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The 40 best free software applications

Everything you could ever want... for free

The web is a treasure trove is free software. But will it stay true and serve its purpose? Or crash and burn your expensive system? We've rounded-up the best genuine free software and services the web has to offer.

Comodo Firewall

A firewall is a must for all those who use the internet. Windows has a firewall but if you want more advanced firewall, you don't need to resort to expensive versions. You can opt for Comodo Firewall 3.0, a very popular and comprehensive yet free alternative.

It is a highly advanced firewall with a ton of settings available for expert users. It is also suited for the novice with an easy-to-understand interface. It doesn't slow down your system and filters incoming and outgoing traffic. It also monitors components used to initiate network connections and other running processes.

The stealth mode (makes your PC. completely invisible to hackers and port scans), HIPS, Powerful and intuitive Security Rules, Automatic 'Firewall Training' mode, Windows Security Center Integration, etc are some of the notable features included.

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15 fabulous, free PC security programs

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Free office software

OpenOffice

This office suite is a worthy competitor to the widely used but expensive MS Office suite and even manages to come up trumps in some key areas. It is a robust and full-featured suite that is compatible with MS Office 2003 files format.

Its cross-platform support for Linux, Mac OSX, Sun Solaris, and Windows makes it score over MS Office which supports only Windows. It has almost all the features that MS Office supports and more. With an interface similar to MS Office, you won't have trouble shifting to it.

Another advantage OpenOffice has over MS Office is its support for plug-ins and extensions like blogging add-ons, report building, exporting to Google docs, templates, etc. A really cool feature is its ability to save documents as PDF files directly from the application.

Click here for our OpenOffice review.

EssentialPIM Free

A good Personal Information Manager (PIM) tool is a must for someone looking to manage and organiSe daily schedules, contacts, maintain to-do lists, and keep tab of notes. All these can be done easily with a few mouse clicks by using EssentialPIM Free, a simple yet powerful PIM that has almost all the features that other paid versions offer.

An intuitive interface with colour-coded sections is the first thing that attracts you to this unassuming yet feature-packed program. Everything you will need to organise and manage your schedule and contacts is easily available to you. It consists of four main sections - Scheduler (Tasks), To Do List, Outliner (Notes), and Contact Manager -- that manages a bulk of your personal information.

Download EssentialPIM Free here.

Mozilla Sunbird is also another good Personal Information Manager application that provides all the essentials for easy and quick organistion of your schedules and contacts. As with other open-source applications, the extisionability of its features makes it a very versatile PIM.

Download Mozilla Sunbird here.

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  2. More free security software and office applications
  3. Email tools
  4. Web browsers and internet tools
  5. Photo-sharing freebies
  6. Free photo editors
  7. Audio-editing tools
  8. Open-source operating systems and video tools
  9. Desktop software utilities
  10. System tools
  11. Social-networking solutions
  12. More video tools
  13. Home entertainment freebies
  14. Blogging fun
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