that make it a powerful tool.

FileZilla is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.

Hotkey / Macro Recorder Utility

AutoHotkey unleashes the full potential of your keyboard, joystick, and mouse. AutoHotkey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. With it, you can automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder. You can create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse by yourself, and more.

SlickRun is a free floating command line utility for Windows. SlickRun gives you almost instant access to any program or website. SlickRun allows you to create command aliases (known as MagicWords), so C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe becomes MAIL.;

PS Hot Launch is meant to quickly run different applications, open documents, go to the right folders and web pages, send mail to a specified address, etc.

HTML Editor

Nvu is a complete Web Authoring System for Linux Desktop, Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users, an alternative to FrontPage and Dreamweaver. Nvu is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.

1st Page 2000 is a HTML/script authoring tool for professional and blooming Webmasters. This powerful tool comes with an impressive interface and a mixture of all the; features from several top-name HTML editors.

PSPad is a freeware programmer's editor for Microsoft Windows operating systems, useful for those who work with various programming environments and like highlighted syntax in their source code.

Aptana The Aptana Studio Community Edition provides a full-featured web development environment. The Community Edition represents the core pieces of the Aptana frameworks for editing, debugging, synchronization, and project management.

IDENT server

Windows Ident Server Is a free, stable IDENT server that can be used on IRC (psyBNC, mIRC) or FTP servers as an authentication method.

Intrusion Detection Utility

ThreatFire - protects when your antivirus can't. It is dramatically different to traditional antivirus software. Normal antivirus products usually need to have first identified and seen a threat before they can provide adequate protection against it. The protection is then provided via a signature or fingerprint update, which must first be written by an antivirus researcher. This creates a large window of time where threats are undetected and can therefore infect your PC even when you have antivirus software installed.

Blink Personal provides home PC protection plus Internet Security. Including all-in-one antivirus, antispyware, antiphishing, identity theft protection, plus personal firewalls.

Navigation

Pace & Place is a platform-independent application for managing and visualizing GPS and sports training data. It empowers the user to track training events and combine them with geographic data (e.g. GPS device records). Map, waypoint and track visualizations and associations with taken photos are frequent use cases as well.

Notepad Replacement

NoteTab Light is the ultimate free Notepad replacement and a capable HTML editor. You can write with the font of your choice, fixed-width or proportional.

Notepad++ is a free source code editor, which supports several programming languages, running under the MS Windows environment. This project is based on the Scintilla edit component (a very powerful editor component), written in C++ with pure win32 api and STL (that ensures the higher execution speed and smaller size of the program).

Crimson Editoris a professional source code editor for Windows. This program is not only fast in loading time, but also small in size (so small that it can be copied in one floppy disk). While it can serve as a good replacement for Notepad, it also offers many powerful features for programming languages such as HTML, C/C++, Perl and Java.

PSPad is an editor for developers for Microsoft Windows systems. It is useful for people who work with plain text - the editor has a wealth of formatting functions, including a spell checker, and, of course, for those who create web pages - as a web authoring editor.

EditPad Lite is a general-purpose text editor, designed to be small and compact, yet offer all the functionality you expect from a basic text editor. EditPad Lite works with Windows NT4, 98, 2000, ME, XP and Vista.

ConTEXT is a small, fast and powerful freeware text editor, developed mainly to serve as secondary tool for software developers.

Programmer’s Notepad the free, open source, text editor with special features for coders.

Outliner

AllMyNotes Organizer is a free program to capture all of your thoughts, ideas, and inspirations, into a single place. Supports Skins, easily to localizable to other languages. Allows import and export from/to .trf, .html, and .txt files.

ZuluPad is a notepad to jot down class notes, appointments, to-do lists, favorite websites and so on. The great thing about ZuluPad is that it combines the best parts of a notepad with the best parts of a wiki, a concept made popular by Wikipedia.

NeoMem allows you to store and organize all kinds of information in a cross between a word processor and database. The interface is similar to Windows Explorer, except that instead of dealing with files on a hard disk you deal with objects in a file. It can be used to store to do lists, books, website passwords, addresses, account information, and collections of all kinds. You can define your own classes for items that you want to store information about, and define properties for those objects.

EverNote. Single Place for All Your Notes a complete note management application for the input, organization and quick retrieval of notes and content clippings, available on multiple platforms and devices. With EverNote, users can capture and view all of their notes at the office, at home or on the go.

PDF Generator

PDFCreator is wonderful print utility which works with all apps as a printer in the printer setting and also as a toolbar utility in apps like Office and Firefox to print anything thats seen on screen. Great tool, awesome compression and footprint of documents produced. PDFCreator easily creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer in Word, StarCalc or any other Windows application.

CCPDF is a free (open source) application that enables you to create PDF documents from almost any application (Word, Excel, Internet Explorer and more). The CC PDF Converter also allows you to easily embed a creative commons license in your PDF file.

FreePDF is probably the best PDF generator available for Windows. Before installing and using it, GhostScript needs to be installed. The download page of FreePDF offers direct download links to the right GhostScript version. FreePDF creates a new Windows printer to allow every Windows program to print into PDF. Multiple prints may be connected to one MultiDoc file. The quality of the generated PDF is excellent. Searching the PDF content for text works fine. Direct email is supported as well as PDF encryption. Several languages and quality configuration options are available. Using FreePDF is the recommended method to transfer output from any Windows tool (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.) to other systems and to overcome many printing and display problems.

PrimoPDF is free software for creating 100% industry-standard PDF files. Simple to use and free of annoying ads, converting files to PDF has never been easier!

Popup Stopper

Proxomitronis a free, highly flexible, user-configurable, small but very powerful, local HTTP web-filtering proxy.

Google Toolbaris the tool that blocks annoying pop-ups. Besides, it allows to fill out web forms with one click, translate pages into English, check your spelling in webmail messages, and more.

Process Viewer

Process Explorer The PE display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded.

What's Running is a product that gives you an inside look into your Windows 2000/XP/2003 system. You can explore processes, services, modules, IP-connections, drivers and much more through a simple to use application. Find out important information such as what modules are involved in a specific process. It gives you control over your system by starting and stopping services and processes.

Quick Launch Replacement

FreeLaunchBar is a free replacement for the Quick Launch toolbar that sits in the Windows Taskbar. It's main feature is that you can have expandable menu items, similar to the start menu. This is a very handy way to organize your quick launch buttons into categories.

Resource Meter

TinyResMeter is a small tool that display usefull realtime system resources informations, but it also give much more details through context menu when you right-click over displayed fields. It has a build-in function that redirect the original PrintScreen key and make it save screenshots into .BMP files with automatic file renaming.

StatBar is a freeware system status bar which provides a handy, orderly overview of your system's condition. StatBar comes with 6 different color schemes and 19 information modules, allowing you to monitor and control various aspects of your system. This includes memory, CPU and disk usages, system uptime, Winamp control, network throughput, Internet time synchronization, and more.

Registry Cleaner

jv16 PowerTools is a full set of tools to keep your computer up and running. The program contains all the tools you need for cleaning, controlling and tuning up your computer. Including a registry cleaner, duplicate file finder, temp file finder and much much more! OS: Win9x/ME/NT4/2000/XP

RegSeeker includes a powerful registry cleaner and can display various informations like your startup entries, several histories (even index.dat files), installed applications and much more ! With it you can search for any item inside your registry, export/delete the results, open them in the registry. RegSeeker also includes a tweaks panel to optimize your OS. RegSeeker is free for personal use only.

EasyCleaner is a small program which searches the Windows registry for entries that are pointing nowhere. It lets you delete all kinds of unnecessary files such as temps and backups. You can search for duplicate files and you can view some interesting info about your disk space usage. You are also able to manage startup programs, invalid shortcuts and add/remove software list.

Eusing Registry Cleaner is a free registry repair software that allows you to safely clean and repair registry problems with a few simple mouse clicks. The Windows Registry is a crucial part of your PC's operation system.

Registry Editor

Registrar Registry Manager offers a very complete and safe solution to administrators and power users for maintaining the registry on both their desktops and remote computers on their network.Registrar Registry Manager offers a very complete and safe solution to administrators and power users for maintaining the registry on both their desktops and remote computers on their network.

Rename Utility

Bulk Rename Utility is a utility which allows you to easily rename files and directories, based upon extemely flexible criteria. Add date-stamps, replace numbers, insert strings, convert case, add auto-numbers, process folders and subfolders.

THE Rename is a donationware program designed to help you to rename files and folders with a number of possibilities and options. You can rename a series of files with a counter: pict0001.jpg, pict0002.jpg...The program is useful for people who publish pages on Internet and need to convert file names to lower case. If you have a digital camera, THE Rename can use (EXIF) tags that your camera include inside photos. The program is aslo capable to use IPTC tags from your pictures files.

Lupas Rename is a freeware program developed to rename a big number of files.It works on Win95, Win98, WinME, WinNT, Win2K and WinXP. It is a simple .EXE file and doesn't need any other external libraries.

Ant Renamer is a free program that makes easier the renaming of lots of files and folders by using specified settings. It supports Unicode names.

Rootkit Scanner / Remover

F-Secure BlackLight Did you know that some spyware programs are already using so-called rootkits to hide deep in the system. With F-Secure BlackLight Rootkit Elimination Technology you can find out, whether your computer is infected by invisible rootkits.

RootkitRevealer is an advanced rootkit detection utility. It runs on Windows NT 4 and higher and its output lists Registry and file system API discrepancies that may indicate the presence of a user-mode or kernel-mode [ www.rootkit.com ] rootkit. RootkitRevealer successfully detects all persistent rootkits published at including AFX, Vanquish and HackerDefender.

GMER is an application that detects and removes rootkits. It scans for hidden processes, threads, modules, services, files, Alternate Data Streams, registry keys, and more.

DarkSpy Anti-Rootkit is a powerful rootkit detection tool. It internally combines many effective detection techniques, including DarkSpy's own handlers and also methods used by other famous tools.

Panda Anti-Rootkit is a program that uses latest generation technology to detect and remove rootkits.

Screen Capture Utility

FastStone Capture is a powerful, flexible and intuitive screen-capture utility. It allows you to capture anything on the screen including windows, objects, full screen, rectangle regions, freehand-selected regions and scrolling windows/web pages. It has innovative features such as a floating Capture Panel, hotkeys, resizing, cropping, text annotation, printing, e-mailing, screen magnifier and many more.

ScreenHunter is an award-winning screen capture software solution to capture any part of screen image, print, edit screenshot with annotations, also with web capture, scanning and video screen capture.

Gadwin PrintScreen a tool which is used to create a screenshot suitable for saving or printing.

ZScreen - is a free open-source screen capture program that allows for region/window/full-screen screenshots. It can FTP screenshots and put the URL in your clipboard in a single keystroke. It supports automatic custom naming conventions with variables. It can also interface with image editing software.

Search and Replace Utility

A.F.9 lets you edit files by replacing characters or any other bytes. You can edit many files in one operation, replace several search phrases at a time, use characters, decimal values or hexadecimal values for your search and/or replace argument. Besides, ou can edit really large files, since A.F.9 doesn't need to load the entire file into system memory.

ReplaceEm is essentially a text search-and-replace program. It is designed to operate on multiple files at once.

InfoRapid Search & Replaceis one of the most powerful text retrieval programs currently available for Microsoft Windows. With its built-in converters, it's excellently suitable for searching and previewing HTML and RTF documents.

Search Toolbar

Google Desktop -It will help you search your computer as easily as you search the web with Google .View news, photos and more anywhere on your desktop.

Dave's Quick Search Deskbar is a tiny textbox that Dave Bau designed for search hounds with weary mouse-fingers. Unlike the Google Toolbar, this little deskbar lets you launch searches without starting a web browser first, directly from your Windows Explorer Taskbar.

Yahoo! Toolbar helps you make the Web a safer place. Spyware Protection eliminates dangerous spyware. Use Pop-Up Blocker to stops pop-ups in their tracks. You can quickly search your bookmarks, from Toolbar or Yahoo! Yahoo! Mail alerts lets you know when you've got new mail. Yahoo! Messenger Integration lets you quickly IM your friends.

Secure Erase Utility

UltraShredder is a standalone, USB portable file shredder which deletes sensitive files by overwriting them with random characters, saving it to disk each time, and then bypasses the recycle bin, thus acting as your personal, portable file shredder.

Darik's Boot and Nuke -DBAN is a self-contained boot floppy that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.

Eraser is 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. Works with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Windows 2003 Server and DOS.

Software Suite

OpenCD is a collection of high quality and Open Source Software. The programs run in Windows and cover the most common tasks such as word processing, presentations, e-mail, web browsing, web design, and image manipulation.Only the highest quality programs which have been tested for stability are included.

Ubuntu is now giving away free CDs with 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 may need the following <a href="http://paulstamatiou.com/2005/10/24/how-to-ubuntu-linux-for-novices/ instruction] before starting.

Spam Filter for the Average User

MailWasher is a spam blocker software, and the easiest way to check and manage your e-mails before you download them. Use this powerful spam filter /spam blocker software, to effectively stop email spam.

SPAMfighter is a spam filter for Outlook and Express, Windows Mail and Servers. It provides spam protection for home and business users on PC's and Servers.

xTerminator will help you block spam and most of worms before they even reach your mailbox. You'll be able to delete unwanted messages directly from the server thus saving valuable time and bandwidth.;

Spam Filter for Experienced Users

POPFile automatically sorts your messages and fights spam.

SpamBayes puts the emphasis on testing newer approaches to scoring messages.

K9 is an email filtering application that works in conjunction with your regular POP3 email program and automatically classifies incoming emails as spam (junk email) or non-spam without the need for maintaining dozens of rules or constant updates to be downloaded. It uses intelligent statistical analysis that can result in extremely high accuracy over time.

Sticky Notes Utility

StickyPad ;is an invaluable, easy-to-use tool that lets you place sticky notes on your desktop. You can type notes to yourself, set meeting and appointment reminders, keep track of a to-do list, and anything else you would do with paper notes. Your notes can be printed, pasted into other applications, or emailed to coworkers.

Stickies is a computerized version of notes. The program is small and simple. Stickies will not mess with your system files, or write to the registry. Stickies stores all information in a single text-based ini file.

ATnotes is a program which creates notes on the desktop. It lives in the system tray, takes very few resources, and supports a lot of languages. You can organize your notes by using folders, set alarm, change color or font and send your note to your colleagues. The program supports 46 languages.

ATnotes is a freeware program which creates Post-it like notes on the Windows desktop.

rndNoter A simple application that lets you write down notes, urls, passwords down in a snap! rndNoter stays in the tray and remembers whatever you type.

System Information Utility

Tweak Windows Vista or Windows 7 login screen with freeware Logon Controller software download.

Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.

System Information Viewer is a general Windows utility for displaying lots of useful Windows, Network and hardware info - CPU info, PCI info, PCMCIA info, USB info, Machine Info, Hardware Sensors, Networked computers, Operating System Information and more. I use Craig Hart's pcidevs.txt file for my PCI device display with my usbdevs.txt being used for the USB devices, mondevs.txt for monitor descriptions and pcmdevs.txt for PCMCIA device descriptions. SIV is designed for Windows XP, Vista, 2008, 2003, 2000 and NT4. Windows 95, 98 and Me are also supported.

Spiceworks IT Desktop has the features you need: inventory and report on your company's hardware and software assets automatically, monitor and troubleshoot the hardware and software on your network, run an IT Help Desk for your company that's easy to use.

SparkleXP is an application designed to tweak Windows XP and improve its performance. It helps freeing up computer resources resulting in a faster and responsive computer.

TCP Settings Tweaker

TCP Optimizer is an "Internet Accelerator" which helps to dramatically boost your Internet speed. It optimizes Internet-related settings on your end of the connection (your PC), allowing for faster throughput. The program works with any Internet connection, from dialup to leased lines. It can improve Internet speed as much as 200% at no additional cost to you. It is completely legal, and often recommended by ISPs as a tool to troubleshoot and optimize internet connections.

Trojan Scanner/Trojan Remover

a-squared is a completely free of charge for private use. It remove infections of Trojans, Spyware, Adware, Worms, Keyloggers, Rootkits, Dialers and other malicious programs.

ewido anti-spyware will now continue under the new product name AVG Anti-Spyware which contains the same ewido technology, but with some further enhanced features, such as highly improved cleaning, lower resource usage. Besides, additional languages are supported.

Web Browser

Mozilla Firefox is available free-of-charge for Windows, Mac and Linux computers in more than 35 languages. The award-winning Mozilla Firefox Web browser is enjoyed by tens of millions of people worldwide, and has reignited innovation and competition on the Web. It's so safe that many users have reported no spy ware infections since they started using it.

Opera - is a powerful tool that gives you more options when surfing the Web. It is faster, safer and easier to use than your current browser. It's probably the fastest of all browsers. It is full of benefits. You don't need a separate BitTorrent application to download large files. If you use Internet Explorer you are more likely to be subjected to dangerous software such as viruses and spyware. Opera works hard to maintain your security online due to the fraud protection technology, and excellent support for security protocols.

Maxthon Maxthon Browser is a powerful tabbed browser built for all users. Besides basic browsing funtionalities, Maxthon Browser provides a rich set of features to improve your surfing experience. All the web pages are arranged as tabs inside main window to ease your navigation. Maxthon Security Updates reduce the risk of certain unpatched Internet Explorer vulnerabilities while browsing.

Avant browser Avant Browser's user-friendly interface brings a new level of clarity and efficiency to your browsing experience, and frequent upgrades have steadily improved its reliability. Avant Browser can save users' bookmarks, RSS Feeds, configurations or web passwords etc, in Avant online storage. In this way, users can access their personal data from anywhere, office, home or an Internet cafe, and don't need to worry about losing those data when re-install windows. Browse multiple web pages simultaneously. All opened pages can be easily stopped, refreshed, closed or arranged with one click.

K-meleon K-Meleon is an extremely fast, customizable, lightweight web browser for the Win32 (Windows) platform based on the Gecko layout engine (the rendering engine of Mozilla). K-Meleon is a simple, fast, efficient Windows web browser that allows the user to completely control its look and functionality.

Apple Safari Software that allows you to view pages on the World Wide Web. These pages are written in a markup language called HTML - which can be written in any text editor (e.g. Notepad) or specialised tool (Macromedia Dreamweaver, Microsoft FrontPage, Adobe GoLive). They can be viewed on any platform and any device (e.g. PDAs, PCs, Mobile Phones)

Web Mail Accessory

YPOPs! is an application that provides POP3 and SMTP access to Yahoo! Mail.

FreePOPs is an easily extensible program, which allows access to the most varied resources through the POP3 protocol. It can be used to download mail from the most famous webmails, but it could also be used as an aggregator for RSS feeds and much more. This way it is possible to get all your messages in your favorite email client. Check out FreePoPstutorial .

MrPostman is a java program that allows you to access Yahoo Mail, Hotmail and other webmail services directly from your favorite mail client. It converts the web pages of your favorite webmail provider to e-mails and provides the standard POP interface to your mail client (e.g. Outlook Express, Netscape or Mozilla Mail, Thunderbird, Pegasus).

POP Peeper  ;is an email notifier that runs in your Windows task bar and alerts you when you have new email on your POP3, IMAP (with IDLE support), Hotmail\MSN\LiveMail, Yahoo, Mail.com, MyWay, Excite, Lycos.com, RediffMail, Juno and NetZero accounts.

POPTray is a full-featured, customizable, e-mail notifier, but keeping its ease of use.

Web Site Ripper

HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility. It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer.

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