want software that works, doesn't cost an arm and a
leg, contains no spyware and just plain doesn't suck
- you're at the right place.
If you don't see a program listed
here, it is probably not a good idea to download it.
However if you know of a good piece of software that's
not listed, please let me know so I can test it. If
it passes all the testing, it will be added.
I am always updating and testing
free software. I will not add something here unless
I approve of it. None of these
carry ANY - spyware, ad-ware , pop-ups. All "trial"
software includes FULL functionality. If your
software made it to this list, congratulations. We appreciate
If you know where to look - there is no reason to "buy"
software. Please donate to the makers of the software
if you use it.
Newly added *
Viruses - Worms - Spyware - Hijacks
- A great free anti-virus. Just be sure to un-check firewall during install. Also turn off the registry changes once installed. *
Another free Anti-Virus software. Just as good
as AVG. However this one is more system intensive
than AVG or NOD.
Popular anti-virus software- Free of charge.
(Free- NOT real time scanning
-only manual scanning)
Small and non-intrusive anti-virus. Like Bitdefender
(Free- NOT real time scanning
-only manual scanning)
An anti-virus that has been around for a long
time - still free for home use.
The absolute BEST anti-virus protection. (I
know, I clean scumware for a living). Enter "ramsinks" as a Discount Code and save 5%
A very sweet anti-virus software with
a 30day trial.
Be sure to JUST get the AV, not the full suite
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This finds/prevents trojan horses. This is on a 30day
trial, however very recommended - try it.
Many high-end programs for worm/Trojan detection, 30day
Free online Trojan scanner.
SE: Great for getting rid of spyware
and malware - the items that can cause annoying
Similar to Ad-Aware, however more aggressive.
Clean up spyware and hijack attempts.
Active Protection. One of the most
advanced antispyware solution available as a
AntiSpyware : Clean
annoying malware such as spyware, Trojans and
hijackers. Great compliment to an anti-virus.
MalwareBytes: Since programs like Ad-Aware have become.. crap, this is a GREAT replacement for cleaning.
Probably the best shield against spyware.
The best database cleaner there is. Period.
This is more of a "real time"
(run the the background) anti-spyware. Not a
fan of TSR's, but this works.
Takes care of many hijacking software - run
if you get many pop-ups/redirecting pages.
Tool to find out if there is "hijack" software
on your system. Use the logfile
your not sure.
A popular antispyware for cleaning infected machines.
Very nice for taking care of "Abetterinternet"
and other n00bish software.
free: This bridges the gap with anti-virus
and malware. This free scanner cleans Trojans,
worms, spyware (all malware).
Active prevention against spyware,
adware, browser hijackers and dialers.
Incorporates all major Anti-Spyware software
and updates/runs them all for you. Too cool.
Windows updates with FireFox. Great if ActiveX
is damaged by spyware.
Perfect/Free ani-Spam tool. Involved installation, but
once it's set - it's good.
For Exchange (V5.5, 2000 and 2003) was uniquely developed
to be both user and admin-friendly. 30day
works between your E-Mail client and the net. Useless
spam mails (Junk) will be filtered out.
is a tool used to segregate unwanted mail (spam) from
the mail you want (ham).
Mail classification program that separates your spam
from the mail you really want to read.
A great and simple spam solution for any POP account.
Do not install a software firewall. Great for
testing security and diag if your a tech: -
My clients - please ask me about it before
Just bought by Symantec - now it's going to
be crap. Hurry and get this before it happens.
Tiny is a free firewall. It is designed for
the more advanced due to the heavy features
Great little personal firewall. This is pretty
new and robust.
An Opensource based firewall. Works very well
protecting against worms, trojans and hackers.
Smart, easy-to-use personal security technology
that fully protects PC's against hackers and
internal misuse. The
Very small application that blocks IP address.
Stops the attacks that bypass anti-virus and
2000: Encrypted files, folders and
E-mails. This free file lets you hide all your
"Pretty Good Privacy". Actually it's probably
the best encryption software out there. Free
LE: Secure your data and ensure absolute
privacy with Cypherix's powerful 128bit encryption.
A sophisticated tool allowing for encryption
of plain text within a bitmap image.
Encrypt both standalone files and entire folders.
Many cool options here.
Free open-source disk encryption software for
Simple application that can generate one-way
MD5 hashes - Great for password generations.
GRC's Ultra High Security Password Generator.
A free password manager and one-click web form
filler. Just be carefull who uses your PC.
Safe: Allows you to have a different
password for all the different items that you
deal with - remembers for you.
CutePasswordManager: Form filling software that auto fill user/password. Stores info with 256-bit AES encryption - 1click login.
Storing of any secure information like passwords,
accounts, PINs etc.
448 bit Blowfish. Does not install.
FBI just kick in the door? This little program will
erase data to a level that the Dept. Of. Defense uses.
KillDisk conforms to US Department of Defense clearing
and sanitizing standard DoD 5220.22-M.
Hard drive sterilization on a bootable floppy.
Shred's individual files. It's stronger than DOD specs.
("Darik's Boot and Nuke") is a self-contained
boot floppy that makes it an appropriate utility data
Installs a small toolbar into your browser. Moves your
connection to proxies around the word. Slows connection.
Spoof your IP address without installing software. The
paid version is much faster.
Allows you to see your CPU temperature. Good for overclockers
Monitor: Like speedfan, reads temperature
and fan RPM data - alerts you when there's trouble.
Meter: Great/free/small application that
does live monitoring on system resources.
Lets you monitor TCP and UDP activity on your local
Gives a visual in real-time view of traffic flows through
and between critical network devices and links.
A compact program that lets you monitor your system
and provides easy access to frequently used controls.
Clean up the registry from old entries, speed up your
system. 30day trial.
Very tiny - does not install. I have tested this and
trust it. Many tweak options with it.
A great free registry cleaner for XP. Fix those "weird
issues" with Windows.
is the complete suite of system cleaner. Registry to
history - cleans many things.
Removes unused and temporary files from your PC - allowing
it to run faster, more efficiently and saving space.
1.0: Uninstall anything,clean out old video
drivers, uninstall programs that are not in "add/remove".
Made to fully clean out the drivers
of ATI and NVIDIA.
Get rid of startup programs that slow your PC down.
This would be for Windows 2000.
It's better than Msconfig. Also works with Windows 2000,
which is nice due to the fact that 2k doesn't have msconfig.
cleaner: A pre-fetch scrubber to clean out
files that are used commonly - can be corruption or
Takes a snap-shot about a PC (hardware-software)
with a full profile report. This is very handy.
A small .exe that when ran - gives you all kinds
of info about your PC and software. Need this
on your tools disk.
Very tiny script that looks at all BIOS related
information. RAM, CPU and motherboard instant
(recently AIDA32). Like Belarc, gives full system
summary of hardware and software/keys.
A tool for keeping track of the free space on
your computer. It shows a graph of files and
subnet calculator: A diagnostics
tool to calculate your network latency and subnet
A very small application that tells you about
your specific specs. (FSB, core clock, dual
Pitstop: A good site to check how
your doing on fine tuning your computer. It
will also help you fix your issues.
Diagnostics for hard drives made by Maxtor.
Download, put on a floppy or CD and test your
Diagnostics for your RAM. Download, put on a
floppy or Cd and test your RAM.
Asset Manager: A Plug and Play monitor
information utility. Provide detailed technical
information about the target display.
Port scanning of all ports or custom scans.
See how good your firewall is doing.
Test your internet connection speed.
Perfect for somebody who really wants to customize
there XP. Made my Microsoft
Like TweakUI but with more functionality and options.
Get in and really tweak or fix Windows. Great registry
I made this registry value in notepad, download/double-click/"yes"/throw
away, rename your recycle bin.
Screensaver: Best (only) Matrix screensaver
out on the web. Great options. Here
is actual text (change name for you)
Icons: Great free icons for XP. Default
Advanced mouse gesture recognition engine and command
Windows 2k and XP have an issue with Hz in games.
This will allow you to set all games at a specific
Remapper: Remap your keyboard keys. Easy
Analog clock for the desktop.
Xpadder: Map your game pad or RC TX to keyboard keys. Wokrs great for customized controllers.
A digital clock that you can set to display a message
and play a sound at a time of your choice. AlarmClock
Display satellite images and video around the globe,
stay updated on current and expected weather conditions.
Remove or add Windows components to your Windows CD
- for next time you re-install Windows.
Just like Nlite, this is specifically for adding Service
Packs to your Windows install CD's.
Blasphemy: Probably the best wallpapers
and images on the net.
Engine that lets you run little files called Widgets
that can do pretty much whatever you want them to.
Recovery: This is free software made by PC
Inspector. Really, Really nice if you lost or trashed
a file and need it back.
Recovery: Recover data from flash drives:
CF, SM, Thumbdrives, micro drives - etc.
Investigator: Discover all that is hidden
on your computer hard disk, recover lost data.
and data recovery utility for NTFS volumes. 64KB or
smaller files can be recovered with free trial.
Utility for the prevention, detection and recovery of
damaged files on CD-ROMs and error detection.
Tiny program that doesn't install. Perfect if you trashed
a file (even emptied the recycle bin) and you need it
A little trick for recovering those corrupted .PST files.
Drop Internet Explorer and get a superior browser.
Check out the add-ons.
Google Chrome: A great webkit based browser by Google. Very fast.
If you don't use FireFox, use Opera. Now that
it is free and Ad-free - it is now recommended.
Apples web browser now for Windows. Great web
browser next to Firefox.
Every: Extension for FireFox. Allows
you to set reload times on your browser windows
so you won't be logged out.
An FTP program that is superior to "Cute", and
Open source SFTP client for Windows
using SSH and SCP protocol's. Secure FTP.
If you use FireFox browser (like you should
be) - use this plug-in for FTP functionality
in your browser.
Setup two or more computers with an Internet
connection into their own virtual network for
direct secure communication. How-to's
Securely keep files synchronized between your
devices and remotely download your files from
Easy to log into a PC from a PC, MAC or linux
machine. No port forwarding involved! Just like
terminal services but easier.
Remote connect to your PC from another PC or
any web-enabled handheld. Perfect for getting
those files you forgot.
Secure screen sharing utility designed for people
of all technical skill levels. Basically, TightVNC
but no port forwarding needed.
TightVNC: Remote control software- see the desktop
of a remote machine and control it with your
local mouse and keyboard.
Microsoft remote desktop client side installer
for older Windows versions.
A small app I made to change the defualt 3389
port that Remote Desktop ueses. Great for multiple
RD servers on the same network.
Client/server package which you can use to control
and manage a computer over a LAN or the Internet.
Get an Email of your WAN IP address changes
even behind a router (for dynamic ISP's). 60day
trial ($15.00 - buy).
A full list of dynamic IP administration software
Pro: Just like it sounds, burning
program for Windows. Free.
ImageBurn: A lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application.
Small program to burn images of CD's. Once installed,
right click an .ISO's or a ROM drive and "create
A full featured Burning app for CD's, DVD's
and ISO's. Much like Nero only totally ~~Free
Pro : Great GNU file sharing application.
Never pay for this type of software.
Like kazaa, however it combines all good P2P
networks into one. This is an open source application
A great torrent client to download "items".
Offers multiple torrent downloads, queuing/priority
Make phone calls for free (VOIP). Sounds better
than your normal phone.
This is an instant HTTP web server. Very tiny.
File server and web server - easy to setup GUI.
Personal P2P software that makes sending and
receiving large files a breeze
Phone calls and video chat from PC to PC. (for
free). Also supports SIP.
Stream all your live and recorded TV, your photos
and your music to any web-connected device.
Secure login to your drive content.
Basically like Skype, but with some advanced
features. WebClick2Call is great for site admin's.
Internet telephone. Like Skype however better
quality and custom add-ons. More options and
cheaper to call normal phones.
Perfect for friends and family who use different
instant messaging clients. This combines them
all into one.
The Open Source AOL IM client -but without the
ad's. Combines IM clients all into one.
Open protocol instant messenger. Setup your
own internal server. Great universal client.
Much like GAIM and Skype. With VOIP and mail
capabilities. (It will add a TSR for itself
Talk to one another with voice. 1on1 or a bunch
of people. Great for multi-player games.
(ASE)- Find your friends playing any popular
Like "Messenger", however for gamers. Find
your friends and join the game they are playing-
all in real time.
Newsreader: The best newsreader there
Great "pod casting" software. Subscribe to some
Don't every pay for podcast software.
A multi protocol instant messenger client. Very
tiny - does not install. Great for portable
Free Office suite and is back-ward compatible
with Microsoft Office docs. (It's better too).
Extensions: Tons of add-ons for OpenOffice.
Why even use Microsof Office?
NolaPro: web-based accounting. POS system that is just great. Using open standards.
Organizer: Now have the awesome Palm
organizer for Windows. Easy to use and nice
for free. (choose PalmV in the list)
A file archiver with high compression ratio.
OpenSource GPL. Much better than WinZIP. Free
DOCX Convert: Convert the annoying proprietary X format to a nicer format. Ignore the "Tune up Your PC" - it's spyware.
IZArc is the ultimate archive utility supports
many archive formats. Supports most formats.
Bit bigger downlaod than 7-Zip.
Create PDF's. Download a ghostscript and the
patch - print to PDF.
Reader: Reader/viewer/printer for
PDF documents - has a size less than 1M, needs
no installation and opens up immediately.
ThunderBird replaces that Outlook mail client
with a real mailbox.
Want the nice calendar in Office 2003? This
stand-alone calendar is very sweet. Or just
get the Thunderbird calendar add-in.
A very small application that spell checks for
you while you type anywhere - I need it. ;)
Calendar: Online calendar that can
be shared with clients, friends and family.
Easy to print, share and modify.
A freeware personal finance manager. Like MS
Money or Quickbooks - free.
is a Freeware Scientific Calculator.
remiders: Tiny Firefox extention
for easy reminders through the day. Very handy
(aways on - no extra TSR).
minimize to tray: Great extension
to make Thunderbird run in system tray- not
OnsiteTag: I created this for onsite tagging use. It's what we use to do field work and tag work orders. *
Outlook Express and Outlook backup
tool. Most features in the free version.
Simple utility for creating backups of Firefox,
Thunderbird profiles. It allows you to backup
and restore bookmarks, mail, contacts, history
A great tool to transfer Thunderbird e-mail
to Outlook/Outlook Express (not sure why you
would - but it's here).
Is a great backup solution. Designed
to be easy for end desktop users, yet scalable
to enterprise setups.
finds and collects the drivers for the hardware.
After it collects them, the program backs them
up to a specific folder.
This little customizable backup/copy utility
is in Windows by default - but this makes things
Drive: If you have a Gmail account
you can use this to create a drive on your system
to drag-n-drop files for backup.
A free data storage that is online and can be
accessed anywhere in the world. 1GB is free.
Backup: Backup program that can be
used to schedule and backup your files - drives,
directories and FTP.
Powerful program that backups and synchronizes
your files to: same drive, different drive,
CDRW, Network, Zip.
Customizable application helps you copy, move,
rename, and delete files between folders and
PC's. Automated sync as in "RAID1".
Automatically backup files, directories, even
Download a web site from the net to a local
directory, building all directories, getting
HTML, images and files from the server.
Easily create backup copies of files. Includes
complete file and folder-duplication to local
network drives and FTP servers.
Editor: is a professional source code editor
A mature and well-designed programmer's text editor
that has been in development for over 5 years
Highly configurable text editor built to enable
efficient text editing. - voted best text editor
Source code editor and Notepad replacement, which supports several programming languages
Y2K: A free and very slick GUI Website builder
Web editing environment based on the Mozilla platform
and its Gecko layout engine.
HTML editing software gives you unsurpassed freedom
to create and edit web documents with absolute code
Client and server designed to configure, test,
and deploy integration solutions. Connect ERP
and CRM data -ect.
A freeware IDE for coding PHP for both professional
JSC: Sun Java Studio Creator development
environment is the next-generation tool for Java application
WebToolKit: Java software development framework
that makes writing AJAX applications (Google Maps,Gmail)
Open-source project dedicated to providing rock solid
software development products.
A professional open-source tool for the development
of Windows installers.
Create .ZIP into .EXE. Great for letting somebody download
a self extracting zip. Even .ico icon settings.
The free code generator / mapping and architectures
Simple but powerful tool for quickly and easily creating,
viewing and modifying your 3D ideas.
A mind-mapping software written in Java. Great for flow-charts,
networks, layouts etc. (much like Graphviz).
A way of representing structural information as diagrams
of abstract graphs and networks. Automatic graph drawing.
Maguma: Full-featured, modular Integrated Development
Platform. Full feature set for PHP and Python, can be
customized for your project.
Want to read and reconstruct your PAR files? Get it
WiFi Access Locators. Before traveling, take a look
at access points you can get on for free.
Planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic
sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye,
binoculars or a telescope.
A good free virtualization software much like Parallels. *
Alternative: No need to download
and install "QuickTime", use this instead. Much
Alternative: Don't ever install
"real one player", just use this instead.
Slim down hacked version of old Media Player.
Has pretty much all codecs - can play anything.
Download and watch all the best internet
TV shows and videos. RSS feeds including podcasts,
video blogs, BitTorrent feeds.
Player: VideoLan is a perfect DVD/Divx
media player. Much like PowerDVD. The only video player needed for everything.
MediaMonkey: Very powerful media player. Much like iTunes, however this gives much more flexibility. Drag items back and forth from an iPod.
A desktop Web player, a digital jukebox and
Web browser mash-up. Supports extensions, built
from Mozilla and open source.
A digital jukebox with a download music store
Play most all types of media files with internet
broadcasting and a nice alarm clock.
Turn your PC into a media center. Like Windows
Media Center - but free.
Fast and extensive audio editor and recorder
for compressed mp3. No need to recompress.
codec pack: All Dvix, Xvid etc. codecs
combined in one install. Great for using Windows
Media Player for these file types.
KL is a large "all-in-one" codec pack.
Great DVD ripping tool for OSX and Winodows.
Rip DVDs to the hard drive.
a multifunctional media converter.
cross platform command-line encoding tool that
powers many of the more popular graphical applications
Turn almost any video file and make it into
a DVD to play on your DVD player (TV). Simple
A free tool allows you to Rip you CD's into
Decrypter: Rip DVD's to your hard
drive. This will decrypted DVD's to files to
be stored (as .VOB files).
Shrink: Remove extra features and
compress to fit a DVD (VOB file) to a single
Free DVD backup tool.
Called the Swiss army knife of Audio. Rip and
convert any CD into any format. Great app.
A simple, yet very efficient tool to convert
(encode) or play any Multimedia file. Easy-to-use
with 1 simple click.
Rad Video: Perfect tool to rip movie's
into an executable player. End-users don't need
special codecs to use.
Designed to extract MPEG streams from CD images,
convert VCD files to MPEG, correct MPEG errors
Easily convert your DVD's, DVB or DV captures
or almost any other source format.
Divx 2.0: Unofficially the Official
DivX encoding tool to create DivX media files
for playback on DivX hardware and software players.
Audio/video batch transcoder. Capable of transcoding
among different audio/video formats with many
Manage your iPod music and more. Drag
and drop music back and forth.
Make animated .GIF's very easily and free.
.GIF animator with 98 animation wizards including
text and actor wizards.
Want PhotoShop but don't want to pay for it?
Image and photo manipulation software designed
to be used on computers that run Windows XP.
A painting package designed to provide a realistic
and fun simulation of using paint on a canvas.
It's like Photoshop for kids!. Very basic however
much more powerful than Windows "Paint".
Open Source vector graphics editor - a powerful
and convenient drawing tool.
For snapping (capturing) images from selected
parts of the screen. Does not install. Very
Sample color - programs like firefox have color
samplers, but you're limited to that program;
with this you can select anything on your screen.
Modify, organize and add effects to almost any
Photo organizer that allows you to share photo's
easily online with others- very powerful program
made by Google.
Program for creative painting, i.e. Artweaver
makes all artistic effects, which you need for
Make stick figure animations!. This is cool.Audacity:
Audio/sound mixer, that is of course FREE.
Video compression and converting. Divx, Xvid and DVD
support. (Like "Dr. Divx" as for understanding).
Make flash tutorials for websites or software "how-to's".
'Teach mom how to use OpenOffice by watching.'
A free "Maya" program. Very tight software
that lets you make your own "Toy Story".
A free GNU 3D manipulation tool. Make movies and effects. Tutorials.
Perfect for students, DV camera owners, video enthusiasts
or anyone exploring video editing.
Zwei-Stein: A non-linear, non-destructive video compositing and
editing system which offers many advanced features.
DAZ|Studio: 3D figure posing and animation software package.
Think Nvidia "Dawn" creation. (like).
VideoRoll: Easy to use, free video editing.
Company no longer exists and some experience bugs with
it. Seems ok.
High performance and flexible video compositing and
special effects software. Look at there other free software
Great for capturing and editing your .AVI movies and
converting to Divx. Many more features.
ZS4: Combine a variety of media types (currently photos, videos and audio files) into one (or more) output file(s).
a graphical user interface to edit .mpg
Doom9 and Videohelp:
Both are great sites to get any other software/help
you may need for video encoding.
Territory: A free
and great multi player FPS game. The best in my opinion.
Find me [GF]Burke.
client for the online deathmatch. Game includes 26 levels
across five different game modes. (system
Army: A very good FPS game that is absolutely
free. Play online, sharpen your skills. (system
downhill on your belly. A solid and pretty game.
Frets on Fire: A free "Guitar Hero". Just turn your keyboard around and use it as a guitar. Very fun.
Basically it's Super Mario Bro's 3. Just the linux penguin
instead of a plumber.
Tower Defense: A very fun flash game. It
will suck hours from your day.
This nice classic tank shooter brings back memories
for a second, then you see new things - very
Accually, this is about to come out. Seems to be like
CS or even Team Fortress type of play. (system
Yes, "Tanks" from the Atari 2600. Web based
(no install needed). Memories.
A fast paced 3D action beat-em-up. Very interesting.
multi-player battle simulation with a Star Trek theme,
team-oriented strategy game with a first person perspective.
Tanks: Remember Gorilla with the bananas?
This is an all new 3D graphical war with a friend or
PC-Turn based fighting.
Like SimCity? Well, this is the OpenSource free version.
For all platforms. Fun times.
II: It's "just like" old skewl
Civ. Under the GPL licence. Open is everything.
for Wesnoth: A turn-based strategy game with
a fantasy theme. Fight battles or take hand in any number
of other adventures.
A free multiplayer battle tank action game. They even
have a CTF leage.
Bubble: "Tetris like", launch colored
bubbles to match like colors.
is an open-source, multi-platform flight simulator.
over Heels: More of a platformer (ala Mario).
Graphic and cool.
Tanks: Comical fast action. Play against
online buddies or against the PC.
Xtreme: "Breakout" like. - Cool
Blowing up stuff is cool.
Throne: massively multiplayer online fantasy
game you can play right through your web browser.
in the office: Yes, a "mini" Pac-Man
is an action/arcade game written in Python. Gather blocks
and avoid fireballs.
Flash games: Don't need to download or install,
just fun flash games. Flash
- 1 pop-up.
free online multiplayer games. Well,
here they are.