Here are links to some of my favorite free
software programs or handy web sites. I have used and installed ALL of these
programs on my own and/or friends' and relatives' computers.
really MUST have good anti-malware software on your computer. But If
you don't want to spend money for it, I recommend this free
software: Avast Free
PDF software is available from many sources, and some of them are not nearly
as invasive and memroy-intensive as Adobe Acrobat. I use Foxit
Reader, which you can find here. I now have completely removed Adobe
Acrobat from my computer, and use only Foxit. Once installed, you can open,
mark-up, comment, and create PDF files.
resizing photos, one by one or in batch, I recommend this free program: Image
Resizer for Windows.
finds and removes malware on your computer. I
use it once a week to scan my computer, but I do NOT run it in the
background at other times. Remember to search for updates each time before
you run the scan to make sure you have the latest malware definitions.
also recommend CCleaner, freeware
that I run once a week to clean up left-over files from my computer.
Remember to run an update each time after opening but before you run the program, to be sure
you have the latest version.
Advisor is a great freeware program that does an inventory of your
computer's hardware and software - very handy when working with tech support
Teamviewer is a program that allows people assisting with tech support
to access each other's computers, share screens, transfer files, etc. It's
free for non-commercial use.
Why buy Microsoft Office if you don't
have to? For creating, editing, opening all Office Suite files, such as Word
documents, Excel files, PowerPoint files, etc., You can use Apache
OpenOffice, a free application. If
you want an email program that, like Outlook, also has a calendar and tasks,
the free Thunderbird
program (by Mozilla, the same folks who built the Firefox browser) is very