Monday, December 31, 2007


Best Free and Freeware Software for Windows™

Office / PDF - is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute. is a collection of different applications that work together closely to provide the features expected from a modern office suite. Many of the components are designed to mirror those available in Microsoft Office. download page

AbiWord - is a Free Software word processor licensed under the GNU General Public License. AbiWord has a similar user interface to Microsoft Word, intended to ease migration for new users. It is supported on Linux, Mac OS X (PowerPC), Microsoft Windows, ReactOS, BeOS and other operating systems. download page

Mozilla Sunbird - is a free, open source, cross-platform, personal calendar application developed by the Mozilla Foundation and many volunteers. Sunbird is licensed under a MPL/GPL/LGPL triple license, allowing use of the files under the terms of any one of the Mozilla Public License, the GNU General Public License, or the GNU Lesser General Public License. download page

PDFCreator - is an application for converting documents into Portable Document Format (PDF) format on Microsoft Windows operating system. Once installed, it allows the user to select PDFCreator as their printer, allowing almost any application to print to PDF. download page

Foxit Reader is a free PDF document viewer and printer, with incredible small size , breezing-fast launch speed and amazingly rich feature set. Foxit Reader supports Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista. download page

Sumatra PDF - is a slim, free, open-source PDF viewer for Windows. Sumatra has a minimalistic design. Simplicity has a higher priority than a lot of features. It's small and starts up very fast. It's designed for portable use: it's just one file with no external dependencies so you can easily run it from external USB drive. download page
Graphic / DTP

GIMP - is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages. download page

Paint.NET - is 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. download page

Blender - is the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback. Available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License. download page

Scribus - is an open source desktop publishing (DTP) application. Native versions are available for Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, OS/2 and Windows. It has high end page layout features of the kind found in Adobe PageMaker, QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign. download page

Inkscape - is a Free Open Source, cross platform, vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. download page + free ClipArts download page

Thunderbird - is a free, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. Thunderbird aims to be a simple e-mail, newsgroup and news feed client. It is not a personal information manager. Additional features, if needed, are often available via extensions. download page

Mozilla Firefox - is a cross-platform browser, providing support for various versions of Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Features included with Firefox are tabbed browsing, incremental find (via the Find toolbar), Live bookmarking, an integrated download manager, and a search system. download page

Opera is a web browser and Internet suite developed by the Opera Software company. Opera handles common Internet-related tasks such as displaying web sites, sending and receiving e-mail messages, managing contacts, IRC online chatting, downloading files via BitTorrent, and reading web feeds. download page

Pidgin - is a free instant messaging program for Windows, Linux, BSD, and other Unixes. You can talk to your friends using AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, and Zephyr. download page

Skype - allows users to make telephone calls from their computer to other Skype users free of charge, or to landlines and cell phones for a fee. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer, short message service, video and more. download page

RSSOwl - is a RSS, RDF and Atom Newsreader written in Java. RSSOwl is such an application. RSSOwl lets you gather, organize, update, and store information from any compliant source in a convenient, easy to use interface, save selected information in various formats for offline viewing and sharing, and much more. download page

FileZilla - is a free, open source FTP client for Windows. It supports FTP, SFTP, and FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS). The main features are the site manager, message log, file and folder view, and the transfer queue. The site manager allows a user to create a list of FTP sites along with their connection data, such as the port number to use, the protocol to use, and whether to use anonymous or normal logon. download page

eMule - is one of the biggest and most reliable peer-to-peer file sharing clients around the world, is based on the eDonkey2000 network but offers more features than the standard client. download page

Free Download Manager - is a powerful, easy-to-use and absolutely free download accelerator and manager. Moreover, FDM is 100% safe, open-source software distributed under GPL license. download page

VDownloader - is a download and convert video tool from Youtube, Google Video, Metacafe, MySpace, DailyMotion, Yuvutu, and many other similar sites, saving them in AVI or MPG format. download page

Screamer Radio - is a popular free internet radio client with recording abilities. It is able to play back steams using WMA, MP3, Ogg Vorbis or ACC steams and can also record these into several formats. download page

Songbird - is a desktop Web player, a digital jukebox and Web browser mash-up. Like Winamp, it supports extensions and skins feathers. Like Firefox, it is built from Mozilla, cross-platform, free and open source. download page

Miro - is a free and open-source Internet television application. It can automatically download videos from RSS-based channels, manage them and play them. Miro is designed to mesh with other PCF products such as Video Bomb, a social tagging video website, and the Channel Channel, a TV guide for internet television. download page

Audacity - is a Free multi-track audio editor and recorder for Linux, BSD, Mac OS, and Windows. Supports WAV, AIFF, Ogg, and MP3 formats. Features include envelope editing, mixing, built-in effects and plug-ins, all with unlimited undo. download page

aTunes - is a full featured audioplayer and manager, developed in Java programming language, so it can be executed on different platforms: Windows, Linux and Unix-like systems. Currently plays mp3, ogg, wma, wav, flac, mp4 and radio streaming, allowing users to easily edit tags, organize music and rip Audio CDs. download page

CDex - is a CD Ripper, extracting digital audio data from Audio CD. The application supports many Audio encoders, like MPEG (MP2,MP3), VQF, AAC encoders. download page

VirtualDub - is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit Windows platforms, licensed under the GNU GPL License. It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with thirdparty video filters. download page

MediaCoder - is a free universal batch media transcoder, which nicely integrates most popular audio/video codecs and tools into an all-in-one solution. With a flexible and extendable architecture, new codecs and tools are added in constantly as well as supports for new devices. download page

Winamp - is a fast and high-fidelity music player for Windows. Winamp supports MP3, CD, WMA, Audiosoft, Mjuice, MOD, WAV and other audio formats, custom appearances called skins and audio visualization and audio effect plug-ins. download page

VLC media player - is a free software (GPL) media player by the VideoLAN project. It is a highly portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various different formats. Available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, BSD and Solaris download page
Security and Privacy Protection

KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key-disk. So you only have to remember one single master password or insert the key-disk to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known. download page

Eraser - is an free advanced security tool for Windows, which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. download page

Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. 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. download page

HijackThis - is a freeware spyware-removal tool. The program is notable for taking a heuristic approach on detecting malware - rather than relying on a database of known spyware it quickly scans a user's computer, creates a list of differences from a known spyware-free environment and allows the user to decide what from the list needs to be removed. download page

Ad-Aware 2007 Free - is an anti-spyware program developed by Lavasoft that detects and removes spyware or adware on a user's computer. It also detects dialers, Trojans, malware, data-mining, aggressive advertising, parasites, browser hijackers and tracking components. Available for home, non-commercial use. download page

avast! 4 Home Edition - is a full-featured antivirus package designed exclusively for home users and non-commercial use. The software is aimed at preventing several types of computer threats, including those that are not technically computer viruses such as spyware and even rogue anti-spyware. download page

AVG Free - is the most popular free solution available at no cost to home users and provides the high level of detection capability that millions of users around the world trust to protect their computers. download page
Tools and Utilities

EasyCleaner is a small program which searches the Windows registry for entries that are pointing nowhere. EasyCleaner also lets you delete all kinds of unnecessary files such as temps and backups. You can search for duplicate files and you can view some interesting info about your disk space usage! You are also able to manage startup programs, invalid shortcuts and add/remove software list. download page

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. download page

FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. The program helps you with daily work in Windows. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock. You can take FreeCommander anywhere - just copy the installation directory on a CD, USB-Stick or even a floppy disk - and you can even work with this program on a foreign computer. download page

IrfanView - is a popular, fast and small, compact graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista (freeware for non-commercial use). download page

CDBurnerXP - is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. download page

7-Zip - is an popular open source file archiver designed originally for the Microsoft Windows operating system, and later made available to other systems. You can use 7-Zip on any computers, including computers in commercial organizations. You don't need to register or pay for 7-Zip. download page

jZip - is a powerful compression utility. jZip is based on proven and reliable 7-Zip archiving technology. jZip sports an elegant, easy to use yet powerful user interface. download page

Nvu - is a WYSIWYG HTML editor, based on the Composer component of Mozilla Application Suite and Gecko 1.7. It is intended to be an open source equivalent to proprietary software like Microsoft FrontPage and Macromedia Dreamweaver and is one of the primary WYSIWYG editors for Linux. Nvu is designed to be easy for non-technical computer users. download page

Notepad++ - is a free source code editor (and Notepad replacement), which supports several programming languages, running under the MS Windows environment. This project, based on the Scintilla edit component (a very powerful editor component), written in C++ with pure win32 api and STL (that ensures the higher execution speed and smaller size of the program), is under the GPL Licence. download page

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