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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 Suite
Open source : UNIX, Windows, Mac OS X
Checked: version 1.7.12

The Mozilla Suite 1.x includes the Mozilla web browser, e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editor all in one. All are fully featured. The Mozilla browser has tabbed browsing, popup blocking and several features designed to protect user privacy while browsing. (comments)

[green] Mozilla Firefox
Open source : UNIX, Windows, Mac OS X
Checked: version 1.5

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 1.5

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 4.21

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 2005.10.18

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] Gaim
Open source : UNIX, Windows
Checked: version 1.1.0

Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client that supports AIM and ICQ (Oscar protocol), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, GroupWise Messenger, and Zephyr networks. (comments)

[green] Just Another Jabber Client (JAJC)
Freeware : Windows
Checked: version 0.0.8.113

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 0.4.0.1

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 2.3.0.6

Azureus is a Java (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. (comments)

[green] BitTorrent
Open source : UNIX, Windows, Mac OS X
Checked: version 3.9.0 beta

BitTorrent is a file distribution technology that takes advantage of adhoc peer-to-peer networks to rapidly deliver large media. This original BitTorrent client is written in Python, including a graphical user interface. (comments)

[green] DC++
Open source : Windows
Checked: version 0.668

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 0.44d

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 2.0.5.0

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 2.1.0.0

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 155 (Buld 216)

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)

[green] WinMX
Freeware : Windows
Checked: version 3.53

WinMX is a file sharing program that uses a decentralized peer-to-peer network. Supports multiple source downloading, bandwidth monitoring and throttling, decentralized chat, and OpenNap protocol. NOTE: The WinMX network has been offline for some time now, and it is not clear whether WinMX will resume working in the future. (comments)