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AVG Free Anti Virus Software
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Buttonz & Tilez
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EditPad & Notepad+
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Free Download Manager
Free Logo Maker
Good Keywords
IE – Spy Adware
Irfan View
Nokia PC Suite
NTFS Reader
Palm Pilot
Ping Plotter
Power Desk
QuickRes NT
ShortKeys Lite
Spyware Blaster
VCatch Email Anti Virus
Windows PowerToys
WebPlus 6
Win XP PowerToys
Windows Kernel Toys
WS_FTP Limited Ed.
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Free Software downloads for you!

Here are the Alou freeware picks for great free windows software & utilities downloads. I personally recommend these freeware programs.

I have put together a collection of freeware, shareware, free trials & free software to download including free mobile & wireless downloads, spam software, bluetooth software, anti virus software, internet tools, system tools, multimedia programs, security apps and much more. Check back I am always adding more as they become available.

Giveaway of the Day Free software

Spam Nullifier
Eliminate Junk E-Mail Spam, Viruses, Tojans & Spyware. Works with POP3 & IMAP. Spam Nullifier FREE Anti Spam Filter is a powerful e-mail checker programs with effective spam elimination. Discover the safe way to stop unwanted viruses & spam e-mails before they get to your computer. … Filters the messages using a multiple criteria like spam words, friend list, blocked list, and state of the art algorithm rules. … Your account passwords are encrypted by a powerful encryption technique, so its too difficult for any one to hack to obtain your passwords.
Download – – 3Mb

Free Registry Cleaner

Eusing Free Registry Cleaner is a free registry repair software that allows you to safely clean and repair registry problems with a few simple mouse clicks. The Windows Registry is a crucial part of your PC’s operation system. Problems with the Windows Registry are a common cause of Windows crashes and error messages. Registry problems can occur for many reasons, including references left behind after uninstallation; incorrect removal of software; missing or corrupt hardware drivers; or orphaned start-up programs. This will significantly increase the Registry size and slow down your computer, because Windows will need more time to load, search, and read data from the Registry. Download Free Registry Cleaner Here ENJOY! … Anne

Free PDF Creator – Here is a totally free PDF creator, why spend your hard earned cash if you don’t have to? And the best
part is this software ain’t cheap folks- it’s 100% FREE!!
The simple to use software is perfect for all your PDF needs.
Grab your copy of Primo PDF today and save yourself a fortune over buying other PDF creation software
Download PrimoPDF Here ENJOY! … Anne

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Spyware Removers !

Spybot – Search & Destroy can find and remove a multitude of spyware & adware files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean web surfing tracks from your system, which is useful if you share your computer others. Spyware chosen for removal can be sent directly to the included file shredder, ensuring complete elimination from your system.

More Free Spyware Remover Downloads

  • Ad-Aware SE Personal – Ad-Aware is designed to provide advanced protection from known Data-mining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components. With the release of Ad-Aware SE Personal edition, Lavasoft takes the fight against Spyware to the next level. Ad-Aware SE Personal
  • Spyware Interrogator – System Spyware Interrigator (SSI) was created to provide real time spyware information to assist in the identificaion, detection and removal procedures of spyware both known and unknown. SSI is freeware, with no strings attached. SSI looks at the Spyware hot spots on your computer and compares that information anonymously against a massive database. Use SSI to FREE of charge to audit your favorite Anti-Spyware software and get honest results. Spyware Interrogator
  • Free Download Google Toolbar – Search the Web From Any Site. Block Popups & More!

Free Microsft Windows AntiSpyware

Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) is a security technology that helps protect Windows users from spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Known spyware on your PC can be detected and removed. This helps reduce negative effects caused by spyware, including slow PC performance, annoying pop-up ads, unwanted changes to Internet settings, and unauthorized use of your private information. Continuous protection improves Internet browsing safety by guarding more than 50 ways spyware can enter your PC. Participants in the worldwide SpyNet™ community play a key role in determining which suspicious programs are classified as spyware.  FREE DOWNLOAD HERE

HTML-PDA Converter – How to make an unfriendly web-page to be a PDA friendly text files? It is simple to convert html files with this freeware utility – Fast Files, which makes files PDA-Friendly. It is easy to make a web page PDA friendly using the freeware utility for PC. Just Download Fast Files & run the exe program.

Free Bluetooth Dialer For Pocket PC 1.1 – Bluetooth Dialer is a small program for Pocket PC to dial a phone number directly from the contact list. This program was developed to replace a standard Bluetooth dialer, which is coming with IPAQ 2210/2215 to make it work with the Nokia phone.

Free Nokia Rigntones – Do more with your Mobile device. Download free Nokia ringtones.

EasyCleaner helps you clean windows registry. EasyCleaner also lets you delete all kinds of unnecessary files like temps, backups etc.

Nokia PCSuite 2 Nokia PC Suite is a package of Windows-based PC applications developed especially for use with Nokia phones. Back up your Nokia phone files, Transfer information, pictures, and music from phone to phone or phone to PC & more.

VCatch Email Anti Virus Are you worried about getting a virus in your E-mail?

Anne’s Top Picks : Free Logo Maker  Free Anti Virus Software   Win XP Power Toys

Free Software Downloads

ver. 6.0
For 9x/NT/2K/XP. Ad-aware ver. 6.0 This popular free utility from Lavasoft finds advertiser’s “spyware” on your computer — those programs that automatically report back to someone else (such as Aureate, Alexa, Comet Cursor, Gator (now renamed Claria), etc..) about what you are doing with your computer and other system-crippling malware (such as Hotbar and Xupiter). Identifies files, cookies, Registry entries. Removal is entirely under your control. Read more about it and keep up with new versions here. (On Windows NT, 2000, & XP, it requires that you have administrator privileges.)
AVG Free Antivirus SoftwareHOT AVG Antivirus – Free Antivirus Software
Here’s an outstanding free antivirus utility that also offers you free monthly updates. An easy-to-use program, AVG features resident protection, an E-mail scanner and automatic healing of infected files. Note: this program is free for personal, home usage only. (For Windows).
Anti-Virus SoftwareFree Anti-Virus Software
I usually recommend Norton Anti-virus suite but I’m aware that some people just can’t afford to purchase it. If this is you then you should check out the free AVG Anti virus 6.0 Free Edition. It was first released in 1991 and now offers very impressive anti virus protection. Additionally, it’s relatively small, light on resources, has regular automatic updates and handles email scanning. There is a free and a pro version, the only difference being that the freeware version has a few non-critical features disabled and has no technical support. It’s an impressive anti virus software package for free! A real alternative to the major anti-virus suites.(5MB)
Free anti virus download
AntiVir Free download of leading antivirus software package. Well suited for Windows NT, 95 and 98, it detects over 40000 viruses. Includes a resident monitor. The private and individual use of the AntiVir Personal Edition is completely free of charge!
Blender 3DBlender 3D
Blender is the first, and only, fully integrated 3D graphics creation suite allowing modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, realtime interactive 3D and game creation and playback with cross-platform compatibility – all in one tidy, downloadable package. Source code is available as a separate download. Download free 3D graphics software here
The Best Bookmark CleanerThe Best Bookmark Cleaner
AM-DeadLink scans your bookmark file for dead links or duplicate links. When I tried it on my huge favorites file I discovered 17% of my links were dead. I’ve now got a much leaner set of favorites and the comfort of knowing that the links actually work. (546KB)
Buttonz & TilezButtonz & Tilez  free button & background tile maker is a free software package designed to make the webmaster’s life a little easier: Buttonz renders buttons of several shapes from any bitmap, and Tilez renders seamless backgrounds for web pages or multimedia presentations, using a procedural approach. Click here to download
ver. 1.3.5
For 9x/2K/XP. DirGraph is a graphical representation of folder & file distribution on any hard drive, is a digital representation.
Easy to use, flexible, handy.
Disk Usage for Windows (DUW)For 9x/2K/XP. Disk Usage Shows number of files and space occupied for any folder, including its subfolders. Easy to use, flexible, quite handy.
Dogwaffle 1.2
Free Paint and Animation Software

Dogwaffle 1.2 Free Paint and Animation Software for the PC with built-in, user-defined, animated & fractal particle brushes. A companion to your 2D+3D web authoring or animation tools, or as your first step into virtual art and matte painting with mouse or tablet, it is here for you to paint, sketch, animate and paint… almost like on the real thing, but without the mess or occasional spill! Draw Anime, enjoy nature painting, edit photos & digital images, add special FX to CG animations, do professional post work, and create fantasy art. For developers and VB programmers there´s also a free SDK to extend Dogwaffle with more filters and plugins.
EasyCleaner is a small program which searches Windows’ registry for entries that are pointing nowhere. EasyCleaner also lets you delete all kinds of unnecessary files like temps, backups etc. You can search for duplicate files and you can view some interesting info about your disk space usage! You are also able to manage startup programs, invalid shortcuts and add/remove software list.
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EditPad Lite
ver. 5.2

For 9x/2K/XP. EditPad Lite Get rid of Notepad & start using EditPad. Once you do you will never go back.

Notepad+ ver. 1.11 For 9x/2K/XP.
Another Great Notepad Replacement…
ver. 1.0
For NT/2K/XP. ERUNT Finally, a tool to back up the Win XP Registry! (Microsoft didn’t include one with Win XP itself.)
File Cleaner  File Cleaner
I’ve tried quite a few commercial products designed to clean unneeded temporary files off your hard disk but must say that the free utility “Empty Temp Folders” ranks with the best. It takes a few minutes to set up but after that, just press a button to recover many megabytes of disk space. (667KB)

ver. 1.3
9x/2K/XP. FontList Hey, this is so cool! I have tons of fonts. Being in the web design business I have oodles of fonts. However, this tiny freeware utility by Edwin Martin is great! It generates an HTML file displaying your fonts. Want to see them all in a different sample phrase (maybe one you’re typesetting at the moment)? In seconds, you can regenerate the entire file.
Free Download ManagerFree Download Manager (FDM) is a full-featured download accelerator and manager. It is absolutely free! Using this software product you can easily download a list of files and whole web sites from any remote server via HTTP, HTTPS and FTP. With FDM the downloading process will be as easy as never before!
Download free Download Manager here


Free Logo MakerFree Logo Maker – Free logo maker Professional free 3D effects and animations – Fast…and it’s FREE! – Imagine being able to transform plain text into stunning 3D works of art with just a few clicks of your mouse! That’s just the beginning! To start creating just pick and choose, mix and match, and customize to your heart’s content. Create free 3D animations in minutes. Free software download.
Good KeywordsGood Keywords is a free Windows software for finding the perfect set of keywords for your web pages. Knowing the right keywords to target is very important because your site should provide what people are searching for.
Use Good Keywords to help your customers find you! Good Keywords is completely free. There are no nag screens, no registrations, no advertisements and no payments. They also don’t ask for your email address.
Think like your customer, brainstorm and find the perfect target keywords your customers are likely to use while searching the net.
Good Keywords makes use of various tools provided by search engines like the Overture Search Suggestion Tool, Search Engines Like Lycos, Google, Teoma and other services like Alexa. Please note that you can manually do most of the tasks performed by Good Keywords. However using Good Keywords makes it all very simple, fast and straight forward. You can also use Good Keywords as a meta tag creation tool too. Good Keywords is Freeware! No registrations, No advertisements, No crippled features, No payments and No DLLs!
IE – Spy AdwareIE 4.x-6.xIE – Spy Adware A Registry patch that adds a long list of known advertisers, marketers, and spyware pushers to the Restricted sites zone of Internet Explorer. This filter much known adware and other malware from your computer from the beginning — a more proactive approach than only using adware-removing programs after the fact. I highly reccommend this one. Stop letting advertisers view your hard drive.
ver. 1.1
9x/NT/2K/XP with IE 5.0 or later. ieSpell adds spell checking to any browser text box! Just right-click the text area and select “Check Spelling.” (On ordinary IE installs, you also get a toolbar button and a Tools menu item to launch this.
ver. 1.31
NT/2K/XP. InUse This Microsoft freeware utility provides “on-the-fly” capability to replace files currenly in use by the operating system. Not only does this let your replace a single file instead of multiple files (as with a service pack), it helps in other areas, such as replacing protected files in Win XP (where Windows File Protection would otherwise turn around and undo your file replacement on the next boot). For further information on use, syntax, and recommended precautions, see MSKB 228930. Always backup your system first!
Irfan View
ver. 3.85
For 9x/2K/XP. Irfan View A great graphic viewer. I really recommend you download and use this! Now includes scanner management & TWAIN acquisition, sophisticated image editing, format conversion, audio-video file playing — and more. Freeware by
Nokia PC Suite

Nokia PC Suite – Nokia PC Suite is a package of Windows-based PC applications developed especially for use with Nokia phones.
Depending on your phone model, it lets you synchronize, edit, and back up many of your phone’s files on a compatible PC through a wireless or cable connection. (Windows 2000 and XP)

  • Back up and restore Nokia phone files
  • Transfer information, pictures, and music from phone to phone or phone to PC
  • Synchronize your phone and PC calendars
  • Edit contacts, pictures, and phone file names
  • Install JavaT-based applications in your phone
  • Convert Nokia ringing tone formats
  • Play multimedia messages and videos
  • Send text messages from the PC
  • Connect by using your Nokia phone as a modemDownload Freeware
NTFS Reader for DOS
ver. 1.0

Alternate Link No. 1
For NT/2K/XP. NTFS Reader for DOS is an absolutely essential recovery tool if you use NTFS partitions. Add this tiny 147 KB executable file to your Win9x-based boot floppy and it will let you read any NTFS partition and copy off files to any FAT partition. (Don’t be thrown when the page says “Demo software.” It’s outright freeware.)
ver. 1.0
For NT/2K/XP. NTRegOpt optimizes the Win NT/2K/XP Registry much as SCANREG /OPT does for Win98/ME. Remember to backup before using this.
ver. 1.16
For 9x/2K/XP with Outlook Express 5.x or later. OE-QuoteFix This utility quietly runs right behind OE and pretty much ensures that you don’t get those absurd quote-marking problems. Also has many other nice features. By Dominik Jain.
Palm PilotFreewarePalm – Do You have a Palm Pilot? If you do here is the link for you! Freeware for Palm Pilots. Lots of free downloads for the Palm Pilot all versions.
ver. 1.12
For 9x/NT.PEsx Johannes Plachy’s Windows 95/98/ME/NT shell extension that adds, to the Property sheet of each program and DLL a Dependencies tab that shows which modules the file depends on during its execution. Good for leaning what’s going on “under the hood.” NOTE: Requires COMCTL32.DLL version 4.70 or later (which nearly everyone has by now). NOTE: This seriously misbehaves in Win XP.
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Ping Plotter
ver. 1.10

For 9x/2K/XP. Ping Plotter This exceptional GUI-based traceroute tool has features I’ve only seen in expensive industrial-strength tools, including dynamic tracking of changes in node response time — great for tracking a network outage across time. It’s also very fast! The shareware version has more features for a nominal cost, but the simpler 1.x is entirely free. For samples and more info, see here. By Pete Ness.

And you can still get this classic for free…
NeoTrace Express ver. 3.25 For 9x/NT/2K/XP. A definite favorite, which even adds a cool map that (more or less) shows you the geographic route your trace is taking. (It really only shows the location of the registered business office for each node, which may not match where the node is really located.)

Another Very Good Traceroute Tool…
AnalogX HyperTrace ver. 2.02 For 9x/2K/XP. This is a very good GUI-based traceroute tool. Few bells and whistles, and not as much information as either Ping Plotter or the (sadly) discontinued NeoTrace Express. But it gives fast basic information! Don’t overlook the Copy button.
ver. 1.3
For Win98. Microsoft’s Power Management Troubleshooter (ver. 1.0) comes with Win98. This is an improved version. (After you use the utility, it will recommend that you uninstall it. I recommend you do, just keep the downloaded zip in case you need it later.)
PowerDesk v5.0PowerDesk v5.0
Frustrated with the limitations of Windows Explorer? This freeware file management utility gives you the functionality and familiarity of Explorer and offers you the ability to encrypt and compress files from within the application. Perform file searches over multiple drives and complete file operations on the search results. Compressed files can be password-protected, and you can remove all traces of a deleted file using low-level deletion. Download freeware here
Note: The free version is called a “free trial,” but it is fully usable without any time limits.
ver. 1.2
For 9x/2K/XP. PrintFolder Windows shell enhancement that adds the capacity to Windows Explorer’s right-click menu to print the contents of any folder. Many more nice features than I have space to mention here. Freeware by No Nonsense Software. (Check out their other freeware while you are there.)
Protected Storage PassView
ver. 1.60
For 9x/2K/XP. Protected Storage PassView This will reveal every last password hidden somewhere on your computer! I almost hesitate to tell you about it because it can be misused so badly. (But physical security is still the most important level of all security! Don’t let anyone on your computer if you don’t trust them!) I actually consider this a security tool. It will show you an almost frightening amount of information that you probably didn’t even know existed, including all autocomplete information stored by IE — and it lets you delete each item selectively! Freeware.
PuTTY & CoffeeCup Free FTP

For 9x/NT/2K/XP. PuTTY is a Windows-based Telnet and SSH client. SSH, or Secure Shell, is essentially a secure Telnet popular on the Unix platform. PuTTY is much more robust than Windows’ native Telnet client.

For 95/98/NT/2K/XP CoffeeCup Free FTP Try a free, easy-to-use FTP client that resumes broken downloads. CoffeeCup Free FTP is an easy-to-use FTP client for file uploads and downloads. It allows you to use an unlimited number of FTP accounts, resume broken downloads, and transfer files in binary, ASCII, or auto-mode. It also offers an optional auto-refresh on each file upload or download, and optional FTP log transcription.

QuickRes NT
ver. 1.0

For NT/2K/XP. QuickRes NT This clone of the free Windows PowerToy QuickRes does everything the original does — sit in the System Tray and let you dynamically change screen resolution and color depth with a click — and more (e.g., change screen refresh rate).

Another Great QuickRes Substitute…
1st QuickRes Light For NT/2K/XP. Comes in a “Pro” version, and the freeware version linked here (confusingly marked “trial” version). Besides allowing you to dynamically change screen resolution and color depth with a click, it has additional features not found in QuickRes NT, though I’ve found it to slightly misbehave. Also works on Win 9x, but Win98 and ME don’t need it. If you are a web designer this is a must have.
ver. 1.2
For 9x/2K/XP. QuoteClip This compact utility by Russ Chinoy is the perfect tool for an increasingly necessary job: With the rise of HTML and quoted printable, ever more letters, on Reply, don’t add the little > carats. QuoteClip takes care of it. Cut the original message to the clipboard, click QuoteClip once, paste the message back into the email window — all done! Perfect rice every time! (Run it from QuickTray, or QuickLaunch in Win XP. It will be there only when you need it, consuming no resources the rest of the time.) To install, copy all unzipped files into a folder, then make a shortcut. This is a good app.
ver. 2.5

For 9x/NT/2K/XP. Restoration Restore deleted files that are no longer in the Recycle Bin! When a file is deleted from your computer, its contents aren’t immediately destroyed. Its hard drive space is made available for use, but until that space is overwritten, your old data is usually intact. Recovers such files on either FAT or NTFS partitions. Only 406 KB (or 200 KB for XP or 2K), it fits easily on a floppy, or runs from your hard drive. Generally, the sooner you try to restore a file, the more successful you’ll be.
ShortKeys Lite
ver. 1.7
For 9x/NT/2K/XP. ShortKeys Lite Text replacement or macro utility. Works in almost any program. Great for handling habitual typos, creating text macros, or even generating large sections of standard text. The full program is shareware, but the Lite version (limited to 35 templates) is freeware. By Insight Software Solutions.
NOTE: See the BadTransB virus warning re: this program here. Also, there are reports of SK Lite 1.7 from alternate sources having Conducent spyware resident, but I haven’t found this in the copy directly from the above source. If you have the slightest doubt, run Ad-Aware after installation, but I don’t think there is a problem.
ver. 1.0
For WinXP. Shutdown.exe         Small commandline utility that makes it a breeze to log off, shutdown, restart, hibernate, or put in stand-by mode your Win XP computer. It’s the only utility I know that shuts down Win XP and then reliably powers off the computer. For a further description of the program, see here, or type SHUTDOWN /? at your command prompt after putting this in C:\. By MS-MVP Andrej Budja. ( is an official mirror site for this utility.)
Spyware Blaster

Spyware Blaster 3.2 – Spyware, adware, browser hijackers, and dialers are some of the fastest-growing threats on the Internet today.
By simply browsing to a web page, you could find your computer to be the brand-new host of one of these unwanted fiends!
Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted pests.
Block spyware tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox.
Restrict the actions of potentially dangerous sites in Internet Explorer.
SpywareBlaster can help keep your system spyware-free and secure, without interfering with the “good side” of the web.

And unlike other programs, Spyware Blaster does not have to remain running in the background!

Spyware Blaster is freeware download here

ver. 0.96

For 9x/2K/XP. TestCPU Ever try to identify what CPU is in a computer while you’re running it? Or find out how fast it’s running? This utility will do the job for you. For anything older than a Pentium 4, TestCPU is the best CPU identifier I’ve found. It not only identifies your CPU and its features — it shows a picture of it! Runs simple benchmarks. Has a “museum” with pictures and feature info for every major Intel, AMD, Cyrix & Centaur CPU since the 386DX, so it’s a great reference for computer techs, too.

Other CPU Identification Utilities…

WhatCPUIs ver. 1.01 (Beta 1) For 9x/2K/XP. Dynamically measures your CPU’s speed. For simple speed measurement, probably not limited by the P-4 ceiling.

WhatCPUIs ver. 3.0f For 9x/2K/XP. This is a much advanced program from the 1.01 Beta above — but IMHO they are two separate programs, not an ancient and modern version of the same program. Ver. 3 adds abundant information about the CPU in a well-designed interface, and also senses dual CPUs. It also includes the simple functionality of 1.01, which, however, still remains a viable tool in its own right for that one job. I use them both. Get this one straight from the programmer, H. Oda.

ver. 1.33

TweakUI THE BEST OF ALL THE PowerToys! This should be standard on every (pre-XP) Windows computer whatsoever! Many new features added. Works on Windows 95, 98, Millennium, NT, and 2000. For installation instructions and further information, read hereNOTE: For Win XP I recommend against using TweakUI ver. 1.33. Use the superior TweakUI XP distributed in the XP PowerToys set below.

Another Recommended Tweak Utility…
Xteq X-Setup ver. 6.2 With version 6, Xteq’s powerful X-Setup tweaking utility (“The Ultimate Tool for Black Belt system tuning”) came of age. I still recommend TweakUI as the standard for most day-to-day tweaking purposes. X-Setup does a lot more, though. It’s best suited for a one-shot getting your system the way you want it in the first place. Its size is both its strength (lots of options) and its weakness (way too darn much to dig through to make a little change here and there). NOTE: Version 6.1 is designed for Windows XP as well.
VCatch Email anti VirusVCatch Basic
Are you worried about getting a virus in your E-mail? This free anti virus program aims to help you to protect your computer from receiving virus infected E-mails. When an incoming E-mail or file is suspected to be containing a virus, VCatch automatically deletes it and notifies you. (For Windows).
ver. 2.01
For 9x/NT/2K/XP. VolumeID The tiny utility allows you to manually set the Volume Serial Number on any partition. Among its many uses, it provides an extra layer of convenience for Win XP users with respect to Windows Product Activation. Click here for more information.
WebPlus 6WebPlus 6 – There is an easy to use free web page creation and editing program called WebPlus 6. This is a great free tool for any webmaster. May be used to create eBay templates or edit eBay templates too!
Whether you’re looking to create a website to promote your club, hobby or business or you just want to find out how you can put your favorite holiday photos online, WebPlus 6 is exactly what you need. Explore the endless possibilities of designing eye-catching web pages when you download this free web design superstar!
Download Free editing software here

Windows 95 Power Toys Set
For 9x/2K/XP. These should have been part of Win95 from the beginning! They are an amazing set of free add-on tools. Some have been incorporated into Win98, and some others work in Win98.
The PowerToys Set download allows users to install all of the available power toys–productivity tools for advanced users–at once.

These toys include:

CabView–treat.CAB files like ordinary folders
CDAutoPlay–make autoplay work on any non-audio CD
Command Prompt–start a command prompt in the folder of your choice with the click of a button
Contents Menu–get to your files without having to open their folders
Desktop Menu–open items on your desktop from a convenient menu on the Taskbar
Explore From Here–open Windows Explorer no matter where you are on the network or on your own computer’s file system
FindX 1.2–add drag-and-drop capabilities to your Find Menu
FlexiCD–play an audio CD from the Taskbar
Quick Res–change the screen resolution of your Windows desktop without having to restart your computer
Round Clock–create a round analog clock without a square window
Send To X 1.2–an updated version of Send To Any Folder
Shortcut Target Menu–find out the properties for the file to which a shortcut is pointing
Telephony Location Selector–mobile computer users can change their dialing location from the Taskbar
Tweak UI 1.1 Update–adjust your Windows User Interface, including menu speed, window animation, and Microsoft Internet Explorer
Xmouse 1.2–make the focus follow your mouse without clicking in the same way X Windows does

Windows XP

Windows XP PowerToys
For XP. Microsoft’s new set of PowerToys custom created just for Windows XP! This is the first new issue of a PowerToys set since Win95. Mostly, these tools don’t duplicate the Win95 PowerToys (most of which still work in XP). Includes the new TweakUI XP; a graphical calculator; “Open Command Prompt Here” (to replace the old “DOS Prompt Here”); a fast Photo Resizer add-in; enhancements to the traditional Task Switcher, a virtual desktop manager, and more. Read more about them here.
Important Notes – You must uninstall your old PowerToys before installing the new ones. PowerToys will only work with US-English regional settings.

Just look at your PowerToy choices:

Open Command Window Here
This PowerToy adds an “Open Command Window Here” context menu option on file system folders, giving you a quick way to open a command window (cmd.exe) pointing at the selected folder.

Alt-Tab Replacement
With this PowerToy, in addition to seeing the icon of the application window you are switching to, you will also see a preview of the page. This helps particularly when multiple sessions of an application are open.

Tweak UI
This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more. 
Version 2.10 requires Windows XP Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2003.

Power Calculator
With this PowerToy you can graph and evaluate functions as well as perform many different types of conversions.

Image Resizer
This PowerToy enables you to resize one or many image files with a right-click.

CD Slide Show Generator
With this PowerToy you can view images burned to a CD as a slide show. The Generator works downlevel on Windows 9x machines as well.

Virtual Desktop Manager
Manage up to four desktops from the Windows taskbar with this PowerToy.

Taskbar Magnifier
Use this PowerToy to magnify part of the screen from the taskbar.

Webcam Timershot
This PowerToy lets you take pictures at specified time intervals from a Webcam connected to your computer and save them to a location that you designate.

Kernel Toys
For 95/98/ME. Win95 Kernel Toys What the PowerToys are to the user interface, Microsoft’s free Kernel Toys are to more technical aspects of Win95. (Most work fine in Win98/ME too.) Includes Key Remap, the amazing WinTop, MS-DOS Mode Customization Wizard, a Conventional Memory Tracker and more.
ver. 2.8
For 9x/2K/XP. WinKey Allows the Windows Key (“WinKey”) to be programmed to launch any executable file, or open any folder. Includes a Windows NT style Task Manager. For info, click here. A real
Light Edition
For 9x/2K/XP. WS_FTP If this isn’t the best FTP program around, it is at least the best freeware FTP program you can get! I have used one or another version of Ipswitch’s WS_FTP for a long time especially for maintaining this site and designing many others. (The Ipswitch site primarily discusses the full-featured retail version — note the difference of the Light Edition when you click to download. I am now using the pro but for anyone just starting out the light version will do just fine.
Wysigot LightWysigot Light is a free software, fully functional, without any time limitation! This version allows you to browse, capture and monitor any document from anywhere with the numerous features of Wysigot.
ver. 3.7

For 9x/2K/XP. ZoneAlarm is a free personal firewall — surely the best known, and a pretty good one too. By ZoneLabs. As with many of these programs, the manufacturer has both a commercial and a freeware version. Be sure you know which one you want! I recommend carefully reading this page about installing and uninstalling this free firewall program.