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    Show, don't tell: 6 great tools for capturing, annotating, and sharing screenshots

    Posted November 18, 2013 - 3:26 pm

    Whether you need to offer a quick bit of tech support to a client or a fellow worker, document a procedure for an in-house manual, or produce professional-looking screenshots for a promotional website, these handy utilities will help. Several are cross-platform, and most of them are free.
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    Five free Reddit tools cut through the clutter

    Posted August 1, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    Try these to organize, filter, and make sense of Reddit's content.
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    5 free Linux text editors for programming and word processing

    Posted August 1, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    A programmer looks at the current versions of five well-known text editors and offers his take on how well they perform.
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    4 free, open source management GUIs For MongoDB

    Posted June 12, 2013 - 11:54 am

    MongoDB is certainly one of the most popular open source, document-oriented NoSQL databases. Developed and maintained by 10gen, MongoDB is available in both a free version and a paid-for enterprise version, which adds features such as Kerberos security, SNMP access, and live monitoring features. However, neither the free version nor the enterprise version comes with a management GUI.
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    Free Video Call Recorder for Skype records unlimited video and audio for free

    Posted March 25, 2013 - 3:58 pm

    Free Video Call Recorder for Skype is a simple yet effective utility that makes it easy to record both audio and video Skype calls.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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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    9 awesome mobile must-haves

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Secure phones: Smartphones are notoriously vulnerable to data-security and privacy breaches. Lookout Mobile Security locks down your Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Mobile phone to keep malware and other threats from invading.
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    6 super security freebies

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    Simple security: In last year's roundup of best free stuff, the beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials 2 impressed us. Since then, Microsoft has officially released the utility to the public, and our admiration has only grown. With its combined antivirus, antispyware, and firewall protection, Security Essentials provides a solid layer of protection against the most common threats without hobbling your PC or nagging you with annoying update reminders.
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    6 sensational storage essentials

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 9:38 pm

    All-purpose undeletion: If you ever delete a file and later wish you hadn't, Piriform's Recuva could be a crucial weapon in your arsenal. This simple tool scours the sectors of your hard drive, memory card, media player, or other connected storage device to locate lost data in the underlying file structure.
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    11 tremendous free PC utilities

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    Instant organization: Instead of clicking around in Windows Ex­­plorer to find where Windows hid your newly downloaded MP3 file, try DropIt. This open-source utility lets you set up folder associations for specific file types. Just drop files on the big target icon on your desktop, and DropIt will automatically whisk them away to their appropriate (and easy-to-find) destinations.
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    Fee vs. free: Paid, free antivirus programs

    Posted November 30, 2010 - 10:57 am

    Depending on whom you ask, paying for antivirus software is either a good investment or a total ripoff. In reality, neither viewpoint is accurate. You can find plenty of good reasons to choose a paid antivirus product, and plenty of good reasons to go with a freebie.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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