Thursday, May 18, 2006

Essential free software downloads

Here are some of the most popular free software downloads on the web that will help protect your computer and to stay you connected with your buddies. I called them "popular" because of their reliability and ability to do what they are suppose to do and of course they are free.

AVG Anti-Virus
Download free version here
Why pay for anti-virus software when you can have this much-loved bug buster for free. A combination of automatic and manual functions makes AVG Anti-Virus both reliable and flexible in the way it detects and deals with viruses.
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Supplier: Grisoft
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Zone Alarm
Download free version here
Stop cyber-criminals attacking you computer while you're online with this essential free firewall. Possibly the best known of the free firewalls. In addition to being free for personal use, it is easy to operate and very effective in action. The download is only 6.3MB, and so should not take too long, even for dial-up users.
Manufacturer Contacts:
Supplier: Zone Labs
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Google Toolbar
Download free version here
This latest version of the Google Toolbar offers easy searching, blocks pop-ups and makes it easy to fill in online forms. The biggest drawback with the Google Toolbar is that it only searches Google. However, its extra functions have taken it beyond the scope of a regular search engine toolbar and lifted into the realms of the genuinely useful.
Manufacturer Contacts:
Supplier: Google
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Download free version here
Access several instant messaging services with one handy tool. Essential for chat fans.
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eBay/Auction Tools

Auction Submit
Helps you submit your goods to eBay as well as Yahoo or Amazon.

Turbo Lister
List multiple items and uploads to eBay in bulk. eBay's own basic auction management software. Download Free version.

Auction Speller
This utility provides the most common misspellings of items on eBay. The theory is that these misspelled listings won't be found by many buyers, and so can be bought for a cheaper price. So, for example, it allows buyers to find laptops listed as "labtops."

Seek, and ye shall find

The old proverb says "Seek, and ye shall find," and that's certainly true of free software. The Internet is chock full of freebies: free software for e-commerce, auctions, business management and more. It's all available at the click of a mouse.

You might ask: why is it free? In many cases, the free download is a limited version of a company's premium product. A firm gives away a free version hoping that happy users will upgrade to the paid version.

Or, a company distributes a free program to draw traffic to its site. Sometimes freeware carries ads, so it's actually a source of income for whoever gives it away.

Because offering a freebie is such a popular sales tool, the following list is just the tip of the iceberg. But you'll find a little something for every online business need in this posts.

HTML Editors for free

NVU (Pronounced "N-view," for "new view")
This Web authoring tool allows you to build your site without knowledge of HTML. This tool is available for Linux desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver.

According to the developers, Nvu is 100% open source and released under the Mozilla Public License (MPL). Anyone is welcome to download Nvu at no charge, including the source code if you need to make special changes. Developers are encouraged to get involved and help make Nvu even better.