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AutoSizer (freeware) Automatically starts newly opened windows at full screen size. If you like to operate this way, this program will do it for you. It's configurable, so if you have certain windows you like to keep small, it will ignore them.

Avast Anti-Virus (freeware) An excellent anti-virus program that is completely free with automatic updates to the program and virus database.

AVG Anti-Virus (freeware) Another excellent anti-virus program that is completely free with automatic updates to the program and virus database. It is currently my AV program of choice.

Bricks (freeware game) If you're here, you like CW. If you like CW, you like stimulating your brain. If you want some real serious stimulation of your brain, try this game. Be careful though, it can be very addicting. I'm an addict.

Ccleaner A great program to clean your computer of junk, be it in your file system or registry. Use it daily to help keep your computer running fast and efficiently.

EditPad Lite (freeware) A good replacement for the too limited built in Windows notepad. Virtually no limit on the size or number of text files you can edit at the same time. A very nice tabbed interface plus many more options I won't list here.

Explorer2 (freeware) A neat replacement for the built in Windows Explorer in earlier versions of Windows. Has a two pane display for easy moving and copying of files plus too many more features to list here.

FileZilla (freeware) An excellent easy to use FTP program to upload your web pages, download from FTP sites, etc. I've tried several FTP programs, and in my opinion this is currently the best.

Glary Utilities A suite of programs to help keep your computer free of waste and running fast and efficiently. Use daily to keep your computer clean.

HTML-Kit (freeware) Have your own web site? Need a great, free HTML editor? Look no further - here it is. As far as I know, it does everything the expensive editors do, and with its ability to use customized plug-ins, if it doesn't do it, you can incorporate a plug-in that will. A neat drop and drag FTP setup to upload your web pages makes it worthwhile even without the multitude of other features.

IrfanView (freeware) Great image viewer, editor, slideshow generator, etc. For still images as well as videos, audio, etc. Very little it can't do with images although it does not have quite all the editing features of the expensive image editors.

MailWasher (freeware) Work with your mail right on the server before it ever reaches your computer. Delete suspected virus carrying emails before they can harm you. The program marks suspected spam as such, has a block list that you maintain, as well as a friends list. Also many rules you can write for handling mail. I've not had a single virus reach my computer nor been offended by spam since I've been using this program. There is also a commercial version available that does a bit more than the free version.

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer Use this to check that all your Microsoft software has all the latest updates applied.

Microsoft Security Essentials (freeware) This often re-named (Windows Anti-Spyware, Windows Defender) product is just about the best anti-virus, anti-spyware program. From the best software producer in the world, it defends your computer against attack from Ad/Spyware, and Viruses. If you use this plus a dose of common sense, you are virtually assured of never getting any viruses, adware, or spyware on your computer. MSE is a real-time monitoring program that alerts you to any suspicious activity like an attempted spyware installation and nips it in the bud. Also you can run a complete scan of your computer at scheduled times to find and destroy anything that may have sneaked through.

Popup Test Go here to see how effective your browser and/or popup blocking software is in stopping all methods of generating popups.

Registry Clean Pro - A utility that safely removes invalid entries from the Windows registry, thus optimizing the performance of your computer.

SpyBot Search & Destroy (freeware) An adjunct to AdAware (above). It not only removes spyware from your computer, but also can clean out usage tracks on your computer. Very easy to regularly update to keep up with the latest spyware.

Xenu Link Checker (freeware) Have your own web site? Need to check your links frequently? Want the check to be done quickly? Look no further - Xenu checks my ~1300 links generally in less than 1 or 2 minutes and lists all bad links telling me why they are bad - moved, timeout, redirected, etc.

ZoneAlarm (freeware) Everyone who uses the internet at all should do it from behind a firewall. Zone Alarm blocks all attempts to spy into your computer while you are browsing. It logs all such attempts and can explain each one in detail. Also it puts you in complete control of whether applications on your computer can connect to the internet or not.

More to come. Stay tuned.