Programs with next to them, are programs that I highly recommend.
Programs with [M] next to them means the program has a Mac version and [L] for Linux.
Programs with [M] next to them means the program has a Mac version and [L] for Linux.
- AutoPatcher ( Windows Updates + Power Tools FREE )
- Active Virus Shield ( No.2 best Anti - Virus FREE ) Click Here To See The Virus Test
- Avast! Home ( Anti - Virus that has a screensaver scanning mode FREE )
- AVG [L] ( Anti-Virus Free ) Good for low end PC's
- Comodo Firewall ( Firewall FREE )
- PC Tools Firewall Plus ( Firewall FREE )
- Outpost Firewall ( Firewall FREE )
- Spyware Blaster ( Stops Spyware FREE )
- SpywareGuard ( Compliments Spyware Blaster FREE ) Tip Spyware Blaster must be installed first.
- Spyware Terminator ( Anti - Spyware Program with 100% Real-Time Protection FREE )
- Spyware Doctor ( Anti - Spyware OnGuard Program FREE )
- Ad - Aware ( Spyware Scanner And Remover FREE )
- Spybot ( Spyware Scanner And Remover FREE )
- SUPERAntiSpyware ( Spyware Scanner And Remover FREE )
- WinPatrol ( Windows Watch Dog FREE ) keeps an eye on your programs and settings and lets you know if they have been changed
- Cyberhawk ( Computer Analyzes Program FREE ) constantly analyzes your computer's behavior to detect and block any malicious activity.
Optimization And Tweaking Tools
- Advanced WindowsCare Personal ( Keep your PC safe, error-free, and running at top speed. )
- CCleaner ( System Reg Optimization And Clearner FREE )
- JkDefrag GUI ( Defragmentation Application that has a screensaver mode FREE )
- Power Defragmenter ( Defragmentation Application FREE )
- TCP Optimizer ( Tuning and optimizing your Internet connection )
- Win Sock XP Fix ( Fix Xp Internet Connectivity FREE)
- NeoTweak XP ( Allows You To Tweak Some Hidden Windows Settings FREE )
- Recuva ( Undelete files that were removed from the recycle bin FREE )
- Restoration ( Undelete files that were removed from the recycle bin FREE )
- ZSoft Uninstaller ( Better Way To Uninstall Programs FREE )
- 7 - Zip [L][M]( File Compression FREE )
- TUGZip ( File Compression FREE )
- Xp-AntiSpy ( Windows AntiSpy Tweaking Program FREE )
- Partitioning Software ( FREE )
- Partition Saving ( Disk Image Backup/Restore FREE )
- DAEMON Tools ( Virtual CD/DVD drive FREE ) Good if you play games on your PC That Acquires You To Put The CD In
- Windows Desktop Search ( Search Program FREE ) IMO better then Google Desktop Search
- VirtualBox [L][M] ( Virtual Machine FREE )
- Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 ( Virtual Machine FREE ) A good way to install and test a Linux OS. Click here to see what OS will work
- LogMeIn ( Remote access to PCs though a web browser FREE )
- RealVNC ( Remote PC access software FREE )
- filehippo.com Update Checker scans your computer for installed software, then updates any program that needs updating.
- AMD Dual-Core Optimizer
Browser, E-mail Office ect.
- FireFox [L][M] ( Internet Browser FREE )
- Opera [L][M]( Internet Browser FREE )
- Safari ( Internet Browser FREE ) Handy if you build websites and want to see if the site looks ok on a Mac.
- ThunderBird [L][M] ( E-mail Program and RSS reader FREE )
- Lightning [L][M] ( Calendar Plugin For Thunder Bird FREE )
- Mozilla Sunbird [L][M] ( Calendar Program FREE )
- OpenOffice [L]( like Microsoft Office But FREE ) Click HERE for Guides. Mac users can use NeoOffice
- Office Accounting Express 2007 ( simple accounting program from Microsoft FREE )
- Money Manager Ex [L]( Easy-to-use personal finance software )
- Grisbi [L][M] Personal finance manager for keeping track of different bank accounts and other financial matters.
- GnuCash [L][M] ( financial-accounting software )
- TurboCASH ( Managing personal finances )
- AbiWord [L][M]( Word processing program FREE )
- Gnumeric [L] ( Spreadsheet program FREE )
- Foxit ( A Light Fast PDF Reader FREE )
- Foxit Firefox Plugin Instructions Inside ZIP.
- PDF XChange Viewer ( PDF Reader )
Image and photo manipulation And Viewing software
- GIMPShop [L][M]( like photo shop But FREE ) Click HERE for the Gimp Manual
- Paint.NET ( More advanced version of windows paint )
- Inkscape [L][M]( vector graphics editor )
- Artweaver ( Paint Program )
- Picasa [L][M]( Picture Editor And Organiser FREE )
- HP Image Zone Express ( Photo Software FREE ) I find this program better then Picasa for printing photos
- JetPhoto Studio [M]( Digital photo management )
- IrfanView ( Graphic Viewer FREE )
- XnView [L][M]( Graphic Viewer FREE )
- FastStone Capture ( Screen Capture Program FREE )
- Gadwin PrintScreen ( Screen Capture Program FREE )
Media Players And Tools
- K-Lite Mega Pack ( Codec Pack FREE comes with Media Player Classic )
- QuickTime Alternative ( Quicktime Codec FREE )
- Windows Media Player 11
- The KMPlayer ( Media Player FREE ) KMPlayer Skins
- MPlayer Windows GUI [L][M]( Media Player FREE )
- Foobar2000 ( Music Player FREE )
- VLC [L][M]( Media Player FREE )
- SMPlayer [L] a real competetor of VLC
- Media Player Classic( Media Player FREE )
- Songbird [L][M]( Web player and digital jukebox )
- Miro aka Democracy Player [L][M] ( All in one app, Video RSS, Internet TV, Torrent support )
- Quintessential Player ( Music Player )
- Fusion ( Media Player )
- FeedYourZune ( RSS reader/aggregator for audio and video podcasts )
- Winamp ( Media Player FREE )
- MojoMaster ( Visualizer For Winamp FREE )
- MP3myMP3 Recorder ( Sound Recorder FREE )
- MP3 Gain ( MP3 manipulation tool )
- MP3 Book Helper ( ID3v1, ID3v2,Ogg,Speex and Flac Vorbis tags editing )
- EphPod ( ipod Program FREE ) Only works with none video iPods
- Lyrics Plugin for Winamp and Windows Media Player, start listening to your favourite songs and lyrics will be displayed automatically.
Burning, Ripping And Encoding Tools
- Avid Free DV ( Free Video Editing Program ) Click HERE for Free Training
- Super ( Video Converter FREE )
- DVD Flick ( powerful DVD Authoring tool )
- MediaCoder ( Video Converter FREE )
- Video DVD Maker ( FREE )
- DVDBuilder (DVD Program To Make Menus FREE)
- CD-BurnerXP Pro ( burn CDs and DVDs )
- DeepBurner Free ( burn CDs and DVDs )
- DVD Decrypter ( .iso/Image burning and encoding tool )
- DVD Shrink ( DVD Copying Program FREE )
- VideoMach ( Video Converter and video and audio clip Joiner FREE )
- Audacity [L][M]( easy-to-use audio editor and recorder FREE )
- Useful Software for Ripping And Making DVD's
- CamStudio ( Desktop Video Capture Program FREE ) Handy if you want to create demonstration videos
- Screencast-O-Matic ( Online Video Capture )
- Wink [L]( Desktop Video Capture Program FREE )
IM & VoIP Programs
- Pidgin [L]( All-in-one IM client )
- Miranda ( All-in-one IM client )
- Trillian ( All-in-one IM client )
- Exodus ( Jabber Powered Client )
- ICQ ( IM software FREE )
- Skype [L][M]( Voip client )
- Gizmo [L][M]( Free Phone for Your Computer )
- Phonegaim [L]( Voip client )
File Transfer and P2P Programs
- Azureus Classic [L][M]( Bittorrent client FREE ) Click here for an install guide.
- µtorrent ( Bittorrent client FREE ) Good for low end PC's
- Wyzo [M]( Bittorrent web browser built on firefox for integrated torrent downloads )
- Alt.Binz ( Usenet/Newsreader client FREE ) Click here for an install guide.
- Pando ( File Transfer Program BETA )
- Ares (P2P FREE)
- eMule (P2P FREE)
- Gnucleus ( A very good Gnutella search and download filesharing program. )
- MediaPortal a very advanced Media Center software that can run rings around MCE 2005.
- XMLTV GUI Grabber [L] Grabs Tv listings from Radio Times
- GB-PVR Pretty good if you can get it installed, but its not the easiest of programs to get working.
- MythDora A MythTV distribution built on Fedora.
- LinuxMCE Very easy to install but needs to be installed on a PC running Ubuntu, click here for the demo video
- TVUPlayer brings you programs from around the world using P2P technology. There are some good channels like Sci-fi, Comedy Central and Fox
- ORB Stream your content through any internet-connected device like a mobile phone, PDA, or any other computer
- Joost[M] you can watch more than 15,000 shows, with more added daily.
- ted: torrent episode downloader [L][M] Downloads Tv shows from torrent sites and opens them with your default Bittorrent client.
- NVU [L][M]( Web Authoring FREE ) click HERE for NVU Manual or HERE to watch an video
- 1st Page 2000 is an extremely popular, easy-to-use editor for web pages that allows for either direct code editing or a design view.
- KompoZer [L][M](A more up-to-date bugfix release of NVU FREE)
- FileZilla [L][M] ( FTP client FREE )
- Wordpress ( Web Blog Software )
- web.py ( web framework for python )
- List of free web hosts
- Get your game on with SuperGamer (Live DVD No Install Runs Off The DVD)
- Return to Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory [L][M](Full FREE FPS Game)
- Legends [L](Full FREE FPS Game)
- America's Army [L][M](Full FREE FPS Game)
- Penumbra (Full FREE FPS Game)
- NEXUIZ (Full FREE FSP Game)
- Warsow [L](Full FREE FSP Game)
- Tremulous [L](Full FREE FPS Game)
- VDrift [L][M](Full FREE Driving Game)
- Links To Free Games On SU Freeware Group
- Blender [L][M] Click here to watch an open source video made with Blender or HERE for the PDF Blender Basics Free Classroom Tutorial Book
- Blenderart magazine ( Open Source CG tools magazine featuring all new up-to-date tutorials )
- DAZ 3D [M]
- YafRay [L][M]( works well with Blender )
- Terragen [M]( scenery generator )
- Jahshaka [L][M]( Realtime Editing and Effects System. )
- DX Studio
- AutoQ3D [L]
- Rhino 3D ( Will save 25 times. After that it is still functional except it will not save. )
Operating System's With Pre-Installed Software
- PCLinuxOS If you are NEW to linux I highly recondmend you to use this distro as it is the easiest to use.
- Dream Linux A good simple OS that looks a lot like Mac OS X with a good selection of software pre-installed.
- Sabayon Linux This is the Best Linux OS around just a bit hard to use if you have never used linux before.
- Freespire Offers optional use of the CNR™ Service to install software and a very nice easy to use distro.
System Monitoring and Information
- SpeedFan 4.31 monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures.
- CPU-Z allows you to get some information on your system hardware.
- WinAudit reports on virtually every aspect of computer inventory and configuration.
- WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool. It is extremely useful for figuring out where your hard drive space is going.