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These programs are regularly recommended by forum members. They can resolve many of the problems posted on this forum. No doubt other forum regulars will post their own favourite Freeware. Always check for compatibility with your Windows version before downloading.
*** Anti-virus / Privacy/ Security ***
Ad-aware (1,504 K) click here Removes spyware and data-mining programs.
AVG click here Excellent antivirus program with regular updates.
Sygate (5,161 K) Firewall click here
Zone Alarm (3,633 K) click here
*** Font Tools ***
The Font Thing (483 K) click here Font Manager
Babel Map (347 K + 289 K help) click here Unicode character map
Fix Font Folder (344 K) click here Fix Fonts Folder is a utility that locates and fixes font related problems. It scans all installed fonts and checks the integrity of the fonts related part of the registry.
Extended Character Map (13 K) click here
Truetype Explorer (1,616 K) click here Powerful Font Viewer
*** Graphics Viewing and Conversion ***
Irfan View 3.85 (855 K + 4.2 Mbytes for plug-ins) click here This tiny graphics viewer on steroids does most common tasks faster than bloated Photo-editors. Scan, crop, flip, rotate, convert, resize, recolour, and special effects, plus slideshows, html thumbnail galleries, batch conversion, and batch renaming. No paint, clone, or mask tools though.
*** System Tools ***
Aida (New version 1,851 K) click here System information
Audacity (1,297 K + 373 K MP3 encoder) click here Sound-recorder, MP3 Editor
Atomic Clock Sync (484 K) click here
Belarc Advisor (609 K) click here System information
Cacheman (852 K) click here Memory manager
Directory Printer (925 K) click here (Also requires VBRUN300.DLL (1.2 Mb) which you may already have in your Windows\System directory).
Diskeeper Lite (10,005 K) click here Defragmentation program that will run in the background, and completes the task more quickly.
File Splitter (290 K) click here
FTP Commander 5.90 (500K) click here
Monitor Tests: Display Calibration click here Monitor Response click here Screen Calibration click here (provided by Huggyg71)
Motherboard Monitor (1,736 K) click here Monitors temperatures etc.
Properties Plus (281 K) click here Time/Datestamp editor XP compatible
RealOne Player (8,282K) click here
SiSoft Sandra (2,880 K) click here More detailed system information
Tiny Spell (547K) click here Freeware spell checker
Tweak UI (111 K) click here Adjust Windows Interface settings
Tweak UI 1.33 (11 3K) click here Some additional tools from Microsoft Developers
Zip Central (845 K) click here Free zip archiver
*** PC Advisor Links ***
More Software Here click here
And Downloads Here click here
Chainsaw looks good, but the download links seems to be broken. Any special advantage over file splitter?
Stop Windows Messenger Spam click here Turns off the Windows Messenger Service to prevent Grey popups
Hijack This click here Remove Hijackers
Remove Norton Anti Virus click here clean up after removing Norton AV
Remove Norton Internet Security click here Clean up after reomving Norton IS or Personal Firewall
More.... click here
I don't think Chainsaw has any special advantages, i just like it :-) use this link if you want to download it click here
Chainsaw is half the size of file splitter. I shall take a look in my spare time, if I get any.
Thanks folks. To My P's for info.
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atmp,s too. Thanks..
I had to turn off the sound effect immediately though. Unless someone puts in a strong vote for Filesplitter I shall replace it with Chainsaw on my list of useful Freeware problem solvers.
I like minimilist programs that take up very little space, and don't require any great effort to learn to use. Chainsaw fits the bill.
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