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New members (and old members, on request) receive a FREE DVD with some recommended Free & Shareware programs. Below is the preamble to the DVD.
The PCCC Free & Shareware DVD is conceived and managed by
Paul Reiss

Notes on PCCC Free & Shareware DVD

The material included in this DVD is provided as a member benefit by the Personal Computer Club of Charlotte (PCCC). Although the officers and some of the members recommend these programs and utilities, they are provided without written or implied warranty as to their compatibility with any computer hardware or software such as operating systems. The PCCC officers and  members are not responsible for damage, either physical or otherwise. Furthermore, do the programs' and  utilities' inclusion in this collection change or supersede their individual End User License Agreements (EULAs)

Please remember to go to or each program's web site after installation for more information and to check that you have the latest version.

   7 Zip & 7 Zip x64 are the best file compressor/archivers available & they are free.

   Ad-AwareInstallion.exe installs Ad-Aware, a good mal- and spy-ware finder and remover. There is a new version.

    AiRoboForm.exe installs a encrypted, master-password protected password creater/inserter and long form filler. LastPass is a similar program. Versions for all operating systems. [see below]

   AdbeRdr920_en_US.msi installs Adobe Reader 9.0 that will open and properly display documents saved in the Adobe 'pdf' format.

   AVG is a free anti-virus program that is very well thought of.

   Avira is another respected free anti virus program.

   AVS provides a free suite of applications for your audio-visual center including a video editor.

   Boinc_6.10.18 Is the program that oversees/manages operation of distributed computing projects such as: Seti@Home, Einstein On Line, Climate Prediction, Queens chess problem and other projects in math, physics & biology.

   Brain Rules is an article suggesting ways to increase and sharpen brain function.

   CCleaner
What it does
CCleaner is a computer cleanup program that removes unnecessary files from your PC. This frees up disk space, allows your PC to work more efficiently and also removes a potential privacy risk.
These unnecessary files are created on your computer as temporary files or
working files by Windows itself, or by other programs you use, such as your
Internet browser. These files are not essential and can be safely removed.
CCleaner will also optionally remove files on your PC that contain private
information that you may not want others to see. A simple example is your
browser history file, which records all the websites you've visited. Another
example is the names of movie files that you've recently opened in your media
Some folks don't want others to see this information; CCleaner gives you the option of erasing this historical information. And its not just for your browser and media player. CCleaner can remove private information that is stored in more than a dozen commonly used programs, including Firefox and Opera.

Download the program using the download link at the bottom of this section.
Run the setup program by double-clicking the file ccsetup229.exe.
Select English as the language and click OK to start the setup wizard.
Read and agree to the licensing agreement.
Accept the default location for the installation file. You should now see a screen
listing the installation options.

[The writer] suggests that you uncheck the last option, Add CCleaner Yahoo! tool bar, unless you really want the Yahoo Tool bar installed on your browser. Personally, [the writer]  prefers the Google Tool bar, because [he] finds Google searches to be more accurate than those using Yahoo. Paul also suggests that you uncheck the "add to startup.." as you don't need it running until you want to use it.
Finally, click Next and you're finished.

Double-click the CCleaner icon on your desktop.
Most of us would just accept the default options, but if you are particularly
concerned with the privacy issues, you may want to check some or all of the
unchecked boxes as well.
Before you do, just be aware that your browsing and program history will
become irretrievable, and that may be inconvenient. For example, I consult my
Internet browsing history a lot, and I also find that my browsers web address
auto-complete feature is very handy. Both of these features will be lost if you
erase all stored browser information by checking all unchecked boxes.
And a word of warning: Don't check any of the unchecked boxes in the
Advanced section.
Once you've set your required Windows cleaning options, click on the
Applications tab and select the cleaning options for the programs on your PC.
Again, most of us can safely accept the default values, although those of us with
extreme privacy requirements may want to check more boxes. My warning in the
preceding paragraphs also applies here.
Once this is done, click on the Analyze button at the bottom of the CCleaner
screen. This will show you which files will be deleted using the cleaning options
you've selected. It will also show you the amount of disk space that will be freed
when you delete these files. If you're happy with this, press the Run Cleaner
button at the bottom of the screen, and the listed files will be deleted.

Now, one final step: As well as cleaning out unneeded files, CCleaner will also
clean up the Windows Registry. It's not the most sophisticated or thorough
registry cleaner that's available, but it's a very safe cleaner and that's a good
If you don't use a separate registry cleaner, I suggest that you use CCleaner to
sort out any major issues with your registry.
To use CCleaner's registry cleaning function, click the Registry icon in the left
hand tool bar.
Don't change the default cleaning options. Click the Scan for Issues button at
the bottom of the screen. Once the scanning is complete, click the Fix All
Selected Issues button. CCleaner will give you the option of creating a backup and you should accept this option. Note the name and location of the backup file.
If your computer is not functioning correctly after the registry cleanup you can
restore the registry to its original condition by double-clicking the backup file.
Once you have saved the backup file, click the Fix All Selected button and you
are finished cleaning your PC.
[The writer] recommends that you clean your computers hard drives at least once a month.Those of you who have serious privacy concerns should clean your PC each time you use it.

Download link:
Author: Piriform Ltd.
Current version: ?
License: Freeware
Download Filesize: 2,851KB
Operating Systems Supported: Win9x/Me/NT4/2000/2003/XP/Vista
Additional Software Required: None
64 Bit Capable: No
Portable Version Available: Yes
Other relevant information: None
Alternative programs:

HTML Editors are three editors for modifying and writing  HTML, the main language that Internet browsers use.

Java: If you need or want Java go to  for the latest version(s).

   LastPass is the last password you will ever need. It allows you to: Create strong passwords, knowing you only have to remember one. LastPass has add-ons for: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari (for Mac), Google Chrome, and works with other browsers with Bookmarklets (e.g. Opera). LastPass uses Host Proof Hosting techniques to synchronize your passwords all while LastPass never has access to your sensitive data. LastPass offers a premium upgrade as well for mobile access on iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Google Android, and Symbian phones. Also see iaRoboForm.

   Mozilla Open-Source Programs
   FileZilla is an excellent FTP (file transfer protocol) program by Mozilla.       [see Vuse, below]
      Thunderbird 2: Find at: Smart Computing says,    "With the release of Thunderbird 2,  Mozilla  tweaked its open-source email client and made it even more more powerful. Improvements include better searching, email tagging (categorizing by identifiers such as Work, Personal, and To Do for ease of sorting,) lots of customization options, and better junk and malicious mail identification. These enhancements make for a good user experience, but they also provide a lot of features to explore. Thankfully, users can get around quite nimbly without learning any advanced functions.

   OOo_3.1.1_Win32.exe installs the Open Office suite of applications from SUN Microsystems that are excellent and free substitutions for the primary components of Microsoft Office.

   Optimise2 is a 'front end' that takes you to PC PitStop, a site that will safely evaluate your computer setup and recommend corrections. Are the corrections free?

   PowerCalcPowertoy is an excellent, multi-function calculator from the writers of Windows. No charge; no support.

   ProcessScanner examines all the processes running on your computer and provides some information about what they are and which function/program needs them.

   PSI setup will install SECUNIA Personal Software Inspector which will mainly tell you which of your drivers are out of date and (usually) where to find them.

   SandboxIE is a widely used program to isolate programs such as web browsers from the rest of the computer so one can surf the net safely and with impunity. http://Http://

   Seven for 7 is an article on seven FREE pieces of software for Win 7. I will use and appreciate most of them.

   SN-042...MP3 is a podcast on security featuring Steve Gibson, a VERY highly respected authority on computer security. There is also a link to his web site, GRC, where you can get your computer scanned for security issues and see  other security-related applications. Be sure to go to GRC. to have your computer safely scanned for vulnerabilities due to unprotected, open ports.

   SUPERAntispyware.exe installs SUPERAntispyware, a very good  mal- and spy-ware finder and remover. An excellent additional malware getter-outer.

   Timer is an 8-event flexible settable stop watch.

   TrueCryptFree open-source disk encryption software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux 
   Main Features:
   Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.
   Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive.
   Encrypts a partition or drive where Windows is installed (pre-boot authentication).
   Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent.
   Parallelization and pipelining allow data to be read and written as fast as if the drive was not encrypted.
   Provides plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password:
   Hidden volume (stenography) and hidden operating system.
   Encryption algorithms: AES-256, Serpent, and Twofish. Mode of operation: XTS.
   Further information regarding features of the software may be found in the documentation.

   Vuze. It's all the rage, it's free, and it's safe. Check it out. It's a bit torrent manager. Warning! Do not download copyrighted material. Get it !

   TweakUIPowerToy contains all the utilities that the Microsoft Windows writers created to help them do their work. Run the setup and check them all out. If there are any you don't want to keep, just remove them like any other software item. No charge; no support.

   An article; 10 Linux features Windows should have by default--where is that thing? It was around here somewhere.

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