Free software http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2159/all en-US Don't Buy Microsoft Office! And Other Free Alternatives to Pricey Computer Software http://www.wisebread.com/dont-buy-microsoft-office-and-other-free-alternatives-to-pricey-computer-software <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dont-buy-microsoft-office-and-other-free-alternatives-to-pricey-computer-software" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/software-shopping-156946695-small.jpg" alt="software shopping" title="software shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="131" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you just forked over a boatload of cash for a shiny new PC, but before you can really do anything other than watch YouTube videos and make crude Microsoft Paint drawings, you have to shell out even more to get the software. With today's leading applications costing hundreds of dollars, editing your photos or managing your finances can leave your wallet feeling substantially lighter. But fret not, for the Internet is your bank account's salvation from pricey PC programs! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/excel-the-most-underrated-software-you-already-own?ref=seealso">The Most Underrated Software You May Already Own</a>)</p> <h2>A Quick Word on Free/Open Source Programs</h2> <p>Software that is developed as &quot;freeware&quot; will almost always have certain limitations compared to the paid apps that they seek to emulate. As such, one simply cannot expect these free programs to offer the same range of features and/or functionality present in their costlier counterparts. That being said, many free or open source alternatives can get the job done without you having to spend a fortune.</p> <h2>Microsoft Office vs. LibreOffice</h2> <p>The Office suite by Microsoft is hands down the number one application that people spend money on. Whether by accident or by design, Microsoft Office is the tool virtually every business, school, and casual user uses to compose their digital documents. As Microsoft continues their market domination of office software, they offer a <a href="http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/microsoft-office-365-for-home-or-for-business-office-online-FX101825692.aspx?CTT=97">dizzying number of products</a> and payment options, from subscription based services to one time license fees.</p> <p>If paying $100+ to write your Twilight fan fiction sounds unreasonable, you're not alone. A non-profit organization, The Document Foundation, developed <a href="http://www.libreoffice.org/">LibreOffice</a> in 2010, an office suite including (but not limited to) programs similar to Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Visio, and Access. The programs resemble the layouts of their Microsoft counterparts, and are generally compatible with Microsoft file types. Of course, <a href="http://lifehacker.com/battle-of-the-office-suites-microsoft-office-and-libre-1147940828">LibreOffice has its pros and cons</a>.</p> <h2>Adobe Photoshop vs. GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)</h2> <p>Whether you are a professional photographer or an amateur shutterbug, you would be hard pressed to find someone who wasn't aware of Adobe's powerful photo editing software, <a href="http://www.photoshop.com/products/photoshop">Photoshop</a>. From photo retouching to image authoring, Photoshop leads the market as the software of choice for professional and home users alike.</p> <p>For those who don't necessarily need the wealth of tools that Photoshop has to offer, a popular alternative is <a href="http://www.gimp.org/">GIMP</a>. Although it may not be fair to <a href="http://designinstruct.com/opinion/photoshop-alternative-gimp/">compare the two programs</a> head to head, the attractive price of zero dollars coupled with impressive features make GIMP a solid option for photo manipulation.</p> <p>Interested in making a jump from Photoshop to GIMP? <a href="http://www.gimpshop.com/">GIMPShop</a> may be the best option for you.</p> <h2>Microsoft Outlook vs. Mozilla Thunderbird</h2> <p>Finding the right email client for you can be a long and arduous process. The go-to program to tackle a wide variety of email needs has been Microsoft's <a href="http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/">Outlook</a>. A strong competitor has come in the form of <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/thunderbird/">Thunderbird</a> by Mozilla, the same team that brought the world Firefox. While development of Thunderbird is community-based, meaning that Mozilla no longer has a hand in its growth, it is a <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2356349,00.asp">reliable and impressive Outlook doppelganger</a>.</p> <p>Although Thunderbird is not as feature rich as Outlook, there are a wide variety of add-ons that bring it pretty darn close to Outlook experience. If you don't need to link into the Microsoft Exchange servers, Thunderbird should garner more than just a passing curiosity.</p> <h2>Reckon vs. GnuCash</h2> <p>Whether you struggle to balance your checkbook, own a small business, or do all of the bookkeeping for your local bocce club, an accounting program would certainly make your life easier.</p> <p>Powerhouse accounting software from <a href="http://www.reckon.com/">Reckon</a> or Intuit will supply you with a wide variety of tools to get your finances on track, and the first thing you can do with them is deduct the cost of the program itself. If the steep price of Reckon products don't fit within your budget, the most feature rich alternative is <a href="http://www.gnucash.org/">GnuCash</a>. <a href="http://personal-finance-software.findthebest.com/saved_compare/GNUcash-vs-Quicken">Compared to popular software by Reckon</a>, GnuCash can handle most bookkeeping tasks thrown at it, and can be run on various operating systems, all for the bargain basement price of free.</p> <p>With a little bit of research and the willingness to try something a little less known, you may find yourself saving boatloads by adopting these free software alternatives. If you do find yourself perusing through the free/open source marketplace, just remember that there are many individuals and organisations which work tirelessly in order to design, develop and distribute these programs. If you appreciate their work, remember to donate (if you can) or simply say thanks!</p> <p><em>Do you any of these or other free alternatives to popular software packages? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ryan-lynch">Ryan Lynch</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-buy-microsoft-office-and-other-free-alternatives-to-pricey-computer-software">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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is not something I look forward to.<span> </span>A recently discovered free program, however, has taken that task and made it completely possible.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.pcmag.com/">PC Magazine</a> was the first to introduce me to the wonders of the <a href="http://www.bigbangenterprises.de/en/doublekiller/">Double Killer app</a>.<span> </span>Free for download at several locations, I went directly to the <a href="http://www.bigbangenterprises.de/en/doublekiller/">official site</a> to get my limited copy.<span> </span>This .zip file took little time to download, and I was running in no time.<span> </span>What&rsquo;s it do?<span> </span>Everything I imagined, and more!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">By selecting the folder I want to target, Double Killer scans for files that are similar in name, size, date, and CRC32 Checksum (think unique fingerprint.)<span> </span>Each of these scan criteria are optional, and I had best results with size and CRC32 checksum (which appear to be the default.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Once the scan is complete, a list of all files with duplicates are listed (each grouped with it&rsquo;s &ldquo;twin&rdquo;), and you have the option to go through them one by one, or just select all of the duplicates and trash them.<span> </span>It is recommended that you either select &ldquo;Check first dupes&rdquo; or &ldquo;Check last dupes&rdquo; but NEVER both!<span> </span>This could get rid of all copies of the file &ndash; not what we are intending.<span> </span>The same undesirable outcome will happen if you select &ldquo;Check all.&rdquo;<span> </span>Once you have selected the stuff you want gone, you can choose to send them to a new folder for careful review later (recommended) or delete them permanently.<span> </span>The premium version is $19.99 and allows you to send to a recycle bin, instead.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">My first scan rid my Documents folders of over 1106 duplicate files and a 103,801 kb of unnecessary junk.<span> </span>My Pictures folder had even more garbage &ndash; hundreds of duplicate pictures that I downloaded without deleting from my digital camera more than one or two times.<span> </span>And since my FireFox browser is set to put a copy of all downloads directly on my Desktop, I had more duplicate installation files and application shortcuts than one girl should ever have!<span> </span>This cleaned it up in less than a minute!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Double Killer can mess things up if you&rsquo;re not sure what you&rsquo;re doing, but the included help index covers it fairly well.<span> </span>If you&rsquo;re wanting to use the application for commercial purposes, you&rsquo;ll need to spring for the full version.<span> </span>For one private workstation, however, this is one free app I&rsquo;ll use often.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>(I have also heard rumblings of some fantastic Open Source versions of a duplicate file scanner, but I haven&rsquo;t tried them personally. For a good listing of OS options, visit <a href="http://sourceforge.net/">SourceForge</a> and search for &quot;duplicate files&quot;.) </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cut-computer-waste-in-half">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/trent-reznor-giving-away-new-nine-inch-nails-album">Trent Reznor giving away new Nine Inch Nails album</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-norton-antivirus-software-2007-0-after-mir-updated">FREE Norton Antivirus Software 2007 - $0 after MIR - UPDATED!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-handy-uses-for-bobby-pins">30 Handy Uses for Bobby Pins</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/52-uses-for-rubber-bands">52 Uses for Rubber Bands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-guaranteed-easiest-way-to-make-your-own-pickles">The Guaranteed Easiest Way to Make Your Own Pickles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies computer download duplicate files Free software hacks Mon, 30 Jun 2008 03:47:15 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2205 at http://www.wisebread.com 101 fantastic freebies for your PC http://www.wisebread.com/101-fantastic-freebies-for-your-pc <p><img width="360" height="240" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/toomany.jpg" alt="too many" title="too many" /></p> <p>Software is expensive, right? Well, not today my friends. Those fab guys and gals over at PC World have spent a whole bunch of their very valuable time and energy researching the best free downloads for your PC, and have compiled a list of the <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130045-page,12-c,freeware/article.html">'101 fabulous freebies'</a> that you can download today, right now, no problem. And NOW is a great word.</p> <p><strong>What's on the list? Well, what do you want? </strong></p> <p>There's everything from security software to games and file management. The complete list, organized by category, is below. I can personally vouch for <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,23009/description.html"><strong>DVD Shrink</strong>,</a> a very quick and easy way to make back-up copies of your DVDs (which are invaluable for taking on vacations, road trips if you don't want to lose your originals). My wife loves organizing her many photos with <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64528/description.html"><strong>Google Picasa</strong></a> . And <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,28124/description.html"><strong>AVG</strong></a> is a terrific free virus application. But, here's the list...you have the right to feel like a kid in a candy store!</p> <h2 class="artSubtitle">System Utilities</h2> <p>Windows XP Tweaks</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,58822/description.html">Fresh UI</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx" target="_blank">Microsoft Power Toys for Windows XP</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64567/description.html">Tweak and Tune </a></li> </ul> <p>Windows Vista Tweaks</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64563/description.html">TweakVI Basic </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64564/description.html">VistaBootPRO</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64565/description.html">Easy BCD</a></li> </ul> <p>Security Software</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64535/description.html">Avast</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,7228-order,1-page,1/description.html">ZoneAlarm Free</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,28124/description.html">AVG Anti-Virus Free</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64536/description.html">SMAC</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64537/description.html">Microsoft Windows Defender </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,22262/description.html">Spybot Search and Destroy</a></li> </ul> <p>Registry Cleaner</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64566/description.html">TweakNow RegCleaner Standard</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,61125/description.html">Clean My Registry </a></li> </ul> <p>Hardware Utility</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,8078/description.html">Belarc Advisor</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64350/description.html">SpeedFan</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64543/description.html">M2 Information</a></li> </ul> <h2 class="artSubtitle">Communications and File Sharing</h2> <p>E-Mail for Free</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.gmail.com/" target="_blank">Gmail</a></li> <li><a href="http://mail.yahoo.com/" target="_blank">Yahoo Mail</a></li> <li><a href="http://ideas.live.com/programpage.aspx?versionId=5d21c51a-b161-4314-9b0e-4911fb2b2e6d" target="_blank">Microsoft Windows Live Mail</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64538/description.html">Spamato</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64539/description.html">Thunderbird</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64540/description.html">Eudora</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64541/description.html">IncrediMail</a></li> </ul> <p>File Sharing</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64550/description.html">AllPeers</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64553/description.html">Pando</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64552/description.html">uTorrent</a></li> </ul> <p>Instant Messaging, Voice, and Video</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.meebo.com/" target="_blank">Meebo</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.jajah.com/" target="_blank">Jajah </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,23523/description.html">Skype </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.gizmoproject.com/" target="_blank">Gizmo</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64556/description.html">Yahoo Messenger </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,8308/description.html">Trillian </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64557/description.html">Windows GAIM </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,28433/description.html">Google Talk</a></li> </ul> <h2 class="artSubtitle">Blogs and News Reading</h2> <p>Personal Web</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pageflakes.com/" target="_blank">Pageflakes</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.netvibes.com/" target="_blank">Netvibes</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.protopage.com/" target="_blank">Protopage</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.google.com/ig" target="_blank">Google Personalized Home</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.live.com/" target="_blank">Microsoft Windows Live</a></li> </ul> <p>Online RSS Reader</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64444/description.html">Bloglines </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.newsgator.com/" target="_blank">NewsGator Online</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.google.com/reader/view" target="_blank">Google Reader</a></li> </ul> <p>Software RSS Reader</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64516/description.html">Sage</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64517/description.html">Active Web Reader</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64518/description.html">Tristana RSS Reader</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64519/description.html">MCE RSS Reader </a></li> </ul> <p>Blogging Site</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.blogger.com/" target="_blank">Google Blogger</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">WordPress </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/" target="_blank">LiveJournal </a></li> <li><a href="http://spaces.live.com/" target="_blank">Microsoft Windows Live Spaces </a></li> <li><a href="http://peopleconnection.aol.com/journals" target="_blank">AOL People Connection</a></li> <li><a href="http://360.yahoo.com/" target="_blank">Yahoo 360</a></li> </ul> <h2 class="artSubtitle">File Management</h2> <p>Desktop Search</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,61901/description.html">Google Desktop </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,24670/description.html">Copernic Desktop Search</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64561/description.html">Microsoft Windows Desktop Search</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64562/description.html">Yahoo Desktop Search</a></li> </ul> <p>Backup and File Synchronization</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.mozy.com/" target="_blank">Mozy</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.mediamax.com/" target="_blank">MediaMax</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.xdrive.com/" target="_blank">XDrive</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64549/description.html">Microsoft SyncToy</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64657/description.html">Everyday Auto Backup </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,62602/description.html">Microsoft Foldershare</a></li> </ul> <h2 class="artSubtitle">Productivity and Office Apps</h2> <p>Office Software and Services</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zoho.com/" target="_blank">Zoho</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64554/description.html">Portable Apps </a></li> <li><a href="http://docs.google.com/" target="_blank">Google Docs and Spreadsheets </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.numsum.com/" target="_blank">Num Sum</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.ajax13.com/" target="_blank">Ajax 13</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,23158/description.html">OpenOffice.org</a></li> </ul> <p>Time Management</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.backpackit.com/" target="_blank">Backpack</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.google.com/notebook" target="_blank">Google Notebook</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64569/description.html">Sticky Notes </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64570/description.html">Easy To-Do </a></li> </ul> <p>Notepad Replacement</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,53094/description.html">NoteTab Light</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64534/description.html">Crimson Editor </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,28980/description.html">EditPad Lite</a></li> </ul> <p>Business Productivity</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.google.com/a" target="_blank">Google Apps for Your Domain</a></li> <li><a href="http://office.microsoft.com/" target="_blank">Microsoft Office Live</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.freecrm.com/" target="_blank">FreeCRM.com</a></li> </ul> <h2 class="artSubtitle">Music, Photos and Video</h2> <p>Entertainment Software</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64558/description.html">VLC Media Player </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,23102/description.html">iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64559/description.html">Foobar2000</a></li> </ul> <p>Image Editing</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64528/description.html">Google Picasa </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64529/description.html">Snapfire </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,5648/description.html">Irfanview </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64530/description.html">StudioLine Photo Basic</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64531/description.html">Microsoft Photo Info</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64637/description.html">FastStone MaxView</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64532/description.html">Media Purveyor </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,23351/description.html">GIMP -- GNU Image Manipulation Program</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64533/description.html">Paint.Net</a></li> </ul> <p>Web Video Site</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://youtube.com/" target="_blank">YouTube</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.blinkx.com/" target="_blank">Blinkx</a></li> <li><a href="http://video.yahoo.com/" target="_blank">Yahoo Video</a></li> <li><a href="http://video.google.com/" target="_blank">Google Video</a></li> </ul> <p>Multimedia Tools and Toys</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,22513/description.html">Audacity </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,62105/description.html">Free iPod Video Converter</a></li> <li><a href="http://pspvideo9.com/" target="_blank">PSP Video 9</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,23009/description.html">DVD Shrink </a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-fantastic-freebies-for-your-pc">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/excel-the-most-underrated-software-you-already-own">Excel: The Most Underrated Software You Already Own</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/prizes-and-freebies-from-coupsmart-for-the-iphone">Prizes and Freebies from CoupSmart for the iPhone</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-media-software-for-your-windows-pc">Get Free Media Software for Your Windows PC</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-buy-microsoft-office-and-other-free-alternatives-to-pricey-computer-software">Don&#039;t Buy Microsoft Office! And Other Free Alternatives to Pricey Computer Software</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology computer software free downloads free offers Free software free stuff. freebies PC World Tue, 03 Apr 2007 22:26:19 +0000 Paul Michael 449 at http://www.wisebread.com FREE Norton Antivirus Software 2007 - $0 after MIR - UPDATED! http://www.wisebread.com/free-norton-antivirus-software-2007-0-after-mir-updated <p><img width="200" height="200" title="v" alt="v" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/virus.gif" /></p> <p>Well, I know some people aren't huge fans of Mail In Rebates, but this one is a killer deal. And I should know. I just bought myself a brand new notebook computer and am now in that painful position of buying brand new software. Lots of it. So this CompUSA deal is great. It retails at $79.99 but after the $80 M.I.R. you get it for free. In fact, if we're counting, you get it for minus 1 cent.</p> <p><strong>PLEASE NOTE:</strong> AS ONE EAGLE-EYED WISEBREAD READER POINTED OUT, THIS REBATE IS ONLY GOOD IF YOU HAVE AN OLDER VERSION OF NORTON ANTIVIRUS. If you are a brand new customer, this rebate <strong>WILL NOT APPLY</strong>.</p> <p>Just go <a href="http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?&amp;ref=cj&amp;pfp=cj&amp;product_code=342072">here </a> and place your order. If you do it online it'll take 2-4 weeks to arrive, so not ideal if you're running out of protection any day now. But, you can pick it up instore. And not only do you get Norton Antivirus 2007, you also get Ghost 10.0. What's that? Well, check it out...</p> <p><strong>Norton Ghost 10.0</strong></p> <p>Save the stuff you care about.</p> <div class="cbMrgnBtmMD"> <ul> <li>Creates full backups of your PC's contents</li> <li>Restores individual files or entire hard drive</li> <li>Monitors and optimizes backup disk space</li> <li>Encrypts backups to help keep them secure</li> </ul> <div class="cbMrgnBtmMD cbType1"><strong>Features</strong></p> <ul class="listSQbl"> <li>Backs up everything on your computer - digital music, photos, financial documents, applications, settings, operating system, etc. - in one easy step.</li> <li>Recovers your system and data even when you can't restart your operating system.</li> <li>Makes incremental backups to maximize space and save time.</li> <li>Makes backups on the fly, without restarting your system.</li> <li>Backs up to almost any media, including CDR/RW and DVD+-R/RW drives, USB and FireWire&reg; (IEEE 1394) devices, and Iomega&reg; Zip&reg; and Jaz&reg; drives.</li> </ul> <p><strong>New Features for version 10</strong></div> <div class="cbMrgnBtmMD cbType1"> <ul class="listSQbl"> <li>Automatically creates an initial backup schedule based on your computer's configuration.</li> <li>Automatically detects storage devices, analyzes your system, and offers &quot;best practice&quot; backup advice during installation.</li> <li>Automatically monitors and optimizes backup disk space.</li> <li>Triggers backups on key events, like new program installations or user logins.</li> <li>Creates new backups on demand with One Button &quot;Back Up Now&quot;.</li> <li>Encrypts backups to help keep them secure.</li> <li>Task-based interface simplifies management and monitoring.</li> <li>Displays all scheduled backups - plus the degree of backup protection for each drive on your computer - in one convenient view.</li> <li>One-step setup wizard makes installation and configuration quick and easy.</li> <li>Begins backing up to Maxtor external drives by simply pressing the Maxtor OneTouch&trade; button.</li> </ul> </div> </div> <p>Not bad for free. Just remember to follow Andrea's excellent advice on Mail In Rebates <a href="/the-key-to-free">here</a> , and you'll have that $80 back in your pocket soon(ish), <strong>as long as you are a previous Norton customer.</strong> Now if I can find a MIR for the Office bundle, I'll be a happy man.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-norton-antivirus-software-2007-0-after-mir-updated">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Grab a free National Guard t-shirt.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-dvd-pirates-2-or-cars">FREE DVD - Pirates 2 or Cars.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cut-computer-waste-in-half">Cut Computer Waste in Half</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-8gb-ipod-touch-from-bbva-compass-bank">FREE 8GB iPod Touch From BBVA Compass Bank (Colorado)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies CompUSA Free software free virus protection giveaway mail in rebate steal deals. Mon, 19 Mar 2007 05:39:04 +0000 Paul Michael 368 at http://www.wisebread.com