Home Edition is an excellent free antivirus -
well worth a download.
Alarm Free is a good firewall for those on
Vista and 7 both have excellent built in
is a good free online virus
scanner. Only a small download, and works
alongside your currently installed anti-virus.
a direct replacement to Microsoft Office.
Completely free, and compatible with Office.
a powerful graphics editor to rival the industry
leader, Photoshop, but it's free! It is rather
complicated to learn though.
a simple graphics viewer, with some basic editing
options. Great for minor changes to your holiday
internet nasties that your anti-virus doesn't see
as a risk, such as tracking cookies etc. Useful
addition for any computer system. Make sure you
get the free version.
you to clear up your PC's temporary files
automatically - and even cleans up your registry
a free Audio and Video player that can play
virtually any audio or video format without the
need for additional codecs.
Download.com is a great website, with a vast
collection of freeware, shareware and full
paid-for software. Each piece of software comes
with reviews so you can see what your downloading.
System Care Free is a good FREE system checker
and registry cleaner.
Freeware: A piece of software that's free
to use - sometimes you can only use it free if
your a home user. Often a cut-down version of the
full package, and sometimes comes with
"nag-screens" asking you to download and buy the
Shareware: Software that's free to download
and try. The authors of the software accept
payment from you in return from using their
software, but unlike other software, you only need
to buy it if you use it - so they are great to
download and try. Most shareware won't expire if
you don't buy it, but it's "etiquette" to pay for
it if you use it.
Trialware: Many software packages now come
with a "try before you buy". Similar to shareware
in some ways, but generally Trialware will expire
after the set period (normally 30 days). Major
software houses, such as Apple and Microsoft use
this system for their new software.