Thursday, October 23, 2008

Top 10 free software for your laptop, netbook or PC

We know there's hundreds of these Top 10 'free software' lists all over the 'net but often they contain 'free to try' (expensive to buy) software or applications that you simply won't use or that will nag you until you either buy it or uninstall it.

This however, is a list of truly great, completely free, software that all of us here at MobileBroadbandInfo use on our PC's and laptops every day. These 10 applications are all you need and they won't cost you a bean!


1. NetSetMan 2.5.1

Are you tired of changing your network configuration on your laptop or computer every day...

Then NetSetMan is your solution; it's a powerful, easy-to-use interface to manage all your network settings at a glance. Give it a try and you'll never want to be without it again.

2. Smart Defrag

The World’s Most Efficient Defragmenter...

What's the primary cause of slow/unstable PC performance? It's disk fragmentation. Smart Defrag helps defragment your hard drives more efficiently than any other product on the market – free or not.

3. AVG Free

Do you want Fast, effective security that is kind on resources...

AVG Free provides you with antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows and is available to download for free. It provides Protection against viruses and spyware (antivirus and antispyware) and is the most downloaded software on CNET's

4. Ad-Aware Free

Need efficient, reliable and effective spy-ware removal...

Ad-Aware 2007 Free is a popular anti-spyware product for computer users around the world, with nearly one million downloads every week. This free anti-spyware version provides you with advanced protection against spyware that secretly attaches and takes control of your computer, resulting in aggressive advertising pop-ups, sluggish computer activity, even identity theft through stolen bank details, passwords, and credit card account numbers.

5. CCleaner

PC getting clogged up after all those programmes you installed but never used...

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!

6. Winamp

Fed up of iTunes...

Nullsoft Winamp is a fast, flexible, high-fidelity music player for Windows. Winamp supports MP3, CD, WMA, Audiosoft, Mjuice, MOD, WAV and other audio formats, custom appearances called skins and audio visualization and audio effect plug-ins. Download and enjoy it free of charge, free of guilt. A great alternative to iTunes with full iPod support.

7. Openoffice

Don't want to pay Mr Gates for all your software... 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

8. Picasa

Need to organise your photos...

Organize - manage your photos in one place, and find photos you forgot you had. Edit - eliminate scratches & blemishes, fix red-eye, crop and more. Create - turn photos into movies, collages, slideshows and more. Share - upload seamlessly to Picasa Web Albums to share with friends, family & the world.

9. Zone Alarm

Keep the baddies out...

Keep hackers and data thieves out of your computer with ZoneAlarm, the PC firewall that protects against Internet-borne threats like worms, Trojan horses, and spyware. ZoneAlarm provides the basic protection individuals need to secure their PC and keep their valuable information private. ZoneAlarm barricades your PC with immediate and complete port blocking. And, then runs in Stealth Mode to make your PC invisible on the Internet - if you can´t be seen, you can´t be attacked.

10. GMail

Proper email...

Not strictly software but we've tried them all and there truly is only one email worth having - honestly!

Bonus entry! K9 Web Protection

We couldn't leave this one out; it's excellent...

If you're like most of us, parenting in the age of the Internet has you facing a new set of challenges. Blue Coat is committed to helping you and all communities through this 'First Generation of Internet Parenting'.

K9 Web Protection is a free Internet filtering and control solution for the home. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids from inappropriate sites and content.

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At October 24, 2008 at 6:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of these programs, like AVG, CCleaner,Picasa are so popular and really good. I have most of these installed as well. For defrag I dont quite like the half baked defrags of the free tools. I have purchased the latest edition of DIskeeper and set it to run in the background. Its great for boot and MFT defrag and also if you runout of free space.


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