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7-Zip

7-Zip is freeware file compression software that also allows you to Split files. It is useful for Splitting files you want to upload to cloud storage, such as OneDrive, which only allows you to upload files as big as 300MB. You can download it on the 7-Zip download page.

WinRAR

WinRAR (free) provides full RAR and ZIP file support and can decompress CAB, GZIP, ACE and other archive formats. Click here to visit the WinRAR download page.

DVD Shrink

DVD Shrink is free software that allows you to "Backup" your movies to your Computer or copy your DVDs to Blank Disks. I recommend using DVD +R disks to backup your media. The DVD Shrink homepage does not allow you to download the file. The latest version is 3.2.0.15, and you can get it by clicking here and then clicking the button that says "Download from Softpedia."

AVS Video Converter

AVS Video Converter is not freeware but is the only high quality video converter that takes DVD Shrink files and converts them to MP4 or whichever type of file you need. I use it to convert DVD backups to MP4s to view on my Android device. It's well worth the buy. The latest version is available on the AVS Video Converter homepage. An "Unlimited" one time purchase gives you lifetime access to all AVS programs.

Wise Video Downloader

Wise Video Downloader simply downloads YouTube videos for free. It does not always like the YouTube "https://" format, so you may need to change your link to "http://" without the "s" to get it to work. Click here to download the latest Wise Video Downloader.

AVS Audio Converter

AVS Audio Converter is an application that's useful for extracting sound from videos. It isn't free, but it's worth purchasing and works well with Wise Video Downloader, above. An "Unlimited" one time purchase gives you lifetime access to all AVS programs. The converter can be downloaded on the AVS Audio Converter homepage.

Audacity

Audacity is a free, open source, cross-platform program that lets you edit music or sound files. I use it to break up long speeches to sample in music. You can download it on the Audacity homepage.

GIMP

If you're looking for a free photo editor that's comparible to Photoshop, look no further! GIMP is an open source, user contributed image manipulation program that's used to edit pictures. The latest version can be downloaded on the GIMP homepage

Avast! Free Antivirus

Avast! Free Antivirus is probably the best free antivirus program, and I trust it on my MS Windows machine and on my Android devices. The best feature of Avast! is the Boot Scan which runs before Windows starts. You can download it from the Avast! homepage.

Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop is a free app that allows you to remotely control a computer that is using just about any operating system as long as it has the Chrome Browser installed on it. Your machine can be accessed from any computer that has Chrome or the Android app for Chrome Remote Desktop installed on it. It's useful for fixing problems on your parent's computer without taking the drive to their place. Setup is painless, and it's easy to use. You can download Chrome Remote Desktop here or get the app on Google Play.

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