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Free Software List

(malware removal, adware, spyware)
The world's most popular anti-spyware! [see review]
(audio editing, authoring, converting)
Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. [see review]
Avast! (Home Edition)
(antivirus, security)
Free antivirus software providing desktop security and data protection. avast! detects and removes all forms of malware, including spyware, rootkits and trojans. Free for home users. [see review]
AVG Free
(antivirus, security)
AVG Free provides you with basic antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows and is available to download for free. [see review]
Avira AntiVir Personal
(antivirus, security)
Protects your computer against dangerous viruses, worms, Trojans and costly dialers. [see review]
(computer maintenance, registry cleaning, optimization)
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! [see review]
(cd/dvd writing, burning, copying, authoring)
CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components. [see review]
(digital audio ripping, converting, extracting)
Open Source Digital Audio CD Extractor [see review]
(internet browsing)
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. [see review]
(antivirus, security)
ClamWin is a Free Antivirus program for Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 and Vista. [see review]
Comodo Firewall Pro
(firewall, security)
Comodo Firewall, rated by PC Magazine Online as an Editor's Choice, constantly monitors and defends your PC from Internet attacks. It's easy to install and use and passes the industry's most stringent firewall "leak" tests. [see review]
(document converting)
This free service enables you to convert Microsoft Word documents (.doc/.docx) into Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf) documents with a single click. [see review]
(driver updating)
DriverMax is a new tool that allows you to download the latest driver updates for your computer. No more searching for rare drivers on discs or on the web or inserting one installation CD after the other. Just create a free account, log in, and start downloading the updates that you need. [see review]
DVD Flick
(dvd authoring)
DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation. [see review]
Exsate DV Capture Live
(digital video [dv] capture, transfer)
The most fast and easy to use program for DV capture and encoding to DivX, AVI, WMV in real time. The program displays the DV date time stamp, allows to capture a given timecode interval, detects scenes, captures to multiple files, automatically detects and stops at the end of the footage, operates your DV camcorder. In additional the program performs some tasks to make the capture process more comfortable for you: rewinds a tape, shutdown a PC, etc. [see review]
(free internet faxing)
FaxZero lets you send a fax to any fax machine in the United States (including Puerto Rico) or Canada for free. You don't need a fax machine yourself, but you do need a valid e-mail address. [see review]
(ftp, file transfer protocol)
FileZilla is a free FTP solution. Both a client and a server are available. FileZilla is open source software distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License [see review]
(internet browsing)
Firefox has security, speed and new features that will change the way you use the Web. Don’t settle for anything less. [see review]
(peer-to-peer [p2p] file sharing, file downloading)
Experience the Next Generation of the Fastest P2P Program! [see review]
(image editing, manipulating, authoring)
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages. [see review]
(video encoding, transcoding, converting)
HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. [see review]
(cd/dvd writing, burning, copying, authoring)
ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit! [see review]
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
(malware removal, adware, spyware)
Malwarebytes. Destroying malware, one byte at a time

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is an anti-malware application that can thoroughly remove even the most advanced malware. It includes a number of features, including a built in protection monitor that blocks malicious processes before they even start. [see review]
(text-editing, programming)
Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL Licence. [see review]
(word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, database)
OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose. [see review]
(image management, editing, viewing)
Picasa is a very inclusive photo management suite which allows easy editing, searching, organizing, and categorizing. It also integrates with picasa web albums for convenient photo sharing/image hosting. [see review]
(instant messaging, icq, msn, aim)
Pidgin is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client that allows you to use all of your IM accounts at once. [see review]
(driver updating)
This software application keeps your computer running better and safer and lengthens its lifespan by keeping your internal hardware drivers and software applications up-to-date at all times. [see review]
(music player, media management, video player, web browser)
A great music (/media) library, management, and player built on Mozilla code. [see review]
(peer-to-peer [p2p] file sharing, music downloading)
Soulseek(tm) is a unique ad-free, spyware free, and just plain free file sharing application. [see review]
Spybot-Search and Destroy
(malware removal, adware, spyware)
Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try... [see review]
(malware removal, adware, spyware)
Remove ALL the Spyware, NOT just the easy ones!

SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition is 100% Free and will detect and remove thousands of Spyware, Adware, Malware, Trojans, KeyLoggers, Dialers, Hi-Jackers, and Worms. SUPERAntiSpyware features many unique and powerful technologies and removes spyware threats that other applications fail to remove. [see review]
(peer-to-peer [p2p] file sharing, file downloading)
A freeware BitTorrent client (lightweight and fast) for Windows [see review]
(video editing)
VideoSpin is the best alternative to Windows Movie Maker for Windows that I could find in a crunch. It did everything I needed in a fairly professional straightforward manner. [see review]
(video editing, capturing)
VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit Windows platforms (95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters. VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read [see review]
VLC Media Player
(media player, streaming server, dvd player)
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. [see review]
VSO Image Resizer
(bulk image resizing, scaling, watermarking)
The VSO free image resize software organizes your photos by changing their resolution or moving them within your hard drive. VSO Image resizer is the perfect tool for those who store their digital pictures and images on their PC and who want to resize, compress, convert, create copies, create thumbnails, import or organize photos. [see review]
(media management, organization, playback)
Winamp is multimedia organization and access software with a built in database for quick searches. [see review]
(image viewing, editing, converting)
XnView is a utility for viewing and converting graphic files. [see review]
ZoneAlarm Free
(firewall, security)
ZoneAlarm Free Firewall blocks hackers from infiltrating your home PC by hiding your computer from unsolicited network traffic. By detecting and preventing intrusions, ZoneAlarm Free Firewall keeps your PC free from viruses that slow down performance, and spyware that steals your personal information, passwords, and financial data. [see review]