Best Free Downloads, Sites, and Services: The Full List


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Antivirus Utilities (Tested By PCWorld)

Audio Apps and Services

Backup Utilities

Browser Add-Ons, Apps, and Utilities

  • CeeVee: Online résumés with custom sharing
  • Lazarus: Recover info typed into Firefox
  • MailBrowser: Manage Gmail contacts, attachments, and more
  • MyBrainshark: Add narration to a presentation by speaking over the phone
  • PDF to Word: Turns PDFs into edit-ready docs

Collaboration Services

  • LogMeIn Express: Secure screen sharing (great for troubleshooting your dad's PC)
  • MiNeeds: Connect with and receive bids online from local contractors
  • Tinychat: Disposable chatrooms
  • Yammer: Facebook-like communications features for businesses
  • Zoho Discussions: Add a feature-rich discussion forum to any online destination

Desktop Customization

  • BumpTop: 3D desktop that allows you to pin up notes and photos
  • DeskHedron: Create up to nine 3D desktops that you can flip through
  • Fences: Organize desktop icons and make them disappear when you want them to
  • InterfaceLift: PC wallpaper library
  • Krento: Rotating 3D circle for app launching
  • Rainmeter: Attractive, seamlessly embedded desktop overhaul
  • StandaloneStack 2: Animated shortcuts for easy access to folder contents
  • T3Desk: Minimizes programs to the PC desktop

Mobile Apps and Services

  • BlueRetriever: Helps recover lost gadgets
  • Connectify: Turn your laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Instapaper: Bookmark Web pages; strip them to text-only for easy mobile reading
  • OverMyMinutes: Helps you stay within your cell-phone plan allotment
  • Xpenser: Track expenses via the Web

Photo Utilities

Productivity Tools

  • DoPDF Free PDF Converter: Fast and simple PDF conversion
  • Drop.io for Outlook: Share large files in Outlook
  • Ecofont: Special design allows this font to consume less ink
  • Everything: Thorough indexing and fast search of your desktop
  • FlockDraw: A Web-based "cocktail napkin" for shared ideas
  • Fonolo: Gives you access to phone menus for customer service numbers
  • iCurrent: Free news site with personalization
  • Liaise: Outlook add-in keeps tabs on all of your important action items
  • MakeSomeTime: Keeps tabs on invoices, projects, and billable hours
  • ScreenToaster: Create and e-mail or upload a video of a screen that explains something
  • Tom's Planner: Easy Gantt charts

Security Utilities

  • KeePass: Organizes and protects all of your important passwords with just one password
  • OpenDNS: Protects kids from online violence, pornography, and other unsavory Web material
  • SuperAntiSpyware: A robust malware fighter
  • Web of Trust: Vets the links you click in your browers for security issues

Self-Improvement Assistants

  • BudgetSketch: Track where your money will go before you spend it
  • DailyBurn: Presents charts and graphs to track your fitness program
  • Habitforge: Train yourself in new habits with the help of daily reminders
  • Learn10: Ten new foreign-language words daily
  • RunKeeper Free: Use your iPhone to keep track of your jogging sessions
  • YouTube EDU: Videos of Ivy League lecturers

Social Networking Tools

System Utilities

Timesavers

  • Belvedere: Automated file manager works with the rules you set
  • Cache My Work: Autoreloads the apps running when you restart your PC
  • Ninite: Installs your all favorite free apps in the background, after a Windows reinstall or anytime
  • PhraseExpress: Monitors your typing for shorthand text and expands it to larger snippets
  • Read It Later: Mark material for later enjoyment in Firefox or on your smartphone
  • Rescue Time: Monitors your apps and sites and provides graphs on how you spent your day

Video Tools and Services

  • Boxee Beta: Plays back PC and Web-based media on your HDTV
  • Classic Cinema Online: Watch classic films
  • Clicker: Aggregates Internet videos
  • DoubleTwist: A great iTunes alternative for media
  • Hulu Desktop: Desktop app for Hulu's video
  • Jinni: Select movies and videos to watch based on keywords such as plot or mood
  • Libox: Private network to share large media files
  • ShowMeWhatsWrong: Lets people record and share screencasts of what's ailing their PC

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