I am compiling a list of freeware tools that can do almost everything you want to do on your computer. Leave comments if you think i missed something.
OpenOffice – This one is the best alternative to Microsoft office suite majority of us are used to. Give it a try and its worth the money. Its free no money needed though but do almost everything that microsoft office suite does.
AbiWord – Its a decent Text editor for your small needs. Its not as comprehensive as Microsoft Word or open office word replacement but decent enough for many people.
Adobe Reader – Every one knows this though. Its the free reader that Acrobat provides for reading PDF files.
Foxit PDF Reader – Another PDF reader, an alternative to adobe reader and its much lighter.
– A tool used to create pdf documents from other formats.
Sunbird – Its a calendar/organizer good enough for all your needs.
EssentialPIM Free – AnotherÂ calendar/organizer.
7-Zip – A free compression program more than good enough for personal use and do all that commercial compression products do.
Firefox – A web browser thats almost on the verge of replacing Internet explorerÂ from No.1 position soon.
Maxthon – Another decent web browser.
Opera – Another light weight web browser offering tons of functionality.
Thunderbird – A email client good enough to replace outlook express or outlook.
Free Download Manager – A download manager good enough for downloading stuff fast using multiple connections.
FlashGet – Another freeÂ download manager
HTTrack – A offline browser or website copier letting you download whole website on your hard disk.
RSSOwl -Â A great RSS reader.
ÂµTorrent -A torrent client.Most light weight and widely used for downloading stuff using torrent technology.
Azureus – Another torrent client but a bit heavier one.
BitComet – Another torrent client.
– A IP blocker used to block connections from certain IPs while you download using torrent clients.
Live Messenger – Popular IM client from Microsoft.
Yahoo Messenger – Another chat client from yahoo.
Pidgin – chat client
Skype – VOIP client used for PC to PC and PC to Phone talks.
Google Talk -Â VOIP client from google.
AVG Free – Most popular free antivirus from AVG.
Avast Home Free – Another free antivirus from avast providing good enough protection for home users.
AntiVir PersonalEdition – Another free antivirus from Avira.
BitDefender Free – Free antivirus from Bitdefender but not with a real time protection.
– Most popular anti-spyware used for protecting your system.
Spybot: Search & Destroy – Another anti-spyware providing good security from spywares
Windows Defender – A anti-spyware offered by Microsoft bundled along with Vista and Windows 7. Can be installed on Windows XP too.
ZoneAlarm -The best firewall offered by Zonealarm.
Simple File Shredder – IT is used for securely deletingÂ files.
TheKMplayer – The best media player ever i came across.
VLC – Another video player having great features including broadcasting options.
Media Player Classic – Small but great video player
Zoom Player – video player
GOM Player – video player
RocketDock – application launcher
LClock – Windows Longhorn clock
Yâ€™z Dock – application launcher
Microsoft TweakUI – system settings
BricoPacks – shell packs
ShellPacks – shell packs
– GUI enhancer
Vista Transformation Pack – complete visual style
Vista Sound Scheme – Windows Vista sound scheme
Royale Theme – visual style theme for windows XP