Free Software

The Internet is home to many applications that are freely available. Better still, many of these programs are as good as, if not better in some respects, than their commercial counterparts. Whether you need anti-virus protection, a backup utility, e-mail software, security softare, or graphics tools, you're sure to find something of interest here. All the programs we feature in this section are freeware. That means the programs are completely free with no trial or evaluation period.

  • Foxit PDF

    Foxit Free PDF Software

    The "Downloads" section on the Foxit website contains a varied bunch of free and trial-based PDF tools, including the popular Foxit Reader, a fast, feature-rich PDF viewer. Here, you’ll also find some handy PDF utilities for your smartphone (iOS, Android and Windows devices) that let you read and manage PDF documents when away from your desk.

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  • Unchecky

    Unchecky

    Are you concerned about unwanted add-ons when installing new software? Unchecky keeps an eye out for unrelated offers and alerts you if an application attempts to install something extra. Adware, search toolbars, and other annoyances can easily creep in if left unchecked, so let Unchecky do the hard work. Note: the software will function on Microsoft Windows XP and above.

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  • BurnAware

    BurnAware Free

    The “free” version of BurnAware is a polished CD, DVD and Blu-ray disc burning program, allowing you to quickly create discs containing audio, data or video files. The software is ideal for creating backups and comes complete with a smooth and sleek interface, so it's a breeze navigating common tasks. Available for personal use only. Compatible with Microsoft Windows.

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  • Spyware Terminator

    Spyware Terminator

    Don't fall foul of spyware (rogue programs that collect personal information and surfing habits), download Spyware Terminator and blast them into oblivion. The tool scans and removes anything identified as spyware, then provides a neat and tidy summary. This program is free for both personal and commercial use, and comes with free technical support. For Microsoft Windows.

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  • Hotspot Shield

    Hotspot Shield: Free VPN Software

    A highly popular free VPN (Virtual Private Network) utility for Windows, Mac and Android. The free advert-supported version has over 400 million downloads and lets you surf the Internet securely. The software enables you to surf anonymously, access blocked sites, and stay safe when online shopping or accessing banking details, especially when using public Wi-Fi.

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  • Sync.com

    Sync.com: Free & Secure Cloud Storage

    Sync.com provides 5GB of free cloud storage space with end-to-end encryption, offering a zero-knowledge storage solution for important documents, photos and videos. With dozens of features and sycronisation across devices, Sync.com is one of the best providers we've seen to date.

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  • Ashampoo

    Ashampoo Burning Studio Free

    A highly rated and popular disc burning program for Microsoft Windows. Ashampoo Burning Studio Free is a suite of software dedicated to burning CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs. If you need a free utility to help you create the perfect disc, you’ll find this powerful and user-friendly.

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  • Vivaldi

    Vivaldi: Free Web Browser

    This free, up-and-coming Web browser makes an interesting alternative to some the better-known browsers available. Customisable and with plenty of features, Vivaldi lets you get on with browsing the Web. Available as a download for Windows, Mac and Linux.

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  • AVG Antivirus

    AVG Free Anti-Virus

    Here’s another excellent free anti-virus program that's perfect for guarding your computer or smartphone against malware, viruses and other harmful files. With protection for unlimited devices, it's a solid and popular choice. Available for Windows PC, Mac and Android devices.

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  • Opera Mail

    Opera Mail: Free E-mail Client

    A free and impressive e-mail client that gets the job done without unnecessary fuss. Features include: a customisable layout, spam filtering, contact management, advanced search, and more. For Microsoft Windows, Mac and Linux.

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  • Avira Free Antivirus

    Avira Free Antivirus

    Developed in Germany, Avira Antivirus is one of the best free antivirus programs we've seen and offers effective protection against malware on Windows PCs, Apple Mac, iPhone and Android mobile devices.

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  • Pixlr

    Pixlr: Free Online Image Editing Tools

    Autodesk's Pixlr is an excellent suite of free online image editing tools. Various free applications are available, including an online photo editing suite, and also tools for quickly applying filters, overlays and retro effects. The service even includes an image editor for smartphones.

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  • CCleaner

    CCleaner: Free Computer Optimisation Tool

    An immensely popular, award-winning, free computer optimisation and cleaning tool that has amassed millions of downloads worldwide. Available for Windows, Mac and Android devices, CCleaner helps to de-clutter your system, allowing your computer to run smoother, faster and more securely.

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  • ToolWiz

    ToolWiz: Free Smartphone & Computer Utilities

    Here's an excellent roundup of freeware utilities for your smartphone, Windows or Mac computer. ToolWiz has over 20 tools, including software to clean and optimise your system, manage your photos, defragment your file system and save your mobile phone’s battery life.

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  • Glary Utilities

    Glary Utilities: Clean & Speed Up Your PC

    Has your computer started to slow down over time? This free software download for Windows allows you to speed up your computer by fixing errors, managing files, and tweaking your settings. Glary Utilities contains over 20 different tools to help optimise your system, and with 40 million downloads, it’s a popular choice.

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  • Paragon

    Free Paragon Backup & Disk Software

    An excellent collection of free backup, file recovery and disk management software for Windows, Mac and Linux. Paragon provides a neat selection of tools to help you perform a variety of tasks, from partitioning your disk to securely erasing important data.

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  • OneNote

    Microsoft OneNote: Free Note-taking Software

    "All your notes on all your devices". This handy free download from Microsoft is ideal for creating to-do lists, noting down ideas, or for remembering tasks. The program works on numerous platforms, including PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows Phone and Amazon Kindle. It’s a versatile and effective way to organise your life.

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  • Stellarium

    Stellarium: Free Virtual Planetarium

    A superb free and open source planetarium-style program offering realistic views of the cosmos directly from your computer desktop. If you are an avid stargazer, this program is a must-download.

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  • LastPass

    LastPass: Free Password Manager

    If like many people you struggle to remember passwords for websites, this tool is the solution. LastPass is a popular and free password manager that goes beyond just remembering passwords. It also acts as a form filler, password generator, and can even securely manage your credit cards, speeding up your online shopping.

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  • SpywareBlaster

    SpywareBlaster: Free Anti-Malware Software

    Are you wary about spyware? You needn't be if you install SpywareBlaster. Unlike similar programs that scan, detect and then clean your computer of any programs attempting to monitor your actions, SpywareBlaster takes a different route and prevents them from being installed in the first place. Available for Microsoft Windows.

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  • Panda Antivirus

    Panda Free Antivirus

    A lightweight and easy to use anti-virus solution from the reputable Panda Security company. If your current anti-virus program is causing your computer's performance to dip, try this for size. You won’t be disappointed. Available for Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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  • Icecream Apps

    Icecream Apps: Free & Tasty Software

    This free software provider features a useful selection of high quality, feature-rich freeware programs, including: Media Converter, Screen Recorder, PDF tool, Image Resizer, Presentation/Slideshow Maker, and Ebook Reader. Icecream Apps specialise in easy to use programs with widespread appeal. Available for Microsoft Windows.

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  • Ad-aware

    Lavasoft Ad-aware Free Antivirus

    One of the most popular free anti-virus and malware utilities, this complete solution detects and removes all kinds of dodgy files, including trojan horses, worms and "malware" (a term applied to malicious software purposely designed to harm computers).

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  • Kingsoft Office

    Kingsoft Office Suite Free: Productivity Software

    Before you shell out a whole lot of money for a commercial office suite, take a look at Kingsoft Office. It provides a set of free productivity tools, including a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software - all more than capable for the majority of common tasks.

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  • IOBit

    IOBit: Free System Speed Up & Clean Tools

    Want to speed up the performance of your computer? IOBit provides a selection of excellent free software for improving computer security, stability and performance. With over 20 million users worldwide, the company includes utilities to increase system speed, tackle malware, defrag your hard disk, improve mobile security, and more. Available for Windows and Mac.

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  • Comodo

    Comodo Firewall: Free Firewall Software

    A free and award-winning personal firewall, offering a reliable level of protection against hacker attacks. Comodo secures against both internal and external threats, making your system far more secure than if you only used the bundled firewall application with Microsoft Windows.

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  • Free Serif Software

    Free Serif Software Downloads

    At this site, you can register for free download of Serif's fine PhotoPlus graphics editing software, among other free titles, such as PagePlus, MoviePlus, DrawPlus, and WebPlus. Ideal for a wide variety of tasks, these “starter edition” versions are completely free of charge.

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  • Avast!

    Avast! Free Antivirus Software

    Download this world renowned free anti-virus program and enjoy protection against viruses and other Internet nasties that can harm your computer. Avast! is user-friendly, lightweight, and can even be installed on mobile devices.

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