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There is freeware and then there is "free" software. And not all of it is good. Unfortunately, "free" doesn't mean free these days. You have to be careful. Many multi-billion dollar companies are willing to "give" you something free - but only if you give them something back - like your privacy, your computer, etc. And many of these so-called "free" programs will eventually ruin your computer by clogging them up with more and more adware, spyware, hijackers and malware. The number one reason why people take their computers in for repair is because of "free" programs which turn out to be spyware, adware, hijackers and worse.

Our Freeware Hall of Fame is dedicated to the old-fashioned kind of freeware - where a developer, author or company has made the decision to share their top-notch software with you. You don't have to give them your computer or your private information in return for using them. These programs are truly free and all of them in our Hall of Fame are some of the best true freeware programs on the Internet. If you have a suggestion for a freeware program and think it deserves to in our Hall of Fame, please

The programs listed below are programs that we've tested and have recommended in our newsletters. They've passed all our rigorous tests and most of all they've passed the test of time. None of the programs listed below contain any spyware, adware, trickware, badware, nastyware, hijackers, Trojans, viruses, worms or anything else bad for you or your computer. The author or developers don't ask for you computer in return for using these programs - in other words they are truly free. Before downloading anything recommended on this page, though, please do read our software disclaimer. Not all computers are alike and not all computers are maintained the same.

Our Freeware Hall of Fame

Roboform (RoboForm is a Password Manager - SafeNotes Keeper - Password Generator)
If you read our newsletters then you have no doubt that our favorite program of all time is Roboform. We format our various computers often, and we have oodles of passwords, software registrations, and personal account information we not only need to keep safe but need to keep handy as well. With Roboform's backup feature, we keep our logins, safenotes, and other personal data backed-up and ready to go just in case. And, when we get new computers, importing all these logins, registration keys, passwords, and personal information takes us about 30 seconds. If you haven't tried Roboform, grab it now. The free version is all most of you will ever need and will save up to ten logins. Click here to learn more about and/or download Roboform now.

Irfanview Image Viewer - Our Hall of Fame Pick for Free Image Viewers IrfanView (Image Viewer - Image Editor)
IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003. It is easy for beginners to us and powerful enough for advanced users. IrfanView also has some basic image editing capabilities such as resize, changing image formats, cropping, colorizing, photo effects, etc.. IrfanView has some support for Photoshop Plug-ins too.  Learn more about IrfanView and/or download it from the author's site.

Drive Image XML (Disk Image Creation - Hard Drive Backup Software)
Can't afford $70.00 for Norton Ghost? Don't know what Norton Ghost is? Hmmm. Well drive images can restore your hard drive exactly the way they were when you created the image. Meaning drive images are the only sure way to restore your computer to the way it was. (System restore does not "restore your computer" to the way it was. It restores only certain basic files). DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives. The program allows you to backup logical drives and partitions to image files, browse these images, view and extract files. restore these images to the same or a different drive. copy directly from drive to drive and a lot more!

If you know what drive images are and you want to create 100% perfect backups then you need to buy Norton Ghost or download this free program. What would you rather spend: $70.00 or $0.00? In case you'd rather spend $0.00 than $70.00 click here to learn more about Drive Image XML from the developer's Web site

Look In My PC - System Profiler (Tells you all about your system, hardware, software, etc..)
LookInMyPC generates a complete, comprehensive system profile that includes information on all installed hardware and software. Additionally it provides system diagnostic information such as details on running processes, installed services, startup programs, Windows updates and hot fixes, active network and Internet connections, TCP/IP port usage, event log detail, and much more. All this is provided in an easy to read, formatted report that you can view and print using your web browser. We have also hyperlinked many items so you can quickly and easily "Google" them to find out what they are or if some programs might be spyware or viruses.

You need to know what's running on your PC. And sometimes you need to know what hardware you have installed in order to find driver updates. Look In My PC is a great way to find out and find out everything you could possibly want to know about your computer. Even better it's free! Click here to learn more and/or download Look In My PC.

WinAudit - A great companion to LookInMyPC - even more information
Having the right tools at the right times to do the jobs you need to do seems like such a simple idea. But most of us wait until we really need some information about our computers until it's too late (and you know what that means, of course!). LookInMyPC and WinAudit are two tools you need to have in your PC software toolbox. Not that you'll use them everyday. You won't. But you should use them to take inventories of what's in your computer in case you need to tell a technician; you need to know what kind of graphics card you have and when the last time you updated your drivers was; what kind of hard drives you have installed, what kind of network card, what kind of processor, etc. All this information might seem like 'overload' but it's not. Print it out and tuck it away. And run these programs every month or two to make sure you've got the latest information about you computer. After all, you never know when you'll need to know whether you have an ATI or NVIDIA graphics card or what kind of network adapter is installed. Visit the developer's site to learn more about and/or download WinAudit.

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