A list of the best free downloadable programs.
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Techie’s Must Haves:
Ninite allows you to install or update multiple programs all at once
Unchecky unchecks those annoying tick boxes within program installs, meaning you only get the program you asked for.
Windows Repair Toolbox Portable a fabulous program that covers everything from data recovery, hardware testing, malware removal and a million other things.
Display Driver Uninstaller a must have for those wishing to change graphics cards. Run this to remove all traces of the old display drivers.
Windows 10 Wizard allows you to customize Windows 10 easily, removing privacy concerns and much more.
Macrium Reflect a great free disk cloning and imaging solution. Easy to use, fast and best of all free!
Recuva from Piriform allows you to recover files that you may have lost or accidentally deleted.
Privazer a free upgrade over the Microsoft program uninstaller. It also allows you to repair registry keys and clean your system of junk files. Better than CCleaner, with a more in depth scan and less issues when using on Windows 10.
Virus & Malware Protection
Avira Free Antivirus – Consistently ranked as the best free antivirus software out there.
AVG Free Antivirus – A great choice with a very easy to use interface.
Panda Free Antivirus – This one is a little different as panda is cloud based and comes with automatic USB vaccination.
Malwarebytes a free tool to remove malware.
Spybot Search & Destroy another great free tool for removing malware.
RKill a useful program if your PC is infected that stops all malicious processes from running, allowing you to scan your system and remove the infection.
ADWCleaner removal of adware, toolbar’s browser hijacks and PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
Hitman Pro on demand forensic second opinion anti malware. Use this after you have removed your infections to verify they are gone.
Deluge – a lightweight, free torrent client that works on Windows, Mac and Linux.
qBitorrent – Free, lightweight and has a built in torrent search function.
Google Chrome Easy to customize, quick but very resource hungry.
Mozilla Firefox More lightweight than chrome and also easy to personalize.
Microsoft Edge Microsoft’s latest browser. Faster and lighter than before and is slowly catching up performance wise with the above two. Works well with Windows 10.
Opera Fast, clean with integrated adblocking software.
7zip Lightweight and easy to use. Also completely free.
WinZip As above but comes with a paid option.
VLC – Does everything and plays everything. Plays, converts, streams, Internet Radio and TV, GPU decoding. Best out there.
KMPlayer – Another great choice with a wide range of capabilities including the ability to play compressed audio and locked media files.
Media Player Classic Home Cinema – Fast and lightweight, easy GUI but lacks the fine controls of the other two.
Apache OpenOffice – Has great support, has been around for a long time with plenty of development, includes a word processor, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and databases and uses a standard open file format.
LibreOffice – Very similar to above and is an offshoot of OpenOffice. Has a slightly better GUI, more updates but is a much larger install. It also lacks a few options within each application compared to OpenOffice.
Google Drive – Bit of a curve ball for the last one. Google Drive is a cloud based (I.e. Online) office suite that can be synced between all your devices. It’s easy to use, has applications for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations and because it’s from Google, you know it will be around for a while. Biggest drawback is that you must convert documents to Google’s format to use them within Drive.
Freemake Video Conversion – offers easy drag and drop, presets for Youtube etc, presets for devices, all codecs supported and even video downloading.
Any Free Video Converter – Does as above but a few high end settings need a paid upgrade.
Thunderbird – It’s free, easy to use and setup, lightweight, secure and has a great spam filter.