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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.

Software:

  • You 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 Antivirus

  • PDFsam Basic is a great free program that allows you to split (burst) PDF files into sections or pages, extract pages, or merge multiple documents or pages into one. It also will rotate pages. When you install it, be sure to UNCHECK the box so you don't also install the free trial of the enhanced version. Contact me (using the link below) if you have questions about settings after you install.

  • 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 good.

  • To keep track of your passwords, Bitwarden offers a free version of its password vault that you can use for your browsers, and the vault is accessible from your mobile devices, as well.

  • FileZilla is a free, open-source FTP solution. I especially like the synchronized browsing feature.  If you don't know what FTP is, you don't need this program - fuggedaboudit!

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