Some of these are links to the main download site, a few I have made the file available here direct – usually because it is out-of-date freeware no longer commonly available.
- System Maintenance
- Webby Things
- Sound and Vision
- Office Things
- Teaching Things
- Other Stuff
- Picture Galleries
- Remote Support
and if you don’t find what you need here, check out http://www.majorgeeks.com/ which is a mega-download and info source, and if they don’t have it, it probably ain’t worth having.
Avast – Antivirus
CCleaner – Registry cleanup
Desktop Icon Save and Restore – allows you to save the position of all your desktop icons etc and restore them if it gets messed up by a resolution change.
eicar – Test virus – completely harmless but will trigger a response from your Anti-Virus program
HijackThis – Check your registry entries for malware
MalWareBytes – Spyware cleanup
MemTest – Windows memory test program
PenDriveLinux – how to make a bootable USB flash drive running Linux – I prefer to use Knoppix but the site covers various Linux flavours. The UNIX Grymoire will tell you more than you will ever need to know about Linux
PhotoRec – Photo (and other data) recovery from damaged disks including camera cards etc.
Recuva – Recover lost, damaged or deleted files.
Use this Portable version of Recuva from a USB drive if the data is on your hard drive as installing the main program may overwrite what you want to recover.
Speccy – Displays detailed system information – OS, CPU, Memory etc.
SyncBack Free – backup, restore or sync files between drives.
WinDirStat – Another prog which shows what’s using up your disk space – this one gives a colour coded ‘map’ of the different file types
BareBones guide to HTML – a very basic introduction to HTML code for writing web pages
Greenfish Icon Editor – create icons for use as your Favicon, or other windows icons
HTML Kit – HTML Web Page editor
NVu HTML Editor for Windows or Mac
WS_FTP – FTP software to upload files to the web
Web Album Generator – creates a page of thumbnail images and matching large size image pages ready for upload to your site. Thumbnail and web-friendly sized images generated automatically.
Sound and Vision
Audacity – free Sound recording / Audio editor
AutoStitch – stick together lots of digital photos to create a great big panorama
Gimp – Fully featured Graphics program – comparable to Photoshop but completely free. Gimp tutorials at and
Irfanview – free – image editing software
Jellycam – free stop-motion animation program for Windows or Mac
Paint.net – Free Graphics program
Paintbrush – Free simple bitmap graphics program for Mac
Seashore – Free bitmap graphics program – compatible with Gimp but much simpler and intuitive. Free for Mac OS
VideoPad – Free Video Editor (Make sure you choose the Free not-for-commercial-use version, the other version is a trial for 30 days only).
VLC media player – plays DVD, music, etc
FoxIt Reader – Fast alternative PDF reader
Open Office – Complete Office Suite with WordProcessor, Spreadsheet, Database, Presentation,
Drawing package and equation editor
Primo PDF – create PDF files from your documents for free – no ads
Timer – a simple multi-function stopwatch / timer
CMap Tools – Free Concept Mapping tool – multi platform
CamStudio – Record whatever happens on screen – including an audio track
Dasher – Predictive text – text input without a keyboard – Great for teaching AI
Eclipse Crossword Generator – crossword maker
Hot Potatoes – quiz and activity maker
MSWLogo – Free LOGO / Turtle graphical programming app
LiveCode – Free very-high-level, object oriented, event driven programming language. Available free for Mac, Win or LInux. Has the ability to create apps for iOS and Android.
Scratch – an animation based programming teaching tool that makes learning to write complex programs easy and fun
SWI Prolog – free Open-Source Prolog program – for Win or Mac – ideal for teaching AI in schools
XGP Prolog – free Open-Source Prolog program for Mac
PortableApps.com – Free open source programs to run on ANY PC – from a USB drive or other pnp device.
Puzzlex – Anagram and crossword puzzle solver
SkyGlobe – free Star Viewer / Planetarium
Remote Support by MrsB
Click the button and you will be prompted to download and save the Remote Support program. Once downloaded, run this program and you will be shown a 9 digit ID code and a 4 digit password. Send this to me (keeping this up on screen) and I will then be able to connect to your computer and see exactly what is on your screen in order to help you. No one will be able to connect to your computer without these codes. As soon as you stop running the program, no one can connect. The password changes every time you run the program.