The recession has impacted many aspects of our lives and as families attempt to tighten their belts, they often look at what they consider “non-essentials” when it comes to saving money
The recession does not have to have an impact on the operation of your computer system. There are many free software alternatives to commercial software applications that can be utilized and reduce household costs. These free software programs include anti-virus software, productivity software, CD/DVD burning software, graphic software and video software.
Using these free software applications you can recession proof your computer system and still be extremely productive, saving annual subscription fees and acquiring some of the best software for free.
- OpenOffice.org 3
Topping my list of free software applications is OpenOffice.org 3, a leading open-source office suite that combines word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. Compatible with the majority of existing office suites such as Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org 3 is easy to use and can be used for free for any purpose, including domestic, commercial, educational and public administration.
- AVG Anti-virus Free Edition
AVG Anti-virus Free offers rock-solid anti-virus protection, offering users the essentials for protecting your computer from virus infections and malware. AVG Anti-virus Free Edition will not only protect your computer but will help your pocket book in the process.
CDBurnerXP is a free software application that allows you to burn both CDs and DVDs for free, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDS. This free software also has features to create and burn ISO files, create bootable disks and create audio CDs. It also offers simple cover printing and LightScribe integration. CDBurnerXP is a powerful software application that can meet most of your burning requirements.
The GIMP is a free image manipulation program that is powerful. The GIMP is a raster editor, meaning that it performs operations directly on the pixels that make up the image. Full of features and the ability to work with many image file types, the GIMP will meet the needs of most users.
Malwarebytes is a powerful anti-malware software application that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer system. This free software application is suprisingly effective at removing malicious software. I have used this on several occasions to remove malware that other commercial applications have failed to remove from my computers. Without the annual subscription fees, Malwarebytes is an effective free software application that will protect your computer system, even through the tough recession times.
I had to add this one after running some extensive tests on the software. SUPERAntiSpyWare comes in both a free version and a Professional version. The free version is built around the exact same scan engine as the professional version, and it has thoroughly impressed me when I ran it through its paces in a recent test. In the professional version, SUPERAntiSpyWare costs only $29.95 USD for the download, plus $9.95 for a lifetime subscription for rule updates. That is an incredible value in any economic times. Best of all, SUPERAntiSpyware delivers on its promise. Read my thorough review of SUPERAntiSpyWare.
These are some of the best free software tools available that have become my favourites throughout the last several years. These are the essentials to safe computing and productivity. These will not only save you money through the recession, but will make you more productive.