AVG Free virus protection software The paid for version provides similar protection but provides additional features such as a Firewall and Spam Protection (many users usually have these covered by other software anyway).
Malwarebytes | Free Anti-Malware & Internet Security Software. Great for running manual scans when a problem is suspected.
Pixlr Editor – free online photo editor. A great option for free editing of images.
Adobe Color CC – Create colour schemes with the colour wheel or browse thousands of colour combinations from the Colour community.
We recommend colorpicker.com to clients when they wish to communicate a particular colour to us. Here you can select your colour and then specify the required colour as a 6 digit hexadecimal code.
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! 🙂NB – We recommending unticking the Yahoo toolbar installation option when installing (or upgrading) this software.
Compatible with all other major office suites, Open Office is free to download, use, and distribute. This is a free alternative to Microsoft Office. Documents can be saved to Microsoft Office and Acrobat format (pdf) when required. But we still think that Microsoft Office is preferable, especially now that there pricing is more attractive than in the past.
‘Techy’ software downloads, utilities and web links
FileZilla is an example of FTP software, used to transfer data from one computer to another through a network such as the Internet. It is commonly used in web design to update ‘live’ websites. FileZilla is reliable, easy to use and best of all, free.
Audacity® – the free, cross-platform sound editor is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
Exact Audio Copy is a so called ‘audio grabber’ for audio CDs using standard CD and DVD-ROM drives. Useful for coverting CD tracks to MP3s (ripping). We recommend installing the
LAME is a high quality MPEG Audio Layer III (MP3) encoder licensed under the LGPL. Used in conjunction with other software such as Audacity and EAC (above). Usually, install this encoder first.
Auction Sniper – tired of losing eBay auctions? Auction Sniper is an eBay sniper that automates the process of placing your eBay bid in the closing seconds of any eBay bidding auction, dramatically increasing your chance of winning. Just choose your maximum bid and let Auction Sniper do the rest for you.