Where Has All the Free Computer Software Gone?

Where Has All the Free Computer Software Gone?

There was a time when you could find endless supply of free software for your Windows operating system. However; over the years free seems to have become a bad word, because everyone wants a little piece of the action, everyone seems to want to make a buck. Or when you go and download something free it is filled with spyware, advertising and restrictions on what you can do with the program and the free version. It just does not seem like a good idea to download free computer software today.

Although it seems that most free programs are just not worth it, there still are some items that still exist as truly free programs. There are still some free full featured products that you can come across such as system utilities, some great office applications, nice image editors, security tools and quite a few others that cost you nothing not even advertising to get in the way of you using them.

If you are in need of some good free utilities there are several that are worth looking into. Kill Win lets you program you computer to shut down, restart and log off at times and dates you choose. This is great if you want to run a backup for your system.

If you have XP and you want tweaks for the system simply check out the Windows XP Power Toys. This is a set of utilities have a variety of tweaks to choose from. Some of the better ones are Alt Tab Replacement, this helps you toggle between different apps you may have open. Power Calculator is a calculator that performs different math tricks and is a graphing calculator. Image Resizer allows a person to resize one image or several at the same time with a click of your mouse. If you have a webcam, Webcam Timer shot can be programmed to take pictures when you have scheduled them, upload and save the image files. If you do not have a bootable CD for your XP system you can go and get the Windows XP Setup Disks, this is the home edition and allows you to make bootable floppies of you system.

If you just rely upon the recycle bin to delete items and not a shredding program you will know that not all files are completed deleted by the recycle bin this is good in some ways because you can use a program called Restoration that can retrieve files that perhaps you did not mean to delete and this program will restore those files.

If you love to keep in contact with all your family and friends through instant messaging it can sometimes be a problem because of the different instant message programs people use. Trillian however; can be used to send messages to people who use IRC, AIM, ICQ, MSN and Yahoo Messenger.

If you want a better browsing experience then you should consider trying out Mozilla Firefox. This is a great browser that is more elegant and functions far better than Internet Explorer ever dreamed of. It offers a variety of different tools to make the browser uniquely yours.

It is a must that we have programs that programs help protect our computers. If you are looking for something that is excellent and is free you will not find much out there that are worth the download. There are two out there that are as good as any program you have to pay for and those are the free versions of AVG Anti Virus and Avast. Both excellent programs that even stop you from continuing onto a site that they have picked up as being dangerous or contains a virus.