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The Top 10 Free Utilities for PC, 2008

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In a world of thousand-dollar software choices, good freeware is such a refreshing thing. Yes, there are talented programmers who actually give away their products for no charge. Instead, these programmers merely request a link to their web site, or a small $10 donation; their work is done without expectation of pay. Amazingly, these free products are sometimes better quality than paid software.

There are hundreds of freeware programs available for PC and MacIntosh. Below is a list of freeware that focuses on computer maintenance and "utilities" to improve your PC performance.

Take a minute and try some of these freeware utilities for yourself. They are outstanding bang for your buck!

No. Name Desc.
10 Cacheman Cacheman is designed to improve the speed of your computer by managing your disk cache, RAM, and various other performance settings. Cacheman is a very helpful and very stable tool. Download Cacheman here.
9 WinPatrol Increase PC memory usage and overall speed, shut down home page hijackers, kill adware/spyware/malware, prevent HOST file changes, and more. If you think of anti-virus software as an immune system, then think of WinPatrol as your trusty pit bull by the front door. Excellent! Download WinPatrol here.
8 Cobian Backup Cobian Backup is a program you can use to backup your files and directories from their original location to other directories/drives in the same computer or other computer in your network, or to a FTP server. You can automatically backup your files once, daily, weekly, monthly, on a timer basis or manually. Download Cobian here.
7 Stinger Worm Remover It doesn't replace full anti-virus, but it seeks out specific worms and trojans, and zaps them off your drive nicely. A very popular tool for network technicians everywhere. Download Stinger here.
6 Irfanview Graphic Software View, optimize, convert png, jpg, tif, psp, psd, mov, mp3, swf, and raw files, create slide shows, run movies and music... this is an amazing software package for the price. What's even more elegant: this software is less than 1MB to download. Wow. Download Irfanview here.

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