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ESSENTIAL FREE SOFTWARE

Following is a list of what we consider to be the best free essential software downloads in a variety of categories. Whether you're building a new computer, replacing your hard drive, or recovering from a crash and need to fix your PC, this list may prove handy to quickly get you up and running with the software you use most.

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Free Antivirus Software
DOWNLOADS

1.

AVG AntiVirus Free v18.3 / 18.4 Beta

Use the AVG Anti-Virus System to reliably protect your computer.

1885286

2.

Avast Free Antivirus 18.3.2333 / 18.4 BetaPick

Free antivirus for home use - scans for viruses, worms and Trojans.

1195602

3.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 3.4.5.2467Pick

An easy-to-use, effective application to detect and remove malware.

149134

4.

360 Total Security 9.6.0.1313

Free antivirus solution and computer optimizer.

126743

5.

Sophos Virus Removal Tool 2.6.1

Free tool to remove viruses, spyware, rootkits, Conficker, and other threats from your PC.

12217

6.

Trend Micro Ransomware File Decryptor 1.0.0.1667

Free anti-ransomware tool that decrypts files encrypted by ransomware.

1711

Free Audio Software
DOWNLOADS

1.

K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 14.1.0Pick

A large codec pack which includes audio and video codecs as well as related tools.

511606

2.

foobar2000 v1.3.17 / 1.4 Beta 11Pick

An advanced audio player for Windows that supports several audio formats.

147512

3.

Avidemux 2.7.0Pick

Video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks.

128366

4.

Audacity 2.2.2Pick

Edit digital audio waveforms including WAV, AIFF, and MP3.

94239

5.

Mp3tag 2.87a / 2.87b BetaPick

Edit metadata (ID3, Vorbis Comments and APE) of common audio formats.

91681

Free Business/Organize Software
DOWNLOADS

1.

Free PDF to Word Converter 5.1

Easy to use utility that does swift conversions from PDF to Word.

817768

2.

OpenOffice.org 4.1.5Pick

Comprehensive Office Suite that includes a word processor, spreadsheet, drawing app, and more.

173490

3.

doPDF 9.2.235Pick

Allows you to easily convert any printable document to PDF.

97120

4.

EssentialPIM Free 7.64Pick

Free powerful PIM that features calendaring, notes keeping and contacts storage.

75042

5.

Rainlendar Lite 2.14.1Pick

A customizable calendar that features events, todo list, more.

68023

6.

Sumatra PDF Portable 3.1.2

A slim, free, open-source portable PDF viewer for Windows.

32167

Free Software to Fix PC Problems
DOWNLOADS

1.

NTFS4DOS 1.8 (read/write NTFS from DOS)Pick

Allows full read/write access to NTFS volumes from DOS for AV or backup.

274328

2.

TestDisk 7.0 / 7.1 BetaPick

Recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again.

117957

3.

YUMI 2.0.5.4Pick

Create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, more.

87436

4.

Ultimate Boot CD 5.3.8Pick

Bootable CD that allows you to run diagnostic tools from CD/DVD/Bluray ROM drives.

58254

5.

Tweaking.com Windows Repair 4.0.17

All-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems.

50766

6.

CmosPwd 5.0Pick

A cmos/bios password recovery application.

35279

7.

Driver Booster 3.5.0

Update outdated drivers safely and rapidly with 1-click.

22790

8.

Wise PC 1stAid 1.48.67Pick

Automatically repair the most common PC problems.

19690

9.

FixWin for Windows 10 v10.0.1

Free portable tool designed to easily fix and repair any problems or issues with Windows 10.

18365

10.

WhoCrashed Free Home Edition 5.53

Reveals the drivers responsible for crashing your computer.

18297

11.

Windows Repair Toolbox 3.0.0.1

Free utility that helps you repair issues with Windows, remove malware, and optimize your computer.

18260

12.

AVG Rescue CD for USB Stick 120.160420

Carry this must-have toolkit on your USB stick to repair infected machines.

17376

13.

Snail Driver 2.0.1 Lite

Free program designed to download and update device drivers automatically with one click.

14659

14.

F-Secure Rescue CD 3.16.73600

Securely boot up the computer and check the programs installed.

9718

15.

Microsoft Windows 10 Troubleshooting Tool 1.0

Free tool designed to automatically detect and repair many common issues with Windows 10.

7975

16.

SystemRescueCd 5.0.1Pick

A bootable system rescue disk to administrate and repair computer problems after a system crash.

2771

Free Graphics/Design Software
DOWNLOADS

1.

Free OCR 5.4.1

Free OCR is a scan and Optical Character Recognition program.

646868

2.

K-3D v0.8.0.5Pick

K-3D is a free 3d modeling, animation, and rendering system.

411315

3.

XnView 2.44Pick

An easy to use graphics browser, viewer, and converter.

134783

4.

Paint.NET 4.0.21Pick

Free advanced image and photo manipulation software.

115231

5.

Synfig Animation Studio 1.2.1

A powerful, industrial-strength vector-based open-source 2D animation software package.

103691

6.

FastStone Photo Resizer 3.8Pick

An image converter / resizer with a host of useful features.

94814

7.

Greenfish Icon Editor Pro 3.6

A professional freeware icon, cursor, animation and icon library editor.

87467

8.

The GIMP 2.8.22 / 2.10.0 RC 1Pick

Retouch photos, compose and author images.

72977

9.

XnConvert 1.76

A batch utility for converting multiple image files quickly.

30626

10.

IrfanView Portable 4.51Pick

A portable, advanced, fast, free image viewer/converter for Windows.

25500

Free Security/Privacy Apps
DOWNLOADS

1.

CCleaner 5.41.6446Pick

Remove junk files, free up hard drive space, and optimize your computer.

435285

2.

KeePass Password Safe 2.38Pick

Free password manager and generator to securely store your passwords and private credentials.

57627

3.

Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 7.1.0.0

Free tool to remove unwanted toolbars, adware, PUPs, and hijackers.

38980

4.

Comodo Firewall 10.2.0.6526

Keeps viruses, malware, worms, Trojans, hackers and other Internet threats from accessing your PC.

22034

5.

NTFS Drive Protection 1.5

A free security tool that protects your USB drive from viruses.

18549

6.

NxFilter 4.2.5

Monitor Internet activity, filter DNS, and block malware.

17686

7.

X-Proxy 6.1.0.19

Enables you to use a proxy server and hide your real IP address.

13972

8.

EncryptOnClick 2.0.6.0

A program that lets you securely encrypt and decrypt files.

12935

9.

Hardwipe 5.2.1

Securely delete files and clean unused hard-disk space.

11833

10.

ShutUp10 v1.6.1395

Free tool that allows you to configure privacy and other security settings in Windows 10.

10698

11.

SpyDetect Free 1.0.1

Free tool that detects keyloggers and spyware on your computer.

8811

Free Video Players/Editors
DOWNLOADS

1.

MPlayer for Windows 2018-03-28 (Build #138)

Award-winning OpenSource media player for Windows.

469639

2.

Video Edit Master 2.0Pick

A free video editor of any AVI (divx, xvid..etc) and MPEG video files with no quality loss.

397907

3.

VLC Media Player 3.0.1Pick

A free video player that can read DVDs, VCDs, MPEG, DivX, more without additional codecs.

380128

4.

Avidemux 2.7.0Pick

Video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks.

128366

5.

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema 1.7.13Pick

A free audio and video player designed for Home Cinema usage.

117955

6.

Kodi 17.6 / 18.0 Alpha 1Pick

Media player and entertainment hub for digital media.

44850

7.

PotPlayer 1.7.10667 / 1.7.11025 BetaPick

Advanced multimedia player that supports hardware acceleration, 3D, subtitles, more.

26790

8.

Stremio 3.6.5 / 4.0.10 Beta

Organize and watch HD movies, HD television, or your favorite videos on your computer.

23570

9.

OpenShot Video Editor 2.4.1

Full-featured, easy to use, free video editor that supports 3D animation, compositing, transitions, and more.

22768

10.

CherryPlayer 2.4.6Pick

Free versatile media player and manager that also supports streaming multimedia and live broadcasts.

7567

Quick and Dirty Must-Have Apps
DOWNLOADS

1.

Sysinternals Autoruns 13.82Pick

View and manage auto-start programs, services, BHOs, scheduled tasks, more.

143421

2.

7-Zip v18.01 / 18.02 BetaPick

7-Zip is a free zip / unzip file archiver with a high compression ratio.

133244

3.

VideoCacheView 2.98Pick

Extract video files from the cache of your web browsers and save them to local disk.

122206

4.

HWiNFO v5.82.3410Pick

A professional, powerful system information tool for Windows.

109600

5.

FreeCommander XE 2018.770Pick

Easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager.

63729

6.

Everything 1.4.1.895 / 1.4.1.901 BetaPick

Desktop search tool to locate files and folders by name instantly.

54437

7.

Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.10.13Pick

Small utility used to retrieve the CD Key used to install Windows as well as keys for other programs.

49574

8.

SyMenu 6.04.6685Pick

Portable, customizable menu and application launcher.

43989

9.

Microsoft Process Explorer 16.21Pick

Shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

43659

10.

ESET SysInspector 1.3.5.0Pick

View extensive, detailed system information about your PC.

27939

11.

Win Toolkit 1.6.0.10Pick

Tweak your Windows operating system and customize its installation.

27439

12.

USB Device Tree Viewer 3.1.6.0

View detailed information about USB ports and hubs on a computer in a tree view format.

13931

13.

WinUSB 3.6.1.1

Easily create a Windows bootable USB drive using any DVD or ISO with Windows 10, 8 or 7 distributions.

8570

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SpeedGuide TCP Optimizer 4.0.7

Free program for Windows designed to optimize your internet connection.

Win Toolkit 1.6.0.10

Tweak your Windows operating system and customize its installation.

Netflix Party 1.4.10

Chrome extension that allows users to have remote parties by synchronizing the playback of Netflix videos on multiple computers.

Stellarium 0.18.0 / 0.90.0.15914 Dev

A free, open source, 3D planetarium for your computer.

SyMenu 6.04.6685

Portable, customizable menu and application launcher.