Freeware and Open-source Software
(there are many more collections at the bottom of this page)

directory.fsf.orgSearch the FSF database
Firefox 3

Source ForgeThe open source resource page from source forge
OSSwin now also has a separate games page.

CCleaner - Freeware Windows Optimization  CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files  - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. Download CCleaner now...
Gizmo's BestThe 46 Best Ever Freeware Utilities

Open Source Windows
Free and open-source software is good for you and for the world. This is the best Windows software that we know of.
No adware, no spyware, just good software.
GoogleFree Google Software Pack
* Google Desktop
* Google Earth
* Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
* Picasa (photo organizer)
* Google Pack ScreenSaver
* Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar
* Norton AntiVirus 2005 Special Edition
* Ad-Aware SE Personal (anti spyware program)
* Adobe Acrobat Reader 7
* RealPlayer
* GalleryPlayer HD Images
AVG 8Free Download Of AVG Anti Virus 8.0 This latest version just came out.

 Operating Systems............................................
REACTOS ReactOS an opensource windows-like operating system that is FREE.  Yes,  it seems to be stable so far...         NOTE: We have not fully finished testing our systems with Reactos.

see also:  our Ubuntu page for how to rip, etc...

Ubuntu is an amazing FREE distribution of debian linux and is available via download or a free mailing. Just visit and join to be able to download and burn it or receive a mailing. It comes in 32 bit or 64 bit versions to see which your machine is:     START->control panel->system

The disk once burned or received also has some opensource programs for windows on it. Just put it in a drive while windows is running to see some GREAT free programs, ie. Firefox browser. It is a "live cd" which means you can boot with it to run Ubuntu WITHOUT changing your current operating system and IF(when) you decide to you can install Ubuntu.
Or for the windows user the EASIEST way to install is to use WUBI, a new Ubuntu release to ease the installing and running of Ubuntu:        Wubi is an officially supported Ubuntu installer for Windows users that can bring you to the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application, in a simple and safe way.       It plays well with windows!

Internet resource for Windows 2000, XP, and vista

180+ Free Computer Tools To Clean And Protect Your Computer
Spyware, Anti Virus, Scanners, and other tools.
WELCOME! To the best in free software for Windows computers. This site offers a wide selection of quality freeware, with:
  • information on programs and authors, with links to author sites and downloads;
  • links to other software sites, so you can read their reviews of the programs listed here;
  • links to lost/abandoned freeware programs, even if the author's site is gone.

 Sweet Home 3D 1.2.1
It's a downloadable program that lets you re-arrange or arrange your home in a 2d setting but looks 3d. If your remodeling or such, or just like to move your furniture around without the lifting

What is Fix8?
It's a fun, free way to animate yourself! 3D avatars and accessories track your facial expressions and movements for an awesome twist to IM chat and video. Choose a 3D avatar head to place on your shoulders or a full body 3D avatar! Try using your own face and dress up with fun accessories! Disguise your voice - surprise your friends! Create the coolest video blogs or share your animations live, in real time on AIM, Windows Live, Skype, and Yahoo IM! The possibilities are endless!

Free Microsoft DreamSpark for Students
DreamSpark is simple, it's all about giving students Microsoft professional development and design tools for free so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get ahead on your career.

Free Online Typing Tutor
Also has typing games and speed tests. Good stuff here.

181 Free Tools For Your PC
More stuff to help your PC stay healthy.

Free Photoshop Express
Anyone ever wanted Adobe Photoshop? Here's their brand new free online version.

Tux Paint - Open Source Drawing Software For Children
This is a nice program that you can download for free.

Giveaway Of The Day
Every day, a new software title for you to download and enjoy. Whats the catch? You have to download and activate it the same day.

Free "Jing Project" Screen Capture Software
You can create screen captures of anything and take some videos of what you are doing online.

Free PC Tuneup At
This site will run your computer through a whole bunch of tests to see how it performs. It also gives you suggestions and advice on how to fix problems that it might detect. I really love this site and use it about once every couple of weeks.

Free Family Tree Builder Software From My Heritage
* Put together your family tree * Bring your family tree to life with photos * Publish your family tree into your Family Pages * Share your family tree online with your relatives

15 Free Security Programs For Your PC
Includes, ZoneAlarm, Avast, Spyware Blaster, and more.

Free Home Inventory Software
"Welcome to, where you can download the I.I.I.'s new home inventory software for free! This software makes creating a home inventory fun and easy. Once you have completed your inventory, this software is designed to make it easy to keep this information up to date."

Free Holiday Card Photo Design Software From 3M
With the easy to use software, you can create your own personalized card and print it out conveniently at home.

Pod City Guides - Put 300 Cities On Your iPod
* Detailed descriptions and address info for thousands of hotels, restaurants, attractions, events, and more! * Guides that detail neighborhoods, accomodations, tours, etc.

Free Google "Sketchup" - Its A Free 3D Modeling Program
Google SketchUp (free) is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that enables you to explore the world in 3D. With just a few simple tools, you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects - even space ships. And once you've built your models, you can place them in Google Earth, post them to the 3D Warehouse, or print hard copies. Google SketchUp is free for personal use. No registration is required.

Google Calendar
* Seeing the big picture With Google Calendar, you can see your friends' and family's schedules right next to your own; quickly add events mentioned in Gmail conversations or saved in other calendar applications; and add other interesting events that you find online. * Sharing events and calendars You decide who can see your calendar and which details they can view. Planning an event? You can create invitations, send reminders and keep track of RSVPs right inside Google Calendar. Organizations can promote events, too. * Staying on schedule You can set up automatic event reminders, including SMS notifications, and instantly bring up anything on your calendar with the built-in search tool. Click on "learn more" to see their entire list of features.

Yahoo "Widgets"
How do I explain this.... Its a "shell" for your desktop where you can download over 500 "widgets" that get placed on your screen where and when you want. I have my local 5 day weather, a nationwide weather map, a little notepad, a clock (they have a LOT of different clocks), a little darth vader guy, and some computer system info programs. I really likes it! =)

Major Geeks
You can get a whole lot of cool computer related programs here. Anti virus, spyware removal, computer tweaks, etc.

Free Weather Watcher Software For Your Computer
Weather Watcher is your personal Windows desktop weather station. Automatically retrieve the current conditions, hourly forecast, daily forecast, detailed forecast, severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service (US only), and weather maps for over 77,000 cities world-wide.

Free Download Of PrintMaster Express Software
PrintMaster Express is a free downloadable print creativity application that lets you add personality and flair to any occasion! It is modeled after the award-winning PrintMaster brand of software that has been recognized by Family PC Magazine as being "Top-Rated" and "Family Tested and Recommended." With PrintMaster Express you can easily create Greeting Cards, Note Cards, Banners, Calendars, Photo Projects and so much more. Other features include an address book complete with event reminders for birthdays and anniversaries, plus mail merge capabilities that let you send personalized letters, invitations, and newsletters. The interface is easy enough for kids to learn and use, but flexible enough, providing full functionality for creating a wide variety of projects.

Ad-aware 2007 Personal Edition
This is a good spyware removal program. If you get all kinds of weird popups on your computer. get this program.

Adobe Acrobat Reader 8
Download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print PDF and newsgroup files on all major computer platforms.

Random Wallpaper Changer
Tired of the same wallpaper? Then have it select random wallpaper at user specified intervals!

Without a Trace

If you want to use the Internet without anyone knowing who you are or leave an untraceable phone number, then these tools are for you.

  1. Big String. Big String offers self-destructing IMs and emails for those who don’t want any evidence of their online communications. Use with many popular IM clients.
  2. Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition. This free web browser leaves no personal information on your computer. Not only can you use this anywhere, but no one will know you were there.
  3. x Paranoia mod. This Firefox extension is great for those who want to leave nothing behind on the computer. With a couple of clicks you can clear all your Internet history, passwords, cookies, and cache.
  4. If you’ve ever had to register with a site just to read an article or watch a video, then you will want this tool. Find login information for many websites that require registration and never have to give your information again.
  5. 10 Minute Mail. Use this tool to get an email address that is good for 10 minutes, then expires. This is a great way to register with sites that require an email validation or just to cover your tracks.
  6. numbr. Get a disposable phone number that you can use to forward calls to any other phone in the U.S. No one will be able to trace you with this number.
  7. GrandCentral. Here’s another phone option when you don’t want to be traced by your number. Consolidate all your phones into one with this tool that gives you one voice mailbox and one number for all your phones.
  8. Want to share a top-secret online file with someone and then have no sign of the evidence later? This is the tool for you. The file is deleted after 30 days.
  9. Fake Name Generator. If you need a name, address, email, or even a UPS tracking code, use this handy tool to generate any one of the necessary fakes.
  10. Create a note or upload a photo that you can keep for yourself or share, then delete it when you are finished with absolutely no sign of what you had.

Browsing Security

If you want to browse the Internet in privacy, these tools will help you do just that. Use these to do the actual browsing or to check the security of your browsing privacy.

  1. Hide My Ass!. Hide your identity with this free tool. This proxy service will hide your IP address so no one will know you.
  2. Tor. Like getting secreted away, this free service allows you to hide your Internet identity with a "network of virtual tunnels." Join journalists, government agencies, and more who use Tor for the ultimate in Internet privacy.
  3. Guardster. Another proxy service that hides your IP, this one is available in both free and for a fee versions. The free version does not work with encrypted SSL sites.
  4. Megaproxy. Paste the URL for whatever website you want to visit into this tool and you will have a completely private look at your target site. No registration or downloads needed to use this tool.
  5. Scandoo. Get real time protection when surfing the Internet with warnings about websites before you click on them. Based on ScanSafe technology, this home version is free.
  6. ShieldsUP!. Check out this tool to learn what information your browser is sending out. You can also test the effectiveness of your personal firewall when running ShieldsUP! testing.
  7. Junkbusters. Like ShieldsUP!, this site will tell you what of your information is being revealed just by clicking on their site. You can also learn more about Internet privacy at this site.
  8. What Is My IP Address?. Use this tool to ensure your IP blocking software is working correctly and not revealing your true IP address.
  9. Clusty. Use this search engine when browsing. Clusty doesn’t save your information or track you at all when you use it.
  10. Scroogle. Try searching Google with this tool. Scroogle uses SSL to send your search terms to Google with encryption, then does the same when sending the results back to you.

Computer Security

Using the Internet is a huge open door for people to stick their nose in your business. Use these tools to slam that door tightly shut.

  1. avast!. This free anti-virus software is one of the best available (for free or for a fee) at protecting your computer. This tool will alert you any time malware is detected and even checks incoming email. avast! also includes a boot-time scan option.
  2. Ad-Aware. The free version of this software does an excellent job of protecting your computer against spyware and adware. The paid version gives you real-time protection which is not available with the free one.
  3. Sandboxie. This free tool is great for both protecting your computer and getting rid of evidence. It works as a temporary storage area for information that would normally go to and from your hard drive. When you are finished in the "sandbox," you can just clear it out.
  4. ThreatFire. Use this in conjunction with your anti-virus to fend off malware. ThreatFire detects malicious behavior such as capturing keystrokes and also serves to defend against zero-day threats.
  5. SnoopFree Privacy Shield. The ultimate free software for the ultra-cautious, this tool will detect any method of privacy invasion through your keyboard, screen, and open windows.
  6. Comodo Firewall. Keep out hackers with this free firewall. This program is one of the best when it comes to protecting your computer.
  7. WinPatrol. Protect your privacy and your computer with this free tool that works by alerting you to "hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission."
  8. AVG Free Anti-Virus. Get anti-virus and anti-spyware protection from this free software. This software also includes a scheduled scan option.
  9. TrueCrypt. This disk encryption software will keep nosey-parkers at bay. You can create a virtual encrypted disk, encrypt USB flash drives and hard drives, and more.
  10. Trustable Downloader. Download files from the Internet without worries of Trojans, worms, or viruses with this free application. As described, this tool will help guard you against government spying on its citizens.
  11. SiteAdvisor. This software alerts you before you visit a website that has spyware or harvests your information for spam. Use their color-coded system to alert you to the potential dangers of websites.
  12. Peer Guardian 2. This IP blocker is capable of blocking incoming and outgoing connections. You can also select to block spyware, adware, and educational and government ranges.
  13. GlowWorm FW Lite . Mac users can use this software to be informed when a program attempts to make an outgoing connection. Not only will this tool protect your information, it also guards against malware.

Laptop Tracking

If someone makes off with your laptop, know how to stop them with these tools.

  1. Adeona. If you want to guard against someone taking your laptop, check out this tool. This software continually tells you where your laptop is located without the interference of any third party to help you track and recover your computer.
  2. iAlertU. Another laptop protection and tracking device, this one specifically for Macs, this software is based off mouse and keyboard movement which sets off an alarm, takes a photo of the thief, and emails the photo to a specified email address.

Spying on Those Out to Get You

If you know someone is trying to get to you, then turn the tables on them with these tools that will help you get the dirt on them.

  1. GotVoice. Take advantage of the 14 day free trial to have your target’s voice mail sent directly to you. If you need more time, get another 14 day trial with different information.
  2. Decoding Social Security Numbers in One Step. You can’t get everything out of that magical number with this tool, but you can narrow down the state and year of issue with any social security number instantly.
  3. Keylogger. This free software allows you to log everything entered on the keyboard so you can track computer usage. Be sure to use the stealth mode so your target doesn’t know you are tracking him.
  4. Decode Your License. This article describes how you can get a driver’s license from any state and decode the barcode on it to receive personal information. You will need the Internet tool described in the article and a scanner.
  5. Webcam Spy. Use this software to spy on your target using a webcam. The software activates the webcam with a motion sensor for an auto on and off feature. Spying on your target isn’t the only use for this–you can also use it in your home to see who comes by when you are gone.

Maps for Monitoring Occurrences

Whether you are looking for evidence for your conspiracy theory or trying to put all the pieces together on a plot you know is about to be hatched, then these maps will help you get all the information you need.

  1. Global Incident Map. Find out where terrorism is occurring around the world with this mapping tool. You be able to find plenty of patterns to put together your own theories.
  2. HealthMap. This tool will keep you posted on health alerts. Find outbreaks by geographical location, disease, or chronological occurrence.
  3. Who is Sick?. This Google map-based tool shows symptoms for any geographical spot. You’ll be able to track any type of outbreaks with this tool.
  4. Incident1. Track police, fire, and emergency services on this map. You can also do a search by zip code or select a region within the states.
  5. Incidentlog. If you live in the northeast and couldn’t find anything on Incident1, try Incidentlog for more options. This map is populated from a different pool of data.
  6. Havaria Information Service Alert Map. Find everything from earthquakes to hazmat incidences to biological hazards on this world map. You can narrow the results by country if you don’t want to see the world view.
  7. GeoMAC Wildfire Information. This map shows where wildfires are currently burning throughout the United States or check out past wildfires since 2002.
  8. Piracy Attacks Maps. Pirates on the high seas are not a thing of the past. Use this map to track current piracy around the world.
  9. UNEP: Atlas of Our Changing Environment. Sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme, this map includes incidents that document environmental changes around the world. Click on each incident to see photos and read the story.
  10. Google Maps Mania. This unofficial site follows the incredible array of various interactive maps being used in conjunction with Google Maps. Find a map that tracks your favorite passion or create one of your own.