Some of the best free software around
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Mailwasher from Firetrust is a program
which intercepts emails before they reach your inbox to filter out
spam. I have not had a lot of experience using this program, but
I have noticed that it is easy to set up, and is very effective
at flagging up spam emails. In brief these are emails offering cheap
software, pharmaceuticals, fake goods and any other unsolicited
mail If you have your own website which has your email address listed,
then the more traffic that reaches your site, the more likely you
are to get spam email. The free version has limited functionality
but is a good indication of how the full version works. Mailwasher
Pro is able to automatically filter and flag up spam, delete or
bounce it back. Even the free version is able to flag up mail from
known spam domains and automatically delete if required. If this
sounds like something you would find useful, why not give
it a try, it's free!
Directory Submitter is so good that I have dedicated
an entire page to free directory submission.
The page features Addme! a directory submission website and Directory
submitter free software. The free version of this program will allow
you to submit your website to up to 350 directories - no fees payable!
If you need some back-links, try
GIMPSHOP from plasticbugs is a powerful free
graphics package, full of features that you really wouldn't expect
to find in free software. originally developed for the Linux platform,
GIMP is now available for Windows users too. It has many similarities
to Photoshop, a feature which I don't think is entirely accidental...
Download the free software here.
AVG from Grisoft
- One of the most widely-used pieces of software you will find -
Why? because it is free AND it is probably
as good as most programs you might pay good money for. AVG is an
anti-virus software which is provided free to home users, it has
an easy to use front-panel and can be set to automatically download
updates (essential) and to sweep your entire PC for viruses at regular
intervals. Not only does it do this, it will also seamlessly integrate
into Outlook or Outlook express to check all incoming and outgoing
emails for viruses - thus offering security for your system as well
as anybody that you choose to send an email to. If you only select
one free program to run on your PC...choose AVG.
AD-AWARE from Lavasoft, this program
has ben recently updated, and I can fully believe the claim that
this is the most popular anti-spyware product for computer users
around the world. the free version does not automatically update,
but if you haven't updated for a while, you get a warning and a
reminder to do so - this is accompanied by a one-click download
button, and the downloads always seem fairly fast.
The free version also cannot be set to scan automatically at set
times, though you can set it to scan on startup. It has an optional
privacy setting which can erase tracks left behind whilst browsing
the web in IE, Firefox or Opera Ad-Aware seems to identify different
problems than Spybot (see below), so one of my computers runs Spybot
and Ad-aware together. Like other free software of this type, the
free version is available to non-commercial users. The front panel
again is easy to use and there are lots of useful features. To visit
the download site, click
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Spybot is an anti-spyware program with loads of
extra features. Like all my favourites, it offers free updates and
is really easy to use. I should add here that I recommend using
two anti-spyware programs, as I have not yet found ONE that finds
absolutely everything... This does not mean that the software doesn't
work properly, only that the different programs on offer, place
different emphases on types of spyware intrusion, and will come
up with different results. I have used all the major ones and I
have concluded that the 'belt and braces' approach of two programs
tends to cover most of the bases most of the time. Download it here
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