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AI Roboform 7.1.8 (free version)

AI Roboform 7 is a password manager and security assistant for Web pages. As you visit more pages across the Web, they continually ask for user IDs, passwords, e-mail addresses and other information. Keeping track of all this can become a problem and some people end up using the same password and user IDs for all sites. The trouble is that this can create a security problem. If someone finds out this combination, then they can get access to all your accounts. On a less sinister note, filling out forms is tedious and Internet Explorer’s AutoComplete has its problems. Many times it retains information you don’t want, and then it seems to forget certain entries (this is due to a quirk with the way fields are labelled on sites).

RoboForm takes care of these problems by securely storing and managing the information for you. It is less than 6MB to download and best of all, there is a free version for non-profit/personal use (there is no adware or spyware). It also allows to easily view, edit, copy, rename and delete your passwords in one simple location. When you first install Roboform, it will have all the features of Pro available for 30 days, it will then become the free light version. RoboForm has an option to upgrade to the Pro version, but try the free version first – it may have everything you need.

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Smart Recovery 4.5 (freeware)

Digital camera technology makes it easy to delete unwanted photos whenever you need. Unfortunately, it can also mean accidentally deleting files you want to keep or transfer to your computer. Some cameras can occasionally get confused and reset the memory card to show ‘no images’, even though the files are still there. If you act quickly, it is possible to recover lost photographs from most digital memory cards using Smart Recovery. It can also help reconstruct data files after a card has been formatted. All you do is download and install the program on your computer. Follow the simple steps and – fingers crossed – the photographs or videos can be recovered from the memory card. An important first step is to remove the memory card from the digital camera and lock the card until you have recovered your photos and videos. Memory cards have a small switch with the word ‘lock’ (or a symbol) on the side. Move the switch to the locked position to prevent any further changes to the memory card (locking lets you read the contents of the card but not accidentally make change that will make it difficult to undelete the files)

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Unlocker 1.9

Unlocker is a simple tool to help remove stubborn files that may be locked by Windows. You may have tried to delete a file when an error message appears such as:

  • Cannot delete file: Access is denied
  • Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.
  • The file is in use by another program or user.
  • There has been a sharing violation.

This tool will unlock the file so it can be deleted. However you have to keep in mind that sometimes files are locked for an important reason – for more information about how this program can be used and why you should take care deleting locked files, see the Can’t delete files tutorial.

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Visio Viewer 2010

From Microsoft: ‘The Visio Viewer 2003 allows anyone to view Visio drawings and diagrams (created with Visio 5, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010) inside Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later.

Visio users can freely distribute Visio drawings and diagrams to team members, partners, customers, or others, even if the recipients do not have Visio installed on their computers. Internet Explorer also allows for printing, although this is limited to the portion of the drawing currently displayed.

The Visio Viewer enables users to discover the advantages of using Visio drawings, charts, and illustrations in a Web-based environment. It is particularly useful for teams that need to collaborate from different locations.’

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Microsoft Office Word Viewer 12.0.6015.5000

Word Viewer 12 lets you open, print or copy the contents of Microsoft Word documents (including files created in Microsoft Word 2010) to other programs. This allows you to easily view a Word document without the need to purchase the full version of Microsoft Office Word. The limitation with the free Microsoft Office Word viewer is that you cannot edit or create a Word document – it’s strictly for viewing and printing. For these more advanced functions, instead of the Microsoft Office Word Viewer, you will need a copy of Microsoft Office Word (which can be purchased as a stand alone program or part of Microsoft Office). If all you are doing is reading, printing or copy documents, then the free Microsoft Word Viewer will be all you need.

This viewer replaces the Word Viewer 2003, however the full release of Microsoft Word is now up to version 2010. If you have a document in Word 2010 and want to use the Microsoft Word Viewer to open the files (eg those in docx or .docm formats), after installing the viewer, you will need the download and install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats. You can download a copy of the pack here. For the free Microsoft Word Viewer, see the download link listed above.

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Yahoo Instant Messenger 10.0.0.1270 (full standalone installation) – compatible with Windows 7

As the name suggests, Yahoo Instant Messenger is an instant messaging program that lets you send instant messages, pictures and files to other users. Yahoo Instant Messenger also lets you enjoy free PC to PC calls around the world. All you and your friends need is Messenger and a microphone and speakers. If you or your contacts are not online or away from the computer, you can leave a voicemail message. Just like a normal phone you can check your Call History to see all incoming, outgoing and missed calls.

The Contact Cards pop-up when you mouse-over someone’s name on your Messenger List. They give contact info and a quick way to connect. Plus you can custom ringtones so you can choose the sound you hear when someone calls your PC. You can even assign special ringtones for different people.

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Zune 4.7

Zune is Microsoft’s belated answer to iTunes and the iPod. According to Microsoft, Zune Software let’s you ‘Manage and view your songs, videos, and pictures. Rip and burn CDs. Create playlists. Edit track and album information. And Zune software can automatically import your existing files, including your music and video from iTunes and Windows Media Player.’

This of course has fine print which reads ‘Zune software can import audio files in unprotected WMA, MP3, AAC; photos in JPEG; and videos in WMV, MPEG-4, H.264.’ In other words, since almost all purchased iTunes content is protected, anything you have bought through iTunes will not play on Zune (unless you convert it to an MP3 file first). For many people, their entire iTunes library is useless on Zune. Luckily, MP3 files are fine. At least Zune is an alternative for Windows users who may feel that Apple treats them as second-class citizens.

We have noticed that Zune is putting on a lot of weight – Zune 4.7 weighs in at 551MB, over six times the size of iTunes.

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Mozilla Firefox

Browser

The Mozilla team has proactively fixed some potentially exploitable vulnerabilities, upon finding these security holes before hackers. The latest version of Firefox supports closing tabs to the right, an improved browser console for debugging, and improved SVG rendering. Another new feature is the ability to tear-off chat windows to view separately by simply dragging them out.

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Media Player Classic – Home Cinema (32-bit)

Media Play

Media Player Classic, now called MPC-HC is a light-weight , open source media player. It supposrts all common video and audio file formats and subtitles. It is spyware free, there are no advertisements or additional third-party toolbars.

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Winamp

MP3 player

The most popular MP3 player of all times, now comes with wireless desktop sync with the Android version, iTunes Library import, new Windows 8 support, improved playlist generator.

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