Best Free Internet, Email and Networking Freeware for Windows

Best Free Web Browser for Windows

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Google Chrome -- Download

"The latest figures at StatCounter show that we have a new king in the browser market worldwide in terms of popularity. And with good reason as it offers the best mix of features, with broad extension support, of any of the browsers. Based on the open source WebKit engine and Google's V8 Javascipt engine, Google Chrome has emerged as one of the fastest browsers available across multiple benchmarks. It's also highly competitive in features and has ground breaking technology support."

Best Free Email Client for Windows

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Mozilla Thunderbird -- Download

"Intuitive user interface and highly customizable and expandable through add-ons. More secure than Outlook Express and, unlike the latter, is still being actively developed."
In addition to sending and receiving email, email programs like Thunderbird can manage your contacts and calendar, read news groups and RSS newsfeeds, and even integrate with various web-based mail systems like GMail and Hotmail. 

Best Free Download Manager for Windows

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Free Download Manager -- Download

"A popular download manager and a good choice for its stability, nice user interface and support for various browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari."
There comes a time when you are downloading a large file and the download stops part of the way through. Specialized download managers like Free Download Manager will allow you to resume a download, start several concurrent download sessions, and dramatically improve download speed. 

Best Free Bittorrent Client for Windows

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Tixati -- Download

Tixati is the top pick this year as it runs fast, offers a lot of information and the most appealing interface in a very efficient package, RAM and CPU wise. Tixati always seems to be in active development and the developers are receptive to users input. The wide variety of layout options are indicative of their responsiveness to users. Tixati has all the features that an average user wants”.
Bittorrent quickly became an important download format for its speed, efficiency, and cheapness in distributing content over the Internet. 

Best Free Remote Access Software for Windows

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LogMeIn -- Download | Review

"The first and highest rated product in the 'unattended' category is LogMeIn. This is a web-based service that's extremely easy to set up and use and can be accessed from any PC with a browser.
The free version won't allow file transfer or remote printing but is a great solution for accessing your remote data as well as file sharing. Registration is required before using the product."
What's it for? - Remotely administer another computer for off-site troubleshooting or for accessing your home PC while traveling. 

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  • Best Free HTML Editor for Windows -- KompoZer or Netbeans. "Includes WYSIWYG editors for non-technical users who want to create an attractive web site, but also discusses HTML text editors for programmers or for anyone comfortable with coding raw HTML."
  • Best Free Web Form Filler or Password Manager for Windows -- LastPass -- Download. "LastPass is a one of a kind product. Most password managers are either online or software only. It is the combination of web service and software. With the web service you can access your data anywhere."
  • Best Free Wi-Fi Network Finder Utility for Windows -- Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector -- Download. "A Wi-Fi network finder helps mobile users see the available wireless networks in an area. It also helps you identify the strongest wireless signals and the SSID of an access point. For example, it may help you solve slow and unstable connections that are due to overlapping signals."
  • Best Free Telnet/SSH Terminal Emulator for Windows -- Dave's Telnet -- Download. "Provides a telnet or SSH connection to UNIX like servers with a fast no-frills connection."
  • Best Free FTP Client for Windows -- Fire FTP -- Download. "With a robust feature set, ease of use, and browser integration, FireFTP should serve the needs of all but the heaviest power user. FTP clients enable fast bulk file transfers; essential for website management."