Best Free Internet Programs
BEST FREE INSTANT MESSENGER
Digsby – A very interesting instant messenger client, feature rich and promising. Supports AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber, and Facebook Chat Accounts. But the great feature is that it supports multiple e-mail accounts, Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL/AIM Mail, IMAP, and POP. It is also a great tool for social networking, it supports Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace accounts so far, with more of them coming up.
BEST FREE RSS READER
FeedDemon – It wasn’t free, now it is! Looks nice, works well and has a bunch of nice features that will make your RSS feeds reading better.
Alternatives: RSS Bandit, RSS Owl
BEST FREE BROWSER SETTINGS BACKUP UTILITY
MozBackup – Great freeware tool, backs up your Firefox ot Thunderbird settings, bookmarks, etc. If something goes wrong you can restore your precious settings in only a few seconds.
BEST FREE WEB BROWSER
Google Chrome – I like it better that Firefox because it’s a lot faster, more reliable although less customizable.
BEST FREE DOWNLOAD MANAGER
Free Download Manager – Fantastic open source download manager, with BitTorrent and FTP support, along with flash video downloads from Youtube and other video sharing websites.
Alternatives: FlashGet, Orbit Downloader
BEST FREE BITTORRENT CLIENT
uTorrent – Best BitTorrent client, lightweight and reliable. The new version brings better functionality and some new features.
Alternatives: Azureus, BitLord
BEST FREE FILE SHARING PROGRAM
DropBox – allows you to share files with the world quickly and easily. The bad thing is that the free account has a 2 GB limitation.
Alternatives: GigaTribe, TeamViewer, Waste
BEST FREE WYSIWYG HTML EDITOR
Kompozer – easy to use “what you see is what you get” html editor, simple but powerful.
BEST FREE INTERNET CONNECTION OPTIMIZER
TCP Optimizer – great freeware tool that allows you to tweak your internet connection in order to get the most speed out of it.
Alternatives: – DrTCP, SpeedNeed
BEST FREE BROKEN LINKS CHECKER
Xenu’s Link Sleuth – very good freeware program for webmasters. Just type in your website adress and scan it for broken links.
Alternatives: – Link Evaluator
BEST FREE VOIP PROGRAM
Skype – I guess you all know this program and many of you use it already. For me it’s the best way to keep contact with my friends and business partners and that’s quite enough 🙂
BEST FREE EMAIL CLIENT
Thunderbird – Powerful, lightweight, fast and highly customizable freeware email client, definitely one of the freeware programs I couldn’t live without.
BEST FREE FTP CLIENT
FileZilla Client – Feature rich open source FTP client, a legendary freeware program.
Alternatives: WinSCP, Core FTP, Sherrod
BEST FREE BANDWIDTH MONITORING PROGRAM
NetWorx – Solid freeware program that gives you detailed reports about your bandwidth usage. You can also benchmark your internet connection with it.
BEST FREE INTERNET TV PROGRAM
Readon TV Movie Radio Player – freeware internet TV program that allows you to watch and listen to thousands of free online internet TV and radio stations legally and with no charge at all. There is no paid version with more features, just the free one with everything in it.
MISCELLANEOUS FREE INTERNET PROGRAMS
RightWebPage – free web conformance tool that checks your website for errors and then helps you to correct them.