C O M P U T E R   T I P S   &   T R I C K S   &  F R E E   A P P Z
  updated - October 20, 2015 
A NOTE OF CAUTION ... Here you will find lots of links to excellent FREE programs and some that I personally use. Keep in mind that no two PC's are alike. Before installing any of these programs make sure that similar programs don't conflict with each other such as any of the anti-virus programs. Also make sure you have enough system recourses (RAM) to handle everything without slowing down your PC. 

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How to pick a proper password [VIDEO]

Did you know that for less than $20,000 you could build your very own password cracker that, under ideal conditions, could try out more than 100,000,000,000 passwords EVERY SECOND. That means you could churn through every possible 8-letter password in just 2 seconds, and every 9-letter password in under a minute!
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YOUR IDENTITY COMPROMISED - WHAT TO DO ???
Cyber thieves have stolen your "username" and "password" so what to do. There's lots you - and everyone else who has sensitive data on webservers - can and should do, both when involved in a data-theft incident and as a general policy. The immediate response is to ensure that the damage doesn't snowball into a full-fledged identity-theft incident - one that could ruin your personal finances and compromise your privacy.

http://windowssecrets.com/newsletter/protect-yourself-from-the-next-big-data-breach/
Remember: Stolen usernames and passwords are often sold or given to other cyber thieves. If you give someone access to your entire online financial cookie jar, you have no one to blame but yourself!
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SECURITY WHEN E-MAILING
Why & When To Use "To: - CC: - BCC:"

  • The To: and CC: headers are revealed to every recipient.
  • The BCC: header is not.
  • Don't put multiple recipients in CC: unless you intend them to see each others' addresses.
  • Leaking email address lists via CC: helps spammers and scammers, even if only slightly.
  • CCing customers' email addresses to other customers is unlikely to make a good security impression.
  • Think before you send, and if in doubt, use BCC:

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    WHAT IS VPN - EXPLAINED
    https://blogs.sophos.com/2015/10/19/what-is-a-vpn/


    ----July 3, 2015--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    How to beef up your browser security
    When you're looking at the Web, don't let the Web look back at you. These quick tips will help you plug privacy and security holes in your browser.

    ----June 27, 2015--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Security and Antivirus Center

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    MajorGeeks Top Freeware Picks
    This is a list of the absolute best, 5 star rated, totally free programs for your computer. No toolbars, third party programs or wrappers (Bundleware). Each program has our own description (review) to help you pick the right program. Categories are alphabetical. They are: [ All-In-One Suites - Anti-Spyware & Anti-Malware - Anti-Virus Protection - Backup - Browsers - CD\DVD\Blu-Ray Burning Tools - Data Recovery - Defragmenting Tools - Diagnostics - Drive Cleaners - Driver Updaters - Email Clients - File Compression - Graphics - Multimedia - Microsoft Office Alternatives - Partitioning - PDF Alternatives - - Sandbox & Virtual Machine Text Editors - Uninstallers - Honorable Mentions ]

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    PDF CREATORS

    PDFCool PDF Editor – create PDFs from any printable documents (Doc, PPT, HTML, Excel as well as batch convert any PDF to Word, Excel, CSV, JPG and other formats.
    *doPDF – Create PDF documents from any Windows application. Also there are many more freeware solutions-
    *PDFCreator http://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator
    *Advanced Scan to PDF Free http://www.scantopdfconverter.com/
    *Free Scan to PDF http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/PDF/Free-Scan-to-PDF.shtml
    *WinScan2PDFhttp://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Other-Office-Tools/WinScan2PDF.shtml
    *Free PDF Maker http://www.freepdfsolutions.com/free-pdf-maker.html
    And some of the Cool PDF Converter Programs worth mentioning are PDFCore Advanced PDF Utilities Free http://www.pdfcore.com/
    – Multi-purpose Free PDF Toolkit – Preview, Convert, Merge, Split, OCR, Scan.
    *PDFMate PDF Converter http://www.pdfmate.com/pdf-converter-free.html – 5-in-1 PDF tool: PDF to Text Converter PDF to EPUB Converter PDF to Image Converter PDF to HTML Converter PDF to SWF Converter.
    (Free Version limitation :Convert scanned PDFs to editble files with OCR(3-page limit)
    *Nemo PDF http://www.nemopdf.com/pdf-to-word.html" -converts PDF to editable Word files (*.doc, *.rtf) by preserving original images, tables, charts, graphics, etc. positioned in the original places.
    Also retain original text styles exactly, including font, size, color, underline, boldness, etc.

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    AUDIO RECORDING MIXER

    http://www.mixxx.org/features (==> My Personal First Choice)
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Audio-Mixers-Synthesizers/Nero-SoundTrax.shtml (Ad supported app)
    http://pacemaker.net
    http://www.warmplace.ru/soft/sunvox
    http://www.warmplace.ru/soft/ans
    http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net
    http://zynewave.com/podium-free
    http://serato.com/dj-intro/features
    http://www.recordingblogs.com/sa/Software/Orinj.aspx
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Audio-Mixers-Synthesizers/Jeskola-Buzz.shtml

    ----Nov. 24, 2014---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    PHOTO EDITORS - FREE
    http://micranes.weebly.com/photosun-14.html
    http://www.photopos.com/Photo-Pos-Pro_Photo-Editor-Key-Features.asp (AD Supported app)
    http://www.pomelo.com/windows (Windows, IOS, Android)
    http://hornil.com/en/products/stylepix
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/pixelitor
    http://www.getpaint.net
    http://www.highmotionsoftware.com/products/imbatch

    ----Oct. 26, 2014---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    AUDIO RECORDING AND EDITING
    http://www.free-audio-editor.com/index.htm (ad supported app)
    http://www.audiodope.org
    http://audacity.sourceforge.net
    http://mpesch3.de1.cc/mp3dc.html
    http://www.wavosaur.com/features.php
    http://www.coksoft.com/mp3recorder.htm

    Extract for FREE any AUDIO tracks from VIDEOS containing multiple audio tracks (AVI, MPEG, MPG, FLV, DAT, WMV, MOV, MP4, 3GP) for playback on iPod or MP3 players without loss of sound quality?
    http://www.pazera-software.com/products/audio-extractor
    http://aetechnology.wix.com/ytmconverter (==> Can convert YouTube videos into Mp3 format, keeping the same input audio bit rate)

    The sound quality is not good enough? OK, NO Problem!! How about quickly optimize your MP3 files to an insane sound quality (320 Kbit/s, 48 kHz, Stereo) or just change their bitrate and size in batch, keeping the same level of audio quality and all ID3 tags intact for FREE?
    http://www.dvdavitools.com/free-mp3-quality-optimizer
    http://www.inspire-soft.net/software/mp3-quality-modifier


    Sound Recorder Tutorial.
     the possibilities offered by this software are pretty much endless: so users can import audio stream from videos, marking the start and end position, insert silence, add regions, use a text-to-speech tool, analyze the frequency, edit ID3 tags of MP3 tracks and even reduce the cassette or voice breath noise.
    http://www.sound-recorder.biz/Tutorials_Audio_Effects.html

    ----Oct. 24, 2014---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------To protect your privacy and securely delete files & folders for FREE:
     (Portable) Privazer
    http://www.privazer.com

    To keep your important information like passwords, credit card data in a secure place for FREE:
    http://lastpass.com/features_free.ph
    http://pwsafe.org

    To hide your passwords and credit card data from keyloggers, spies, and hackers like a PRO for FREE:
    http://www.oxynger.com (==> Great FREE APP almost nobody out there is aware of)

    And finally to surf anonymously on the web for FREE:
    http://ultrasurf.us
    https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en
    http://www.digi77.com/stealth-walker-vpn (==> VPN + TOR + DNS encryption)


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    Password Cracker With Better Than 50% Probability
    Searches for both USER and OWNER PASSWORDS required to open protected zip,rar,PDF,xls,xlsx files by using Brute Force and Dictionary method attacks!!!

    http://www.appnimi.com/component/jdownloads/viewdownload/2-windows/15-appnimi-all-in-one-password-unlocker?Itemid=0#.U4mQvXK1ZCg

    How to use it:
    http://dottech.org/104302/windows-how-to-crack-password-protected-or-encrypted-zip-pdf-rar-xls-and-xlsx-files

    To generate a list of password for password crackers, see also:
    http://apligen.sourceforge.net

    More advanced users may also use the award winning tool JOHN THE RIPPER:
    http://www.openwall.com/john

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    Graphics - Inpaint Replacement
    Excellent software to remove unwanted objects from a photo….actually it’s probably the best one of this category and it’s very easy to use as well, when compared to GIMP, for instance.

    The idea is brilliant, namely remove unwanted objects from a single image by algorithmically regenerating the background based on the surroundings.

    The MultiView Inpaint is not combined with this GAOTD simply because it’s a totally different software:

    http://www.theinpaint.com/inpaint-how-to-clone-yourself-in-a-photo.html

    BEST(and more comprehensive) FREE ALTERNATIVES

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Editors/MAGIX-Xtreme-Photo-Designer.shtml
    http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/paintnet/tp/clone-stamp.htm
    http://www.rw-designer.com/remove-objects-from-photo-tutorial
    http://www.pcdon.com/032209IrfanviewCloneTool.html
    http://www.photo-toolbox.com/free/clone-stamp-tool.html

    And of course GIMP:

    http://www.scriptol.com/design/gimp/removing-objects.php http://liquidrescale.wikidot.com/en:examples
    http://registry.gimp.org/node/27986
    http://registry.gimp.org/node/144
    https://github.com/bootchk/resynthesizer

    ----June 7, 2014---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------RIPPING DVDs
    bypassing protections like CSS, Region Code, Sony ARccOS, Disney X-project DRM etc…
    http://www.videoconverterfactory.com/dvd-ripper-lite/

    Softpedia review:
    http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/WonderFox-DVD-Ripper-Speedy-Review-445190.shtml

    See also:
    http://www.dvdfab.cn/hd-decrypter.htm

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    Presentation Makers

    Here is a superb note on FLASH from (late lamented) Steve Jobs, where he explained why Apple decided NOT to let iPads support Flash anymore:
    http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash

    For this reason, a FREE tool like SLIDEGO could actually be a better option if you are eager to reach users accessing the web by portable devices:
    http://www.slidego.com/home/about.php

    To grab your audience’s attention of by customizable mouse pointers, mouse clicks, visible keystrokes and a screen pen, see also:
    http://www.math.uaa.alaska.edu/~afkjm/PenAttention

    Other great FREE APPS to make compelling PRESENTATIONS are also these:
    http://atomisystems.com/activepresenter/free-edition
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Multimedia/Video/Windows-Portable-Applications-CamStudio-Portable.shtml
    http://www.debugmode.com/wink
    http://www.free-screencast.com
    http://www.videosoftdev.com/free-screen-recorder

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    “ADVANCED FREE CODECS for Windows 7 and 8″:
    http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

    ----April 1, 2014---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MUSIC RECORDERS

    FREE & PORTABLE FREE music downloader app, which can flawlessly search, find and download over 100 million MP3 songs from the NET with unmatchable speed and best output quality, by song title, artist name, album or edition?
    Can download multiple songs at the same time, since it supports multi-thread downloading, and it’s also compatible with any mp3 players out there, including iPad, iPhone, cell phone, PSP, iPod, etc….

    http://www.music2pc.com

    To record Music from audio streaming sites like Grooveshark or Soundcloud:
    http://www.vso-software.fr/products/downloader/vso-downloader.php?ap=avangate&aid=700
    http://groovesquid.com
    http://www.freesoundclouddownloader.com/products/info/36/Free-Soundcloud-Downloader
    http://www.esfsoft.com/products/info/7/ESFSoft-Soundcloud-Downloader

    Record any any kind of SOUND coming from your machine:
    Soft4Boost Any Audio Record
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Audio-Editors-Recorders/Soft4Boost-Any-Audio-Record.shtml

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    AUDIO EDITORS
    * Audiodope
    FREE Audio editor + Sound recorder + text to speech converter + frequency analyzer
    http://www.audiodope.org

    * mp3DirectCut
    http://mpesch3.de1.cc/mp3dc.html

    * Ocenaudio
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Audio-Editors-Recorders/ocenaudio.shtml

    * Naturpic Audio Editor
    http://www.naturpic.com/audio-editor/index.html

    * LMMS (Linux MultiMedia Studio)
    http://lmms.sourceforge.net

    * OpenMPT
    http://openmpt.org/features
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    FREE defragmenters

    A smart way to decrease the fragmentation of the file system on your HDs, extending their lifespan dramatically, is actually to use the System Memory (RAM) as a sort of virtual disk.
    This way any temporary files, created by third-party apps, will never be written to the physical HD of your machine, thus reducing the read & write cycles as well as the noise and heat from your HDs.

    The excellent free tools “DAYU Disk Master Free” and/or “SoftPerfect RAM Disk” can do all of that for free without any hassle:
    http://www.idiskhome.com/index.php/main/products
    http://dayu-disk-master.findmysoft.com
    http://www.softperfect.com/products/ramdisk

    As for good FREE defragmenters programs…you can take your pick:
    http://www.freewaregeeks.com/?page=detail&get_id=176&category=53
    http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/#portable
    http://ultradefrag.sourceforge.net/en/index.html#features
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/System/System-Enhancements/Smart-Defrag-Portable.shtml
    http://www.puransoftware.com/Puran-Defrag.html
    http://www.mydefrag.com/index.html

    If you are instead eager to only defragment specific files and/or folders (for instance the most used ones) rather than the whole disk, well the portable freeware “WinContig” can do it for you, without charging you a dime for that:
    http://wincontig.mdtzone.it/en

    Unfortunately most of the FREE and even PAID defraggers out there are not able to neither showing nor defragmenting your paging files and/or Registry hives, which can both be one of the main causes of your system slowdown due to file fragmentation.
    This is where the freeware “PageDefrag”, by the legendary Mark Russinovich, comes in (works like a charm on Windows7 as well: must be run as Administrator though!!):
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897426.aspx

    Finally, you should also know that the modern disks (especially SSD) need, for best performance, the right ALIGNMENT of read/write operations in relation to the physical sector. There’s a FREE & PORTABLE GEM which checks the volume alignment status of your disks, telling you when an alignment is required plus a bunch of other nice recommendations to optimize the disks in question?
    http://diskat.net

    But to solve this tricky issue, you may also apply this very smart TIP prompted by Aomei team:
    http://www.partition-assistant.com/resource/align-partition.html

    Then to correct any possible wrong alignment you need specific software, which are usually offered, FREE of charge, by the disk manufacturers for each of their devices:
    http://diskat.net/faq-en.html

    Or more simply just use the award-winning freeware “AOMEI Partition Assistant Home Edition” for that, kissing your wallet and headaches goodbye for good:
    http://www.extend-partition.com/help/align-partition.html

    ==> FREE <== ^_^

    ----Jan. 10, 2014---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------DRIVER UPDATES
    The update of Intel drivers should be done ONLY by this official Intel driver update site
    http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

    First of all, everybody should use a superb FREE app called “Driver Fusion”, which safely removes old, unused and conflicting system device drivers through a very advanced cloud driver database removal functionality. This is very important, because if you do that BEFORE installing the corresponding new drivers, you can be sure that your PC will reach its peak performance, kissing any possible conflict between different drivers goodbye for good.
    http://treexy.com/products/driver-fusion#free-features

    After that, the first thing to do, in order to keep your PC in perfect shape, is actually to update its INTEL drivers:
    http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect
    http://www.intel.com/support/oems.htm

    Most important, besides Intel drivers, are also the VIDEO drivers:
    http://www.geforce.com/drivers

    And if you are a frantic PC GAMER:
    http://www.razerzone.com/gamebooster
    http://www.geforce.com/drivers/geforce-experience

    Then, for the other remaining DRIVERS, best thing to do is to visit your PC manufacturer website and then download all of the right drivers there, according to the model and OS of your PC!!!

    For instance, ACER users can go here to update the drivers of their machine:
    http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers

    The most accurate FREE driver updaters DRIVERMAX, by Innovative Solutions: the only problem is that you need a PREMIUM (==> $$$) account to update ALL your outdated drivers in one go, otherwise you can update only 2 drivers a day, which is better than nothing of course!
    http://www.drivermax.com/index2.htm

    Other excellent 3 FREE tools are also these:
    Driver Easy
    http://www.drivereasy.com
    http://drivereasy.com/scannow

    MaConfig
    http://www.ma-config.com/en/detectoffline

    Slim Drivers
    https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimdrivers.php

    There’s also an amazing FREE Russian app which automates the entire process of finding, installing and backing up the right updated drivers of your system with an unique and pretty infallible approach.
    In fact, unlike other driver updaters out there, in order to keep your PC always updated, this tool uses its bundled drivers collection rather than searching the web for drivers.
    The only problem is that it comes with an ISO file of 4GB in size.
    http://drp.su

    Finally to backup & restore all your updated DRIVERS, you can use DRIVERMAX, SLIMDRIVERS (see above) or the excellent freeware “DOUBLE DRIVER”:
    http://www.boozet.org/dd.htm

    ----Dec  16, 2013---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SECURITY - FILE PROTECTION

    Download this FREE GEM designed to scan any documents in your PC containing unprotected sensitive data like passport numbers, student ID numbers, credit card number, mobile phone numbers etc…http://code.google.com/p/coe485-101

    Then protect them like a GURU using one of these FREE encryption software:
    http://elefantsoftware-en.weebly.com/encoding-decoding.html
    http://www.ravib.com/cryptola (==> Can protect your files with the cryptographic technology used by the National Security Agency [NSA])
    http://www.giantmatrix.com/products/aplus-folder-locker-free-edition/features
    http://hummerstudio.com/filewall
    http://crypto.brettlee.com
    http://www.safehousesoftware.com/SafeHouseExplorer.aspx (USB DRIVES)
    http://paranoiaworks.mobi/download/downloads.html (ANDROID)

    Upload encrypted files on the cloud for backup purposes, by synchronizing folder pairs (original folder and encrypted folder)for FREE? Then just use the superb Freeware “CryptSync” and… well… enjoy the cloud for FREE and forget privacy issues for good!!
    http://stefanstools.sourceforge.net/CryptSync.html

    To encrypt an entire HD like a PRO, instead of single files/folders:
    http://veracrypt.codeplex.com (==> Stronger than Truecrypt)
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Encrypting/DiskCryptor.shtml (==> Can encypt all disk partitions, including the system partition, with AES-256)

    But why not lock your entire PC using an USB drive, besides encrypting your files, folders, HDs and portable drives with no hassle?
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Encrypting/DisCryptor-Personal.shtml
    ----Dec  9, 2013---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------FILE RECOVERY PROGRAMS

    Puran File Recovery
    Superb FREE app which helps you recover deleted or lost partitions and files from formatted and even from RAW drives.
    Supports pretty much any kind of storage medium detected by Windows as a drive (Hard Disks, Pen Drives, Memory Cards, Mobile Phones, CDs, DVD etc…). As part of the award-winning FREE Puran Suite “Puran Utilities”, it turned out to be the only tested FREEWARE out there capable of recovering almost any files previously stored in an USB drive of mine, suddenly turning into RAW format due to a technical hardware failure.
    http://www.puransoftware.com/File-Recovery.html

    To recover deleted, formatted and lost files (digital photos, images, MP3 files, video clips, documents etc…) from FLASH CARDS and any other type of media cards and portable storage devices, see also:
    http://www.fast-flash-recovery.com
    http://www.easy-flash-recovery.com/flash_recovery.html

    - PhotoRec & TestDisk (==> Softpedia Editor Pick)
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Create_a_TestDisk_FreeDos_LiveCD

    - Bplan Data Recovery Software (==> Giovanni’s brand new cool entry)
    Excellent brand new FREE app, which enables you to recover any kind of files with unlimited size you may have lost after a mistake, virus or Hardware failure. With this magic FREE tool you can easily recover data from a formatted drive even after deleting an entire system volume.
    Supports both internal and external Hard Drive, SmartPhone Card, Memory Card Camera Card, SD card and all kinds of USB drives (8gb, 16gb, 32gb, 128gb, 256gb)
    http://bplandatarecovery.com

    - (Portable) Recuva
    http://www.piriform.com/recuva/builds

    To restore a system back, even on a machine without OS or with its Hard Drives completely erased by a virus (==> BARE-METAL restore):
    http://redobackup.org

    DiskGetor Data Recovery FREE Edition
    Can recover deleted files (word ,excel,ppt, office documents, video zip, images etc…) or directory from recycle bin, as well as from formatted and lost partitions and even from disks (FAT /NTFS partition, usb, external drive etc…) with damaged partition table.
    http://www.diskgetor.com

    (Portable) Recuva
    One of the best FREE File recovery tool out there to retrieve deleted files from literally any disk readable by Windows.
    Key Features
    · Recover lost files erased by mistake from HD, USB drive, camera, iPod, MP3 Player and even deleted emails Microsoft Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird, or Windows Live Mail.
    · Recovery from damaged or formatted disks
    · Restore unsaved Word documents from their temporary files after a sudden PC crash.
    http://www.piriform.com/recuva/builds

    (Portable) Undelete 360
    http://www.undelete360.com

    (Portable) Wise Data Recovery (can even restore email files)
    http://www.wisecleaner.com/wisedatarecoveryfree.html

    UndeleteMyFiles Pro
    Can recover accidentally deleted files from hard disks, USB flash drives, CF and SD cards and other storage media.
    It shows the name, format, size, date of modification, directory and disk of each file found by an extensive search function, with the ability to preview any image files.
    Can even restore deleted emails from various email apps with ease, through an easy to use Mail Recovery Wizard module.

    http://www.seriousbit.com/undeletemyfiles

    Recover files from removable media only (scratched CD/DVD, USB Flash Drive etc
    Abyssal Recovery (==> Superb FREE app for recovering data/files/movies/music from scratched CD, DVD, BD and HD DVD)
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Abyssal-Recovery.shtml

    Get My Videos Back (==> It recovers videos from scratched CD/DVD)
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Other-VIDEO-Tools/Get-My-Videos-Back.shtml

    Recover entire partitions and restore damaged boot sectors/MBR/BCD:
    - REDO BACKUP AND RECOVERY excellent
    Freaking awesome Live CD Open Source backup and data disaster recovery software supporting BARE-METAL restore, meaning you can completely restore a system back even on a machine without OS or with its Hard Drives completely erased by a virus. So with this tool you can easily overtake the only BIG CONS shown by this GAOTD, namely the lack of bootable media support, because it can recover deleted files even when you can’t boot into Windows. Cool, isn’t it??

    http://redobackup.org

    - TestDisk (==> Softpedia Editor Pick)
    Very powerful multiplatform Open Source data recovery software, which helps you recover lost partitions as well as make non-booting disks bootable again with no hassle. In short what it does is querying the BIOS or the OS to find out the characteristics of the HDs of your machine, so as to perform a quick check of their structure and then compare it with your Partition Table for any possible entry errors.
    If entry errors are found, this magic FREE tool can automatically repair them with ease, enabling you to search for partitions and create a new Partition Table or even a new MBR if necessary, should your system have missing partitions or a completely empty Partition Table. How cool is that, dudes??

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

    - MiniTool Power Data Recovery
    This is a terrific all in one data recovery tool designed to recover data even from formatted, deleted or corrupted partitions.
    The only downside is that the free version limits restoration to a size of 1GB.

    http://www.powerdatarecovery.com

    ----Dec  2, 2013---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    BEST FREE PDF CREATORS

    http://www.girdac.com/Products/PDF-Converters/Free-PDF-Creator/Info/Features.htm
    supports over 300 Windows apps supported)
    http://www.dopdf.com (==> does not require either GhostScript or .NET)
    http://en.pdf24.org/pdf-creator-features.html
    http://www.7-pdf.de/en/products/7-pdf-maker

    To protect your PDF files like a GURU for FREE, against online thieves?
    http://www.armjisoft.com/?page=pdfownerguard

    To preserve clickable HYPERLINKS in the PDF output, try these excellent FREE tools: http://www.nativewindsofmontana.com/software/tpdfplus.html
    http://www.nemopdf.com/guide/pdf-to-word.html
    http://www.pdfonline.com/pdf-to-word-converter

    To embed MULTIMEDIA FILES into a PDF file for FREE in order to create extremely professional media-rich & interactive ebooks, without any XML, CSS or JavaScript code knowledge?http://bookbin.sourceforge.net

    To create a PDF file directly from scanned documents and images for FREE:
    http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF
    http://www.freepdfsoft.com/tour_scantopdf.html

    To create for FREE a PDF file by extracting text from an image or from a scanned document (OCR) or just extract text from a PDF file in order to make it editable?
    http://www.ocronline.com (==> Supports over 153 languages)
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/PDF/Free-Image-OCR.shtml (==> AD Supported App…so be careful while installing it)
    http://www.paperfile.net (==> It uses the powerful Tesseract engine by Google)
    http://vietocr.sourceforge.net/scanning.html (Giovanni’s cool new entry)

    And finally, to EDIT any PDF files of yours like a PRO for FREE
    http://www.pdfeditorfreeware.net

    ----Oct. 24, 2013---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Security begins at home - how to do a "back to basics" security overhaul on your family network
    ----Oct. 21, 2013---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    AUTO-FILL LOGIN FORMS - BETTER ALTERNATIVES TO ROBOFORM
    * Lastpass
    http://lastpass.com/features_free.php

    Full Tutorials:
    http://lifehacker.com/5645162/the-intermediate-guide-to-mastering-passwords-with-lastpass
    http://lastpass.com/features_free.php

    How to Build a (Nearly) Hack-Proof Password System with LastPass and a Thumb Drive:
    http://lifehacker.com/5879117/how-to-build-a-nearly-hack+proof-password-system-with-lastpass-and-a-thumb-drive

    * Dashlane
    Great FREE app which can store any credentials of yours in your account with no hassle, fixing weak passwords if necessary, with the additional cool ability to alert you on your PC desktop or mobile phone should your credit cards or IDs be about to expire or your websites be hacked by hackers.

    It’s also able to securely sync multiple PCs or Macs, with all of your sensitive data (shipping and billing addresses, payment details, credit card numbers, wifi passwords etc…) safely encrypted on your own devices with AES-256 cipher, meaning there is no way to access them.

    Bottom line is that with this FREE GEM you no longer need to use your darn PC/Mobile device keyboard as means to make online transactions, nor remember any complicated passwords out there or even worse to use the same password everywhere, since the login to your favourite sites is done automatically without lifting a finger. Happy online shopping!!

    https://www.dashlane.com/en/features/passwordmanager

    Full review:
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403231,00.asp

    See also:
    http://www.sicurpas.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=54&Itemid=66 (==> Cool FREE & Portable Italian App)
    http://www.accessmanager.co.uk/KeyFeatures.html

    So who cares of ROBOFORM??

    ----Oct. 8, 2013---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    UPDATING DRIVERS
    The first thing to do in order to keep your PC in perfect shape is actually to update its INTEL drivers:

    http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect
    http://www.intel.com/support/oems.htm

    Most important, besides Intel drivers, are also the VIDEO drivers:
    http://www.geforce.com/drivers

    And if you are a frantic PC GAMER:
    http://www.razerzone.com/gamebooster
    http://www.geforce.com/drivers/geforce-experience

    Then, for the other remaining DRIVERS, best thing to do is to visit your PC manufacturer website and then download all of the right drivers there, according to the model and OS of your PC!!!

    For instance, ACER users can go here to update the drivers of their machine:

    http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers
    Now, you may have several unknown hardware devices sitting in your system which are not recognized by the Windows Device Manager.

    So how about having a FREE & PORTABLE tool capable of detecting the ID’s of vendors, devices, subsystems and device classes of unknown PCI/PCI-X/PCI-E cards, even when you don’t have their drivers installed, with the additional cool ability to display devices with driver errors?
    http://pci-z.com

    And as final touch you may also use FREE driver updaters…
    The most accurate one I found so far is DRIVERMAX, by Innovative Solutions: the only problem is that you need a PREMIUM (==> $$$) account to update ALL your outdated drivers, otherwise you can update only 2 drivers a day, which is better than nothing of course!
    http://www.drivermax.com/index2.htm

    Other excellent 3 tools are also these:
    * Driver Easy
    http://www.drivereasy.com

    But if you don’t want to install anything, well no problem:
    http://drivereasy.com/scannow

    * MaConfig
    http://www.ma-config.com/en/detectoffline

    * Slim Drivers
    Can update & backup your drivers with ease!!
    https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimdrivers.php

    There’s also an amazing FREE Russian app which automates the process of finding, installing and backing up the right updated drivers of your system with an unique and pretty infallible approach.
    The only problem is that it comes with an ISO file of 4GB in size.
    http://drp.su

    If you are willing to pay, the BEST shareware program on the market I found so far (got it for FREE, of course…LOL!) is definitely “Advanced Driver Updater” by Systweak (can find what other similar tools cannot):
    http://www.systweak.com/ADU

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    AUDIO RECORDS - BEST (and BETTER) FREE ALTERNATIVES
    http://www.audiodope.org (==> Audio editor + Sound recorder + text to speech converter + frequency analyzer)
    http://www.gilisoft.com/product-audio-recorder-free.htm
    http://www.apowersoft.com/free-audio-recorder-online
    http://www.feytools.com/products/feyrecorder.html

    Then to edit any AUDIO file like a PRO:
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Audio-Editors-Recorders/ocenaudio.shtml
    http://mpesch3.de1.cc/mp3dc.html
    http://www.wavosaur.com/features.php
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/waveshop

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    FREE SLIDESHOW CREATORS

    Best FREE slideshow creator ever created with over 245 transitions and 100 special effects to add on your entire slideshow. With this magic FREE tool you can even add and edit music, 35 motion backgrounds, borders and subtitles.
    To add an audio track (for instance a recorded narration) to a specific point of your slideshow, just export your slideshow to mpg/avi format, then open it with the freeware “DubIt”:

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Other-VIDEO-Tools/DubIt.shtml
    After recording your narration or adding your music sounds to specific points of your slideshow, export to wav/mp3 and then import them into you DVD slideshow GUI project. http://download.videohelp.com/tin2tin/features.html

    * Microsoft Photostory 3
    Awesome FREE app by Microsoft designed to create professional slideshows from your still pictures. It supports any kind of photo format, offering you a preview window and some basic editing functions.
    It lets you add text over your photos and even create songs on the go to add on your final slideshow.
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Authoring-tools/Authoring-Related/Microsoft-Photo-Story.shtml

    * JetPhoto Studio
    http://www.jetphotosoft.com/web/home

    * Simply Slideshow
    http://www.dicksonlam.com/2012/05/09/339

    * Bolide Free Slideshow Creator
    http://slideshow-creator.com

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    FREE AUDIO EDITORS

    Free Audio Editor 2012 – edit,record, burn audio to CD
    http://www.free-audio-editor.com/

    mp3DirectCut – edit+cut mp3 files directly
    http://mpesch3.de1.cc/

    MuseScore – Create, play and print sheet music for free
    http://musescore.org/

    MusicBee – Music manager & player
    http://www.getmusicbee.com/

    JB Music Catalogue – the name says it all
    http://jbmusiccatalogue.co.uk/

    DarkWave Studio – free, open source, Digital Audio Workstation for Windows
    http://www.experimentalscene.com/software/darkwave-studio/

    Wavosaur – free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording
    http://www.wavosaur.com/

    ..and to manage+archive your music collection,you can use the free
    GSoft4you Music Collection
    http://www.gsoft4u.com/


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    UNINSTALLERS - FREE

     FREE ==> Simply AMAZING!!
    http://www.advanceduninstaller.com/

    To perform a forced uninstall, by using brute force mode, in order to remove any kind of stubborn and broken programs, you can also use the superb freeware “Wise Program Uninstaller”:
    http://wisecleaner.com/wiseuninstallerfree.html

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    To protect your privacy and securely delete files & folders for FREE:

    * DISKMAX + Disk Cleaner Free = CCleaner outclassed!!
    http://www.koshyjohn.com/software/diskmax
    http://www.disk-cleaner.net (just pay attention while installing it)

    * (Portable) Privazer
    http://www.privazer.com

    * PRIVACY MANTRA
    One the best FREE tools on the market designed to deeply clean your system from both online and offline tracks and privacy threats.

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Secure-cleaning/Privacy-Mantra.shtml

    To keep your important information like passwords, credit card data in a secure place for FREE:
    http://lastpass.com/features_free.ph
    https://www.dashlane.com/en/features/passwordmanager

    To hide your passwords and credit card data from keyloggers, spies, and hackers like a PRO for FREE:
    http://www.oxynger.com (==> Great FREE APP almost nobody out there is aware of)

    And finally to surf anonymously on the web for FREE:
    * Ultrasurf (==> amazing FREE proxy-based app which can bypass any firewall and online censorship even on a dialup connection at high speed and without any limitation… ..LOL!)

    http://ultrasurf.us
    ==> FREE & ALWAYS UPDATABLE APPS without any KEY ACTIVATION hassle <==

    ----May 10, 2013---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    How To Do A Clean Install Of Windows Without Losing Your Files Settings And Tweaks
    There's nothing like a fresh install of Windows to clear your mind, but it comes at a cost: you have to set everything up again, just the way you like it and that may take weeks.
      Here's how to reinstall Windows, migrate your important settings, and leave the clutter behind.

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    PC SYSTEM OPTIMIZERS ALL FREE

    Disk junk and privacy internet cleaner, this magic FREE tool is much better than the overrated “CCleaner”:
    http://www.koshyjohn.com/software/diskmax

    Another good FREE product is also “Portable DisCleaner” (32 bit only):
    http://www.alexandrugroza.ro/mptec/software/DisCleaner/_download/index.html
    Full Online Tutorial:
    http://www.alexandrugroza.ro/mptec/software/DisCleaner/_help/index.html

    See also:
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Security/Secure-cleaning/Xleaner-Portable.shtml
    http://www.giantmatrix.com/products/anti-tracks-free-edition

    REGISTRY OPTIMIZER, “Auslogics Registry Defrag”
    http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/registry-defrag is top notch.

    To repair internet connection the freeware “TCP Optimizer”
    http://www.speedguide.net/downloads.php) is more complete than the INTERNET TUNER

    BEST (and BETTER) FREE ALTERNATIVES
    http://www.toolwiz.com/products/toolwiz-care
    http://system-utilities.comodo.com
    http://www.slimcleaner.com/features.php
    http://www.kingsoftsecurity.com/pcdoctor
    http://www.puransoftware.com/Puran-Utilities.html
    http://www.eusing.com/free_utilities/eusing_utilities.htm
    http://www.bluesprig.com/jetclean.html

    Finally, once you have finished to optimize your system, you can even test for FREE your PC performance (CPU, RAM, HDD, 2D Graphics, 3D Gaming Graphics etc…) to find out its real speed, so as to make sure that it’s running at its top speed!!!
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/Auslogics-Benchtown.shtml
    http://www.moo0.com/?top=http://www.moo0.com/software/SystemMonitor

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    MUSIC

    Listen and record any kind of MP3, according to the song name, artist or music genre, from all over the web literally with a mouse click:
    http://www.music2pc.com
    http://getmp3.altervista.org
    http://www.apple.com/itunes (+ http://www.copytrans.net/itunes-cleanup.php + http://sourceforge.net/projects/syncyourtunes + http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Other-AUDIO-Tools/DVD-Ranger-iTurnsPro-Manager.shtml)

    Are you are a “Soundcloud” user (https://soundcloud.com) and would like to download any songs from there with tags, even if the tracks are “listen-only”??
    Ok, just use this magic FREE tool from Source Forge
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/sdownload

    If you instead prefer ripping sound tracks from any CDs out there, the open source and Portable app “CDex” can do that flawlessly for FREE:
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/CD-DVD-Tools/Windows-Portable-Applications-Portable-CDex.shtml

    But how about extract for FREE any AUDIO tracks from a DVD VIDEO for playback on iPod or MP3 players?
    http://www.aoamedia.com/audioextractor.htm

    Then, to manage for FREE your music collection like a PRO, take your pick
    http://www.gsoft4u.com
    http://www.getmusicbee.com/features.html
    http://www.mediamonkey.com/information/free
    http://www.jtclipper.eu/thegodfather/features.html
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/idteid3tagedito

    Want to use and manage your iPod, iTouch and/or iPad playlists, without even installing iTunes.
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/CopyTrans-Drivers-Installer.shtml
    http://www.copytrans.net/copytransmanager.php

    And finally, don’t forget the awesome portable freeware “Taghycardia”, to use as a “diagnostic tool” in addition to one of the above Music Tag organizers, in order to prevent the so called “decomposition” of MP3 albums on a tag-sorting portable player, which are often caused by the presence of possible TAG ERRORS causing duplicate or missing albums, artists and tracks:
    http://taghycardia.narod.ru/english.html

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    PDF TO DOC/TXT/HTML CONVERSION APPZ

    PDF -> DOC/TXT/HTML conversions
    http://unipdf.com
    http://www.pdfcore.comd

    HTML -> PDF
    http://www.7-pdf.de/7-pdf-website-converter/description (preserves whole websites in PDF format while retaining their layout)

    PDF -> WORD
    http://www.pdfonline.com/pdf-to-word-converter (preserves hyperlinks)

    PDF -> PPT
    http://www.pageflippdf.com/pageflip-free-pdf-to-powerpoint/index.html
    http://www.convertpdftopowerpoint.com (==> No Installation needed)

    Once you have created your PowerPoint presentations from your PDF files, how about convert them to FLASH files for free??
    http://www.authorgen.com/authorpoint-lite-free/powerpoint-to-flash-converter.aspx
    http://www.ispringsolutions.com/free_powerpoint_to_flash_converter.html

    But what if you didn’t want to install anything in your machine and most of your potential readers do not have MICROSOFT OFFICE installed in their machines? No problem…
    http://www.authorstream.com

    And how about convert your PPT files from your PDFs into a more appealing VIDEO??
    http://www.effectmatrix.com/PowerPoint-Video-Converter/Free-PowerPoint-Video-Converter.htm
    (the FREE VERSION even supports PPT to HD video format conversion ==> COOL!!)

    To create professional PDFs:
    GIRDAC Free PDF Creator
    Terrific FREE app which can create professional PDF documents from literally any printable file you may run into (over 300 Windows apps supported)!!

    http://www.girdac.com/Products/PDF-Converters/Free-PDF-Creator/Info/Features.htm

    doPDF
    Excellent FREE PDF converter tool which can convert ANY printable document out there (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPad, NotePad etc….) to a stunning PDF file with ease.
    Unlike other paid & free similar apps out there, it does not require either GhostScript or .NET.

    http://www.dopdf.com

    Tomahawk PDF + v3.1
    One of the most advanced FREE word processing/pdf creation software packages available for the Window platforms.
    With this magic FREE tool you can save professional documents in several different formats including rich text, HTML and PDF.
    But it’s also possible to extract a PDF, manage images, extract text from CHM files and run a thumbnail wizard.
    The embedded Hyperlinks feature is also supported in the FREE version, which can run on Linux systems as well using Wine 0.9.19.
    So who said we have to use Microsoft Word to create compelling PDF files with preserved embedded hyperlinks??

    http://www.nativewindsofmontana.com/software/tpdfplus.html

    Portable version:
    http://www.winpenpack.com/en/download.php?view.427

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    BACKUP YOUR SYSTEM FREE PROGRAM

    AOMEI Backupper
    Amazing brand-new free one-click backup and restore software for home and commercial use, designed to backup both PC and Server in order to prevent data loss.

    KEY FEATURES
    Supports Incremental & differential backups, Encryption and Compression,
    Supports ALL storage devices out there (IDE, SATA, SCSI, SSD, USB external disks, Hardware RAID and so on) with a capacity greater than 2TB, as well as MBR and GPT style.
    Supports Windows 7/8/XP/Vista and Server 2003/2008/2011/2012 (both 32bit & 64bit).
    Backup & Restore your entire hard disk drives
    Backup & Restore your single partitions (including dynamic volumes) to an image file.
    Backup & Restore your operating system and installed applications

    With this magic FREE tool you can even restore individual files and folders from a backup image file without being forced to recover the entire backup. It can also check the data integrity of your image file, so as to make sure your backups can be restored with no hassle, giving you even the ability to mount your backup image files on a virtual partition in order browse and see their contents in Windows Explorer. In addition to that, this awesome software also supports HD and Partition cloning operations, which can be very handy if your main intent is just to upgrade/replace/migrate your old HD to a new one (SSD supported).
    In fact, what you have to do is simply to copy your HD directly to a new one, without creating an image file, with the additional cool ability to resize your partitions even during the cloning process.
    Honestly I can’t figure out why this awesome program is FREE of charges: simply AMAZING!!
    http://www.aomeitech.com/aomei-data-backuper.html

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    ENCRYPT Your files/folders, besides TRUECRYPT:

    Portable FreeOTFE Explorer
    This is an awesome FREE highly PORTABLE disk encryption program, which can create one or more “virtual disks” on your PC/PDA where every file/folder is encrypted before being stored on your PC hard drive. However, its main feature is its ability to be used with USB flash drives (and not just with the outdated CD/DVDs, as this GAOTD instead does), since it enables users to gain access on their encrypted volumes even on Windows PCs where this tool hasn’t been installed (i.e. in Internet Café). So it’s a perfect app for those people like me who love carrying their sensitive data securely on a USB drive or other removable media without any hassle. Cyphers include AES (256 bit), Twofish (256 bit), Serpent (256 bit) and even Blowfish (448 bit), a feature missing in most paid encryption software out there: COOL, isn’t it??
    http://www.freeotfe.org

    (Portable) SafeHouse Explorer (==> Great tool for memory stick users):
    The free version can even allow you to use your USB device as a smartcard ==> COOL!!
    http://www.safehousesoftware.com/SafeHouseExplorer.aspx

    To burn them on your CD/DVD for FREE with no hassle, you can use the award-winning “ImgBurn” http://www.imgburn.com/ or better yet another little but extremely powerful and fast burning tool called “BurnAware FREE”!! http://www.burnaware.com/burnaware_free.html It supports any kind of data discs (CDs, DVDs, bridge discs, boot discs or blu-ray), letting you either make an ISO and save it or burn one to disc. Can also create bootable CD/DVDs and multimedia files with ease.

    Finally, to create a virtual drive, you can also use this excellent FREE tool, which is better than “Virtual CloneDrive”
    http://wincdemu.sysprogs.org

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    RECORD SOUND from a microphone, media player, website etc

    - PORTABLE Audacity (because PORTABLE is better, you know??):
    http://portableapps.com/apps/music_video/audacity_portable

    - FeyRecorder
    Awesome free Audio Recording and Text-to-Speech converting program: LET’S HAVE FUN DUDES…for FREE of course!!)
    http://www.feytools.com/products/feyrecorder.html

    - Acoustica Basic Edition
    http://www.acondigital.com/us_Acoustica1.html

    - Sound Recorder
    http://glmet.codeplex.com/releases/view/98990

    - X-Amp (==> great for music fans)
    http://www.maxximate.com/

    But, what if you wanted to capture sounds from other programs rather than what you hear?
    The superb freeware SOUND LEECH can do this for FREE (works on W7 also)!!

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Audio-Editors-Recorders/Sound-Leech.shtml

    FREECORDER 7, I highly recommend you using, designed to record WEB (streaming)AUDIO & VIDEO files, and then save them on the HD of your PC as you hear or watch them!! Please note that this is a revolutionary new browser-based video/audio recording and conversion program, enabling users to save and even convert any kind of videos and audios from over 1000 sites.And it can automatically create MP3s files from ANYTHING you hear on your PC, including radio, worldwide TV channels and even Skype calls!!
    http://freecorder.com

    FULL TUTORIAL:
    http://freecorder.com/fc7/user-guide/

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    FREE DRIVER UPDATES & BACKUP APPZ
    PLEASE NOTE: - Updating drivers is more for the tech savvy computer expert.
    Rule of thumb: If you are not having any problem with your computer it is safer to not bother updating its drivers.

    Now if you have the need to update the first thing to do in order to keep your PC in perfect shape is actually to update its INTEL drivers:

    http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect
    http://www.intel.com/support/oems.htm
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/NVIDIA-GeForce-Experience.shtml

    Most important, besides Intel drivers, are also the VIDEO drivers:
    http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/auto_detect.aspx
    http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Scan.aspx?lang=en-us

    Then, for the other remaining DRIVERS, best thing to do is to visit your PC manufacturer website and then download all of the right drivers there, according to the model and OS of your PC!!!

    For instance, ACER users can go here to update the drivers of their machine:
    http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers

    Then to backup & restore all your updated DRIVERS, you can use the excellent freeware “DOUBLE DRIVER” already mentioned above!!

    Alternatively, or better yet in addition to it, to update all of your drivers with one mouse click, you could also try the following pretty good FREE third Party Software.

    DRIVER EASY
    The FREE version allows you to update your PC drivers only!! This software can find what others cannot:

    http://www.drivereasy.com

    3DP CHIP
    Very effective tiny tool designed to find any possible outdated drivers of your system in a blink of an eye. In my personal tests, it was able to detect 3 key outdated drivers, related to CPU and BIOS, missed by other paid/free software out there (Driver Magician included). The only cons is that you can download the drivers only via web browser. But honestly, given its outstanding performance, who cares about it?
    http://www.3dpchip.com/3dpchip/index_eng.html

    DRIVER EASY + 3DP CHIP ==> Update all drivers
    DOUBLE DRIVERS ==> Backup all drivers

    Other good FREE driver updating tools are also these:
    DRIVERS FOR FREE
    http://download.cnet.com/Drivers-For-Free/3000-18512_4-75548155.html

    - DRIVERMAX (==> FREE edition allows you to update only 2 drivers a day)
    - Ma Config
    - Slim Drivers (==> Cool Cloud-Based Driver Management)
    -(Portable) Device Doctor
    - Portable Driver Identifier
    - DriverPack Solution
    - DriverView (==> Softpedia Editor Pick)
    - MyPCDrivers

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    Free virus detection and removal from SOPHOS - Issued Oct. 11, 2012
    http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/virus-removal-tool/download-now.aspx

    Removes viruses, spyware, rootkits and fake antivirus
    100% free! Totally, absolutely, completely
    Supports Windows XP, Vista and 7
    Works alongside your existing antivirus

    REDO BACKUP AND RECOVERY
    Recovers the entire partitions of it or restore damaged boot sectors/MBR/BCD, which prevent Windows from booting up again following a virus or PC crash:
    You can completely restore a system back even on a machine without OS or with its Hard Drives completely destroyed by a virus.
    This FREE GEM doesn’t need Windows or Linux or Mac, since it relies on a complete mini OS with a point-and-click user interface into your PC’s memory.
    Just burn the ISO on a CD Rom, place it in your CD-ROM drive and reboot your machine and you are ready to go!!
    http://redobackup.org/

    Portable Suite Office – File Backup Master 2.6.0.0
    Very easy and effective multi-threaded data backup system program which can be used to copy your ENTIRE PC, including your operating system, apps, user settings and any amount of your files & folders. Best of all it’s PORTABLE, so no installation is needed.
    http://www.ssuitesoft.com/ssuitebackupmaster.htm

    VOSI.biz Client Suite
    This is an awesome software package, unknown by the masses, bundling 3 great client applications into one:

    - VOSI.biz File Explorer
    - VOSI.biz Online Backup
    - VOSI.biz Email Backup

    With this stunning program, whenever you want to backup your entire system, you can once & for all throw any removable device (USB DRIVE, EXTERNAL HD, DVD/CD etc…) away, since it’s able to do the following things in 2 mouse clicks:

    - drag & drop large files and folders (max 8 GB per file) to download & upload them at fast speed using an extremely powerful compression data technology
    - remotely access files & folders from anywhere through automatic one-way or even two-way real-time and scheduled folder synchronization (==> simply AMAZING FEATURE dudes!!)
    - share files & encrypted folders with friends, colleagues or clients in remote locations
    - automatically backup and restore your Business Data and an unlimited number of PCs online and offline via SSL data transfer and secure data encryption (scheduled and incremental backup options are also supported)
    - drag & drop or automatically backup your Outlook Express & Windows Mail in real-time or scheduled times, as if your email messages were files
    - backup & restore your emails ONE BY ONE, instead of the large and cumbersome “Outlook .pst files” as any other email backup software usually does, thus allowing you to automatically resume interrupted uploads & downloads as well as migrate your favourite emails from one PC to another (that’s COOL, isn’t it dudes??)

    Why this startling SUITE is FREE of charges is something going far beyond human understanding….LOL!

    Download:
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/VOSI-biz-Client-Suite.shtml

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    BEST FREE APPZ - PROTECTING YOUR SENSITIVE DATA

    * TrueCrypt
    http://www.truecrypt.org/

    * Axcrypt
    http://www.axantum.com/axcrypt/

    * (Portable) SafeHouse Explorer (==> Great for memory sticks):
    The free version can even allow you to use your USB device as a smartcard ==> COOL!!
    http://www.safehousesoftware.com/SafeHouseExplorer.aspx

    Full (Video) Tutorial:
    http://www.safehousesoftware.com/VideoTour.aspx
    http://www.safehousesoftware.com/ExplorerHelp/
    http://www.safehousesoftware.com/PrivateStorage.aspx
    http://www.labnol.org/software/password-protect-folders-files/14323/

    Full review:
    http://dottech.org/freeware-reviews/10838/easily-encrypt-your-usbflash-drive-with-safehouse-explorer-even-if-you-dont-have-administrator-access/
    * dsCrypt
    Terrific tool against brute-force password attacks
    http://members.ozemail.com.au/~nulifetv/freezip/freeware/

    * Toolwiz BSafe
    Very effective and easy to use encryption app designed to protect your sensitive data in a very straightforward way: in short it creates a “virtual safe drive”, using AES 256 encryption algorithm, which works just like a virtual drive once unlocked with the right password. Files within this “virtual safe drive” are instantly encrypted on-the-fly and when they are closed all virtual drives are instantly dismounted, leaving the “virtual safes” encrypted. So there is no way to retrieve your encrypted files & folders, unless you know the right passwords, of course. It also sports advanced protection options against hacking attacks, such as the ability to immediately burn all your inputted passwords in the RAM, so as to prevent any password hijacking attempt. Cool, isn’t it??
    http://www.toolwiz.com/products/toolwiz-bsafe/

    * FreeOTFE Explorer
    This is an awesome FREE highly PORTABLE disk encryption program for use with USB flash drives, enabling users to gain access on encrypted volumes even on Windows PC where this tool hasn’t been installed (i.e. in Internet Café). So it’s a perfect app for those people like me who love carrying their sensitive data securely on a USB drive or other removable media without any hassle. Cyphers include AES (256 bit), Twofish (256 bit), Serpent (256 bit) and even Blowfish (448 bit), a feature missing in most paid encryption software out there: COOL, isn’t it??
    http://www.freeotfe.org/

    * ComeiTool
    Impressive little tool designed to lock and sync your folders or USB drives, as well as scan IP addresses!!! It can only unlock folders on the same PC and in the same directory, meaning if a snooper has managed to copy your locked folder to another PC, that folder cannot be unlocked even using this software.
    http://www.mytikus.com/pc_tool_software.htm

    * Professional Data Security 1.0
    Very COOL FREE APPLICATION which includes Encryption, Key Management and a multi-window editor for personal data in one single package.
    This tool allows users to carry sensitive data (account numbers, login credentials, etc.) on their thumbdrive, without the risk to be stolen should their thumbdrive be lost.
    http://crypto.brettlee.com/

    * DiskCryptor
    It offers encryption of all disk partitions, including the system partition, with AES-256 algorithm in LRW mode
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Encrypting/DiskCryptor.shtml

    But how about hiding your important files in JPEG images, mp3, flv files and even into executable files (exe, msi) for FREE??
    http://clotho.ixenity.tk/feature
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Encrypting/Hide-N-Send.shtml
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/Hide-Behind-Image.shtml
    http://www.codegazer.com/pixelcryptor/

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    DVD RIPPERS - BEST FREEWARE

    Firstly, to remove any kind of copy protection from any DVD/Blue-ray disks without losing the original video quality, you can use one of these amazing FREE APPS:

    BDlot DVD ISO Master
    Terrific FREE utility which helps you backup ANY protected DVD to a cross-platform ISO image 1:1 copy, compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, and Unix, without any remarkable video or audio quality loss. Then, once you have created the ISO IMAGE, you can easily burn it to a DVD/CD/Blu-ray disc at high speed, or play it by the majority of media players out there (PotPlayer, VLC, Mplayer, DAPlayer etc…), or better yet watch it on a virtual disk drive after mounting the image over it using a FREE DVD ISO mounter like “Gizmo Drive”. As far as I’m concerned it’s the only FREEWARE able to unlock DVD region codes and defeat ALL those bloody copy protection and well-known damn restrictions which make a DVD copy pretty much impossible, such as CSS, CPRM, CPPM, APS, UOPs, ARccOS, Rip-Guard, and Disney X protection. And with this magic FREE tool you can forget quality loss due to burning errors once and for all, since it also sports an unique “Error Proofing Technology” designed ensure to the integrity and sequence of DVD data after burning.
    http://www.bdlot.com/dvd-iso-master

    * DVDFab HD Decrypter
    This GEM is an amazing FREE all-in-one DVD copying, converting & burning software, which can remove almost all DVD protections of a whatsoever DVD and then copy your DVD/Blu-ray to your HD at high speed.
    http://www.dvdfab.com/hd-decrypter.htm

    * Blu-ray Disc Ripper
    Can copy, decrypt and backup Blu-ray Discs from the original disc, your PC HD and even from a disc image mounted in a virtual drive without any hassle.
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/CD-DVD-Tools/CD-DVD-Rip-Other-Tools/Blu-ray-Disc-Ripper.shtml

    * BluRip
    Can convert BluRay movies to MKV with a single mouse click!!
    http://code.google.com/p/blurip

    * DAPlayer
    Breakthrough Blu-ray DVD HD videos playback for playing high-definition videos, like Bluray, AVCHD, TS, MKV, MPEG4, H264 video formats. Supports any commercial and homemade Bluray multi-track video/audio and subtitles, and can also be used to decrypt and backup blu-ray movies (compatible with BD+ and AACS protected Bluray) so as to play them from your hard disk and even from your virtual driver.
    http://www.digiarty.com

    Then to convert the ripped blu-ray video into any other format you like:
    http://www.videotovideo.org
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Multimedia/Video/Portable-XMedia-Recode.shtml

    * WinX DVD Ripper
    Great free app which can rip any copy protected DVDs (removes DVD CSS, UOP, RCE, region code and even Sony ARccOS) and then convert them to MP4, WMV, AVI, FLV, MOV, MPEG, H.264, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, Android phone, PSP, etc. It also lets you preview the DVD, select the subtitle language and even set the starting and ending time should you be eager to trim the video.
    http://www.winxdvd.com/dvd-ripper/

    * DVDSmith Movie Backup
    Excellent FREE and very easy to use DVD copier and DVD backup software, which can decrypt and remove all kinds of DVD protections (CSS, RC, RCE, APS, UOPs, etc…) and then copy your ripped DVD to the HD of your PC as DVD folder, keeping almost the same audio and video quality as the one featured on the original commercial DVD.
    http://www.dvdsmith.com/dvdsmith-movie-backup.html

    * (Portable) Bluray Decrypter 2.1.00
    It removes any copy protection from Blu-rays (AACS) so that you can copy your blu-ray movies to your HD without losing quality.
    Can also keep the Blu-ray folder structure, original 1080p video, original menu, as well as the original audio/subtitle tracks.
    http://www.bluraytoavi.com/blu-ray-decrypter.html
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Multimedia/Video/Portable-Bluray-Decrypter.shtml

    * Free DVD Copy Decrypter
    Handy and reliable utility designed to remove copy protection from DVDs, thus allowing you to copy them on your hard drive.
    http://www.bluraytoavi.com/dvd-decrypter.html

    Then to convert your ripped DVDs in whatsoever format, well…you can take your pick (but if you use “WinX DVD Ripper” you don’t need them ==> see above):
    http://www.dvdvideosoft.com
    http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter
    http://formatoz.com/index.html
    http://www.easy-video-converter.com/
    http://www.pazera-software.com/products/vcsuite/
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Encoders-Converter-DIVX-Related/WinX-Video-Converter.shtml
    http://gromada.com/best_video_converter/
    http://www.sabsoft.com/TotallyFreeConverter.htm
    http://teejee2008.wordpress.com/ffcoder/

    * (Portable) XMedia Recode (First Choice)
    An all-in-one video conversion and audio conversion tool: it can convert for FREE and at high speed any DVD and Blu-Ray movies into any format you like, giving you also the option to pick your iPhone model. With this FREE cool app advanced users are also able to modify bitrate, keyframe interval, framerate and the rate control mode of both videos and audio chapters. Can’t figure out why this awesome software is free!
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Multimedia/Video/Portable-XMedia-Recode.shtml

    * (Portable) VEMoDe
    Cool free app which helps you encode almost any kind of multimedia files for almost any kind of portable devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, PlayStation Portable, Sony PSP, Windows Mobile devices etc…)
    http://code.google.com/p/vemode/

    * Free 3GP Video Converter
    It can convert your 3GP files stored on your mobile phone to enjoy on your PC and/or your PC movie collection to watch on your mobile phone: cool, isn’t it?
    http://www.koyotesoft.com/video-software/free-3gp-converter.html

    * iMacsoft Free DVD Ripper
    Can rip your DVDs to all popular video and audio formats, extract DVD audio and flawlessly play the converted video and audio files on iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, PSP, PS3, Zune, Xbox 360, Pocket PC, PDA, Mobile Phone, BlackBerry, Archos, Archos AV500, Archos AV700, Archos GMini402, iRiver PMP-100, Creative Zen Vision, etc….
    With this FREE tool users are able to extract Titles and Chapters, select Subtitle & Audio Track, set Bit Rate, resolution, and Frame Rate, as well as trim DVD clips, add a text or image style watermark on their favorite video and even take a snapshot from movies while previewing them.
    http://www.imacsoft.com/free-dvd-ripper.html

    * WonTube Free Video Converter (Windows & Mac)
    Excellent app to convert and enjoy videos for free to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Sony PSP, PS2, PS3, BlackBerry, Nokia, Samsung, Xbox, Apple TV, Android mobile devices and smart phones.
    http://www.wontube.com/free-video-converter.html

    * Convertilla
    Terrific FREE Video Converter tool designed to convert almost any kind of video and music files (MP4, FLV, MKV, MPG, AVI, MOV, WMV, 3GP, MP3) for Android, iPod, Blackberry, Sony PSP and PS3, Microsoft XBOX 360 and Zune, Nokia N-series and many more.
    http://convertilla.com/

    * WinX DVD to iPod Ripper 4.0.10
    Enables you to convert DVDs to several formats supported by iPod devices, but also by iPads, iPhones and others.
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Encoders-Converter-DIVX-Related/WinX-DVD-to-iPod-Ripper.shtml

    And for a limited period of time, you can even grab a FREE genuine key license of the award-winning “WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe” here:
    http://winxdvd.com/giveaway/freewarede.htm

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    GRAPHIC EDITORS
    * Microsoft Photostory 3
    Awesome FREE app by Microsoft designed to create professional slideshows from your still pictures.It supports any kind of photo format, offering you a preview window and some basic editing functions. It lets you add text over your photos and even create songs on the go to add on your final slideshow.
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=92755126-a008-49b3-b3f4-6f33852af9c1

    * (Portable) PhotoFilmStrip
    Great FREE app designed to create movies out of your pictures in just 3 easy steps: it can even render your slide show in Full-HD (1920×1080) resolution.
    http://www.photofilmstrip.org/1-1-Home.html

    * ffDiaporama 1.0
    This is an excellent OPEN SOURCE software which helps you create superb video sequences made up of titles (fixed or animated), images or photos (fixed or animated), movie clips, music.
    http://ffdiaporama.tuxfamily.org/ffdiaporama/?lang=en

    * DVD slideshow GUI
    Best FREE slideshow creator ever created with over 245 transitions and 100 special effects to add on your entire slideshow.
    With this magic FREE tool you can even add and edit music, 35 motion backgrounds, borders and subtitles.
    http://download.videohelp.com/tin2tin/

    * Bolide Free Slideshow Creator
    Superb FREE video slideshow creator, which supports almost any photo file format to produce high quality video files as AVI, MKV or WMV with FullHD resolution!
    http://slideshow-creator.com/

    If you are instead eager to edit or add funny effects to your still photos or even to your videos, these are the best FREE IMAGE EDITORS I recommend you using:
    * (Portable) StylePix (==> COOL lightweight app)
    http://hornil.com/en/products/stylepix/Features.html
    Screenshots:
    http://www.softpedia.com/progScreenshots/StylePix-Screenshot-133549.html

    (Video) Tutorials:
    http://hornil.com/bbs/board.php?bo_table=sp_tip
    http://hornil.com/en/community/HornilStylePixVideoTutorials.html

    * Portable FreeVimager
    Great free image viewer, editor, converter and slideshow maker which can even play AVI video files and some type of audio files in a couple of mouse clicks.
    http://www.contaware.com/content/view/45/45/

    * EKD
    Very powerful post-production software for retouching both your videos and pictures in one go. In short it helps you transform your pictures into professional video files, as well as edit and encode your video sequences.
    http://ekd.tuxfamily.org/index.php/Accueil/AccueilEnglish

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    TRUE Or FALSE - HOAXES REVEALED
    www.Snopes.com
    www.TruthOrFiction.com
    www.UrbanLegends.about.com
    www.MuseumOfHoaxes.com
    www.StraightDope.com
    www.UrbanLegendsOnline.com

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    WINDOWS SECRETS - EVERYTHING MICROSOFT FORGOT TO MENTION
    Windows Secret website provides all the latest information to help you understand and tame your Windows OS. Windows Secrets is also distributed via an RSS feed, and the site delivers more than 1 million page views per month.

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    VIDEO PLAYER
    GOM Media Player - EXCELLENT - Works Better Than Media Player
    GOM Media Player comes equipped with all of the most popular video codecs (XviD, DivX, FLV1, OGG, MP4, H263 and more) by default, so downloading and installing extras is rarely necessary. For those videos that do require a separate codec, GOM Media Player will find one and direct you to a place where you can download an open source version. That way, you won't get stuck with unnecessary codecs on your system.


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    FREEWARE TO CREATE ONLINE PHOTO ALBUMS

    http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photopresentationswin/Create_Slide_Shows_and_Photo_Albums_for_Windows.htm
    http://jalbum.net/en/
    http://computersight.com/software/how-to-create-a-stunning-photo-gallery-online-the-easy-way/
    http://explore.live.com/windows-live-photo-gallery
    http://www.shutterfly.com/learn/online_photo_album.jsp
    and in my opinion, best one :
    http://picasa.google.com/features.html

    LIST OF RECOMMENDED PHOTO SOFTWARE & WEBSITES
    Free Shape Collage Maker
    Picnik More fun than ants on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Picnik offers editing, one-click photo fixing, various fonts, custom designs, special effects, and more. It bills itself as working on OS X, Windows, and Linux, which is technically true, but pretty much any Web-based photo editor can claim this! Therefore, consider the rest of this list as being equally OS X, Windows, and Linux compatible.
    Pixenate (photos from here can be uploaded to Flickr as well.)
    MyTheme  helps you quickly spruce up the profile pictures that you use for your social media sites of choice. If you want jazzy special effects or an animation creation, MyTheme may be just the ticket.
    Phixr - I don’t even know ‘er! (Har, har, har.) Aside from the usual special effects and editing tools, Phixr lets you tilt-shift your photos so that you can make street scenes look like tiny model railroad settings!
    FotoFlexer - FotoFlexer tells us that it’s “the world’s most advanced online image editor.” With FotoFlexer, you’re able to edit photos from Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, MySpace, Photobucket, and “more places.” Like Guam? Switzerland? Behind the toolshed?
    PixVue - is an image management application for windows
    Picasa - free software  from Google that helps you with organizing, editing and sharing your photos.
    JAlbum - Free web photo album software.
    Flickr - the best online photo management and sharing application in the world.
    Webshots (Note: Webshots is owned by CNET Networks)
    Shutterbug - the latest camera reviews, tips and tricks
    Photoshop.com to the list of top online photo editing sites. It’s free, has a familiar interface, gives you options to create projects and edit photos, and even allows you to email them to
    your friends and family when you’re finished. To get started using Photoshop.com, just go to the site and register for a free account (or sign in if you have an existing ID or Adobe account). When you sign in, you just choose a photo that you’d like to edit; Photoshop.com will let you crop and shrink, auto-prep, adjust sharpness and saturation, tweak the white balance, and more. When you’ve finished editing your photo, you can decorate it with text, colors, frames, or even “stickers” if you’re into that kind of thing (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

    HOW TO BACK UP REGISTRY in Xp, Vista and Win7
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/registry.htm

    A COMPLETE REGISTRY BACKUP USING ERUNT
    ERUNT
    (The Emergency Recovery Utility for NT) helps you perform a complete Registry Backup and Restore in Windows NT/2000/2003/XP/Vista.
    You can use this utility as a primary registry backup utility, apart from System Restore. ERUNT can be downloaded from Majorgeeks or from Lars' site.


    Five Great Games Made Possible by HTML 5

    Angry Birds
    One prime example of this which has created quite a buzz around the tech community is Angry Birds. Now, instead of having to play the game on an iPad, iPod Touch, or through a special app, you can play it using
    Chrome or another HTML 5 capable browser.
    Torus by Ben Joffe
    Another game featuring HTML 5 support is Torus by Ben Joffe. Torus is a 3D tetris-like game set on a cylindrical stage rather than a flat surface. This makes things a bit tricky as you have to be aware of what’s on the other side while pieces are falling at an accelerated rate
    Z-Type
    Practicing typing skills has never really been something most people would consider to be very entertaining. Z-Type combines speed typing with a fixed shooter such as Galaga or Space Invaders. Your ship doesn’t move at all, but you can fire on enemies in all directions by typing the word associated with the enemy ship. There are no themes to the words, and enemies become increasingly more difficult to keep up with. It does, however, help with typing speed and to some degree spelling.
    FrozenDEFENCE
    Tower defense games are incredibly popular right now on mobile platforms, and with the help of some clever javascript, FrozenDEFENCE
    delivers on its promise of a simple tower defense game without all the bells and whistles.
    Google Pacman
    To celebrate Pacman’s 30th anniversary, Google turned their iconic logo in to a playable Pacman game thanks to the help of web developer Paul Macek. Millions of users worldwide played the popular game and demand for it was so high that Google decided to keep it alive as an alternative Google homepage for people to continue to enjoy.
    SIX WIN 7 NIGHTMARES (and How to Fix Them) From PCWORLD
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION on how to fix a PC that won't boot, retrieve files from an inaccessible hard drive, stop frequent Blue Screens of Death, restore a forgotten administrator password, remove malware, and find a missing file.


    PREVENTION DETECTION & CURE
    Why pay when you can get excellent protection for free?
    From - Dotteck.org - 12 excellent programs that will provide the best all-around security for you and your computer.

    What is BookLending.com?
    is a website that matches lenders and borrowers of Kindle ebooks.  To participate in lending and borrowing Kindle books, you must first register as a user on the site or connect with Facebook Connect.

    How to Hide Important Files inside a Picture
    The file you want to save inside a picture can be of any extension e.g. exe, txt, mp3, avi or any other. This is probably the most secure way of hiding your private files in case you share your computer with your family members and you don’t want them to get a peek of your hidden files.


    Free File Recovery for 2011
    http://www.avnmedia.com/free_file_recovery.html
    Free File Recovery is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted from your iPod, or by bugs, crashes and viruses!

    Anvir Task Manager Free is freeware utility software that gives users a comprehensive set of tools to put YOU in full control of your computer. It gives you detailed information about every process that is running and about applications running automatically on Windows startup including all hidden applications.

    How to Re-Partition a Hard Drive - Vista and Win7 users only.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5rl-5iIwN4&feature=youtube_gdata

    Create a Windows XP and 7 dual-boot system staged for an easy migration
    Resize your existing Windows XP partition and then install Windows 7 in a dual-boot configuration on the same hard disk. Disk partitioning software for free, such as Easeus Partition Master Home Edition 4.0.1. And best of all, Easeus Partition Master will safely adjust partitions while keeping data intact.

    Top 5 Tips For Building A Gaming PC On A Budget
    Recommended 5 tips to building a gaming PC without spending a year’s salary.

    Advanced System Care Free V3 - TOP MARKS
    With more than 10,000 improvements, Advanced SystemCare Free v3 scans more, repairs more, cleans more, and optimizes more for your computer than ever before. Advanced SystemCare Free (formerly Advanced WindowsCare Personal) has a one-click approach to helping protect, repair, clean, and optimize your PC. With over 20,000,000 downloads since 2006, this fantastic, award-winning program is free.

    How do I Restore files from a damaged hard drive using ZAR?
    Zero Assumption Recovery (ZAR) is a shareware-based utility that can scan your hard drive for files, even if it has been re-formatted or is damaged, and recover them.

    ANTIVIRUS PROGRAMS-FREE
    AVG ver 7.5: http://free.grisoft.com/ww.download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition#tba2
    AVAST: http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
    AVIRA AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic - http://www.free-av.com/
    Other free antivirus tools: ClamWin, Comodo,
    Antidote Lite

    Nova Scotia Food Establishment Inspection Reports
    There are approximately 5000 food establishments in Nova Scotia, including restaurants, takeouts, grocery stores and other food-service facilities. Based on a risk assessment, Food Safety Specialists visit each establishment one to three times a year. After each visit, the operator is provided with an inspection report that confirms they are in compliance with food safety regulations or requires them to take corrective action to address violations and food safety issues. The inspection report disclosure web site provides information to the public concerning the results of these inspections.

     SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
    Is 100% Free and will detect and remove thousands of Spyware, Adware, Malware, Trojans, KeyLoggers, Dialers, Hi-Jackers, and Worms. SUPERAntiSpyware features many unique and powerful technologies and removes spyware threats that other applications fail to remove.

     ProjectWoman - How Tos and Tips
    Find handy hints for using software such as Microsoft Office 2007 and other office applications. Elsewhere on projectwoman.com you'll find tutorials, articles, how tos and tips on photography and Photoshop CS3.

    Top 5 Tips for Buying a Hard Drive
    If you’re buying a hard drive, make sure your computer supports that kind of hard drive.

    How fast are your download speeds?
    Speedtest.net is a free broadband speed test with servers located all over the world. Compare your results with others and easily share them.

    PHOTOGRAPHERS - Tips
    Here are some tips to cleaning your LCD screen:
    * Use clean water, such as distilled water.
    DO NOT use tap water as it contains a lot of nasty stuff that could harm your display.
    * Use a soft fiber cloth, such as micro-fiber cloth that you use to clean your glasses, or a soft cloth towel.
    * DO NOT use anything abrasive, such as paper towels, napkins, or tissue paper.
    * DO NOT use anything corrosive, such as alcohol or acid.


    (UPDATED) KeyLogger-Scrambler Personal is a free plug-in for your Web (IE & Firefox etc) browser that protects your username and password from keyloggers. It defeats keyloggers by encrypting your keystrokes at the keyboard driver level, deep within the operating system. When the encrypted keystrokes reach your browser, KeyScrambler then decrypts them so you see exactly the keys you’ve typed. Keyloggers can only record the encrypted keys, which are completely indecipherable.
    [1.114M] [Win2k/XP/Vista]
    [FREE]

    KANTARIS MEDIA PLAYER - FREE Play almost anything. Excellent Program.
    Kantaris Media Player can play almost anything you can throw at it - AVI, MPEG, MGEG-AVC, WMV, MOV, MKV, quicktime, matroska, divx, xvid, H264, MP3, WMA, OGG files and more. It can also play DVD's and audio cd's. The player also displays some of the most beautiful music visualizations ever seen. All this is completely free.
    It is based on code from Videolan client (VLC) and Bass audio library. The graphical user interface is similar to that of Windows Media Player.


    FREE MUSIC - 10 Top Sites
    If you love to download music for free... legally... check out these sites.

    KeepVid Downloading videos from YouTube
    (and similar websites) is very easy. Hundreds of tools and browser plugins exist that can do it. But there is a simpler solution that doesn't require you to install anything. KeepVid is a website where you can simply fill in the URL of the webpage that contains the video that you wish to download, and it will give you a download link for the video. It sometimes even allows you to get a higher quality version of the video. The downloaded videos (FLV/MP4) can be played with your favorite player if you have got the K-Lite Codec Pack installed.

    FILEMAIL - FREE SERVICE - Send up to 2GB without registering
    Sending large files up to 2Gs FREE has never been easier!
    First, the files you want to send are uploaded to one of several www.filemail.com   servers located in Oslo (Norway) and San Diego. Files are encrypted on our servers using a 128bit AES algorithm to ensure security and privacy. A small e-mail is delivered to the recipients, containing a short message from you and a hyperlink where the files can be downloaded. The recipients click the hyperlink in the e-mail, and are taken to the download page. After the specified number of days/number of downloads, the files are removed completely from our servers.


    LINKSCANNER Lite - Protect Yourself from Malicious Website.
    Evaluate sites before you visit them is with the free LinkScanner Lite application. Rather than rely on second-hand reports, LinkScanner analyzes the code of a given site to check for stealth downloads and other malicious behavior.

    FREE "OPEN OFFICE" - Rival to Microsoft Office MSWORD & Excel
    OpenOffice.org 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

    FREE Microsoft Office Templates
    Lots of Free templates for work, home, and play

    FREE LABEL TEMPLATES
    autofillPDF-Labels 1.0 is a site that’s got tons of free, fillable PDF label templates for U.S. letter-size label sheets. Fill your information in one field and watch as your information automatically fills all label fields within that sheet! All you need to do is download and open up a template, fill a label field, and hit the Tab button on your keyboard! Print your labels in an instant. Find more information on the How To page.

    Top Five Tips for Installing Windows XP
    Even with the advent of Vista, many people are still installing (and even re-installing) Windows XP. Normally, it’s a relatively easy and painless process. But, as with anything, something could always go wrong.

     "BEST FREE SOFTWARE Reviews"
    Security, Internet and Networking, Photography, Audio, & Video, Productivity Applications, Disk Management, Utilities, Programming.

    Canadian Consumer Information Gateway
    *Bookmark This Site. Everything from warranties to financing, as are the types of fraud and deception we must be wary of.

     http://www.snopes.com/ - UBAN LEGEND - Reference Pages

    *10 things you MUST know before you register a domain name with anyone.

    Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites
    "Rogue/Suspect" means that these products are of unknown, questionable, or dubious value as anti-spyware protection. If you have any of the programs listed on this site remove them immediately.

    ADD BLOCKERS
    Adblock Plus This is one of the most popular Firefox add-ons, and for good reason.
    Ad Muncher Not happy with your ad-blocker? Try this one, a favorite of columnist Steve Bass.
    Quero Toolbar This navigation bar replacement blocks some advertisements and gives you plenty of other useful options.
    Super Ad Blocker Tackles even the most annoying ads, including pop-ups, banners, and the distracting fly-in and slide-in types.
    Ad Annihilator Blocks many pop-up ads, cookies, and other distractions, but it's a geeky tool and you'll need spare time to configure it perfectly.


    ULTIMATE BOOT CD FOR WIN
    http://www.ubcd4win.com/
    After you download and install the big 180 Meg program, UBCD4Win - will help you to create a bootable CD which contains software that allows you to repair, restore, or diagnose almost any computer problem. Please note, this is only for the more savvy computer users.

    A GOLDMINE OF PROGRAMS TO PUT ON A USB STICK.
    http://www.snapfiles.com/features/ed_usb_software.html
    These FREE programs do not require any installation and can be run directly from a USB drive. Keep some useful apps handy while on-the-go!

    AUTOMATICALLY  Synchronize Your PC's Clock to the World Time Standard
    http://www.thinkman.com/dimension4/index.htm

    VIRUS TREATS
    http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/default.aspx
    Each week, CA Security Advisory Team tabulates the top 5 virus/malware threats based on reports received from around the world by CA's VIRTUE ™ virus sample processing system. This current list represents the top 5 reported threats. They also provide free cleaning utilities.

    CNET
    An Award winning IT website. Full of the latest tips, tricks and advice for all levels of PC users as well as providing a "Consumer's Report" on Hi-tech items such as cameras, video, audio...ext.
    http://www.cnet.com/

    High Quality Password Generator
    https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm

    BETTER than Google for Image Searching -
    Search the web for images. The most accurate and fresh image search on the web.
    http://www.picsearch.com/

    What is zSHARE? - It's FREE (an excellent website)
    In few words, zSHARE is a free image, video, audio, flash and file hosting provider, and it's mainly used to share files that are too big to be sent via e-mail. With zSHARE you can host files, images, videos, audio and flash on the same place and as long as they remain active they can be downloaded unlimited times. There is no time limit, but files not downloaded for more than 10 days are automatically deleted. After uploading you'll be given a link to your file that can be shared via e-mail.

    TOP 10 MOST RECENT VIRUS ALERTS

    http://www.sophos.com/security/top-10/

    Microsoft Technet Sysinternals Utilities
    Download over 60 Microsoft utility programs to help you diagnose/improve your OS.


    Get Some Office Training For Free From Microsoft

    (*Excellent)  SITE ADVISOR
    A special browser plug-in for IE or Firefox which tags Malicious Websites.
    They test Websites to help keep you safe from spyware, spam, viruses and online scams.


    HOUSECALL- FREE Virus Scan
    Scan your hard drive for viruses and spyware with this FREE online tool. You simply choose the drives you want to scan and click on the "Scan" button. For a high speed connection, allow approximately 1min/1Gig of files per harddrive. Example, it will take 30 minutes to scan 30 Gigs of files.

    WWW.WinXPTutor.com
    This site contains tips and HOW TOs for most of the common tasks in Windows XP, and should help any audience with skill level Basic to Advanced.

    Top Registry Repair Tools
    http://free-registry-downloads.com/

    EXCELLENT OLDER VERSION PROGRAMS - because new is not always better
    http://www.oldversion.com/

    The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities
    http://www.techsupportalert.com/best_46_free_utilities.htm

    Top-100 essential downloads of free software & freeware for Windows XP
    This site even beats out Microsoft and Google as the most visited website.

    http://100-downloads.com/

    The Internet is full of surprises.
    If you only use it to check your e-mail and look at the weather forecast, then you're definitely missing out. Many bright minds have developed services that make the Internet more than just "that thing I use to keep in touch with my relatives." PC World has a roundup of the 30 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do on the Internet. Take some time out of your busy schedule to browse through the fun and useful tools that are referenced here.
    30 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do on the Internet

    Check your PC's vulnerability - go to
    http://www.grc.com/default.htm
    and run "Shields-UP"

    Recommendations for Anti-Virus software, Spyware and Malware checkers, Firewalls, Pop-up blockers and more.
    http://ask-leo.com/recommendations.html

    PHISHING/PHARMING
    Protect your savings from Phishing attacks.  See the hosting location and Risk Rating of every site you visit.
    Help defends against all kinds of online fraud, including phishing, pharming, and DNS exploits. with Netcraft or Fraudeliminator.
    1.
    NETCRAFT
    http://toolbar.netcraft.com/
    2.
    FRAUDELIMINATOR
    http://download.lockergnome.com/download/104192

    ANTIMALWARE
    MS Antispyware: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx ,
    SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html ,
    StartUpMonitor: http://www.mlin.net/StartupMonitor.shtml ,
    WinPatrol: http://www.winpatrol.com/,
    Adaware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/,
    Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

    TOP TEN ROGUE ANY-SPYWARE
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Spyware/?p=727

    PRACTICING SAFE WEB
    After installing a new hard drive or reformatting your old drive and re-installing your OS and other favour programs., following these steps before going on line to download the latest windows, antivirus and spyware updates.
    1. Install one (only one) of the Firewalls listed above.
    2. Install one (only one) of the Antivirus programs
    3. Install at least two or more of the Antimalware programs.
    4. Connect on-line and download/install the latest windows, antivirus and spyware updates.
    5. Scan you system for viruses and spyware. if you run a virus scan and find something, you're well-advised to keep at it until you get at least one scan with no results. This may take 4 or more scans.
    6. Do a complete scan of your system at least once a month.


    SYSTEM PERFORMANCE
    Defrag your hard drive at least once a month, more is better. Everyday is a bit much because it does cause wear and tear on the hard drive. If you feel your system is slowing down it could also be due to spyware. Scan often and keep your antivirus and spyware up to date.

    Windows XP Shortcut Keys
    http://techrepublic.com.com/i/tr/downloads/home/windows_keyboard_shortcuts.pdf

    WinXP - Printing Multiple Photo's Information
    http://www.meryl.net/articles/archives/003000.php#003000