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The list contains items such as software, hardware, vendors, services and tools which I found to be helpful in business.  Items are NOT listed because I resell or have obligation to recommend them; because I don't do either.  They are here because I use them with confidence.

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Advanced LAN Scanner Advanced LAN Scanner is a small, easy-to-use, highly configurable network scanner for Win32. And it's VERY fast. Advanced LAN Scanner uses multithreading so you can scan more than 1000 elements per second!   January 1, 2017 
Affixa Affixa allows you to easily attach files to new messages in most webmail systems. eMail January 1, 2017 
AnyDesk AnyDesk is the fastest remote desktop software on the market. Collaborate, access your apps on the road, or support desktops. Remote April 14, 2017 
Ask-Leo popular tech newsletters. The results of my reader survey of popular tech newsletters that you might be interested in.  January 1, 2017 
Audit My PC Site promoting security awareness and web security tools free of charge.   January 1, 2017 
AutoSizer Automatically Resize your program windows   
Avira AntiVirus Personal  Basic protection - AntiVir protects your computer against dangerous viruses, worms, Trojans and costly dialers. New: Basic Anti-Spyware.   
BananaTAG Better than a Read Receipt Email tracking for Outlook is similar to the built in read receipt except that the recipient doesn't need to send back the receipt. Bananatag will automatically let you know when the email was read or if any links in the email were clicked. You can get notified right in your inbox and get in depth details online including location, device type and operating system. eMail January 1, 2017 
Belarc Advisor The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser.  Audit January 1, 2017 
BrowsingHistoryView  BrowsingHistoryView is a utility that reads the history data of 4 different Web browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari) and displays the browsing history of all these Web browsers in one table. The browsing history table includes the following information: Visited URL, Title, Visit Time, Visit Count, Web browser and User Profile. BrowsingHistoryView allows you to watch the browsing history of all user profiles in a running system, as well as to get the browsing history from external hard drive.  Audit January 1, 2017 
CCleaner CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your PC. It protects your privacy and makes your computer faster and more secure! Malware, Cleaner, Utility January 1, 2017 
CDW  CDW (877) 815-0258 is a leading reseller of computer hardware, software and supplies. Along with its warehouse-attached showroom in Illinois, CDW takes orders from its catalog via mail order, telephone and the Internet. Vendor January 1, 2017 
CleanUp CleanUp! is a powerful and easy-to-use application that removes temporary files created while surfing the web, empties the Recycle Bin, deletes files from your temporary folders and more. Malware, Cleaner, Utility January 1, 2017 
ClickYes Express ClickYes is a tiny program that runs in the system tray and automatically clicks the Yes button for the Outlook security prompt, that asks you to confirm mail sending from third party applications or access to Outlook's address book.  eMail January 1, 2017 
Comm100 Comm100 is a leading customer service and customer communication software provider.   January 1, 2017 
CoolUtils Conversion utiltiies some free online converters Conversion  
Custom Color Palette Color Hunter is a place to find and make color palettes created from images.  January 1, 2017 
DBAN DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke) is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction. Utility January 1, 2017 
Defraggler Defraggler will speed up your PC with quick & easy defragmentation. Defrag entire hard drives or individual files. Works with HDD and SSD and supports NTFS and FAT32 file systems! Utility January 1, 2017 
Dell Dell (800) 433-2392, basically the only computer I recommend. I have no contracts or requirements to sell them, I just like the product as delivered for the price that is reasonable within any budget. Online support is plentiful and when needed the phone/online support has always been available. Vendor January 1, 2017 
DNS Toolbox DNS Toolbox makes checking your domain quick and easy. If you need to check your DNS, ping your web server, or verify your reverse DNS is setup correctly, we can help.   
Domain Tools Wildcard search of all current/deleted/expired whois domains. Domain Suggestions Engine serves over 10 Billion suggestions a year.   
Dynamic DNS Free (DDNS) Dynamic DNS allows you to create a hostname that points to your home or office IP address, providing an easy-to-remember URL for quick access. We also provide an update mechanism which makes the hostname work with your dynamic IP address.   
EICAR Being a selfstanding term now, it stood originally for European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research. However, we are now busy in the general IT Security field with a focus on AV and hence we do not refer to the full term anymore. Malware, Utility January 1, 2017 
Eset NOD32 NOD32 is an antivirus package made by the Slovak company ESET. Versions are available for Microsoft Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and other platforms.  Malware January 1, 2017 
ezBack-it-up EZBack-it-up is a personal file backup utility. It is designed to be very easy to learn and use. It is not an archival tool that compresses all your files and folders into one file, but instead, it copies your data to a destination of your choice.   
Faronics DeepFreeze  Faronics Deep Freeze protects workstation configurations from accidental or malicious damage—without restricting user access.    
Fineprint For all practical purposes, FinePrint acts like a real printer, at least as far as software running on the Windows platform is concerned. Using FinePrint allows users several ways to reduce printing, potentially saving paper, ink, and time.   
Firefox The award-winning Firefox Web browser has security, speed and new features that will change the way you use the Web. I found this browser works best when using Google Apps (still testing Chrome).    
Fix it Solution Center Welcome to the Fix it Solution Center Find automated solutions for your issues.   
Fix problems/broken installer Fix problems that block programs from being installed or removed  April 14, 2017 
FixWin v1 for Win7 Repair & Fix Windows 7 & Vista problems with FixWin Utility    
FixWin v2 for Win8 Like FixWin v1 but FixWin 2 is just for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, to repair & fix common Windows annoyances & issues.   
Foxit Reader  Foxit Reader is a free PDF document viewer, with incredible small size, breezing-fast launch speed and rich feature set. Foxit Reader supports Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista.   
Free Virus Removal Tools, Tips, and Tricks by Mary Landesman Updated August 14, 2016 Getting a virus on your system is frustrating to say the least, and can be hazardous to the health of your computer. Indeed, today's malicious software can even steal your identity and wreck your hard-earned credit rating. To help fight back, here's a list of free tools, tips, and tricks to get rid of viruses and keep them from getting back on your system.   
F-Secure Another tool used against some specific malware - use one of our free online tools to help you with your computer security. No matter what type of antivirus software or anti-spyware product you are looking for…F-Secure is sure to have your perfect computer security solution.  January 1, 2017 
GApps SPF Authentication Authenticate your Google Apps Domain with SPF   
GMail Backup GMail Backup tool - the ultimate one-click solution for doing backups of your GMail account.   
HijackThis HijackThis™ is a free utility which quickly scans your Windows computer to find settings that may have been changed by spyware, malware or other unwanted programs. HijackThis creates a report, or log file, with the results of the scan.   
iBackup IBackup's online backup services include applications for interactive and automatic scheduling of backups with compression and 128-bit Secure Socket Layer encryption during transmission, optional 256 bit proprietary encryption on storage, incremental/full backups, Snapshots for historical view, Synchronization, open file support for Outlook, MS SQL Server, MS Exchange Server, Oracle Server Backups and more.    
Icon Maker This web application allows creation of 16x16 icons (favicons) using simple drawing tools.   
iDrive Ideal for small and medium businesses or individuals with very large backup needs. For a small fee, this service gives you 150 GBstar of storage space for your backups.   
IEHistoryView This utility reads all information from the history file on your computer, and displays the list of all URLs that you have visited in the last few days. It also allows you to select one or more URL addresses, and then remove them from the history file or save them into text, HTML or XML file. In addition, you are allowed to view the visited URL list of other user profiles on your computer, and even access the visited URL list on a remote computer, as long as you have permission to access the history folder.  Audit January 1, 2017 
Insurance Agency Website Designs Insurance Website Builder, the premier insurance agency website, was designed with the needs of the independent insurance agent in mind. Our customer service modules include forms that can be submitted for quotes, endorsements, ID card and declaration page requests, and claim forms. Websites created using Insurance Website Builder allow agencies to compete on the internet, which is crucial to keeping up with the internet savvy consumer.    
Killer Startups We review 15+ internet startups per working day. Vote for the one you think will be a killer.  Interest January 1, 2017 
LastPass LastPass is a password manager that makes web browsing easier and more secure. Password, Management, Security January 1, 2017 
LifeHacker windows tips, tricks, reviews and such   
LogMeIn LogMeIn's software-as-a-service suite of solutions includes capabilities for on-demand customer support of PCs, smartphones and other devices, systems administration, remote access, remote control, file-sharing, virtual private networking, data back-up and online meeting. Remote January 1, 2017 
MailStore email backup & archive MailStore Server is the leading email archiving solution, featuring built-in database and search technology to save you time and money.   
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Malwarebytes is a site dedicated to fighting malware. Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. Malware January 1, 2017 
Microsoft Safety Scanner The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software. Malware January 1, 2017 
Microsoft Security Essentials MSE AntiVirus Malware January 1, 2017 
MX Lookup Toolbox Test will list MX records for a domain in priority order. The MX lookup is done directly against the domain's authoritative name server, so changes to MX Records should show up instantly.    
NK2 Viewer This utility reads the AutoComplete file of Outlook (with .NK2 extension), displays all email records stored in it, and allows you to easily export these records into text/html/xml file. eMail January 1, 2017 
Online Image Conversion Free Online Images Converter Here you can convert over 100 image formats, among them BMP, DIP, JPG, EPS, PCX, PDF, PNG, PSD, SVG, TGA, etc. Our Online Image Converter is quick and reliable, and what is most important quite easy-to-use. Conversion January 1, 2017 
OpenDNS OpenDNS protects millions of people a day across hundreds of thousands of schools, businesses and homes. We block phishing sites, give you the power to filter out adult sites and proxies among more than 50 categories, and provide the precision to block individual domains.    
OpenOffice OpenOffice.org 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.   
PCFlank Test your system for vulnerabilities to Internet threats.   
PC Magazine Utility Library Get the most out of Windows and the Web with premium downloads from PCMag.com! An annual subscription to the library gets you over 140 incredibly useful applications for Windows, custom-written for and available only from PCMag.com. Plus you'll get a great new file every month.    
PDFCreator PDFCreator easily creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer in Word, StarCalc or any other Windows application. Free product because it is part of OpenSource Project PDF April 15, 2017 
PDF Factory pdfFactory geared at generating PDF files, will integrate into FinePrint, although the software can also use any other virtual printer for that purpose. It can combine several print jobs into one, optionally rearranging the order of jobs within the print run.   
Pixlr Photo editor online Welcome to the most popular advanced online image editor in the world! -----> ALSO TRY: Grabber 2.0.3 for Firefox Grabber for Firefox let you right click on any image in a webpage and load it into pixlr for editing. The firefox add-on also lets you capture the whole or parts of the browser content (Print screen).    
Powertools  Welcome to Karen Kenworthy's web site. Karen is the author of the popular Power Tools, free programs that make life with Windows a lot easier.   
ProduKey ProduKey is a small utility that displays the ProductID and the CD-Key of Microsoft Office (Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2007), Windows (Including Windows 7 and Windows Vista), Exchange Server, and SQL Server installed on your computer. You can view this information for your current running operating system, or for another operating system/computer - by using command-line options.   
Recuva Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost something important when your computer crashed? No problem! Recuva recovers files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player. ©Copyright 2005-2009 Piriform Ltd.    
Registry Booster RegistryBooster 2, Uniblue's award-winning registry cleaner, is the easy answer to registry problems. It conducts deep scans of your registry to check for errors and conflicts, then repairs and optimizes the registry to peak performance and stability.   January 1, 2017 
RKill.com Rkill is a small, freeware and portable tool designed to terminate active malware processes allowing you to use other removal tools. Rkill is made by a Microsoft MVP “Lawrence Abrams” . Malware January 1, 2017 
Roboform RoboForm is the top-rated Password Manager and Web Form Filler that completely automates password entering and form filling. Password, Management, Security January 1, 2017 
SendThisFile A file transfer service which will assist in transmitting LARGE file attachments without clogging your email server. Four plan levels are offered starting with a free version for the infrequent user. A filebox is also include to enable clients to send you a file without them having an account. eMail January 1, 2017 
SMTP2Go Why would I need SMTP2Go? You might have experienced difficulties sending emails from your laptop or PDA from more than one location (e.g. at home, at work, staying in a hotel, visiting another city or country). This is because the SMTP server assigned to you by your ISP only actually works when you're connected to the Internet through that ISP.    
SnagIt Use our easy screen capture software to create interesting training documents, collaborative design work, IT bug reports, and more. With its simple screen grab tool and impressive list of image editing features, the possibilities are endless.   
SpeedTest - AMS Test the speed of your Internet connection! Provided by your favorite agency management vendor which I like to use for comparisons.   
SpeedTest - Comcast PA Comcast Speed Test is intended for use by Comcast employees only. But if it's on the web then it's available for all.   
SpeedTest - US test links SpeedTest.net allow testing to various servers throughout the US.   
Stinger by McAfee Stinger is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system.  Malware January 1, 2017 
SyncToy SyncToy 2.0 for Windows is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center. The easy to use, customizable application helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers. SyncToy v1.4 is also still available.   
Tom's Guide Toms Guide writes about BEST PICKS chosen by Tom's Guide experts Research April 14, 2017 
Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2 for Win7 Ultimate Windows Tweaker for Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.2 is a freeware TweakUI Utility for tweaking and optimizing Windows 7 & Windows Vista, 32-bit & 64-bit.    
Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3 for Win8 For Win8 and above Ultimate Windows Tweaker to customize your Windows 8 to meet your requirements. With judicious tweaking, it can make your system faster, more stable, personal and more secure with just a few mouse clicks.   
Uninstall Using Microsoft Fix it You may have trouble reinstalling software under the following circumstances: Some components of the previous install were not removed when you uninstalled using the Windows Control Panel. A corrupted product installation left "residue" that prevents reinstallation. These problems can be due to drive letter changes, removal of the original install image, or other drive changes. Utility April 14, 2017 
VirtualCD Free virtual CD ROM for Windows XP 2.1   
Websites 4 Insurance The www.websites4insurance.com website builder allows you to build your own proffesional looking website by just pointing and clicking. It only takes a few minutes. It is easy to develop and maintain your own low cost professional website without the expenses of custom website design and development.   
What Is My IP WhatIsMyIP.com is the easiest way to determine your IP address.    
Widgets for your website Widgetbox is the leading self-service web widget platform. Every day, we help millions of people express, connect, create, and inform using web widgets. Web widgets are mini, portable-applications that can be added to any web page.   
Win10 Safe Mode 7 ways to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10  April 1, 2018 
WiseStamp email signature WiseStamp- Email Signatures that work for you! WiseStamp Firefox extension empowers your email signature on any webmail service (Gmail ,Yahoo Mail ,AOL, Hotmail, Google Apps…)   
YouSendIt Send unlimited 2GB files and folders Send files to anyone with advanced options like password protection and certified delivery.  eMail January 1, 2017 
Zamzar Zamzar supports conversion between a wide variety of different file formats. We're adding support for new formats all the time - if there's a format that you'd like us to support why not contact us and we'll do our best to add it. Conversion January 1, 2017 
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