Freeware for Windows & Linux Distro. Operating Systems
List Last Updated: March 31, 2011
List of free software which I used back in the Windows 98 days till Windows 7. These are the free software I like to use on my Windows and Linux computer for doing tasks like watching videos, office work, downloading, etc. Some software have both Linux and Windows versions of their software like Openoffice, Mozilla, Opera, etc. But, most software I listed is for Windows 2000-7. I would not post any software I would not use myself. This list of Freeware links will save you hours of searching on different websites for great free software to use on your computer. You will also save thousands of dollars instead of buying paid alternatives. But, if you got the cash, you should consider donating to the developers, or buying their full featured paid software if available like AVG paid version.
All software here I on Windows XP, Vista, and 7 + Ubuntu and they are virus and spyware free according to Avast 5, Spybot, Adaware, MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware, A2free, SpywareTerminator and Trend Micro Online Virus scanner.
However, I can’t guarantee their safety since future versions might contain viruses due to some unethical programmer or some criminal who bought the company or domain name to spread malware. It is best to scan all installers for viruses, spyware, and malware with an antivirus and anti-malware program before installing them. I also recommend using virustotal.com online virus + malware scanner to scan for viruses, spyware, worms, trojans, and malware.
All software I listed I use myself, and tested or was recommended by me from trusted sources like friends and user reviews. I only post software which run well on my PC. I just don’t add any software I found online to this list. I only add programs I like and are safe. Using all the free software I listed below saved me probably hundreds to thousands of dollars since I did not have to buy paid alternatives. I recommend you donate money to the software developer or buy their paid product if you have the money.
First you should check out Ninite’s Free Mass Freeware downloader and installer available at Ninite.com . It will save you a lot of time if you have to install many free software. Sadly, it is missing a lot of freeware, so scroll down to the bottom of their website and suggest all your favourite freeware software that they do not have on their website. Hopefully, someday they will add more free software to their website installer for Windows.
Hardware Driver Software
Web Browser Plugin Protector
Hardware Monitoring tools
Hardware testing and benchmarking tools
Registry and Junk file cleaning tools
Hard Disk Defragmentation tools
diskeeper.com/defrag/what-is-defrag/ is a good article on learning what Disk defragmentation is and how doing a disk defrag can speed up your computer, and make it more reliable. There is also a link to a free 30 day trial for Diskeeper 2011 which is one of the best paid disk defrag programs.
Data recovery, cloning and other tools
Zip file Compression programs + File Management Program
Screen capture, ScreenCasts
Windows Desktop Widget Directories
File Transfer programs
Virtualization Virtual machine software
CD/DVD burning/recording and tools
Online Office Suite
3D Design rendoring
PDF reader + scanner
Internet Browsers + web browser plugins
Online Video Accellerator + Downloaders
Instant Messengers + Video Chat
Computer Programming text editors and compilers
Web design WYSIWYG editors
Database programming + Database Management
Online File transfer/File sharing
File sharing & transfer
Video Editing Tools
Music Players and Broadcasting
Music Ripping Tools
Music/Audio Editing Tools
Linux Operating System Distros.
Exclusively Linux Software
Linux Firewall Distros.
Computer and Online Gaming
Linux Native Gaming
Secret Maryo Chronicles
Tumiki fighters Linux
Metal Blob Solid
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Linux Client 1.5 – Full
Dreamchess also available for Windows & Mac
Web browser games