Freeware, Shareware, and Trialware
Follow these links to learn more about freeware,
shareware and "feeware" for the Microsoft Windows operating
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Key: + indicates
freeware, S indicates shareware,
$ indicates "feeware"
|| One of the most popular image viewing applications
worldwide. Can read from Twain-compatible
scanners. Numerous basic image operations (rotate,
crop, smoothing, brightness, contrast, etc.)
|| Available for download in freeware and shareware
|| The GIMP (short for The GNU Image Manipulation Program)
is a free image manipulation program with which you can do
photo retouching, image composition, etc.
|| "Standard Freeware Edition ... ImageForge provides you
with a set of powerful tools for painting and editing
images, photos or other graphics. Create and edit images,
acquire pictures from your scanner, digital camera or other
Twain-compliant device, apply special effect filters,
produce your own photo albums and simple slide shows, and
much more. Upgrade your ability to edit images with this
free paint program."
|| Too many features to list here. Check out their web
| VCW VicMan's Photo Editor
||"VCW VicMan's Photo Editor is a versatile image editor
with an intuitive interface. ... free of charge and
comes with a wide range of essential features for both
novice users and professional designers. With Photo
Editor you can refine your digital photos, draw natural
artwork and effortlessly produce superb graphics for the
web." Also several other image manipulation
programs at this site.
|| A full-featured free office suite, complete
with word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, web page
creation, page layout, and PDF output included.
read and write Microsoft Office 97/2000/2002/2003/2007 and
newer format documents.
|| PDFCreator is a free tool which creates PDFs easily from
nearly any Windows application. PDFCreator works like
a "printer" that writes to a file instead of writing to a
device. The resulting file can be viewed with Adobe
|| Go2PDF is a free tool which creates PDFs easily from
nearly any Windows application. Go2PDF works like a
"printer" that writes to a file insetad of writing to a
device. The resulting file can be viewed with Adobe
|Web & E-Mail
||The better web browser. Firefox is designed to have
much better security and privacy than Microsoft Internet
Explorer, so your systems are less prone to viruses,
spyware, and other malware. Easy-to-use ad blocking
makes your browsing experience more enjoyable. Firefox
and Internet Explorer can coexist on the same
||The Thunderbird e-mail program replaces Outlook
Express. Thunderbird is designed to have much better
security and privacy, so your systems are less prone to
viruses, spyware, and other malware. As you install
Thunderbird it offers to import your messages and settings
from Outlook Express.
| ESET NOD32
||Antivirus and antispyware software that doesn't bog down
your computer like the big name software that came with your
computer. Versions for Windows XP of course, but also
for older Microsoft operating systems: Windows 95/98/Me and
even MSDOS. Free 30-day trial. Buy here: ESET NOD32
| Spybot Search & Destroy
||One of the top two free antispyware programs. Beware
of products with similar-sounding names; some of the
imitators actually put their own spyware onto your
system! The official site is www.safer-networking.org/ .
||Ad-Aware SE Personal version is free for non-commercial
use. Paid version includes real-time checks and other
features. Beware of products with similar-sounding
names; some of the imitators actually put their own spyware
onto your system! The official U.S. site is http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ .
||Counterspy is highly rated, reasonably priced, and doesn't
slow down your computer like the other top commercial
contender. Here's a review at TopRenReviews.com
Here's the Counterspy site: www.sunbeltsoftware.com.
||When you ask Microsoft Windows to delete a file, it just
marks the space as available. The data can usually be
recovered using undelete software. If you want to make
sure the data can't be retrieved, you need to overwrite it
with zeroes or random characters. With this eraser
program installed, simply right-click on the file or folder
you want to obliterate and choose "Erase". Several
methods of erasing the data are available.
||Internet backup solution by the same people who bring you
IBackup (see below) but geared toward home users and small
businesses. Also backups up USB-connected drives and mapped
drives. Unlike some bigger name competitors, one IDrive
account can back up multiple computers. Sign up here:
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||Highly-rated internet backup solution backs up your files
automatically, transmits the data securely, and saves your
data off-site. Internet backup keeps your data safe
off-site, away from thieves, fire, and natural
disasters. Of the top internet backup providers,
IBackup.com offers the most features and the most storage
for the least money. Easy installation for Windows XP,
plus instructions for Linux as well. Free 15-day
trial. Sign up here: IBackup.com
||"EZBack-it-up is a personal file backup utility. It
is designed to be very easy to learn and use. ... All
directory structure is preserved and you can optionally
choose to delete files from the target that are not in the
source. ... includes a built-in scheduler... and
||Free version and paid version. The paid version
adds these features:
- Backups up open files (on Windows XP, 2003)
- 256-bit AES encryption
- Incremental backups
- Technical support
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