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CHF Recommended Software

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    CHF Staff CHF Staff Super Moderators

    May 26, 2016
    Computer Help Forums recommended Software

    The following programs are recommended as both safe to use, and are the CHF choices for the best
    in each category.
    We have provided download links mostly to the software authors websites.
    Sometimes we may supply a link to a safe mirror site for downloading.
    The software is not listed in order of preference.​

    Anti-Virus Software:

    Free versions:
    Paid versions:

    Anti Malware:
    • Malwarebytes 3 (Free.. after trial and Premium)
    • Zemana AntiMalware .... Fully functional 15-day trial. Zemana AntiMalware is a cloud based malware scanner that provides excellent malware detection, quick scans, and easy malware removal.

    Browser AdBlockers:

    Anti AdWare
    • Unchecky .... Automatically unchecks unrelated offers in 'free' software.
    • AdwCleaner ....Searches for and deletes Adware, Toolbars, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and browser Hijackers from your computer.

    Anti Keylogger
    • KeyScrambler Free .... Encrypts your keystrokes in a wide variety of supported programs, so you can avoid tracking by keylogging software.
    • Zemana AntiLogger ....Fully functional 15-day trial. Protects your computer from keyloggers by encrypting your keystrokes.

    Alternative Browsers:

    Password Managers:

    Free versions:
    • Last Pass .... Save your passwords and keep everything organized in your LastPass vault
    • KeePass .... Open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way.
    • LogmeOnce
    • Dashlane
    Paid versions:

    Burning Software:
    • Cd Burner XP Pro .... Burn CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs.
    • IMGburn .... A lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application
    • Ashampoo Burning Studio FREE .... Burn files and folders, Creates CD, DVD and Blu-ray data discs.
    • BurnCDCC .... This utility is used to burn an ISO file to a CD/DVD/BD disc. Many new systems come with a limited CD/DVD software package that lacks the ability to burn ISO files.
    Partitioning and Formatting:

    Free versions:
    Paid versions:

    Backup Software:

    Free versions:
    Paid versions:

    Startup Control:

    Free versions:
    • WinPatrol .... Monitors pc for browser hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your
      computer without your permission.
    • AutoRuns .... Comprehensive 'startup' monitoring and configuration utility.
    Paid versions:

    Uninstall Utilities:

    Free versions:
    Paid versions:
    • Revo Uninstaller Professional .... fully compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows Server

    System Stats:

    Free versions:
    • Speccy ....Need to find out what’s inside your computer? Speccy has all the information you need!
    • Process Explorer .... System monitoring utility useful for tracking down resource problems.
    • Belarc Advisor .... Builds a detailed profile of installed software and hardware, missing security patches and anti-virus status.
    • Crucial Scanner .... Will analyze your system's hardware and provide a list of compatible upgrades.
    Paid versions:
    • Speccy .... Same as free version, but with Advanced PC insights, Automatic updates and Premium support

    System Cleaning:

    Free versions:
    • CCleaner .... Clean potentially unwanted files (including temporary internet files).
    • TFC by OldTimer ....A small utility that will clean out all the folders on your computer that house temporary files. (Win 7, 8, 8.1 (not compatible with Win10)
    Paid versions:

    File Recovery:

    Free versions:
    Paid Versions:

    Harddrive Erasers:

    Free versions:
    Paid Versions:

    Defragmentation Tools:

    Free versions:
    Paid versions:

    PDF Reader:
    • Foxit Reader
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader ... Unclick the optional offer of installing McAfee Security Scan and True Key™ by Intel Security before clicking Install now.

    Memory Test: (often called RAM test software)
    • Memtest86 .... Stand alone memory testing software for 32Bit computers.

    • Apache OpenOffice .... Open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases, etc.
    • Kingsoft Office (WPS Office 2016 Free) .... A powerful office suite which includes a word processor, a spreadsheet program and a presentation maker.
    • LibreOffice .... A powerful office suite, includes several applications that make it the most powerful Free and Open Source office suite on the market.


    File Compression:

    Free versions:
    Paid versions:

    System Monitoring:

    Free versions:
    • Speed Fan .... Will read the temperatures of your motherboard and your hard disk, read voltages and fan speeds etc.
    • HWMonitor .... Hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors
    Paid versions:
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