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Recommended Free Software and Services

The free products and services below are recommended by Tech Wizards as "best of class".  Please use our Contact Form to report broken links.

VLC Media Player

Free!

VLC Media Player

Play most any audio or video file, most any CD or DVD, and various streaming media sources on your computer (even with Windows 10, which does not come with a built-in DVD player) with no Codex packs needed.  Versions also available for smartphone, tablets, Mac computers, Linux and more.

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OpenOffice

Free!

OpenOffice Office Suite

OpenOffice.org is a free, open source alternative to Microsoft Office with a Word compatible word processor, a complete Excel compatible spread sheet program, a Power Point-like presentation software, and drawing program. It can also save documents to a PDF file.

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BitDefender Free Edition

Free!

Bitdefender Antivirus Free

Free anti-virus app that out-ranks AVG Free, Avast! Free, Avira Free and most other free AV products.  Great for home users.

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AdMuncher

Free!

AdMuncher Ad Blocker

Ad blocking add-on work with all web browsers.  Browse the web faster, without all of those annoying ads (even video ads).

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 FoxIt Reader Free

Free!

Foxit PDF Reader

This alternative for Adobe Reader is a fast, secure free app for opening PDF documents.  Additional included features: PDF form fill, PDF document creation from Microsoft Office documents or most any other document or image files, PDF conversion, PDF Annotation, and PDF printing.

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Speedtest

Free!

Speedtest.net

How fast is your Internet connection?  Are you getting the download and upload speeds that your are paying your ISP for?

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XKPasswd

Free!

xkpasswd Password Generator

xkpasswd is a free and secure password generator for generating memorable passwords and passphrases that are also highly secure.  There are many options available, but Tech Wizards recommends that all passwords be at least 16 characters in length for maximum security.

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Passwords for the Manly Man

Free!

Quick Password Generator

A "one-click" password generator that uses multiword phrases combined with special characters to create easy-to-remember (and sometimes amusing) passphrases that exceed 16 characters for maximum security.

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