The most popular downloads of 2011, by far, were security
programs - and that's what I like to see! Instead of filling up
this entire list with security software, though, I'm going to
link to my Security Center page. Here, you can find all the free
security software you'll ever want.
Clean out your PC
PC-cleaning programs were also in high demand this year. Again,
that's something I like to see. Regular maintenance can keep
your PC healthy. This collection of popular cleaning programs
was one of my listeners' favorites.
Whether you're working at a company, running your own business
or in school, you can't escape Microsoft Office. It's the de
facto standard of productivity software. Unfortunately, it's
also very expensive. This free alternative suite can do much of
the same work and is even compatible with Office file formats.
Streaming online TV and movies hit big in 2011. Netflix, Hulu,
iTunes and others paved the way. Of course, the selection on
these services is still somewhat limited. If you want to watch
TV programming from around the world, this program is what you
Internet Explorer 9
I haven't been a fan of Internet Explorer for a long time. There
were much better, and safer, browsers around. With IE9, however,
Microsoft created a fast, secure browser that rivals its
competitors. If you are still running IE8 on Vista or 7, you
need to update now.
When you think of photo-editing and graphics programs, Adobe's
Photoshop is usually at the top of the list. However, unless
you're a professional graphic artist, it's likely out of your
price range. This powerful alternative can perform many of the
same tasks, and it's free.
If you're running a version of Internet Explorer other than 9,
your computer is not safe. You're also missing the latest
standards in Web technology. Firefox is one of the best
alternatives available. It's fast, secure, customizable and,
best of all, free!
Angry Birds (Chrome app)
This quirky game was a runaway hit on smartphones as soon as it
was released. Apparently, you like it on your computer as well.
Play it in your browser for free using Google's Chrome and the
Chrome App Store.
Is your Internet running slow? It could be high traffic, a slow
connection or possibly your DNS server. If it's the latter, you
can speed up your browsing by switching to Google's DNS server.
This Download explains how to go about it.
E-readers are increasingly popular gadgets; you can carry
hundreds or thousands of books around wherever you go. Of
course, buying that many books will leave you broke.
Fortunately, there are thousands of free and public domain books
on the Internet. Project Gutenberg is one of the best places to