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Computer Tips and Tricks: Best Free Softwares

This week's blog is all about free softwares. Not just free, but the BEST free softwares that you can download at home. These are recommended applications that we can use everyday at work and/or at home, from internet security to photo or video editing. If you'd like to see more of these softwares, check it out at PCMAG.com

SECURITY
  • avast! 4 Home Edition
    A slick antivirus application that scans files on demand and on access, including e-mail attachments.
  • Comodo Firewall
    This firewall keeps the hackers out and keeps unauthorized programs from accessing the Internet, even tricky ones that sneak around normal program control.
  • StartupMonitor
    This application will alert you to programs that try to install themselves whenever you boot up Windows.
PRODUCTIVITY
  • Notepad++
    This is the advanced version of the Microsoft built-in text editor. A source-code editor that includes macros, collapsible sections, and syntax coloring for over 40 programming languages, from HTML and JavaScript to Fortran and Smalltalk.
  • OpenOffice.org
    The alternative to Microsoft Office. It includes a very capable word processor and spreadsheet that are compatible with MS Office files. There's also a presentation app, a diagramming tool, and a database.
UTILITIES & MANAGEMENT
  • Foxit Reader
    Adobe Acrobat can slow older systems to a crawl -- or even crash them. This application lets you get your PDF goodness without the Adobe bloat. It runs small and swift, either as a standalone app or from within your browser.
  • Gaim
    Gaim is a multiprotocol instant-messaging client that works with Google Talk, AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, IRC, Yahoo, and more.
  • RoboForm
    RoboForm automatically fills in username and password fielsds in your browser, with an option to password-protect them.
MUSIC & AUDIO
  • Audacity
    A powerful audio editing/recording package software that works on Linux, Mac, and Windows. Perfect for quick recordings and editing long files.
  • CDex
    CDex is a CD-ripping and file-conversion software for the extremely picky. It includes many different encoders and also has jutter correction for error-free CD ripping.
VIDEO & GRAPHICS
  • GIMP
    A powerful and efficient open-sourge bitmap-editing package. You'll need to get used to its nonstandard menus.
  • Picasa 2.0
    A photo-management tool from Google that creates a library of images on your computer, sorted by date.
  • Winamp
    A classic alternative music player that supports every audio format.


Keep on checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
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