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Best Free Web Mail Accessory

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It's a real plus to be able to collect your Hotmail, Yahoo! or other Webmail using your POP3 email client. It used to be simple, but these days most Webmail services only provide POP3 access for premium paid accounts. However, it's still possible to do this by using a special utility designed for the job.

 

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Best Free Streaming Media Recorder

 

Introduction

Sick of just watching streamed videos and audio tracks, and not being able to save them? So are many others, and this demand has given rise to nearly a dozen utilities that will record them to your PC.

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Best Free Stock Trade Alerts

Introduction

I'm convinced that short-term predictions of when to trade stocks are best viewed for their entertainment value.

In the end, keep in mind the admonition of Niels Bohr, a Nobel laureate in Physics: "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future".

 

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Best Free Website Ripper

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Did you ever land on a website with many pages or lots of content that you were looking for but didn't have enough time to look through the site at the time? If so, then a website ripper is the software you needed to download the whole site to your computer.

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Best Free Parental Filter

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Parental control software makes it harder to find inappropriate material on the Internet or to do things that "parents" don't want. The criteria I've used includes these four main components of parental control plus compatibility with browsers and operating systems:

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Best Free Bookmark Cleaner

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Most web browsers come with a bookmark manager to allow you to bookmark your favorite websites, rename or remove old bookmarks, and group bookmarks into specific folders for ease of access. However, the bookmark manager normally does these simple tasks alone and it can be a hassle for you to check all bookmarks one by one whether they are dead or duplicate.

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Best Free Instant Messaging Client

Introduction

With the emergence of modern mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, sending instant messages with text, photos and other multimedia content has become more popular than sending a pure text SMS.

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Best Free Browser Protection Utility

Introduction

There's a scumware plague at the moment. All it takes is a visit to one malware site or a "loaded" shareware install, and next minute your Internet Browser homepage has been changed, your default search setting altered, unwanted ads pop up on your screen, rogue software are nagging you to pay, your passwords have been stolen, and worse.

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Best Free Add-ins for Internet Explorer

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Unlike FireFox users, many Internet Explorer users don't seem to be aware that there are also many Internet Explorer add-ins available. Admittedly, Internet Explorer has nothing like the sheer variety that FireFox users can obtain, but the add-ins reviewed here do a pretty solid job of enhancing your surfing experience.

All of these tools have FireFox equivalents, which are often available from the same download source.

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