Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.

Utilities, programs and other software that I either use myself or specifically recommend as being worthy of your consideration.

7-zip file archiving utility

There are many win ZIP archive programs. 7-Zip is free zip software, full featured, compatible and the zip software I recommend.

A (very) brief look at ZoomIt

ZoomIt is a small presentation assistance tool from the folks who made Process Explorer. I'll give it a quick show.

A brief overview of AutoHotkey

AutoHotkey is an incredibly powerful keyboard macro and keystroke remapping program. I'll demonstrate its basic use.

A brief overview of Dropbox

Dropbox is a file sharing tool that can make keeping files on multiple machines and sharing them with others very easy. I'll show some of its features.

A brief overview of Evernote

Evernote is a data collection, organization, and retrieval tool that is both simple and powerful. I'll take a quick run through its features.

A brief overview of Faststone Image Viewer

Faststone is my image viewing program of choice and another of the utilities that I install first when I set up a machine. I'll show you a few of its features.

A brief overview of Snagit screen capture utility

Snagit is a one of the utilities that I install first on any new machine. I'll walk through installing it and show a few of its features.

A brief overview of Vim

With a nod to the super-geeky, I present a quick overview of the ubiquitous VI, Vim, and gVim text editor.

A brief overview of Webdrive

Webdrive is a powerful FTP/SFTP client that works in a unique way: It makes your remote site 'just another drive' on your Windows system.

AutoHotkey - Mouse and Keyboard Remapping, Macros and Hotkeys

AutoHotkey is a free and powerful utility that allows you to remap, or even reprogram, your keyboard key sequences and more.

Belarc Advisor - Detailed information about your computer's hardware and software

It's often desirable to have a comprehensive list of all the hardware and software installed on your machine. Belarc Advisor is the way to get it.

CCleaner - Windows Cleaning Tool

CCleaner is a popular and highly regarded tool for cleaning files, history, cookies, and much more from your computer.

CutePDF Writer - Create PDFs from any application that can print.

PDF files are a convenient and easy way to save documents for viewing almost anywhere. If you can print a document, you can create a PDF of it.

DBAN - Darik's Boot And Nuke

When you are about to dispose of a computer or hard disk it's critical that you erase your data. DBAN does it, simply and securely.

DropMyRights - Login as Administrator, but run select applications with limitations

DropMyRights is a small program that lets you securely run programs with more restrictions than they might get based on your login account.

FastStone Image Viewer - An easy to use tool to view, organize and manipulate images

There are many image viewing tools available. FastStone Image Viewer is free, fast, easy to use and includes several commonly used editing features.

Foxit Reader - A Faster Free PDF Reader

Foxit Reader is fast, free alternative to Adobe Reader for 99% of PDF documents.

Hamachi - Simple Remote Access VPN

Hamachi is a free, easy-to-use VPN that allows you to connect machines across the internet as if they were right there on your local network.

ImgBurn - Free CD/DVD Burning Tool

ImgBurn is a free, powerful burning tool that can be used to burn files and ISOs to CD/DVD/HDDVD/Bluray discs, or to create images of them.

NoScript - A Firefox addin that makes browsing safer.

With cross-site-scripting and other forms of malicious attacks increasing in frequency, blocking JavaScript with NoScript is a sensible safety step.

Process Explorer - A Free Powerful Replacement for Windows Task Manager

Process Explorer is Task Manager on steroids. A free utility that completely replaces Task Manager, there's no reason not to have and use procexp.

RSS and Google Reader - Subscribe to information feeds and read it all for free

RSS Feeds are a great way to stay on top of the latest news and postings made to blogs and many other websites and services.

Recuva - A free, easy to use undelete and file recover tool

Even with the Recycle Bin to protect you, it's not uncommon to need to recover files that have been "permanently" deleted. Recuva gives you a chance.

Revo Uninstaller - Uninstall Things That Won't

Revo Uninstaller is a useful utility to remove things from your computer that won't otherwise uninstall.

RoboForm Password Manager and more

With lots of accounts on the web, good security says their passwords should all be unique. Your computer can remember them for you with RoboForm.

SnagIt - Quick and Easy Screen Capture and Annotation

Windows includes screen capture by default, but if you use it often and rely on it alone, you don't know what you're missing.

SpinRite - Repair hard disk failures and recover your data

SpinRite is a hard disk repair utility that can frequently recover and repair physical hard disk issues such as CRC errors.

TeamViewer - Powerful Remote Access Software, Free for Personal Use

TeamViewer simplifies remote access over the internet and supports a wide range of devices. While somewhat pricey for commercial use, TeamViewer is free for personal use.

TightVNC free remote control

A free alternative to Remote Desktop, TightVNC is compatible with Mac and Linux as well as providing remote access to Windows XP Home.

WebDrive - Make FTP connections appear as virtual drives.

Transferring files via FTP requires special tools and interfaces. WebDrive is an FTP client making transferring files as simple as copying in Windows.

What software do you use?

I get lots of questions about what's the best software for various situations. I can't answer them all, particularly as it often depends on your own situation, but I can tell you what I'm using.

WinPatrol - Get alerts to important changes to your computer

WinPatrol monitors your computer for sensitive system changes and alerts you when they happen. Upgrade to Plus for buckets of useful information.

Windows Defender

Windows Defender is a free, easy to use anti-spyware package that does a good job of protecting you, and includes several advanced tools as well.