7 Useful Free Software Applications for Bloggers and Internet Surfers

Whether you’re an Internet surfer or a blogger you need to use and know some basic skills about your computers’ software.
You’re reading this article, then you’ve an Internet connection and arguably you’re a blogger, right?

I want share with you 7 programs I use, to download – completely free – that can save you time, also you’ll manage in a better way your daily routines and to minimize problems in your system.

Big brands have powerful & paid programs for any type of task you can imagine, but there are available free similar versions that can save you some bucks and work wonderful.

Of course, there are thousands of free programs available, therefore I’d like you to put in comments your favorites and why you use them – I’m always opened to explore new ones!

 

Dropbox

Dropbox - Online Storage & Data Backup

If you’re constantly on the go with a desktop computer, laptop and / or mobile you can have different versions of a file. Which one is the newer? This program lets to synchronize a file or folder with the Dropbox’s servers and any other computer linked to your account. The file and folders still are on your computer but they are being permanently backup-ed.

You won’t need to travel everywhere with a USB memory with your photos / songs / spreadsheets and so on. Just install it in all your equipments and automatically your files at Dropbox are synchronized. When they’ve a green checkmark, the synchronization is complete.
Dropbox is for free up to 2 GB of data and can be increased up to 8 GB if you refer some friends.

Dropbox extra info and download

MemoKeys

Memokeys - Word Processing Software

This simple and power application allows you to create shortcut key combinations to store whatever you want.

Why you must type the same thing over and over along the day, if you can do it in a clever way and avoid the carpal tunnel syndrome.

For example instead of typing your complete name store it as “F5 + N” (n for n-ame)

And instead of the URL of your blog: myblogname.com is much better to type “F8 + B”, easier, isn’t it?

Your complete home address is better if it’s “F9 + A” or “F9 + H”

Your email address could be “F10 + E”

Choose the combination of keys you wish!

This software application works in everyplace you need to input text.

MemoKeys extra info and download

OpenOffice

OpenOffice.org - Office Suites

OpenOffice is your alternative to the Microsoft office, but for free!
This product has a word processor, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and so on. The internal menus are similar and you’ve it available in many languages.
It can be downloaded and used entirely free. Do you know that you can generate PDF files directly from the word processor?
A complete office software package easy to use that worth to try.

OpenOffice extra info and download

CCleaner

CCleaner - Diagnostic Software

This free cleaning tool is very useful when your PC (available only for Windows) is a mess. When you see your computer is slow, very slow and you don’t know the motive, this make your computer faster and more secure. (If it’s a virus or ad-ware check the next applications)

When you browse in Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer (still using it?) or other browsers you save a huge collection of things: huge temporary files, old-updated add-ons, all sort of cookies (not precisely chocolate chip cookies!) to name a few. Also your Windows system area is invaded for these files producing a great chaos in your system. Regularly, e.g. one a month or some weeks, it’s convenient to clean your PC with it and you’ll notice the difference!
It also erases traces of other programs that you don’t know that are running in background but they are adding more disorder to your computer.

CCleaner extra info and download

Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Spyware Removers

This freeware tool will save you several headaches removing malware, spyware from your machine. It’ll disinfect your equipment in a fast way and in quick scan mode it can take about 10 minutes depending of the quantity of files in your system.

Browsing the net I caught some months ago an adware – near a “virus” that kidnapped my computer, deleted some files, and when I wanted to reboot the system appeared a big cartel saying something like “your PC is in infected with XX files, download this program to erase it” and if you watched the link, it was to a software company (certainly a bad one!) to purchase the license. At the same time each 10 minutes, the same warning appeared with a strident noise together. After installed Malwarebytes, it removed completely this adware.

Malwarebytes extra info and download

AVG

AVG - Antivirus Software

Do you have some antivirus installed in your computer, don’t you? If not, immediately download one, whatever you want, but do it now,
because you’re in serious danger to lose everything, and worst sensible data.

There are several antiviruses available, but this free version can give you a basic antivirus and antispyware protection, for free.
You can reduce the potential problems taking the precaution of avoid opening unknown attachments in your emails, updating & running the antivirus frequently and also browsing the net with the latest browser’ versions.

AVG extra info and download

Evernote

Evernote - Remember Everything

You can use Evernote when you want to save your ideas, notes and then find them in any computer, laptop or phone.
Clip a web page, grab a screenshot or even record a voice memo and the program will organize and make them searchable for you, available literally anywhere.

Evernote extra info and download

 

Now it’s Your Turn..

Which are your preferred desktop free programs and why?

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Gera

Gera is a techie & foodie passionate about how to succeed in social media. He focuses also on successful blogging tips and food connections. You can connect with him on Google +. Subscribe to his Free WPulsar Newsletter about WordPress Plugin & Theme Reviews, Blogging and Social Media.

Gerardo

Thanks for all the comments! After the migration to WP, I’ve recovered only partially the comments done by great bloggers, but not all my own replies to them, sorry about that. I can’t reply again to them, I need to move on…:)

Gerardo

Tony thanks for let me know!

I can’t replicate the problem but I’m having automatic changes of URLs due to a bad plug-in and perhaps this issue can affect.

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