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72 Programs For A Freeware Only PC

by Johnny Karp 4 December 2012 135 Comments


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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!

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BEST FREE FONT VIEWER

AMP Font ViewerAMP 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 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 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 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 CamStudio – Free screen session recorder, can record audio too, records to avi or swf files.

Alternatives: Jing

BEST FREE CODEC PACK

CCCP Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP) – Essential codec pack, no spyware, Media Player Classic included.

Alternatives: K-Lite

BEST FREE REGISTRY CLEANER

Advanced Windows Care 2 Personal – great system repair and cleaning program, which also includes antispyware protection.

Alternatives: CCleaner, EasyCleaner ,Glary Utilities

BEST FREE CODEC UTILITY

CodecInstaller CodecInstaller – Analyzes your video or audio files, tell you which codecs are needed, finds codecs, installs or unistalls codecs from your system.

Alternatives: -

BEST FREE HARD DISK HEALTH MONITORING UTILITY

Crystal DiskInfo 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 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.

Alternatives: Pidgin

BEST FREE DISK BACKUP UTILITY

DriveImage XML 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 ShrinkDVD 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 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

ExactAudioCopy 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.

Alternatives: CDex

BEST FREE RSS READER

FeedDemon 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

FontNetExplorer 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.

Alternatives: -

BEST FREE UNIVERSAL TRANSCODER

Format Factory 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 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 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

GpartedGparted (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.

Alternatives: IrfanView

BEST FREE DISK DEFRAGMENTER

JkDefragGUI 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 MeGUI – Powerful video encoder, supports the best formats and encoders, great tutorials available.

Alternatives: AutoGK, StaxRip

BEST FREE MEMORY TESTING UTILITY

MemTest MemTest – Tiny freeware program that allows you to test your memory from Windows.

Memtest86 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 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.

Alternatives: Mozilla Firefox, Opera

BEST FREE TEXT EDITOR

Notepad  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 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 Orbit Downloader – Great download manager with the unique feature that allows you to grab video and audio files from websites such as YouTube.

Alternatives: FlashGet

BEST FREE FILE RECOVERY UTILITY

PCInspector FIle Recovery 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.

Alternatives: Recuva

BEST FREE PDF READER

PDF XChange Viewer 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 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 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_small_horizDriverMax – Finds driver updates for your hardware, downloads and installs them. Although it’s not flawless it’s still a very useful tool.

Alternatives: RadarSync

BEST FREE FILE RENAMER

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 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 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

StarBurnStarBurn – 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 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 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 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 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

TUGZip TUGZip – Very good free compression utility, works fine with almost any archive file format, fast and reliable.

Alternatives: jZip, 7zip

BEST FREE WINDOWS TWEAKING PROGRAM

TweakUI 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_iconnLitefreeware 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.

Alternatives: -

BEST FREE BITTORRENT CLIENT

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

richflv_48RichFLV – A very good freeware tool for basic flash video files editing.

Alternatives: – ZS4, Jahshaka

BEST FREE DICTIONARY

WordwebWordWeb – 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-icon-alphaDropBox – 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_128x128Kompozer - easy to use “what you see is what you get” html editor, simple but powerful.

Alternatives: – PsPad

BEST FREE INTERNET CONNECTION OPTIMIZER

sglogo5_santaTCP Optimizer – great freeware tool that allows you to tweak your internet connection in order to get the most speed out of it.

Alternatives: – DrTCP, SpeedNeed

BEST FREE BROKEN LINKS CHECKER

xenu2Xenu’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_686Process 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

348895Revo 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-1Mmm Free – freeware program that allows you to tweak the windows context menu.

Alternatives: -

BEST FREE HARD DISK BENCHMARKING TOOL

crystaldiskmark-dCrystalDiskMark – 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

sequoiaviewSequoia 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

freecommanderlogoFreeCommander – A very good alternative to the standard Windows file manager.

Alternatives: – xplorer² free

BEST FREE PROGRAM LAUNCHER

launchy2Launchy - 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

gnucashGnuCash – Powerful open source accounting program, suitable for both common and advanced users.

Alternatives: – AceMoney Lite

BEST FREE COLOR IDENTIFIER

colorcop53ColorCop – 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

weatherwatcher5623Weather Watcher – Fast, lightweight, reliable. I don’t know if you could ask for more.

Alternatives: Weather Pulse

BEST FREE LYRICS FINDER

evillyricsEvil 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.

Alternatives: -

BEST FREE GAMES

Frets On Fire – Outstanding open source game, similar to the very popular Guitar Hero.

BEST FREE STICKY NOTES PROGRAM

stickies-iconStickies – 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

tagscannerTagScanner – Complex tag editor that supports almost any audio file type you might think of.

Alternatives: – Mp3Tag

BEST FREE TASK MANAGER

taskcoach_medTask 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

sysschedulerSystem Scheduler – An alternative to the Windows Task Scheduler, with more features and flexibility.

Alternatives: – XStarter

BEST FREE FIREWALL

zonealarm_tray_iconZone 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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  • jkhines said:

    Best blog post of the year – thanks for the list! –John

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @jkhines
    Thanks for the comment, you’re being too nice though :)

  • JacobK said:

    Great list and thanks very much for the Mission Megapack!! I’ll like it!
    Are you thinking of testing bookmark managers/favorite managers?
    I’ve a lot of bookmarks and looking for good freeware to search my bookmarks fast.
    Or do you have any other solution? (mostly use Firefox). – Jacob.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @JacobK
    Thanks for the comment. I’ll try to test some bookmark managers next year :)

  • Bob OBrien said:

    Great job!
    I’m especially impressed with 2 of your picks: Format Factory & Orbit Downloader. I download many You-tube vids for conversion & burning to DVD. These 2 programs are the best for doing this.
    Keep up the good work and thanks.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Bob
    Thanks for your comment, I’m glad you found them useful.

  • Bob OBrien said:

    Hi JK
    Just an addendum to my recent comment re Orbit & Format Factory. While I completely agree with your picks I beg to differ on the burning software choice of Starburn. Check out “DVD Flick”.
    To me it is second only to Nero in transcoding and burning to DVD. In my opinion Nero is light years ahead of all the competition and really worth the purchase price. But please take a look at “DVD Flick”.
    Thanks again for all your help

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Bob
    I’d rather put DVD Flick in the DVD Authoring Programs category, not in the DVD Burners category. I think that these two programs serve different purposes. DVD Flick is listed under the DVD Authoring Programs as an alternative to DVD Styler, but I’d say that both programs are very good. Starburn is for burning data, audio files, dvd images and so on.

  • Tom Bowman said:

    I’ve been using many freeware apps and appreciate your web site. Have you tried Super Edit (superedi) for a good programming text editor? This comment interface is not great, by the way. Others to check out include Filezilla, free stripmail, KeePass, dvd knife, dupfinder, networkinfo, onjectdock, photoscape, simeter, spamihilator, teracopy, TheFileSplitter, visualPing, truecrypt, autoit, examdif, pctools antivirus, printfolders, slickrun, hidden utilities, wavosaur, xmlnotepad. Thanks for putting this site together! Tom

  • Bob OBrien said:

    JK:
    just got a look at your response to me re Starburn, DVD Flick, Nero, et al.
    You’re right, I am mixing a few apples with my oranges.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Tom Bowman
    Thanks for your suggestions, I’ll add those to the “to be tested list” soon. What’s wrong with the comment interface?

  • Darrell said:

    Thank you so much for this. This is a really valuable resource. You’re awesome.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Darrell
    Thanks, you’re too kind :)

  • Andrew said:

    Interesting list. Wonder how many will be on the January 2010 ‘Freeware Only’ list ?

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Andrew
    Yes, that’s quite interesting indeed. I plan to post another “intermediate” list in July or August, so maybe the changes in the list will be done gradually.

  • PixelOverload said:

    Any way you can make a Freeware Mission Update Pack with only the new ones that weren’t on the 51 list?

    It would be alot easier.
    :)

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @PixelOverload
    I guess it would be easier for me and maybe for those that already knew those 51 programs. I decided to do as I did for all the rest, I’m sure it’s easier for them ;)

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Mike
    Hey Mike! I’ll think about your suggestions for the next MegaPack.

  • Bob OBrien said:

    JK:

    Just installed “Any A/V Converter”. What a revelation! Extracted audio tracks from 12 classic rock videos in .avi format. Beautiful! Burned a CD from the converted tracks. Program is fast and user friendly Many thanks. One item: I’m going to try “DVD Styler” Your download link is now invalid. It goes to”dvdstyler.de. Should be”dvdstyler.org. I found it somehow with my fumbling around. Again,thanks

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Bob O’Brien
    I’m so happy you liked the program and that you found it useful. As for DVD Styler, I’ll repair the link, thanks for the heads up.

  • Bob OBrien said:

    Hi JK: About Browsers:
    I have 2 computers, 1. Compaq desktop, 2ghz processor, 2 gig ram win xp home sp2, runs like a corvette on everything. 2. 8 yr old toshiba notebook (Satellite),700mhz processor,192 ram(not expandable), running win 2000 pro sp4.
    Running the following browsers on the notebook consumes memory as follows:
    Opera 30mb
    IE 38mb
    FF 58 to 70 mb!
    This is at rest in home page.
    I increased virtual mem in pagefile. Do you have data that agrees with these results?

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Hey Bob. The results I had are slightly different:
    - IE takes 51 MB
    - Firefox takes 51 MB
    I think it might depend on the type of page that you load, don’t know. If I trust my senses and my eyes I would say that Chrome and Opera are the fastest though. Maybe you can give me the url of your home page and I’ll test with that page too.

  • Bob OBrien said:

    Hey JK:
    Here’s the url you requested netmail.verizon.net/webmail/driver?nimlet=deggetfolder
    I want to reiterate my opinion that you are performing a great service for the computing public. I hope you continue your quest for the foreseeable future. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge and expertise thru your website and recommend it to all who will listen. I’m not a “techie” but I can find my way around . Looking forward to the “sequel”. Thanks

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Hey Bob. I’ll test with that page as soon as I get home and I’ll let you know about the results. And thanks a lot for your kind words, I don’t have plans to shut down this website soon :)

  • Chuck Walters said:

    Just downloaded “weather watcher.” Very nice, very handy little program. I appreciate the suggestion. I look forward to trying some of your others. Please do keep up the great work.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Chuck
    I hope you’ll find more interesting programs in the list. Thanks for visiting, I’m looking forward to hearing your view about other programs too.

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  • Bob OBrien said:

    Hello again JK:
    Need a little of your expertise on this one: Just downloaded “gp partition”. Unzipped in a folder.
    Can not find an .exe file to launch Program. Clicked on every file in folder. No go. Help!
    Did a second memory sweep on browsers under same previously stated conditions.
    Results:FYI
    FF 100mb
    IE 81
    Opera 52
    Chrome 48
    Safari 89

  • Johnny Karp said:

    If you downloaded GParted Live you won’t find any exe files in there, I think there’s an ISO image that you have to burn to a bootable CD and then boot from that CD and edit your partitions.

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  • Bear Bottoms said:

    You could check out PicPick Tools and Easy Capture. Both are very good with scrolling capture. I prefer PicPick due to it’s image editor features.
    PicPick ToolsIt features a powerful screen capture tool with scrolling capture, image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard and etc. Also a portable program. Win 95/98/ME/NT/2000/2003/XP/Vista. http://picpick.wiziple.net/features ….and EasyCapture allows you to capture screen shot, including windows screen capture, scrolling windows screen capture, selected-regions screen capture. It also allows you to edit the screen captures and add arrows, text or balloon stamps. Win 2000/2003/XP/Vista. http://www.xydownload.com/easycapture/

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Bear
    Thanks for the suggestions, both programs look quite impressive. I’ll try to give them ago sooner or later. Btw, you have a nice website.

  • Anon said:

    Video player (also audio): VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) plays basically anything: avi, mp4, mov, swf, mp3, etc

    Screen Capture: FastStone Capture (http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=775) it has since gone payware, but is redistributed under an old license in several places. captures regions, entire screens, individual windows, scrolling windows and it has a built in editor for quick highlighting or light edits

  • baracuda68 said:

    All freeware on XP? Can you EASILY remove IE? C’mon… The only REAL way to have a full freeware/open source system is to NOT HAVE IT ON A WINDOWS SYSTEM! Jeesh…Linux,people!!! Get it right!

  • Sky said:

    wow..this is so great..thank u for the post

  • Sinan Iyisoy said:

    Thanks for the great collection and your contribution to promoting free software.

  • Hari Karam Singh said:

    Wow…some good ones there….not the usual rubbish. Well done!

  • Ern said:

    64 bit users not, SUPERAntiSpyware drivers are not 64bit compatible, you will get driver errors in your event log…

    http://www.forums.superantispyware.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1441&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

  • Shawn Rosvold said:

    Great list. Thanks!

    I would nominate Irfanview for best image editor and picture viewer. I’ve tried a lot of programs and I have Photoshop, but I use Irfanview for 99% of my photo editing. The program is free, small, unobtrusive and the guy is constantly updating its capabilities. Picasa may have changed, but when I tried Picasa a few years ago, it inserted itself into every graphics folder I had on my computer. It took me many hours to completely uninstall it.

    One more nomination. A free, open source photo gallery creator called Jalbum.

  • bjørn said:

    hu- ppl doesn’t use ftp any longer?
    by the way core ftp is a good client

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  • nyditch said:

    May I recommend adding best file copier? I use y-copy, which eliminates file copying frustration with Windows.

    Also, VirtualDubMod supports more video formats than VirtualDub.

    Otherwise, excellent list.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Anon
    I chose not to use FastStone Capture because it has gone payware. VLC is a good alternative indeed.
    @baracuda68
    Chill out, mate. Nobody will make you install Windows on your PC if you have Linux, don’t worry. I think that Ubuntu for instance might get too complicated for not very advanced users because of the drivers problems and so on.
    @Ern
    Thanks for the heads up.
    @Shawn
    Thanks for sharing your view.
    @nyditch
    Thanks for the suggestions.

  • Nabil said:

    EXCELLENT!!

    one thing disagree :P about google Chrome.. if you are ADDON ADDICT OF firefox you can’t use any other browser

    BUT HATS OFF TO YOUR CONTRIBUTION ! ITS SIMPLY AWESOME!

  • Kevin said:

    I though it would be a long time before I saw Chrome as a “best web browser.” I just can’t live without some of the FF add-ons. Still a great list though. Well done!

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Kevin & Nabil
    I chose Chrome after being a Firefox fan for years. And I agree, it’s the addons that I miss, but overall I feel that Chrome does a better job. I recently quit smoking, so letting those addons go wasn’t as difficult… :)

  • wwn said:

    Maju trus mas…ganti judulnya,jangan 72..kalo bisa lebih….

  • Manuel said:

    The Best Free Font Manager is from Linotype, Font Explorer X

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Manuel
    It might be good but as far as I know it isn’t free.

  • Terry said:

    Great info! I,m a 55 yr old novice at this (still smoke, by the way) and wondered if you could make a list of good, common English tutorials. I’m working w/Autodesk and Adobe MS (CS3).Current hardware is Dell laptop w/Centrino Dual Core, 2g RAM, 320g running Vista. Currently using Semantic 360 but I’m not married to it. I also have Ccleaner and have had good luck with it. But, I’m afraid to experiment too much for fear I’ll do something I can’t undo. Thanks again for your info here and in the future.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Hey Terry! My dad’s 55 :) I was thinking about making some tutorials, but if I’ll finally decide to make some they will also be with and about free software. And don’t worry, it’s never too late to learn. And it’s likely that you’ll do some harm to your computer in the process, but that’s how things go. Anytime you’ll need some computer advice just drop a message here, I’ll be glad to help as much as possible.

  • Patrick said:

    Great post, thanks a lot.

  • Justin K. Reeve said:

    This is a fantastic list. I’m always on the lookout for great free tools, and I appreciate your work in putting this together. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Justin & Patrick
    Thanks, I’m happy you find it useful.

  • Chris Hudson said:

    As a launcher, I have just found Enzo. Works on plugins and seems very flexible, fast and good looking.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Thanks for the info Chris, it’s the first time I hear about it. I’ll give it a try. Btw, cool avatar :)

  • banhmr9001 said:

    I love how this article lists SEVENTY-TWO programs so that you can use them without having to buy software to do the same thing, or better yet, to replace functions that may already be controlled by non-freeware applications! I also love how the list is composed entirely of programs for the Microsoft Windows operating system, and no other…even though Windows isn’t freeware.

    Freeware only PC (!) + $200 Copy of closed-source Windows OS = non-freeware-only PC.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @banhmr9001
    Mate, I love the way you put together more than 100 words to explain something that I already explained several times.

  • Devraj Solanki said:

    Best free Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software please

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Devraj
    Will do, by the end of this year hopefully :)

  • DRK said:

    I used super anti-spyware for a while, then found one with real-time protection. Might want to give Spyware Terminator a look.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @DRK
    Thanks for the suggestion. Spyware Terminator is already on the “To Be Tested” list, I hope to have the time to give it a go soon.

  • Godfrey Walker said:

    Your download link isn’t working,
    the site said there is no such file…

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Thanks for the heads up Godfrey, I’ll replace the link with the new one as soon as possible, in an hour or two hopefully. Thanks.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Replaced with a new link, it’s working now. Thanks again for the heads up.

  • Sherri said:

    John,
    Thanks you made my IT job so much easier and I will be donating to the sites you mentioned here!
    Sherri

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Sherri
    Thanks for your comment and for donating to those wonderful people.

  • snodi said:

    please check the best freeware of dekstop publishing and open source OS

  • Jim Ord said:

    Johnny,
    It appears that we have an eternal loop between Advanced System Care, Zone Alert and Windows Internet Explorer! I use Mozilla Firefox but after having scanned for spyware using Advanced System care, it recommends an online facility called NOD32, which in turn insists that I use Windows IE, which will not run alongside Zone Alert (this from Microsoft help)! I’d love to use the online remover, but not at the expense of losing Zone Alert – Any ideas?
    Jim

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Jim Ord
    I guess you should replace one of them with another program. For instance I’m not using Advanced System Care, I switched to Glary Utilities. You could give it a try.

  • Jim Ord said:

    Thanks Johnny,
    Will try Glary Utilities when my cap is replenished April 1st.
    Jim

  • Jim Ord said:

    Thanks again, Johnny
    Glary Utilities is a marvelous tool!
    Jim

  • Matteh said:

    Pretty comprehensive list, I’m sure plenty will find this immensely useful. In terms of Launchy-esque programs, a definite contender would also be Executor. I have used both, and Executor simply places a bigger emphasis on keywords, rather than indexing. Just a thought!

  • Troy said:

    left out MalwareBytes for antispyware , other than that a very nice list as i use most of the software featured.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Matteh
    Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Troy
    Thanks for sharing your view.

  • Larry said:

    here’s a few you might want to look at
    clamwin-antivirus
    NetMeter-Connections
    Scribus-desktop publishing
    Toucan-synchronize and backup
    Windirstat-graphic file sizing
    Xenon-file manager
    Inkscape-vector drawing
    Thunderbird-email manager

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Larry
    Thanks for the suggestions, my next review will be about Mozilla Thunderbird :) I have tried Inkscape, it’s a great program indeed.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @John
    1. Any Audio Converter – I never had any problems with it, just set up your firewall correctly and it will work just fine.
    2. StarBurn DOES NOT change your browser start page if you pay attention when installing the program. Otherwise, a great program for burning CDs and DVDs, but apparently you didn’t try that.
    3. I never experienced abnormal behavior when using TugZip (I’m using another program now called IZArc). Anyway, is the “about” tab so important when using a program? In my view you’re just trying too hard to find flaws in these programs instead of just using them for the purpose they were made for. Cheers.

  • pcmemoirs said:

    Great list, thanks! One question though. Are you sure the Zone Alarm firewall (free edition) is better than Comodo? I read many reviews and most people regard Comodo as the best free firewall.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @pcmemoirs
    I’m not saying that Zone Alarm is better than Comodo, I just like it better. The best firewall for me is… no firewall at all :) Btw, I like your blog, keep up the good work :)

  • Jim Ord said:

    Hi Johnny,
    Have you ever done research on Freeware Website Builders? There appear to be quite a few and I was seeking your advice.
    Many Thanks in anticipation!
    Jim Ord

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Hey Jim. I reviewed Kompozer a few months ago, it’s a freeware html editor. I guess you can call it a website builder, although I don’t really understand if you want more than a WYSIWYG web editor. Here’s a good tutorial for using Kompozer, I hope it helps – How to Design and Publish Your Website with KompoZer

  • pcmemoirs said:

    Thanks for the clarification. I admit, I don’t use any firewalls except the Windows firewall (XP version). No hack attacks yet :) but I’ll probably install one soon.

  • Jim Ord said:

    Thanks for the FILEZILLA lead for website building Johnny – I will pursue it and also thank you for the fax software lead, that I’m pursuing already via my I.P. here in S.A. – I’ve submitted my order for free FaxForAsterix (Digium) and will report on progress via this Blog – I contacted Johnny direct asking him about Fax over Internet without using a 4th party and he pointed me in the right direction! (Thanks Mate!)

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Anytime, Jim, anytime. :friends:

  • Jim Ord said:

    Dear Johnny,
    I received the following from my I.P. “Kindly be advised that we do not support Fax over IP. The only faxing service we offer is Fax to voicemail and fax to email”
    Stymied!
    But once again thanks for your help and I shall still be pursuing O/G fax via internet, here in the 3rd world!
    Jim

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Hey Jim, sorry about that, maybe there is an ISP that could give you the service that you want, even in the 3rd world… Good luck!

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  • timxirish said:

    I personally would argue that UnrealCommander (www.x-diesel.com) is better than FreeCommander.

    I would definitely consider giving it a try and replacing FC with it.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @timxirish
    Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll try it sooner or later.

  • JIM ORD said:

    Hi johnny!
    Jim again, I need your help!
    I’m looking for a way to include a photo gallery for my brother in the U.K.’s website which I’m developing using Kompozer (very nicely if I may say so!)
    I’ve Googled and found an Open Source site – http://gallery.menalto.com/ – which seems pretty good.
    I’d seriously be happier if you could endorse it or another if you’ve checked it out/
    many Thanks in anticipation – Jim

  • JIM ORD said:

    Sorry Johnny – I just found your 25 Freeware Programs for Web designers page!!
    Thanks Mate – you’re always one step ahead!!
    Jim

  • Johnny Karp said:

    You’re welcome Jim :) I’m glad you’re finding help over here, I’ll try to do my best from now on too.

  • jack said:

    you forgot the best free OS.

  • Jim Ord said:

    Hi Johnny,
    Just a quick Thank You for FileZilla and Kompozer leads – my brother Martin is quite impressed also. The website http://www.summerfieldbandb.co.uk, is still WIP but is taking shape!!
    We want to incorporate a ‘Visitor’s Book’ page, and I envisioned something on the lines of your page here? How does one include such a facility? Using Kompozer?
    Thanking you in anticipation – Jim

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Hey Jim! I must say that Summerfield looks absolutely awesome! And I’m not just saying that to be polite. As for the website, maybe you could go for a free template instead of building it from scratch. I think that even with WordPress you could build a nice website for your purpose. About the visitor’s book, I’m not a coder so I really don’t know how to build such a thing but I think that it can be done with Kompozer provided you have the coding knowledge. Anyway, best of luck with Summerfield!

  • Daniel said:

    Great List Dude! Thank you so mutch

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Check out the new updated list: 94 Great Freeware Programs!

  • Toz said:

    I would have make the same choices for the software I know. I suppose I’m going to like those I don’t know yet ! Thank you.

  • Michael said:

    Hi Johnny

    Put PhotoFiltre in your list (If it is there I missed it)

    This program can put text under photo’s and also put a background colour edge to pic’s. Also it can produce great text when it’s put in the page by clicking on the edge of the text and dragging the edge to create a great effect.

    Don’t know any other graphic or text program that will do this.

    If you want a fuller explanation how to do the above EMail me.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Michael, thanks for the suggestion, I’ll try the program.

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  • JIM ORD said:

    HI JOHNNY, LONG TIME ME NO SPEAK! I’M IMPRESSED WITH THE GROWTH OF FREEWARE MISSION!! AND A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED THAT ZONEALARM ANTI-VIRUS AND GLARE UTILITIES DIDN’T GET A LOOK IN, ON YOUR RECENT POLL! HOWEVER I’M MORE THAN CONTENT WITH THEM! SINCE TAKING YOUR ADVICE CONCERNING WEBSITE DESIGN FREEWARE (FILEZILLA & KOMPOZER)I’VE GONE INTO THE WYSIWYG WEBSITE BUSINESS! I’VE ONLY DONE 3 SITES TO-DATE, BUT HEY! IT’S BEEN FUN! MY BROTHER BOUGHT ME A WEBSITE, BY WAY OF A THANK YOU, AFTER I’D DONE HIS FOR HIS BED AND BREAKFAST BUSINESS IN THE UK (www.summerfieldbandb.co.uk) (I’M STILL PRACTISING TO IMPROVE IT, AS I PICK UP EXPERIENCE ALONG THE WAY). WITH THE EXTRA CASH SO GENERATED, I SHALL BE RETURNING TO MY FAMILY IN THE UK AFTER AN ABSENCE OF 28 YEARS! SO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP, WHICH I SEE AS THE CATALYST FOR ME UPCOMING PRODIGAL RETURN!
    P.S.
    I JUST WANT TO WARN TWEAKUI USERS THAT IT INVOKES A SUPERVISOR LOGIN TO WINDOWS IF NOT UNCHECKED, DURING TWEAKING! IF YOU DON’T HAVE YOUR SUPERVISOR LOGIN PASSWORD A RELOAD OF YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM BECOMES INEVITABLE! CHEERS, JIM!

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Hey Jim! I’m so happy that I could help you and I’m thrilled that I had a small contribution to your prodigal return :)

  • Johan said:

    Disappointing list of freeware. There are better alternatives for almost each of these items.

    You didn’t mention the annoying once-a-day popup of Avast!

    And you didn’t mention that the full install of SUMO has spyware. BAD MOVE! :(

    You didn’t mention XnView which is superior to Picasa and IrfanView

    You didn’t mention Malwarebytes Anti-Malware that is superior to Super Anti-Spyware

    You didn’t mention Secunia’s PSI

    codec packs? why would anyone need codec packs? VLC plays everything.

    I tried EvilLyrics that you recommended. It didn’t find ANY lyrics for any of the 15 songs I tried, and it was classics like Judas Priest, Jimi Hendrix, Queen etc. What a rip-off, even for free software…

    I could go on but I think you get the point. You need to do more research….

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Johan
    Check out the new list, with 94 programs, it might be slightly better. Anyway, thanks for your suggestions, that’s how the future versions of the list will be better and better.

  • Johan said:

    I am sorry for the aggressive tone in my comment. I was in a bad mood, due to other circumstances. You’re doing a nice job here! I got several new programs off your list!

  • Student Brands said:

    Thanks for the great info, hope to use it soon

  • Jim Ord said:

    Greetings Johnny,
    I could not display the latest ’94 Freeware’ page – Not Found – temporary glitch I’m sure.
    But, nonetheless I’m sure this thread will get through to you!
    What it is, I really like your Gravatar pic and would like to know which photo-to-cartoon type of facility you may have used to create it as I want one for myself! It seems a more humble choice, to enhance one’s communications on the Net.

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