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Free Computer Programs

All of the programs listed here are really free and are fully-operational programs, though often the "for pay" version will have added (and beneficial) features.

General Office is a free productivity suite compatible with all major office suites. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. Sophisticated and flexible, also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office. Available in over 45 supported languages with more being constantly added by the community, runs stably and natively on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), Windows, Mac OS X (X11), and numerous other platforms.

SimpleOCR Free Optical Character Recognition application. is the world's largest Open Source software development website, with the largest repository of Open Source code and applications available on the Internet. provides free services to Open Source developers.

The Font Thing The Font Thing is a freeware program for managing TrueType fonts in Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0.

ZipCentral This free and intuitive zipped-file manager makes creating, opening, and extracting .zip files a snap.

Web Design

1st Page 2000 Evrsoft 1st Page 2000 helps you write, edit and improve your HTML. Very powerful, flexible program.

Arachnophilia This is an HTML editor written in java, so it will run on virutally any operating system or platform. The previous non-java (and no longer supported) Windows version of Arachnophilia is still available. Download Full Version 4.0 Build 5310 (11/06/2001). Arachnophilia is Careware.

TopStyle Lite CSS / XHTML / HTML Editor. Go to Download page, and be sure to choose TopStyle Lite free version.

W3Schools Full web building tutorials - all free. Includes everything from basic HTML and XHTML to advanced XML, XSL, Multimedia and WAP, in a clear, concise format. Also includes examples and an online HTML editor to experiment with code online.


Abstract Fonts

Offsite Free Fonts

Offsite Free Fonts Great instructions on how to install and use fonts on this page.

Simply the Best Fonts

Essential Fonts for Designers

High Fonts

FTP Programs

CoffeeCup Freeware. This is an FTP client for file upload and download. You can use an unlimited number of FTP accounts, resume broken downloads and transfer files in binary, ASCII or auto-mode. It also includes auto-refresh on each file upload or download and FTP log transcription.

Core FTP LE Secure FTP client software that includes SFTP (SSH), SSL, TLS, IDN, browser integration, site to site transfers, FTP transfer resume, drag and drop support, file viewing & editing, firewall support, custom commands, FTP URL parsing, command line transfers, and much, much more! Core FTP client software for Windows gives you a fast, easy, reliable way to update and maintain your web pages via FTP. It also provides a secure method (via SSL, TLS, or SFTP) to upload and download files from FTP servers. Check out the list of features and you'll find almost every feature you need, all in a free ftp program. There are no popup ads, advertising or spyware and you're never asked or reminded to register.

MacSSH Offers MacSSH: a Terminal Emulation Application for Classic MacOS (PPC and 68k) and MacSFTP: a File-Transfer Application for both Classic MacOS (PPC only) and MacOSX.

Note: New to FTP? See the FTP New User Guide Here, you will learn more about File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and how to use it to transfer web pages, images, games and music files between your PC and the Internet.

Web Browsers and Email Clients

Mozilla for Windows Tired of IE and Outlook? Take back the web! Firefox (web-browser), Thunderbird (e-mail client) or Mozilla Suite which offers a web browser, e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing program all-in-one.

Mozilla for Mac Camino is a web browser optimized for Mac OS X with a Cocoa user interface, and powerful Gecko layout engine. It's the simple, secure, and fast browser for Mac OS X.

Opera The fastest browser on earth! Free version has unobtrusive ads. Click on "Downloads" for latest version.

Art and Graphics Programs

Apophysis Fractal flame editor for Windows.

ArtRage ArtRage is a painting package designed to provide a realistic and fun simulation of using paint on a canvas, along with pens, pencils, crayons, and other tools. You can run ArtRage on a normal Windows machine with a mouse, but it works particularly well if you have a graphics tablet. Even better, running ArtRage on a TabletPC takes advantage of the unique interaction of pen and screen to produce a realistic painting feel.

DrawPlus DrawPlus 4 breaks the barrier between vector and bitmap graphics. Does animations, too.

GIMP for Windows or GIMP for Mac GIMP is an acronym for "GNU Image Manipulation Program". It is a bitmap graphics editor, a program for creating and processing raster graphics and also has some support for vector graphics.

IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative freeware (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer.

Terragen is a scenery/landscape/terrain generator for Windows and the Mac OS. At this stage of its development, Terragen is free for personal non-commercial use. Terragen is capable of photorealistic results for professional landscape visualisation, special effects, art and recreation.

Online security

Protecting Your Privacy & Security Eric Howes' Privacy & Security Page at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Anti-virus Programs

Avast! 4 Home Edition Free full-featured antivirus package designed exclusively for home users and non-commercial users. Both conditions should be met.

AVG Free Edition AVG Free is available free-of-charge to home users for the life of the product. Rapid virus database updates are available for the lifetime of the product, thereby providing the high-level of detection capability that millions of users around the world trust to protect their computers. AVG Free is easy-to-use and will not slow your system down (low system resource requirements).

Anti-Spyware Protection

NOTE: There are many bogus anti-spyware programs around online that purport to be remove spyware, but in fact, are spyware (or malware) themselves. The ones noted below are considered to be trustworthy by most security experts. The Spyware Warrior List of Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites by Eric L. Howes has a very good article on this topic.

Ad-Aware There is a link on the main page to take you to the free version of Ad-Aware.

PestPatrol Anti-Spyware Offers a free online anti-spyware scan.

Spy Audit Spy Audit shows you what spyware is on your system. It will not remove or modify any files.

SpybotSearch & Destroy detects and removes spyware of different kinds from your computer. Spyware is a relatively new kind of threat that common anti-virus applications do not yet cover. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you didn't intentionally install, if your browser crashes, or if you browser start page has changed without your knowing, you most probably have spyware.

SpywareBlaster Free from Javacool Software. Keep spyware from installing. SpywareBlaster is freeware for personal and educational use.

SpywareGuard Free from Javacool Software. A real-time protection solution against spyware - detect browser hijacking attempts and more as they are happening.


Kerio Personal Firewall Free for home and personal use.

Outpost Firewall The free version of Outpost Firewall offers a basic protection solution for casual web surfers and low budget systems.

Sygate Personal Firewall Free for personal use, Sygate Personal Firewall 5.x provides best of breed security in a user friendly interface, protecting your PC from hackers, trojans and DoS attacks. New features include full-ICS support, protocol driver level protection, enhanced logging, and more. Sygate Personal Firewall is the first FREE personal firewall to offer protection from malicious code intrusions, keeping the information on your PC safe and private.

ZoneAlarm For non-business use only. Click on link titled "Free ZoneAlarm and Trials" and then be sure to choose the free one (bottom link in list).

Online Anti-Virus Scanners

These scanners scan your pc remotely. These can be very handy if you suspect your pc is infected with either a virus or trojan. Because these scans are done remotely, a virus or trojan resident on your pc cannot affect the scan.

BitDefender Free Online Virus Scan

Computer Associates eTrust Antivirus Web Scanner

F-Secure Online Virus Scanner

McAfee FreeScan

Panda ActiveScan

Symantec security and virus checks

Trend Micro HouseCall

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