72 Programs For A Freeware Only PC
Check out the new updated list, 94 Great Freeware Programs! And there is a new Freeware Mission MegaPack available to download, check it out!
This post is my gift for you, with the best wishes for a Happy New Year. Many of you read and commented on my 51 Essential Programs For A Freeware Only PC post, many of you downloaded the Freeware Mission Megapack. Well, I’m trying to get the whole thing further. I’ve been using only freeware and open source programs in my Windows Xp powered PC since july, and I can tell you that it really works. I had 51 freeware programs, now I have 72. And you can have them too, I compiled a MegaPack again with the programs listed below – the Freeware Mission MegaPack 2008! The download link is just below, tested and working (but prepare for a long download, the whole package is about 640 MB). Happy New Year, see you in 2009, with a new MegaPack! I’m looking forward to hearing your comments!
BEST FREE FONT VIEWER
AMP Font Viewer – Font manager, view, install, uninstall, organize your fonts. an interesting feature is that you can “test” fonts before deciding to install them.
Alternatives: – FontPicker, Fast Font Preview
BEST FREE MOVIE CATALOGING SOFTWARE
Personal Video Database – Simply the best movie collection manager. It can retrieve information about your movies from several internet databases, includes loan manager and full unicode support. And it has a nice layout too.
Alternatives: Ant Movie Catalog
BEST FREE AUDIO CONVERTER
Any Audio Converter – The name says everything, it converts audio files, WMV, MP4, WAV, WMA, OGG, AAC, MP3, M4A, MP2, etc. The interesting feature is that it can extract the audio track from video files such as AVI, MPEG, MP4, WMV, ASF.
Alternatives: – MediaCoder
BEST FREE AUDIO EDITING PROGRAM
Audacity – Open source audio editing and recording program, the best free on you can get. It is very easy to use and works on Mac OSX and Linux too.
Alternatives: – Wavosaur
BEST FREE ANTIVIRUS
Avast! – The home edition is a free antivirus solution, provides resident real time protection, basic antispyware protection and doesn’t take to much memory while running in the background (a lot less than BitDefender, that’s for sure).
Alternatives: AVG, Antivir
BEST FREE SCREEN SESSION RECORDING UTILITY
CamStudio – Free screen session recorder, can record audio too, records to avi or swf files.
BEST FREE CODEC PACK
Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP) – Essential codec pack, no spyware, Media Player Classic included.
BEST FREE REGISTRY CLEANER
Advanced Windows Care 2 Personal – great system repair and cleaning program, which also includes antispyware protection.
BEST FREE CODEC UTILITY
CodecInstaller – Analyzes your video or audio files, tell you which codecs are needed, finds codecs, installs or unistalls codecs from your system.
BEST FREE HARD DISK HEALTH MONITORING UTILITY
Crystal DiskInfo – Real time hard disk monitoring utility, provides awesome in depth information about your hard disk drives.
Alternatives: – HD Tune, HDD Health
BEST FREE INSTANT MESSENGER
Digsby – Although it is still in beta it’s a very interesting instant messenger client. Supports AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber, and Facebook Chat Accounts. But the great feature is that it supports multiple e-mail accounts, Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL/AIM Mail, IMAP, and POP. It is also a great tool for social networking, it supports Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace accounts so far, with more of them coming up.
BEST FREE DISK BACKUP UTILITY
12. DriveImage XML – Great freeware program, you can backup your hard disk data and then restore the image if needed.
Alternatives: – Acronis True Image
BEST FREE DVD RIPPING PROGRAM
DVD Shrink – This one is a classic, everybody knows it, some people even sell copies of it. A great tool for backing up your video DVDs.
Alternatives: DVD Decrypter
BEST FREE DVD AUTHORING PROGRAM
DVD Styler – Free DVD authoring tool, supports PAL and NTSC. Very easy to use, just drag and drop an mpeg file and make your video DVD. You can also make decent menus with it, even with audio. It also has a Linux version.
Alternatives: DVD Flick
BEST FREE AUDIO CD RIPPING PROGRAM
Exact Audio Copy – Great audio CD ripper, extracts your audio tracks from all kinds of CD and DVD drives are supported (including USB, Firewire, SATA and SCSI drives). Supports many output file formats, including flac through external encoders.
BEST FREE RSS READER
FeedDemon – It wasn’t free, now it is! Looks nice, works well and has a bunch of nice features that will make your RSS feeds reading better.
Alternatives: RSS Bandit, RSS Owl
BEST FREE FONT FINDER
FontNetInstaller – This one can help you search for fonts over the internet as it has the best websites indexed and lets you search through them within the program. Doesn’t require installation, just unpack and run.
BEST FREE UNIVERSAL TRANSCODER
Format Factory – Universal transcoder, converts almost any video, audio and graphic file formats. Can also extract DVD Video to avi.
Alternatives: MediaCoder, SUPER
BEST FREE IMAGE EDITING PROGRAM
GIMP – The best freeware alternative to Adobe Photoshop. It’s an open source image editor, very powerful and quite stable.
Alternatives: – Inkscape
BEST FREE VIDEO PLAYER
GOM Player – The best video player in my opinion, supports almost any video file format and subtitles, solid and nice looking.
Alternatives: VLC Media Player, Zoom Player
BEST FREE PARTITION EDITOR
Gparted (Gnome Partition Editor) – Open source partition editor, very powerful, can be used on a bootable CD, USB stick, PXE server and Hard Disk.
Alternatives: – Cute Partition Manager, EASEUS Partition Manager
BEST FREE IMAGE VIEWER
Picasa 3 – Fast and reliable image viewer, can open various file formats and also has some basic editing capabilities.
BEST FREE DISK DEFRAGMENTER
JKDefrag GUI – Awesome disk defragmenter, fast and reliable. Can run scheduled defragmentation sessions or run as a screensaver, only defragmenting when your system is idle.
Alternatives: Auslogics Disk Defrag, Defraggler
BEST FREE VIDEO CONVERTER
MeGUI – Powerful video encoder, supports the best formats and encoders, great tutorials available.
Alternatives: AutoGK, StaxRip
BEST FREE MEMORY TESTING UTILITY
MemTest – Tiny freeware program that allows you to test your memory from Windows.
Memtest86+ – Open source advanced memory diagnostic tool, runs at boot-time from a bootable CD or other media.
Alternatives: – MemScope
BEST FREE BROWSER SETTINGS BACKUP UTILITY
MozBackup – Great freeware tool, backs up your Firefox ot Thunderbird settings, bookmarks, etc. If something goes wrong you can restore your precious settings in only a few seconds.
Alternatives: – Google Chrome Backup
BEST FREE WEB BROWSER
Google Chrome – I like it better that Firefox because it’s a lot faster, more reliable although less customizable.
BEST FREE TEXT EDITOR
Notepad++ – Powerful open source text editor written in C++, supports a wide range of programming languages, great multi-document and multi-view features.
Alternatives: – Emerald Editor
BEST FREE OFFICE SUITE
OpenOffice.org – This open source package replaces my Microsoft Office installation. Is it as good? I think it’s better! You won’t have any problems with adjusting to it, the basic features are similar to those in Microsoft Office.
Alternatives: IBM Lotus Symphony, Oxygen Office, Jarte (word processor only)
BEST FREE DOWNLOAD MANAGER
Orbit Downloader – Great download manager with the unique feature that allows you to grab video and audio files from websites such as YouTube.
BEST FREE FILE RECOVERY UTILITY
PCInspector File Recovery – Very good data recovery tool, supports all file systems (FAT and NTFS), finds partitions automatically, even if the boot sector or FAT has been erased or damaged.
BEST FREE PDF READER
PDF XChange Viewer – Very good PDF reader, a lot faster than Adobe Reader. And there’s even more: you can convert your PDF files to various file formats, including BMP, JPG, PNG or TIFF. It can be integrated with Firefox or Internet Explorer.
Alternatives: – Foxit Reader, Sumatra Reader
BEST FREE PDF WRITER
PDFCreator – Very good freeware PDF writer, can create PDF files out of any printable document. It can be installed as standalone or as a server application – install on a single computer and have it available on all the machines in your network.
Alternatives: BullZip, CutePDF
BEST FREE AUDIO PLAYER
Quintessential Player (QCD) – Great audio player, my favorite, highly customizable with the various plugins that are available.
Alternatives: – Foobar
BEST FREE DRIVER UPDATE UTILITY
DriverMax – Finds driver updates for your hardware, downloads and installs them. Although it’s not flawless it’s still a very useful tool.
BEST FREE FILE RENAMER
ReNamer – Very easy to use drag and drop file renamer, it offers all the standard renaming procedures: prefixes, suffixes, replacements, case changes, as well as removing contents of brackets, adding number sequences, changing file extensions.
Alternatives: Lupas Rename 2000, Flexible Renamer
BEST FREE SCREEN CAPTURE UTILITY
Screenshot Captor – Great screenshot capture program, lots of capture modes – Multimon (multiple monitors), Desktop, Active Window, Region, Windows Object. Supports multi-monitor and includes editing features for the screenshots.
Alternatives: Screen Hunter Free
BEST FREE SYSTEM INFORMATION PROGRAM
SIW (System Information for Windows) – Great free system information tool, provides info about the components and software environment in your computer. Also has some interesting extra features like network bandwidth monitoring and password manager.
Alternatives: Everest Home Edition, PC Wizard 2008
BEST FREE DVD BURNER
StarBurn – I’ve been using Nero before. I don’t need it anymore, StarBurn is free and pretty good. I’ve burned several DVDs with it (including DVD video) and it never failed. Supports CD, DVD, HD-DVD and Blu Ray discs.
Alternatives: CD Burner XP, ImageBurn
BEST FREE SOFTWARE UPDATE PROGRAM
SUMo (Software Update Monitoring) – Identifies the software that you have installed in your system and checks the internet for updates. The latest version seems to have corrected most errors, works pretty fine.
Alternatives: FileHippo.com Update Checker, UpdateStar
BEST FREE ANTISPYWARE
SUPERAntiSpyware – The best antispyware solution that you can get for free. It doesn’t provide resident protection, but if you just scan your computer with it once a week or so you should be fine.
Alternatives: Spybot Search and Destroy
BEST FREE MEMORY OPTIMIZER
SweepRAM – Outstanding tiny freeware memory optimizer with an unique approach. What you should do is, after you’ve turned your computer on, and started all applications that will be running all day long (antivirus, etc) run SweepRAM. That way, all running applications will reduce their memory use to the required amount, giving you as much RAM available for your work as possible.
Alternatives: Free RAM XP
BEST FREE SYSTEM RESOURCE METER
SysTrayMeter – Tiny resource meter that sows you the CPU and memory usage. You can easily close it by double clicking on the icon in the system tray.
Alternatives: – TinyResMeter
BEST FREE FILE COMPRESSION PROGRAM / ZIP UTILITY
Alternatives: jZip, 7zip
BEST FREE WINDOWS TWEAKING PROGRAM
TweakUI – Free from Microsoft? Well, it’s for real A must have for any Windows XP user, allows you to tweak the setting you wouldn’t have access to normally.
nLite – freeware tool that allows you to customize your Windows installation bootable CD. That means you can remove Windows components that you don’t want to be installed right from the start.
BEST FREE BITTORRENT CLIENT
uTorrent – Best BitTorrent client, lightweight and reliable. The new version brings better functionality and some new features.
Alternatives: Azureus, BitLord
BEST FREE VIDEO EDITING PROGRAM
VirtualDub – Legendary open source editing tool, great for cutting and transcoding your video files for best quality avi output.
RichFLV – A very good freeware tool for basic flash video files editing.
Alternatives: – ZS4, Jahshaka
BEST FREE DICTIONARY
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.
Alternatives: – Lingoes
BEST FREE FILE SHARING PROGRAM
DropBox – allows you to share files with the world quickly and easily. The bad thing is that the free account has a 2 GB limitation.
Alternatives: GigaTribe, TeamViewer, Waste
BEST FREE WYSIWYG HTML EDITOR
Kompozer - easy to use “what you see is what you get” html editor, simple but powerful.
Alternatives: – PsPad
BEST FREE INTERNET CONNECTION OPTIMIZER
Alternatives: – DrTCP, SpeedNeed
BEST FREE BROKEN LINKS CHECKER
Xenu’s Link Sleuth – very good freeware program for webmasters. Just type in your website adress and scan it for broken links.
Alternatives: – Link Evaluator
BEST FREE PROCESS MANAGER
Process Tamer – great tiny freeware tool that allows you to control the processes that are running in your system.
Alternatives: – Process Explorer
BEST FREE PROGRAM UNINSTALLER
Revo Uninstaller – uninstalls your programs and helps you to clean the leftovers that remain after the uninstalling is completed.
Alternatives: – MyUninstaller, ZSoft Uninstaller
BEST FREE CONTEXT MENU MANAGER
Mmm Free – freeware program that allows you to tweak the windows context menu.
BEST FREE HARD DISK BENCHMARKING TOOL
CrystalDiskMark – You can use it to test your hard disks and even USB sticks and external hard disk drives.
Alternatives: – Active@ Hard Disk Monitor
BEST FREE DISK SPACE ANALYZER
Sequoia View – Innovative freeware program that gives you the tools you need to analyze the files and folders on your hard disks and find those huge files that you forgot to delete.
Alternatives: – jDiskReport, WinDirStat
BEST FREE FILE MANAGER
FreeCommander – A very good alternative to the standard Windows file manager.
Alternatives: – xplorer² free
BEST FREE PROGRAM LAUNCHER
Launchy - Open source Windows and Linux program that helps you to launch the program you need without browsing through your Start Menu or looking for a shortcut on your desktop.
Alternatives: – FARR (Find and Run Robot)
BEST FREE ACCOUNTING PROGRAM
GnuCash – Powerful open source accounting program, suitable for both common and advanced users.
Alternatives: – AceMoney Lite
BEST FREE COLOR IDENTIFIER
ColorCop – Helps you identify the colors on your screen and gives you the respective code for each color. Very useful for webmasters and designers.
Alternatives: – Just Color Picker, Pixeur
BEST FREE WEATHER INFORMATION PROGRAM
Weather Watcher – Fast, lightweight, reliable. I don’t know if you could ask for more.
Alternatives: Weather Pulse
BEST FREE LYRICS FINDER
Evil Lyrics – Automatically searches for lyrics as your song is played in your player, it works great with Winamp, Windows Media Player, iTunes, MusicMatch, Foobar, MediaMonkey, Real Player, QCD, AlbumPlayer, Y!Music, XMPlay. It even has a karaoke mode.
BEST FREE GAMES
Frets On Fire – Outstanding open source game, similar to the very popular Guitar Hero.
BEST FREE STICKY NOTES PROGRAM
Stickies – Once you get used to it you won’t be able to live without it. Easily creates sticky notes on your desktop.
Alternatives: – StickyPad
BEST FREE AUDIO FILES TAG EDITOR
TagScanner – Complex tag editor that supports almost any audio file type you might think of.
Alternatives: – Mp3Tag
BEST FREE TASK MANAGER
Task Coach – Open source, multi platform, you can easily create and manage “to do” lists and monitor your tasks.
Alternatives: – Project Timer
BEST FREE PROGRAM SCHEDULER
System Scheduler – An alternative to the Windows Task Scheduler, with more features and flexibility.
Alternatives: – XStarter
BEST FREE FIREWALL
Zone Alarm – The most popular free firewall, lightweight and easy to use.
Alternatives: – Sunbelt-Kerio Personal Firewall, Comodo Firewall
I almost forgot… I’m going to continue searching for, testing and reviewing freeware programs, and the list will be updated every time on this page! Happy New Year and have a speedy download!
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