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.
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.
e‑mail 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 included.
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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.