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This is a small selection of useful freeware and shareware programs which can be downloaded from the internet. Freeware is, as the name suggests, completely free. Shareware can be used for a limited time (typically 30 days) for evaluation purposes, after which time the program must be purchased.
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 GENERAL UTILITIES 
http://www.download.com/WinZip/3000-2250_4-10003164.html
Winzip: A program for unzipping compressed files
www.completelyfreesoftware.com
A range of free software
www.webattack.com
A very wide range of programs
www.heidi.ie/eraser
Eraser - completely wipes off sensitive data from a hard disk
www.karenware.com.
Karen's Power Tools - a range of utilities
www.deepburner.com/index.php?r=download
Burner software, every bit as good as the commercial applications
www.belarc.com/free_download.html
Belarc Advisor - gives you all the information about your computer. highly recommended
www.piriform.com/ccleaner
cCleaner tidies up your computer
magnifier.sourceforge.net
A versative magnifying glass for your desktop
www.acrosoftware.com
CutePDF - a handy program to convert files to 'pdf' format
www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
Adobe Acrobat reader for reading files in "pdf" format
www.powerdefrag.com/
Defragging program. Not suitable for Win 2000
www.zamzar.com
Convert any file (documents, graphics, music) to another format online
www.fbackup.com
Free and versatile backup utility that is very easy to use

 INTERNET UTILITIES 
www.zonealarm.com/store/content/company/products/znalm/freeDownload.jsp
Firewall program which controls what traffic can enter the computer (free)
www.grc.com/intro.htm
Check the security of your computer - highly recommended
www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware
Ad-Aware spyware remover
www.safer-networking.org/en/download
Spybot - Search & Destroy also removes spyware from your computer
www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
Firefox - an alternative browser and email program with enhancements like popup blockers etc
www.opera.com
Opera - another popular browser
www.analogx.com
There is a great dial-up connection sharing server here among others
free.grisoft.com
AVG antivirus program (free)
www.avast.com.au
Avast antivirus program (free)
www.spywarewarrior.com/uiuc/resource.htm
This program blocks spy adverts etc
www.changedetection.com/monitor.html
This site will monitor changes on a website and email you when there are updates

 OPERATING SYSTEM UTILITIES 
www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
Registry optimiser and backup utility. Much better than what is supplied with Windows, but read the file "readme.txt"
www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/virtualpc/default.mspx
Microsoft virtual PC. Operating systems can be loaded as files on WinXP. Great program for anyone wishing to practice on the operating systems or training others.

 GRAPHICS 
www.irfanview.com
IrfanView - an excellent graphics viewer
picasa.google.com
Picasa - free image cataloguing program - highly recommended

 PAINTSHOP PRO TUTORIALS 
mardiweb.com/web/psp5
PaintShop Pro 5 Tips & Tricks
www.baycongroup.com/paint_shop_pro/tutorials.htm
PaintShop Pro 6 Tutorials
www.corel.com/corel/pages/index.jsp?pgid=1400065&storeKey=au&languageCode=en
Corel PaintShop Tutorials
apps.corel.com/lp/pspx4/full/tutorials.html
PaintShop Pro X4 Video Tutorials

 OFFICE SUITES 
download.openoffice.org
OpenOffice - free replacement for Microsoft Office
www.softmakeroffice.com
SoftMaker Office - another free word processor and spreadsheet
www.kingsoftresearch.com/products.php
Kingsoft Office - an inexpensive alternative for Microsoft documents
www.freebyte.com/office
Free business and office software