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Security

Anti-Malware Applications

Basic - These applications may not have the features of other free anti-malware applications such as realtime scanning, scheduled scanning, etc.

SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition - A very thorough application for removing spyware
Pros - Very thorough malware scanning
Cons - Finds some false positives

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware - A very thorough application for removing malware
Pros - Very thorough malware scanning
Cons - Finds some false positives

Ad-Aware Free - A popular application for removing malware
Pros - Effective malware scanning
Cons - Not as thorough as SUPERAntiSpyware or Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Spybot - Search & Destroy - A popular application for removing malware
Pros - Effective malware scanning and has preventative features to prevent future infections
Cons - Not as thorough as SUPERAntiSpyware or Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Full Featured - These applications include features that the basic applications may not have but may still not have all features of their paid versions.

Panda Cloud Antivirus Free - A very thorough free cloud computing-based malware scanner
Pros - Simple, easy-to-use interface, very thorough malware scanning, light on resources
Cons - Does not have scheduled scanning

Avira AntiVir Personal - A very thorough free malware scanner with realtime detection
Pros - Very thorough malware scanning
Cons - Finds some false positives

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition - A very thorough malware scanner with realtime detection
Pros - Very thorough malware scanning
Cons - Not as thorough as Avira AntiVir Personal

avast! Home Edition - A very thorough malware scanner with realtime detection
Pros - Very thorough malware scanning
Cons - Not as thorough as Avira AntiVir Personal

Firewalls

Comodo Firewall Pro
Pros - A solid firewall
Cons - Can cause some compatibility issues with some applications

ZoneAlarm Firewall
Pros - A solid firewall
Cons - Can occasionally cause system instability

 

 

System Optimizers

Diskeeper - A great defragmenter
Pros - One of the best disk defragmenters
Cons - None

 

 

Diagnostic Applications

Process Explorer - One of the best Windows task manager replacements. It has very detailed information about currently running processes that may help with troubleshooting problems.
Pros - Excellent task manager alternative
Cons - None

Autoruns - One of the most thorough Windows startup managers.
Pros - Very thorough startup scanner
Cons - None

HijackThis - A utility for finding malware hijack points
Pros - Thorough startup/hijack point manager
Cons - Many types of malware can easily hide themselves from HijackThis

BartPE - A great tool for recovering data from an unbootable drive
Pros - Helps to create a bootable version of Windows in order to boot into Windows when booting from the hard drive is not possible due to a crash
Cons - Can be difficult to use

Ultimate Boot CD - A great boot CD for diagnosing hardware problems
Pros - Contains many diagnostic tools
Cons - GUI is very basic

Dependency Walker - A utility for finding dependency problems within modules
Pros - Great utility for troubleshooting dependency problems
Cons - None

 

 

Media Players

VLC Media Player - One of the most popular and versatile applications for viewing multiple media formats
Pros - Very versatile media player for many media formats
Cons - Somewhat buggy

RealPlayer - A good multimedia player
Pros - Supports a good range of media formats

WinAmp - A versatile audio player
Pros - Good media player with many plug-in options
Cons - Lacks built-in support for some popular media formats

Media Player Classic - A good multimedia player
Pros - Good media player
Cons - Not as versatile as VLC Media Player

 

Image Viewers

IrfanView - A versatile application for viewing multiple image formats
Pros - Compatible with multiple image formats and has some editing capability
Cons - None

 

Image Editors

GIMP - One of the best and most popular image editors
Pros - Very versatile freeware image editor with plug-in support
Cons - None

Paint.NET - A great image editor
Pros - Has a well laid out interface
Cons - Not as versatile as GIMP

 

Audio Editors

Audacity - Audacity is one of the best free audio editors for Windows.
Pros - A great free audio editor with some nice features
Cons - Somewhat buggy

 

Browsers

Firefox - One of the most popular web browsers and is highly customizable.
Pros - Highly customizable browser
Cons - Can have slow loading times and can consume large amounts of RAM

Google Chrome - A fast popular browser by Google
Pros - A generally fast web browser
Cons - Can be somewhat slow on some systems

Opera - A fast popular web browser
Pros - A fast web browser
Cons - Some pages fail to work properly

File Archivers

7-Zip - A great file archiver with high compression ratios
Pros - A very versatile file archiver with high compression ratios and compatibility with multiple file formats
Cons - The 7z format generally takes significantly longer than zip files when archiving.

 

Uninstallers

Revo Uninstaller - A great application for thoroughly uninstalling software
Pros - Usually accurately uninstalls applications along with their traces
Cons - Does not have installation monitoring/snapshots

 

Duplicate Cleaners

Duplicate Cleaner - An excellent application for finding duplicate files
Pros - Great utility for finding duplicate files with useful filters to narrow down results
Cons - None

 

Other Utilities

Belarc Advisor - A good application for profiling Windows computers
Pros - Collects and displays useful information
Cons - No customizable settings

 

NOTE: Most of these programs are free, so if a program helps you significantly, we recommend donating a small amount of money to the developers of the program, purchasing the full product, or giving feedback in order to keep the program in development.

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