Windows® 7 Freeware
Did you know the best freeware for your Windows 7?
Windows 7 is a version of Microsoft Windows, a series of operating system produced by Microsoft for use on personal computer, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablets PCs and media center PCs. Microsoft’s Windows 7 brought with it a revolution in the way the Windows operating environment worked, behaved, looked and felt. Though loaded with a host of useful features, many third-party apps can actually helps you to enhance and customize your PC. These applications can be broadly classified as
Â· Antivirus and Antispyware
Â· Disk Defragmenter
Â· Disk and Registry Cleaner
Â· Desktop or Office Tools
With its ease of use, fast scanning, and excellent detection rates, the beast choice is Avira AntiVir Personal Edition. Although it lacks an email scanning feature, it compensates by the speed in which the real-time protection leaps to your defense when any threats, including infected email attachments, are detected. If you need an antivirus with extra features, avast! Free Antivirus may be the answer. avast! have full real-time capabilities, including web, e-mail, IM, P2P and network shields, boot-time scanning, and a behavioral blocker. avast! is light on resources. Detection rates are good but not quite up to the standard of Avira.
There are some very good on-demand scanners which don't conflict with real-time protection. Perhaps the best of these is SUPERAntiSpyware (SAS). Only available as a 32-bit application, it can still detect malware that other products miss, remove rogue applications, and also repair some malware damage. The 64-bit version of SAS is currently undergoing beta testing. It is unclear if there will be a free version.
Malwarebytes is also worth considering because of its fast scanning and general ease of use. Effective at detecting and removing Trojans, results are less impressive for other types of malware. It includes heuristic detection and integrated real-time protection, although the latter is only for rogue processes in the free version.
Although Windows 7 / Windows Vista 64 include both the 32 and 64 bit versions of Internet Explorer, version 8 in the case of Windows 7, many prefer more secure products. The 32 bit versions of Firefox, GoogleTM Chrome, and Opera all work without a hitch under both operating systems.
Apart from 64-bit Internet Explorer, the only other 64-bit browser currently available, and still under development, is an unofficial version of Firefox based on the Mozilla code.
MyDefrag, by the author of JKDefrag, available in 32 and 64 bit versions, is novel in that it is a merely a defragmentation and file placement engine. The actions carried out by my MyDefrag are script driven, with a number of useful example scripts being included in the installation. The simple scripting language is well documented allowing scripts to be developed to suit any defragmentation/optimization requirement. The scripting language includes a command that allows the files identified in the Windows Prefect cache to be optimized.
CCleaner, recently rewritten in C++, scans for both junk files and registry errors. The registry cleaning component only handles that part of the registry visible to 32-bit applications and is quite mild. Additional features include cookie management, program removal, and secure file erasing. Existing users who upgrade will notice a significant reduction in scanning times.
The recommend choice is Wise Registry Cleaner only handles that part of the registry visible to 32-bit applications, but it is a most satisfactory product
Both CDBurner and InfraRecorder are available as native 64 bit applications. It have successfully tested on Windows 7.
DIGITAL IMAGE EDITOR
Paint.Net is available as a native 64 bit application. In addition to the products built in features there are a huge number of user contributed plug-ins that add further capabilities. Despite requiring version 3.5 or higher of the .NET Framework, 3.5 SP1 is recommended.
DIGITAL IMAGE VIEWER
The top picks in our review Best Free Digital Image Viewer, Xn View and Irfan View, both 32 bit applications that include 64 bit shell extensions, run flawlessly under Windows 7 / Windows Vista 64. I suggest that you refer to the review for an expert comparison of these products.
Open Office covers just about all the bases, everything from a document writer to databases and spreadsheets; it handles files produced with Excel, Word and PowerPoint, and also there are numerous extensions available.
PDFXCHANGE Viewer is available as a combined 32/64 bit download containing the full product and 32 bit shell extensions, or as a 32 bit only portable version. The free version of PDFXCHANGE, which simply has the features of the Pro version disabled, has enough capabilities to satisfy all but the most demanding of users. The toolbars can be customized to suit user taste, even the performance of the application, maximum memory usage, number of threads and so on can be tuned.
BullZip, CuteWriter and doPDF ball have 64 bit versions although BullZip and CuteWriter rely on the 32 bit version of GhostScript Lite.
The main problem associated with freeware is user error. This means instead of reading what an installation is telling the user, they simply click "next, next, next, finish!" and so could potentially be installing all manner of add-on accessories they didn't ask for such as toolbars, etc! However, this just doesn't apply to freeware, a lot of commercial software will include add-on accessories.
Freeware developers sometimes try to monetize their software by including third party apps, which as long as they contain no nasties and remain optional to the user. Think carefully about where you want to download your freeware from, or any other software for that matter - and we always recommend having a fully up-to-date antivirus and malware package installed on your PC at all times.