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  • Review

    SocialBro analyzes your Twitter community

    Posted March 8, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    SocialBro is a handy tool for analyzing your Twitter community, and its free version boasts a slick interface.
  • Book Giveaway: Win a copy of 'The Book of GIMP'

    Posted February 28, 2013 - 4:45 pm

    ITworld is giving away 5 copies of "The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything" to some lucky readers. Enter now for your chance to win!
  • Review

    DDownloads Review: Get software directly from the vendor with a single click

    Posted February 26, 2013 - 10:27 am

    DDownloads helps you download popular programs straight from the source. It's free, and for the programs on its list, it works well.
  • Review

    PowerShell Plus is a free IDE for PowerShell users

    Posted February 7, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    PowerShell Plus is a straightforward, highly functional IDE for PowerShell, now released as uncrippled freeware.
  • Twenty free and effective infosec tools

    Posted January 12, 2013 - 9:00 am

    We asked readers to name the free tools they find most useful in their daily work as infosec practitioners. Here are 20 that stand out.
  • The five best business freebies of 2012

    Posted January 2, 2013 - 11:39 am

    Who says you have to spend money to make money? These five goodies can improve your bottom line without even touching your budget.
  • 15 (FREE!) security tools you should try

    Posted December 28, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Here are some of the best-known products you can try inside your own network
  • 14 of the most useful Linux websites

    Posted December 6, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Looking to learn more about open source and free software? You can't go far wrong with our list of sites
  • 6 killer utilities for redlining your gaming rig

    Posted October 7, 2012 - 6:49 am

    Just as there's more to racing than showing up at the drag strip, there's more to gaming than booting up your rig.
  • Free security products out there for the asking

    Posted September 25, 2012 - 11:36 am

    Security software developers have a long history of making their work available for free. Here's a small taste, keeping in mind a few caveats, like uncertain support or limited capabilities relative to paid products.
  • 5 free open source alternatives to Microsoft Office

    Posted September 17, 2012 - 9:38 pm

    Small businesses don't always need Microsoft Office software for word processing, spreadsheets, email, database and publishing tools. We look at five free, open source alternatives to Microsoft Office.
  • Get a free Sharepoint-style workspace for your business

    Posted August 30, 2012 - 10:24 am

    If your business employs more than a few people, it's a good bet you've got project-management problems.
  • Review

    Free Wise Registry Cleaner defrags the Windows registry

    Posted May 23, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    Every once in a while, I run across a program that seems too good to be free--but truly is. Wise Registry Cleaner 7 (WRC 7 from here on in) is such a program. Actually, it's a bit more than a registry cleaner. It also defrags the registry and offers quite a few system tweaks under its System Tuneup tab.
  • Review

    Free antivirus you can trust

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:38 am

    You want security software that’s as close to perfect as possible. After all, if just a single piece of malware slips through your defenses, it can wreak havoc on your PC. The question is, how close to perfect is free antivirus software?
  • Review

    Review: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

    Posted May 1, 2012 - 3:24 pm

    Malwarebytes Antimalware Free 1.61 is a supplemental free product that can help bolster your existing security software. The makers of Malwarebytes Antimalware pitch it as a tool for detecting and removing brand-new "zero-day" malware, and it uses a number of different technologies to accomplish this task.
  • Review

    Review: Avast Free Antivirus

    Posted May 1, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    Avast's freebie finished second in PCWorld's 2012 free antivirus roundup. Avast Free Antivirus 7 mostly excelled in protecting against malware, it has a versatile interface, and it sped through our battery of malware tests.
  • Review

    Review: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

    Posted May 1, 2012 - 7:41 am

    AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition was PCWorld's top pick in April 2012's Free Antivirus You Can Trust. It performed well in virtually all of the tests we ran.
  • Free tool restores Start button to Windows 8

    Posted March 10, 2012 - 8:20 am

    StarDock, a company known for software that customizes Windows has released a free tool that restores the Start button to Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
  • Review

    Free and affordable software to sync your work and your life

    Posted March 4, 2012 - 8:36 am

    If you're like plenty of people these days, you have more than just one computer--and I don't mean just a traditional desktop or laptop PC, but also a smartphone or a tablet. A smartphone is little more than a computer wrapped around a cell phone; and a tablet, of course, is merely a computer in a convenient portable package.
  • Six free software packages to load on your new PC

    Posted December 26, 2011 - 9:32 pm

    If you're among the lucky ones to receive a new PC this holiday season, rejoice. There are few things as exciting as the potential of a brand-new machine.
  • Review

    Still awesome after all these years: 8 excellent free downloads

    Posted July 23, 2011 - 8:56 am

    Wine gets better with age. Men get more distinguished looking (or so my wife tells me). Even some cars seem to improve as time passes (I'm looking at you, 1965 Mustang). But there's nothing glamorous about old software apps, which just get less and less useful the older they get--right?
  • 15 incredibly useful (and free) Microsoft tools for IT pros

    Posted July 14, 2011 - 7:56 am

    From the hidden gems department: We've dug through the jungle that is Microsoft Downloads -- literally thousands of files -- and came back with the best free tools you've probably never heard of.
  • Free antivirus programs rise in popularity, new survey shows

    Posted June 7, 2011 - 11:04 am

    Free antivirus programs such as Microsoft's Security Essentials (MSE) have now supplanted more complex paid software as the antimalware defense of choice for millions of consumers, figures from certification company OPSWAT have suggested.
  • 5 Skype alternatives for Linux users

    Posted May 19, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    Linux desktop users have always had a, shall we say, difficult relationship with Skype even before Microsoft bought it, so there's always been plenty of Linux VoIP alternatives. Here are 5 free, as in "free beer," programs that are worth a closer look.
  • Review

    13 power-packed productivity tools

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 9:42 pm

    Simpler Web viewing: Remember when the Web was adless and clutter-free? A browser add-on called Readability takes you back to those times by stripping any page down to its main article. No ads. Minimal navigation menus. Almost no clutter. It's great for creating printer-friendly pages, and for distraction-free reading.
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