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If you know of any Free Software that may be of help to people with disabilities please get in touch with me web_newsletter@fidn.co.uk  Also if you find any of the below links are no longer working also let me know,  Thanks.
Most of the below Software is Free

PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition

Avast 4 Home Edition

Comodo Anti-Virus

Avira AntiVir Personal Edition Classic

Avg Anti-Virus Free Edition

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Spybot-Search & Destroy

Ad-Aware 2007 Free

Spyware Terminator


ThreatFire Free

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ZoneAlarm Free 7.0.337.0

PC Tools Firewalls Plus

Comodo Firewall Professional

Ashampoo Firewall Free

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CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)

Free Pc fixing Programmes

The main features of 7-Zip: High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression. Supported formats: Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR; Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z. For ZIP and GZIP formats 7-Zip provides compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip. Self-extracting capability for 7z format. Integration with Windows Shell. Powerful File Manager. Powerful command line version.


Universal Extractor 1.5

Universal Extractor is a program do to exactly what it says: extract files from any type of archive, whether it's a simple zip file, an installation program, or even a Windows Installer (.msi) package. This is still a work in progress (see details below), but so far it's proven quite useful and I feel others can also benefit from it.

I should stress that this application is not intended to be a general purpose archiving program. It will never replace WinRAR, 7-Zip, etc. What it will do is allow you to extract files from virtually any type of archive, regardless of source, compression method, etc. The original motivation behind this project was that I wanted an easy, convenient way to extract files from installation packages, such as Inno Setup or Windows Installer packages, without pulling up a command line every time. In the process I got a little carried away and ended up throwing in support for every kind of archive format I possibly could find.


PDF Creator
Freeware. Lightweight. No nags
doPDF is a free PDF converter for both personal and commercial use. Using doPDF you can create searchable PDF files by selecting the "Print" command from virtually any application. With one click you can convert your Microsoft Excel, Word or PowerPoint documents or your emails and favorite web sites to PDF files.

New in doPDF 5.3: Optimized the text compression algorithm so now the size of PDF files is reduced by up to 80% (for PDFs consisting mainly of text), Finnish and Arabic user interface localizations added.

doPDF5.3 installs itself as a virtual PDF printer driver so after a successful installation will appear in your Printers and Faxes list. To create PDF files, you just have to print your documents to the doPDF free pdf converter. Open a document (with Microsoft Word, WordPad, NotePad or any other software), choose Print and select doPDF. It will ask you where to save the PDF file and when finished, the PDF file will be automatically opened in your default PDF viewer. The video below shows how to create a PDF file from Microsoft Word (click on the image to start playing the movie):


PDF Creator
Pdf995 Suite
The pdf995 suite of products - Pdf995, PdfEdit995, and Signature995 - is a complete solution for your document publishing needs. It provides ease of use, flexibility in format, and industry-standard security- and all at no cost to you.


PDF Creator
CutePDF Writer (Freeware)
Create professional quality PDF files from almost any printable document. FREE for personal and commercial use! No watermarks! No popup Web advertisements! Now supports 64-bit Windows.
Free Download (1.6MB)  (Vista Ready)  Learn More

PDF Creator
-MS Word
-MS PowerPoint
-MS Publisher
-MS Excel

PDF Online has been helping people quickly generates PDF at the time they need it the most.

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Free, high-end image editor SUMO Paint is a fairly impressive clone of Photoshop's major features inside a browser window, for those who want more precision and tools than offered in most free Flash-based image editors

OpenOffice.org is both a product and an open-source project. Both have been in existence since October 13, 2000. OpenOffice.org 1.0, the product, was released on April 30, 2002.

OpenOffice.org's Mission Statement is...
To create, as a community, the leading international office suite that will run on all major platforms and provide access to all functionality and data through open-component based APIs and an XML-based file format.

Freebyte's Guide to...Free Graphics Software

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

Alternative Internet Browser`s to Microsoft`s Internet Explorer



Google Chrome

IE7Pro 2.4.5 (a free add on for Internet Explorer)

Apple`s Safari for PC`s
Internet Explorer
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Some Text-to-Speech Software

Install and train Microsoft speech recognition

Microsoft Speech SDK 5.1

Brief Description
The Microsoft Speech SDK 5.1 adds Automation support to the features of the previous version of the Speech SDK. You can now use the Win32 Speech API (SAPI) to develop speech applications with Visual Basic ®, ECMAScript and other Automation languages.


Searched All Office Online for "Windows Speech Recognition"

IESpeaker "Free"
"Internet Explorer Speaker / Internet Explorer Reader / IE Reader / IE Speaker"  is add-on for Internet Explorer which makes the web document talk to you.


IE Page-Reader Bar is an Internet Explorer tool Bar, that can read Web pages

Internet Explorer Reader is a powerful Text-To-Speech plugin, which can read web pages and headlines for you and even read pages into MP3.


NaturalSoft Text-to-speech "Free"

NaturalReader is a Text to Speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy to use software can convert any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words. NaturalReader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV for your CD player or iPod.



With Dragon NaturallySpeaking® Standard, you can talk to your computer and watch your spoken words instantly appear in documents, emails and instant messages. Fast, easy and amazingly accurate. No script reading required to get started! Just use your voice to dictate and edit in just about any Windows® application, including Microsoft® Word, Microsoft® Outlook® Express, Microsoft® Internet Explorer, America Online® and Corel® WordPerfect®. You can even surf the web just by speaking! No special script reading is required to get started - it learns to recognise your voice instantly, and continually improves the more you use it! A Nuance-approved noise-cancelling microphone is included.


(The FIDN Subscribe to this company so you can download it for free and use it on the FIDN website and others that also Subscribe to this company for free)

Browsealoud reads web pages aloud for people who find it difficult to read online. Reading large amounts of text on screen can be difficult for those with literacy and visual impairments.


ReadPlease 2003 - "Free"

Reads any text you see on your screen - all purpose text-to-speech software.


Say-Now Voice and Speech Recognition



You may or may not know that ACROBAT READER 9.0 has a built in reader


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DivX Player

VLC Media Player

VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, and OGG, as well as for DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It also can be used as a server for unicast or multicast streams in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. The most prominent additions to version 0.8.6 are probably Windows Media Video 9 and Flash Video. Other important changes are improved H.264 decoding, better Windows Unicode support, and a full-screen.


GOM Media Player

GOM Player is a free multimedia player with popular video and audio codecs built-in. GOM Player supports file formats such as AVI, DAT, MPEG, DivX, XviD, WMV, ASF. Users don't have to install codecs separately. GOM Player is capable of playing incomplete or damaged AVI files by skipping the damaged frames. It can also play locked or partially downloaded files. Its other features include drag-and-drop support, HTTP streaming, editable skins, subtitling, overlay mixer, key remapping, enhanced filter rendering, real-time index rebuilding for AVI files and unicode support among others.




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Some Software Download Websites



WebbIE is a web browser for blind and visually-impaired people, especially those using screen readers. It comes with the Accessible programs, letting you access news and audio on the Internet in a simple and accessible way, allowing you to use podcasts, listen to the radio and read RSS and news with your screen reader or other access solution. Together they provide a way to access websites and other great things online - and they are all free! Learn more about WebbIE.



A variety of Software Downloads, Freeware - Shareware - and Free to try.  There is also information on software.



A variety of Software Downloads, Freeware - Shareware - and Free to try.  There is also information on software.


Topdownloads Networks

A variety of Software Downloads, Freeware - Shareware - and Free to try.  There is also information on software.


Freedownloads Center

A variety of Software Downloads, Freeware - Shareware - and Free to try.  There is also information on software.



A variety of Software Downloads, Freeware - Shareware - and Free to try.  There is also information on software.


Cheap Software For Charities

The CTX Programme offers donated technology products from Partners such as Microsoft and Cisco to eligible UK Registered Charities and Charitable Housing Associations


The following companies offer Microsoft software with substantial discounts for non-profit organisations.


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