Real Free Software from the Internet

Free Internet Stuff – The stuff I like and recommend and is truly free

Not all “Free” software on the internet is actually free. Most come with some type of ad-ware and worse that installs with it. Or the software is time limited, or even just a lie that forces you to end up paying in order to fix or make work correctly. This list is a set of software I’ve found to be as close to 100% free as you can get. At worst it might need consideration during install in order for it to not load your computer with something you don’t want. (i.e. UNCHECK those toolbar boxes, etc etc…)

Quick Install – pick what you want on a new system and one click install them all.  And, they uncheck the add-ons for you so you get no crap ware.  (Don’t forget that Windows 8 doesn’t need Flash or Anti-Virus installed…) – An interesting command line package tool.  Does similar work like Ninite, but command line and more packages.  (rumor is this might be part of Windows 10!

Host File Blocking I’m not sure this is the best way to block malicious web sites, but it does work for some…  – THIS is a good way to block malicious sites.  Not all, but should help if nothing else.

Sites for Freeware: – Good starting points but be carefull, they tend to go quantity over quality. Confessions of a freeware junkie (Good lists for freeware) Free Software Foundation – Good for techies, lotsa utilities. – Windows 7 Tool bar customizer. – Looks good, but haven’t tried it much yet… – Quite a few utilities and such – “no ads, no crapware, no bs” 🙂

Apps for a USB stick Great for making bootable OS install USB drives.

Windows 8/10 New stuff for the new OSes – yet another start menu for Windows 8.  It’s installable from – This one’s not free, but worth a mention.  Here’s the old start menu. 🙂 – get the OS key from an OEM BIOS… – get your old key back – Get the Windows Experience back in 8.1 – Makes old icons pretty in Windows 8/10 start menu. – Disable or block Windows 10 update.  I DO NOT recommend this, but some folks think they need it.

Various Tools – Ultimate Boot CD – a great list of info and tools for Windows 7/8 – Live Essentials Microsoft freebies for Vista. Good stuff, including parental control stuff, movie editing, blogging, etc etc. Super Tweak program for Windows. – If you know what OCR is, this is a great service. – Use to edit file associations with ease. – PC inventory – Keep Windows desktop organized. – Turn an .iso file into a bootable USB stick. – Free video conferencing. – System Information Tool. Speccy! – Space Sniffer.  See what’s taking up space on your hard drive. – Game cheating tool 🙂 – screen capture to video software. – put iso files on a sd card/usb drive.  –  remote desktop software tool

LABS – These are web pages for testing concepts of software. Really cool stuff on some pages. – Microsoft Office Labs – Google guys. Lots of good stuff. – Mozilla (Firefox browser) test software – Hulu’s experiments – Fun stuff for news gathering

AV –  Windows 7 will automatically install Security Essentials, and Windows 8 has Defender already there, which is also Security Essentials, but only in Windows 8.  But if you want to try others… – Microsoft’s Free AV for home use. GOOD STUFF! – large foot print, but easy to use. – Rated to be good, I’ve not tried it yet. – Rated good for spyware removal. – portable version of above. – Rootkit finder. – Find all auto starting processes. – Yes, Macs get viruses too.  So do Linux boxes, but I haven’t found a good Linux AV yet. – Some folks are liking this new one.  Basic is free, advanced is not.

Security – Various other security related web sites.  – online AV  – online AV  Free SSL for web site/e-mail etc.  Helpful if you admin smaller sites.

Networking – Firewall, not really needed in Windows 7 – Really cool tool to turn any Windows 7 PC into a wireless router.

Office – OpenOffice is da bomb!  Don’t forget to turn on “save as .doc” in settings or you get their weird format. – An extension off Open Office.  Some say it’s better.  Don’t forget to turn on “save as .doc” in settings or you get their weird format. – free fonts without spyware threats. – Cool demos and experimental software for Office/Windows – Microsoft Visio replacement. – Uninstall Office completely.  Needed if you get stuck with a new install or re-install. – Outlook 2013 removed the upcoming events in the side pane, this re-adds them. – …or this one, seems to be better.  – A slick macro to get the password of a protected Excel file

E-Mail server – Full e-mail server and totally free. OK, this one is not free. But if you are a small business, you can’t do much better. It’s almost 100% like Exchange, even cell phone sync OTA to it as if it were Exchange. 1/2 the cost of Exchange too. –  really looking good these days.  They have paid services too that compete quite well (I’m still a Kerio fan tho…)

Online file type conversion

Defrag – This one seems to be the best, but it’s slower. – Gui over an older command line defrag. Does some things different. – nother good 1 – as good as diskeeper? – Newer and seems to do a better job than all the above. I’m currently using this one.

Hard Drive Cleaner -Good, but be careful what you clean, it does too much sometimes. – Completely erases old hard drives by writing zeros, etc to drive surface.

Hard Drive Recovery – Free sector by sector drive scraping. – Partition fixers

Zip Tool – the best IMHO, has 64-bit flavors. – a bit easier to use, but sometimes buggy.

Free PDF Printer – All have pluses and minuses. Not sure which one to recommend. – new, might be very nice. same as above… – new and has a good paid version too. I usually install this one on every machine I build. (through – unlocks protected PDF files. Use with discression. – little utility to put a page number on all pages of a PDF file. – convert most PDF files so you can edit them in word.

PDF Reader/Editors – Adobe without the trash! – Blows Adobe PDF Reader outa the water! 64-bit too! I’d use this one over Adobe Reader any day. – Fix the 64-bit OS preview problem for PDF files. – Free PDF Editor. – another editor, this on 100% online.

Folder/File admin – Much better copying than basic Explorer can do. – Windows 7 Library tool, adds network locations to Win7 libraries. – Microsoft’s Rich Copy utility. – Find duplicate files!!! – classic shell for Vista, 7 and YES FOR 8!!!  Woot! Just what the web site says… Deep file searching.

Video players – Easiest, Fastest. There are others, but they are too geeky for most. This one is the best IMHO. – a new concept in media center software. Works fantastic with a remote. – Similar to Boxee.

Video DVD Ripping – Anyone have anything better than these? If so, comment to let us know. or + +
one recommended way:
or – New, very popular right now (slow development though…) – not free some new formats need this. – new beta does DVD and Blu-Ray – simple converter – YouTube HD Downloader

Audio players/converters – of course My favorite. – converter – iTunes replacement – Still need iTunes unfortunately. My recommendation? Don’t buy an iPod. Sansa or Creative are much better, AND much cheaper! Airplay on a Windows machine!

Security Video Motion Capture – – many settings, but difficult to use. – Super simple, but not many settings.  – Full featured and free.  Charges for remote and e-mail features though.

CD/DVD ISO Image burning – Since XP, Windows had a lot of burning ability built in. These add to that. W7 also has ISO burning as a feature, so these may not be needed any more. – dirt simple ISO burner. W7 has built in. – Nero free version. Use fake e-mail to download. Watch and turn off tool bar install. – Rated very high, very simple image to disc to image to whatever tool.


Telnet – Putty, does it all.

Text/HTML/vbs Editing – The one I currently use.

I.E. stuff – BackRex I.E. settings backup – Password keeper for I.E.  – normally i hate these, but this time I.E. 9’s download methods stink, so this is a temp fix. – classic shell for I.E. 9.  Yes I.E. 9 works fantastic, but is annoying to use.

TV Tuner Software – A little more featured than most that come with TV tuners. – Doesn’t tune a TV tuner (yet), but streams a LOT of TV content over the net. Makes for an excellent Media Center PC.

Graphics/Drawing/Photo Editing – – I install on all machines I build – Vector drawing. – Good 2nd place one. – really neat idea – Photolapse, for turning multiple photos into animation. – My fav pic viewing and simple editing program. – Google’s attempt, Extremely good for beginners, and those who want to post on web sites for families or businesses. I recommend highly! – Even MS is getting into freebies… Includes more stuff too, like family safety stuff. Worth a check! – Really cool picture effect for making a picture look toyish. – Cool software all over this site, this link is for their free MOSAIC software. – HDR processor, not friendly but powerful. – LightZone is professional-level digital darkroom software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux – darktable is an open source photography workflow application and RAW developer.

Dual Monitors? – Some swear by this, I don’t use but does give a LOT of control over multiple monitors. What? You don’t use multiple monitors? Why not? Windows has been able to control multiple monitors since Windows ’95. Use this software only if needed, which 99% of you probably won’t need.

PC Diag Tools – Helps solve problems with Windows. Speeds up boot too. – disk reporting tools

Online Money Manager – Very nice and easy. Access anywhere! (now owned by Quicken, go figure!) – You know these guys had to get into it. So if you’re used to the Quicken style, this is where to start. Free for now…

Remote Desktop Support – Requires an account to be setup, but is the best I’ve used.  I use it both for personal and work.  They do push a 1 month trial of the paid version when you first install, but you can update the options after the install to set it to free.  It also has a paid iPhone/iPad app for remoting to your computers. – From the folks.  Awesome quick screen sharing, view only.  I use it for allowing 2 people, one with logmein, and a view only with this. – help friends a family, no login required for them – some say better than crossloop. – Manage remote desktops (RDP, VNC) on your LAN in one app. – Free for personal AND business. – Haven’t tried this one.

Backups – My favorite for simple PC to whatever type of backups. – online up to 2 gig free – online up to 2 gig free – disk partition ISO file. – Said as good as Apple’s Time Machine – H.D. Close Simple Windows Imaging Tool. – Roadkil’s Unstoppable Copier.  Simple yet works. – Clone to USB disk

File/Drive Encryption – simple, clean.  I normally just use 7-zip, but this seems to be stronger.

Laptop Stuff – Two finger Apple like scrolling on Synaptics pads. – multi finger drivers from Synaptics.

Password recovery/Product Key recovery for Windows/Office – Get the ISO, burn it to a CD and boot from it. – Key finder will display your product key for most software.

Database Tools – DBF Viewer for viewing a lot of older database files.

How To articles and other info… – Windows 7 stuff – Time Servers to keep your computer clock correct. – Windows 8 tips




Setting up a flash drive for an OS install

Run CMD.EXE and type the following. Note: This set of commands assumes that the USB flash drive is addressed as “disk 1″. you should double check that by doing a list of the disks (type “list disk”) before cleaning it. If you have multiple hard drives, like an SDFlash drive or a Multibay drive, you could end up wiping your second drive using this command.
1. diskpart
2. select disk 9 (or whatever the number is)
3. clean
4. create partition primary
5. select partition 1
6. active
7. format fs=fat32 quick
8. assign
9. exit
Copy Windows Vista’s DVD ROM content to the Flash DriveSimply issue the following command to start copying all the content from the Windows Vista DVD to your newly formatted high speed flash drive.
xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\ (drag and drop seems to work too)

OR use this much easier to transfer and ISO to USB.

Also, to figure out what version of Windows is on a USB stick:
dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:E:\sources\install.wim /index:1



(after thinking about the above statement, here’s some free games I’ve found that are worth your time.) – One of my FAVORITE games is now free to play!!! – Spending way too much time here. 🙂 – From game maker students. Interesting stuff (the above came form here) – Fun stuff for FPS fans. – an FPS made by the US Army. Actually extremely good. – A good free MMORPG – Another good free MMORPG – Paid games, but free if played online. Board style and older types, but good. – filled with all types of flash based games. – Build an empire online. – Mechwarrior 4. Now free. Good old 3d combat game. – fun 2D game. – Retro MS DOS game on the web – New retro gaming archive.  Must see!

In the name of Science! – Folding@Home, help cure stuff! – A protein folding game? Yep. – Rosetta@Home, more protein folding.


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