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Avira AntiVir Personal - Anti-Virus

Microsoft Security Essentials - Anti-Virus

Avast - Anti-Virus

Comodo - Anti-Virus

AVG Free - Anti-Virus




Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Anti-Malware

SuperAntiSpyware - Anti-Malware

SpyBot Search & Destroy - Anti-Malware



Comodo Internet Security - Personal Firewall


Computer Maintenance

CCleaner - Cleans out temporary and unnecessary files and has a registry cleaner.

CPU-Z - Shows specific information about your processor, motherboard and RAM.

GPU-Z - Shows specific information about your graphics processor.

Speccy - Shows specific information about the core components in your computer.

CoreTemp - Displays temperature information about core components in your system.

SpeedFan - Displays temperature information about core components in your system.

RivaTuner - Advanced graphics card control

TreeSize Free - Displays where all your HDD space is allocated, where it's used up

Launchy - Help you find all your files, folders, documents in a snap

Everything Search - Find your files instantly.

Iobit Uninstaller - Uninstaller


De-fragmentation - (Not to be used on Solid State Disk Drives)


Defraggler - Disc de-fragmentation.

Auslogics Disk Defrag - Disc de-fragmentation.

My Defrag - Disc de-fragmentation.

Puran - Disc de-fragmentation.


Office Applications


Open Office - Alternative to Microsoft Office Suite.

OpenProj - Alternative to Microsoft Project

Libre Office - Alternative to Microsoft Office Suite

Wink - Tutorial and presentation creation software

Freemind - Mindmapping software


Internet Browsers & Download Tools


Mozilla Firefox - Internet browser provided by Mozilla.

Google Chrome - Internet browser provided by Google.

Opera - Internet Browser

Safari - Internet browser provided by Apple.

Seamonkey - Open source browser based on Firefox with integrated Thunderbird mail client.

Iron - Chrome without all the tracking.

JDownloader - Download Manager.

Free Download Manager - Download Manager.

uTorrent - Download manager.

Orbit Download Manager - Download Manager.

FlashGet - Download Manager.

RDesc - Download Manager (Rapidshare and Megaupload)


Media Players & Codecs


VLC Media Player - Media player which plays nearly all media files.

GOM Player - Media player which plays nearly all media files.

Media Player Classic - Media player which plays nearly all media files.

K-Lite Media Codec Pack - Codec pack containing all the codecs you should ever need.

iTunes - Media Player provided by Apple.

Media Monkey - Music Player.

FooBar2000 - Music Player.


Messaging Programmes


Windows Live Messenger - Messenger service provided by Microsoft.

Pidgin - Multi-service messenger which can connect to Microsoft, AIM, Google, Yahoo and more.

Skype - Video and telephone calls online...for free!

Trillian - Multi-service messenger


Image Editing


GIMP - Pixel/Rastor image editor.

Paint.net - Photoshop style image editor.

IrfanView - Image viewer / converter / batch rename / supports vast array of file types.

Photoscape - Image Editor.


Desktop Wallpapers


Deviant Art - Popular art by the people.

InterfaceLIFT - Wallpapers found here.


Video & Sound Editing


Handbrake - Multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows

AutoGK - Rip DVD to many different file types.

DVD Decryptor - Rip DVD

VirtualDub - Video capture/processing utility.

Audacity - Audio editor for recording, slicing, and mixing audio.


Backup Solutions

AllWaySync - Multipurpose backup programme

Comodo Backup - Backup Facility


There will be more to come, and possibly more categories.


Feel free to suggest your own for this list. :(

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Wow, this is a great list for people to use. Good job OP.

I think you should add LMMS to sound editing. LMMS is a great Fruity Loops alternative. Its not exactly like Audacity where you edit sound but more to create music. You should also add free Spotify alternatives, such as Grooveshark.

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Anyone got any ideas about free Website tools? Dreamweaver/Expression... that kind of thing.


I've tried a few free alternatives to Dreamweaver such as NVU, KompoZer, and Aptana Studio, and I found Dreamweaver to still be the best. If I had to choose between the three, Aptana Studio most definitely.


Here are the list of the alternative sites:

1. NVU - http://www.net2.com/nvu/

2. KompoZer - http://kompozer.net/

3. Aptana Studio - http://www.aptana.com/products/studio3

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Wow I missed this thread somehow. I agree that it's a great list and you should be lauded for your efforts. I would request you to add AIM in the list of Instant messengers as it is still used by a lot of people.

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Very nice list. I use almost all the software listed. I would like to suggest the following to be included in the list:


Puran Defrag - Defragmenter

Photoscape - Image Editor

Everything - File Searcher

Iobit Uninstaller - Uninstaller

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