Free Desktop Software

PC INSPECTOR Smart Recovery
This program will help recover files when they have been unintentionally deleted or the storage media was formatted. The program can recover pictures, video and sound files from Flash Card, Smart Media, SONY Memory Stick, FUJI XD, IBM Micro Drive, Multimedia Card, Secure Digital Card, Compact Flash Cards or any other data carrier for digital cameras. A must-have application for owners of digital cameras.
This is an Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage. It should come in particularly handy for users who do a lot of web-based text entry (e.g. web mails, forums, blogs, diaries). You get to store and use your personal word list across all your applications, instead of maintaining separate ones on each application.
With this program you can make icon backgrounds transparent, select any color for icon backgrounds, save and restore icon positions for different screen resolutions, select any color for icon text, automatically or manually select the best color for the text background, dynamically hide icons when you don't need them and show them when you do and quickly minimize all windows so that you can see your desktop wallpaper.
Password Safe
Password Safe features a simple interface that lets users store their passwords in a database. Users can copy a password by double-clicking, and then paste it directly into an application. Password Safe protects passwords with the Blowfish encryption algorithm. The program's security has been thoroughly verified by Counterpane Labs under the supervision of Bruce Schneier, author of Applied Cryptography and creator of the Blowfish algorithm.
If you're looking for a solid way to lock down your computer from unauthorized users then this may be your solution. CompuSec performs its magic by installing in the boot sector of your hard drive and requiring a password during boot up. CompuSec will have you create two security disks during installation that you can use in case you forget the password to your system, however, don't lose the disks or you won't be able to get into the hard drive because the disks are unique to your computer. It also allows you to encrypt your hard drive during installation so that if someone removes the hard drive and attempts to access your information on another machine they wont be able to do so.
Kerio Personal Firewall
Another free firewall very similar to ZoneAlarm. It too is free for personal use and functions much the same way as ZoneAlarm. When an application requests to send or receive information over the internet the firewall will open a box to allow the user to grant or deny the operation before it allows the application to proceed. Microsoft recently listed Kerio Personal Firewall as one of the firewalls recommended to prevent the spread of the Blaster worm.
Pixie Color Picker
Use this to point to a color on the screen and it will tell you the hex, RGB, HTML, CMYK and HSV values of that color. You can then use these values to reproduce the selected color in your favorite programs. Pixie will also show the current x-y position of your mouse pointer. Its the only tool you'll need for working with colors. A nice tool for web site and graphics designers.
A full featured archiving tool that you can use to open and create compressed files in many different formats. It offers many advanced features, including repair of broken archives, searching within archives, password protecting, emailing of archives and much more. The program provides an Explorer-style interface with integrated file browser, favorites, customizable toolbar and color coded file listings. IZArc can also be used to create self-extracting or disk-spanning archives and more.
HTTrack is an open source offline browser utility. It allows you to download an entire web site to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site's relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the mirrored website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online.
Owners of digital cameras will appreciate this application. Exifer allows the user to manage the metadata (EXIF/IPTC) of pictures taken by digital cameras. Because many image processing programs destroy this metadata when saving files, the idea was to create a backup of the metadata before editing it in any software, and then, after that to restore it back into the processed file.
dBpowerAMP Music Converter
dBpowerAMP Music Converter (dMC), is one of those must have utilities, indispensable for converting audio files from one format to another. Convert to and from Wave, Mp3 and from CD Audio (CDA) files. It also provides volume normalization - have all audio tracks use same volume, ID Tag preservation and editing - keep those ID tags between conversions and explorer audio info pop-ups, which display useful information on an audio file in Windows Explorer.
A complete solution for designing desktop graphics for Windows. Create, edit, and apply 1-bit patterns, wallpaper tiles, icons and cursors. It offers the standard set of painting tools along with a few filters and features not found in other software.
Avid Free DV
Perfect for students, DV camera owners, video enthusiasts or anyone exploring video editing. Avid Free DV is feature-streamlined, standalone software which includes basic video and audio editing capabilities, up to two streams of real-time effects and support for both Windows XP and Macintosh OS X platforms. Requires Windows XP OS, 933 MHz or faster Pentium III or any Pentium 4, 256MBs RAM. Also runs on Mac OS X 10.2.4 or later.
Autoclave is a hard drive sterilization utility which fits on a bootable floppy. Let's say you want to sell your old computer, but you don't want folks reading all your old email or getting your bank account numbers. What do you do? Reformat the drive? It took me less than a minute of searching google to find a company which sells a utility specifically for recovering data from drives which have been reformatted or hit by viruses. It can perform simple zeroing and can also overwrite the hard drive with specific patterns which exercise all the bits on the drive, making it extremely difficult to recover anything at all.
FileZilla is a powerful, open source FTP client for Windows 9x, Me, NT4, 2000, and XP. It is designed to support as many features as possible while remaining easy to use, fast, and reliable. Features include: Ability to resume uploads and downloads if the server supports it, folder-based SiteManager with drag-and-drop functionality, The KeepAlive system which ensures the connection isn't idle long enough to be automatically terminated, time-out detection, firewall support, SOCKS 4, SOCKS 5, and HTTP 1.1 proxy support, upload and download queues, multi-language support, GSS (generic security service) authentication and encryption using Kerberos, SSL (secure sockets layer) connections and SFTP support.
Mozilla Firefox
Here's another alternative to Internet Explorer. Fireox has some nice features integrated into the browser, such as popup controls, tab browsing, privacy controls, and optional downloadable extensions and themes to customize the browser's functionality even more.
The GIMP is a very functional image manipulator and photo touch-up program. It was originally written for Linux but there is now a Windows version available.
The Proxomitron is a highly flexible, configurable web filtering program. It has too many options and fetures to list, however, if there is something that really annoys you while surfing the net this program probably has a cure for it.
RightClick Google
This small file allows you to highlight a word on a webpage, right-click the mouse and then search Google for that word in a new window. This makes it easy to stay on your current page while doing a search on another at the same time.
How many times have you entered text into a textbox on a web page or a message board? Have you ever wanted to check your spelling before you submit the form? Now you can! Another nice feature is the ability to store and use a personal word list. WordWeb is also built so you can use it in applications other than a web browser.
If you are a software developer and would like to create a video tutorial then CamStudio may be what you're looking for. It allows the user to record screen activity and then encode it into an AVI file which can be played back with Windows Media Player and any third party aplication that support the AVI format.
DVD Decrypter
Use this to backup your DVD collection. It works by reading the DVD sector by sector and then allows you to burn the ISO image directly to a DVD-R disk. Most people who own CD's and DVD's know that it doesn't take much to ruin this type of media, so it's nice to have a tool to make a personal backup. Just don't use it for illegal purposes!
Enhanced Virtual Desktops
This program allows the user to create up to nine virtual desktops. You can have certain applications running on one desktop and other types on a second or third. To switch from one desktop to another simply click on the program icon and select the desktop you want.
Quickly and easily convert a document into a .PDF file. It supports the conversion of common Microsoft files and also allows you to password protect the converted files.
AVI Codec Analyzer
If you have ever attempted to play an AVI file only to be informed that the file type is invalid or that you do not have the correct codec then this tool is what you need. Simply allow AVI Codec Analyzer to check the file. It will then list the audio and video codecs that were used to produce the file. If you don't have that codec installed then just click on the link next to that codec and you will be taken directly to the website where you can download the necessary files.

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This page last updated on 02-25-2016 @ 11:29 AM