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AntiVir Personal Edition for Windows (95, 98, Me, and NT, 2000, XP). The resident Virus Guard monitors file movements automatically. Various scanning modes from quick virus checks to full-scale inspections. Internet Update Wizard for easy updation. Support through AntiVir Bulletin Board (3.8 MB)
Alwil avast! Antivirus Home Edition For home and non-commercial use: requires online registration. Based on the ALWIL Software Virus, Worm and Trojan horse scanning technology since 1988. Incremental and fully automated update via Internet. Self-extracting EXE file (7.48 MB)
BitDefender Free Edition (Windows 98/NT-SP6/Me/2000/XP IE 4.0(+)) Centralized management console, on-demand scanning, scheduled scanning, immediate scanning, automatic and manual update, file quarantine, free technical support. (8.91 MB)
Grisoft AVG Antivirus Free Edition Includes Resident Protection, E-mail scanner, On-demand scanner, basic scheduled tests, free virus database updates, automatic update feature, automatic healing of infected files, safe handling of infected files. No technical support. Registration required. (6.25 MB)
HandyBits VirusScan Integrator Works with most popular antiviral programs. Auto search for installed virus scanners, Free for personal use. (1.55 MB)
Back it up! Accepts command line arguments so it can be executed from batch files. Folders and separate files can be added to each backup set. Creates ZIP files (1.66 MB)
EZBack-it-up (Windows all versions) personal file backup utility that copies your data to a destination of your choice. Includes a built-in scheduler, command-line switches, logging functionality, and more. (0.96 MB)
Handy Backup Automatic backup of your critical data virtually to any type of storage media: floppy disk, hard drive, network drive, or a remote FTP server. Set it up to monitor changes and execute scheduled backups and synchronizations at the time you specify. Strong file encryption, password protection and zip compression on the fly and many other features will protect your valuable data. Detailed online help is available. (1.4 MB)
No Hands Backup No Hands Backup is a directory backup tool that allows you to create an exact mirror of selected folders either on another drive, a removable media or a computer on the network. After the initial copy action, only new or changed files will be transferred. You can create as many backup sets as you want and specify whether redundant files should be deleted and the results verified. Backup sets can be scheduled to run unattended through Windows Task Scheduler (Windows all versions) (1.85 MB).
PolderBackup Easy to use backup tool with a good array of features that will meet most basic backup needs. Select directories and files to be backed up and save them as templates. Supports recursive directories, file filters and moving redundant files to the recycle bin. Backup process is clearly documented, all steps of the way are logged and accessible from the interface. (Win 9x/2000/XP) (0.47 MB)
Automatically archive specified files and folders into a single zip
(pkzip compatible format). Backup across a network, from computer to
or even to a zip or jaz drive. Create and schedule an unlimited number
backup jobs, each containing as many folders or files as you want.
step-by-step wizard to guide you through selecting files, backup
and backup scheduling. (2.61 MB)
CDBurnerXP Pro (Windows 2000 and XP; should work in 98 and ME). Freeware CD/DVD-writer. The program can write CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW discs. Supports BURN-PROOF for error free recording. Works with IDE, USB, IEEE1384, SCSI CD-RW recorders. Disc ripping functionality. Donations accepted. (12.1 MB)
(Windows all versions) Supports a
very wide range of internal and external (USB 2.0 and
FireWire) CD and DVD writers. Burn audio, data and ISO CDs and
DVDs. Supports all certified formats for burning
CDs/DVDs thus allowing you
to create audio, video, data, archive, etc., CDs and DVDs. "Burn
proof" and "Overburning" technologies included. Full
featured user interface with drag-and-drop support. (2.63 MB)
20/20 Image viewer, screen capture, and annotation program. (3.6 MB)
Photo Wizard Import images from digital cameras, scanners, the Internet or your PC. Retouch, crop, enhance and add special effects. Arrange images into photo albums. (4.28 MB)
Pixia Graphics editor for full-color images. Regarded as one of the best free image editors available. (3.21 MB)
GIMP The GNU Image
Manipulation Program. Windows version of this popular Linux
distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching,
image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating
systems, in many languages. The latest GTK+ 1.3 package, must be download and installed before the
latest GIMP for Windows package can be installed.
Downloads can be found
IrfanView 32-bit graphics viewer - Thumbnails, Preview, Drag & Drop Support, fast Directory View (fast moving through directory), Print Support, Scan (TWAIN) Support, Slideshow, Batch conversion, change the color depth, audio CD player, Capturing, Cut/Crop, Effects (Blur, Sharpen etc.)(Windows all versions). Free for private (non-commercial), educational and charity use (0.8 MB)
Firegraphic (Windows XP, 2000, Me, and 98) Digital imaging management software. Acquire, organize, view, edit, and print images. Import and rename photos from digital cameras, organize photo collections, rotate, resize, convert, enhance, and rename multiple photos, burn photo collections onto CDs or DVDs with embedded viewer, create slide shows of photo collections. (6.5 MB)
Futuris Imager Windows graphics viewer. Supports more than 30 graphic formats, print with preview, support for TWAIN-compatible scanners/cameras, file browser/manager, screen/window capture, wallpaper tools, Web cams viewing (2.04 MB)
P3dO Explorer Windows Explorer-style file manager. Features selectable thumbnail image size, slideshow, tile mode, automatic zooming, image print, mass renaming, catalogue print, customizable interface. Offers a Windows Explorer-style file manager (1.6 MB)
SlowView Multimedia viewer supports more than 50 image, video, and audio formats. Works on all Windows platforms. Browse images in thumbnail view or one by one. Will display images in the current directory automatically, using a cusotmizable timeintervall between each image. (0.84 MB)
Xn View Multimedia viewer, browser and converter. Support for more than 360 graphics formats. (Windows (3.2 MB), Linux, Solaris, BeOS, OS/2, FreeBSD)
TeeChart Office Available for Windows and Linux. Charting and plotting tool. Export Charts to native format, image files and printer, share created charts with other users and configure the many properties it offers. (1.15 MB)
XL-Plot create a figure for scientific publication rapidly. It contains a few basic statistical functions, such as Students t-test and linear correlation of two sets of data (two columns in a spreadsheet). XL-Plot has a number of build-in functions that can be fitted to the data in columns on a spreadsheet or to a curve in a graph. (2.57 MB)
602PC Suite Free (Windows all versions) Free alternative to Microsoft® Office. The suite is composed of four full-featured applications: a word processor, spreadsheet, graphics editor and digital photo organizer. Commercial version with more features available. (21.5 MB)
Open Office.org 1.1 (Windows, Linux, Solaris) Popular open-source productivity suite includes word processing, spreadsheet, photo editor and presentation applications. Imports MS Office files. AutoPilot guides you through creation of documents. Prints, saves to PDF, has an online help, and includes a working spellchecker with many available dictionaries. (63.5 MB)
SimpleOCR (based on WOCAR) Scan a document and convert resulting
image into editable
text. Free for non-commercial purpose. Works with TWAIN
scanners and supports TIFF, BMP and JPEG image files; color and
as a C++ library with ActiveX wrapper.
PDF Writer (Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003) CutePDF
Writer installs itself as a "printer subsystem". This enables virtually
any Windows applications (must be able to print) to create professional
quality PDF documents. Free for personal and business
users. (1.04 MB). Requires PS2PDF converter such as GNU
Ghostscript (an open-source interpreter for the PostScript language and
the PDF file format) (3.04 MB).
(Windows 98, 2000, XP) Create PDFs just by printing to a "Create PDF"
printer, from any Windows 9x/ME application.
Requires download of; Free PDF v0.98f Private Beta (1.1 MB),
Ghostscript (5.92 MB), Redmon (0.58 MB), Adobe PostScript Printer
Driver (5.07 MB), and
PPD file for the Adobe Acrobat Distiller 3.0 (30 KB). Adobe
Acrobat reader needs to be installed for program to work.
Requires a little work, but site provides good instructions.
AdAware Multicomponent detection and removal utility for spyware and malware. Comprehensively scans memory, registry, hard, removable and optical drives for known datamining, aggressive advertising, and tracking components. Regular updates available. Free for non-commercial use only.
Eraser (Windows all versions) Secure data removal tool. Remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it with carefully selected patterns. (0.73 MB)
Kerio Personal Firewall 4 Limited free edition. Free for home and personal use. Does not provide the content filtering capabilities such as blocking pop-up windows, ads, VB scripts, cookies, etc. and other extra features. (5.2 MB)
SuperShredder SuperShredder gives you the ability to delete files using not only common methods such as Gutmann and NISPOM (DoD), but can be completely customized to give you all the security and/or performance you may need. It can receive files via drag-and-drop onto the application or the icon, selecting files from inside the program, command line, and can even add a shortcut to your 'Send To' menu inside Windows Explorer (0.15 MB).
Sygate Personal Firewall Free for personal use. Protects against Trojans, spyware, worms, and oher known and unknown threats. Prevents unauthorized or malicious applications from bypassing the firewall. (8.6 MB)
Eliminates spyware, removes key loggers, deletes probe tools that look
for vulnerabilities, uncover destruvtive pests, adware and hacker
tools. Commercial version with advanced features available.
Convert Convert areas, distances, temperatures, mass, volumes etc. (0.15 MB)
ESBCalc (Windows all versions) Scientific Calculator for Win32 platforms with Infix Notation, Brackets, Scientific Functions (Trigonometric, Hyperbolic, Logarithmic - including Base 10, Base 2 & Natural - plus more), Memory, Paper Trial, Result History List and more. (0.71 MB)
ESB Unit Conversion Utility (Windows all versions) User-friendly Win32 Utility to convert between units of measurement. Includes Units for Temperature, Distance, Mass, Area, Volume, Pressure, Velocity, Acceleration, Force, Energy, Power, Fuel Consumption, Flow, Torque, Angles, Time & Radioactivity. Windows all versions (0.72 MB)
Fresh Diagnose Analyze and benchmark your computer system. CPU performance, hard disk performance, video system info., mainboard info. Registration required. (0.9 MB)
(Windows all versions) Replacement for existing Windows
calculator. Adjustable size, simulated paper history tape, color
schemes. (0.77 MB)
Notesbrowser Free (Windows all versions) Free planner for non-Outlook users. Professional tool for storing and managing huge amounts of diverse information. It is a planning tool and is suitable for both business and personal application. It can store your to-do-lists, appointments, bookmarks and project files and even MP3 play lists. The latter can be launched directly from within Notesbrowser. (2.4 MB) Commercial versions with advanced features available also.
Quick Speller Stand alone lightweight dictionary program for users with no spell checker. Right click search features for Google.com, Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com. (Win 98/2000/NT) (0.97 MB). Requires .NET Framework, .NET Compatable OS, MDAC 2.6+.
FreeSpell Spell checker for all Windows applications, based upon the Aspell engine. Any application that supports the clipboard supports FreeSpell. (2.7 MB)
TIM USB Digital Camera Transfer Assistant Transfers pictures from digital cameras to your PC. Stores pictures in specific folders, with adjustable names. Displays a contact sheet of your pictures. Can convert pictures to multiple file formats (BMP, JPEG, TIFF, Photoshop). Rotates, resizes and crops pictures immediately. E-mails the best pictures to your family or friends. Windows 95 to Me, NT and 2000 (2.4 MB)
Thesaurus and Dictionary for Windows (95/98/2000/NT/Me/XP) Free for
personal, non-commercial use (5.9 MB)
AbiWord Word processor. The program's features include basic character formatting (bold, underline, italics, and the like), a spelling checker, unlimited undo/redo, a find-and-replace function, and image insertion. It can import and export in many formats, including Word 97/2000, RTF, Palm, Psion, and XHTML documents. It also has the advantage of working across both Windows (95, 98, NT) and UNIX (Linux, BeOS, Solaris, FreeBSD) platforms. (4.78 MB). Import / Export plugins, tools plugins and clipart downloads available.
Atlantis Nova Freeware version of the shareware
program Atlantis Word Processor (Atlantis
Ocean Mind) (0.74
7-Zip (Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP) Distributed under GNU LGPL. Supports 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR CPIO, RPM and DEB formats. Integration with Windows Shell, powerful file manager. (0.90 MB)
Enzip Freeware compression utility for MS Windows. Drag and drop from Windows to create zip files or to add new files. Manage zip files directly from Windows Explorer using pop-up (context) menus for quick tasks. Folder view for greater control and navigation of zip files, including an explorer tree for quickly locating folders. Encrypt important zip files with personal passwords. Drag and drop from Windows to create zip files or to add new files. Supports floppy disk spanning. Package zip files in customizable Self-Extracting programs with your own message boxes and icons (1.45 MB)
ExtractNow Developed on Windows XP, supported on Windows ME/98/95. Supports ZIP, RAR, ACE, JAR, ISO, IMG, IMA, IMZ, BIN, MP3 (MP3>WAV), LHZ, LHA file formats. Simple user interface. Drag and drop files or folders from Explorer to extract them. Donations accepted. (1.17 MB)
HandyBits Zip&Go (Windows all versions) Free for personal use. Integrates with Windows Explorer and also offers enhanced Drag & Drop features. Zip file wizard, virus protection (compatible with HandyBits VirusScan Integrator) built in Zip & E-mail for those frequently sending zip files by email. (1.96 MB)
ICEOWS MS Windows Explorer interface. Extract, test, read and view; ICE, ARJ, ZIP, GunZIP, TAR, Microsoft CAB, RAR, ACE, MIME, Mac HQX, Quake 3 compressed file, UUEncode, XXEncode, Base64, JAR, EAR, WAR, LHA, IMP, BZ2. Multi-volume spanning for ICE, ARJ, ZIP, RAR, ACE and MS-CAB. Password encryption and comment for ICE, ZIP and ARJ. (0.73 MB)
IZArc Suports many archive formats: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BZ2, BZA, CAB, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MBF, MIM, PAK, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, ZOO. Drag and drop files from and to Windows Explorer, create and extract archives directly in Windows Explorer, create multiple archives spanning disks, create self-extracting archives, repair damaged zip archives, convert from one archive type to another, view and write comments. Skinnable. Donations accepted (3 MB).
ZippHo Drag and Drop
interface, create self-extracting files, fix broken or corrupted
archives, Windows shell integrations, Skinnable. Main site in
Italian, English available. (2.38 MB)