11. Comodo Internet Security [Comodo Firewall + Antivirus] - the multi-layered security application.
It is security application that constantly monitors and protects your PC from against all Internet attacks, blocks malicious software like Trojans, secures personal data against stealing and provides end-point protection for computers and network; a total computer security for advanced users and beginners from all kind of outbound and inbound attacks. It's easy to install and use and passes the industry's most vigorous firewall "leak" tests. The most up to date version can be downloaded from here.
12.Avira Antivir Personal- Free Antivirus software
Avira AntiVir is a project developed on Heidelberg University, and it grew from a student/professor project into a fully blown antivirus program that helps to protect your computer against dangerous viruses, worms, Trojans and dialers. For home users provides more than satisfying protection, it is very easy to use and doesn't slow down your computer. The latest version can be downloaded here
13.Spybot Search & Destroy - Spyware protection application
This is just a great spyware protection program. Spybot detects and removes a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer and can clean program and Web-usage tracks from your system, which is very useful if you share your computer. Version 1.6.2 brings the support for the latest Opera releases, Google Chrome, and improved support for fast user switching while Spybot is running, and it is available in 55 different languages. You can use this program along with Windows Defender and other anti-spyware/adware programs for added protection.
14.AVG Antivirus Free Edition - Free Antivirus software, a BSN* reccomendation for notebooks and netbooks.
AVG Antivirus is a well-known antivirus protection tool that provides antivirus and antispyware protection. It is easy to use and have low system requirements so it won't slow down your computer [especially desirable for all the notebooks and netbooks]. It includes automatic update, the AVG Resident Shield, which provides real-time protection when files/programs are opened and run, AVG Virus Vault for safe dealing with infected files and free Virus Database Updates for the lifetime of the product. The latest 8.5 version can be downloaded from official pages although in the time of writing this they were experiencing some server problems.
15.IrFanView is graphic viewer and editor like MS Paint, but a whole lot better. It has a lots of options and is fully customizable with plug-ins and skins. It is pretty fast and compact image viewer/converter, supporting many file formats. Also includes multi-language support, Thumbnail option, Painting, slideshow, toolbar skins, fast directory browsing, batch conversion/editing, multipage editing, file search, change color depth, scanning, cut/crop, IPTC edit, capturing, lossless JPG operations, effects... Latest version 4.23 includes Added History list for Random slideshow; New multipage images menu: Create Multipage PDF; Option to save changes on exit; Options to set start parameters for external editors; New Thumbnail option.
16.MozBackup is a simple utility for creating backups of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite and Netscape profiles. It allows you to backup and restore bookmarks, mail, contacts, history, extensions, cache... It works works on Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista. The latest version available is 1.4.9 and comes with support of Songbird, quicker backups, and better backups of portable versions as well as some bugfixes.
17.Avast Antivirus Home Edition is antivirus program that includes anti-spyware and anti-rootkit protections. It auto updates the definitions and optionally the program itself. It also includes On demand scanner with skinnable simple interface; On access scanner, special providers to protect the most of available e-mail clients; Instant messaging--ICQ, Miranda; Network traffic--intrusion detection, lightweight firewall; P2P protection for Kazaa, BitTorrent; Web shield--monitors and filters all HTTP traffic; NNTP scanner--scans all Usenet Newsgroup traffic and all operations with files on PC; Boot time scanner. The latest version is 4.8.
18.Chrome is simple and spartan looking web browser developed by Google. A few days ago a new update was released and it is about 30% faster in doing complicated tasks than it was before. Still it is available only for Windows XP and Vista, while versions for Linux and Mac OS are expected in second half of this year. The newest version you can download from here
19.Auslogics Disk Defrag defrags your hard drive. It is designed for fast optimization of modern hard disks and it gets the maximum performance out of your hardware. It is extremely simple to use, does not require any analysis phase and it is faster than the supplied Windows-based defragmentation tool. The latest version 22.214.171.124 [beta] adds the capability to defragment all drives at once, the capability to analyze any disk, full Unicode encoding support, and defragmentation speed improved by 30%.
20.GTalk is a free Windows and web-based application for instant messaging and voice over internet protocol (VOIP) . But with the release of the Google Talk gadget users of all platforms supported by Adobe Flash Player can also use Google Talk. It also includes offline messaging and voice mailing. It can be downloaded from here.
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