57 free tools to boost your PC

Downloads and tweaks that help you get more done

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This Firefox 3.0 utility hides away until you need to jot down notes or call up those you made earlier. Simply press a hotkey, then type in text or view previous entries. You can synchronise notes among multiple PCs.

Download List.it

Feeds Plus

Internet Explorer has a very good built-in RSS reader - but you can make it even better. This download lets you read all your feeds in one location and notifies you when your favourites have new content available.

Download Feeds Plus


FTP is still a great way to access vast file repositories and to send and receive large files. This Firefox add-on lets you use FTP within the browser.

Download FireFTP

Google Preview

This Firefox add-on lets provides thumbnail previews of the web pages that appear in Google search results.

Download Google Preview


This do-it-all add-on for Internet Explorer rivals some of the best Firefox add-ons, and then some. You can manage your tabs better, block Flash ads, automatically scroll web pages, automatically refresh pages, instantly fill in forms... and that's just for starters.

Download IE7Pro

Minimap Sidebar

Whenever you encounter a physical address in a web page, drag it to this Firefox add-on and the tool will map it for you - without you leaving the current site.

Video DownloadHelper

Found an online video that you want to save to your hard drive? Press a hotkey and this Firefox add-on will download the clip.

Download Video DownloadHelper


This service (registration required) lets you save websites and online content, then share your saved items with others.


This Firefox and iPhone add-on shows what others think of web pages? as you surf.


This is a child-oriented browser. It offers peer-approved videos and games, plus links to entertaining and educational websites.

Download KidZui


Another safe way to explore the web: create an account and you'll be able to tag favourite pages, then share them with friends.

Download Zigtag


Digsby aggregates your entire online social life, wrapping social networking, instant messaging and email into one tight little package.

Download Digsby

Google Latitude

Keep tabs on friends and family using your web browser or mobile phone. Latitude shows you where everyone is on a Google Map. It supports Windows Mobile handsets, most Symbian phones, colour-screen BlackBerry handsets and will soon include support for the iPhone and iPod touch.


NutshellMail presents a digest of updates and comments for Facebook and Twitter accounts plus other specified email accounts, so you can continue to get stuff done while staying abreast of developments.


Rather than managing profile information, Ping.fm is all about managing your status. A single update automatically posts a status update on Facebook and a tweet to Twitter.


Interested in hunting down a college roommate or long-lost love? People-search engine Pipl scours the hidden web to find every photo, address and blog post that person has ever left online.


Cyberstalking is fun, but who has time to keep up with all the social networks? Spokeo (registration required) searches the farthest corners of 41 sites to uncover the deep, dark secrets of your friends and loved ones. We hope you're proud of yourself.


If you enjoy micro-blogging service Twitter, you've probably outgrown using Twitter's web interface to write and track tweets. TweetDeck puts Twitter on steroids, letting you easily track particular search terms, group your friends, shrink unwieldy URLs and more, all from a centralised window. Twhirl (twhirl.com) has also been updated to compete with TweetDeck's functionality.

Download TweetDeck

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