Best Free Stuff on the Web!


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AVG Antivirus: Free program that protects against viruses and hackers.

Microsoft Security Essentials: MSE detected 98.44% of viruses, worms, backdoors, bots and Trojans, and detected 90.95% of adware and spyware, such as bank info stealers.

Avast! Antivirus: Free antivirus protection just as good as the big boys.


Office Productivity

Open Office: Can't afford hundreds of dollars for Microsoft Office (who can?), then try this full-featured competitor which has a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, database, and drawing application. You can even save to a Word .doc format.

Google Docs: Create and edit web-based documents, spreadsheets, and presentations for free. Store documents online and access them from any computer.

Conference Calls: Make unlimited conference calls with this service.

Microsoft Word Viewer: A free program for Windows to view/print Office .doc's if you do not have a program that can open Office files.


PDF Viewers

DoPDF: Want to turn a Word document, Excel spreadsheet, or Web page into a PDF? Install DoPDF and then in the Print command of whatever program you're using select the DoPDF "printer".

PDF-XchangeViewer: Unless you own Adobe's expensive Acrobat software you can't type or make changes to PDF's. This easy-to-use software lets you do just that. You can export in a number of different formats and save as a PDF.

Foxit Reader: Foxit’s NO BLOAT PDF Reader is a small download, fast, and gives you accurate rendering.

Adobe Reader: Adobe Reader software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. Use it to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on PDF files.


Synchronize PC's

Sync: Want to keep files on multiple PCs (desktop, laptop, netbook, etc.) synchronized? Install this software on each computer, state which folders to synchronize, and the software does the rest.


Online Storage

SkyDrive: This free service from Microsoft lets you store and share 25GB of files that you can access from any Internet-connected computer.



Audacity: This versatile open-source program can record and edit all types of sound files and export them in .wav or .mp3 formats.

AoA Audio Extractor: Easily extract audio tracks from AVI, MPEG, MPG, FLV (Flash Video), DAT, WMV, MOV, MP4, 3GP video files and save them as MP3, WAV and AC3 formats. It can also be used to save any portion of the audio of a video file.



Animoto: Turn your photos and videos into beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces. Fast, free and shockingly easy.

YouTube Video Editor: Edit your videos with YouTube’s free online video editor.

Screentoaster: Create a recording of your computer screen for making "how to" videos. Sign up at the ScreenToaster site, press Alt-S, and you're recording. You can also add captions, upload it to their servers, YouTube, or download it as an AVI file.

Handbrake: An open-source, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder that can convert DVDs to a wide variety of computer and mobile formats.



GIMP: This image editor has many of the same tools you'd find in Photoshop, including filters, effects, masks, and layers.

Paint.NET: Features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

AndreaMosaic: Photomosaic Software. With this freeware program you can create your own photographic mosaics made with your own pictures! Want to see what can be done with AndreaMosaic? Check out: Starry Night


Disc Burning/Copying

Nero 9 Lite: Nero's world-renowned data disc burning and copying features absolutely FREE!

DVDShrink: Software for shrinking original DVDs onto recordable media, (Does not seem to be compatible with Vista or 7).

DVD Flick: Convert various PC video formats to a DVD that can be played on pretty much any standalone DVD player. It's main target audience is people who know at least the basics about DVDs and video and audio files.


House & Family

Home Inventory: Insurance companies ask you to inventory your possessions prior to signing up for a homeowner's or renter's policy. Create a home inventory of everything you own on this site, a service of the Insurance Information Institute, and throw in digital pictures or even scanned purchase receipts to make sure what's yours is yours.

Geni: There's no easier place to plug in your family tree, and being a Web app makes it easy to share with the rest of the family so they can fill in the gaps.


IM & Social Networking

Digsby: The ultimate way to stay in real-time touch with friends. It incorporates multiple IM networks, social networks (including Twitter), and e-mail and Web-mail notifications.

Meebo: When you can't install software (At work or on another computer) but still want to chat on all the major IM networks, Meebo is your site of choice. Sign up for an account to access multiple IM networks all online.



SUPER ©: Convert nearly any Multimedia file format into any other format! (click "Download latest version" link on the right)

Zamzar: Upload just about any file (under 100MB) and you can convert it to just about any format that makes sense. This tool even grabs online videos from YouTube and turns them into files you can use.

CCleaner: A great tool for cleaning up all traces of your Internet activities. CCleaner also clears Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash Player, Google Toolbar, Windows Media Player and Microsoft Office.

Restoration: Scan your hard drive or USB drive and find files that have been deleted (Windows doesn't delete files it just marks the space as being available) and then recover them with a single mouse click.

52 Incredibly Useful Sites: Not all of these are "free" but like the title says, they can be useful!


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