Getting Comfortable With The Basics


Create PDF documents on the fly — for Free!   Portable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world. CutePDF Writer (formerly CutePDF Printer) is the free version of commercial PDF creation software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a “printer subsystem”. This enables virtually any Windows applications (must be able to print) to create professional quality PDF documents – with just a push of a button!

Image Resizer for Windows is a utility that lets you resize one or more selected image files directly from Windows Explorer by right-clicking. I created it so that modern Windows users could regain the joy they left behind with Microsoft's Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP.
Note: Be sure to choose the correct version 32 0r 64  bit. – Glenn

The Last Password You'll Have to Remember! LastPass brings all of your usernames and passwords together in one secure place, allows you to autologin to your favorite sites, makes shipping and billing forms a breeze to fill out and helps you manage your digital life.
Create Your Account for free!  – You can also subscribe to LastPass Premium for only $12 a year!

PDF-XChange Viewer FREE version – Those Wishing to View/Modify or perform simple editing of PDF files on their Windows PC's now have a FREE alternative ! The PDF-XChange Viewer is smaller, faster and more feature rich than any other FREE PDF Reader/Viewer available. This version also allows users to try the extended functionality offered by the PDF-XChange Viewer 'PRO' in evaluation mode – for free.  Export PDF pages or entire files to any one of the supported Image formats including BMP, JPEG, TIFF, PNG and many more …
Note: For easiest install download

The Foxit Reader is a small, fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file. Unlike other free PDF readers, Foxit Reader also includes easy to use collaboration features like the ability to add annotations, fill out forms, and add text to PDF documents.

GAG, The Graphical Boot Manager – GAG (initials, in spanish, of Graphical Boot Manager) is a Boot Manager program. It's loaded when the computer is turned on and allows you to choose the operating system you want to use.

Steganos LockNote will change the way you work with confidential notes. Application and document in one: the mechanism to encrypt and decrypt a note is part of it. Secure, simple, independent. No installation required.

Airfoil for Windows™ Wireless audio around your house. Send any audio from your PC to AirPort Express units, Apple TVs, iPhones and iPods Touch, and even other PCs and Macss, all in sync! Airfoil for Windows gives you your audio, all around the house.

Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a free audio and video player for Windows.

MediaMonkey – Is your music library a mess? Missing Album Art and other information? Scattered across various locations? Full of duplicates? Get MediaMonkey and get organized.

HovText is a small freeware and open source Windows application that removes any formatting from the clipboard and it also works as a simple clipboard manager. Any text in the clipboard will be pasted as raw text without any HTML code, font size, color or layout etc.

EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition is a FREE ALL-IN-ONE partition solution and disk management utility. It allows you to extend partition (especially for system drive), manage disk space easily, settle low disk space problem under Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7

SDelete is a command line utility that takes a number of options. In any given use, it allows you to delete one or more files and/or directories, or to cleanse the free space on a logical disk. SDelete accepts wild card characters as part of the directory or file specifier.

Easy to use EASEUS Todo Backup user-friendly and handy interface. “Free, works pretty good, nice user interface. It can backup my system partition, even the whole disk easily, so that I do not always have to reinstall the system or the software every time when the computer is dead.

Image your hard drive after a new install or before it fails, use Drive Snapshot. It’ll make an image of your drive and make it bootable. Then you can just restore that image right to your hard drive.

• Mouse wheel enhancement for Windows! The prime purpose of the KatMouse utility is to enhance the functionality of mice with a scroll wheel, offering ‘universal’ scrolling:

• If you have unintentionally deleted or formatted pictures, videos or sound files on your data carrier (memory card) or have pulled it out during a write operation, no matter – PC INSPECTOR™ smart recovery the software with which you can recover your holiday pictures in seconds after unintentional deletion or a system error. PC INSPECTOR™ File Recovery 4.x is so-called FREEWARE. This means that the software does not cost you a single penny.

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.

Wants to record Skype calls, both local and remote channels. Unfortunately, SKYPE won’t record both ends of a conversation. Try Pamela! And even though it comes with a lite version on Skype, you’ll need the full download to have the capability.

Download AUTORUNS, and run it, it’ll tell you what’s trying to run on startup.

Ant Renamer is a free program that makes easier the renaming of lots of files and folders by using specified settings. It supports Unicode names.

Every hard disk is too small if you just wait long enough. TreeSize Free tells you where precious space has gone to.

SnapShot is disk imaging software that enables the user to back up, restore and view backed up hard disk data, easily and safely.

Recuva (pronounced “recover”) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer.
Recuva comes in a portable version with no installer required.

Wizmo is an extremely useful “Windows Gizmo” I think it’s most usefull function for GorvesCG members is Wanlock. It disables and reinables “wireless zero config” service
Windows’ “Wireless Zero Configuration” service periodically drops and restarts wireless connections in a misguides attempt to check for a “better” access point to connect with. Wizmo’s “wanlock” command simply stops this service to prevent this annoying behavior. Once your machine is connected wirelessly, give the “wizmo wanlock” to “lock” Windows to the current access point and prevent those annoying disconnections. How does Wizmo work?

FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface. This is the FTP program I use. Glenn

Free Office Suite
The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. Sophisticated and flexible, also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office, and the vendor-neutral OpenDocument standard from OASIS.

Good hard drive cleaner Wants to get rid of old computer – Cannot do secure erase within Windows. Download Darik’s Boot and Nuke – Load on CD, floppy, or USB drive. Will erase to military specs

Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6). It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.

AutoStitch is a simple, powerful digital photography tool. It makes a panoramic scene out of a mix of overlapping photos. AutoStitch puts the photos together and eliminates redundant, overlapped portions of the scene. The individual photo borders are smoothed out until you’ve got one giant scene.

AI RoboForm from Siber Systems
Manage your passwords and information with Roboform. It will automatically fill in password information or login information to any online account or Web site. Create an identity with all of your personal information–name, address, telephone, etc. You won’t have to waste time retyping that information ever again! Stuck trying to think of a new password? It will generate secure random passwords for you. All personal information is securely stored on your computer. Cost: Free limited version; $29.99 for Pro edition

The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell to host their advanced system utilities and technical information. Whether you’re an IT Pro or a developer, you’ll find Sysinternals utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications.


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