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FREEWARE TOOLS

You’ll find some of my favorite tools below. Unless stated otherwise these tools are free (some form of freeware or open source software).

I’ll try to limit the number of applicatons up to one or two for each category.

Tip:

If you are looking for a specific category of tools which you cannot find below, you might want to check out Gizmo’s Freeware Reviews (http://www.techsupportalert.com). This is an excellent community site where you can quickly find the best freeware, reviewed and rated, subdivided in categories.

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Bulk installation of freeware tools:

Ninite – http://ninite.com

With this tool you can select a lot of the tools you’ll find in this page, and bulk install them.

See also https://it2tp.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/ninite-very-handy-bulk-installation-of-freeware

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Active Directory tools:

ADModify .NET – http://admodify.codeplex.com

Primarily utilized by Exchange and Active Directory administrators to facilitate bulk user attribute modifications.

Windows Server 2003 SP2 Administration Tools Pack for x86 editions – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=86B71A4F-4122-44AF-BE79-3F101E533D95&displaylang=en

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Anti virus – malware detection and removal:

avast! Home Edition – http://www.avast.com

AVG Free – http://free.avg.com/ww-en/homepage

Microsoft Security Essentials – http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials

Ad-Aware Free – http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php

HitMan Pro – http://www.surfright.nl/en/home

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool – http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.aspx

AppRemover – http://www.appremover.com

Helps you uninstalling security applications like antivirus and antispyware.

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Audio grabber (ripper):

Exact Audio Copy – http://www.exactaudiocopy.de

If you want to encode to MP3 after extracting audio CD, you’re advised to combine Exact Audio Copy with the following MP3 encoder:

LAME – http://www.free-codecs.com/Lame_Encoder_download.htm

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Audio player:

foobar2000 – http://www.foobar2000.org

iTunes – http://www.apple.com/itunes/download

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Backup and synchronization:

SyncBackFree – http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/freeware-hub.html

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Boot CD / Bootable USB stick:

UNetbootin – http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net

Bootable Linux USB stick.

See also https://it2tp.wordpress.com/2009/06/15/creating-an-usb-boot-key-the-easy-way/#more-290

Bart’s Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD – http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder

Ultimate Boot CD – http://www.ultimatebootcd.com

Ultimate Boot CD for Windows – http://www.ubcd4win.com

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Browser:

ChromePlus – http://www.chromeplus.org

Mozilla Firefox – http://www.getfirefox.com

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Browser plugins:

Adobe Flash Player – http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer

Adobe Shockwave Player – http://get.adobe.com/shockwave

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CD burning:

CDBurnerXP – http://cdburnerxp.se

ImgBurn – http://www.imgburn.com

ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit ! More specific for reading, building, writing, … image files (wide range of image file formats – including BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI).

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CD mounting:

Virtual CloneDrive – http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html

Supports all common image formats such as ISO, BIN, CCD. Supports up to 8 virtual drives at the same time. Easy to use – just double-click an image file to mount as a drive. Virtual CloneDrive is freeware, you may use it at no cost.

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Clipboard manager:

Ditto – http://ditto-cp.sourceforge.net

An excellent, reliable portable clipboard manager.

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Defragmentation software:

Smart Defrag – http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.html

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Development / Scripting:

AutoIt – http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3

Scripting the Windows GUI.

Microsoft Visual Studio Express Edition – http://www.microsoft.com/express/product

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Disk encryption:

TrueCrypt – http://www.truecrypt.org

Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux

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Editor:

Crimson Editor – http://www.crimsoneditor.com

PSPad – http://www.pspad.com/en

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File archiver:

7-Zip – http://www.7-zip.org

IZArc – http://www.izarc.org

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File Manager:

FreeCommander – http://www.freecommander.com

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FTP client:

FileZilla – http://filezilla-project.org

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Hard disk link shell extension manager:

Link Shell Extension – http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/hardlinkshellext.html#contact

See also https://it2tp.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/creating-free-space-on-harddisks-partitions

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Hard disk space manager:

TreeSize Free – http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml

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Imaging / screen capture tools:

PhotoFiltre – http://photofiltre.free.fr/frames_en.htm

Image Editor.

IDPhotoStudio – http://www.kcsoftwares.com/index.php?idps

See also https://it2tp.wordpress.com/2010/04/29/idphotostudio-easily-duplicate-and-print-photos-for-id-cards

PicPick Tools – All-in-one Design Tools – http://picpick.wiziple.net

Features a powerful screen capture tool, image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard and etc.

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Instant Messaging:

Live Messenger – http://download.live.com/?sku=messenger

Meebo – http://www.meebo.com

Suberb alternative: no need to install any software, but use this web based messaging system instead. Direct access using your web browser to MSN, Yahoo, MySpace, AIM, ICQ and other popular instant messaging systems.

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Internet Radio Player:

Screamer Radio – http://www.screamer-radio.com

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Java:

Java Runtime Environment – http://www.java.com / http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

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Mail client:

Mozilla Thunderbird – http://en-gb.www.mozillamessaging.com/en-GB

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Mail notifier:

Pop Peeper – http://www.poppeeper.com

POP Peeper is an email notifier that runs in your Windows task bar and alerts you when you have new email on your POP3, IMAP (with IDLE support), Hotmail\MSN\LiveMail, Yahoo, GMail, Mail.com, MyWay, Excite, iWon, Lycos.com, RediffMail, Juno and NetZero accounts.

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Mail tool:

MFCMAPI: http://mfcmapi.codeplex.com

Facilitate investigation of Exchange and Outlook issues and to provide developers with a canonical sample for MAPI development. Allows you for example to delete reminders which may be difficult to remove using other methods.

OpenOLK – http://cid-ff9635b7687bc4d4.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Openbaar/OpenOLK.zip

Script to find the Outlook Temporary folder (also known as the OLK folder).
See also https://it2tp.wordpress.com/2008/05/06/where-to-find-the-outlook-temporary-folder-better-known-as-the-olk-folder

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Media player:

VLC media player – http://www.videolan.org

KMPlayer – http://www.kmplayer.com/forums/

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MP3 ID3 Tag tool:

MP3 Book Helper – http://mp3bookhelper.sourceforge.net

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Microsoft .NET Framework:

Microsoft .NET Framework – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/netframework/aa569263.aspx

.NET Framework Cleanup Tool – http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2005/04/08/406671.aspx

This one can help you out when you have problems updating to a newer version of .NET Framework. I brief: first uninstall .NET framework the normal way, and then use this tool to remove the remaining leftovers. Then reinstall the version of .NET you need.

Download link: http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/pages/8904493.aspx

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Multifunctional media converter:

Format Factory – http://www.pcfreetime.com

All to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF. All to MP3/WMA/AMR/OGG/AAC/WAV. All to JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO/GIF/TGA. Rip DVD to video file , Rip Music CD to audio file. MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format. Supports RMVB,Watermark, AV Mux.

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Network Protocol Analyzer:

Wireshark – http://www.wireshark.org

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Network scanner:

SoftPerfect Network Scanner – http://www.softperfect.com/products/networkscanner

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Offline browser:

HTTrack Website Copier – http://www.httrack.com

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Office:

OpenOffice – http://www.openoffice.org

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Password manager:

LastPass – http://lastpass.com

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PDF reader:

Adobe Reader – http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader

Foxit Reader – http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/

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PDF writer:

CutePDF Writer – http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

You’ll need to download a PS2PDF converter such as Ghostscript (converter.exe, see link above) and CutePDF Writer (CuteWriter.exe, see same link).

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Printing:

Posteriza – http://www.posteriza.com

See also https://it2tp.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/print-posters-on-standard-printer/

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Remote Control:

LogMeIn Free – https://secure.logmein.com/US/products/free

Teamviewer – http://www.teamviewer.com/index.aspx

UltraVNC – http://www.uvnc.com

Remote Desktop Connection Manager – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=4603c621-6de7-4ccb-9f51-d53dc7e48047

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Secure erase utility:

Freeraser – http://codyssey.com/products/freeraser.html

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Security:

Comodo Internet Security – http://personalfirewall.comodo.com

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Search engine:

Everything search engine – http://www.voidtools.com

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System tools:

Sysinternals – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx

NirSoft – http://www.nirsoft.net

Run-It as – http://www.chessware.ch/runitas/index.php

See also https://it2tp.wordpress.com/2008/06/11/run-it-as-10-freeware

USB drive letter manager – http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html

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Telnet – SSH client:

PuTTY – http://www.putty.org

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Translation:

Client for Google Translate – http://translateclient.com

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Undelete:

Recuva – http://www.piriform.com/recuva

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Video screen recording:

CamStudio – http://camstudio.org

See also https://it2tp.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/camstudio-a-free-video-capture-tool

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Weblog client:

Zoundry Raven – http://www.zoundryraven.com

Raven can be installed as normal or portable application.

BlogDesk – http://www.blogdesk.org

See also https://it2tp.wordpress.com/2008/05/07/managing-web-logs

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