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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 2016 v2017.1.3006

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

1849250

2.

Avast Free Antivirus 12.3.2280 / 12.4.2281 BetaPick

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

1159285

3.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 3.0.5Pick

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

133286

4.

360 Total Security 8.8.0.1083

Free antivirus solution and computer optimizer.

117840

5.

Sophos Virus Removal Tool 2.5.6

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

7772

Free Audio Software
DOWNLOADS

1.

K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 12.8.0Pick

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

496102

2.

foobar2000 v1.3.14Pick

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

135755

3.

Avidemux 2.6.18Pick

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

122419

4.

Audacity 2.1.2/ 2.1.3 AlphaPick

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

86116

5.

Mp3tag 2.80 / 2.80c BetaPick

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

84306

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.

770623

2.

OpenOffice.org 4.1.3Pick

Comprehensive Office Suite compatible with all other major office suites.

166531

3.

doPDF 8.8.946Pick

Allows you to easily convert any printable document to PDF.

88891

4.

EssentialPIM Free 7.21Pick

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

68856

5.

Rainlendar Lite 2.14.148 Beta / 2.13.1Pick

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

64628

6.

Sumatra PDF Portable 3.1.2

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

29697

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.

266365

2.

TestDisk 7.0Pick

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

108884

3.

YUMI 2.0.3.6Pick

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

75638

4.

Ultimate Boot CD 5.3.6Pick

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

51584

5.

Tweaking.com Windows Repair 3.9.23

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

40949

6.

CmosPwd 5.0Pick

A cmos/bios password recovery application.

31410

7.

Driver Booster 3.5.0

Update outdated drivers safely and rapidly with 1-click.

16667

8.

WhoCrashed Free Home Edition 5.53

Reveals the drivers responsible for crashing your computer.

15845

9.

Wise PC 1stAid 1.48.67Pick

Automatically repair the most common PC problems.

15535

10.

AVG Rescue CD for USB Stick 120.160420

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

15132

11.

FixWin for Windows 10 v10.0.1

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

11045

12.

F-Secure Rescue CD 3.16.73600

Securely boot up the computer and check the programs installed.

8016

13.

Snail Driver 1.0.0.3

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

7956

14.

Windows Repair Toolbox 1.7.0.0

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

6907

15.

Microsoft Windows 10 Troubleshooting Tool 1.0

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

3342

Free Graphics/Design Software
DOWNLOADS

1.

Free OCR 4.2

Free OCR is a scan and Optical Character Recognition program.

630899

2.

K-3D v0.8.0.5Pick

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

376376

3.

XnView 2.39Pick

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

130695

4.

Paint.NET 4.0.13Pick

Free advanced image and photo manipulation software.

106885

5.

Synfig Animation Studio 1.2.0

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

93347

6.

FastStone Photo Resizer 3.7Pick

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

87666

7.

Greenfish Icon Editor Pro 3.5

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

82734

8.

The GIMP 2.8.18Pick

Retouch photos, compose and author images.

65787

9.

XnConvert 1.73

A batch utility for converting image files.

28547

10.

IrfanView Portable 4.44Pick

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

21768

Free Security/Privacy Apps
DOWNLOADS

1.

CCleaner 5.25.5902Pick

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

416426

2.

KeePass Password Safe 2.35Pick

Manage your passwords in a secure way.

54427

3.

AdwCleaner 6.042

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

31982

4.

Comodo Firewall 10.0.0.6092

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

18001

5.

NTFS Drive Protection 1.4

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

13602

6.

NxFilter 3.4.8-p1

Monitor Internet activity, filter DNS, and block malware.

12558

7.

EncryptOnClick 2.0.4.0

A program that lets you securely encrypt and decrypt files.

10372

8.

X-Proxy 6.1.0.12

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

10087

9.

Hardwipe 5.1.4

Securely delete files and clean unused hard-disk space.

9390

10.

ShutUp10 v1.4.1386.1

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

7090

11.

SpyDetect Free 1.0.1

Free tool that detects keyloggers and spyware on your computer.

5828

Free Video Players/Editors
DOWNLOADS

1.

MPlayer for Windows 2016-12-11 (Build #135)

Award-winning OpenSource media player.

457730

2.

Video Edit Master 2.0Pick

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

377213

3.

VLC Media Player 2.2.4Pick

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

360207

4.

Avidemux 2.6.18Pick

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

122419

5.

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema 1.7.10 / 1.7.10.276 BetaPick

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

110301

6.

Kodi 16.1 / 17.0 RC 3Pick

Media player and entertainment hub for digital media.

36827

7.

PotPlayer 1.6.63891Pick

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

15175

8.

Stremio 3.6.5

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

13691

9.

OpenShot Video Editor 2.1.0 Beta

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

9550

10.

CherryPlayer 2.4.3Pick

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

2530

Quick and Dirty Must-Have Apps
DOWNLOADS

1.

Sysinternals Autoruns 13.62Pick

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

135676

2.

7-Zip v16.04Pick

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

126545

3.

VideoCacheView 2.97Pick

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

113417

4.

HWiNFO32 v5.42.3050 / 5.43 Build 3060 BetaPick

A professional, powerful system information tool for Windows.

74230

5.

FreeCommander XE 2016.715 / 2016 Build 730 BetaPick

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

58172

6.

Everything 1.3.4.686 / 1.4.1.819 BetaPick

Locate files and folders by name instantly.

47090

7.

Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.10.12Pick

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

43854

8.

Microsoft Process Explorer 16.20Pick

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

40770

9.

SyMenu 5.08.6213Pick

Portable, customizable menu and application launcher.

38154

10.

ESET SysInspector 1.2.054.0Pick

View extensive, detailed system information about your PC.

25025

11.

USB Device Tree Viewer 3.0.8

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

9557

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Miranda IM Portable 0.10.66.0

Take your instant messaging client on the go.

Tweaking.com Windows Repair 3.9.23

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

Bug Head 7.98

A digital remaster music player made with unique sound processing technology.

Miranda IM 0.10.66.0

Miranda IM is a multi protocol instant messenger client.

File Extension Fixer 1.9.0.0

Free tool for Windows that fixes file extensions of executable files.

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