Panda Antivirus is a free, cloud-based antivirus tool for Windows (but also available free of charge on Android devices, and Mac for a small monthly fee). It has performed remarkably well in recent anti-virus tests. Panda offers a number of nifty features along with a high level of protection, matching or even beating top performers like Bitdefender and Kaspersky. Includes a free VPN service (limited to 150MB/day) and USB drive scanner.
- 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, security software, 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.
- Please contact us if you are aware of any other software freebies that we should include in this section, or if you encounter an outdated link and wish to report it. Thanks!
Brave is a fast, sleek free Web browser designed to protect you from the ‘surveillance economy’. It blocks adverts and trackers from following you online, plus gives you full management over Internet cookies. Brave has low memory usage and claims to load pages 3 to 6 times faster than Chrome and Firefox. Other features include: auto HTTPS upgrades, import/export bookmarks and settings, auto form complete, and a password manager. Available for Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux. Android and iOS smartphones are also supported.
A hugely popular (and free!) PDF reader, editor, and creator. With Nitro PDF, you can read PDFs, add comments, highlight text, and perform a range of other edits. You can also create PDF files on the fly from most popular software packages (e.g. create a PDF file from a Word document). Additional features are available by upgrading to the commercial version. Available for Microsoft Windows.
Consistently voted among the best free antivirus products on the market, Bitdefender Antivirus Free has again proved its worth, achieving number one ratings by critics and users alike. The easy to use interface, low resource usage and machine-learning algorithm make the software a solid choice. Includes anti-phishing and anti-fraud features. Available for Windows, Mac OS, and Android.
The "free" browser extension plan from Ghostery blocks adverts and stops trackers from following you around the Web. If you want to keep your online footprint more private and speed up sites in the process, Ghostery is a good, free option. The "free" version offers basic protection, but you can upgrade to gain more advanced features. Compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera browsers on desktop and mobile.
A highly popular free VPN utility for Windows, Mac, and Android. The “free” version has over 400 million downloads and lets you surf the Internet securely and privately. But it is limited to a single U.S. server location. There is a limit of 500MB usage per day. Video streaming is also not permitted. Having said that, Hotspot Shield is ideal for occasional use. It is user-friendly, fast, and ideal for beginners.
One of the most widely used free antivirus, security, and privacy programs. Avira offers a free and fully equipped security software suite, comprising free antivirus, VPN (500 MB/month), computer tune-up tools, a password manager, and a software updater. The program is user-friendly and has an attractive, intuitive interface. Available for Windows, plus Mac, Android, and iOS devices.
The “free” edition of SuperAntiSpyware is easy-to-use and provides robust defence against a variety of malware threats, including spyware, trojans, rootkits, and more. The program is resource-friendly and can be used alongside your main anti-virus software. Regular updates are available to ensure you remain protected against the latest threats. Available for most modern versions of Microsoft Windows.
This veteran free HTML editor from Coffee Cup provides everything you need to code and edit HTML website pages and CSS files. The program has a Tag Reference feature that ensures you use the correct tags. There's also a Validation Tool that checks if your code is compliant, plus a ‘live preview’ mode that allows you to quickly view the appearance of your page.
A user-friendly and powerful free e-mail client, offering much more than just e-mail. eM has many features, including a calendar, a task manager, notes feature, and contact manager. It can handle multiple accounts and supports many of the major e-mail services, including Outlook, Gmail, Exchange, and iCloud. You can also set up a POP3 or IMAP e-mail account. Available for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac.
This popular anti-malware utility for Windows detects and removes all kinds of dodgy spyware and "malware" (malicious software purposely designed to harm computers). The program provides real-time detection of rogue packages that may be attempting to relay information about your surfing habits to advertising companies. It also scans files you download before they can damage your system.
Billed as an all-in-one privacy suite, Privacy Eraser Free Edition from Cybertron Software will spring clean your Windows PC. This award-winning tool provides a number of major features, such as cookie removal, a file shredder, drive wiper, registry cleaner, and more.
Revo Uninstaller Free is a free uninstaller tool for Windows. It allows you to uninstall programs and clean up any leftover ‘junk’ files and registry entries. It is designed as both a replacement and supplement to the Windows uninstall function. The software also includes eight additional cleaning tools, such as Autorun Manager, Junk Files Cleaner, Evidence Remover, Browser Cleaner, and others.
Here’s a fantastic, user-friendly password management tool, available for Windows, Linux, Apple, plus smartphones (Android and iOS). Dashlane allows you to generate a variety of strong passwords for all your online accounts, instantly increasing your online security. You’ll never have a problem remembering all your passwords again!
Going by the mantra: easy, free accounting software for your small business, Wave delivers exactly what it says on the tin. This user-friendly, cloud-based accounting service allows you to track your income and expenses, send invoices, run reports and perform numerous other tasks, free of charge. Want to manage your accounts when out of the office? Be sure to download the Wave smartphone app (available for iPhone and Android devices). It’s easy to use and allows you to bill your customers as soon as the job is done.
A free driver file updater tool from IOBit. With Driver Booster Free, you can update your Windows system drivers the fast and easy way. This can help to solve poor display resolution, bad sound quality, or hardware that is not functioning correctly. There is also an ‘Offline Driver Update’ mode, in the event you cannot access an Internet connection and need a network connection driver. For Microsoft Windows.
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.
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.
The latest version of Avast! is a major update on previous incarnations and protects over 170 million people worldwide. The software quietly scans for viruses and spyware while you surf the Web, and if you require help from a ‘techy’ friend, the Remote Assistance feature is sure to come in handy. A smartphone app is available for Android and Apple iOS. Apple Mac computers are also compatible.
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.
Have you ever wanted to offer technical assistance to a friend, or access your home computer on the move? If so, check out TeamViewer, a free remote access and desktop sharing program. The software is completely free for non-commercial use and allows you to remotely control a computer as if you were sat right in front of it.
Check out this fine selection of free PC games at premier freebie gaming website, Download Free Games. This site provides a fantastic roundup of spyware-free and adware-free games in many categories, including Arcade, Board, Cards, Chess, Kids, Pool, Racing, Strategy, etc. A great selection of free online games can also be found here.
A handy, free and efficient note-taking service, available for Windows, Mac, Linux, plus Apple iOS and Android mobile devices (or you can access the site via a Web browser). Simplenote lets you control all your notes using simple tags. There’s a handy search function, and you can collaborate and share with others. Notes are synced across devices, so you can switch between desktop, laptop or mobile with ease.
Any Video Converter Free packs an impressive number of video tools into one single program. The software includes a free video converter, YouTube video downloader, video editor, and even a DVD burner. It supports a wide range of audio and video formats, letting you extract videos and convert to and from different file types. Available for Windows and Apple Mac.
Try out PDFescape, a free online PDF management tool. The service allows you to edit PDF files, fill out forms, add annotations, password protect files, and even create your own PDF forms. Available for Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera and Safari. The interface is advert-supported but your files will remain free from any watermarks or advertising. There’s one catch: you’re limited to 100 pages and a 10MB file size. However, you can upgrade for a small fee.
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. Available for desktop PC, Android, and Apple mobile devices.
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.
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. The program is ideal for identifying celestial objects and helps you to see all constellations from the various hemispheres. Most modern Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems are supported.
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.