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Visit the official 7-Zip website.

7-Zip is a program for creating or unpacking archived and compressed files in an enormous variety of formats.

7-Zip can both create or unpack the following formats: 7zip, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, CPIO, RPM and DEB files. For the standard ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2 – 10 % better than that provided by PKZip or WinZip, and the native 7zip format can provide a 45% reduction in file size from the common zip format. The program is highly configurable, allowing the user to balance the level of compression and speed. The interface is designed to mimic the standard Windows shell, Explorer, and is localized to 40 languages.

Visit the official Abakt website.

Abakt is a flexible backup tool for Windows that protects your valuable data. Using a combination of advanced filters you can select files, directories or whole drives to compress, copy or move. You can even automate the process for future backups.

Visit the official ClamWin website.

Clamwin is a powerful anti-virus program with features high detection rates for viruses and spyware, a scanning scheduler, and automatic downloads of the regularly updated virus database.

Note: ClamWin does not include an on-access real-time scanner. You need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware. This means that it will not protect you from, for example, viruses you receive in compressed folders unless you make sure to scan the files inside before opening them. For the best security, you need to keep informed and be wary of installing programs from unknown sources, or use a Linux-based operating system which has a superior security record.

Clamwin is still an excellent way to keep your computer safe or disinfect your computer, and new features are being added to the software all the time.


Visit the official GTK+ website.

GTK+ is a multi-platform toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces. Offering a complete set of widgets, GTK+ is suitable for projects ranging from small one-off projects to complete application suites.

The GTK+ library is responsible for drawing the windows, dialogue boxes and buttons in the GIMP, Pidgin and hundreds of other programs.

Visit the official HealthMonitor website.

HealthMonitor is a powerful and feature filled monitoring tool. It works in the background as a Windows Service, monitoring system performance (CPU load average, free memory, disk space, etc). It can log results into a database or send a notification by e-mail, sms, or a popup notification. HealthMonitor keeps a close eye on the functioning of your Windows computer, and reports to you if anything goes wrong.

Visit the official TrueCrypt website.

TrueCrypt is powerful encryption software for your personal data. It works by creating creating a virtual hard drive within a file and mounts it, so your computer treats it as a real hard drive. You can choose to encrypt an entire hard drive, certain folders, or removable media such as a USB flash drive.

Encryption is automatic, real-time and transparent, so all the hard work is handled for you. It also provides two levels of plausible deniability, and supports various encryption algorithms depending on your needs, including AES-256, Serpent, and Twofish.

Visit the official Workrave website.

Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts the total time you work to a daily limit, and is fully customisable to each user’s need. When it’s time for a break, Workrave presents animations of the kind of exercises that will keep you limber and healthy. It will help you work more effectively and improve your general level of comfort while working.

Workrave is a must if you spend most of your day in front of the computer.


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