Best free Windows registry cleaners

The Windows registry is a database in which Windows keeps track of relationships between hardware, software and the operating system. Over time the Windows registry will become saturated with redundant files and broken links that will slow down youw Windows operating system and make it sluggish.

A registry cleaner is a piece of software that runs on the Windows operating system, issues involving the registry could cause you to lose your personal data, or make the computer completely unusable, you need to be very careful with it, all of the registry cleaners will allow you to store a back up copy of the old configurations before cleaning it. The program will scan through the registry keys and point out any issues which it finds, the most usual problems are registry keys pointing to non existent files already deleted, or registry keys left by long gone uninstalled software as well as pointers to missing DLLs, listings of no-longer-valid file extensions, invalid paths, invalid ActiveX Controls, and much more.

A good registry cleaner will attempt to fix those keys, leaving your registry slimmer and your computer prepared to run free of junk once again, some cleaners will also compact and defrag the registry making it easier and quicker for Windows to access the keys.

List of free Windows registry cleaners

ACleaner: This two-button Windows Registry cleaner lets you search for problems and then fix them. You can choose which Registry sections to include and restore a backed-up version of the database if you encounter any problems.

AusLogics: Auslogics Registry Cleaner offers a simple wizard-based interface. You can choose between quick and advanced scans, and undo any previous changes. If you choose to run an advanced scan, the program lets you select the categories you want to target.

Eusing: Eusing Free Registry Cleaner will repair registry problems with a few simple mouse clicks, this is one of the easiest to use registry cleaners, there is a pop up window when you start the program asking if you would like to donate.

Eusing free registry cleaner
Eusing free registry cleaner

Comodo System Cleaner: Comodo System Cleaner is a powerful suite of utilities and tools that allows you to make your Windows based computer faster, more efficient and more secure, this program is a full suite that includes a registry defragger.

Wise Cleaner: The free version of this registry cleaner has no registry compactor (defragger), but otherwise it quickly identifies orphaned registry keys and makes them easy to fix.

The best free antivirus software for Windows

If you just got your new shiny Windows 7 out of the box and are thinking about how to protect yourself from spyware and malware online, free antivirus software does a pretty good job, there is no need to shell out any cash if you are the average Joe Doe.

Most viruses get into computers thanks to people installing cracked software, they themselves authorise that trojan to be installed together bundled with their cracked program. The most stupid thing a user can do to infect his computer with a virus is to install a pirated premium antivirus which is likely to contain a backdoor trojan.

Here goes a list of free antivirus software that is compatible with Windows 7, there is no reason why you should not look after your operating system security, even more given that you have to pay nothing, this is not a free trial, this is truly free antivirus software with regular updates, if you want extra features you can upgrade to their paid for version, but otherwise it works just fine.

  • Avira Antivir Personal Edition: In addition to protect your computer from viruses, Avira will block Internet companies tracking down what sites you visit, the software can detect spyware too.
  • Avast! Antivirus Home: With a silent moe to stop annoying warning pop ups, this is a set and run antivirus, it can monitor cloud services reputation and protect your computer in real time monitoring P2P, instant messenger, network, email and downloads.
  • AVG Free Antivirus: It will quickly scan your computer for viruses and malware, optionally installing a toolbar that can check if the site you are visiting is safe, the free version protects emails and web browsing but not instant messenger.

Wipedisk securely wipes the whole hard disk

If you are giving away your computer, selling it on eBay or simply discarding it, and want to make sure that no personal data is left behind, then you will need to safely erase everything, including the operating system. Luckily there is some free software that will help you to do that, WipeDisk.

WipeDisk erases physical and logical disks (complete harddisks or single partition) securely and fast, this tool overwrites the information sector-wise, from the first sector of the disk to the last one, this is particularly important to correctly delete data and stop computer forensic tools.

Secure data wiper Wipefile
Secure data wiper Wipefile

The erasing program supports 14 different wipe methods: 2 US Navy standards, the standard of the US Department of Defence, US Airforce and the NATO.

If you only want to securely wipe files and folders and not the whole hard disk, you can use WipeFile or Eraser, they both are free utilities to securely delete single files beyond recovery.

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Review: Virtual webcam software Video2Webcam

Video2Webcam allows you to chat via instant messenger faking your real identity online, this software is really easy to use, all you have to do is browse to any video file you have stored on your hard disk showing a dog, a hot girl, a cartoon or anything you like and to the other end of the cam it will look as if it was you. Video2Webcam also you allows to stream a URL and select an entire folder.

With Video2Webcam you don’t even need to have your own webcam, and if you do have a webcam, you can also switch between the real cam and the virtual cam, easily and quick. What I liked most of this software to fake webcam users and stream video online, is the simple and easy to use interface, if you know how to browse to a folder, you know how how to use it.

Video2Webcam supports a wide range of files,  avi, asf, flv, mp4,mpeg, mpg, ram, rm, rmvb, wmv, etc. You can also use a picture format like .jpg or .gif and it works with all kind of instant messengers, MSN, Yahoo messenger, Skype, ICQ, Stickam and many more.

Video2Webcam virtual webcam
Video2Webcam virtual webcam

Besides the possibility of pretending to be Barak Obama chatting on MSN you can also use Video2Webcam to stream video live and show your holiday videos to your friends with no need to send it to them or use this software to show a video clip of your favourite film to someone you are chatting with.

This virtual WebCam is well worth the price. If you are someone who uses messenger daily chances are it will be of use for you. Video2Webcam does not contain any adware or spyware, you can try it free for 30 days with a watermark to make sure it works as expected before you buy it.

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Virtualization software to create portable applications

Cameyo is a free virtualization software that will help you package large and complex software packages into a single standalone executable that runs without installation, if you want to create an easy portable application, look no further than Cameyo.

The process used by Cameyo to virtualize, relies on system snapshots taken before and after the installation of the targeted programs. The portable application Cameyo creates relies on a series of snapshots taken before and after installation, this process can take various minutes.

Cameyo a free virtualization alternative to Mojopac

The main difference between Cameyo and Mojopac is that the latter will virtualize a whole operating system and Cameyo virtualizes stand alone applications.

The Cameyo virtualization product allows you to package any software into single executable through virtualization technology in order to be able to run those executables on any Windows computer.

Cameyo includes a sandbox isolation, package editor, and UI module, with this easy to use tools you can pack an entire application into one single .exe and take it with you anywhere.

Cameyo virtualization software
Cameyo virtualization software

Review Cameyo virtualization software

If you want to virtualize a paid for software Cameyo will keep the license number, the only downside I found using this free applet to create portable applications, is that it would not always works with all software and some executables failed to run. Sometimes it will also increase the size of the portable applet being created and when you run your portable application there will be traces left in the registry.

Documentation could also be improved, bear in mind that Cameyo release is a Beta release, it does not mean it will not virtualize your software it only means that sometimes bugs might come occur.

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List of free PDF readers alternative to Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat PDF reader is loaded with unnecessary features that will take away your precious computer resources, if you just want a lean simple and free PDF reader to be able to read PDF documents, simply download any of these free alternatives to Adobe Acrobat PDF reader.

List of free PDF readers for Windows

Xpdf: Xpdf is an open source viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF) files, Xpdf also includes a PDF text extractor, PDF-to-PostScript converter, and various other utilities.

STDU Viewer: STDU Viewer is a document viewer for multiple file formats. The goal of this software is to replace the multiple document viewers with a single simple application.

Perfect PDF Reader: Powerful alternative to Adobe Acrobat PDF reader with additional features such as exporting pages as images and saving filled forms.

Evince PDF Reader: Evince is an open source document viewer for multiple document formats. It currently supports pdf, postscript, djvu, tiff and dvi.

Nitro PDF Reader: With Nitro PDF reader you can create PDF files, comment and review, save PDF forms, extract text and images, type text directly onto the page, and more.

Adobe Reader pdf document
Adobe Reader pdf document

MuPDF reader: MuPDF has a small footprint. A binary that includes the standard Roman fonts is only one megabyte. It renders text with metrics and spacing accurate to within fractions of a pixel for the highest fidelity in reproducing the look of a printed page on screen.

PDF X-Change Viewer: The PDF-XChange Viewer is smaller, faster and more feature rich than any other FREE PDF Reader/Viewer/Editor available.

Sumatra PDF reader: Sumatra PDF is a slim, free, open-source PDF viewer for Windows. Portable out of the box. This free PDF reader has a minimalistic design. Simplicity has a higher priority than a lot of features.

SlimPDF reader: This is the smallest PDF reader in the World, it allows you to view any PDF document just like in Adobe Acrobat reader but without all the bloatware.

FoxIt PDF reader: FoxIt PDF reader is a small, fast, and feature rich PDF viewer for Microsoft Windows, which allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file.

List of websites to download free eBooks

There is no need for you to pay for downloading an eBooks, many websites offer legal free electronic books for download, many of those books have had their copyrights expired or are being given away by the author as a promotion for his/her products.

Download free electronic books

Google Books: With Google Book Search you can either download PDF files of books that aren’t under copyright lock or view book excerpts in PDF. You can also search for free eBooks by author, title, date, publisher, and ISBN number.

Obooko: You have to join the site to be able to download free eBooks from Obooko but the process is easy and painless. Obooko has new free eBooks added daily, fiction, non-fiction and all kind of  genres available.

Gutenberg: Project Gutenberg has over 32,000 free eBooks for download. All of their free electronic books can be downloaded as ePub, Mobipocket, HTML and simple text formats, you will be able to read them with Android and iPhone too.

Sony eBook reader
Sony eBook reader

Free-Ebooks: Free Ebooks hasover a dozen genres of eBooks which can be downloaded as a PDF, mobi and .epub for mobile devices. You will need to register to download free electronic books and the free version only allows for 5 free eBooks downloads per month.

ReadPrint: Free online books library for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast. ReadPrint has many classic free eBooks ready for download of well known authors and titles.

ManyBooks: There are over 27,000 free eBooks at ManyBooks. You can browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews from our visitors and find the perfect book for you to read.