Three Free Alternatives to Adobe Reader


Foxit Reader  Foxit Reader is a free PDF document viewer and printer. Small and fast, with a rich feature set. Using the Foxit FF extension makes reading a PDF on the Net a seamless process 

Cool PDF Reader This viewer has many the features of Adobe Reader, but unlike Adobe Reader, Cool PDF Reader loads PDF files extremely fast. Conversion from PDF to text and graphics formats is included.  Cool PDF Reader allows conversion from PDF to text, and even graphics.

Sumatra PDF Viewer Sumatra has a minimalistic design, with its simplicity attained at the expense of extensive features. Sumatra takes up little disk space with an installed size of only 1.2MB, whereas Adobe Reader requires 335 MB of available disk space.
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61 Free Desktop Applications, Webapps, and Tools We're Most Thankful For


61 Free Desktop Applications, Webapps, and Tools We're Most Thankful For

  1. Firefox (see also: Power User's Guide to Firefox 3, Top 10 Firefox 3.5 Features)
  2. VLC (see also: Master Your Digital Media with VLC, VLC Hits 1.0 with Better Playback and File Support)
  3. CCleaner (see also: Five Best Windows Maintenance Tools)
  4. Dropbox (see also: Use Dropbox for More Than Just File Syncing, Sync Files and Folders Outside Your My Dropbox Folder)
  5. 7-Zip (see also: Five Best File Compression Tools)
  6. (see also: 3.1's Usability Tweaks, Screenshots Preview a Ribbon-Like Toolbar)
  7. Google Chrome (see also: The Power User's Guide to Google Chrome, 2009 Edition)
  8. µTorrent (see also: Tweak uTorrent's Settings for Faster Downloads, Five Best BitTorrent Applications)
  9. Notepad++ (see also: Five Best Text Editors, AutoSave Adds Reassurance to Notepad++ Editing)
  10. Gmail (see also: Our full Gmail coverage)
  11. GIMP (see also: Gimp 2.7 Beta Improves Text Editing, Streamlines Saving)
  12. Paint.NET (see also: Paint.NET Releases Big Update, Still a Killer Photoshop Alternative, Paint.NET Plugin Lets You Open Photoshop Files)
  13. Microsoft Security Essentials (see also: Microsoft Security Essentials Free Antivirus App Leaves Beta, Stop Paying for Windows Security; Microsoft's Security Tools Are Good Enough)
  14. Revo Uninstaller (see also: Lifehacker Pack 2009: Our List of Essential Free Windows Downloads)
  15. Evernote (see also: Evernote 3.5 Beta Brings Tons of Tiny Fixes to Windows, Expand Your Brain with Evernote)
  16. Thunderbird (see also: Thunderbird 3 Release Candidate Available for Download)
  17. Audacity (see also: Geek to Live: Make a ringtone from any MP3)
  18. ImgBurn (see also: Turn Your PC into a DVD Ripping Monster, Five Best CD and DVD Burning Tools)
  19. Picasa (see also: Picasa 3.5 Organizes Your Photos with Facial Recognition)
  20. Skype (see also: Our full Skype coverage)
  21. Pidgin (see also: Ten Must-Have Plug-ins to Power Up Pidgin, Five Best Instant Messengers)
  22. Ubuntu (see also: First Look at Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony)
  23. iTunes (see also: iTunes 9 Improves Syncing, Network Sharing, More)
  24. foobar2000 (see also: Screenshot Tour: The beautiful and varied world of foobar2000, Hack Attack: Roll your own killer audio player with foobar2000)
  25. Foxit Reader (see also: Five Best PDF Readers, Lifehacker Pack 2009: Our List of Essential Free Windows Downloads)
  26. FileZilla (see also: Five Best FTP Clients, Build a Home FTP Server with FileZilla)
  27. VirtualBox (see also: The Beginner's Guide to Creating Virtual Machines with VirtualBox)
  28. TrueCrypt (see also: Geek to Live: Encrypt your data, Five Best Portable Applications)
  29. Avast! (see also: Five Best Antivirus Applications)
  30. Defraggler (see also: Five Best Disk Defragmenters)
  31. KeePass (see also: Eight Best KeePass Plug-Ins to Master Your Passwords, How to Use Dropbox as the Ultimate Password Syncer)
  32. Opera (see also: Opera 10.10 with Unite Media Server Released)
  33. AVG (see also: AVG 9 Free Now Available for Download)
  34. Digsby (see also: Five Best Instant Messengers, Digsby Sees the Light, Removes (Some) Bundled Crapware)
  35. Google Reader (see also: Our full Google Reader coverage)
  36. Winamp (see also: Win7shell Adds Windows 7 Jump List Support to Winamp)
  37. Google Earth (see also: Google Earth 5.1 Speeds Up Your World Browsing)
  38. TeraCopy (see also: Five Best Alternative File Copiers)
  39. Launchy (see also: Our full Launchy coverage)
  40. Transmission (see also: Lifehacker Pack 2009: Our List of Essential Free Mac Downloads)
  41. Eclipse IDE
  42. SpyBot Search & Destroy (see also: Five Best Malware Removal Tools)
  43. Adium (see also: Adium Updates with Security Fixes, Better Facebook Integration)
  44. PuTTY (see also: Add Tabs to PuTTY with PuTTY Connection Manager)
  45. Songbird (see also: Songbird 1.0 Release Official, Fixes Bugs, Plays iTunes Purchases, Killer Add-ons Make Songbird So Much Better)
  46. Sumatra PDF (see also: Sumatra 1.0 is a Blazing Fast Replacement for Adobe Reader)
  47. XBMC (see also: Build a Silent, Standalone XBMC Media Center On the Cheap, Customize XBMC with These Five Awesome Skins, Turbo Charge Your New XBMC Installation)
  48. Blender (see also: Learn Blender with free e-book)
  49. CDBurnerXP (see also: Five Best CD and DVD Burning Tools)
  50. Everything (see also: Everything Finds Windows Files As You Type, Top 10 Tiny & Awesome Windows Utilities)
  51. HandBrake (see also: HandBrake Updates to 0.9.4 with Over 1,000 Changes, 64-Bit Support)
  52. Rainmeter (see also: Rainmeter 1.0 Brings the Enigma Desktop to Everyone)
  53. AutoHotkey (see also: Turn Any Action into a Keyboard Shortcut, Hack Attack: Knock down repetitive email with AutoHotKey)
  54. Google Calendar (see also: Our full Google Calendar coverage)
  55. MediaMonkey (see also: MediaMonkey 3.2 Syncs with More Devices, Adds Auto Folder Watching)
  56. Quicksilver (see also: A beginner's guide to Quicksilver)
  57. WinSCP
  58. Google Voice (see also: Make Unlimited Free Calls on Your Cellphone with Google Voice, How to Ease Your Transition to Google Voice)
  59. Boxee (see also: Build a Cheap But Powerful Boxee Media Center, Boxee to Launch Beta with Loads of New Features)
  60. AdBlock Plus (see also: Top 10 Must-Have Firefox Extensions, 2009 Edition)
  61. Media Player Classic (see also: Five Best Video Players)

The Top Ten Freeware Products of 2009: Users choice from Gizmo blog


1. Mozilla Firefox 3.5
Users Choice: Freeware Product of 2009  (25% of total vote)
Other browsers may be faster and sexier but Firefox with its huge range of add-ons remains the most capable browser for everyday use. Used by more of our site visitors than any other browser.
2.  Avira Antivir Free  (12%)
Antivir provides an extraordinary level of anti-malware protection for your PC at zero cost. There have been signature file update problems for the free version in recent months but these now seem to have been resolved
3.  Google Chrome browser  (10%)
Fast, safe and the shape of things to come. The most recent version now accommodates extensions.
4.  Microsoft Security Essentials  (9%)
A much better anti-malware scanner from Microsoft than anyone thought possible and low on resource usage as well. A great solution for low risk users.
5.   Comodo Firewall  (8%)
Extraordinary protection for those sufficiently technically competent to use it.
6.  Avast! Antimalware  (5%)
The most complete free anti-malware program available. It's a bit heavier on resources than Avira but the detection rates are superb.
7.  Picassa 3  (5%)
The ideal way to store, manage  and edit your online photos. The user interface is a gem.
8.  Everything Search  (5%)
Find any file on your hard drive in an instant without bogging down your PC in background indexing. Only finds files by name not content.
9.  Opera 10  (5%)
Opera's devoted fans will tell you it's the fastest, safest and most complete browser available. They are probably correct but somehow Opera has never got the traction it deserves.
10.  VLC Media Player (5%)
A multi-platform media player that runs mostly without the need for external codecs. It's the player of choice for many experienced users though a little daunting for beginners.

See GIZMO editors' selections for the best freeware of 2009

SUPERAntiSpyware Online Safe Scan FREE

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This new online scanner is a critically important tool for computer users and technicians. The new breed of infections simply block most, if not all, anti-spyware and anti-virus products from running. This leaves users and technicians in a desperate situation. This new stand alone online “Safe Scan” will run when other products are blocked.

There is an interesting twist to this new product. Instead of downloading and installing the free edition of SUPERAntiSpyware, you simply download an executable which, when launched, effectively turns SUPERAntiSpyware into a cloud application. Pretty cool move.

If you’re asking if you can run an online virus scanner while your principal onboard AV application is running, the answer is – yes.

SUPERAntiSpyware Online Safe Scan is absolutely free at

Follow the instructions below to initiate the SUPERAntiSpyware Online Scan. The scanner will detect AND remove over 1,000,000 spyware/malware infections. The scanner does NOT install anything on your Start Menu or Program Files and does NOT need to be uninstalled.

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Click the RUN button when prompted. This will start the scanner. Click the "Click here to Start" button and then the "Scan your Computer" button to start the scanning process. provides users of our SUPERAntiSpyware Professional FREE, unlimited 24/7 technical support via e-mail. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.
This new online scanner is a critically important tool for computer users and technicians. The new breed of infections simply block most, if not all, anti-spyware and anti-virus products from running. This leaves users and technicians in a desperate situation. The stand alone online “Safe Scan” will run when other security products are blocked.

Free Mail Collector - All Email Accounts in One Place


Fri, 12/18/2009   from Techsupportalert website:  Mail Collector lets you read and send emails from your multiple email accounts in one place. Easy to set up, no more going through various complicated settings for incoming and outgoing servers.

Mail Collector resides in GMX Mail which you need to sign up if you do not have one. It's free.
Once you have a GMX Mail account, log in and click Mail Collector. It shows you four simple steps to go—just select a provider (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail or others) from a pull-down menu, enter an email address and password, click "Continue" with the default setup and "Confirm". That's it. And all mails will start flowing in from that account. 

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One Comment  I'll stick with PopPeeper. Works with Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc. You name it, it works with it. Plus it's portable!

SoftMaker Office 2008 for Free Office suite


SoftMaker Office 2008 for Free

From techsupportalert website..Posted: 17 Dec 2009 This is a pretty impressive office suite comprising a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program and scripting utility. To the eye it looks very like Office XP and it works very well indeed. In fact Infoworld rated it as superior to Open Office 3.1.

Overall this is a pretty decent freebie. No it's not got the extraordinary feature set of Office 2007 but it has just about everything normal users need.  The only major component missing is a replacement for Outlook but there are plenty of other free alternatives you can use instead. See here: Best Free PIM  Best Free Email Client
How does it compare to Open Office? Well Infoworld consider it to be better the Open Office V3.1.

Also see other alternatives to MS Office at an earlier posting I did in this blog

Test Drive And Learn Windows 7 Features From Your Web-Browser


Microsoft Windows 7 and if you  planning to get switched on the new operating-system now you can test and learn the new features online right from your web-browsers - thanks to newly introduced Windows 7 Test Drive service from Microsoft which allows users and developers to experience Windows 7 running live on Microsoft servers in an safe virtual test-drive environment accompanied with supporting step-by-step walkthrough videos of it's features.

The free test-drive resource requires no special software installation and runs inside your web-browser (Internet Explorer) and needs a single Active-X installation to get started.

The test-drives are divided into various categories like productivity, security & control, streamlined PC management etc. which can be accessed from the official Windows 7 Test Drive website here.


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