Best free stuff online: Hall of fame
By Kim Zetter
(IDG) -- These days, it seems that just when you get attached to a free offering on the Web, its proprietor either takes it away or starts charging for it. But some top-notch, long-running freebies are here to stay -- at least we hope they are. Here's our free stuff hall of fame.
Adobe Acrobat Reader: Must-have utility for reading PDF documents.
AOL Instant Messenger: Our favorite instant-messaging program on the Web. (Note: PC World provides computer content to AOL.)
Citysearch: A directory of what's happening in your city; great if you've got a life or are looking for one.
DSL Reports: All broadband news and information, all the time.
Efax: Lets you get faxes via e-mail, no fax machine or phone line required.
Encarta: An encyclopedic world at your fingertips.
Evite: Automates invitations; if only it could clean up after the party.
Google: The best big-name search engine for taming the chaotic Web.
MapQuest: Maps and driving directions when you feel a little lost.
Nolo.com: Lots of helpful free articles from this publisher of legal reference books to get you ready for your day in court.
PC Pitstop: A personal pit crew (and PC World partner) dedicated to helping you optimize your PC's performance.
Pretty Good Privacy Freeware: Personal encryption for times when it's no one's business but your own.
Winamp: Unobtrusive MP3 player free of ads or proddings to upgrade.
Yahoo Mail: Still the most reliable and hassle-free no-cost e-mail service.
This is the fourth of a five-part series featuring various free Web tools. The next installment will focus on charity services.
Best free stuff online: Leisure time
February 12, 2002
Best free stuff online: Information and advice
February 11, 2002
Best free stuff online: Tools and services
February 9, 2002
Best free stuff online: Top 10 downloads
March 31, 2000
Best free stuff online: It pays to play
March 30, 2000
Best free stuff online: Catering to consumers
March 29, 2000
Best free stuff online: Advice abounds
March 28, 2000
Best free stuff online: Freeware and Comms
March 27, 2000
Top 10 free software downloads
March 14, 2000
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February 10, 2000
Excite offers free Net access
January 10, 2000
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