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Best Freeware for Windows

Don’t want to pay for software for your Windows machine?  Here is a classic list of software that has survived for many years.  Find some of the Best Opensource Freeware for Windows here!

The plethora of available best freeware and resources for Windows is never-ending.  If you have any recommendations, please leave it in our comments section below.

Security Software

Open Antivirus
A free online community runs an antivirus program for people interested in antivirus and security research.

Free encryption software for Windows and Linux. Creates a virtual encrypted disk and mounts it as a real disk.

Clamwin AV
Developed primarily for Unix/Linux, it is now available for Windows. Scanning is a bit slow, however.

Password manager

Online password manager

File-Sharing Tools

FileZilla is a free, open-source FTP client for Windows. It supports FTP, SFTP, and FTPS protocols. It has all the essential features required for a FTP client. The main features of FileZilla are the Ability to resume Uploads/Downloads, Site Manager with folders, Keep Alive system, Timeout detection, Firewall support, SOCKS4/5, and HTTP1.1 Proxy support, SSL secured connections, Upload/Download Queue, Drag&Drop.

eMule is an open-source peer to peer file sharing (P2P) client tool.

FTP Client for Windows

Like Secure CRT

Desktop Sharing and Remote PC application

File sharing software


VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player is an open-source media player from the VideoLan project team. It is the best media player available on the net, it plays almost any file format available. It also supports streaming protocols. It is a good alternative to different media players.

Juice is a free open source cross-platform podcast receiver application. It is used to download podcast media files, such as mp3s. Using juice you can schedule the podcast and juice will let you know when a new podcast is available. The downloaded files media files can be automatically copied to a digital audio player.

Media Player Classic
Media Player Classic (MPC) is a compact free software media player for Microsoft Windows. The application has a similar look and feels to the old light-weight Windows Media Player 6.4. Underneath, however, it is a completely different application that has all the options and features one might expect from a modern media player.

musikCube can be an alternative to iTunes to manage your music collection.

popCorn is desktop-oriented MPEG-1 audio (MP3) and video software capable of playing data streamed directly from the network. Compatibility with existing media servers is provided by the support of the industry standard RTSP protocol.

ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application. It supports all windows versions.

Record any audio playing on your computer as mp3 or wav file with mp3mymp3 recorder. It can record any sound originating from your computer, it works by recording all audio through your sound card. (earlier review)

Media Portal
MediaPortal is an Open Source application ideal for turning your PC / TV into a very advanced Media Center. MediaPortal allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch and store your videos and DVDs, view, schedule and record live TV as a digital video recorder and much much more.

VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit Windows platforms (95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video.

Audacity is free, open-source software for recording and editing sounds. Audacity can be used to record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and WAV sound files. cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together.

Blender is an open source free software for creating 3D animations. Blender can be used for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, skinning, animating, rendering, particle, and creating interactive 3D applications. Blender has robust features et similar to programs like 3ds Max and Maya.

Video Editing Tools

MiNi Video Studio
MiNI Video Studio is a program for non-linear video editing. It means this application allows creating of a movie from other movies in a way, that the elements of the final movie overlap, creating a series of layers, that can be rendered one by one, or all at once.

DVD Flick
DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will playback on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks as well as subtitles of your choice.

OpenVIP editor. It provides a user-friendly GUI to the core and is based on the timeline concept – you place multimedia files on the timeline, apply filters, transitions…

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering, and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs.

Image Viewing & Manipulation

GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a free open-source raster graphics editor for manipulating photos or images. GIMP is excellent software and alternative to expensive photoshop, it is used for photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring.

hugin is an open source easy to use cross-platform panoramic imaging tool. Using hugin you can assemble a mosaic of photographs into as complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more.

Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor. Inkscape is a good alternative to commercial vector graphics tools like Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Freehand, or Xara X. Inkscape uses Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format. It can be used to create web2.0 buttons, banners, logos, icons, etc. (see earlier review)

IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista.

Paint.NET is a free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo special effects and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

3D Graphics

Art Of Illusion
Art of Illusion is a free, open-source 3D modeling and rendering studio. It is written entirely in Java and should be usable on any Java Virtual Machine which is compatible with J2SE 1.4 or later.

OpenFX is an Open-Source 3D modeling, animation, and rendering suite. A powerful feature-set includes a full renderer and raytrace engine, NURBS support, kinematics-based animation, morphing, and an extensive plugin API.

Office / Productivity

OpenOffice.org is the open-source office suite similar to Microsoft office available to different platforms. OpenOffice.org is a collection of applications with the features similar to Microsoft Office. The Components include Writer, Calc, Base, Impress, Draw, Math, Quickstarter, etc.

PDFCreator is a free program for creating PDF documents from windows programs. Once installed, it allows the user to select PDFCreator as their printer, allowing almost any application to print to PDF.

Scribus is an open-source desktop publishing (DTP) application. It has some nice page layout features and can be used as an alternative to Adobe PageMaker, QuarkXPress, and Adobe InDesign. “It can also create animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms. Example uses include writing small newspapers, brochures, newsletters, posters, and books.”

Thunderbird is the open-source desktop email application from the Mozilla foundation. Thunderbird has the best features in the industry. “Thunderbird 2 features many new enhancements to help you better manage your unruly inbox, and stay informed. Thunderbird 2 scales to the most sophisticated organizational needs while making it easy to find what you need.”

AbiWord is an open source and fully cross-platform word processor.

Launchy is a free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes! (earlier review)

Cygwin is a Linux-like environment for Windows. It consists of two parts: A DLL (cygwin1.dll) which acts as a Linux API emulation layer providing substantial Linux API functionality. A collection of tools which provide Linux look and feel.

Pandora Recovery
Pandora Recovery is a powerful free tool that provides its users with an effective way to attempt recovery of permanently deleted files. (earlier review)

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history.

You can create presentations or screencasts with Wink in just minutes, you can record mouse movements or take screenshots of your application and save them as flash files. (earlier review)

FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into a high productivity tool. (replaces Matchware’s Openmind)

Despite Microsoft’s best intentions, the Start Menu isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. If you’re looking for an alternative way to launch your programs, take a look at jetToolBar. During installation, this well-done utility creates 14 default categories, registers shortcuts for many of your applications, and adds bookmarks for recommended Web pages.

MyUninstaller is an alternative utility to the standard Add/Remove applet of Windows operating system. It displays the list of all installed applications and allows you to uninstall an application, delete an uninstall entry, and save the list of all installed applications into a text file or HTML file.

Snag Screenshots with Snagit
Full Licensed Version

Screenshot Captor
Screenshot Captor is a program for taking screenshots on your computer. It’s different from other screenshot utilise in several notable ways

CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)

7-Zip is a open source file archiver program for windows. It supports packing and unpacking of 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, and TAR format files and supports onlu unpacking of RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB, and NSIS. It provides a better compression ratio than WinZip for ZIP and GZIP formats. It is an alternative to programs like WinZip

Web / Development

PSPad is a freeware programmer’s editor for Microsoft Windows operating systems, useful for people who:

HTTrack is a free and easy-to-use offline browser utility. It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer.

Notepad++ is a free source code editor (and Notepad replacement), which supports several programming languages, running under the MS Windows environment.

Programmers Notepad
Programmer’s Notepad is the free, open-source, text editor for programmers.
some of the features of Programmers Notepad: Code Folding/Outlining, Docking tool windows, Excellent external tool support with user-configurable output matching, Export to HTML (using CSS) and RTF, Word Wrapping

Feedreader is free desktop RSS aggregation tool. “Feedreader automatically downloads updates from your favorite Web sites. So, it eliminates the need for you to constantly monitor multiple Web pages, while allowing you to immediately identify and retrieve new articles”


Sunbird is open source desktop calender application from Mozilla foundation. Sunbird is a cross-platform, open standards application built on Mozill Toolkit.

Open-Source free browser


Virtual Box
VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature-rich, high-performance product.

Pidgin, formerly known as Gaim is a multi-platform instant messaging client that supports many commonly used IM protocols. Pidgin is free software and supports IM including Yahoo, Google Talk, Jabber, MSN, AOL, ICQ, etc.

Just like Pidgin

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Originally posted 2015-07-09 17:28:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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