Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google. It was first released to the public in late 2008. Chrome is the most widely used web browser, with around 50% share and is famed for it’s lighting fast browsing speeds. Free for both commercial and personal use.
Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla application suite and aimed at usability and speed in both personal and commercial environments. Firefox is the third most widely used browser, with about 10% of users preferring it to other web browsers such as Internet Explorer.
CCleaner is a freeware system optimiser, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up hard disk space. This software is unlimited for home use and available free to businesses on no more than 10 computers
A free tool that analyses your hard drive for fragmented files and can selectively defragment the ones you choose. The graphical interface is like the standard Windows Defragger, it shows you the different phases of fragment discovery as the drive is being analysed and organised.
A feature present in every version of Windows since ME and thus available to anyone with a Windows based computer; System restore adds recovery functionality that allows you to rollback to an earlier point in time. System restore periodically takes a snapshot of your critical windows files and allows you to restore those files should something go wrong. Data such as music and photos remains unaffected.
Open office is an open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages, works on all common operating systems and can also read and write files from other common office software packages such as MS Office. Openoffice is available free for both personal and commercial use.
The latest version of what has to be the most popular free anti virus product out there now comes with identity protection as standard; previously this was a pay only module. Above average scan speeds and detection levels coupled with ease of use makes AVG a favorite for many.
The free anti virus offering from Microsoft sets its self apart from the rest by allowing small businesses to install it commercially on up to 10 computers. With it’s small memory footprint and high level of detection security essentials is a real contender for home and small businesses alike.
The leading solution from Eset comes in two flavours. NOD32 features anti virus and anti spyware. Smart Security adds to the mix with a firewall and anti spam component. They’re arguably the best paid anti virus software on the market at present; competitively priced, small memory footprint, regular updates and high detection rates.
Scans your computer for known Spyware, Adware, Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers and many other types of threats. It offers daily definition updates, as well as home page hijack protection and customisable scan options. The free version lacks real-time blocking and protection as well as several other advanced options but is adequate enough if you’re prepared to scan manually.
A no frills approach to a DVD video and media player program has made MPC a favorite with many. The application mimics the look and feel of the old, lightweight Windows Media Player 6.4 but integrates most options and features found in modern media players.
This program works as an emulated printer and allows you to save PDF documents from almost any Windows application by clicking the print button and selecting the virtual PDF printer. This program is useful because it’s available for both personal and commercial use.
Drop box has easy user interface integration, a great little iPhone app and web interface, as well as convenient Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome extensions. You get 2GB of storage for free, up to 3GB if you get people to sign up. You can even use it to watch a movie file on your iPhone.
FileZilla is an Open Source FTP client that lets you connect to a server which has FTP access enabled. Once connected, it lets you upload and download files and folders, it can also perform basic actions like changing file attributes. Free for personal and commercial use.