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With this list of the best Windows software, you’ll find the apps you need for just about every purpose and most of them are free! We’ve taken the time and effort to weed out the redundant apps and featured the software that we would personally use. We hope you enjoy it.

Browsers

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Firefox Google Chrome Opera
Now, Firefox is faster and more customisable than ever! Minimal and functional browser lets you browse without distractions. Opera turbocharges your browsing experience.
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Google Chrome Canary
Google Chrome Canary is the most cutting edge build of the Google Chrome browser. Find out why you should use it.
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Downloaders

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JDownloader Orbit Downloader uTorrent
Bypass Rapidshare or Megaupload wait times. The easiest way to download streaming videos/music. Read our review. The go-to bit torrent client. Lightweight and fast. Learn how to remote control uTorrent with your Android.
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Free Download Manager Tor Emule
Download accelerator and manager, resume broken downloads. Secure your online communication and network traffic. Desktop client for one of the largest P2P networks in the world.
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BTGuard
A proxy server and connection encryption service to help you hide BitTorrent activity from your ISP. Read our review.
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Communication

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Skype Pidgin Trillian
Who doesn’t know Skype? Multi-protocol instant messaging client. The ultimate multi-protocol instant messenger.
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TweetDeck Seesmic Oovoo
Connect to Twitter and Facebook from your desktop. One app to rule Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Ping.fm, YouTube. Crystal clear video chat with up to 6 people simultaneously.
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Thunderbird Gmail Notifier
The ultimate desktop email client. Helps you organise your inbox. Simple desktop notifier that informs you of new unread emails.
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Security

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AVG Antivirus Free Avira AntiVir Personal Free avast! Free Antivirus
Free basic computer security. Read our review. Reliable, thorough free antivirus app. Most feature-packed with a high-detection rate. Read our review.
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Comodo Internet Security Sophos Anti-Rootkit Sandboxie
A free security download that takes the crown hands down.. Read our review. On-demand root-kit scanner. Read our review. Sandboxie not only protects your browser but also proactively covers all aspect of your operating system from being changed by any program. Read our review.
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Malwarebyte’s Anti-Malware Free Spybot – Search & Destroy Microsoft Security Essentials
Solid, free protection against adware, spyware, dialers, scareware, etc. Read our review. Effective spyware detection and removal. MSE runs surprisingly quietly and efficiently in the background. Read our review.
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SUPERAntiSpyware ThreatFire
Detects and removes a variety of spyware and malware. Read our review. Real-time malware threat detection analyser.
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Password Managers

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KeePass Sticky Password PRO 5.0 SafeWallet
Open source secure, encrypted password manager. Sticky Password is a very simple yet functional password manager for Windows. Read our review. Works on Windows and Mac. Supports Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Symbian, Windows Mobile and Palm Web OS. $14.99. Read our review.
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1Password
Everything you would need in a password and identity manager.
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Hard Drive Tools

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TrueCrypt WinDirStat Teracopy
Secure your hard drive with on-the-fly-encryption. Tells you everything about your hard drive statistics. Must-have copy tool. Avoid copying bad files and resume broken transfers.
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Data Recovery

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Eraser Recuva MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free
Securely erases sensitive data from your drive. Recover deleted files from your hard drives and other media. Read our review. This tool covers a lot of bases and works with partitions. Read our review.
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ADRC Data Recovery EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard
Minimal yet powerful data recovery software. One of the most renowned data retrieval application for Windows. All TheDailyBuggle newsletter subscribers can get a copy for free!
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Defragmenters

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Defraggler MyDefrag Auslogics Disk Defrag
A much more efficient defragmenter for NTFS and FAT32 file systems. Read our review. A mixed bag. Pleases both novice and technical users with its ability to run scripts. Read our review Great defragmenter that even allows you to defragment single files and folders. Read our review.
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IObit Smart Defrag
A free defragmentation program and jack of almost all trades with one great feature – speed! Read our review.
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Compression/Extraction

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7-Zip Universal Extractor IZArc
Great file archiver and decompressor. Extract files from virtually any type of archive. Create and extract archives directly in Windows Explorer.
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Utilities

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CCleaner Glary Utilities Revo Uninstaller
The go-to cleaning tool for almost everything! Read our review. Privacy protection, performance accelerator, disk cleaning tool and more! Designed to remove unwanted programs effectively.
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Synergy TeamViewer Dexpot
Share your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers via network. The easiest way to request for remote assistance. Remotely control your computer. Create, organist and switch between multiple virtual desktops.
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VirtualBox Virtual CloneDrive ImgBurn
Cross platform virtualisation software that allows you to run virtual PCs. Mounts and creates ISO (virtual) disk images. Lightweight CD/DVD/HD DVD and Blu-ray burning application.
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Everything Unlocker Launchy
Enable instant search in Windows! Read our review. Frees up problematic locked/used files that cannot be deleted. Cross platform multifunctional application, document, folder launcher.
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DisplayFusion Fences Rainmeter
Manages multiple monitors and adds features like multi-monitor taskbars, titlebars, etc. Organises your desktop and hides icons that are not in use. Desktop customisation app that adds informational applets to your desktop.
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Soluto
Soluto is a very simple application to help speed up boot time on your Windows PC. Read our review.
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File Synchronisation

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SugarSync FreeFileSync SyncBack
Cross-platform file/folder sync and online backup. Free 5GB account. Read our review High performance folder comparison and sync program. Powerful backup and sync tool. Synchronise files and folders over two computers.
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SyncToy Dropbox
Ourfavourite Windows backup utility. It’s easy to use and does its job well. Read our review Sync files across multiple computers and share files online. Get 768 MB more space instantly.
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Video

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Freemake Video Converter Format Factory Handbrake
Convert between almost any video file format for specific devices. Media converter that supports all popular video, audio and image formats. Open source, multithreaded video transcoder for serious video encoding enthusiasts.
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SopCast Youtube Download HD Freemake Video Downloader
Watch broadcasted TV through the internet. Free tool to download and save YouTube video to your hard drive. Lets you download videos from YouTube, DailyMotion and other sites. Read our review.
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VLC Media Player Gom Player Media Player Classic
The one and only video player you’ll ever need. An alternative, feature-packed media player. Extremely lightweight media player that’s basic but functional.
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Boxee XMBC Hulu Desktop
Watch thousands of TV shows from Boxee on your desktop. Award-winning open source media center for your HTPC. Optimised desktop client for streaming Hulu.
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Audio

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CopyTrans TuneSwift Audacity EvilLyrics
Copy your iTunes library from one computer to another withou hassle. Read our review. Free, open source, cross-platform, powerful audio editor. Automatically find and add lyrics to your songs. Read our review.
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CDex Doubletwist Spotify
Rip and encode your audio CDs exactly. Copy music to almost any device: Android, BlackBerry, PSP, etc. Read our review. Listen, enjoy and share songs and playlists with friends.
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Foobar2000 MediaMonkey Songbird
The most advanced audio player for Windows with support for all popular audio formats. Fantastic music manager with an intelligent tag editor. Open source customisable music player that can sync to your phone or MP3 player.
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Winamp iTunes
The ultimate skinnable music player. Apple’s very own entertainment hub and access to the iTunes Store.
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Productivity

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Foxit Reader doPDF STDU Viewer
Lightweight and fast PDF reader with annotation and form filling capabilities. Print driver to help you create PDFs from any file by printing it as PDF. Document viewer that supports DjVu, XPS, CBR, CBZ, and a lot more formats.
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XMind Blumind FreeMind
Intuitive and powerful collaboration and mind mapping tool. Lightweight and simple app to create mind maps. Java-based free mind mapping software.
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Lingoes Mnemosyne LibreOffice
Desktop dictionary and text translator with support for over 80 languages. Open source, cross platform flash card study tool. The ultimate open source, cross platform personal productivity suite!
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Evernote Nitro Pro 7
Sync notes and ideas with your phone, web and computer. The most awesome PDF editor, converter and reader. Read our review

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Readers

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Calibre CDisplay ComicRack
The best ebook library manager. An image-viewing application optimized for DRM-free comic books and manga. Read our review. Another free comic book reader, supports the most popular formats for comics and mangas. Read our review.
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Imaging

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PhotoFiltre Photo Story PhotoWipe
Lesser-known but complete image retouching program. Create slideshows using your digital photos. Check out some online solutions. Remove unwanted objects from your photos easily!
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FastStone Image Viewer Zoner PhotoStudio Picasa
All-in-one image browser, converter, editor and manager. Simple yet advanced photo manager and editor with sharing capabilities. Brilliant free photo editing software from Google.
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Paint.NET GIMP Inkscape
Extremely capable image editor by Microsoft. Open source, powerful image editor. Free alternative to Photoshop. Open source vector graphics editor. Free alternative to Illustrator.
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Gaming

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ZSNES SNES9X MotioninJoy
A free PC SNES emulator with official ports for Linux, MS-DOS, Mac OS X, Windows and an unofficial port for the Xbox. Read our review. Another PC SNES emulator. Basically allows you to play most SNES and Super Famicom Nintendo games on your PC. Read our review. Allows you to connect your PlayStation controller to your PC. Read our review.
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ePSXe Dolphin Emulator
Awesome PlayStation emulator with great compatibility and lots of customization options. Read our review. Dolphin Emulator has a fairly simple interface with all you need to get started with playing Wii games on your PC. Read our review.
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What do you think of this list of the best Windows software? If we’ve missed your favourite Windows software, do let us know in the comments and we’ll consider adding it to the list. We would love for you to share this list with your friends and family, just use the sharing buttons below!

23 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. you have given a very good & essential information to me. But you have missed “Tuneup Utilities”. It is one of the useful software.

    • nasrullah, I do use TuneUp Utillities, too,and like it much, but it is a commercial software, unlike the software/freeware listed here.

  2. Dear Dr. Chung,

    Your Best Windows Software list includes many really worthwhile programs–some that may be new to seasoned users.

    Disappointingly, to download any of them first requires that another piece of software called Allmyapps desktop client be installed. Don’t know about you, but I surely do not need any more add-ons to my desktop.

    Getting around this is easy. Highlight and copy the name of a desired application from AllMyApps Web page, and then paste into a Google search box. Click on a reliable and well-known source. From there one can download just the particular software without any extras such as desktop attachments. I recommend this approach to everyone who wants software from Dr. Chung’s list!

    Sincerely,

    Diana

    • Dear Diana,

      Thanks for the compliment. It’a also worthwhile to know that with an AllMyApps account, you can sift through all the these apps, add them to your AllMyApps list and then download and install them all at once.

      I highly recommend THIS approach to everyone instead.

      Sincerely,

      Jackson

  3. What is the point of copying and pasting every App, that would take quite a while, when all you need to do is download AllMyApps then click on what ever you would like to install and have them all installed one after the other until they are all installed. As for having another add-on for your desktop well just delete it once it’s done it’s work. I myself put all the Apps I install on to a portable Drive then they are there when needed and easy to update. AllMyApps is a good way to do it for people who do not no much about installing Apps.

  4. Does Respondent #5,”Dave”,expect us to blithely go downloading strange,unknown, Desktop Apps- [ ie,AllMyApps ],etc., without benefit of doing SOME Research to determine the mettle of said program?Toskip and hop, Willy-Nilly,down the path of potentially unwanted and annoying software?Much Less,ANOTHER ONE of those DownLoad Mgr.Toolbar-thingies that are an absolute Screaming/Shrieking -Blood-Curdling ,clinging Parasitical creature from “Alien” to Un-Install? I,however, am Extremely Familiar with the Black Arts of All the Tricks used to uninstall,Banish,etc., Said-Ware. I say,be Wary until you know better,or do you have knowledge of AllMyApps, #5 ? You didn’t really go into Much detail,at all……..Aside from acting compeletely Innocuous about AllMyApps……..And I can copy and paste pretty darn quick,for free,good soft.What say you,Dave?PS.#3-Diana Stakey-you wrote EXACTLY what I was thinking….WHILE I was thinking it-we should Talk-I like your approach INFINITELY better,and will have to side w/you in this matter…not to instantly become polemic and divide everyone,just stating my opinion…[ "Of Course,that's just my opinion,I could be wrong" ] -[Dennis Miller-or More correctly, perhaps his writing staff]

    • Hey Mike, sure you can definitely do as you please. It’s a free world.

      I’d just like to clarify one thing though. AllMyApps does not force you to install toolbars or anything of the sort. It’s absolutely clean.

  5. But Good Post,Dr. Chung ,I think you covered all the bases pretty well……

  6. Thanks for the clarification,Dr. Chung-I will check it out !

  7. You missed PeaZip in compression section, duplicate finder in Harddisk and mediacoder in video section. Good work anyway :)

  8. I hear ya, but still some of us are very anal about installing yet another program on our computers even if it is “clean”. I just don’t want another program on my machine if all it is going to do is let me download the program that I want in the first place.

    • Hey Eddie,

      I’ve just swapped out the links and they now take you straight to the app’s website.

      • That’s very cool of you to do. I hope I wasn’t sounding like a nag or anything. You have assembled a great list of software and we all appreciate it very much.

        • Absolutely not, Eddie. We highly appreciate and consider reader suggestions!

          Keep on reading!

  9. Mistake in the description of ‘audacity’ and description is not too good either.

    • Thanks! I’ve just corrected it

  10. Jackson, this is a great list, but why on Earth did you skip NDN? There is simply no other Windows/Linux tool that can come close to the number, variety, and usefulness of the file management features that NDN has.

  11. Hey Jackson
    just dwnldd some software from your “goodies” have yet to give them a really good run to see how they preform should be interesting ( a quick run of photowipe was brilliant ) also had no problem getting them dwnldd
    on a different subject =music
    prostopleer is an awesome site ,yeh ok from russia but the selection of music WOW and goggle it and the reviews all positive about no viruses
    I’m thinkin full membership for a year at about 40 rubles a month (about $ 16 aud ) cheaper by the year
    do you have any thoughts about this ? ( – or + ) ?
    thank you for putting together a large amount of information +links + giveaways Keep on rockin in the free world
    yeah

  12. Hi Jackson

    This is a good list but as with every list someone has a favourite that they feel should have been on the list, so don’t stay awake nights trying to outguess everyone ‘cos it just won’t happen!

    However I am kind of curious about why people are talking about AllMyApps having to be used as a downloader ‘cos I’ve downloaded several apps by clicking directly on them in this list and I’ve been taken straight to each programs home page and downloaded them right from the source each time.

    I somehow don’t understand where AllMyApps comes in anywhere, could you please enlighten me about this?

    Thanks and all the best to you and yours and everyone everywhere

    with respect and gratitude for all your generosity and good work

    Starlight

    • Hey Starlight,

      We removed the links to AllMyApps and added direct links.

  13. I appreciate the splendid service provided by you, please keep it up!

  14. For me the most useful is ,,majesticseo” But Glary Utilities is OK too Depends on what you need it

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