WHERE TO FIND THE BEST FREE SOFTWARE ON THE NET
Welcome to Dudeworld's freeware page where you'll find the best in category free software on the net.
The software recommended on this page is used daily by the Dudeworld crew and believe me when I tell you they have tried everything out there and won't accept second best.
Yep... there is a viable free substitute for windows for the adventurous.
Linux has been around for quite a number of years but it has not been until recently that some of the development teams have started building distro's for the average end user. You will not only get the operating system but a heap of free software as well that comes packaged with the distro (linux distribution). Add on software for linux is both numerous and free.
The safest option to try is one of the live distributions that runs from a CD. You will not have to uninstall Windows and nothing will be written to your hard drive. This means that you can play around with Linux and after you are finished just shut down your PC, pop out the disc and your computer is back to normal.
We recommend Knoppix as the most full featured and easy to use live distribution. Simply download the file and burn it to CD. Leave the CD in your drive and reboot your system when you are ready to play with it.
Get Knoppix HERE (choose a http mirror nearest you if you are unsure)
Then we have two different Linux distro's that have been voted by the Dudeworld crew as the easiest to install and use on a daily basis.
Taking the internet community by storm when it was first released, Ubuntu has gained a major following around the world with both first time linux users and hard core geeks as well. It is well supported by a community forum base found on their site.
In fact, Dudeworld was primarily built on a laptop running Ubuntu (screenshot with custom wallpaper follows!!)
Get Ubuntu HERE
This distro is also kick arse. You can download it as a live CD or a desktop installation so it is easy to try it out before you install it for good.
Get PCLOS HERE
The best free heavyweight image editor is the GIMP.
Dudeworld was also exclusively built on the Gimp, every image on this site was processed by it and I'm a huge fan.
Touted as being as powerful as the mega dollar Photoshop this graphics editor has a huge reputation to live up to and it does it with ease. It really is hard to believe something this good is free. Hugely powerful it has more features than you can poke a stick at and even out performs Photoshop in a couple of key areas. It is well worth your time and effort to learn to use this program.
Get The GIMP HERE
Irfanview is a lightweight but powerful graphics editor that keeps things simple, making it easy to use. IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista.
Irfanview simply excells for small, quick, basic photo editing, crop and chop or resizing... pound for pound its very hard to beat this program for speed on the basics.
Get IRFANVIEW HERE
Like everything that comes from the Google labs, Picasa is easy to use and very slick.
Get PICASA HERE
MWSnap is a small yet powerful Windows program for snapping (capturing) images from selected parts of the screen.
Current version is capable of capturing the whole desktop, a highlighted window, an active menu, a control, or a fixed or free rectangular part of the screen. MWSnap handles 5 most popular graphics formats and contains several graphical tools: a zoom, a ruler, a color picker and a window spy. It can be also used as a fast picture viewer or converter.
MWSnap does not require installation and does not need any special dlls, drivers or system files which can mess up your system.
Get MWSNAP HERE
A wonderful free tool used to rip a DVD to your hard drive. It will also remove copy protection and make the DVD files region free. Development on this software ceased in 2005, however it still works extremely well on anything you want to throw at it.
Get DVD Decrypter HERE
After you have ripped your dvd to your hard drive you will need to shrink it enough to fit onto a regular blank dvd disc. DVD Shrink is what you need.
Get DVD Shrink HERE (small text link at top of page)
Kickarse free CD/DVD burning program that will burn most anything you care to throw at it.
Get CDBurnerXP HERE
Super is a stupendously powerful video transcoder program. It can convert almost any video file format to any other video file format, including resizing, video and audio quality and a whole host of other options. Brilliant.
Get SUPER HERE (small text link at bottom of page)
An awesome free antivirus with a sexy boot time scan option to combat hardened filth virii
Get Avast HERE
An old time favorite, AVG free edition continues to shine for the home user.
Its not an antivirus and its not a firewall... its a bit of both and then some, its WINPATROL
Winpatrol is like a virtual guard dog that patrols your computer and literally barks, if it sees something suspicious. It alerts you whenever a program attempts to install something, tries to set itself to run on startup, Thereís a more advanced version you can buy, but the free version is very, very good.
Sick of Internet Explorer ? Try these powerful alternatives (again a split decision), they are both hardened against the normal attacks that bowl over IE and very user friendly.
Firefox is a fully featured, heavyweight internet browser that features many free add on modules to increase functionality. Like what? you ask ... well how about the ability to save youtube videos to your hard drive for one!!
Get Firefox HERE
Opera prides itself on being lightweight, functional and fast. Opera will render any given web page faster than any other mainstream browser. Period.
Get Opera HERE
Want an alternative to the expensive MS office suite ?
Then Open Office is for you. This is the office suite that comes standard in the majority of Linux distributions and for a reason. It is a full, feature rich office suite that is capable of reading, writing and saving MS office files ensuring compatibility with your workplace, colleagues and friends.
Get Open Office HERE
If you're worried about your system security then you need a firewall. Good ones will stop both inbound intrusions and outbound unauthorized files in the event you inadvertently pick up a virus or trojan.
The crew like a couple of the free firewalls and they're listed below.
It's Free. Forever. No Catch. No Kidding.
Get Comodo HERE
Old faithful... its been around for years, does a solid job and its still free.
Get Zonealarm HERE
7-ZIP is a free winzip equivalent that will unzip a multitude of files types including .rar
Get 7-Zip HERE
FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.
Among others, the features of FileZilla include the following:
Get FILEZILLA HERE
VLC has no peers here. It can play everything Windows media player can't.
Get VLC HERE
Alot of malicious websites store adware or spyware on your PC without you even knowing it. Kill them off with these great utilities.
With the ability to scan your RAM, Registry, hard drives, and external storage devices for known data-mining, advertising, and tracking components, Ad-Aware 2007 easily can clean your system, allowing you to maintain a higher degree of privacy while you surf the Web.
Get AdAware HERE
Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behavior to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies.
Get Spybot HERE
HijackThis examines certain key areas of the Registry and Hard Drive and lists their contents. These are areas which are used by both legitimate programmers and hijackers. This application allows the user to remove malicious entries in the registry.
Get Hijack This HERE
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