The top 25 Free Programs
There are thousands of pieces of software on the Internet offered for free. Some of them very good and some of them very bad. Here is our toplist of 25 free bits of software you should know about from anti-virus programs to useful utility’s and browsers. Feel free to comment about your favorite bit of freeware and what makes it so good and dont forget to give us a link to it.
1. Avast – Download here
Avast is a free anti-virus program that is widely used by home users (estimated 165 million users in September 2011). Avast is available free for non-commercial use but other versions that are not free are available. In 2010 it made it into the top 10 of most downloaded programs on CNET.
2. AVG – Download here
AVG is a free anti-virus program used to detect and remove malicious items from a computer. AVG is a widely used anti-virus program with millions of downloads worldwide. It is available for non-commercial use but other version that are not free are available
3. Avira – Download here
Avira is the 3rd anti-virus program in our list simply because anti-virus is so important nowadays. Again it is free for home (non-commercial use) and is widely used and recognised as one of the best anti-virus programs available.
4. Comodo - Download here
Comodo is a free firewall program for those who want more than the firewall that comes with the operating system. Easy to use with a clear user interface makes it great for those more security conscious or who are not happy with security suites and prefer their ant-virus and firewall separate.
5. MalwareBytes – Download here
Malwarebytes is an effective malware removal tool with high detection rates and fast scans. It is worth noting that the free version does not have real time protection so it is something that has to be run manually.
6. SuperAntiSpyware – Download here
This is another effective tool in the fight against spy-ware. Includes quick, full and custom scanning. It is also light on resources. It is worth noting that the free version does not have real time protection so it is something that has to be run manually.
7. Open Office – Download here
Open office is an open source office software suite which includes the following tools: word processor, spread sheet, presentation, database and more. The program can also read and save as popular .doc extensions as well as many others. It is freely available and has no restrictions on use.
8. CCleaner – Download here
CCleaner is system utility for scrubbing your system. It helps to clean up junk, temporary files, history, broken shortcuts and a host of other problems quickly and effectively. It is freely available but has no support.
9. Defraggler – Download here
Defraggler lets you defragment your hard drive in essence speeding up your PC by reorganising files into a system that makes them quicker to access. It is freely available but has no support.
10. 7-Zip – Download here
7-zip is open source software and is a file archive tool
11. Skype – Download here
Skype is a widely used program for communicating with friends and family from all over the world for free!
12. GnuCash – Download here
GnuCash is personal and small business accounting software freely available and feature packed.
13. My Lockbox – Download here
My Lockbox allows you to hide, lock or password protect almost any folder on your computer.
14.LogMeIn – Download here
LogMeIn allows you to control a computer from another computer connected to the Internet. For example control your work PC from home.
15.Filezilla – Download here
Filezilla is a fast and reliable FTP client that allows you to transfer files between websites and your computer.
16.TrueCrypt – Download here
TrueCrypt is free open source software disk encryption software for securing your confidential files.
17.CutePDF – Download here
CutePDF is free software that enables you to output to PDF documents via the print function.
18.Firefox – Download here
Firefox is a free and open source web browser. It is fast has a friendly user interface and is regularly updated.
19.Google Chrome – Download here
Google chrome is another freeware web browser.
20.Thunderbird – Download here
Thunderbird is an email client that can be used as an alternative the windows mail.
21.VLC media Player – Download here
VLC media player is a free cross platform media player that can play most multimedia files and various streaming protocols.
22.ITunes – Download here
ITunes is a popular digital media player and store used for downloading, playing saving and organising music and video as well as audio books and pod casts.
23.Audacity – Download here
Audacity is a free and easy to use audio editor and recorder for multiple platforms. Among other things it enables you to record live audio, convert tapes and records, mix sounds and more.
24.Easeus Todo – Download here
Easeus Todo is a free to use backup utility. It also offers the ability to clone you hard drive for backup purposes or upgrades.
25.Dropbox – Download here
Drop box is a free (2GB) backup service that allows you to backup you photos, documents, and videos and access them from anywhere. Note that the free version is 2GB see our data post if you are not sure how much 2GB is here.