7 More Freewares I Swear By But You Have Never Heard Of

Digsby – one stop shop for all your instant messaging, email notification and social network needs. [singlepic id=176 w=360 h=360]
GreatNews – a portable RSS Feed Reader, for those that do not want Google Reader to know what they’ve been reading. [singlepic id=175 w=360 h=360]
Media Player Classic – a portable, tiny and unobtrusive player for all audio, video and streaming formats. [singlepic id=173 w=302 h=328]
Miro – offline television viewing, including video podcasts, YouTube HD and more. It’s the best thing after TiVo. [singlepic id=172 w=360 h=360]
POP Peeper – a Portable multi-account email notifier supporting POP3 / IMAP / Gmail / Yahoo / MSN and more. [singlepic id=171 w=360 h=360]
Screen Loupe 2000 – magnify a specified area of your computer screen up to 8 times larger. [singlepic id=174 w=360 h=360]
TeraCopy – transfer files/folders faster over LAN or between two physical hard drives. [singlepic id=170 w=360 h=360]

1. Softwares listed in alphabetical order – each one tested under Windows XP.
2. The term ‘portable’ means the software can run from any USB flash drive / DiskOnKey / ThumbDrive.
3. Make sure you also check out my original 2008 post titled 10 Freewares I Swear By But You Have Never Heard Of.

10 Freewares I Swear By But You Have Never Heard Of

…listed in Alphabetical order – each one tested under Windows XP:

CCleaner Removes unused files and cleans traces of your online activities [singlepic id=34 w=150 h=150 float=center]
CutePDF Writer Easily convert any document to PDF format [singlepic id=35 w=150 h=150 float=center]
Easy Video Splitter Automatically or manually split large AVI, DivX, MPEG, WMV and ASF [singlepic id=36 w=150 h=150 float=center]
JFileRecovery Copy files from damaged hard drives, CDs, DVDs and Flash media [singlepic id=37 w=150 h=150 float=center]
MailWasher Automatically block email spam before using your regular email program [singlepic id=33 w=150 h=150 float=center]
QuickSearcher Search for a text string within multiple directories and files [singlepic id=39 w=150 h=150 float=center]
RoboForm2Go Memorizes your passwords on your USB key and automatically logs you into online accounts [singlepic id=32 w=150 h=150 float=center]
SizeMe Assists backing up files by filling up each disc as much as possible [singlepic id=38 w=150 h=150 float=center]
UltraVNC Connect to a remote PC and work on it or transfer files (similar to pcAnywhere) [singlepic id=40 w=150 h=150 float=center]
WindizUpdate Keep your Windows up-to-date without using Microsoft Update [singlepic id=41 w=150 h=150 float=center]
Honorobale mention:
ShowIP Shows and logs the local IP and the WAN IP in the system tray ShowIP by bitsoft

Basic Computer Hygiene

This is what I call basic computer hygiene: firewall, antivirus and anti-spyware programs are the computer world’s equivalent of toothbrush, soap and deodorant. I know some people don’t use deodorants and I know some people do not use a firewall, and I think both of them stink and are offensive to their fellow citizens. Most of the spam and viruses of the world are spread by bots – tiny programs that infiltrate these people’s computers and spread unsolicited emails or viruses.

Here are three free programs to get you started on being a decent human being: ZoneAlarm Firewall, AVG AntiVirus, Lavasoft Ad-Aware.