The internet can be an uncertain place. At Webformix, we have reviewed dozens of different software packages — from web browsers to anti-virus agents, pop-up blockers to FTP clients — just to make your internet experience is as smooth as possible. We recommend free software whenever we can, and just about every piece of software on this page is free for personal use.
Anti-virus and Anti-spyware
Microsoft Security Essentials
Security Essentials is the latest incarnation of Microsoft’s built-in antivirus software. It replaces Windows Defender on newer versions of Windows.
AVG Personal, by Grisoft
“It has all the essentials, including a resident memory scanner, an e-mail scanner, and scheduled hard disc scans. But what really amazes us is the frequency of the virus definitions and application updates available from Grisoft.” – Maximum PC
Common free utilities
An award-winning alternative to Microsoft Internet Explorer. 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. Download Firefox now and get the most out of the Web.
Essential for many webpages and applications to function properly.
Adobe Flash Player
Allows your web browser to play certain videos as well as browser-based games.
A PDF reader, this software lets you view and print Adobe PDF files on a variety of hardware and operating system platforms. (Our electronic invoices are PDF files. When installing from this link, make sure to uncheck the box offering a free trial of McAfee Antivirus.)
Remote Control software
TeamViewer connects any PC within a few seconds. You can control computers remotely via the Internet as if you were sitting right in front of them. Whether you are providing spontaneous support, administering servers or working from your home office, TeamViewer lets you get the job done.
The company that brought you the world’s most popular search engine also makes some sweet free software.
A great way to stay organized, Google Calendar has many useful features and ties into your Gmail account. For example, if someone invites you to an event by email, Google will ask you if you want to add it to your calendar automatically. You can set reminders, organize things by color, remind yourself of birthdays, add major holidays and use a host of other features. You can also just keep it clean and simple.
What was the most notable improvement to email in the last decade? Web-based email. Gmail is one of the best. We’ve come to love this email app here at the office. Gmail has all the features we could possible want. It saves our work automatically, which means no more losing work halfway through. SPAM is a thing of the past. It’s easy to organize emails. The search feature is exceptional and lightning fast.
Much like Microsoft Office, Google Drive offers a host of office applications. These are fantastic and free. Unlike MS Office, these apps are browser based. The apps and your files reside in “The Cloud.” This means you don’t have to install them. Google Drive includes Document, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Form, and Drawing. There are also many other apps available in the marketplace, many of which are also free. The files you create are associated with your Google account (which is also free) and are stored in the cloud, freely accessible from any of your computers, tablet or even your smartphone!
A multi-platform, free, largely open source project web browser with hundreds of apps and plug-ins available!
Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in — Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips.
Managing photos on Windows is quite a challenge if you take a lot of pictures. Picasa is has a great feature set, is easy to use, and allows you to email your photos or share them online easily. With built-in image correction features, face recognition, album management and slideshow it’s hard to beat.
Other Cool Stuff
OpenOffice by Apache
This would be a competitor for the Microsoft Office line of products, but at the incredibly affordable price of “free”, there’s really no competition.
LastPass allows you to safely store your passwords online and will automatically enter them in for you. Part of the advantage of LastPass is that you don’t have to remember your passwords, which allows you to use more complex (and therefore more secure) passwords.