PERSONAL FAVORITE WINDOWS FREEWARE SITES
Gizmo’s Freeware Reviews
PERSONAL FAVORITE WINDOWS FREEWARE
File archiver with a high compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression. Supported formats: Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM, Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR and Z. For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
Ad-Aware Free Internet Security
By combining Lavasoft’s pioneer anti-spyware technology with traditional anti-virus protection, Ad-Aware Free now features complete malware protection, that won’t slow your computer down! Features real-time protection, advanced Genocode detection technology, rootkit protection, automatic updates
Any Video Converter
Convert video files between various formats, including AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, MPEG, FLV, SWF, 3GP , DVD, WebM , MP3 for iPad, iPod, iPhone, Android, PSP, Tablets. Burn videos to DVD disc fast with excellent video quality
Ashampoo Burning Studio Free
Burn files and folders on data CDs/DVDs/Blu-ray discs. Burn Audio CDs from WAV, MP3, FLAC, WMA and Ogg Vorbis files. Burn MP3-CDs from your MP3 files. Burn Video DVD, Video CD (VCD) or Super Video CD (S-VCD). Create and burn CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc images
Free, ope source cross-platform sound editor for recording and editing sounds
Auslogics Disk Defrag
Optimizes file system, consolidates free space, can defrag automatically, provides flexible scheduler, can defrag a single file or folder, supports multi-terabyte volumes
Builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All your PC profile information is kept private and is not sent to any web server
CCleaner (Crap Cleaner)
System optimization and privacy tool removes unused files allowing Windows to run faster, freeing up valuable hard disk space, cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history, fast, takes less that a second to run
Professional source code editor for Windows loads fast, so small it can be copied onto a floppy disk, replacement for Notepad, offers powerful features for HTML, C/C++, Perl and Java. Syntax Highlighting for HTML, C/C++, Perl, Java, Matlab and LaTeX, undo/redo, user tools, macros, spell checker
DVD Shrink is software to backup DVD discs, use in conjunction with DVD burning software to make a backup copy of any DVD video disc, the output from DVD Shrink can be saved as files on your hard drive, which you can then burn with software of your choice
EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition
An ALL-IN-ONE partition solution and disk management freeware. extends partition, especially for system drive, manage disk space, settle low disk space problem on MBR and GUID partition table disk under Windows 32 bit and 64 bit systems
Exact Audio Copy
Audio grabber for audio CDs using standard CD and DVD-ROM drives. Other audio grabbers force you to waste time listening to every extracted audio track because they only do jitter correction. EAC, which uses multi-reading with verify and AccurateRip, doesn’t.
PDF document viewer, small, fast, rich featured. Compatible with PDF Standard 1.7. Launches instantly without delay. Draw graphics, highlight text, type text and make notes on a PDF document, then print out or save annotated document. Text converter converts PDF document into simple text file
Free Notation Player
Free Notation Player downloads and displays music (MIDI) files as sheet music that you can view on the screen while the notes play and print out
Free YouTube to MP3 Converter
Extract and download music from YouTube movies and save it as MP3 files on your PC with one mouse click. Download both single videos and complete playlists and user’s channels.
Easy to use freeware utility that allows you to capture any portion of the screen, save it to a file, copy it to Windows clipboard, print it or e-mail it to a recipient of your choice.
Six different image formats to choose from, and each one can be resized
A deceptively simple, amazingly powerful tool for creating, viewing, and modifying 3D ideas. Developed for the conceptual stages of design, this powerful yet easy-to-learn software allows for quick and easy 3D form creation. A compact yet robust tool-set with an intelligent guidance system that streamlines the 3D drawing process
JPEGCrops is a Windows program that provides lossless cropping of JPEG images without loss of quality
Power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base
“metapad is a great choice for those who like their text editors small, fast, and free”
– ZDNet Downloads
Designed to replace Notepad. Includes all of Notepad’s features and much, much more
The award-winning Web browser is now faster, more secure, and fully customizable to your online life.
Mozilla FireFox: Personal Favorite Add-ons
Copy Pure Text
Extended Copy Menu
Multiple Tab Handler
Read It Later
MuseScore is a free cross-platform WYSIWYG music notation program that offers a cost-effective alternative to commercial programs such as Sibelius and Finale. You can print beautifully engraved sheet music or save it as PDF or MIDI file.
Leading-edge text and HTML editor, winner of software industry awards since 1998, easily handles a stack of huge files; lets you format text to your heart’s content; does system-wide searches, and multi-line global replacements, even corrects your spelling mistakes, build document templates, add bookmarks, convert text to HTML on-the-fly, and take charge of your code
Panda Cloud Antivirus
The first free antivirus from the cloud. Easy to use. Light as a feather. Real-time protection against all types of viruses. Automatic & transparent upgrades of new engine and program versions. URL and Web filtering of malicious, drive-by exploits and phishing sites.
Monitors fan speeds, temperatures and voltages in computers with hardware monitoring chips, even hard disks that support this feature, control speed of fans according to temperatures inside your PC, reducing noise and power consumption, can be minimized to tray
vanBasco’s Karaoke Player
Plays Karaoke (.kar) and standard MIDI (.mid, .midi, .rmi) files. Karaoke window displays lyrics. Control window changes tempo, volume, key of song. Real-time MIDI output window shows notes, volumes, and instruments, mutes or plays solo individual instruments. Piano view displays notes on a piano keyboard
VLC Media Player
Multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols, can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.
Windows Movie Maker 6.0 for Windows 7
Installs Windows Movie Maker 6.0 (WMM6) from Vista, in Windows 7. Windows Movie Maker 6.0 is the best version of Windows Movie Maker ever offered. It is much better than Windows Live Movie Maker, or WLMM, which comes standard with Windows 7
ZoneAlarm Firewall Free
Quieter and more effective, should be considered an excellent tool for replacing the adequate default Windows firewall with a stronger option that includes better outbound protection, antiphishing guards, and ZoneAlarm’s behavioral detection network
PERSONAL FAVORITE LINUX DISTRO
Linux Mint is the Linux distro that finally persuaded me to convert to Linux on my old desktop PC, permanently, and not look back. Linux Mint is what has long been promised Windows users — an Open Source operating system as easy to install as Windows, but which has all the virtues of Linux.
No, I am not double-booting into Linux and Windows. No, I did not partition my hard drive for both Linux and Windows. I formatted my entire hard drive and installed Linux Mint on the entire disk. I will not be going back.
If you’re like me, if you’re a Windows user who has been waiting for Linux to get its act together so you can finally make the switch, your wait is over. Linux Mint is what you have been waiting for. Linux Mint will give you a seamless, trouble-free installation, and seamless, trouble-free updates thereafter. All through menus and mouse clicks. No line commands required. Linux Mint is what Mandrake, Xandros, and OpenSUSE promised to be, but weren’t.
Download the Linux Mint ISO. Burn it to a disk. Drop it in your CD-ROM and have Linux up and running within the hour. Complete with apps such as Firefox, Thunderbird, and Open Office. Be the proud owner of an operating system and office suite superior to Vista and Microsoft Office. All for free.
Linux Mint, like almost all Linux distros, is completely free. Your only cost will be a blank CD and a little download time.
PERSONAL FAVORITE LINUX SITE