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  • Review

    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Free

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 6:00 pm

    You can't depend on just one program to protect you from rootkits, Trojans, viruses, worms, and other malicious code. The job is too important and the villains too numerous for that. So supplement your regular antivirus program (the one you keep running in the background at all times) with an extra malware scanner, such as Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Free.
  • Free BlackBerry Apps: Your Smartphone's 10 New Best Friends

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 12:12 pm

    True BlackBerry lovers can never have too many BlackBerry apps. Here are 10 favorites that won't cost you a dime.
  • Symphony 3.0 beta signals IBM attack on Microsoft Office

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 10:25 pm

    IBM/Lotus took another stab at Microsoft Office, releasing a beta 2 version of Symphony 3.0, its free suite of productivity applications.
  • Using Inkscape: Insider tips from Inkscape developer Dmitry Kirsanov

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 10:38 am

    As a designer and heavy user of graphic editors, Inkscape developer Dmitry Kirsanov admits his agenda for creating a new and free alternative to Adobe Illustrator looks much like his dream list of vector graphics editor features.
  • Top 10 Free Windows Tools for IT Pros

    Posted January 19, 2010 - 4:11 pm

    No Windows geek or PC support professional should be without these must-have diagnostic, system tuning, file recovery, and other utilities. The best part: They're all free for the downloading.
  • Richard Stallman joins call for Oracle to divest MySQL

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 2:01 pm

    Oracle must be stopped from taking over MySQL, according to Richard Stallman, a developer and prominent activist for free software.
  • Review

    DownTester Reports Your Connection Speed

    Posted October 4, 2009 - 9:16 pm

    Everyone wants to know how fast their Internet connection is, and DownTester promises to tell you exactly that. This free utility is simple to use and tests speeds by contacting any Web site of your choice.
  • Geek Alert: Process Hacker Tweaks Your PC For Free

    Posted October 1, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    Process Hacker is an astoundingly useful and full-featured tool for monitoring and, yes, hacking ongoing processes on your PC. There is an astonishing amount of functionality crammed into a clean, well-designed, interface. And it's free.
  • Microsoft Security Essentials is Solid

    Posted September 30, 2009 - 10:55 am

    Microsoft's Security Essentials (MSE) is a stripped-down, easy to use, and effective Anti-Virus application written by the very people who know the most about how Windows works.
  • SenderOK Gets You On Top of Your Mound of E-mail

    Posted September 29, 2009 - 5:20 pm

    If you're caught in an e-mail blizzard, have hope. SenderOK (free beta) can help you carve a path through the e-mail burying you.
  • Rivals mock Microsoft's free security software

    Posted September 29, 2009 - 4:43 pm

    Although one of the top consumer security vendors welcomed Microsoft's Security Essentials to the market, another dismissed the new free software as a "poor product" that will "never be up to snuff."
  • Microsoft to ship free security software soon

    Posted September 21, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    Microsoft has told beta testers of its free antivirus software, Microsoft Security Essentials, that it will release the final version to the public soon.
  • Downloads for Managing Your Network

    Posted September 16, 2009 - 8:50 am

    Ten great networking downloads--many of them completely free--that will allow you to manage your small office or home network effectively, solve wireless-networking problems, gain remote access to your network, and more.
  • Review

    Make Firefox Chores Go Faster With iMacros

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 12:45 pm

    If you find yourself doing the same tasks over and over again in Firefox, maybe it's time you automated some of those things. Free add-on iMacros for Firefox records your keystrokes and actions and saves them as macros. Then you can then perform recorded tasks with the click of a button.
  • SMS services to make your standard cell phone smart

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 8:08 am

    Forget expensive mobile data plans. With just a $5 monthly text message plan and some free and seriously useful SMS services in your address book, you'll have the most essential elements of the web at your fingertips.
  • Review

    Free BPM Modeling Tools

    Posted July 14, 2009 - 4:11 pm

    I recently was asked by a customer if I know of any free process modeling and automation tools. This got me thinking of how many vendors provide a free edition of their software for unlimited use i.e. no trial basis or try before you buy editions. After some research I came up with the following short list.
  • Trade group: Free-to-obtain software has long-term costs

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    Government agencies looking to save money by using software with no up-front purchase cost should fully consider the long-term expenditures for using those products, a new report said.
  • Free Tools to Send Anonymous Messages

    Posted June 22, 2009 - 12:17 pm

    The following five tools provide an easy to use way to communicate incognito with Internet surfing, emails, phone calls and text messages.
  • Free Palm Pre Apps: Eight Great Downloads

    Posted June 22, 2009 - 11:56 am

    Apps for baseball fanatics, music lovers, movie buffs, social networking hounds, constant travelers and more.
  • Microsoft's Free Antivirus: Is This An Apology?

    Posted June 12, 2009 - 11:49 am

    Who should know more about PC threats than the company whose software makes most of them possible? Is Microsoft's upcoming, free anti-malware app the company's way of apologizing to customers?
  • Report: Microsoft preps beta of free antivirus app

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 1:32 pm

    Microsoft Corp. is preparing to launch a public beta of Morro, the free antimalware it announced last November, according to a report by the Reuters news service.
  • Free Help Desk Software Manages Tech Needs

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 4:42 pm

    IT management and help desk software can help maintain the technical side of your business, but costly packages designed for big companies don't scale well to smaller businesses. I've already mentioned the free Spiceworks IT Desktop, but a couple other alternatives might serve your business at no cost.
  • Review

    Kalender: Simple, Free, Standalone Scheduling

    Posted May 21, 2009 - 4:16 pm

    UK's Kalender is a solid bet if you're looking for a free, no-frills, simple-to-use calendar and scheduling program.
  • Review

    Six iPhone apps you can live without (but won't want to)

    Posted May 19, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    Last week I wrote about some funny BlackBerry applications, which aren't exactly useful, but aren't a complete a waste of time either. I thought fair is fair, and iPhone deserves the same treatment.

  • Consumer Reports rates free PC security software as Best Buy

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 9:43 pm

    Consumer Reports magazine slapped its Best Buy logo on a trio of free security programs for Windows PCs, saying that they offer the "best combination of performance and price" and are a smarter pick than suites from companies like Symantec Corp. and McAfee Inc.
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