I had a bit of dilemma on my hands before deciding to post this thread, for 1 i wasn't sure if freeware threads were allowed or not. So i have
decided to take the chance and post this, if it goes against T&C and has to be removed then that's fair enough. This is a list that i compiled for my
blog and decided to post it here on ATS aswell (if mods want confirmation that i compiled this list i will quite happily supply my url) - This is what
i consider - from personal experience - To be some of the best freeware apps/software for the PC, i hope it will come in handy for ATS users
Avast! Free Antivirus -
This is an awesome antivirus software, and very easy to use. The detection rates for this app have improved a hell of a lot and quite frankly could go
with the best of them. Avast offers what i think to be the features out of all the available free antivirus out there with full real-time capabilities
including web, e-mail, IM, P2P and network shields, boot-time scanning, and a behavioural blocker. The new version 6 brings even more features
including an internet site ratings plugin, script malware protection. A an added bonus it is very light on resources.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
Another must have software for pc protection, Malwarebytes can detect and remove all traces of Malware including worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues,
dialers, spyware and more. It is a fairly lightweight app and easy to use. The interface is very simple, the scans are very fast and detection is
This is actually one of my favorites and have got me out of a jam many times in the past. The general interface is simple and easy to use, the scan
rates are very fast, it also offers realtime protection. This also has added features like Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry
Editing & much more, Definatly worth checking out.
Admittedly not as good as it used to be but its still a very nice little app to have, downside is if you get a nasty little trojan/worm it can block
this software from running. From the site - Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted
without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven’t
intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been “hijacked” (or changed without your knowledge), your
computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don’t see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is
emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there’s no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer. It also immunises your browser and
protects your system.
My top rated one and one i would never be without. CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and
makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download. It has a great little registry cleaner included as well as start
up menu options.
Glary Utilities free v2.40
This is a good option with its 1-Click Maintenance Tab for six standard cleaning tasks (Registry errors, junk data, shortcuts, history and Spyware). A
number of more advanced tools require user interaction via the Modules Tab and menus. Although functional, I did not find it exceptional in any one
Secure DNS — OpenDNS
After only a quick registration and configuration change, it improves your proactive protection against drive by malware. It’s an excellent first
line of defense. Block addresses – to avoid specific Internet addresses (URLs or IP addresses), Manage usage – to limit Internet access by setting
time limits and time quotas, amongst other things.
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) based in Germany, providing a basic, attractive, and user-friendly design. It uses 128-bit AES encryption on all
connections to ensure a high level of anonymity, and uses data compression to make connections faster.
The free service allows 1 GB a month, which is enough for normal surfing. You must register in order to use this service.
Auslogics Disk Defrag
What’s it for? - Defragmenting your hard drive on a regular basis is a sound housekeeping habit. It can greatly increase system performance and
relieve stress on your hard drive.
The advantage of WinPatrol is that it runs in the tray to proactively stop programs from becoming startup apps without your permission (and as a bonus
it can manage delayed startups).
It doesn’t detect stealthily scheduled tasks, but along with Starter or CCleaner it’s a good startup manager for average users to safely disable
i love this little tool, The main features of 7-Zip, High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression
Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR and Z.
For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip, Strong AES-256
encryption in 7z and ZIP formats, Self-extracting capability for 7z format, Integration with Windows Shell, Powerful File Manager, Powerful command
line version, Plugin for FAR Manager, Localizations for 79 languages
This is one of the best free cd/dvd burning software in my opinion. ImgBurn supports a wide range of image file formats - including BIN, CCD, CDI,
CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI. It can burn Audio CD’s from any file type supported via DirectShow / ACM - including AAC, APE, FLAC,
M4A, MP3, MP4, MPC, OGG, PCM, WAV, WMA and WV. You can use it to build DVD Video discs (from a VIDEO_TS folder), HD DVD Video discs (from a HVDVD_TS
folder) and Blu-ray Video discs (from a BDAV / BDMV folder) with ease.It supports Unicode folder/file names, so you shouldn’t run in to any problems
if you’re using an international character set. It has several advanced settings for the more confident users, you can also make boot disks amongst
CCCP - Combined Community Codec Pack
Ever had music or movies that refuse to play on the pc or had other issues like freezing,lagging etc?? then get this, its a deffo must have. This
comes with every codec you will ever need.
VLC Media player
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and
various streaming protocols.
Excellent free products like Audacity give a professional touch to your recordings. For example, podcasting enthusiasts use them to record, edit, mix,
and save sound on their PCs. They may even make entire downloadable shows that sound almost as good as a professional production.
This is for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common
computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software
packages. And a very nifty little tool to have
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