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A Few Essential Free Software for Windows

by on Apr.21, 2009, under Downloads

Yesterday, a friend of mine had basically upgraded his computer and part of it was to update his windows (XP). And hence began the search for new software’s which are most essential if you are to use your PC. Already out of money and not wanting to resort to pirated products, here is a list of software’s we used to keep the PC running, for now or forever.

1. Firefox (Instead of IE)

If you haven’t switched already, do it NOW! Can do anything that IE can and stops all pop-ups and has amazing plug-ins which make net surfing a far better experience than IE.

Get it HERE

2. Thunderbird (Instead of MS Outlook)

Thunderbird is an email client that has a few big things going for it: it’s free, it’s full featured, it’s lightweight and runs quick, it has an exceptional spam filter, and it protects you from those ridiculous phishing attacks by clearly indicating which emails send you to a bogus website.

Get it HERE

3. Abiword (Instead of MS Word)

Want a good word processor but find Microsoft Word too expensive? Then AbiWord is the replacement for Word. It’s lightweight (meaning it runs quickly) and includes pretty much every feature that Word has.

Get it HERE

4. OpenOffice (Instead of MS Powerpoint and MS Excel)

If you want to replace the rest of the Office suite, your best bet is OpenOffice. Personally, I think that their excel and powerpoint are better than the MS’s.

Get it HERE

5. ClamWin (Instead of Norton Antivirus or McAfee or any other paid for antivirus)

This slick anti-virus program is easy to manage and unobtrusive and does a good job of keeping your system free of viruses. That is pretty much what I want from a package, so why pay extra for something like Norton which keeps bugging you all the time?

Get it HERE

6. Meebo (Instead of other messengers)

Easy to use online messenger for practically all messengers. For stand alone messengers, you could try GAIM and Trillian. Both are stable, and simple to use.

Get it HERE

7. BitTorrent (Instead of P2Ps and stuff)

Ever since I discovered torrents, it was clear that they were the better option compared to your P2Ps and all.

Get it HERE

8. GIMPShop (Instead of Adobe Photoshop)

This free package does a solid job of imitating Photoshop. It is feature rich and runs well. Also, a regular photoshop user will find it easy to get used to it. In fact, I see no reason to go back to Photoshop even if it were made free…

Get it HERE

9. VLC Media player (Instead of any other media player)

If you get tired of having tons of media players on your computer, get this package that runs pretty much every media type you’ll run across without breaking a sweat.

Get it HERE

10. Notepad2 (Instead of Notepad)

Notepad2 is a replacement for the Windows Notepad that just adds a few sweet little features: multiple documents, line, word, and character counts, and some highlighting of tags.

Get it HERE

11. PDF Creator (Instead of Adobe Acrobat)

PDFCreator creates a virtual printer on your computer that, if you print a document to it from any program, creates a PDF of that document that can be read on any computer with Acrobat Reader on it. After installing PDFCreator, all you have to do is print like normal and out comes a PDF!

Get it HERE

12. True Crypt (Instead of nothing, but it’s neat)

TrueCrypt enables you to convert a memory stick into a strongly encrypted data storage device, meaning that you can store personal data on it without worrying about losing it and having personal information get out and about.

Get it HERE

13. Health Monitor (Again, it’s unique but required)

HealthMonitor enables you to keep an eye on the health of your computer. It identifies slowdowns and other system issues quickly and lets you know (for example, it gives a popup if your system memory gets to a certain percentage of fullness, or if your hard drive has only 10 GB free). This can keep you out of trouble and also give you clues to problems your machine might be having.

14. KeePass (Unique but required)

KeePass is a program that securely stores and manages the abundance of passwords we all use on a daily basis. Many have have literally hundreds of usernames and passwords spread out all over the place; KeePass keeps them and keeps them safe.

Get it HERE

15. X-Chat 2 (Instead of mIRC)

X-Chat is a free IRC client. For those unfamiliar with IRC, it’s a place for technical people to meet and discuss topics in an open environment. I often find it very useful when discussing football or the school homework :P.

Get it HERE

16. Google Earth (I love it)

It is utterly incredible for viewing three-dimensional landscapes of any place on earth, and unlike NASA’s world wind, it is capable of creating maps too.

Get it HERE

17. CommandBurner (Instead of Nero)

Very light, too light in fact and very efficient at burning your CDs or DVDs. However, unless you do not burn anything more than files or folders, do not use it. It is not really feature list and lacks two essentials — Video discs and Audio discs (although it can burn mp3 files, duh!) Keep in mind that it is of only 1.33 MB!!

Get it HERE


If you have any free essential software’s on your list, please notify me :)

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