Best FREE softwares for Windows

GigaBot

Administrator
When you install fresh Windows OS from the scratch, there is a lot of other softwares that you need and that you can't find in Windows installation. This is my recommendation and sort of reminder what to install on fresh Windows, but NOT to spend a single penny!

The list includes only programs with which I worked for a long time and who have proved to be excellent, both for me and for the my clients who installed them. So this is in fact the best FREE Windows programs for me and that I recommend to everyone. This is not a formal list but the list based solely on my experience.

MULTIMEDIA

Video Player: Daum PotPlayer

Audio Player: AIMP Player

Picture Viewer: Fast Stone Image Viewer

Screen capture tool: Screenshot Captor

Screen video capture: Icecream Screen Recorder

Video Converter: Format Factory

Video editor: Avidemux

Subtitle Editor: Subtitle Workshop

Photo editing: GIMP

Vector Graphics: Inkscape


PROTECTION

Antivirus: Qihoo 360 Total Security

Malware Scanner: MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Parential protection: K9 Web Protection

Firewall: Comodo Firewall

Data protection: TrueCrypt


INTERNET

Web browser: Firefox

Chat client: Pidgin Portable

Email client: Mozilla Thunderbird

Download manager: Free Download Manager

Cloud notes: Evernote

VOIP: Skype or Viber

FTP client: Filezilla

Cloud files backup: Dropbox, Copy and Cloud.mail.ru

BitTorent client: qBittorrent


SYSTEM TOOLS

Registry Cleaner: Wise Registry Cleaner Portable

Junk Cleaner: CCleaner

Erased files recovery: Recuva

DVD Emulator: Virtual Clone Drive

Process monitoring: Process Explorer

Partition backup: CloneZilla (you'll nedd TuxBoot too to be install on USB flash)


OTHERS

Archives: 7-zip

CD/DVD Burner: CDBurner XP

Office tool: LibreOffice

Programs uninstaller: Revo Uninstaler Free

PDF creator: PDF Creator

Telnet/SSH client: PuTTY

VPN client: OpenVPN clienthttp://notepad-plus-plus.org/download

Text editor: Notepad++

Remote desktop: TightVNC

Webserver All-In-One: XAMPP

Optionally: Java, Flash Player

These are FREE programs/Softwares ...
 
Recuva is not a data recovery software. Its junk. It does nothing and a waste of install.

As for video player, VLC is way better and is open source and works on Linux, Mac and Android devices too.

The rest I guess are ok. Never used them. I use paid programs that I get for free

I use Openoffice for a replacement to M$ office
 

GigaBot

Administrator
Well, I hope People will comment my suggestion and improve it by adding new suggestions or review existing ones...
 

jbjenterprises

New member
Thanks for the list. I will refer to this post when I need a free program for any given task. The screen capture program that you listed, Screen Captor, only allows 10 minutes of video capture unless you pay $29.99 for the pro version.

Are there any actually free video capture programs?

I am currently using Debut, by NCH. I had to pay for the license, though.
 

admin

Administrator
Staff member
Good list, I also use Firefox and Thunderbird, Putty, Notepad++, CCleaner.

If I was to add to the list for [Remote Desktop] it would be Teamviewer, it's very easy to setup and control various OS's, plus it's free.
 

GigaBot

Administrator
DJB said:
Good list, I also use Firefox and Thunderbird, Putty, Notepad++, CCleaner.

If I was to add to the list for [Remote Desktop] it would be Teamviewer, it's very easy to setup and control various OS's, plus it's free.

Thanks @"DJB" for the info about Teamviewer, I checked it out and it looks like very useful program.
 

amh

Member
i used Screenpresso for scree capture.....em client for email....zoner photo studio for picture manager and editing....
 

Tytoowns

New member
Gyazo is another screen capturing tool which i use, its useful if you need to quickly screen shot something and share it as it automatically uploads the image and opens the link to that image in a new tab. It also allows you to view all your previous sceenshots that you have taken with Gyazo within the past 2 months.

A useful VOIP is Teamspeak as it has much better sound quality than skype and you can have 1 server that everyone joins, but have multiple rooms within that server and allows users to easily change between them to talk to different people without having 20+ people all in the same skype call.
 

priest

New member
There is an internet site called shareware on sale, which will sent you emails daily showing promotional softwares which are provided free as a part of promo and can be downloaded and installed, softwares for almost every use are provided by them, I regularly get their mail and more often we can test professional softwares for various needs without paying a penny:yahoo:
 

GigaBot

Administrator
Well, this is an interesting website indeed. ScamAdviser.com gave it a High Trust rating too ...I'll pay more attention to it in future. Thanks for the Info.
 

Zmm

New member
This is cool list, but i use for video Media Player Classic, for audio - Foobar2000 and firewall Private Firewall (COMODO is very slow for my PC).
 

starswper

New member
Everytime I reinstall my computer, first time I'm searching for some basics things like:

Coowon ( browser )
Nvidia ( I mean drivers etc )
Sound thing.. Ac'97
Net framework 2 3 3.5 4
Java

And over the time this little list became a big list and then I have to reinstall my computer again because of x problems.... that's the circle of life...
 

Stijn

New member

A software crack is not the same as FREE software, so I think you're not at the right place here. This topic is for sharing software that is actually free to use, and not for software that is obtained illegally.
 

Genesis

Administrator
Staff member
Stijn said:

A software crack is not the same as FREE software, so I think you're not at the right place here. This topic is for sharing software that is actually free to use, and not for software that is obtained illegally.
Thanks for picking that up @"Stijn". You're obviously correct and he is no longer with us.