Recommended Software

I've found a lot of useful software on the Internet that is free to use.  To help my customers get the most out of their computing experience, I'm making the software available here.  Not all of this software is for everyone.  Read the description and decide if a particular piece of software is for you.  If you like it, download it and install it on your computer.  I would appreciate receiving any comments you might have about this software.  Do you know of any software I haven't found yet?  Is it useful for you?  Do you know about a newer version?  I will try to keep the latest version on the website and need to know if I've missed a new release.  Write me at Hughes Glantzberg.

I recommend that you download any files that are of interest to you and save them to your hard drive and then run the file to install it on your computer.

7-Zip - Just about any operating system nowadays comes with built-in support for the ZIP archive format, which has been around since the 1980s and generally does a good enough job of making things smaller and tidier. 7-Zip is an elegant, open source file archiver that can handle just about any compression file you throw at it. (917K)

Ad-aware SE - With the ability to scan your RAM, registry, hard drives, and external storage devices for known data-mining, advertising, and tracking components, Ad-aware SE easily can clean your system, allowing you to maintain a higher degree of privacy while you surf the Web. (2.72M)

Adobe Acrobat Reader - Adobe Acrobat Reader is free software that lets you open and view Adobe PDF documents. (33.4M)

BOINC 6.2.19 - Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (developed by the University of California) is a software platform for distributed computing using volunteered computer resources.  Current projects supported by BOINC include SETI, Climate Prediction and Einstein.  To support any of these worthy projects, you first need BOINC and then need to connect to the project. (6.97M)

CoffeeCup Free FTP - CoffeeCup Free FTP is an easy-to-use FTP client for file uploads and downloads. It allows you to use an unlimited number of FTP accounts, resume broken downloads, and transfer binary, ASCII, or automode files. It also offers an optional autorefresh on each file upload or download, and optional FTP-log transcription. (3.56M)

Copernic Desktop Search - While I'll concede that Google Desktop Search and Windows Search 4.0 are both vast improvements over the default Windows XP search function, I have to side with Copernic when I want a powerful desktop search client.  Copernic is not only comprehensive in its indexing, it quickly searches E-Mails, Office documents, and web pages.  It's light on system resources and processor utilization. (7.05M

Gimp - When it comes to high-end image manipulation, there are really only two options right now - Photoshop and Gimp.  Gimp doesn't quite capture the usability and polish of Adobe's offering, but where it does beat Photoshop is in price - totally free and open soource is a whole lot easier on the pocketbook. (15.3M)

Google Toolbar - The Google Toolbar allows you to Search the web with Google from any site; eliminate annoying pop-up ads; shop faster - fill in forms with one click. (1.09M)

Hover - Hover is a game that came on Windows 95 CDs, but was dropped by Microsoft on subsequent versions of Windows.  Here's the original program. (6.4M)

Intel Processor Identification Utility - The Intel(R) Processor Identification Utility is provided by Intel Corporation to enable customers to identify the brand, features, package, intended frequencies and actual operating frequencies of their Intel microprocessor. Customers can also use the utility to discern whether or not an Intel processor is being operated above its Intel rated frequency.   This version is for Windows XP Home Edition. (816K)

Mozilla Firefox - Firefox empowers you to browse faster, more safely and more efficiently than with any other browser. (14M)

LibreOffice - LibreOffice is a FREE software package that contains a word processor (capable of editing MS Word documents), a spreadsheet program (capable of editing MS Excel documents), a presentation program (capable of editing MS PowerPoint documents), a drawing program (capable of producing outstanding illustrations), and a database program (capable of editing MS Access documents).  Before attempting to download this package, be sure you are on a high-speed Internet connection as it is huge.  NOTE:  If you have previously installed OpenOffice, you will want to uninstall that before installing LibreOffice. (206M)

Personal Ancestral File - Personal Ancestral File is a Windows-based version of one of the most widely used genealogical management programs for home computers. PAF does not provide genealogical data. Instead, it helps users organize their family history records. It can produce, either on screen or on paper, family histories, pedigree charts, family group records, and other reports to help users in their search for missing ancestors. (9.62M)

Picasa - Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized. (5.13M)

SpyBot - Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean program and Web-usage tracks from your system, which is especially useful if you share your computer with other users. Modules chosen for removal can be sent directly to the included file shredder, ensuring complete elimination from your system. For advanced users, it allows you to fix registry inconsistencies related to adware and to malicious program installations. The handy online-update feature ensures that Spybot always has the most current and complete listings of adware, dialers, and other uninvited system residents. (4.80M)

Ultimate Cribbage - Ultimate Cribbage is not very original, but it is probably close to if not the best version of cribbage currently available on any computing platform. (2M)

Zone Alarm - Easy-to-use firewall blocks hackers and other unknown threats.  Intrusion Blocking systematically identifies hackers and blocks access attempts.  Stealth Mode automatically makes your computer invisible to anyone on the Internet. (205K)