Best Windows Apps

Here is the collection of best free softwares for your Windows PC. All these softwares are free from adware/malware/spyware and chosen by me from my experience as well as by surfing the web and talking to many experts. The apps are listed in an order and are a must for your PC to make it function smoothly and safely. These software are the best irrespective of the year. Therefore, you need not hesitate to download them.

Best Free Antivirus

avast! Free Antivirus : avast! Antivirus has been reviewed and is considered to be the best free protection available. It offers Realtime Protection along with various shields such as Script Shield, File System Sheild, Web Shield, Mail Shield, P2P Shield, Behavior Shield, IM Shield and Network Shield. Besides this it also offers the Auto Sandbox feature which allows you to run a program that may harm or may lead to system changes. The Remote Assistance feature lets you control a remote computer and also lets you control your computer from another computer. The Site blocking features allows you to block sites. You can also protect your antivirus with a password so that no other malware or user can access and make changes to your antivirus settings. The daily and automatic definitions update lets you increase your protection and handle more threats. Avast! also rated best with its fastest scanning speed than any other antivirus. The easy user-friendly interface lets you handle each and every part of your Antivirus.

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Best Free Firewall

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall : ZoneAlarm is my first and the best choice. It offers a great protection when compared to other free as well as paid Firewall programs. It protects against hackers, makes your web browsing safe from phishing and also protects your identity and data. It may slow down your system, yet it is a little that you pay for your protection.

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Best Free Anti Malware

I recommend to download all these five anti malware/anti spyware programs. All these programs can do their level best to remove almost all the spyware/malware hidden in your PC.

Note : Disable Realtime protection for all these below listed programs and enable realtime protection for avast! Free Antivirus only.

1. Malwarebytes’ Anti Malware Free

Malwarebytes remove most malware that infect your PC. Softpicks strongly recommend it because it is the best.

Note : We recommend not to enable Realtime protection for Malwarebytes Anti Malware if you have another antivirus program like Avast! Free Antivirus.

Rating : 5/5

Download : Malwarebytes Free Edition

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2. SUPERAntiSpyware Free

SUPERAntiSpyware is dedicated to remove almost all the stubborn spyware in your PC. Its fast scanning speeds enable to find out the most spyware very quickly. It is best in detecting Trojans and Adware tracking cookies. It is the best and Softpicks strongly recommend it.

Rating : 5/5

Download : SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition

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3. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus

Ad-Aware is also one of the best malware remover programs. It detects malware that Malwarebytes Free and SUPERAntiSpyware Free cannot detect. It is also the best and Softpicks strongly recommend it.

Note : I strongly recommend not to enable realtime protection for Ad-Aware Free Antivirus if you have another antivirus like Avast! Free Antivirus. I recommend to use only avast! Free Edition as your only antivirus with realtime protection enabled.

Rating : 5/5

Download : Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+

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4. SpywareBlaster Free

SpywareBlaster thinks differently about spyware. It blocks and protects cookies therefore giving protection for your browser. It supports Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Firefox…

Note : It need not be running all the time. Just a run when you want to update it is necessary.

Rating : 5/5

Download :SpywareBlaster Free

Best Free Encryption Software

TrueCrypt : TrueCrypt is considered to be the best. I’ve read about it in most of the major blogs and heard that it is the best encryption software available. It is free and open source. It creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk. It also encrypts entire partition or storage device. It also encrypts Windows partition. It is automatic and real time.

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Best Disk Cleaner

CCleaner : It has been very popular and extremely used these days. It cleans all the unnecessary junk in your PC. Therefore, increasing hard disk space, performance of the system. It also enables you to enable/disable startup items. You can also uninstall applications directly from CCleaner, Manage scheduled tasks, Scan and fix registry issues.

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Best Registry Cleaner

Wise Registry Cleaner : Registry errors leads to slowing down of the PC. So the registry errors need to be fixed and at the same time it also needs to be defragmented to improve the performance of your PC. Though there are many registry cleaners available, i recommend the Wise Registry Cleaner, it is simple and offers faster scanning speed, registry defragmentation and system optimization features.

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Best Disk Defragmentation Software

IOBit Smart Defrag : IOBit SmartDefrag has been the best defragmentation software. It offers Boot Time Defrag as well as scheduled defrag. SmartDefrag is faster when compared to other disk defragmenation software.

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Best Free Internet Booster

SG TCP Optimizer : You can speed up your internet by using TCP/IP Optimizers. The best one is SG TCP Optimizer. It optimizes internet for faster performance. Therefore, you can observe a good increase in your internet speed.

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Best Free Uninstaller

IOBit Uninstaller : IOBit Uninstaller does this job well than any other uninstaller present. It is faster and powerful. It also lists the installed programs on your computer based on categories. Therefore, you can easily remove the programs without searching a particular program in a large list.

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Best Free File Compression Software

7-Zip : It is my choice. It is a free and open source file compression software that can compress or uncompress with a great speed and with wide variety of features.

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Best Free Image Viewer

IrfanView : It has been one of the most popular image viewers in the world. It can view not only images but also a large number of file types. Several plugins help you view the other file associations. With IrfanView you can convert, optimize, scan, print and also create slideshows

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Best Free Image Editor

GIMP : It is the best free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. It offers almost as many features as Photoshop offers. This can be used by photographers instead of paying for Adobe Photoshop. It offers all the necessary features that a photographer need like, Blur tool, Dodge tool, Select tool, Polygonal select tool etc..

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Best Free Media Players

There are two main media players that are best in my list. One is for playing Audio files and another one is for playing video files. Though both of these below listed media players can do both the jobs, i recommend to download both of these and dedicate them for audio and video files respectively.

Winamp (For Audio Files) : Winamp is my choice. It is an ultimate, light weight, highly customizable media player available. It can almost all types of media formats. It has also got the best visualizations. It is easy to use and also mostly used.

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VLC Media Player (For Video Files) : VLC Media Player has been one of the most popular and extremely used open source and free media player especially video player available. It doesn’t have a wide variety of good looking skins. But it works well. I myself use it for playing video files only and use Winamp for playing audio files. As VLC comes with a support for over wide range of media formats, you do not need extra codecs.

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Best Free CD/DVD/HD DVD/Bluray Ripper Software

ImgBurn : ImgBurn is the best and the most popular Ripper software. It has got a high speed and a lot of features to choose. It is easy to use. Further more it is free.

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Best Free Web Browsers

Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome : Mozilla Firefox is my first and best choice. Google Chrome is the best competitor for Firefox. Both these web browsers are different and fast. It is difficult to draw a contrast between these two. I suggest to download both the browsers. Both these come with high privacy, security and large number of addons that add extra functionality to your browser.

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Best BitTorrent Client

uTorrent : Torrents have been widely spread these days. They have been very popular. And now it is time to choose the right BitTorrent Client. I recommend to use uTorrent, it is the best and more efficient when compared to the original BitTorrent client.

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Best Instant Messaging Software

Pidgin : Pidgin is my choice. It allows to connect to multiple accounts and chat simultaneously. You can chat with MSN, Google Talk, Yahoo!. It is compatible with AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr. Besides, it also supports file transfer, buddy icons, custom smileys and typing notifications. Numerous plugins also extend Pidgin’s functionality.

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Best FTP Client and Server

FTP Client : FileZilla is the best free FTP Client available. You can transfer files through FTP, FTPS and SFTP protocols. It also supports IPv6 and many languages. Resuming and transferring of files larger than 4GB. Powerful site manager, transfer queues, drag & drop support, bookmarks, transfer speed limits, file name filters, remote file sharing were its top features.

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FTP Server : FileZilla is the best free FTP Server available. You can make files available to others through FTP, FTPS and SFTP protocols. It also supports IPv6 and many languages. Resuming and transferring of files larger than 4GB. Powerful site manager, transfer queues, drag & drop support, bookmarks, transfer speed limits, file name filters, remote file sharing were its top features. It is available for Windows servers only.

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Best Remote Desktop Software

TeamViewer : TeamViewer is my choice. It is the most popular Remote Desktop software available. It enables you to operate a computer from another computer as if you are sitting in front of it via the Internet. It also records your session and convert them to avi. Online meetings, Drag and Drop files and also support for multi monitor.

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Best Free Office Productivity Suite

LibreOffice : It is free and opensource and also offer great features. It is an extended form of OpenOffice. LibreOffice gives you :

1. LibreOffice Base

2. LibreOffice Calc

3. LibreOffice Draw

4. LibreOffice Impress

5. LibreOffice Writer

6. LibreOffice Math

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Best Free PDF Viewer/Editor

Foxit Reader : Foxit Reader is my choice. It is the  best light-weight PDF Viewer/ Editor available. It is better than Adobe Reader in many ways. Foxit Reader consumes less space than Adobe Reader and besides it also offers some editing features like drawing geometrical shapes, inserting characters in the document etc

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