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Anti-MalwareEdit

  • Adwcleaner A program that searches for and deletes Adware, Toolbars, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and browser Hijackers from your computer.
  • ComboFix Scans your computer for known malware. How to.
  • Malwarebytes Anti-malware Detect and remove all traces of malware including worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware and more.
  • Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool Usually in Windows updates. Anti-malware utility that checks computers running Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2003.
  • Microsoft Safety Scanner On-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Expires every 10 days, re-download.
  • Personal Software Inspector (PSI) A free computer security solution that identifies vulnerabilities in non-Microsoft (third-party) programs which can leave your PC open to attacks. Offers recommended updates.
  • Spybot S&D Spybot +AV: The all-in-one antispyware and antivirus software solution. Portable.
  • SuperAntiSpyware Free and Portable versions. Removes spyware, not just the easy ones.

Anti-VirusEdit

Audio Recording and EditingEdit

  • Audacity  Free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.
  • Goldwave A highly rated, professional digital audio editor. It's fully loaded.
  • Streamwriter Records music broadcasted by internet-radiostations.
  • mp3tag  Edit metadata of common audio formats.
  • fre:ac A free audio converter and CD ripper with support for various popular formats and encoders. It currently converts between MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats.

BackupEdit

  • NovaBACKUP is automatic Windows backup software for PCs and laptops.
  • Clonezilla The Free and Open Source Software for Disk Imaging and Cloning.
  • GameSaveManager easily backup, restore and transfer your gamesave(s).
  • Macrium Reflect Disk image, file backup and disk cloning for Windows.
  • RedoBackup Easy Backup, Recovery & Bare Metal Restore.
  • Server Backup Secure Backup, Archiving & Cloud Storage.

E-Mail ClientsEdit

  • Gmail Free web email, one password for all of Google, Gmail, Maps, Google+, YouTube, Google Drive and can be configured as a client for POP3 mail.
  • Thunderbird free email application that's easy to set up and customize - for POP3, IMAP, and it's loaded with great features!
  • Outlook formerly Hotmail, a free modern web email service from Microsoft. Get a clean clutter free inbox, easily connect with Office Web Apps and SkyDrive and can be configured as POP3, IMAP email.
  • OST to PST Converter is third party email recovery tool for Outlook client when Exchange Server becomes down then easy to use and Convert OST to PST files on off-line to archive unreadable emails from Outlook OST files and easily read with MS Outlook mailbox.

File CompressionEdit

  • 7zip Free program for decompressing almost all archive types.
  • Peazip OpenSource 150+ formats supported, Windows 9x, Windows NT/2K/XP,
    Windows Vista/7/8 (32 and 64 bit), ReactOS, Wine.
  • WinRAR  Non-free, but required in order use RAR's built-in repair function.

File ConversionEdit

  • Freemake Video Converter Converts video to a variety of popular formats.
  • Handbrake HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
  • Hamstersoft Converts video to a variety of popular formats.
  • OST to PST File Conversion solution universally used by Outlook client which can easilyrestore OST to PST emails.

Firewall

FTP / Cloud / Sync / Network

Image EditingEdit

  • GIMP GNU Image Manipulation Program, a versatile graphics manipulation package.
  • Paint.NET A free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovativeuser interface.
  • Sumo Paint Web based image editing.
  • Pixlr Web based image editing.
  • Adobe Creative Suite 2  Older version but still works fine.

Media CenterEdit

  • XBMC Similar to Windows Media Center; automatically downloads movie covers; many plug ins for popular streaming sites.
  • Plex Similar to XBMC; first to support OSX; can stream to iPhone/iPod/iPad.
  • Tversity Great for streaming most filetypes to Xbox 360 and PS3.

Media Player (Video)Edit

Media Player (Music)Edit

  • AIMP2 A Full-featured free music player designed with sound quality and wide, customizable functionality in mind. Over twenty audio formats are supported. AIMP3 beta --RU -- ver 2 vs 3 beta Comparative.
  • Clementine Clementine is a multiplatform music player. It is inspired by Amarok 1.4, focusing on a fast and easy-to-use interface for searching and playing your music and internet radio streams.
  • Foobar2000 An advanced free audio player for the Windows platform.
  • MediaMonkey Manage a movie / music library from 100 to 100,000+ audio/video files and playlists*
  • Songbird Free music player which integrates with online content via plugins. Site contains project news, download, add-ons directory, help, and how to contribute. (C++) [Cross-platform].
  • Winamp Winamp is a media player for Windows-based PCs and Android devices, written by Nullsoft, now a subsidiary of Radionomy (acquired from AOL).

ProductivityEdit

Student SoftwareEdit

  • Dreamspark Provides students with free copies of Microsoft software for learning purposes.
  • Autodesk Education Community Provides students with free copies of Autodesk software for learning purposes.

Note: Students must have .edu email account to obtain software.

System ToolsEdit

  • Auslogics Disk Defrag Defrags hard drives.
  • Belarc Advisor Free PC Audit, Product/Windows Key Finder, System Info, Harware, Software, w/privacy.
  • Blue Screen Viewer View minidump files created during 'blue screen of death'.
  • CCleaner Cleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC.
  • CPUID HWMonitor A freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.
  • Defraggler Defrags hard drive.
  • DNS Benchmark A unique, comprehensive, accurate & free Windows (and Linux/Wine) utility to determine the exact performance of local and remote DNS nameservers.
  • Glary Utilities Provides a one-stop solution for PC cleaning, performance optimization.
  • GPUZ A lsystem utility designed to provide vital information about your video card and graphics processor.
  • Geek Uninstaller Free Clean Removal, Force Removal removes all program leftovers.
  • HWInfo Comprehensive Hardware Analysis, Monitoring and Reporting for Windows and DOS. FREEWARE.
  • IoBit Smart Defrag Defragmenter with auto-defrag, boot defrag, and optimization features.
  • Inssider For Home – Original gives you visibility into your Wi-Fi environment, surrounding Ch. used.
  • Setup Assistant Luke's Setup Assistant a configuration and diagnostics tool for Microsoft Windows systems administrators.
  • Namebench Open-source DNS Benchmark Utility.
  • Networx A simple and free, yet powerful tool that helps you objectively evaluate your bandwidth situation.
  • Nir Launcher A package of more than 150 portable freeware utilities for Windows, all of them developed for NirSoft Web site during the last few years.
  • Moo0 System Monitor keep your eye on system resource usages of your PC.
  • Offline NT Pasword & Registry Changer Forgot your Windows admin password?
  • Privazer Free PC cleaner & Privacy tool cleans and removes unwanted traces of your past activities.
  • Plop Boot Manage a small boot program with unbelievable many features.
  • SIV - System Information Viewer a Windows utility for displaying lots of useful Windows, Network and hardware info.
  • Software Informer Detect your installed software automatically, and it will display available up-to-date info about your programs and updates.
  • Speccy Speccy is an advanced System Information tool for your PC. Need to find out what's inside your computer? No problem! Speccy will give you all the information you need.
  • Speed Fan A program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips.
  • Sysinternals Suite The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools.
  • SUMo (Software Update Monitor) Keeps your PC up-to-date & safe by using the most recent version of your favorite software!
  • TeamViewer Free remote control of Windows Linux or Mac over the internet.
  • Tweaking.com Windows Repair (All In One) / Simple System Tweaker / Advanced System Tweaker/ Repair Windows Firewall / Registry Backup / System Information Tool / Reset Registry Permissions / Repair Internet Explorer / Repair MSI (Windows Installer) / Repair Winsock & DNS Cache.
  • Re-Enable II Was designed to repair the left over damage caused by Viruses,Malware Trojans.
  • Unlocker  No more of those pesky "file is in use by another program" error.
  • Update Checker The Update Checker will scan your computer for installed software, check the versions and then send this information to FileHippo.com to see if there are any newer releases. These are then neatly displayed in your browser for you to download. Please note that not all programs are supported.
  • Microsoft Fix it Find automated solutions for your Windows issues.
  • Wireshark The world's foremost network protocol analyzer.
  • WSCC Windows System Control Center a frontend for Nirsoft and Sysinternals software programs.
  • YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more.

Web BrowsersEdit

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  • Kompozer A free complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing.

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