Our favourite free Tools/Software for Windows.

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I have finally composed a list of free tools for people to use. I was originally creating a list of SEO and Webmaster tools, then we decided to compose a list of tools anyone will find useful. I have now decided to do both but separate the SEO/Webmaster Tools from the Normal Tools!

The list does not compose of all the free alternatives but the programs we have used personally ourselves.

Audio

  1. Itunes – For playing audio
  2. Audiograbber – For ripping CDs
  3. MediaMonkey – For organising music

CD/DVD

  1. Express Burn – For CD/DVD burning
  2. Daemon tools – Virtual CD/DVD (mounting ISOs etc)
  3. DVD Decrypter – Rip DVDs
  4. ImgBurn – Burn ISOs (DVDs etc)

Codecs

  1. K-Lite Codec Pack – Generally has all the codecs you could need to play media.

Developers

  1. Notepad2 – Excellent Alternative to Notepad
  2. Block Note – HTML Editor (note we don’t actually use this but we couldn’t have a developers section without an HTML editor)

Image

  1. Gimp – Image Editor, an excellent open source alternative to photo shop etc

Internet

  1. Firefox – I highly recommend the use of this over Internet Explorer
  2. Opera – Another web browser that is better than IE
  3. Thunderbird – Developed by the same people as Firefox this is an excellent alternative to Outlook
  4. Smart FTP – Good FTP that is free to use for personal use
  5. FileZilla – Another good free FTP solution
  6. Pidgin – If you use more than one Instant Messaging program this makes a good alternative to the single programs.
  7. Skype – A good VOIP program that is free to use for Skype – Skype calls.

Office/Productivity

  1. OpenOffice – Our personal opinion is that this is without a doubt the best alternative to Office, it includes alternatives for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Acess.
  2. Google Docs – Another excellent alternative to Office that is sed online. Google Docs has allows you to create and manage word documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Security

  1. AVG Free – An excellent Anti Virus
  2. Avast Home Free – Another good Antivirus
  3. Comodo Antivirus – And another antivirus
  4. Comodo Firewall – An excellent Firewall
  5. Zone Alarm – Another free firewall.
  6. Search and Destroy Spybot – Free Anti Spyware

I recommend that all users have an Antivirus, Firewall and Antispyware installed

Video

  1. VLC media player – Our favourite Video/Media Player, will play absolutely anything.
  2. Media Player Classic (MPC) – Good alternative to VLC though you will need codecs installed (K-Lite Codec Pack) this apparently has some advantages over VLC as some of the Codecs are less resource intensive and can handle HD Video better.

Miscellaneous – This was going to be added to Security but then I thought of more and more random programs/tools to add

  1. Angry IP-Scanner – Very fast IP/Port Scanner, useful for finding out what devices are connected to the network and their IP.
  2. NetMeter – Network Bandwidth Monitoring.
  3. Netstumbler – Tracks down Wi-Fi Access points, usefull if you have switched off SSID on your router.
  4. OpenVPN – Free Virtual Private Network sotware.
  5. UltraVNC – Remote PC Control, excellent for remotely logging into a server etc.
  6. DD-WRT – Not technically free software for your computer but it is a free firmware upgrade for certain routers. It is basically linux for your router and can be used to add a great deal of advanced features to a router.
  7. Synergy – Share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers. Similar to a KVM but without the Video bit. My favourite random piece of software ever. Though it shouldn’t be used over a wireless network unless you have set up SSH
  8. FolderShare – An excellent tool that is used to synch folders over the internet or a LAN
  9. 7-Zip – 7-Zip is one of the best file compressors available
  10. PuTTy – SSH Client, this can be used for SSH with Synergy, and also SSH with Bittorrent.
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