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The technicians at Green Wire have compiled a short list of free software that we feel is a must-have for any regular computer user. Click on any of the images below to download the software. All of this software is free for personal use, however, some of the developers work on donations. If you enjoy the software, you may consider donating a small amount (though there is no requirement or expectation to do so).

PC Software

Firefox is a free web browser that can be used in place of Internet Explorer to view and interact with websites. It has a lot of advantages including a large community of add-ons that allow you to do everything from customize the look of Firefox to block annoying ads (both pop-ups and the ads that apprear on websites).

Open Office is an excellent free alternative to Microsoft Office. Most of this program should be familiar to anyone who has used Microsoft Office before and even a majority of the keyboard short cuts are the same! You can also save your files in the Microsoft Office file format which makes this a very good substitute if you cannot afford (or simply don't want to pay the high price of) the Microsoft Office suite.

Avast! Home Edition is a powerful, free anti-virus solution. It doesn't offer total security packages such as McAfee or Norton, but what it lacks in bells and whistles it more than makes up for in effective virus fighting. Many of the software tools that come with the bigger brand name anti-virus makers are over-kill anyhow. If you couple Avast! with a separate anti-spyware tool, you'll get all the protection you need for the best price: free!

Spybot Search & Destroy is one of the best spyware removal programs in the world. It has a simple interface with clear instructions on how to use it. It also contains a very effective spyware removal engine as well as preventative tools to help stop spyware from getting on your computer in the first place!

Mac Software

Mozilla, the makers of Firefox also make a Mac version. While the standard web browser for Mac (Safari) is a fine browser, Firefox still manages to out do it in some important areas such as stability and in ability to correcly display some websites.

Neo Office is the exact same program (almost) as Open Office. It has simply been adapted to run on Mac computers. Green Wire recommends this program for all the same reasons it recommends Open Office. Especially considering the cost of the Mac versions of Microsoft Office. If our clients were to choose one software maker to donate a small amount of money to, it would be Neo Office. They produce a fantastically useful product and they make it available solely on user donations.


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