is a list of our staff's favourite programs
- For personnal use, Grisoft.com
offers AVG, a free version of their software
with a complete anti-virus auto-update feature. They
also offer a full series of network products that are
less expensive than other suppliers. Their subscription
fee is good for two years instead of the usual one year.
Trend PC-Cilline often comes
bundled with a new motherboard. It`s a fine anti-virus
program and they offer panic-mode virus
scanning online...for free.
Firewall - If you have a router connected to
your DSL or cable modem, you probably do not need firewall
software. Similarly, if you have a dial-up modem, you
probably don't need a firewall either. Otherwise, we
recommend ZoneAlarm Pro 3 (+/- $40). The free version
is usually adequate for a home computer. With a Windows
XP SP2 update, you have a firewall installed - whether
you want it or not. If you prefer using ZoneAlarm, the
Windows XP firewall can be disabled. More security means
more maintenance but nowadays, protection from hackers
Utilities - Glary Utilities is a great swiss knife clean-up and managing software. Their 0ne Click fix is very convenient to remove temp files that slow down your computer.
Free anti-spy and anti-adware
Search and Destroy is one of the best. They
appreciate donations and we think they are worth it.
Scotty of WinPatrol
manages startup programs and utilities. On his patrol,
the dog, Scotty reports all changes to your startup
list, Internet Explorer startup page and plugins installed
by viruses and Trojan programs.
- Picasa from Google is our
favorite when it comes to managing, viewing or improving
large numbers of digital photographs. Also Cerious.
ACD System, a Canadian company, also sells
great inexpensive software to manage and manipulate
Other free images editors Paint.net and Photoscape that has plenty of useful features