Best Free Computer Software

On a daily basis I get asked about different computer software. What’s the best anti-virus? How can I get rid of this spyware? What should I use to organize my picture? A few years ago I came across this website, bookmarked it and it has hands-down been the best site I ever saved. It called Gizmo’s Freeware. You may have seen it, but if not, stop what you are doing and bookmark it now. You’ll save yourself (and me) a lot of time.

Essentially the site reviews different free software for all sorts of things and then gives reviews and recommendations on the best software for different needs. Seriously, any type of software you could need for your computer is probably here. It’s not an old list either. It gets updated frequently and sometimes changes if something better comes along. It’ll lay out the pros and cons and give you safe links to download the software from. It’s not all open-source, but it is free. But if you have a choice, choose open-source.

If you’re not a “computer person” do yourself, your friends, and relatives a favor and bookmark this site.

For the record, some of my personal favorites I’ve found here are:

Internet Browser: Google Chrome (Hands down the BEST browser. Please dump Internet Explorer)

Anti-Virus: Avast!

Spyware Remover: Super AntiSpyware (Gizmo now recommends Malwarebytes as the #1 choice, though I haven’t used it personally)

Image Editor: GIMP

FTP Client: FileZilla

Parental Filter: K9 Web

Uninstaller: MyUninstaller

Photo Organizing & Simpe Edits: Picasa

Media Player: VLC

How To Share Any Webpage

copy a link url

Occasionally, I have people who want me to use a YouTube video or send me to a website that I need for something at work. Rather than sending me the URL (link) to the website, they will say something like, “Go to YouTube (or Google) and search for xyz. It’s there somewhere, maybe on the 2nd page or so.” Then I spend the next half hour trying to figure exactly which video or page orphoto they intended me to see.

There is a lot of talk of “sharing” things on the web these days. A lot of websites have tools built in, and typically you just need to look for a “share” button and be connected to some sort of social media. However, if a Share button is not available, or you just simply want to send a website to a friend without the hoopla of logging into something other than email, there is a very simple way to do it.

  1. Look up in the address bar of your browser (the portion where it will say something like “http://www.geekscult.com”)
  2. Click in there and the entire text of it, like you would in a Word document
  3. Method 1: Right-click, and on the open dialog box, select “Copy”
  4. Method 2: After highlighting, hold down CTRL + C keys at the same time for a momet
  5. Both of those methods copy the link to your clipboard
  6. Open your email, word document, or however you are sending this webpage to someone.
  7. Method 1: Right-click, on the open dialog box, select “Paste” and you’ll see the link appear
  8. Method 2: Simple hold down CTRL + V keys for a moment, and you’ll see the link appear

That’s it! A screenshot to demonstrate Method 1 is below.

copy a link url

Increase Text Size On Facebook (Or Any Website)

Log into Facebook and noticed the text is suddenly smaller? That happened a few months back to a lot of people. Ever hit some random key combination and your font size decreased or increased and you don’t know how to change it back? Or, maybe you’re just blind as a bat and have one of those phones with giant numbers, so need the next on your webpages giant as well

There is an easy trick and it will work in most browsers and on most websites.

Simply hold down the CTRL (Control) key, plus the + and – keys. CTRL + increases the text size. CTRL – decreases the text size. Simply keep hitting it until your text is as big or small as you want.

This works on Windows computers. If you’re on a Mac computer, you can do the same thing, just with the CMD (Command) key, instead of CTRL .

How To Save Images From The Internet To Your Computer

download an imageLet’s say you’re on Facebook and someone sends you an awesome picture they took of you. You decide, Hey, I’d like to save that photo, but you have no idea how to do that. We’ll walk you through the steps here.

*Disclaimer – It’s illegal to steal pictures from others on the internet unless you have specific permission. Sure, it happens all the time, and in most cases, in personal use, if it’s a non-professional photo, a lot of people don’t care, but I want to put it out there to use this knowledge legally and don’t take things that don’t belong to you. Always check first if you have permission to use something.

 

  1. Find an image you want to save - Self-explanatory, but navigate to the page where the image you want is located.
  2. Right-click with your mouse on the image - You’ll get a prompt similar to the one in the photos below.
  3. Click ‘Save Image As’ - In Chrome and Firefox browsers, it says, ‘Save Image As'; in Internet Explorer it says, ‘Save Picture As'; in Safari it says, ‘ Save Image As ‘ or ‘Save Image to Downloads.’ *The location of these phrases may vary, but will be somewhere on the dialog you get from right-clicking on an image.
  4. You will get another dialog box, prompting you to ‘Save’ the image - Give it a title if you don’t like it’s original name, note the location on your computer where you are saving it, or change it, and click ‘Save.” Simple as that.
Exceptions: Some people and websites don’t want people to download their photos and put securities or measures in place on their website to prevent people from doing so. If you right click and image and don’t get the options above, it means someone owns that picture and doesn’t want you to download it.
Download a photo to your computer

save an image from the internet

Hello world!

The Geek’s Cult is a place where we will attempt to make using computers and the internet easier for the not-so-technically-inclined. There is a world of tips and tricks out there, and sometimes it’s hard to find exactly what you need. We’ll just add one more place for you to do just that, and hopefully cover the things you need. The motto here is that there are no stupid questions. Whether it’s for you, or someone else…if you’re not the most tech savy, you’ll probably find something useful here (eventually). Or, send your grandma, your neighbor who just got their first computer, or your annoying co-workers who constantly ask you questions.

Feel free to make suggestions of tutorials or ask questions by leaving a comment on this post.