FREE SOFTWARE antivirus, spyware removal, photo editing

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This is just a quick list of some of the brilliant FREE software packages available to download and use today. I have broken them down into catagories - you will normally only need to use one from each and trial them to find out what is the best for you.


You dont need to pay for expensive antivirus software when there are options that perform just as good for FREE! You should only have ONE anti-virus program running on your PC.

AVG Antivirus (and AntiSpyware) with free daily updates:

Avast Antivirus:

Anti-Spyware and Malware removal:

Spybot (Search and Destroy) - (has been known to cause Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 to be slow to open)

Windows Defender - the free Windows add-on against Spyware, I have found it can sometimes slow the system down when scanning:

Malwarebytes, Malware removal:

System Optimization

CCleaner - system optimization tool:

DVD & CD Burning Software:

Infrarecorder - Very handy CD & DVD burning package:

Cheetah CD & DVD burner (not totally free but free to try) the website offers other free software like Youtube download and Video Editing:

Sound Editing Software:

Audacity - very handy of you are copying your Vinyl to your PC (see my other guides):

Office packages:

Open Office - a free full featured office package fully compatible with Microsoft Office but totally FREE!:

Photo / picture Editing:

FastStone Image Viewer - A very powerful little package that lets you re-size, resample, remove red eye, crop and rotate your photos easily!:

File Compression / De-compression:

7zip - Another great free compression / decompression package just like Winzip or WinRar:

Torrent Clients and Downloading:

uTorrent - the easiest one to use that doesnt drain your system resources, just download, install and go!:

Limewire - a popular P2P program (file sharing), quite simple to use with the option of buying a PRO version if you want:

JDownloader - a download scheduler for use with RapidShare or Megadownload sites.

Video / Music Playing and CODECs:

DivX Player - required for viewing .AVI and HD .MKV files, it includes all the required Codecs and a Player:

Xvid codecs:

Real Player:

QuickTime Player - also can include iTunes:

WinAMP - a powerful music player with Internet radio and customisable skins:

Linux Operating System

Ubuntu - one of the most popular and easy to use systems:



TrueCrypt - disk encryption software for Windows :

If you found any of these useful please VOTE for my guide below. I will update it as I remember (or find) others to add.

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