Free Desktop Software

VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters. VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.
Station Ripper
Now you can record Internet Radio broadcasts. Record up to 300 streams at once. It allows you to buy the music you are ripping, it keeps track of the songs you've already recorded and only keeps the songs you don't have. You can easily find stations to record, via the StationRipper Portal, Shoutcast, or other web sites. It also lets you keep a list of the music and stations you've recorded, allowing easy playback and re-recording of stations.
SpamBayes helps you fight the battle with spam by attempting to classify incoming email messages as spam, ham (good, non-spam email) or unsure. This means you can have spam or unsure messages automatically filed away in a different mail folder, where it won't interrupt your email reading. You must first train SpamBayes by indicating which current emails are spam and ham. SpamBayes will then analyze the emails for clues as to what makes the spam and ham different.
Darik´s Boot and Nuke
If you are going to get rid of a computer you will want to completely remove any traces of the files you currently have on the hard drive. Darik's Boot and Nuke is a self-contained boot floppy (there is also a CD version) that securely wipes the hard disk of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect.
Bazooka Spyware Detection Scanner
Detect a multitude of spyware, adware, trojan, keylogger and trackware components. The program will find them on your system and then direct you to the website for a detailed set of directions for removing the unwanted parasites from your computer. I have used it several times and it works well.
Favorites Search by DZSoft
If you have a large list of Favorites/Bookmarks then this Internet Explorer plug-in is a dream come true. It adds a convenient explorer bar to search for keywords in your Favorites file and then lists any it finds allowing for quick and easy access to the Bookmarks.
A free picture cataloger for building digital photo albums. It runs under Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/2000 and XP, builds self-running all-in-one albums, supports JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, animated GIF, TIFF, TGA, PCX and WMF files and AVI, MOV (QuickTime), MPEG (all the video formats supported by the Windows Media Player) files.
PicaLoader is a picture downloader. Enter a search word/phrase and it will search the internet and download them to your computer for viewing and organizing.
The Konfabulator is a JavaScript runtime engine that lets you run small files called Widgets. Widgets can do almost anything you want them to. They can be alarm clocks, calculators, tell you your WiFi signal strength, fetch the latest stock quotes and even give your current local weather.
A great tool for digital camera users. Simply select the pictures you need to rotate and the program will losslessly rotate them +/- 90 degrees for you.
PhotoFiltre is a nice image editing program that allows you apply simple or advanced effects to your photos. The web site claims there are over 100 filters available. I've used it and it is a great program. Just another option for people who want to edit images and photos but don't want to shell out serious money for Photoshop.
A nice information manager that makes it easy to search your computer for typed and handwritten memos, webpage excerpts, emails, phone messages, addresses and passwords. You can even link these items to each other to make it easier to find what you're looking for. The current version only works on Windows 2000/XP/XP Tablet PC's.
Another skinable multimedia player that can rip and burn music CD's. It plays all major file formats and supports various visualization effects. It can access the internet CD database and has some other nice features such as cross fading and equalization. Plus, it has a good-looking, clean interface.
This free software from Google will help you find, edit and share pictures stored on your PC. Picasa will automatically locate your pictures, sort them into albums by date and then allow you to customize your folders. One nice feature is the ability to create folders that share several photos without having to actually have numerous copies of the same picture taking up space on your computer.
Microsoft has documented (Exploit MS04-028: GDIPlus JPEG Vulnerability) a buffer overrun vulnerability which could allow someone to gain control of your computer, simply by looking at a specially created JPEG file. JPEGScan searches your JPEG files and repairs any bad JPEG's it discovers.
Karen's Free Directory Printer
With this handy utility it is easy to sort and print the contents of any directory on your hard drive as well as any of the file attributes.
Use you own photos to create photomosaics.
Autorun CD Assistant
Take the headache out of creating a self-running CD. The program has a nice interface and is easy to use.
Bulk Rename Utility
This program allows you to easily rename a group of files or directories based on any of several different parameters you specify.
Double File Killer
Search for and delete duplicate files across you hard drive. The program conducts its searches using a files' name, size, date and/or CRC32-checksum.
Driver Collector
Use this program to make backups of the drivers installed on your system. Select the piece of hardware for which you want to locate the drivers. The program then searches your computer and makes copies of them in another folder.
Driver Viewer
This is a great program if you want to search your computer for all installed driver and then see useful information about each one.
EasyExif is a nice tool for people using digital cameras. It allows the user to batch process a group of photos and then save the information stored with each picture to a file for future use.
If you routinely resize photos, whether for a web page or to email to friends then PIXresizer can make the process much quicker and easier. Select a custome size or a preset percentage of the original. The program can also convert between several common image formats.
Taskbar Hide
This is a very simple program with only one use -- get rid of that annoying little white line left on your desktop when the taskbar auto-hides itself.
Volumouse is a simple program which lets you control the sound volume coming from your computer's speakers. Simply configure the program to your liking and then use the scroll wheel on your mouse to increase or decrease the volume.
This free Photoshop/Paint Shop Pro plugin is getting rave reviews. It allows you to apply numerous photographic effects to digital photos. Check out the website for a complete list of features and some sample photos.

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