to the usual software found on PCs, Alan has found the following
programmes to be useful in helping to solve the inevitable computer
problems which arise from time to time. All of them are FREEWARE
and they can be legally downloaded from the
Internet and used.
For further information about these
programmes, contact Alan, who may be able to advise on some specific PC
problems, but the certainty of finding a solution cannot be guaranteed!
The programmes are recommended “as-is” but are installed and
used at the user’s own risk.
The vital first line of defence
against unwanted viruses and malware from the Internet. Updated every
day, it also has lots of useful features such as scanning your system,
warning of threats on webpages listed by Google, and checking for
viruses in e-mails. The latest version appears to have ironed out many
problems from earlier versions.
Protection against intrusions from hackers on the Internet. It learns
what programmes are safe and rejects probes from unsolicited sources.
Has a “stealth mode” which can make your PC invisible to others on the
Internet. Is more versatile than Windows Firewall. Version 10, however, seems to have
introduced adverse issues not evident in version 9.
programme with numerous backgrounds, e‑cards, animations and sounds. It
has a familiar appearance very like Outlook Express and Windows Mail,
but livens up boring emails. The
Xe edition has major compatibility issues with Windows 7 & 10.
The free, open-source alternative to Microsoft Office. There are
equivalent programmes to Excel (Calc) and Word (Writer), for example,
which have a similar appearance and feel to the M/S versions. M/S
documents can be imported, and exported in a variety of formats. One
shortcoming is that there is no direct equivalent to M/S Publisher
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