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A selection of computer technician software tools and utilities for repairing, maintaining and getting the most from your computer. These are all long term favorites I keep coming back to, but they are also simple tools which home users can also use.

 
AVG Free Antivirus software

AVG free Anti-Virus

Excellent Anti-virus program which is free to home users. Businesses have to pay a little but its cheaper than most. I use it on all my home customers and a few business ones. Highly recommended. I have found that this outperforms several well known and expensive anti-virus products.

"It has all the essentials, including a resident memory scanner, an e-mail scanner, and scheduled hard disc scans. But what really amazes us is the frequency of the virus definitions and application updates available from Grisoft." - Maximum PC

AVG Rootkit

Detects and removes rootkits which are tools used to hide viruses and trojans from your antivirus software.

Windows registry cleaner

Eusing Free Registry Cleaning Utility

This free registry repair utility allows you to safely clean and repair windows registry problems with just a few mouse clicks. After scanning and fixing the invalid entries, your system will be more stable and run faster. For maximum safety, Eusing Free Registry Cleaner will make a backup of the repaired entries. You will be able to restore any changes made using the software by choosing Restore registry backup.

 

Belarc Advisor

Belarc Advisor

This is a neat little tool which provides a print out of all the computers insides and software. This is particularly useful as it will retrieve the software keys for most software. Ideal if you have to rebuild a PC.

 

Windows Defender Anti Spyware

Microsoft Windows Defender

A free spyware detection program that helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software. It features Real-Time Protection, a monitoring system that recommends actions against spyware when it's detected. Use in conjuction with Spybot for the best results.

 

Spybot Anti Spyware windows protection

Spybot 1.5

Spybot's is free and is one of the best Spyware removers available. It's now been around for years and was one of the first tools specifically designed to detect Spyware, malware and adware. Today it has grown into a mature and very capable program for removing and protecting your PC from Spyware. Best of all its freeware, although they do like you to make a donation.

This latest version is even better!

 

   
Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) Reader

This is used by so many applications the chances are you already have it installed. However if you don't, download it here you'll need it. During installation you will be asked if you want Photoshop and Search toolbars installed. I'd say No.