Practicum Program Freeware Utilities (Links)

Ad-Aware SE:  Scans your memory, registry, hard, removable and optical drives for known data-mining, aggressive advertising, and tracking components. Lists the results and offers to remove or quarantine the components. The program detects a wide range of adware/spyware related issues and can be updated with the latest signatures via the built-in update utility.

Spybot-S&D:  Searches hard drive for spy- or adbots; These are responsible for  ads many programs display. These modules can transmit your surfing activity and more to external sources.

Microsoft Windows Defender (formally MS Windows AntiSpyware):  Spyware scanning and removal tool, with realtime system monitoring and pop-prevention

AVAST: Antivirus software providing desktop security and data protection. avast! detects and removes all forms of malware, including spyware, rootkits and trojans. Free for home users.

AVG Anti-Virus:  Full functioning anti-virus software for personal use.

CCleaner: (formerly Crap Cleaner) System optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused and temporary files from your system

Defraggler: Defragments files individually or on a whole hard drive. Can run from network or removable media.

Recuva: Restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer, media cards, mp3 player, etc.

NEWT:  Network scanner for administrators, no client on the remote computer required. Allows sending of popup messages to remote NT machines. Can ping computers by IP address, reboot or shutdown remote machines with optional countdown and the ability to abort.

HP Printer Driver Downloads:  Find drivers for any Hewlett-Packard printer or scanner (like those used at school).

Easy Network Diagrams:  Create network diagrams, clip art included.

Allway Sync:  File and folder synchronization software for Windows.  Synchronize your data between desktop PCs, laptops, USB drives and more.

Keyfinder:  Open source utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install Windows from your registry. It allows you to print or save your keys for safekeeping.