Free Software list

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

bravofiles.com

Computer Security

Antivirus

Immunet
Avast Antivirus
AVG Antivirus
Microsoft Security Essentials
Antivir Antivirus
Virustotal
Trend Micro Housecall

Firewall

Comodo Antivirus and firewall Suite
PCtools firewall
GRC Shields UP Firewall Security Audit

Anti-Malware, Anti-grayware

Hijackthis
GMER
Keyscrambler
Malwarebytes scanner
A2 scanner

Windows System Protection

Sandboxie
System Protect
Keepass password organizer

Anti-Spyware protection

SUPERAntispyware
Spywareblaster
Spybot
Adaware
Spyware Doctor
SpywareTerminator
SpywareGaurd

Web Browser Plugin Protector

NoScript

Data Distruction

Eraser
DBAN

System tools

Hardware Monitoring tools

Process Monitor
Speccy
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
CDSpeed
HWmonitor
Speedfan
Treesize
Belarc

Hardware testing and benchmarking  tools

Memtest
Prime95
3DMark
CPU-Burnin
HD Speed

Registry and Junk file cleaning tools

Easycleaner
Glary Utilities
Auslogics Registry Cleaner
CCleaner
BleachBit
PC Decrapifier
Revo uninstaller
Registrar Registry Manager
Windows Install Cleanup

Memory and Gaming Optimizers
Iola GameOptimizer
Game Booster
Advance System Care

Hard Disk Defragmentation tools

Contig
AusLogics Disk Defrag
Defraggler

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

Data recovery
Recuva
Avira Unerase

Disk imaging
DriveImage XML
Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition

Disk Partitioning
Partition Manager 2010 Free Edition
Parted Magic
Gparted

Live CD and Flash Drive Utilities
Ultimate Boot CD
Windows Ultimate Boot CD
UNetbootin
Virtual Clone Drive CD ISO emulator
Pensuite

File Encryption
TrueCrypt
Rohos Mini Drive

Zip file Compression programs + File Management Program

IZArc
7-Zip
xplorer2 Lite
Everything Windows Search Engine

Screen capture, ScreenCasts

ScreenHunter Screen Capture Free
Camstudio Screencast recorder

Windows Customization

LogonStudio
Vista Shortcut Overlay Arrow Remover
Classic Shell Start Menu for Windows 7
RocketDock
Rainmeter
Realworld Cursor Maker
VirtuaWin
VirtuaWin Iconcized module
InstantStorm
Bumptop
TrayIt

Windows Desktop Widget Directories

Google Desktop Plugins
Yahoo Desktop Widgets
Windows Live Gadgets

File Transfer programs

Teracopy
Free Download Manager
Wire Shark
Software Informer
HashCheck Shell Extension

Online File Backup / Storage
DropBox
Mozy Free Online Backup
Windows Live Skydrive
Media Fire

Virtualization Virtual machine software

Sun Virtual Box Virtualization
VMware Player
Qemu
MobaLiveCD
Windows Virtual PC

CD/DVD burning/recording and tools

ImgBurn
Deepburner
CD BurnerXP
CD Check
MagicISO
Virtual Clone Drive

Office Suites

Sun Open Office
IBM Lotus Symphony

Online Office Suite

Google Docs
IeSpell

Accessibility

clipspeak Text to Speach

Graphics/Image editing

Gimp
Lego Digital Designer
Paint.NET
Color Pic
Art Rage
Tux Paint
Irfanview
Windows Live photo gallery
UnFreeze
Photoscape
Inkscape
Picasa
Tinypic

3D Design rendoring

Google Sketchup
Blender
Wing 3D

E-mail Clients

Windows Live Mail
Mozilla Thunderbird

PDF reader + scanner

Foxit PDF Reader
Scan2PDF

Internet Browsers + web browser plugins

Avant
Opera
Google Chrome
Mozilla Seamonkey
Flock
FireFox
copernic

Networking Tools

Wireshark
Angry IP Scanner
RealVNC Remote desktop
puTTY Telnet SSH Client

Online Video Accellerator + Downloaders

ByWiFi Flash Video Accelerator and Recorder
SpeedBit Flash Video Accelerator
Keepvid
Youtube Downloader

Instant Messengers + Video Chat

Pidgin
twhirl
Windows Live Messanger
Windows Plus live
Trillian
Yahelite
Skype

Computer Programming text editors and compilers

Notepad++
php
SharpDevelop
Visual Studio Express
Jgrasp
Eclipse

Web design WYSIWYG editors

Nvu
Windows Live Writer

Database programming + Database Management

MySQL
SQL Server 2008 Express
Phpmyadmin

Online File transfer/File sharing

Web server

Apache

FTP Clients

Filezilla FTP
WinSCP FTP

File sharing & transfer

µTorrent
DC++
Free download Manager

Multimedia

Video Players

Windows Media Player Classic
GOM player
VLC
KM Player
BS Player
K-lite Codec Pack

Video Editing Tools

Windows Movie Maker 2.6
Windows Live Movie Maker Beta
ManyCam
Webcam Simulator
Any Video convertor
Video Spin
DVDVideoSoft
Divx

Music Players and Broadcasting

Foobar
Winamp
Shoutcast
Oddcast
LibFaac DLL for Oddcast
Lame_Enc.dll for Oddcast

Music Ripping Tools

CDex
AoA Audio Extractor
Audio Extractor

Music/Audio Editing Tools

Audacity
Wavosaur

Linux Operating System Distros.

Ubuntu
Fedora
Debian
ArchLinux
CentOS
gOS
Linux Mint
Mandriva
openSUSE
PC Linux OS
Slackware
Slax
Gentoo
knoppix

UNIX Distros.

Freebsd
Netbsd
OpenbSd
Dragonflybsd
Pcbsd

Exclusively Linux Software

Sound Juicer
Wine HQ
Evolution E-mail client
Totem Player
XMMS Media Player
Empathy
Mythbuntu
CloneZilla

Linux Firewall Distros.

Smooth Wall
IP Cop
Devil Linux
FloppyFW

Computer and Online Gaming

Windows Gaming

Steam
Maple Story
Gun Bound
Gunz
Americas Army
Aeria Games
Fairy Land
Rose Online
Silk Road
Conquer
Drift City
Pikachu Adventures
Classic Rockstar Games
Stepmania
RPG Maker

Linux Native Gaming

Torc
Secret Maryo Chronicles
Tumiki fighters Linux
Super tux
Open Sonic
Barrage
Chromium BSU
Racer
Moonlander
Metal Blob Solid
Pingus
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Linux Client 1.5 – Full
Neverball
Glest
Dreamchess also available for Windows & Mac
Omnitux

Web browser games

Runescape
Farmville
Miniclips
Newground
Online Flash games
Pogo
Free Games Jungle
Johnson Yip’s Flash Arcade
Billy vs. Snakeman
Social City

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Johnson Yip June 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Please leave links to freeware in the comment section onlt if your Freeware is free, spyware and virus free, and does not violate someones internet privacy, or computer. I will add your application and comment to the list once I checked it out for safety and privacy.

Johnson Yip June 18, 2010 at 2:45 am

I added somemore software to the data recovery section. I will add more software when I find new and useful software that is worth adding here. Talk to you guys later.

ct October 21, 2010 at 6:51 am

Thank you for this list of free software. It is very useful, there are many listed here that I’ve never knew about. Especially nice that they are sorted into different groups. Thanks for taking the time to share this with us.

Johnson Yip October 21, 2010 at 2:44 pm

No problem, I’m glad you find my Free Software list useful to you.

Neil Martin February 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm

great list of free resources thank you

Johnson Yip February 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

No problem, I’m glad you found my free software list useful.

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