Top 10 free and low-cost software packages of 2007

Posted On 2008-01-14 by FortyPoundHead
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Wow. Another year gone. Over the past year, I've used a lots of different software, and I've found that you don't necessarily have to pay big bucks to get top quality software. The list the follows below is my own personal list of the best of 2007 - free, low cost, or open source. I highly recommend you support the authors of each product. These guys really deserve it!

  1. CCleaner 2.03.532
    Piriform - 2.60MB (Freeware)

    CCleaner (formerly Crap Cleaner) is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused and temporary files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster, more efficiently and giving you more hard disk space. The best part is that it''s fast! (normally taking less than a second to run) and Free.

    Cleans the following:

    • Internet Explorer Cache, History, Cookies, Index.dat.

    • Recycle Bin, Temporary files and Log files.

    • Recently opened URLs and files.

    • Third-party application temp files and recent file lists (MRUs).

    • Including: Firefox, Opera, Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, Office XP, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and more...

    • Advanced Registry scanner and cleaner to remove unused and old entries.

    • Including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more... Backup for registry clean.

    • Windows Startup tool.

    If you like and use this software then it is polite to make a donation to the author.

  2. Notepad++ 4.7.4
    Notepad++ - 1.99MB (Open Source)

    Notepad++ is a free source code editor (and Notepad replacement), which supports several programming languages, running under the MS Windows environment.
    This project, based on the Scintilla edit component (a very powerful editor component), written in C++ with pure win32 api and STL (that ensures the higher execution speed and smaller size of the program), is under the GPL Licence.

    • Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding


    • User Defined Syntax Highlighting

    • Auto-completion

    • Multi-Document

    • Multi-View

    • Regular Expression Search/Replace supported

    • Full Drag ''N'' Drop supported

    • Dynamic position of Views

    • File Status Auto-detection

    • Zoom in and zoom out

    • Multi-Language environment supported

    • Bookmark

    • Brace and Indent guideline Highlighting

    • Macro recording and playback

  3. AVG Free Edition 7.5.516
    Grisoft Inc - 31.45MB (Freeware)

    AVG Free Edition is the well-known anti-virus protection tool. AVG Free is available free-of-charge to home users for the life of the product! Rapid virus database updates are available for the lifetime of the product, thereby providing the high-level of detection capability that millions of users around the world trust to protect their computers. AVG Free is easy-to-use and will not slow your system down (low system resource requirements).

    Highlights include:
    • Automatic update functionality

    • The AVG Resident Shield, which provides real-time protection as files are opened and programs are run

    • The AVG E-mail Scanner, which protects your e-mail

    • The AVG On-Demand Scanner, which allows the user to perform scheduled and manual tests

    • Free Virus Database Updates for the lifetime of the product

    • AVG Virus Vault for safe handling of infected files

  4. Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1302
    Microsoft Corporation - 2.29MB (Freeware)

    With MSN Messenger you can chat online instantly in real time with friends, family and colleagues. It''s faster than e-mail, more discreet than a phone call.
    Chat using a webcam, send text messages to mobile phones, and express yourself instantly online in real time with new, cool emoticons.

    MSN Messenger looks like you! Sign in with your own picture, create your own emoticons, and represent yourself with new, cool backgrounds!

  5. uTorrent 1.7.5
    Ludvig Strigeus - 215KB (Freeware)

    uTorrent is an efficient and feature rich BitTorrent client for Windows sporting a very small footprint. It was designed to use as little CPU, memory and space as possible while offering all the functionality expected from advanced clients.

    • Multiple simultaneous downloads

    • Configurable bandwidth scheduler

    • Global and per-torrent speed limiting

    • Quick-resumes interrupted transfers

    • RSS Downloader

    • Trackerless support (Mainline DHT)

  6. VLC Media Player 0.8.6d - 9.28MB (Open Source)

    VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

  7. Flash Player (IE)
    Adobe Systems Inc - 1.45MB (Freeware)

    Adobe Flash Player is the high performance, lightweight, highly expressive client runtime that delivers powerful and consistent user experiences across major operating systems, browsers, mobile phones and devices.

    Installed on over 750 million Internet-connected desktops and mobile devices, Flash Player enables organizations and individuals to build and deliver great digital experiences to their end users.

  8. WinRAR 3.71
    RARLab - 1.15MB (Shareware)

    WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.
    Archive file formats supported are ZIP, RAR, ACE, CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, BZ2, UUE, JAR, ISO, 7Z and Z.

  9. Firefox 3.0 Beta 2
    Mozilla Organization - 6.38MB (Open Source)

    The award-winning Web browser is better than ever. Browse the Web with confidence. Firefox protects you from viruses, spyware and pop-ups.

    Enjoy improvements to performance, ease of use and privacy. It''s easy to import your favorites and settings and get started.

    The latest version delivers easier navigation for everyone, including those who are visually or motor-impaired. Firefox is the first browser to support DHTML accessibility, which, when enabled by Web authors, allows rich Web applications to be read aloud. Users may navigate with keystrokes rather than mouse clicks, reducing the tabbing required to navigate documents such as spreadsheets. Firefox 1.5 (Windows version) is also the first browser to meet US federal government requirements that software be easily accessible to users with physical impairments.

  10. K-Lite Codec Pack 3.65 (Full)
    13.39MB (Freeware)

    K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of codecs, DirectShow filters and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding (playing) audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your movie files. With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even some rare formats.

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