I have compiled a list of top 15 best websites to download free software, most software on my computer are freeware, they do the job and work fine, such as Avira, Comodo Firewall, Adobe Photoshop CS2, KMPlayer, HxD Hex Editor, you can check out them at the bottom of this article.
SourceForge is the largest website to download free open source software for Windows, Mac and Linux.
It’s pretty easy to find the most popular and high rated software on sourceforge with Google, there are large amounts of hidden gems on SourceForge haven’t been introduced by even the most popular freeware blog like TechSupportAlert.
SoftPedia is the best alternative to CNET.com, when I want to download a free software, I’ll navigate to SoftPedia at first, because it’s very reliable, any software uploaded to Softpeida will be scanned with mulitple security software before it’s published, and it allows to sort the software by user rating or download amount, in most cases, if the average user rating of a software is larger than 4 star and its download amount is larger than 5000, it’s an excellent program.
FileHippo is another reliable place to download Windows software, it allows to choose between almost all versions of the software you selected. If the latest version of a certain application is too bloat, or it does not compatible with your operating system, maybe you can find an older version of it on FileHippo.
Sysinternals Suite contains a lot of useful utilities for Windows, such as:
- Autoruns: the best free startup manager, with it you can locate and disable unnecessary or suspicious drivers, services and other programs which will run automatically when Windows starts.
- TcpView: a free program to list all TCP and UDP endpoints on your computer.
- DiskMon: it will log all hard disk activity in real time.
TechSupportAlert is a website dedicated to sharing the best freeware to the world.
PortableFreeware is a website similar to PortableApps, on it you can download the portable version of over 2,000 free Windows software, for example, FreeFileSync, DriveImage XML, VirtualDub, XMedia Recode, SMPlayer, AIMP, VLC, 1by1, etc.
Nirsoft offers a unique collection of free and portable software including password recovery utilities, system utilities, network monitoring tools, outlook/office utilities, etc.
This website offers over 300 free and portable software including Skype, Google Chrome, Notepad++, Mnemosyne, Blender, GIMP, FotoSketcher, IcoFX, PicPick, Audacity, Mp3splt-gtk, 7-Zip, etc.
On BetaNews you can find and download best free programs for Windows, Mac or Linux based on user rates, staff picks and downloads.
You can read the user reviews and comments to determine whether to download a certain program.
A place to download Mac and iPhone software.
CNET is the most famous site to download software, it provides tons of application for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.
On OldApps you can dowload old versions of your favourite software with minimal effort, unlike FileHippo, OldApps does not only host Windows software, it also hosts Mac software.
Yet another popular software download website owned by CBS Interactive.
SoftOnic is a place to download software in these categories: Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android, Palm OS, Pocket PC, Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Java2ME, Web Apps.
On BrotherSoft you can download over 200,000 free software for Windows, Android, iPad, iPhone and WP8. However, it’s a little difficult to identify which are advertisements, which are the real download links.
- Adobe Photoshop CS2, best free photo editor( Windows, Mac ), Acrobat Pro 7.0, After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, etc.
- Avira: best free antivirus software for Windows.
- Comodo Firewall: best free firewall for Windows.
- TrueCrypt: best free disk encryption software( Windows, Mac, Linux ).
- Free Sound Recorder: incredible sound recording program, enables to save any sound stream coming into your sound card as MP3, OGG or WAV format, this makes it possible to “download” music from music websites( e.g. Spotify, Pandora, Grooveshark, Deezer, Last.fm ) legally without upgrading to the premium plan( Windows ).
- iWisoft Free Video Converter: supports a great number of digital devices( e.g. iPhone, PSP, PS3, XBOX, DVD ), convert all popular video formats, including HD video, totally free, no restrictions, no watermarks.( Windows ).
- KMPlayer: all-in-one media player and converter that supports virtually any format, allows to extract sound tracks from videos( e.g. flv to mp3, mp4 to mp3, flac to mp3 ), or capture continuous frames from a video and save them as individual static images, which can be used to create animated GIF subsequently with a GIF Maker( Windows ).
- FotoSketcher: convert your photos to cartoon, pencil sketch or oil paint effect with a simple click( Windows ).
- Stellarium: renders 3D photo-realistic skies in real time( Windows, Mac, Linux ).
- LOIC: a network stress testing and denial-of-service attack application( Windows, Linux ).
- guliverkli: media player( Windows ).
- Mumble: low-latency, high-quality voice communication for gamers( Windows, Mac, Linux ).
- GO Contact Sync Mod: sync Outlook contacts and notes with GMail address book( Windows ).
- Gutenprint: A very high quality package of printer drivers for Ghostscript and CUPS on Linux, Macintosh OS X( Mac, Linux ).
- HxD Hex Editor: best hex editor, RAM editor and disk editor, enables to load large files instantly, regardless of its file size( 500M, 1G, 2G, 5G, 10G, 20G, 100G, 1TB, 2TB… up to 8EB )( Windows ).
- GNUPlot: scientific 2D/3D plotting software, can be used to replace Matlab in some cases( Windows, Mac, Linux ).
- Fre:ac: free audio converter, supports many formats: MP3, MP4, FLAC, etc( Windows, Mac, Linux ).
- VLC media player: all-in-one video and audio player( Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android ).
- 7-Zip: file archiver and extractor( Windows, Mac, Linux ).
- Everything: best tool to search files and folders on your pc( Windows ).
- Notepad++: text editor and source code editor( Windows ).
- GIMP: image editor( Windows, Mac, Linux ).
- PWGen: strong password generator( Windows ).
- Cobian Backup: backup and sync tool( Windows ).
- WinMerge: Windows visual diff and merge for files and directories, can be integrated to UltraEdit.( Windows ).
- MuseScore: free music notation & composition software, it’s very interesting( Windows, Mac, Linux ).
- Avidemux: free video editor( Windows, Mac, Linux ).
- Photoscape: image viewer and editor( Windows ).
- Partition Wizard Home Edition: an easy to use and powerful partition manager( Windows ).