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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 v21.1.3164

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

1922521

2.

Avast Free Antivirus 21.1.2449Pick

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

1243786

3.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 4.3.0.206Pick

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

173980

4.

360 Total Security 10.2.0.1275

Free antivirus solution and computer optimizer.

137035

5.

Sophos Virus Removal Tool 2.7.0

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

16183

6.

Trend Micro Ransomware File Decryptor 1.0.0.1667

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

8411

Free Audio Software
DOWNLOADS

1.

K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 16.0.5Pick

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

548389

2.

foobar2000 v1.6.4Pick

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

162691

3.

Avidemux 2.7.6Pick

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

136958

4.

Mp3tag 3.05cPick

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

106416

5.

Audacity 2.4.2Pick

Free audio editor to modify digital audio waveforms including WAV, AIFF, and MP3.

105574

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.

855066

2.

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.9Pick

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

184173

3.

doPDF 10.9.133Pick

Free PDF software that allows you to easily convert any printable document to PDF.

109627

4.

EssentialPIM Free 9.5.2Pick

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

86529

5.

Rainlendar Lite 2.16Pick

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

73120

6.

Sumatra PDF Portable 3.2

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

35232

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.

281747

2.

TestDisk 7.2Pick

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

131014

3.

YUMI 2.0.8.3Pick

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

104790

4.

Tweaking.com Windows Repair 4.11.1

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

66918

5.

Ultimate Boot CD 5.3.9Pick

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

64126

6.

CmosPwd 5.0Pick

A cmos/bios password recovery application.

39018

7.

Windows Repair Toolbox 3.0.2.6

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

36734

8.

FixWin for Windows 10 v10.2.2

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

31880

9.

Driver Booster 6.1.0

Update outdated drivers safely and rapidly with 1-click using this simple free utility.

29611

10.

Snail Driver 2.1.0 Lite

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

29243

11.

Wise PC 1stAid 1.48.67Pick

Automatically repair the most common PC problems.

24159

12.

WhoCrashed Free Home Edition 5.53

Reveals the drivers responsible for crashing your computer.

20658

13.

AVG Rescue CD for USB Stick 120.160420

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

19891

14.

Microsoft Windows 10 Start Menu Troubleshooting Tool 1.0

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

12190

15.

F-Secure Rescue CD 3.16.73600

Securely boot up the computer and check the programs installed.

11965

16.

SystemRescueCd 5.0.1Pick

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

6770

Free Graphics/Design Software
DOWNLOADS

1.

Free OCR 5.4.1

Free OCR is a scan and Optical Character Recognition program.

667208

2.

K-3D v0.8.0.1Pick

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

426839

3.

XnView 2.49.5Pick

A free, easy to use, image browser, viewer, and converter that includes handy functions.

141476

4.

Paint.NET 4.2.15Pick

Free advanced image editor and photo manipulation software for Windows.

128155

5.

Synfig Animation Studio 1.4.0

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

112432

6.

FastStone Photo Resizer 4.3Pick

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

100896

7.

Greenfish Icon Editor Pro 3.6

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

92823

8.

GIMP 2.10.22Pick

Free, professional-grade, graphics and image editor to retouch photos, compose and author images.

86404

9.

XnConvert 1.90.0

A batch utility for converting multiple image files quickly.

34396

10.

IrfanView Portable 4.57Pick

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

31988

Free Security/Privacy Apps
DOWNLOADS

1.

CCleaner 5.77.8448Pick

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

469385

2.

KeePass Password Safe 2.47Pick

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

62989

3.

Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 8.1.0

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

52022

4.

NxFilter 4.3.9.2

Handy security software to monitor Internet activity, filter DNS, and block malware.

27737

5.

Comodo Firewall 12.2.2.7098

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

27657

6.

NTFS Drive Protection 1.5

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

24705

7.

X-Proxy 6.2.0.4

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

19671

8.

ShutUp10 v1.8.1418

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

19587

9.

EncryptOnClick 2.4.0.0

Free software designed to encrypt and decrypt files and folders.

18834

10.

Hardwipe 5.2.1

Securely delete files and clean unused hard-disk space.

14522

11.

SpyDetect Free 1.0.1

Free tool that detects keyloggers and spyware on your computer.

13002

Free Video Players/Editors
DOWNLOADS

1.

MPlayer for Windows 2019-10-15 (Build 140)

Award-winning OpenSource media player for Windows.

485304

2.

Video Edit Master 2.0Pick

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

417062

3.

VLC Media Player 3.0.12Pick

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

402561

4.

Avidemux 2.7.6Pick

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

136958

5.

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema 1.9.10Pick

A free, versatile audio and video player with advanced features designed for Home Cinema usage.

131231

6.

Kodi 19.0Pick

An excellent, award-winning, media player and entertainment center for your audio and video collection.

55236

7.

PotPlayer 1.7.21419Pick

Advanced free audio and video player that supports hardware acceleration, 3D, subtitles, more.

50130

8.

OpenShot Video Editor 2.5.1

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

40026

9.

Stremio 3.6.5 / 4.4.106 Beta

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

30612

10.

CherryPlayer 3.2.4Pick

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

23206

Quick and Dirty Must-Have Apps
DOWNLOADS

1.

Sysinternals Autoruns 13.98Pick

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

154185

2.

7-Zip v19.00 / 21.00 AlphaPick

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

147302

3.

VideoCacheView 3.06Pick

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

131406

4.

HWiNFO v6.42.4360Pick

A professional, powerful system information tool that displays extensive software and hardware information.

119177

5.

FreeCommander XE 2021.840Pick

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

71048

6.

Everything 1.4.1.1005 / 1.4.1.1007 BetaPick

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

70089

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.

56083

8.

SyMenu Portable 6.14.7660Pick

Portable, customizable menu and application launcher with handy search feature and hotkey support.

49030

9.

Microsoft Process Explorer 16.32Pick

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

47330

10.

Win Toolkit 1.7.0.15Pick

Tweak your Windows operating system, customize its installation, update drivers, and more.

38033

11.

ESET SysInspector 1.4.2.0Pick

View extensive, detailed system information about your PC.

31313

12.

USB Device Tree Viewer 3.5.3

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

21787

13.

WinUSB 3.7.0.1

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

15571

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New / Updated: FILES

LibreOffice 7.1.1

A power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite.

ImBatch 7.2.0

A user friendly and totally free image batch processor.

Mp3tag 3.05c

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

Music Collection 3.3.7.0

A free program that allows you to archive and easily manage your music collection.

Q-Dir 9.23

Advanced file utility that makes your files and folders easy to manage.