Four “must have” free tools for Windows

Since the Holidays are right around the corner, why not give yourself and your Windows PC a few early presents? These four programs are free and are some of the best tools you can get for your computer.

Dropbox (www.dropbox.com)
Want to move, share, backup and sync files across computers, phones and the Web? Dropbox allows you to sync any size or type files online and across your Windows, Mac and Linux computers and iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android mobile devices. Dropbox backs up your files online, since a copy of your files is stored on Dropbox's secure servers. You can access your files from any computer or mobile device and even share files with others by allowing them access to just the files you want to share. It’s easy to install and extremely easy to use. Dropbox is free up to 2GB, $10/month for 50GB and $20/month for 100GB.

CCleaner (www.piriform.com/ccleaner)
When your computer is running slow, running CCleaner is the thing to do. The C stands for a word that rhymes with “trap” and this tool cleans that stuff off of your Windows PC. CCleaner makes your computer faster and more secure. It’s very easy to use, a fast download and it’s 100% free.


Recuva (www.piriform.com/recuva)

Have you ever deleted a file, emptied the Windows Recycle Bin and then wanted to get that file back? The best file undelete tool also comes from the same people who bring you CCleaner. It’s called Recuva, it’s free, easy to use and can be downloaded and installed in less than a minute. You can even use it to undelete data on a USB drive, a camera's memory card or an MP3 player.


Paint.NET (www.getpaint.net)

Paint.NET is a free image and photo editing software for Windows computers. It's got many of the same tools and much of the same functionality (layers, plug-ins, special effects, etc.) as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, but it's free, more intuitive and easier to use. It’s frequently updated and there’s also an active online community to go to for help, tutorials and plug-ins. Although it is free, it does require that you download and install the Windows .NET Framework.


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