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Of the several hundreds of free programs I have tried and the several thousands of websites I have visited, I give at least(!) 5 out of 5 points to those below. [1] This is the story about why I give the links at least(!) 5 out of 5 points (instead of being conventional and using a five grade scale with no leeway): To grade all sorts of phenomena is one of my great interests, to watch movies another one. When Skövde Film Festival started some years ago, I started grading every movie I saw. At first, I used the more established five grade scale, but sometimes I thought a movie deserved more than 5 points. Accordingly, I gave the movie in question 6 points. I didn't do so that often, but sometimes I did. Even less often, I gave a movie 7 points. That's how the five grade scale with at least seven grades was born. (I still haven't given more than 8 points on any occasion. To give 9 or 10 or even more points wouldn't be impossible, though, but I can't even begin to imagine what would justify that many points.)

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Tools

7-Zip

Description: With 7-Zip, you can unpack 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, LZH, CHM and several other file types.

Website: 7-zip.org

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Get 7-Zip


Tools

Advanced Renamer

Description: With Advanced Renamer, you can rename multiple files or folders at once.

Website: aren.hulubulu.net

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Get Advanced Renamer


Tools

EclipseCrossword

Description: EclipseCrossword is the fast, easy way to create crosswords. Just give EclipseCrossword a list of words and clues, and it does the rest. In seconds, you'll have a crossword puzzle with just the words you want.

Comments: The crossword puzzles can be saved and later solved with pen and paper or on a computer. If you are a teacher, you can let your pupils make their own crosswords. In other words, the program is very easy to use.

Website: greeneclipsesoftware.com

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Get EclipseCrossword


Tools

ESET Smart Security

Description: ESET Smart Security protects you well when you are online. The features include antivirus, antispyware, anti-theft, anti-phishing, personal firewall, antispam, parental control, social media scanner, exploit blocker, advanced memory scanner, vulnerability shield, and botnet protection.

Comments: Despite the fact that all programs on this page are supposed to be free, I still include ESET Smart Security. I have been using security programs from ESET for many years. Sofar, I'm very pleased. As soon as you have installed the programs, you won't notice them until they stop a virus etc.

Webbsite: eset.com

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Buy ESET Smart Security or try the program for free for 30 days


Tools

Registry Defrag/Compact

Description: During the normal operation of a Windows system, registry data is constantly being written to and removed from the registry. Over time this data becomes scattered within the registry file, and when information is deleted from the registry holes are left which fragment the data within the registry. Registry compacting optimizes your registry by removing gaps and wasted space, thus improveing the whole system's performance.

Comments: In May 2010, I wrote a longer comment to CCleaner with arguments AGAINST cleaning the registry with programs like CCleaner. Perhaps you shouldn't defragment the registry either. In the articles by various experts I read before I wrote the comment to CCleaner, it's implied here and there that you shouldn't. However, I didn't find any more concrete arguments and pieces of advice for not defragmenting the registry. For now, I keep Registry Defrag/Compact on this list, but I urge everyone who wants to defragment their registry to get more information on the subject before they do so.

Website: registry-clean.net

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Get Registry Defrag/Compact


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