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The Top Ten Best Freeware Downloads

Why pay for software when there are so many excellent programs you can use for free?

I've put together a list of the freeware that I use the most, I have found these freeware titles to be reliable, easy-to-use and very competent at the job in hand!

Please leave a comment at the bottom if you agree, disagree or have any other freeware you would like to recommend - Thanks! Freeware Top Ten

Freeware Top Ten 2013


Number 1 Top Freeware Download No 1 Top Freeware Download: Ad-Aware

Ad-Aware Number One Freeware Download

What this freeware does:

Real-time malware protection optimized for home users

  • Detect, Remove AND Clean
  • Ad-Watch Live! Basic integrated real-time protection
  • Rootkit Removal System
  • Radically improved resource efficiency
  • Lavasoft SmartSet
  • Customizable Profile Scans
  • External Drive Scanning
  • Pin-Point Scanning
  • Full integration with Windows Security Center

Requirements: 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 7

Number 2  Top Freeware Download No 2 Top Freeware Download: AVG Antivirus

AVG Antivirus Number Two Freeware Download

What this freeware does:

Basic antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows available to download for free. Limited features, no support, for private and non-commercial use only.


  • The most downloaded software on CNET's Download.com
  • Quality proven by over 80 million users
  • Easy to download, install and use
  • Protection against viruses and spyware
  • Compatible with Windows Vista and Windows XP

Requirements: XP / Vista / Windows 7

Number Three Top Freeware Download No 3 Top Freeware Download: CCleaner

Number 3 Top Freeware Download - CCleaner

What this freeware does:

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space.

Requirements: 98 / XP / Vista / Windows 7

Number Four Top Freeware Download No 4 Top Freeware Download: Firefox

FireFox Top Freeware Internet Browser

What this freeware does:

Firefox is an alternative to windows explorer, many find it more user-friendly, more secure and with a great set of add-ons!


The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features, including the smart location bar, one-click bookmarking and blindingly fast performance.

With more than 15,000 improvements, Firefox is faster, safer and smarter than ever before.

Requirements: All Windows Versions

No 5 Top Freeware: Photoscape

Photoscape freeware photo editor

What this freeware does:

Photoscape is the fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.

  • Viewer: View your folders photos, slide show
  • Editor: resizing, brightness and color adjustment, white balance, back light correction, frames, balloons, mosaic mode, adding text, drawing pictures, cropping, filters, red eye removal, blooming
  • Batch editor: Batch editing multiple photos
  • Page: Make one photo by merging multiple photos at the page frame
  • Combine: Make one photo by attaching multiple photos vertically or horizontally
  • Animated GIF: Make one animation photo with multiple photos
  • Print: Print portrait shot, carte de visite, passport photo
  • Splitter: Divide a photo into multiple parts
  • Screen Capture: Capture your screenshot and save it
  • Color Picker: Zoom in screen on images, search and pick the color
  • Rename: Change photo file names in batch mode
  • Raw Converter: Convert RAW to JPG

Requirements: 95 / 98 / Me / NT / 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 7

Number Four Top Freeware Download No 6 Top Freeware Download: Zip Genius

Zip Genuis - Freeware Download

What this freeware does:

ZipGenius is the absolutely free file compression software suite for Windows™ operating systems, that enlights your daily work by saving disk space, organizing documents, protecting important files and collecting your pictures.

Requirements: Windows All Versions

Number Four Top Freeware Download No 7 Top Freeware Download: Ashampoo Burning Studio

Ashampoo Burning Studio

What this freeware does:

Multi-disc file backup and restore on CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs; create compressed backup archives with powerful password protection


Split archives automatically across multiple CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray discs; restore archive contents to their original locations


Integrated Audio CD ripper store your audio tracks as WMA or WAV files; new option for setting the number of copies you want to burn (available for all disc formats); discs can now be verified immediately without being ejected first (if the drive supports this feature)


Burn files and folders on data CDs/DVD's/Blu-ray discs; burn Audio CDs from WAV, MP3, FLAC, WMA and Ogg Vorbis files; burn MP3-CDs from your MP3 files; burn Video DVD, Video CD (VCD) or Super Video CD (S-VCD); create and burn CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc images; burn speed and other options can all be set automatically.


Requirements: 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 7

Number Four Top Freeware Download No 8 Top Freeware Download: Switch - Sound File Converter

Switch Freeware Sound File Converter

What this freeware does:

Sound file converter for Windows or Mac. Convert audio files from many different file formats to mp3, wav or wma. For example convert wav to mp3, mp3 to wav, wma to mp3 or many other formats. Just add the files you want to convert, select the output format, and then click convert.


Switch is not simply an audio converter - it is the most comprehensive and stable sound file converter program around. You can convert your sound files into the formats you need to compress for storage, create ring tones, add to a presentation, listen on your portable device and much more. In fact, the possibilities are endless using this powerful audio converter.


Requirements: 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 7

Number Four Top Freeware Download No 9 Top Freeware Download: WM Converter

WM Converter

What this freeware does:

Extremely easy to use video/audio converter provides file conversion with split and merge options for most popular media formats.


Convert your FLV recordings to Windows Media / Zune or QuickTime / iPod formats, convert MPEG2 camera movies to smaller WMV or MP4 files, convert audio CD's to MP3 or extract audio tracks from your videos in MP3 format. Multiple files conversion

Version 2 adds Split, Merge, and Reprocess options and fixes a bug that would crash the program on drives different than C drive.

Requirements: Windows 98/ Me / NT / 2000 / XP / 2003 Server / Vista / Windows 7

Number Four Top Freeware Download No 10 Top Freeware Download: Media Converter

Media Converter

What this freeware does:

Download a video and also convert it into the file format that works with your MP3 player or any other device you are using. Look for the highlighted bird symbol next to the address bar (see picture), this will indicate that a media file can be downloaded.


Downloading Videos Online Tutorial


Software Needed: Firefox and Media Converter

Requirements: Windows All Versions

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Comments (4)

Why is Irfanview not on your list? Unless he's started charging for it, it's crazy that you don't have it listed as a top ten freeware program.
#4 - Stuart - 07/16/2013 - 08:42
I like it!

Thanks I almost paid for a video downloading tool, but it seems I can do it for free, great!
#3 - Joc - 07/16/2013 - 08:36
I didn't know about some of these titles, thanks for sharing!
#2 - Birdy - 07/16/2013 - 08:24
Thanks, I really needed a photo editor. I downloaded Photoscape and found it excellent, it does everything I need + plus lot's more. Great :-)
#1 - Elf - 07/16/2013 - 08:23
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