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51 Essential Programs For A Freeware Only PC

by James 4 December 2012 292 Comments

VirtualDub 49. VirtualDub – Legendary open source editing tool, great for cutting and transcoding your video files for best quality avi output.

Wordweb 50. WordWeb – Great free dictionary and thesaurus, I’m already in love with it. It can be used to look up words from almost any program, showing definitions, synonyms and related words. It includes pronunciations and usage examples, has spelling and sounds-like links.

GigaTribe 51. GigaTribe – I use this one for sharing files with my fiends and colleagues. It is easy to configure and perfect for connecting a small group of people. It includes a chat feature, so you can talk to your friends while they download your shared files.

The Conclusion

For the normal PC user, the user that doesn’t do highly specialized work on his computer, the freeware alternatives that you can find in this list are more than enough. In fact, I think that you don’t need to spend lots of money on their commercial alternatives, these freeware programs are just as good, some of them even better! If you make some quick calculations you’ll see that by using these freeware programs I saved more than 500 US dollars! I think I’ll buy myself a bicycle 🙂

Download

I thought about making things simple for you, so I’ve made a zip file with all these great freeware programs. I named it the “Freeware Mission Mega Pack“. You can download it from here, 446 MB of outstanding freeware! (The file host is a Romanian website, the only one I found offering free hosting for files up to 1 GB – just wait for 5 seconds and then click on “DESCARCA FISIERUL!”)

As a backup solution I’ve uploaded the files in smaller packs to another host too, here are the download links:

Freeware Mission Pack1 (94.1 MB)

Freeware Mission Pack2 (85.5 MB)

Freeware Mission Pack3 (51.2 MB)

Freeware Mission Pack4 (88.8 MB)

OpenOffice.org (127 MB)

I have scanned the packs for viruses and spyware, they are clean!

What next?

Well, first of all I’ll take a day or two off, no blogging. This whole month was a little bit tiring, so I need some time to chill out. After that… No surprises, I’ll continue to search for, find, test and review freeware programs for you. If you know freeware programs that are worth a look please leave a comment or send me an e-mail, I’d be glad to test them.

This post is the result of a full month’s work, so if you find it interesting please digg it, tell your friends about it, promote it if you can. If you want to publish the post or the list on your website or blog please ask for permission or at least let me know about it and link back, that would be fair.

Huge thanks for your support and suggestions, see you soon.

DECEMBER EDIT

I compiled a new list that will be updated every time I’ll test and review a program. I really hope that the new list is better and more complete than this one, as I tried to combine your suggestions and my views. I’ll be working to keep it updated. Check it out and maybe tell me what you think about it. Thanks.

LATER EDIT

The download link doesn’t work anymore. Please try this link. Thanks.

LATER EDIT

Check out the new list: 72 freeware programs!

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  • J said:

    I’d like to read your list, but what with the scripts, the eye-mesmerizing ads, and making the list spread over EIGHT pages, I’ll think I’ll pass.

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    WOW! Thank you for this list. Just found a Dell laptop in a dumpster, fully charged but with blue screen. But I’m typing on it to you now! I’m a total noob at this, but I’m trying to run it entirely on freeware except the OS(XP) and I happened to have an extra install on a Norton disk). I’m concerned some of the downloads you recommend might create conflicts with similar devices I’ve already installed in my eagerness. Any advice?

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