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AlternativeTo - Social Software Recommendations. NirSoft - freeware utilities: password recovery, system utilities, desktop utilities. Freeware Nonags - Free Software Downloads. Secunia PSI. One of the biggest security threats out there doesn't come from malicious hackers or online identity thieves.

Secunia PSI

It actually comes from you, the innocent PC user and your out-of-date software. But you can put an end to that threat with the free Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI), which identifies and helps patch the problematic programs you may be running. Like earlier versions of the app, Secunia PSI scans your computer to identify the software programs you're running, and lets you know whether or not they are up to date. Its interface is friendly enough that it won't intimidate newbies, yet provides enough information about the overall security of your PC to keep more advanced users satisfied. The main Dashboard gives a quick summary of your PC's security, which includes a notification of your overall system score and how it compares to other users. Secunia PSI provides a free, easy way to stay on top of an important aspect of your PC's security. --Liane Cassavoy. Review: Ninite turns setting up a new computer into a quick, painless process.

A new computer is like a box of chocolates... if the box were half-full of chocolates you didn't care for, and you had to get all of the good bonbons separately, one by one.

Review: Ninite turns setting up a new computer into a quick, painless process

In other words, new computers are often encumbered with unwanted software (also known as crapware), and don't come with the tools you really need to get work done. To get rid of the crapware, there's PC Decrapifier. But once that's gone, you have to install all of the good stuff--and where free utility Ninite can make your life blissfully simple. Unlike most applications, you start using Ninite before you even download it. Just go to Ninite.com and start ticking checkboxes for free applications you want to install on your computer.

Once you're done checking all of the boxes for the applications you'd like to install, click the big Get Installer button at the bottom of the page. When you come back, all of your software will be installed. Old versions of Windows, Mac and Linux Software, Apps & Abandonware Games - Download at OldVersion.com. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus and Antispyware by Lavasoft. MaskMe - Block Spam With Disposable Emails And Protect Your Passwords. Big List of Free Windows Utilities and Tools. There are hundreds of free tools for doing Windows administrative and management tasks.

Big List of Free Windows Utilities and Tools

The site 4sysops has put together a large list that is worth looking at. When I last checked, it contained 389 applications. Many of these are quite specialized but the list also contains a substantial number that are of general interest, including familiar names that you will find in the recommendations at Gizmo’s. The author of the list has divided it into categories and I have put links below to the categories that I think most appropriate for Gizmo’s readers.

Take a look – you may find some useful utilities you didn’t know about. Please note that these links are not recommendations but are informational only and are for you to explore. Get your own favorite tip published! This tips section is maintained by Vic Laurie. Click here for more items like this. Den4b.com. Glary Utilities - Free System Utilities to Clean Registry, Fix PC Errors, Protect Privacy. Social Fixer for Facebook fixes annoyances, adds features, and enhances existing functionality to make Facebook more fun and efficient. Best Windows Software. Windows is bathed in a sea of free applications.

Best Windows Software

Which ones can you trust and which ones are the best? Consult this list for ideas and discover apps you didn’t know existed. We’re continuously seeking out the best Windows software for all your needs. Almost all of the applications are free and you can quickly find what you need by browsing the listed programs by category. Note that some installers pack bloatware, useless adware that’s pre-selected to install. Last updated: December 19 2014 Navigation: Antivirus | Malware Removal | Firewalls | Defragging | File Recovery | Uninstallers | Backup & Sync | PC Maintenance | Browsers | Email Clients | Communication Tools | Image Viewers | Image Editors | Audio Tools | Video Tools | Files & Drives | Online File Storage Tools | Text Editing | PDF Tools | Ebooks, Productivity | Optical & Disc Image Tools | Download Tools | Miscellaneous Antivirus ^ Antivirus tools are a cornerstone in protecting your computer from external attacks.

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