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My Choices of Best Freeware

System Utility Related

Virtual DVD/CD Drive

What
Daemon Tools
Why
Does what it is supposed to do
Link
Daemon Tools Homepage

Multimedia Related

Screen Capture Utility

What
MWSnap
Why
Functionality most like SnagIt's
Notes
Wish it had the ability to highlight areas within the snapshot
Link
MWSnap Homepage

Video Format Change

What
Auto Gordian Knot
Why
Can convert my captured TV shows from MPGs to AVIs with no tweaking. No other program I could find did that.
Link
Auto Gordian Knot Homepage

MP3 Volume Normalization

What
MP3Gain
Why
Can convert an entire directory's worth of MP3's to the same volume in a lossless manner.
Link
MP3Gain Homepage

Multimedia Player

What
BSPlayer
Why
Handles a more diverse set of Codecs than other players.
Link
BSPlayer Homepage

Codec Identification

What
AVIcodec
Why
Identifies the audio and video codec required by a selected video file
Link
AviCodec Homepage

Security Related

Spam Control

What
SpamBayes
Why
Most accurage spam control program I've found. Works as either an Outlook plugin or as a proxy for other clients.
Link
SpamBayes Homepage

Anti Virus

What
Avast
Why
AVG missed some things, and returned false positives on others. Avast wins by default.
Notes
Am testing AntiVir on another machine to see how well it performs.
Link
Avast Homepage

Disposable Email Address

What
SpamMotel
Why
Creates an email address that can be turned off should spam start flowing into this address. Also, gives the ability to create a distinctive label that gets added to the subject line. Filters can then be used to classify the email.
Link
SpamMotel Homepage

Disposable Email Address

What
SneakEmail
Why
Creates an email address that can be turned off should spam start flowing into this address. Also, gives the ability to create a distinctive label that gets added to the subject line. Filters can then be used to classify the email.
Link
SneakEmail Homepage

Internet Related

Browser

What
Avant Browser
Why
Offers all the extra's that people are flocking to Firefox for, but seems more intuitive to me than Firefox (popup stopper works better, tabs work better).
Link
Avant Browser Homepage

Favorites

What
myVmarks
Why
Online storage of bookmarks. Especially useful when combined with Avant Browser - can have myVmarks always open on one tab.
Notes
Wish it had the ability to export bookmarks. Painful to rearrange the bookmarks. Both features are to be addressed in the next release.
Link
VMarks Homepage

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