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Sysinternals

Sysinternals isn't really a freeware program, but a site full of freeware utilities. I only recommend these utilities for advanced users only. These utilities provide tons of information about your system and are great if you are a programmer or if you just like to know what your computer is doing. The ones I find most useful are Autoruns, Process Explorer, Registry Monitor, and File Monitor.

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The GIMP

GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. If you haven't heard of one of the best and most popular open source programs, take a look. It has tons of features, filters, brushes, and tools. It supports many different types of files. It can be extended even further with plugins. This is one powerful image editor! This program has support for layers, a very powerful feature that many other graphics editors lack. Layers allows you to make you image into separate parts that can be worked with individually. It also does simple animations with the optional GIMP Animation Package.

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UltraVNC

UltraVNC is remote control software for your computer. Use any java enabled web browser to access your home computer from the internet. You do not have to install any software on the client system, just have the server running on your home PC. Very handy if you go to school. TightVNC is basically the same thing except UltraVNC has some tweaks for Windows. Be sure to use a DNS updater with this, such as No-IP.com.

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Cobain Backup

Cobain Backup is an open source file backup utility. It supports compression and encryption of files, it can use the ftp protocol to backup to a network computer, it has a scheduler to perform automatic backups, and it can be run a Windows service. It also supports SSL, it can be run from the command line, and it can remove old backups automatically. It is probably the easiest and most useful backup program I have ever used.

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Undelete Plus

Undelete Plus is a file recovery program. It can be used to recover files that have been deleted off of your hard drive as long as those files have not been over-written by another file.

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Xenu's Link Sleuth

Xenu's Link Sleuth checks your website for broken links, including scripts, style sheets, pictures, plugins, and about anything else that can be linked. It detects redirects and can optionally report them as errors. It is fast and small. It supports ssl but does not a honor robots.txt file.

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Magic Jelly Bean Keyfinder

Magic Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a tool will allow you to recover a lost Product Key (CD Key) for Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Office. It can even retrieve product keys from unbootable Windows installations.

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FileZilla

FileZilla is an open source FTP and SFTP client with loads of features and yet easy to use. It supports speed limiting, download resuming, and has a transfer queue.

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Daemon Tools

Daemon Tools allows you to run a copy of a CD from your hard drive. This is very handy for games because your hard drive is much faster than a CD ROM. It emulates many copy protection schemes.This program is also great for developers who wish to test a CD before burning it.

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HTTrack

HTTrack creates a mirror (copy) an entire web site on your local computer. It recreates the links so they work on your computer, it can download all of the images, and can rebuild the directories just as they were on the website.

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WinMerge

WinMerge is a nice diff program that will show you the difference between two files. Handy tool to have if you are a programmer and work with other people.

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Unlocker

Unlocker is great if you have ever tried to delete a file and Windows said it was in use by another program, this will allow you to remove the lock that Windows puts on the file so you can delete it without any further headaches.

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Audacity

Audacity is a sound editor for WAV, AIFF, Ogg Vorbis, and MP3 files. Unlimited undo and many built in effects make this a must have if you need to edit audio files. It can record audio, mix sounds together, and change speed or pitch.

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PowerOff

PowerOff is a simple, self-explanitory utility that can log off / reboot / standby / hibernate / lock / shut down your computer at a scheduled time or when a program is finished. It also supports command line options so it can be called from a script.

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HTML Kit

HTML Kit is a wonderful web page creation software is the nicest non-WYSIWYG html editors in existence. Its power can be extended through use of the many available plugins.

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InnoSetup

InnoSetup create a setup program (installer) for your software. Many different settings such as disk spanning and single file installer. I think this is easier to use than Nullsoft's Installer which is also freeware. Also see InnoSetup Tool which is a GUI for creating and editing Inno Setup Scripts.

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KompoZer

KompoZer is a WYSIWYG HTML editor based on NVU which is based on the Mozilla source code. While it is quickly becoming the best and most popular free WYSIWYG HTML editors, I still feel that it is a long way from being a complete replacement for Macromedia Dreamweaver. I think KompoZer needs to be able to synchronize a local folder with one on a webserver. That said, KompoZer has come a long way. Read Linux.com's review about KompoZer.

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SharpDevelop

SharpDevelop is an integrated development environment (IDE) that allows you to program in C#, VB.NET, Java, XML, etc. It doesn't have nearly as many features as Visual Studio, but it has enough for me and it is free.

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Dev-C++

Dev-C++ is an IDE for the GNU C compiler that can create Windows GUI or console programs. Why use a commercial product to create freeware? It has integrated debugging, code completion, a class browser, and a project manager.

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Advanced CheckSum Verifier

Advanced CheckSum Verifier is a program that can create and check .SFV and .MD5 files to insure file integrity. Those files are checksums which are used to make sure downloaded files were not corrupted. It is quick, lightweight, and can check files in batch.

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