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CrashPlan backup – onsite, offsite + cloud backup options.
Ninite.com easy PC setuptopchoices

Pick and choose a variety of mostly free software and Ninite.com installs them all for you and automatically omits the annoying included browser add-ons, etc! A great time saver.  Most titles listed below are available via Ninite. Plus many more.  Ninite works in the background unattended and 100% hands-free.  All Ninite does is automatically download and install the apps you select. Not even Ninite is installed.

Pandora

Your own free customized music station(s) that play over the Internet. Use Pandora to discover new music you like but did not know was out there.

CCleaner
Viruses often hide in folders where temp files are stored.
Ccleaner removes expired temp files and orphaned or incorrect Windows registry entries. The result is a smoother running computer!
(You may want to uncheck the option for the Yahoo toolbar during installation.)
Firefox Web Browser
Get the Firefox web browser. Versions available for PC, MAC or Linux computers.
Recuva
Recuva (pronounced “recover”) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer.
This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!
AbiWord – an alternative to Microsoft Word
AbiWord is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft® Word. It is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks.
AbiWord can save in a Word-compatible .doc format and does a good job opening most Microsoft Word documents.
LibreOffice
Use the free LibreOffice Suite instead of MS-Office – for MAC/PC or Linux and 30 languages!
LibreOffice includes word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.
It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write MS-Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.
TestMy.net or Speedtest.net
Test your internet speed. Find out if your internet connection is as fast as your ISP advertises.
OpenDNS
Make your internet experience safer, more secure and more reliable with this quick technical tweak. OpenDNS now handles over 14 billion DNS queries every day.
PassMark Disc Checkup
Find out if your hard drive is about to fail.
Computer rest break reminders
I wrote this program to remind folks to take a break from their computer at regular, timed intervals.
VLC Media Player
Free and Open Source cross-platform media player
Supports a large number of multimedia formats, without the need for additional codecs
Features a complete streaming server, with extended features (video on demand, on the fly transcoding, …)
CDBurnerXP
CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.
Autoruns Start-Up Monitor
This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them.