Well…disaster struck my own personal laptop and killed my hard drive. Fortunately I had backed up everything important. After replacing the hard drive I have to rebuild my pc from scratch.
With the exception of the operating system (windows xp pro with SP3) everything on the laptop is a free app that you can download. Using all of the free apps I can do almost everything I need to do on a day to day basis.
Here is a list of the free apps I installed ( in no particular order) and a brief description of each.
Many of these program are on my Top 10 Most useful free progams list as well.
Free Security Software
- AVG Antivirus – Free Antivirus Software
- Zone Alarm – Firewall software
- AdAware – Very Good Free Spam and Spyware removal software
- Spybot Search and Destroy – Very Good Free Spam and Spyware removal software
- Windows Defender – Windows Spam and Spyware removal software
- Malewarebytes – Very Good Free Spam and Spyware removal software
Free File Transfer Software
- WinSCP – Secure file transfer
- Filezilla – free FTP client
Free Remote PC Connection Software
- VNC – Control Remote PCs
- UltraVNC – Control Remote PCs
Free Virutal Computing Software
- Microsoft Virtual PC – Allows me to create and run virtual machine. Good for testing OSes
- VMWare Player – Allows me to run VMware Appliances
- Virtual Box – Allows me to create and run virtual machine. Good for testing OSes
- Firefox – Very good Web Browser
- Google Chrome – Very good web browser
Free Office Productivity Software
- Notepad ++ – very good notepad replacement with many more features
- Infra Recorder – free CD/DVD burning software
- Klok – Best personal time tracking software available
- Open Office 3 – MS Office replacement.
Free Image Tools/Software
- Picasa 3 – Photo editing and organization
- Gimp – free Photo Editing software
- Paint.Net – free photo editing software
- Adobe Acrobat Reader – need to open PDF files
- Adobe Flash Player – plugin for browsers to allow flash content
- Putty – free SSH client
- Izarc – free file compression software
- CCleaner – disk cleanup software
Please post a comment if you have other good ones not listed.