There are several third-party software options that are not maintained by CSU, Chico, but have been proven to help computers run more efficiently. Here is a list of some of the software that is free to download and can help keep your computer running at its peak performance.

VPN Client - Allows your home computer to establish a secure connection to the CSU, Chico network.

7Zip - Free, open source compressed file management program
Adobe Reader - PDF document reader
Adobe Flash Player - Enables Flash-based video playback within various internet browsers
AVG Free - Free basic anti-virus solution
Avast Free Edition - Free basic anti-virus solution
CutePDF Writer - Convert any document to PDF using this free PDF writer
Digsby - Free full-featured multi-protocol IM client
.NET Framework installer - Enables certain features in the Microsoft Windows operating system and applications that run within
FileZilla - Free full-featured multi-protocol file transfer suite
Firefox - Free open-source browsing alternative to Internet Explorer
FoxIt Reader - Free PDF document reader alternative to Adobe Reader
Google Chrome - Free lightning-fast browser from Google
Google Earth - Free satellite imaging and mapping program from Google
ImgBurn - Free, lightweight disc image burning application
IrfanView - Free basic image editing application for Windows
JRE - Enables Java-based Applet functionality within browsers and various operating systems
MalwareBytes - Free spyware/malware removal tool for Windows
MS Office Compatibility Pack for Office 2003 - Enables compatibility for Office 2003 to open and edit the new Office 2007 document formats (for Windows)

Microsoft Security Essentials - Use Microsoft Security Essentials to guard against viruses, spyware, and other evil software.

Pidgin - Free, multi-protocol instant messaging client
PuTTY - Free full-featured terminal client (SSH, Telnet, COM)
SpyBot Search and Destroy - Free spyware/malware removal tool for Windows
Thunderbird - Free multiprotocol e-mail client alternative to integrated Windows clients
VLC Media Player - Free multi-format multimedia player
WinSCP - Free open-source FTP and SFTP client for Windows