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14 favourite free internet tools

Downloads to help you with your life online

We've put together the best 14 software downloads. We've got a universal messenger, a way to troubleshoot email problems, and programs to keep yourself safe. These are the software tools that come to the rescue. And best of all, most of them are free.

FlashGet

If you live to download, this freebie is for you. It's a great download manager that will speed up the process, keep you safe, and help you organise everything that you've downloaded.

Flashget makes downloads faster by using multithreading, and it lets you find downloads via many different protocols, including HTTP, FTP, eMule, and others. It's also terrific at file management, showing you all the files you've downloaded, including information about each. You'll even be able to delete downloaded files from directly in the program.

Even more useful - it integrates with your browser, so whenever you download, it jumps into action. It will also pause and resume downloads, and works with your antivirus software to scan for viruses as it downloads.

FileZilla

One of the internet's oldest file-transfer protocols (FTP) still lives. Contrary to popular wisdom, not all files are downloaded from websites. Many are still downloaded from FTP servers. And many individuals and businesses continue to use FTP as a way to share files. Also, many ISPs block large files, so using FTP is a great way around that problem.

FileZilla is an excellent free FTP client that combines simplicity with a robust feature set (it has just about every FTP feature you could need), and its interface is easy to use.

Bandwidth Monitor 2 Lite

Here's a simple, easy way to check on your current bandwidth use, both uploading and downloading, and also to track your usage over time. This freebie displays that usage in a constantly changing chart, so you can see the fluctuations in real time. It also shows you the current bandwidth use in a text display.

Bandwidth Monitor Lite is quite customisable, you can, for example, skin it, change the time span in which it measures bandwidth, and so on.

Also very helpful is that it will keep logs of your bandwidth usage, so you can make comparisons over time.

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