Best Free Stuff on the Web!

 

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Antivirus

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

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. www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

Avast! Antivirus: Free antivirus protection just as good as the big boys. www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

 

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. www.openoffice.org

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

Conference Calls: Make unlimited conference calls with this service. www.freeconference.com

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. www.microsoft.com/downloads

 

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". www.dopdf.com

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. www.docu-track.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer

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

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. www.adobe.com

 

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. sync.live.com

 

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. skydrive.live.com

 

Audio

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

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. www.aoamedia.com/audioextractor

 

Video

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

YouTube Video Editor: Edit your videos with YouTube’s free online video editor. www.youtube.com/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. www.screentoaster.com

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

 

Graphics

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

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. www.getpaint.net

AndreaMosaic: Photomosaic Software. With this freeware program you can create your own photographic mosaics made with your own pictures! www.andreaplanet.com/andreamosaic/ 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! www.nero.com

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

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. sourceforge.net/projects/dvdflick

 

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. www.knowyourstuff.org

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. www.geni.com

 

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. www.digsby.com

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. www.meebo.com

 

Misc.

SUPER ©: Convert nearly any Multimedia file format into any other format! www.filehippo.com (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. www.zamzar.com

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. www.ccleaner.com

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. www.pcworld.com/downloads/

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

 

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