Same goes for Siber Systems' RoboForm, one of the oldest apps in the group. Debuting in 1999, RoboForm stores your passwords and login IDs, making it easier for you to sign into various websites. It also keeps track of your personal information (name, address, phone number, and more), pasting everything into Web forms with one click. You can use RoboForm to store secure notes, generate secure passwords, and make your entire online experience more secure. The free version, available only for personal and nonprofit use, stores your information for up to 10 Web sites. Beyond that, you'll need a RoboForm subscription ($20 per year).
Another longtime security champ, WinPatrol from BillP Studios, tackles the other side of online safety: It monitors your system for unauthorized changes-- the kinds made by malware and browser hijackers--and then lets you delete any offenders. It can also disable or delay startup programs so that your system boots faster. For users who want to know more about the programs running on their PC (including hidden and cryptic ones), WinPatrol Plus ($30) includes a database of tens of thousands of them. Amazingly, this program is now on version 20.
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
Alas, WinPatrol can't defend your PC against viruses and the like. For that you need something like AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition, one of the most robust free security tools ever. (In a recent test, it detected 98.5% of known malware.) And this is no mere scanner; AVG offers real-time protection against malware infections, plus a LinkScanner component that thwarts Web attacks while you surf. Why pay for antivirus software when this ever-improving gem does the job gratis?
Irfan Skiljan's IrfanView has long been my go-to tool for cropping, resizing, and otherwise manipulating images. It's not an editor so much as a tweaker, enabling you to make simple changes to a screenshot or photo, and to add a few special effects when the occasion warrants. IrfanView loads within a second after you click its icon, and it occupies just 1.5MB of space on your hard drive. The program hasn't seen many major changes in recent years, but that's a good thing.
GNU Image Manipulation Program