Freeware Top 30

The following is a list of 30 freeware programs that I cannot live without. I wanted this to be the one page a reader can turn to get all the essential free programs they need to install on a new computer. This list doesn’t cover the best free program in every conceivable category, but for those categories that are represented the programs showcased here in most cases, I would argue, are best-in-class.

This list last updated July 17th 2010: 1- Everything des!top file search that will transform the way you use your "# $- Launchy my favorite launcher 3- LastPass centrali%ed, cloud-based password manager &. e!pot the world’s most advanced free virtual des!top app '- "#g$urn simple yet powerful #()(*( burning software +- %vast solid, effective free antivirus ,- ThreatFire powerful, memory-resident -nti.pyware protection /- &i'ogo easy screen sharing and remote access application 0- (i)er right clic! 1minimi%e2 to snap windows to pre-defined si%es 10- Pea*ip powerful archiving tool to manage 3I", 4-4, and more than 1$0 compression formats 11- +,E a visual environment for ideas, notes, thoughts, and everything else. 1$- (uper-opier accelerate, pause, and resume file copying and moving operations 13- Fast(tone "#age +iewer a versatile, practical image viewer 1&- uTorrent powerful, lightweight Torrent client

1'- ./ ir small yet versatile multiple-pane file management app 1+- P F/0-hange +iewer: the best free "(5 document viewer 1,- The 1&Player the only media player you will ever need 1/- Partition 2i)ard partition manager and hard drive maintenance tool 10- (end to Toys add any folder to 6indows’ send-to conte7t menu $0- 3pen344ice5org e7cellent free 8. 9ffice alternative $1- File&enu Tools enhance your right-clic! conte7t menu with a wide range of tools $$- 6and$ra'e converts (*(’s to media files for your "#, i"hone, or portable media device $3- 7evo ,ninstaller removes all traces of an uninstalled program $&- &p3Tag powerful audio tag management tool $'- + Flic' convert video files to (*( $+- 2in(-P powerful 5T" client $,- --leaner reliable hard drive and registry cleaner $/- Feed e#on: e7cellent 4.. reader with :oogle 4eader support $0- P F-reator convert any document to "(5 or image formats 30- FreeFile(ync powerful folder comparison and synchroni%ation tool .ome notes before proceeding
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ownload lin's for each program are provided at the end of each mini-review. "nstalling so4tware a lot of software tends to bundle other software, typically ;ahoo, <ing, and -s! toolbars, in their installers= the good news is that you can always unchec! these options during the installation and disallow this, so pay attention when you install and unchec! anything you don’t want. The sorting order: don’t put too much meaning into it, as comparing most of these programs to each other is very much an e7ercise in comparing oranges and apples. 2indows 7 89 $it all programs listed here are guaranteed to be +&bit 6in, friendly >as well as 3$bit ?", *ista, or 6in,@. In the case that they may e7hibits some Auir!s or incompatibility it is indicated in the te7t below.

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1/ Everything: des'top 4ile search that will trans4or# the way you use your P.ounds hyperbolic, perhaps, but I stand by it 100B. 1Cverything2 is a super fast des!top filesearch that integrates in the right clic! conte7t menu. It is fast for the simple reason that it does not scan the hard drive to build its database, but rather uses the raw 8aster 5ile Table for DT5. drives, which logs all changes made on the partition.

This means that you as the user do not have to worry about whether the database you are searching is up to date, about doing manual re-inde7ing operations, or about areas on your hard drive that are not included in the database= you Eust use it and it wor!s. The down side is that 1Cverything2 will not wor! on non-DT5. formatted drives >ta!e my advice and convert your 5-T3$ drives to DT5. anyway@. It also will not search networ! drives >although it will search e7trenal DT5. formatted drives@. 4ight clic!ing 1search everything2 on folders will soon become your method of choice when see!ing, well, anything. -nd I am happy to report that the conte7t menu entry wor!s on both 3$ and +& bit systems. 1Cverything2 is relatively low on resource consumption >11 megs on my "#@. It wor!s on 6indows ?", *ista, and 6indows ,, 3$ and +& bit. F :o here to download. -lso see my original Cverything review. - close second choice Gocate3$= in contrast to 1Cverything2, Gocate3$ scans your drive to inde7, but is super powerful des!top search all the same.

2/ Launchy: #y 4avorite launcher

If you hear 1launcher2 and the image that comes to mind is stac!s of organi%ed shortcuts, this program will be a revelation. Gaunchy loo!s li!e a floating search bo7 on your des!top >which is e7actly what it is, see screenshot@. To use, simply invo!e Gaunchy >by default, using the -ltH.pace hot!ey combination@ and type in the name of the app you see! in the search bo7. 5or e7ample to run a program you would type in the first few letters and Gaunchy will interactively display matches for programs found on your computer. ;ou are unli!ely to need more than a few !eystro!es before it narrows down the list of results to the program you see!.

Gaunchy will inde7 the start menu and Auic! launch folders for shortcuts >i.e. files with .ln! e7tensions@. ;ou can add places as well as file e7tensions you want it to further inde7 >e.g. loo! in 1program files2 for .e7e e7tensions or a folder where you place portable apps@. ;ou could tell it to inde7 any type of e7tension= for e7ample inde7ing 1my music2 for .8"3 files will turn Gaunchy into an instant local music loo!up and launch tool. It can also be used to launch :oogle searches and do a number of useful tas!s. 9nce I got used to this one I began to wonder how I ever managed without it. F :o here to download. -lso see my original Gaunchy review.

3/ LastPass: centrali)ed: cloud/$ased password #anager

and will interactively detect any passwords manually entered and as! if you would li!e to store them in Gast"ass. and then let you retrieve them securely when you need them via its Internet C7plorer. etc@. files. including IC. Gast"ass supports multiple profile for a single page >e.g. 6hich is to say it will loc! away all your passwords for all your online accounts in a centrali%ed place. which means that it is worthless to anybody who might access it >e.This program will store all of your passwords in encrypted form in the cloud >i. The last word on Gast"ass is that at this point I cannot live without it and I install it on all my computers. 9/ e!pot: the world. hac!ers. or #hrome e7tensions.e. multiple :mail accounts@. and icons or even its own wallpaper and display resolution. The reason Gast"ass is secure is that the data stored remotely is encrypted. on a remote server supplied by the developers@. and allow you to access them via a single password that unloc!s them all. the Gast"ass developers. 5irefo7. The encryption)decryption is done locally on your computer. . That’s pretty much the idea behind virtual des!tops. If you need to !now more about how secure Gast"ass is I suggest :oogling it. I am very comfortable recommending this after almost two years of using this and after seeing the !ind of critical acclaim it has received >among which is a "# 8aga%ine Cditor’s choice award and other accolades@.s #ost advanced 4ree virtual des'top app Iow would you li!e a ’tabbed des!top’ where each ’tab’ displays its own programs.g. F :o here to download.upports maEor browsers. as this discussion has ta!en place in many a forum and this is not the place for it. It can also optionally detect and fill in forms for you. . 5irefo7. and #hrome= alas no 9pera support as of this writing. and (e7pot is the best freeware virtual des!top program around.

even(e7. launchbar >and is simply awesome.even(e7 chec! out my article entitled 1. and they will be instantly be teleported out of sight to your third virtual des!top. </ "#g$urn: si#ple yet power4ul . (e7pot has a breadth of functionality and is e7pandable via a plugin architecture. select files and folders and clic! shiftHaltH3.g. F :o here to download Jportable version also availableK. see screenshot to the right@. 5or more on . -lso see my original (e7pot review. which places my virtual des!tops as thumbnails on the 6indows . what I li!e about (e7pot is that it lets me relegate icons across my different des!tops as well. This means that I can !eep all of my wor! icons on my first des!top and shift all of my personal icons to the second des!top >as an e7ample@.even -pps that wor! really well in the 6indows . something which no other free virtual des!top app will.favorite plugin of mine is . .= + $urning so4tware . tas!bar1. This is managed via hot!eys= e.-nd while most virtual des!top apps will let you relegate specific windows and programs to specific virtual des!tops.

I feel it easier and more reliable to recommend -vast as my free antivirus of . 7elated If you want a more user friendly and a more 1typical2 e7perience then by all means chec! out my other favorite #()(*( burning software #(<urner?". Imgburn can create and burn dis! images in most formats ><ID. Imgburn is also lightweight and offers a portable version. 8/ %vast: solid: e44ective 4ree antivirus I had previously written a freeware antivirus comparison article. but it will cover all of your #( and (*( burning needs. -vira -ntivir and -vast. (ual layer. -vast presents an advantage in that you do not have to thin! about the >non@issue of email scanning that comes up with -ntivir or worry about any type of nag screen. F :o here to download Jportable version also availableK. I. The only drawbac! it has is that it may reAuire users to be somewhat technically savvy at times in its reliance on building images to perform some operations. 46. and two programs stood out.e. and offers unmatched simplicity in interface. can burn music #(s from audio files >via #LC images. add data to a disc that already has some data burned onto it@. the differences in performance between the two are so slight as to >probaby@ not be statistically significant. even I( (*( and <lu 4ay dis!s. although it can add trac!s to image files. can burn (*(’s from *I(C9MT. To be sure. including burning to #(. -lso see my original Imgburn review. Eust to name several of its features. this antivirus program comes in at a close second to -ntivir for most metrics= however. can ma!e bootable dis!s. It also cannot build multi-session discs >i. (*(. allows overburn.Imgburn gets the Eob done. It may not be the most full-featured so-called 1Dero replacement2 out there. see here@. #LC.9 and several others@. folders.

but which for me is a non-issue. brand new and >so-called@ %ero day threats. . which means that it !ic!s in whenever it senses something suspicious is ta!ing place. The last thing to mention about -vast is its rather uniAue interface. 6ith -vast you can be sure that you very well protected. and the program is world-class. . F :o here to download. It is also very effective and provides e7cellent protection.ou will need to register the free version of -vast by obtaining a >free@ registration code using a valid email. and the registration process has to be repeated annually. Thus is it is >a@ less dependent on constant system and hard drive scans and >b@ provides good protection against un!nown. which some users find Auir!y and unintuitive. 7/ ThreatFire: power4ul: #e#ory/resident %nti(pyware protection Threat5ire is a memory-resident antispyware protection software that protects in real-time and is low on system resources.choice because the recommendation comes with less caveats and Aualifications. This program is geared towards behavior-based protection.

. >/ &i'ogo: easy screen sharing and re#ote access application 8i!ogo is the !ind of software that will leave your colleagues. 6hat it is is a free program that will let you share your screen remotely with one or many remote collaborators. and even share a virtual whiteboard for shared scribbles and illustrations. whereby you can ta!e the driver’s seat remotely if they give you permission. F :o here to download >get the free version@. friends. whether or not you also use a firewall program. customers. and collaborators e7tremely impressed. It also offers the option to video record your session for later playbac!. if that is what you need. send files to participants. I say this because it has been both my e7perience as well as that of friends whom I recommended it to.ou can also switch roles at a clic! of a button such that you are broadcasting your screen or your computer is being accessed.The bottom line use Threat5ire and one of the two antivirus programs mentioned above and you will have all the protection you need. -lso see my original Threat5ire review. . Dote Threat5ire now wor!s on both +& bit and 3$ bit machines. guaranteed. I will say however that adding a firewall would be a good idea= see below for a free 5irewall recommendation. It also provides remote access to their computer.

8ac. would li!e a Auic! and handy way to resi%e the browser window to pre-defined si%es. . -ll they need to do is visit a L4G which you send them and enter an access code. -nd although your remote collaborators will have to allow a small e7ecutable to run on their machine. -lso worth noting is that 8i!ogo is multiplatform. so you can share your screen with anyone regardless of the 9. that they are using. then instantly resi%es the window for you. or Ginu7.i%er lets you right-clic! on the 1minimi%e2 button of a window to select a number of pre-defined window si%es that you can choose from. and is available for "#. It is useful for all sorts of everyday. say. the entire platform is otherwise browser based . -lso see my original 8i!ogo review. ?/ (i)er: snap windows to pre/de4ined si)es . which the program will generate for your session. but also especially useful if you are a web designer who. 7elated a close second choice Team*iewer= highly acclaimed. . The other reason I li!e 8i!ogo even when such free screen sharing tools have been proliferating is the sense that this software is constantly being improved >while some others seem to have burst into the scene and !ind of languished@. F :o here to download.ou will need to create an account using a valid email address. powerful.The main reason I li!e this software is that you can perform the screen sharing or remote access functions without reAuiring that your collaborators install software on their machine or register for an account. ad-hoc use. versatile.

and . completely free and open source. . loo!s good.and is Auite powerful.3ip@. F :o here to download Jportable version also availableK. -lso see my original . Eust because there are so many e7cellent ones >some of my favorites are TL:%ip. . but the reason it is here is because after almost two years since I originally reviewed it.i%er offers a portable version. .i%er review. N3ip. but for the rest of us I would recommend "ea3ip. it is still one of the first things I install on my computer >I now firmly believe that this function should have been built into 6indows@. integrates well in the 6indows conte7t menu. 10/ Pea*ip: power4ul archiving tool to #anage *"P: 7%7: and #ore than 120 co#pression 4or#ats I am often surprised as to how freAuently I am as!ed about a good free archiving software. although it may be that the installer version offers better compatibility with 6indows .es there are still people out there paying for 6in%ip >I wor! with some of them@. +&bit >I’m not Auite sure@.This may seem a a bit of an odd choice in a 1favorite freeware2 list.

-nd aside from its support for a vast range of compression formats.3ip also offers +&bit support= in fact . and the ability to 1flatten2 subfolder views.The reason "ea3ip is featured on my 1best of2 page rather than any of the others is that it offers e7cellent compatibility with both 3$bit 6indows as well native +&bit 6indows . offering advanced filtering. boo!mar!ing. and even command line support. F :o here to download Jportable version also availableK. and offers a portable version as well. encryption. 11/ +. it is also a full featured archive management program offering archive splitting. to name a few features. self-e7traction >in . whereas some of the others are stuc! in a 3$bit world and are yet to offer +&bit conte7t menu support >note .3ip and -rc formats@.E: a visual environ#ent 4or ideas: notes: thoughts: and everything else5 . "ea3ip is multi platform >6indows)Ginu7@. -n interesting and easily overloo!ed feature of "ea3ip is the fact that it is a fairly sophisticated file browser. conversion.. Eoining.

and in fact could and should become much better= however. come to depend on it. -lso see my full *LC review. F :o here to download. li!e me. It is by no means a perfect program is. no’r have I ever had any inclination to use them= however. -lthough you properly classify *LC as a mind mapping program. 12/ (uper-opier: accelerate: pause: and resu#e 4ile copying and #oving operations . Try it out= chances are you will li!e it and. it is more accurately a visual environment for wor!ing with many different types of information. it is innovative in many ways and the more I use it the more I li!e it. Dote you will need to register with a valid email to download.*LC is one of the most interesting free programs I’ve seen in a long time. It also encompasses a "owerpoint-li!e presentation engine that can create presentations out of mindmaps on-the-fly. and the more I see the potential that it has to offer. I’ve never really Auite understood mind mapping programs. this program has become indispensable to me as a platform for organi%ing notes and thoughts visually.

9nce you start using this it is hard to go bac!. 1wor!horse2 rather than 1showhorse2 type image viewer then 5ast. transferring about ' gigs and hundreds of files to an e7ternal hard drive using Tera#opy and timing it. -side from speeding up these operations it will let you pause a copy or move operation and resume it later on. the reason is that although I am Auite fond of the latter program I personally prefer a straight image viewer minus "icasa’s image library management)web album functionality.uper#opier wor!s well on 6indows. when its convenient. li!e me.uper#opier can be particularly valuable. you use e7ternal hard drive and)or high capacity L. here.uper#opier is the one I would recommend in hindsight. I actually did a little test. although I did encounter one minor glitch in that if the files you are copying or moving reAuire administrative privileges the program will li!ely fail your operation rather than simply as! for a user confirmation. here.uper#opier= the latter was appro7 1'B faster. +&bit. and here@= however if you want a reliable. . This is especially the case if.. then immediately deleting and repeating with . 13/ Fast(tone "#age +iewer: a versatile: practical i#age viewer 5irst off. This tiny utility >less than $ megs in memory@ runs in the bac!ground and !ic!s in automatically whenever file copying or moving operations are initiated in 6indows e7plorer. . if you’re wondering why I am featuring this program rather than :oogle’s "icasa. but . Tera#opy@.uper#opier can significantly speed up the process of copying or moving files across drives. F :o here to download Jportable version also availableK. I’ve reviewed Auite a few image viewers on 5reewaregenius.< drives to bac!up your data= in which case . 7elated for another similar software that is e7cellent chec! out the aforementioned Tera#opy.tone *iewer is the program I would recommend. I have previously mentioned a couple of other similar programs in this blog >#opyhandler. including many with stylish interfaces and 3( effects >eg.

*Epeg. It also supports a wide range of image formats. . 5ast. but move your mouse to any of the & sides of the screen and various controls appear. including drawing and annotation tools >the options available for annotation of images are especially useful@.tone Image *iewer also offers an e7cellent set of image editing tools and filters. for other e7cellent free image viewers >which incidentally are amongst the most powerful you could find@. when viewing images. chec! out Irfan*iew and ?nview.9ne of the reasons this ma!es my top list is that. chec! out *iewer$ >with intuitive tagging functions@. C7tremely simple but very practical and effective. 5or other interesting image viewers. F :o here to download. and the lightweight 5irst Impression.tone employs a simple yet brilliant device in it’s user interface it displays images using 100B of your screen area. this is without a doubt the best torrent client available >free or paid@.tone. 5ast. only when you need them. 7elated although I prefer 5ast. 19/ uTorrent: power4ul: lightweight Torrent client uTorrent is a powerful and feature-rich <itTorrent client that nonetheless manages to be very light on resources >less than 11 megs in memory@. It has also been recogni%ed for its stability as well as possibly being the fastest out there in terms of downloading performance I’ve reviewed a handful of Torrent clients on this blog and flirted with a number of other clients= however.

saving entire 1views2 >i. and browsing compressed archives as folders. multi-platform Torrent client that developers of. -nd although O-(ir is not as full featured as some other file management programs >such as LltraC7plorer for e7ample@. I actually used it as my default 6indows C7plorer replacement on ?" because I li!e its interface and because it is relatively light on resources. F :o here to download./ ir: s#all yet versatile #ultiple/pane 4ile #anage#ent app O-(ir is a free file manager )6indows C7plorer replacement that provides dual and multiple pane file management and a nice set of features. one of its strengths is that it is constantly being developed. O(ir can also be run portably from L. mobile apps and remote-control client use when developing apps that interface with a des!top-based Torrent client.e. saving favorite folders. .<. in conEunction to uTorrent. It is designed to ma!e it less li!ely that your downloads might be trac!ed bac! to you if this is something you might be worried about. its stability and reliability. O-(ir can integrate within 6indows’ right-clic! conte7t menu and can be used as a direct 6indows C7plorer replacement.ome of the features it provides include folder and file filtering via search bo7. folder and pane combinations@.-side from its simple user interface. This program’s strong suite is the very nice user e7perience it provides >I particularly li!e the way you can Auic!ly shift across different window pane setups using tiny buttons on the program toolbar@. 7elated you might want to use "eer<loc!. 1</ . and that it has emerged as the de-facto. . say.

These tools wor! with any "(5 document. this program provides a good array of "(5 annotation tools forms@. 7elated for another recommend file management program. -lso see my full O-(ir review. 18/ P F/0-hange +iewer: the $est 4ree P F docu#ent viewer Cvery "# needs a "(5 viewer. . and meeting all your "(5 document reading and form-filling needs. . -side from integrating with internet browsers.!ip -dobe’s free reader altogether and use this one. stic!y notes. even "(5’s that are not designed to be interactive. chec! out the above-mentioned LltraC7plorer. such as a typewriter tool.F :o here to download Jportable version also availableK. and will invariably prove e7tremely useful. and "(5-?#hange *iewer without a doubt has emerged as the best free alternative to -dobe -crobat 4eader. shapes and lines and even a 1stamp2 tool to name a few. te7t bo7es.

7elated for an alternate e7cellent free "(5 reader. and chec! the bo7 that reads 1Iide restricted ’"49’ functions in the free version2. chec! out Duance "(5 4eader. sometimes unnecessarily@. which includes a "(5 to (9# conversion option via uploading to an online conversion engine. 6hat’s interesting about The P8"layer is that it comes with self-contained. that it uses to decode and play media files without having to install these system-wide on your machine >which is something that most media players do and which results in these filters ta!ing up resources on your system. 9n the flip side. free media and (*( player that will handle any media format that you throw at it. -lso chec! out my article on free "(5 to (9#)6ord conversion options if that’s something you need. if need be.Dote that the free version of "(5-?#hange *iewer includes inactive entries in its menus and interface for some of the paid version’s offerings. :o to the 1Cdit2 menu. These can be somewhat annoying and I recommend you go to the settings to remove them >the program will loo! and feel much better@. 1t/ The 1&Player: the only #edia player you will ever need The P8"layer is a feature-rich. . -lso see my original "(5-?#hange *iewer review. F :o here to download Jportable version also availableK. The P8"layer can ta!e advantage of any codecs which may be independently installed on your system. internal filters. then preferences then registration. commonly !nown as codecs. as some sort of teaser.

7elated *G# 8edia "layer is another super awesome media player that will play and stream most everything.<. and can perform all the usual hard drive partitioning related tas!s. . moving. merging.F :o here to download. resi%ing. It is easy to user. deleting. 1>/ Partition 2i)ard: partition #anager and hard drive #aintenance tool This is simply a must-have hard drive partitioning tool. and is multiplatform. and deleting of partitions. such as creating. It offers compatibility with both 3$ bit and +& bit systems as well as a bootable rescue version on #( on L. -lso see my full review of The P8"layer. hiding. has a nice interface.

and ma!ing the 1send to2 menu infinitely more useful as a conseAuence.<ut "artition 6i%ard also performs a slew of other hard drive maintenance tas!s that I appreciate. send/to #enu 9nce I accumulate too many items on my des!top or in my download folder I typically go on a cleanup spree.@. to name a few. and performing hard drive surface tests. such as changing drive letters.end to -ny2 allows you to add any number of folders to 6indows’ right-clic! send-to menu. 1. -lso. -lso see my original "artition 6i%ard review. F :o here to download. the 1send to2 menu seems to be e7actly where these folders ought to be. converting file systems >such as 5-T3$ to DT5. 1?/ (end to Toys: add any 4older to 2indows.. etc. chec!ing file systems. . moving all of these items into appropriate folders on my hard drive. allowing you to Auic!ly move or copy items to your favorite folders no matter where you are or what files or folders you are wor!ing with.

9ffice is not free. des!top-based office suite. or all of them. or "ower"oint. C7cept 8.end to Toys review. -lso see my original . C7cel. 6ord.Why am I including this program in my list of must-have freeware? Because I have been using it for a number of years now and it still is one of the first things that I seek when I install software on a new machine. 20/ 3pen344ice5org: e!cellent: 4ree &( 344ice alternative Get’s face it everyone needs either 8. we live in the present and most of us need a good. It also works well on both 64 bit as well as ! bit "#$s. and while web-based solutions such as :oogle (ocs or 3oho may or may not be the wave of the future. . F :o here to download.

If you’re familiar with 8. but it will let you pic! and choose precisely the ones you want. if you have a command line function you can use that in conEuction with 5ile8enu Tools to add your own custom command in the conte7t menu. 9ffice document formats >including the newer 9ffice $00. 7elated another good free 9ffice suite Gotus .orgQ also available= Italian R CnglishK.uite developed by .org review. The list of available tools and functions !eeps growing. Dot only does 5ile8enu tools give you a wide range of tools that you can install in your rightclic! conte7t menu. with new and innovative tools and functions being added on a regular basis= moreoever. powerful alternatives to all of the 8. an e7cellent 9ffice . formats@. but not too many things. developed by I<8. being able to both read and write 8. offers full compatibility with 8. 9ffice.ymphony. 9ffice programs you will be able to be up and running with 9pen9ffice in no time at all. . 21/ File&enu Tools: enhance your right/clic' conte!t #enu with a wide range o4 tools Is there anything better than having the tools you need in the right-clic! conte7t menu right at the moment that you need themS The answer probably. F :o here to download Jportable version QQ?-9pen9ffice. 9ffice programs and. as most operations will be intuitive and the learning curve minimal. -lso see my full 9pen9ffice.un 8icrosystems that delivers elegant. moreover.Cnter 9pen9ffice.

1.hred files2. 1. 15ile . Iandbra!e’s interface is very user friendly while not shir!ing in terms of . 1-ttributes #hanger2. Gast but not least. 7elated also chec! out an e7cellent alternative to 5ile8enu Tools with menu of the same functions. Iandbra!e is the real deal and is easy to install and use.earch and 4eplace2. move)copy files to favorite folders.s to #edia 4iles 4or your P-: iPhone: or porta$le #edia device5 This is another program that has withstood the test of time.I personally li!e to have the 1-dvanced renaming2. 5ile8enu Tools will also let you manage the other entries in your conte7t menu generally that are unrelated to it. and a handful of others.how folder si%es2. F :o here to download. register and unregister (GGs. -lso see my full 5ile8enu Tools review. very handy when uninstalled programs leave behind entries in the conte7t menu that you do not want. 9ther available tools split and Eoin files. 22/ 6and$ra'e: converts + . Gammer #onte7t 8enu. 1#hange 5older Icons2 and various path-copy tools in my conte7t menu.

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