Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

Here's a summary of Freeware/FOSS (Free & Open Source Software) for Windows I mentioned in my personal blog last week...

Grisoft Anti-Virus 7.5 Free Edition Compatible with Windows Vista
Grisoft' current AVG Free 7.1 anti-virus software will be discontinued on January 15. However, this doesn't mean that AVG Free Edition will go away (though some people seemed to interpret this way). Their new 7.5 free edition is available now from...

AVG Free Advisor

The page also links to Grisoft's free Anti-Spyware software.

According to the information on the page, version 7.5 works with Microsoft Windows Vista (7.1 did not install when I tried it with Vista a few months ago). Note, that this Free Edition is only free for personal use,...

CGSecurity PhotoRec & TestDisk
CGSecurity's...

PhotoRec & TestDisk

...Open Source utilities can help you analyze and (sometimes) recover files from a variety of disk formats including flash cards.

CGSecurity TestDisk

CGSecurity provides executable binaries for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. I tried the version for Windows XP on a known bad Lexar 1GB SD memory card. You can see in the image that TestDisk identified a number of sector errors on the card.

Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 for Windows Vista
If you go to the Adobe Reader 8 download page and are running Windows Vista, it will detect it provides a link labeled as compatible with Vista.

I ran into a little glitch that I started noticing just the other day when installing applications. The installers for the last two Vista compatible applications I installed (including Adobe Reader 8) kept telling me to close Windows Explorer even though no IE7 or Windows Explorer file listing window was open. I had to go to Task Manager, end the Explorer process, and lose the GUI menus to complete the installation.

A43 File Management Utility Version 2.49
After mentioning ExplorerXP as a Windows Explorer alternative a few weeks ago, a number of people mentioned that they had problems with it (seems to work fine for me though). One or two people suggested...

A43 File Management Utility

...as a freeware alternative. It has a number of interesting features including an integrated text editor, drag and drop zip/unzip support, and the ability to run from a portable flash drive.