7-Zip – Zip, Rar and Cab Archive Files (Free)
The free open-source 7-Zip Archiver can open zip, rar, cab files and more. Works in Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2008 / 2003 / 2000 / NT / ME / 98. There is a port of the command line version to Linux/Unix.
Note: When downloading, most Windows users will need the version that’s “7-Zip for 32-bit Windows” and the type is “exe”.
Ad-Aware: Remove Adware/Spyware (Free)
Download and use the free Ad-Aware program from Lavasoft as a supplement to your existing antivirus program. The limited free version doesn’t have real-time protection, and it will only discuover security/privacy threats when you run a manual scan. However, it’s good to download the app and run it if you suspect your computer has malware or adware on it.
Note: If use this, do NOT uninstall your existing antivirus program. This should be used “with” your anti-virus software.
AntiVir: Anti-Virus Software (Free)
Free anti-virus program that protects your computer against dangerous viruses, worms, Trojans and costly dialers. Avira’s AntiVir has been a player in the security world for some time; however, in 2008 its status boomed because of its remarkably strong detection rates.
Avast: Anti-Virus Software (Free)
Our avast! Free Antivirus often outperforms our competitors’ paid-for products and is the minimum protection anyone should have against viruses and spyware.
CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. The tool scours your PC for unwanted crud that accumulates in Windows’ arteries: temp files, Registry fragments, log files, browser cookies, and so on. Then, with one click, it clears all that stuff away. Easy to use and a small, fast download.
Comodo Time Machine: Backup/Storage (Free)
Comodo Time Machine (CTM) is a powerful system rollback utility that allows users to quickly restore their computers to an earlier point in time. CTM ‘snapshots’ are a complete record of your entire system (including the registry, critical operating system files and user created documents).
Schedule automatic snapshots to be taken at regular intervals; Roll back to the last known working state in the event of virus attacks or crashes; Take snapshots of your computer before large installations or system maintenance
Software Developers and testers can easily restore test systems to the default configuration after each deployment without the need to manually uninstall each application. Home users can even let the kids run amok on the family PC for an afternoon and be safe in the knowledge that any damage can be instantly undone and all files recovered.
Comodo Time Machine features an intuitive, friendly interface which offers quick and easy access to all functionality in the application. Additionally, it also features a sub-console that can be accessed before Windows starts and a Quick Operation console containing shortcuts to important and commonly executed tasks.
FreeFileSync: Folder Comparison and Synchronization (Free)
FreeFileSync is an Open-Source folder comparison and synchronization tool. It is optimized for highest performance and usability without restricted or overloaded UI interfaces. See the helpfile for the list of key features!
Hamster Zip Archiver (Free)
Hamster Free Zip Archiver handles the most popular compression formats, including Zip and 7z, and does so with exceptional ease. Creating an archive is as simple as dragging and dropping files and pressing a button. Opening an archive is even simpler: Just navigate to the archive and click the Open button. It creates archives in only the Zip and 7z formats, but handles unarchiving in the RAR format.
IDriveSync Basic: Online Backup/Sync (Free)
Easily sync files of any size or type across multiple PCs and Macs; seamlessly share files with friends and associates.
IDriveSync syncs files online across multiple PCs and Macs. On installing and logging into the application, it opens up a ‘Sync’ area where you can add your files one-time or choose to add and update your files on subsequent changes from anywhere on your PC. Once you have new data into your Sync area, your Sync data starts getting transferred online, or ‘Syncs-Up’. This essentially serves as an online backup of your data.
Offline Windows Password & Registry Editor (Free)
A single floppy or CD / USB Drive which contains things needed to reset the administrator passwords on most systems. The CD can also be installed on a USB drive, see readme.txt on the CD. The bootdisk should support most of the more usual disk controllers, and it should auto-load most of them. Both PS/2 and USB keyboard supported. More or less tested from NT3.5 up to Windows 7, including the server versions like 2003 and 2008. Also 64 bit windows supported.
Ophcrack is a free Windows password cracker based on rainbow tables. It is a very efficient implementation of rainbow tables done by the inventors of the method. It comes with a Graphical User Interface and runs on multiple platforms. Simply visit the site, download the free ISO image, burn it to a CD and boot from the CD. The Ophcrack program starts, locates the Windows user accounts, and proceeds to recover (crack) the passwords – all automatically. Windows XP, Vista and 7.
Smart Defrag (Free)
It is known that disk fragment has been a primary cause of slow and unstable PC performance. Smart Defrag 2 is such a FREE tool that provides extremely fast and efficient defragmentation to your hard drives intelligently for faster file loading and high disk performance. With “install it and forget it” feature, Smart Defrag 2 works automatically and quietly in the background on your PC, keeping your hard disk running at its top speed. This powerful, award-winning free defragmenter is 100% safe and clean with no adware, spyware, or viruses.
Spybot Search & Destroy (Free)
When you start Spybot Search and Destroy, it will spot all of the tracking cookies on your computer and let you remove the offenders individually (some cookies are good to keep, and the program usually can distinguish between desirable and undesirable types). Spybot Search & Destroy also offers an immunization feature to help protect your now-clean PC against subsequent spyware, as well as an effective resident shield that will warn you of suspect behavior, such as altered or removed Registry entries.
Trinity Rescue Kit (Free)
Trinity Rescue Kit or TRK is a free live Linux distribution that aims specifically at recovery and repair operations on Windows machines, but is equally usable for Linux recovery issues. Since version 3.4 it has an easy to use scrollable text menu that allows anyone who masters a keyboard and some English to perform maintenance and repair on a computer, ranging from password resetting over disk cleanup to virus scanning. Perfect is you need to reset your Windows administrator password. Works on Windows versions XP, Vista and 7.
TrueCrypt: File Encryption (Free)
Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux. Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.
Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive; Encrypts a partition or drive where Windows is installed (pre-boot authentication); Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent; Parallelization and pipelining allow data to be read and written as fast as if the drive was not encrypted; Encryption can be hardware-accelerated on modern processors; Provides plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password.
WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. You can easily see a list of startup programs, click on them to get more information, and choose to disable them. Also useful is the ability to delay startup: You can tell certain programs to wait a set amount of time post-PC-startup to launch, which will allow your computer to boot faster.
The biggest downside to WinPatrol might be its user interface: It’s very text-heavy, and relies on a tab system that is so overcrowded, it borders on being an impediment to actually using the program. And too many of the tabs are dedicated to features only available in the $30 Plus version, such as disabling ActiveX controls and monitoring registry changes. But once you get used to its busy look, using WinPatrol is a snap. And with it, so, too, is protecting your PC.
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