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FOR PCs RUNNING WINDOWS (2000, XP , Windows 7 or even Vista)

Some alternative software for those of you tired of that same old funk!

The Microsoft components supplied with the Windows Operating Systems are quite adequate for some people, but for those seeking more sophisticated or specialised software, or simply something less prone to virus attack, we offer these suggestions which we feel are worthy of your consideration:

BROWSERS

Get Firefox!Mozilla Firefox
Probably the best web browswer around at the moment. Sadly there are one or two sites around which are written only to work with Microsoft Internet Explorer but most of these will work if you install the prefbar add-on, then you can safely go pretty much anywhere with Firefox.

IronSRware Iron
"The browser of the future" - based on the free Sourcecode "Chromium" - without any problems at privacy and security
   
E-MAIL
Get ThunderbirdMozilla Thunderbird
The first choice for email programs just has to be Thunderbird. It's a slick and powerful email program which includes excellent built-in junkmail filtering and also handles multiple email accounts, multiple identities and Usenet newsgroups with great ease.

Mailwasher stops unwanted emails before they get to your regular email program.

No gimmicks here, it is so easy to set up and use that you'll be managing your email like a pro in seconds. It can even be used as an effective privacy tool.

MailWasher is free to use and won't ever expire. It works with Outlook, Outlook Express and every other email program.

   
BROWSER / EMAIL / HTML EDITOR
Mozilla Seamonkey
Web-browser, advanced e-mail, newsgroup and feed client, IRC chat, and HTML editing made simple - all your Internet needs in one application. We thoroughly recommend this software suite which is very reminiscent of the old Netscape Navigator software some of us used when we first started out along the information superhighway!
   
FTP

FilezillaFilezilla
FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.

   
ANTI-VIRUS ETC
Avast!
Free and highly effective virus protection. Avast! is unintrusive and like all good anti-virus programs keeps itself regularly updated to ensure maximum protection.
nod32
An excellent anti-virus program which uses very little of your machine's resources to run.
A trial version is available to download and registration costs from £23 per year
Stopzilla
Kills all forms of Malware...
STOPzilla successfully scans, removes and blocks Spyware, Adware, Pop-up ads, Phishing attacks, hijackers, rootkits, Trojans, bots, drive-by downloads, rogue programs, messenger service ads, keyloggers, malicious BHOs, dialers, and much more.

Some of these programs are also available for platforms other than Windows