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.


Anti-virus:

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:
http://free.avg.com/

Avast Antivirus:
http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

Anti-Spyware and Malware removal:

Spybot (Search and Destroy) - (has been known to cause Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 to be slow to open)
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

Windows Defender - the free Windows add-on against Spyware, I have found it can sometimes slow the system down when scanning:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx

Malwarebytes, Malware removal:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/

System Optimization

CCleaner - system optimization tool:
http://www.ccleaner.com/

DVD & CD Burning Software:

Infrarecorder - Very handy CD & DVD burning package:
http://infrarecorder.org/

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

Sound Editing Software:

Audacity - very handy of you are copying your Vinyl to your PC (see my other guides):
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Office packages:

Open Office - a free full featured office package fully compatible with Microsoft Office but totally FREE!:
http://www.openoffice.org/

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!:
http://www.faststone.org/

File Compression / De-compression:

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

Torrent Clients and Downloading:

uTorrent - the easiest one to use that doesnt drain your system resources, just download, install and go!:
http://www.utorrent.com/

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

JDownloader - a download scheduler for use with RapidShare or Megadownload sites.
http://jdownloader.org/

Video / Music Playing and CODECs:

DivX Player - required for viewing .AVI and HD .MKV files, it includes all the required Codecs and a Player:
http://www.divx.com/en/products/software/windows/divx

Xvid codecs:
http://www.xvid.org/Downloads.15.0.html

Real Player:
http://uk.real.com/realplayer/

QuickTime Player - also can include iTunes:
http://www.apple.com/downloads/

WinAMP - a powerful music player with Internet radio and customisable skins:
http://www.winamp.com/player

Linux Operating System

Ubuntu - one of the most popular and easy to use systems:
http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu

Mandriva:
http://www.mandriva.com/en/download/free


Encryption

TrueCrypt - disk encryption software for Windows :
http://www.truecrypt.org/



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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