Having just reformatted my computer, I was in need of several basic computer programs to carry out common tasks. Like many people, I did not have all my software cds from when I originally purchased my computer, so I was missing a lot of needed programs after reformatting. Simple things, like burning a CD, running a virus scan, staying protected by a firewall and other issues were needed, yet I didn’t have software for these. However, I am an avid follower of several tech websites and was able to find awesome, free programs with good reviews from these websites. Here is my list of the top five freebie software programs available for legal download online.
There are tons of commercial CD and DVD burning programs out there. However, why pay for one when ImageBurn is completely free? ImageBurn, called the “Ultimate ImageBurner” is available online at http://www.imgburn.com/ and offers an amazingly intuitive and easy to use interface, with DVD and CD support.
An antivirus program is a must-have in this day of Internet virus threats. I used to use and recommend AVG free antivirus program to my friends, however I have recently switched to AVIRA Antivirus. It is also free, yet it seems to take up less system resources when compared to AVG and it seems to have, in my experience, a better virus detection rate. Finally, it does have one downside-occasional ad popups when users update it, but this can be turned off through a value edit, instructions available online (Google “avira popup block”). Avira may be downloaded at http://www.free-av.com/.
Firewall’s are basically just as important as good antivirus program, and just like the free Avira, there is also a free firewall: Comodo Firewall. It’s lightweight and doesn’t hog system resources-always a good thing! Get it today at http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/.
Sure, you may have Windows Media Player on your computer already, but it pales in comparison when it comes to codec support and usability as compared to the awesome FLVPlayer. FLV is very lightweight, with a huge fan base online. The best thing is the sheer number of codecs and features pre-built into the player, and the fact that it is free, available at http://www.flvplayer.com/.
Photoshop may be the “Xerox” of the photo editing and image manipulation but freebie Gimp offers a some stiff competition. It takes a little getting used to, but has most of the main features Photoshop has, and its free! Try it today from http://www.gimp.org/.