Here is a list of recommended software utilities which we use ourselves.
Many of these great programs are completely free or have a free
version for home usage.
We cannot stress how important it is to back up your data. Hard drives are prone to failure and data recovery can be expensive. Backing up your data doesn't have to be bothersome or 'something else to remember to do'. MozyHome provides 2GB of FREE, SECURE and AUTOMATED online backup - perfect for photos, documents and more. Need more than 2GB? For under £2.50 per month you can get UNLIMITED storage!... get mozy home free
Cobian Backup is a small and simple utility to backup files and directories from your hard drive to an external hard or flash drive, second hard drive, FTP server or to a shared drive in another machine. You can set the program to automatically make a backup within regular intervals of time, for example daily, weekly etc.... get cobian
avast! 4 Home Edition is a full-featured antivirus package designed exclusively for home users and non-commercial use.
Awil Software offers the Home Edition free of charge, in an effort to combat global virus spreading, to those users who are not able to or do not want to pay for antivirus software...get avast! home
avast! 4 Professional Edition offers the same award winning antivirus and spyware protection with additional features not present in the free version at an affordable price.
Recommended for Small Business' workstation computers and power users. Try out the 60-day trial version...get avast pro
Online Armor offers a free firewall as well as a fuller featured commercial version.
Even the free version of the Online Armor firewall with additional protection works very well and we have chosen it over other free products such as Zone Alarm and Comodo.
Requires Windows XP, NT or 2000 (not suitable for Vista) ...get Online Armor
K9 Web Protection
We use K9 and recommend it to anyone who has kids who surf the Internet.
K9 uses Blue Coat ® technology to filter out inappropriate content and block 'adult' websites very accurately, in real time.
This is a free download
for Windows 2000, XP or Vista...get K9 Web Protection
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. You can also find and remove invalid registry entries. (Always use the backup feature when using this option).. get ccleaner
CleanUp! is a powerful and easy-to-use application that removes temporary files created while surfing the web, empties the Recycle Bin, deletes files from your temporary folders and more.
CleanUp! frees disk space and reduces the "clutter" on your computer helping it to run more efficiently. It also can be used as a way to protect your privacy on the Internet. You can even instruct CleanUp! to securely delete files making it impossible to retrieve their contents using lower-level disk tools - just another way of protecting your privacy... get cleanup!
Diskeeper Lite is an introduction to the full-featured Diskeeper disk defragmenter utility which can offer better results than Windows own defragmenter.
Diskeeper Lite can only analyze fragmentation levels and run manual defragmentation on one disk volume at a time. Set It and Forget It® scheduling, system management functions and network controls are shown and explained, but rendered inoperative... get diskeeper lite
Agent Ransack is a very powerful and easy to use tool for finding files and information on your hard drive fast and efficiently. You can search for file names or text in files with support for Regular expressions. When searching the contents of files Agent Ransack displays and highlights the actual text segments found in a separate window so you can quickly browse the results without having to open each file! The program features several wizards that can help you if you are not familiar with the use of expressions. Agent Ransack integrates into the Windows Find menu, so it is readily available to be used instead of the common Windows search dialog. The program also includes a very detailed help file... get agent ransack
Browsing and Email
Firefox is a web browser that is completely standalone and independent from Internet Explorer or other Windows components. It offers tabbed browsing combined with numerous handy features like popup blocking, Live Bookmarks (RSS integration), password manager and more. The functionality can be extended with dozens of freely available plug-ins (Extensions). Firefox can import all your Internet Explorer Favorites as well as some other settings, so switching is made easy. Download
Mailwasher - Anti Spam Filter
This is one of those apps that once you get used to having, you can't figure out how you got along without it! Extremely easy to use and very effective at stopping just about all types of spam emails before you even download them. The free version works with any POP3 email clients like Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird etc. The paid version includes support for Hotmail, MSN , AOL and IMAP plus it uses the FirstAlert junk mail database shared by millions of users. The paid version is reasonably priced and well worth it...get Mailwasher
RoboForm is another of those applications we could not imagine being without.
RoboForm will save all of your usernames and passwords and securely encrypt them. use it for sites like Facebook, Hotmail or any other site that requires a username and password and it will rembember them and automatically fill them out for you. All you need to remember is one 'master' password. Also great for filling out entire forms with just one click! ...get RoboForm
Office Suites, Desktop Publishing & Productivity
A great free alternative to expensive office suites!
OpenOffice.org is both a fully-featured office suite compatible with leading office products, and a virtual community working through OpenOffice.org's numerous projects. The community comes together at www.openoffice.org to develop, support, and promote the use of OpenOffice.org. Download
Scribus is a free alternative to programs like Microsoft Publisher and Quark. It brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/Unix, MacOS X, OS/2 and Windows platforms with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout. Download
We do not provide technical support for any of these programs. Please contact the manufacturers for tech support. Use at your own risk! We do not provide downloads - all links are to external sites.