There is something that makes many peoples eyes mist over when they see the magic words “FREE SOFTWARE!”. Immediately they download and install it, without a moments thought as to wether it will be actually any use or not. Top of the list of favourites are utility programs, we have all seen them where they promise to do wonders to the speed of your computer. Quite often they put as much junk on your machine as they claim to remove, especially when you uninstall them. So here is a list of what we think are the best in free software in no particular order, all those listed here are, or have been in regular use on the machines we use. One thing you wont find listed are registry cleaners, in our years of experience we have found they can cause more problems then they allegedly claim to cure, certainly in both Vista and Windows 7 we have found no registry cleaner make any difference to speed. The disk cleanup program supplied with all flavours of Windows is all we tend to use. As always please note we accept NO responsibility for any problems with any of the software, nor do we take responsibility for anything you may do with the software. Just because we like it does not mean you will. VLC Media Player Simple play almost any format audio and video player. Mozilla Firefox The browser of choice here on Windows machines, on the main Mac machine we have Safari.