|This is the bees knees. If you
were thinking of buying a professional photo-editing program,
forget it. Not to be confused with the Paint program
Windows, Paint.net is a powerful editing tool.
extremely easy to use once you have mastered the
There is also a support forum with all the
might need, including tutorials.
superb online tool which allows users to convert documents from Word to
JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PDF, etc. Merely choose the required output format and
upload your files for conversion.
This is one
program which I use regularly, and which I find extremely useful.
Click HERE to access the website.
If you use
eBay, this is for you. Never miss another bargain. A well-established
and secure sniping facility. Very easy to use. Enables you to place
your maximum bid days before an auction ends.
No download necessary. Click here for more information.
An excellent addition to the PC
armoury, preventing malicious spyware, including
keyloggers, from gaining access to your computer. It is prudent to
check for updates at intervals of about 14 days. Downloading these only
takes a few minutes, but means that you are protected against the
latest threats. The program runs automatically each time your PC is
switched on, and it operates unobtrusively in the background.
Spywareblaster 3.5.1 here
is a particularly nasty piece of spyware which can cause myriad
problems and play havoc with your browser. One of its habits is browser
hijacking.The reliable answer is CW Shredder, which will search your
system for CoolWebSearch and remove it. An essential tool and
courtesy of Trend Micro.
is a superb piece of anti-malware kit. Very effective. Malware can
create havoc on a PC, and this program is the answer. Does a rapid scan
of all directories and reaches the parts that other programs don't.
essential for anyone intending to launch a website. Generates a list of
which will increase the number of 'hits'
An effective, easy-to-use tool.
to connect to Keyword Generator.
|Successor to NVU
You need no
knowledge of HTML
to use this excellent web-authoring tool. I built this web-site using
the program, and I would certainly not have thought myself capable
enough before discovering it. Use in conjunction with Filezilla for
uploading files. Like everything else on this page,
totally free, with a dedicated discussion forum to
across this program I was using a commercial FTP client which had cost
me quite a few pounds. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that
Filezilla was far superior in many ways. Makes an ideal partner for the
website builder. If you plan on building a website, then I fully
recommend Filezilla, particularly for its ease of use.
32-bit utility that lets you view
samples of all your installed
fonts. It can show a list of fonts with each font rendered in
its own typeface. Also a window much like a Character Map -- which is
always active -- shows you which fonts have full character sets and
which don't. Other features enable you to define a sample text string,
and to check off attributes you'd like to display -- such as bold,
italic, underline, and strikeout. Print function is also supported.
A useful program. Download Fontviewer here
offline web browser that allows you to download the whole or part of a
Web site from the Internet to a local directory on your PC.
Particularly useful if you have a site which you would like to be able
to access at your leisure off-line from, say, a laptop. There is
technical support in the form of a discussion forum. You may download
for both Windows and Linux platforms.
A regime of long, unbroken periods of sitting at your computer desk is not very good for your health.
This program can be configured to remind you to take a mini-break at your PC every ten or fifteen minutes.
magnifying tool which can be configured for varying degrees of
magnification. Download size, 600kb Windows, 1mb Linux.
is a free program, courtesy of Steve Miller, for removing the
formatting from web-page text, rendering it suitable for pasting into
Word or Notepad documents.
Another handy program, and a
useful companion to Paint.net.
Facilitates the true duplication of any colours without the hassle of
trial and error.
Of particular interest to Web designers but so easy to use that the
layman will experience no problems with it.
on your PC and had no idea what to do? Problem solved! PC Pitstop is
one of the finest computer help sites on the Internet. There are lots
of whizz-kids out there willing to give you the benefit of their
expertise. Before you can use the site you must register, but this is
straightforward and well worth the effort. You can reach PC Pitstop by
don't forget to allow for the approximately 5hrs time
differential when posting.
Media Player is an open source program that can read from files, CDs,
DVDs, network streams, capture cards and much more.
uses its internal codecs and will work on every popular platform.
This is an
for the total erasure of sensitive files from your hard drive. Simple
drop or paste operation. Once erased, files cannot be recovered. Just
the thing when selling your old PC.
reminder. Great for helping you to remember birthdays, appointments,
etc. This program has been very highly rated, and rightly so.
Download Rainlendar Reminder here.
|This link was
in the 'Tips 'n' Tricks' section of PC Pitstop and in my opinion it is
too good not to share. Two pages each of open source Windows and
Mac software. Miss this at your peril. This really is what Open Source
is all about.
matter what type of
anti-virus program you run, the Panda online check is the ultimate
way to ensure that you are infection-free. Even if your own programs
give you the all-clear, you could be surprised by what lies undetected
on your PC. If you are using Firefox you will have to revert to IE for
the scan. Also, you may be asked to download an Active-X file. Allow
it. If your anti-virus detects it as a virus, disable it (the a-v)
until the scan is finished. Click here
for an on-line scan.
Acrobat PDF reader
slow and cumbersome, as I do, then you will be delighted with this free
document viewer and printer. Only a small download size, 1.5mb,
compared to the 20 mb of Acrobat, and a pleasure to use. Has a facility
for editing the documents.Vista
compatible. Download Foxit Reader here
Foxit user manual here
A free service,
online securtiy combined with faster
browsing speeds. No software downloads or registration needed. If using
more than one PC on a network, the router can be configured.
Eliminates phishing sites by default. Can be
block all adult and undesirable sites. Protects children from
Access the service here
|A very useful program
courtesy of Piotr
Enables you to colour any folder. Particularly helpful for identifying
folders to be retained in the event of a re-format. Quite frankly one
of the best freebies I have come across. For instance, I keep all my
desktop short-cuts in a green folder. A real time saver. To download,
for anyone wishing to make CDs with auto start. Much better than some
of the programs offered for sale. Easy to use, runs on all Windows
platforms from 98 on.
on icon to download
400 free applications on this site. You are almost certain to find
something to please you here. A plethora of freebies!
find out more, click
An amazing site which I came
recently. Packed with loads of useful tips, information and
Appears to be updated daily.
worth a visit.
|A remarkable file-finding
I just could not believe the
speed at which this little beauty worked.
You will not be disappointed.
find this program useful when I am doing online crossword puzzles, but
it has many other features including an egg -timer which can be used if
you have a laptop in the kitchen.
Just click on this link
and away you go.
is one of the better free protection programs available, with
regular automatic updates. I have personally used Avast! for about 3
years, now, and found it to be quite reliable. Although not
'open-source', the Home version is available free for personal use.
After downloading and installing Avast! you will be asked to register
the program, then in 60 days time you will be requested to register
again to complete the process. From then on, registration is every 14
download the program here.
Search and Destroy.
of the menaces
of modern net surfing is spyware. Some of this is benign, but much of
it is definitely not a good thing to have on your PC. Running Spybot
Search and Destroy will identify and remove any malicious bots that may
have been downloaded onto your computer while visiting sites. The
program has to be updated manually. I update mine about once a
fortnight. After downloading updates, click on the 'Immunize' buttons
to ensure full protection.
for personal use. Effective against hackers, malicious script, trojans
and DOS (denial of service) attacks. Again, a program which I have
been personally using for some years, now, and found to be totally
trouble-free. A good firewall is something no PC should be without.
Sygate Firewall here
of the finest free anti- malware programs on the Internet. I
been using Winpatrol for several years, now, and can personally vouch
for its efficacy and versatility.
If you are concerned about PC security, then this program is for
|Open source digital audio CD
tractor. Ideal for ripping CDs and converting file types.
I have been using this free program for some time now, and find it an
Over 40,000,000 downloads! What can't speak, can't lie.
For your copy of CDex click Here
anyone looking for an elusive service or user manual, this
is a dream. Simply type the model number into the search box, and away
Access to thousands of manuals to download in PDF
format, courtesy of Currys. An incredible and valuable source.
Access the site here