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PC Speed up

Size: 2.9 MB License: Optimal Software Price:Free scan / $19 registration

There are a number of different reasons why your PC could be running slower than before, and this makes it difficult to manually locate and correct all of the elements which are causing the slowdown. Many people don't even really notice the gradual slowing do(More)

FastStone Image Viewer

Size: 5.1 MB License: Freeware Price: Free

This free program is an image browser which also lets you convert and edit the images. It works with just about all the image formats you could think of - JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, WMF, TGA, digital camera RAW etc.

The kinds of amendments you can make include cropping of the graphi(More)

Foxit Reader

Size: 7.51 MB License: Shareware Price: Free

The Foxit Reader program is probably the best option around for anyone looking for an alternative to the usual Adobe Reader.

ZIf you occasionally have to read PDF files and you aren't so keen on the Adobe offering then you might like to give this one a try. Those who use PD(More)

Daemon Tools Description

Size: 10878 KB License: Freeware Price: Free / Paid Versions

For those PC users who don't like the idea of wasting time putting CDs and DVDs in and out of their disc drive the Daemon Tools Lite program could be a good solution.

What this software program does is emulate a CD / DVD / Blu-ray drive and put all of t(More)

Sandboxie Description

Size: 1.8 MB License: End User License Agreement Price: Free / Paid Versions

When you install or run programs on your PC you are inadvertently affecting other parts of the system without even realising it.

The thinking behind the Sandboxie application is really simple; it gives you a secure, cordoned off area of(More)

AutoHotkey Description

Size: 1.95 MB License: Shareware Price: Free

If carrying out repetitive tasks on your PC is getting you down then you might like to have a look at AutoHotkey. This free, open source program is designed simply to save you time by automating as much of what you do on your computer as possible.

You can use it to cre(More)

Parental Control Bar Description

Size: 4.75 MB License: Shareware Price: Free

Parents who want to make sure that their children only ever access safe and child friendly sites will find all the features and protection they need in this free and effective piece of software.

The program is offered by, a company which describes itself as (More)

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Description

Size: 7.38 MB License: Shareware Price: Free

A common problem for computer owners is having the feeling that there is something not quite right with their machine but not being able to get to the root of the problem. Quite often it is because a difficult to spot piece of malware has made it onto your PC and is resisting all att(More)

Similarity Description

Size: 1.4 MB License: Shareware Price: Free

If you are a music lover but you feel that your PC is getting clogged up with a lot of duplicate music files then this simple little free application could be a good choice for you.

The ease with which great songs can now be downloaded and saved to your computer makes it(More)

Adobe Photo Awesomizer

Size: N/A License: Shareware Price: Free

If you use Facebook for sharing photos and would like to make them a bit more attractive and unusual then you are in luck.

The Adobe Photo Awesomizer app promises to let you do all manner of crazy things to your photos before you post them.

There are probabl(More)

Adblock Plus Description

Size: 408 K License: Shareware Price: Free

If you are getting a bit fed up with the amount of ads that pop up on your screen when you are internet browsing then this clever little piece of software could you just what you need to use to make using the web a little bit less annoying. If you are like a lot of people and often ina(More)

Awesome Screenshot Description

Size: 471 K License: Shareware Price: Free

This free program lets you take screenshots from the Google Chrome and Safari browsers and then add details to them before saving them as a file and sharing them. The kind of manipulation you can carry out includes adding notes, putting on different shapes and cropping the screenshot. (More)

GenoPro 2011 Description

Size: 2.89 MB License: Shareware Price: Free

Most of us at some point in our lives think about putting together a family tree and piecing together the different generations of our relatives, many of whom we usually know very little about. What tends to put most of us off is the difficulty in doing it and the lack of simple to u(More)

WordWeb Description

Size: 17.84 MB License: Shareware Price: Free

When big, troublesome words cause you pericombobulations then having a dictionary to hand can be the best solution for getting to the bottom of the matter.

If you want one which offers you a wide range of functions, is simple to operate and costs nothing then WordWeb (More)

Dicter Description

Size: 1.17 MB License: Shareware Price: Free

If you sometimes look up online translation tools then you will no doubt be aware them many of them give you a garbled translation which makes no sense at all, while others have limited vocabularies which make translating even simple phrases impossible. It also usually involv(More)

CCleaner Description

Size: 2.84 MB License: Shareware Price: Free

If your computer is starting to run slow and you are short or either time or expertise to do all the different checks needed to clean up all the different places where old or corrupted files could be lurking then this program will do it for you.

The software has been ar(More)

Free YouTube to MP3 Convertor

Size: 22.67 MB License: Freeware Price: Free

If you want to extract audio from YouTube very simply and don't mind a really basic interface then the Free YouTube to MP3 Convertor could be just the thing for you.

It is extremely easy to get started with, due in large part to basic interface mentioned above. You can (More)

Yoono for Internet Explorer Description

Size: 3.77 MB License: Yoono Price: Free

The use of social networking sites is a highly addictive hobby. If you are finding that you are spending way too much time on sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace then this program could be ideal for you. To put it simply, the main reason for using it is for making the way you use th(More)

Giveaway of the week - Driver Commander - EXPIRED

Outdated drivers cause system crashes and grind your PC to a halt. Driver Commander updates all your drivers at the push of a button. This outstanding piece of software is being used by hundreds of thousands users and now you have an opportunity to get this software ABSOLUTELY FREE.


If you are interested in (More)

Google Toolbar for Firefox

Size: 2.5 MB License: Shareware Price: Free

Those people who use the internet a lot know the importance of a good, clean and easy to use toolbar. A lot of free software which is available for download from the web comes a free toolbar included, which means that if you are not careful you can end up with a new bar every time you(More)

Virtual DJ Description

Size: 28 MB License: Atomix Productions Price: Free

Making great music on your PC is something which can be really appealing to experienced DJ's, people starting out who want to give it a try before buying expensive mixing equipment and those who simply want to have a bit of fun playing about with their music.


Hamster Free Video Convertor

Size: 303K License: Hamster Soft Price: Free

If making all of your videos suitable for all of your different devices and gadgets is something you are interested in these this little program could be the solution for you.

The most important factors in a piece of software like this are the type of file / devices sup(More)

GOM Media Player Description

Size: 7.22 MB License: Grotech Price: Free

It is no longer the case that you only have only one or, at best, two options of media player to pick from. There are now plenty of different challengers around all looking to provide you with the best and most comprehensive service.

The GOM media player is one of(More)

AVG AntiVirus 2011 Free Edition

Size: 4.41 MB License: AVG Price: Free

When you are looking for an antivirus program it is always a balancing act between getting good protection, a cheap (or free) deal and something which isn't going to make your PC freeze when you use it because of the resources it uses.

AVG is one of the best antivirus program(More)

Acrobat Reader X

Size: 35.09 MB License: Shareware Price: Free

If you do a lot of internet surfing then it is a virtual certainty that you will be asked to download this software by one site or another at some point. If you use your PC for business purposes then you will probably also need this for reading PDF's sooner or later.


PhotoScape Description

Size: 16.52MB License: Shareware Price: Free

If you are looking for a program which lets you view, edit and print your photos for free and to a high, professional standard then it is worth considering PhotoScape as one of your top options.

The interface takes a little bit of getting used to, as it is quite differe(More)

TeamViewer Description

Size: 3.35MB License: Shareware Price: Free

As more and more people work in remote teams sprinkled all over the world it is becoming ever more important that they have easy access to tools which will let them see each other's work, help each other out in times of need and generally act as though they were all sitting together i(More)

Opera 11 Beta

Size: 6.92 MB. License: Freeware. Price: Free.

The latest version of the Opera browser (Opera 11) is now available as a Beta version. Here are the main features:

1. Tab stacking. This is what the company is pushing as the big benefit on the new version. The idea is that you drag and drop tabs to create stacks for(More)

YouTube Downloader 2.6.3

Size: 4.35 MB License: Shareware Price: Free

Since YouTube began life back in 2005 it has become a hugely popular site for uploading, sharing and viewing videos across the web. Its importance is seen in the fact that Google paid $1.65 billion for it in 2006 and also that the most viewed videos on the site can easily attract ov(More)

OpenOffice 3.3 Beta

Size: 150 MB License: Freeware Price: Free.

OpenOffice is an alternative to Microsoft Office which is free and well worth looking at. It an open source facility arranged by Sun Microsystems using the code and ideas contained in their StarOffice suite. This release comes with the intriguing tagline "Fit and trim", which to me sugges(More)

Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Size: 35.9MB License: Freeware Price: Free

The age old question for owners of a new computer is whether to stick with the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) or download something like Mozilla Firefox or Chrome. The perceived slowness and general lack of user friendliness on all IE versions up to the current one - IE8- has seen the oth(More)

FreeZ Online TV 1.40 Description

Size: 814.76K. License: Shareware. Price: Free.

If it is on the telly we like it. If it's free we like it even better, and here we have a program with gives you access to over 500 free channels from around the world with nothing more than a quick download to your PC. What more is there to say? Quite a lot actually.


Quitomzilla 0.7.1 Description

Size: 53.6K. License: Shareware. Price: Free.

It is coming close to that time of year again where resolutions are made (and usually broken a few days later).

Although your PC might not help you go to the gym, go easy on the chocolate or learn a foreign language it can help you stop smoking. Maybe. Here we will hav(More)

Free Medical Dictionary 1.0 Description

Size: 377.97K. License: Shareware. Price: Free.

One of the great advantages of the internet is the ability it gives you to quickly find out a whole lot of information very quickly. This is especially important in the case of possible medical problems, as people such as young parents in particular can relieve their worries by quickly(More)

Cloud-based functionality comes to LastPass Password Manager

There are many password management facilities out there, but not all have the flexibility of LastPass 1.70.1 because this is one of the few to make use of the cloud in order to give you superior access to your various essential login details for whatever services you use most frequently. The basic version of LastPass can be downloaded free of charge and if you like it you might consider upg(More)

End your smoking addiction with Firefox add-on Quitomzilla

Millions of people are addicted to cigarettes and although many are perfectly happy with this situation, a large number are looking to break the habit and get away from the grip of nicotine. Quitomzilla 0.7.1 is a simple app designed as an add-on for the Firefox web browser which acts to incentivise the act of quitting and ideally help you get over your addiction. The market for those who w(More)

Speed up downloads with Light Downloader

Downloading files is something most people perform on a daily basis, often without realising it, but when you are waiting for a particularly important file the wait can feel like it drags on forever. This is where Light Downloader 1.1.1 attempts to overhaul the process and optimise it to squeeze maximum speed from a typical file download. This software is not unique in its goals but it does(More)

Free, simple image editing offered by i.Mage

There are many premium and basic image editing software suites out there, so looking at i.Mage 1.10 and deciding to download it may seem like a relatively superfluous action, particularly if you are already adept with Photoshop. However, there are millions of people out there who have never used anything other than MS Paint to play around with pictures and for this type of user i.Mage might(More)

Make an impression on your images with uMark Lite

The web has become an invaluable resource for sharing ideas, information and innovations, with images fuelling many of its more exciting aspects. However, if you have created an image which you want to share, you run the risk of having it endlessly replicated and reproduced without getting any recognition for your hard work. This is where uMark Lite 2.0 comes into play, giving you the abili(More)

Flock 3 sheds Firefox in favour of Chrome for official launch

Version of the Flock browser hybrid has arrived and while the original versions were rehashed from Mozilla's Firefox, this latest edition takes the foundations of Google Chrome in order to produce a unique browsing experience in which social networking is privileged above all else. The results are compelling if not entirely revolutionary, but if you have an interest in how browse(More)

Skype returns for its fifth appearance

VoIP service Skype has become so popular that it has entered the vocabulary of pop culture, with people telling their friends and family that they will Skype them in just the same way that they might Google something or indeed Facebook a friend to get in touch. Version 5 of this software has just launched and so it is worth refreshing our memories and taking a look at why this is the market(More)

Get back in touch with your keypad using ControlPad

Many people will neglect the numeric keypad on their keyboards unless they use it regularly for work, but there is no need to leave those keys unused if you download ControlPad 0.71 for Windows. It is designed to revitalise this area of your keyboard by adding customisable hotkeys which will become vital shortcuts once you have got used to using them.

Once you have installed Cont(More)

Improve eBook organisation with Calibre 0.7.24

The popularity of eBooks is increasing and you may be amassing a digital library on your PC perhaps for desktop perusal or for transferral over to a dedicated eReader. At the moment the eBook market is slightly fragmented with competing formats and platforms making it difficult to keep a consistent, compatible collection together. This is where Calibre steps in, allowing you to take control(More)

RealPlayer returns for its 14th edition

RealPlayer 14 is here, arriving over a decade and a half since the original and building upon its long heritage to provide a competitive media player experience which is available in both a free to use basic package and an upgradable, paid-for suite.

The problem with media players is that they are something of a dying breed. The emergence of online video and audio streaming coupl(More)

Enhance your USB and optical storage usage with Desk Drive

You will probably have many different portable storage devices scattered around your desk, whether it is USB memory sticks or optical discs such as CDs and DVDs. With the default Windows settings when you insert one of these you will automatically be presented with a selection of options allowing you access to its contents, but after this first pop-up has been implemented or dismissed, you (More)

Update to CCleaner released

Version 3 of CCleaner has arrived on the market, making it easier than ever to keep your registry in order and your hard drives clean as a whistle. This software has been doing the rounds for many years with only minor alterations made, but with this significant update it is worth looking again to see how this freeware program can help computer users the world over.

First let us (More)

Enhance Windows file transfer tools with Ultracopier

If you feel that the tools offered by Windows for copying and transferring files between folders and hard drives on your PC are a little lacking in functionality then you might want to check out Ultracopier This is a simple program which sets out to give you greater control over the copying process while also attempting to speed things up above and beyond that which a standard ope(More)

Google launches new version of its Chrome browser

Chrome 7 has just launched, representing what is sure to be seen as the best entry in the series of Google web browsers. Most users will ask whether or not it is worth migrating from their current browser of choice over to Chrome, so here is a rundown of the major tweaks and features that could make a convert of you.

Google Chrome initially hit the market as a superfast way to ge(More)

Cloud storage with streaming arrives via ZumoDrive

Cloud computing has allowed many people to move the storage of their files online and, with the ability to share content easily and access it from any computer or device with an internet connection, it is clear to see why its popularity continues to grow. ZumoDrive is one of the latest services to join a growing number of cloud storage options, but it manages to stand out from the crowd by (More)

Keep on top of events with Efficient Sticky Notes 1.66

Computing has endeavoured over many years to make organising your life as simple as possible without resorting to jotting things down on a note pad and then leaving it stuck on your fridge or attached to the edge of your monitor to act as a reminder. Millions of people resort to using self-adhesive notes to keep their lives in check, but this can lead to a messy workspace or leave you in ho(More)

MVWorldviewer puts the planet on your PC background

The success of services like Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth have reinvigorated the public interest in geography through satellite imagery, but you will usually have to open a program or visit your web browser to access these tools. With the MVWorldviewer 1.4.1 you can get an overview of the entire planet posted straight to your desktop background, providing you with an up to date (More)

Speed up deleting chores with Fast Folder Eraser 1.2.0

Keeping your PC in tip top condition is a never ending battle, because you will constantly acquire files and folders that can end up hogging huge amounts of your hard drive. If you like to manually erase big groups of files housed in a single folder you will often find that Windows lags a little and you might have to sit twiddling your thumbs while you wait for everything to be deleted. To (More)

Quick PDF Tools helps with file management

The PDF file format is widely used and you may well accrue a significant number of documents of this type. Having a program which allows you to perform useful functions in a less obtrusive manner than the standard viewing and editing suites from Adobe and others, might be convenient. This is where Quick PDF Tools comes into the picture, offering a low profile way for you to manage a(More)

AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011 launches

Security software firm AVG has made a name for itself by offering one of the best free antivirus suites on the planet and, with the revamped arrival of its Anti-Virus program, now updated for 2011, it has managed to take protection to the next level.

AVG has clearly been on a quest to speed up the scanning process, while preserving the performance of the user's PC, so that stayin(More)

Password Corral arrives to offer organisation and security

Many people these days have to deal with multiple passwords in their daily lives, whether it's for work or pleasure and keeping track of the different codes which give you access to essential services can be difficult. This is where Password Corral enters the fray, offering users the opportunity to store passwords in a more secure environment and then help you remember these virtual keys an(More)

Access frequently used programs faster using Zum

A new piece of software has arrived to make your computing life that little bit easier. It helps you to load those essential programs, head to your favourite websites and start an instant messaging conversation instantly. The program in question is called Zum and it is set to thrive on the fact that it is very simple to use and best of all, completely free.

Once you have installe(More)

Password Cracker 3.86

Passwords are perhaps the weakest links in the cyber-security chain; if they're complex enough to be secure, you probably won't be able to remember them. Add the fact that every other site seems to require a password, and it's easy to see why far too many people end up using one or two simple passwords that are easy to remember, and easy to crack, too. You can write your passwords down on a piece(More)

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