Useful FREE software tools that we recommend EVERY PC owner to install on their computer or laptop.
All the software listed below is free for personal use & much of it may also be suitable for business use but you must check the license terms before installing it in a commercial environment. People tend to be suspicious of something for nothing & often ask WHY or HOW it can be free. Even when we explain people seem to prefer to pay for software that in many cases does the job no better! In fact, there is actually good quality free software available to do almost any task you can think of!
We have used ALL of the software shown below & can vouch for its usefulness & quality.
We suggest using an alternative browser to Internet Explorer, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox & for most users, Open Office/Libre Office does everything that Microsoft Office does, without having to fork out any money!!!
If you surf the net, you should always run at least an anti-virus program, a firewall (recent versions of Windows have an effective one built in), update your software to make sure it's patched & scan for malware occasionally. It's also essential to make regular backups of your important data & preferably your whole system!
Mozilla Firefox (known simply as Firefox) is a free and open-source web browser developed for Windows, OS X, and Linux, with a mobile version for Android, by the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation.
Google Chrome is a freeware web browser developed by Google. As of January 2015, StatCounter estimates that Google Chrome has a 51% worldwide usage share of web browsers, indicating that it is the most widely used web browser in the world.
Mozilla Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform email, news, and chat client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. It's easy to set up and customise and loaded with great features!customise and loaded with great features!
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware's industry-leading scanner detects and removes malware like worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, spyware, and more. All you have to do is launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and run a scan.
CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your PC. It protects your privacy and makes your computer faster and more secure! Easy to use, one click cleaning so beginners can optimise their computers in seconds and packed with advanced features for power users.
The newest version of the most-trusted security in the world is ready, and it’s completely free. Avast protects more than 230 million people, businesses, and mobile devices worldwide.
VLC Media Player
Paragon Backup & Recovery Free
LibreOffice is a powerful office suite; Its clean interface and its powerful tools let you unleash your creativity and grow your productivity. LibreOffice embeds several applications that make it the most powerful Free & Open Source Office suite on the market.
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
EaseUS Todo Backup Free
EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition
Free or Paid For Security
If you don't feel happy using our recommended free antivirus software (although it performs better than many paid for suites), you might be interested in finding out which antivirus package is the best - this article lists the best paid for antivirus software currently on the market, as at 1st July 2017.