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Internet Software (Web, mail, news, chat, P2P)

This software is believed to be free from nasties: adware, spyware, harmful/intrusive components, and threats to privacy. There are no sponsored entries. See home page for listing criteria.

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Web, mail, news applications

[green] Mozilla Firefox
Open source : UNIX, Windows, Mac OS X
Checked: version 2.0

Firefox is a fully featured web browser, a lighter weight spinoff from Mozilla. Has tabbed browsing, popup blocking and several features designed to protect user privacy while browsing. (comments)

[green] Mozilla Thunderbird
Open source : UNIX, Windows, Mac OS X
Checked: version 2.0

Thunderbird is a fully featured standards-based mail client (POP, IMAP, SMTP) and newsgroup (USENET) reader based on Mozilla. Includes user defined junk mail filtering, security features (S/MIME, digital signatures, encryption). (comments)

[green] Opera
Freeware : UNIX, Windows, Mac OS X, OS/2, BeOS
Checked: version 8.5

Opera is a fully featured web browser. Has tabbed browsing, popup blocking and integrated searches. Opera also includes e-mail and IRC clients, Atom support and an RSS news reader. Opera has recently become free. (comments)

[green] Pegasus Mail
Freeware : Windows, DOS
Checked: version 4.41

Pegasus Mail is a standards-based mail client (POP, IMAP, SMTP) suitable for single or multiple users, and LAN installations. It is feature-rich and powerful, with support for advanced filtering rules, and encryption modules. (comments)

[green] Xnews
Freeware : Windows
Checked: version 2006.08.24

Xnews is a feature rich Usenet newsreader (NNTP) with support for threading, advanced scoring/filtering, plonk files, searching, and binary decoding. Xnews is written to be standards compliant and netiquette friendly. (comments)

Chat, instant messenging applications

[green] pidgin (formerly Gaim)
Open source : UNIX, Windows
Checked: version 2.3.1

Pidgin (formerly Gaim) is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client that supports AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, IRC, MSN, Yahoo protocols. (comments)

[green] Just Another Jabber Client (JAJC)
Freeware : Windows
Checked: version 0.0.8.117

Just Another Jabber Client (JAJC) is an ICQ-like Jabber client. Jabber is a decentralized, open instant messenging protocol. Supports Unicode, conferencing, user search, avatars, PGP, SSL/TLS and proxies. (comments)

[green] Miranda
Open source : Windows
Checked: version 0.6.0

Miranda is an instant messaging (IM) client that supports ICQ, AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, Gadu-Gadu, Tlen, Netsend, and more. It is designed to be resource efficient (low memory use), and doesn't require installation so it is ideal for running off a USB flash drive. (comments)

[green] Trillian Basic
Freeware : Windows
Checked: version 3.0

Trillian is an instant messaging (IM) client that supports the AIM, ICQ, IRC, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger networks. Features group conference chat, direct connections, file transfers, encryption. (comments)

File sharing, media distribution applications

[green] Azureus
Open source : Java
Checked: version 2.5.0.0

Azureus is a Java-based (cross platform) client supporting the BitTorrent protocol, which makes use of adhoc peer-to-peer networks to rapidly deliver large media. Azureus has an advanced graphical user interface supporting multiple torrents and embedded trackers. Recent versions have become increasingly resource-heavy and sluggish with extra modules such as media player. See µTorrent for a client with similar features but much less resource usage. (comments)

[green] DC++
Open source : Windows
Checked: version 0.698

DC++ is a file sharing program supporting the Direct Connect protocol. Features an easy to use interface, support for multiple hubs, and versatile search. (comments)

[green] eMule
Open source : Windows
Checked: version 0.47c

eMule is a file sharing program that supports the EDonkey2000, Source Exchange, and Kad networks. Features a queue and credit system to help enforce network participation, as well as built in IRC client. (comments)

[green] Gnucleus
Open source : Windows
Checked: version 1.8.6

Gnucleus is a file sharing program supporting the decentralized Gnutella and G2 ("Gnutella2") peer-to-peer networks. Features a simple interface and top standards compliance. (comments)

[green] Shareaza
Open source : Windows
Checked: version 2.2.3.0

Shareaza is a file sharing program that supports the EDonkey2000, Gnutella, BitTorrent, and G2 ("Gnutella2") networks. Features multiple source downloading and advanced search capabilities. (comments)

[green] Soulseek
Freeware : Windows
Checked: version 156

Soulseek is a file sharing program that uses its own centralized peer-to-peer network. Features highly integrated community chat forums, oriented around musical tastes. (comments)

[yellow] µTorrent (uTorrent)
Freeware : Windows
Checked: version 3.1.2

µTorrent is a full-featured BitTorrent client released by BitTorrent, Inc. This lightweight client is extremely small and resource efficient (CPU and RAM), yet still supports all major features such as RSS, DHT, configurable bandwidth priority, scheduling, and protocol encryption. NOTE: Watch the installation dialogs carefully and Decline the optional extra products. Don't just rapidly click through all the install screens! (comments)