Adguard DNS: Adblocking with no software

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Adguard DNS is a free and simple adblocking solution without the use of any software. That’s right, you don’t need to install anything, only input some numbers into your device’s settings. This can be done on just about anything: Windows, macOS, Linux, mobile, or even the router in your house. Let’s see how it works. 

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Paint.net is a free photo editor for Windows

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Paint.net is a photo editor with an easy to use interface. If you don’t need something heavy duty like Photoshop, but need something slightly above the classic MS Paint, Paint.net fits the bill perfectly. I feel like this program doesn’t get talked about enough these days. 

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Bandizip is a useful file compression and extractor utility

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Bandizip is a file archiver that can compress and extract in a variety of formats which include .zip, .rar, .7z, and way more than I can list. It was only available for Windows for many years, but there is now a Mac version as well. It’s got a few useful features that make it stand out from the endless list of other software in this category.

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Bitwarden is an open source password manager that’s free

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Let’s be real, there is no shortage of password managers on the market. Some are paid while others are free. Bitwarden is mostly free with some bonus features as an affordable premium option. As a person that was always hesitant to start using a password manager, let’s look at why I took the plunge and now rely on it for all my passwords, credit cards, and secure notes.

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PDF-XChange Editor is a great free PDF editor

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PDF-XChange Editor is a wonderful free piece of software for Windows in an ocean of PDF software editors. There are so many out there it can be difficult to choose and people most likely looking for one only seek them out when they suddenly have a PDF they need to edit or a form to fill out. Let’s take a look at what makes this one the most decent.

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WPS Office is the BEST alternative to Microsoft Office

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WPS Office is a free and paid alternative to Microsoft Office. It includes support for the three main types of office files: documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. It is available for most major operating systems (Windows, macOS, and Linux), but I am focusing on the Windows release. There are also mobile versions. Let’s take a look and see why WPS Office is the biggest reason you don’t need to spend money on Microsoft Office.

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