Windows freeware that doesn't suck!

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Last updated: 30 March, 2013

- Added a CAD program "nanoCAD"
- Added a screenshot utility "Greenshot"
- Added a BitTorrent client "qBittorrent"
- Added a password manager "LastPass"
- Added a video converter "Freemake Video Converter"
- Added share buttons
- Removed "Fences"
- Removed "Format Factory"
- Removed "μTorrent"
- Removed "Bug Shooting"
- Removed google +1 button
- Removed StumbleUpon button

6 August, 2011

- Changed CCleaner to "CCleaner Slim (No Toolbar)"

Graphics / Photo Editing

nanoCAD

With nanoCAD you can do everything you can do with other CAD systems. But faster. And for free.

nanoCAD

http://nanocad.com/


DraftSight

A 2D CAD product that provides professional CAD users, students and educators a way to create, edit and view DWG files.

DraftSight

http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/free-cad-software/


FastStone Photo Resizer

FastStone Photo Resizer is an image converter / resizer intended to enable users to convert, rename, resize, crop, rotate, change color depth, add text and watermarks to images in a quick and easy batch mode.

FastStone Photo Resizer

http://www.faststone.org/FSResizerDetail.htm


FastStone Image Viewer

General program features include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, batch processing, batch renaming, color adjustments, color space management, lossless JPEG rotations, a thumbnails database and a customizable magnifier zooming option. The program also sports a slideshow feature which includes a musical slideshow and over 150 transitional effects.

FastStone Image Viewer

http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm


RIOT - Radical Image Optimization Tool

An image size reduction tool.

RIOT

http://luci.criosweb.ro/riot/


Picasa 3

Picasa is a photo management program that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the photos on your PC.
Picasa 3 feature overview

Picasa 3

http://picasa.google.com/thanks.html


Paint.net

Graphics editor with a very nice interface and support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

Paint.net

http://www.getpaint.net/


GIMP

A photoshop alternative.

GIMP

http://www.gimp.org/windows/


Foto-Mosaik

Create a picture out of other pictures.

Foto-Mosaik

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/fotomosaic.html


CD/DVD writing software

ImgBurn

ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application.

ImgBurn

http://www.imgburn.com/


CDBurnerXP

This program is an application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs.

CDBurnerXP

http://www.cdburnerxp.se/en/home


Infrarecorder

InfraRecorder offers features similar to most CD and DVD authoring software, including the creation and burning of data and audio disc images, the ability to work with rewritable and multisession discs, and the ability to extract WAV and ISO image files from discs. The program has a panel of tasks similar to Nero Express.

Infrarecorder

http://infrarecorder.sourceforge.net/


Convert

Freemake Video Converter

Convert video free to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, FLV, 3GP, MPEG, DVD, Blu-ray, MP3, iPod, iPhone, iPad, PSP, Android, Nokia, Samsung, BlackBerry.

Freemake

http://www.freemake.com/

DVD Flick

Burn almost any video file to a playable DVD.

Features:
  • Support for over 45 file formats
  • Support for over 60 video codecs
  • Support for over 40 audio codecs
  • Add your own subtitles

DVD Flick

http://www.dvdflick.net/

fre:ac

fre:ac is a CD ripper, audio encoder and converter for various formats. It can produce MP3, MP4/M4A, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, Bonk and FLAC files.
The program supports the CDDB/freedb online CD database and CDText and automatically writes song information to ID3V2 or Vorbis comment tags.
fre:ac is currently available in 31 languages.

fre:ac

http://www.freac.org/

Exact Audio Copy

With other audio grabbers you usually need to listen to every grabbed wave because they only do jitter correction. Scratched CDs read on CD-ROM drives often produce distortions. But listening to every extracted audio track is a waste of time. Exact Audio Copy conquer these problems by making use of several technologies like multi-reading with verify and AccurateRip.

Exact Audio Copy

http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/

MP4Cam2AVI

MP4Cam2AVI is an easy to use MPEG4 to AVI converter/joiner.
Program supports *.MP4, *.MOV, and *.AVI input.

MP4Cam2AVI

http://mp4cam2avi.sourceforge.net/


Utilities

HashTab

HashTab is a windows shell extension which installs a new tab with file hash information.
It supports multiple hash algorithms such as CRC32, MD5, SHA1, SHA2, RipeMD, HAVAL and Whirlpool.

HashTab

http://implbits.com/

VisiPics

A duplicate image finder

VisiPics

http://www.visipics.info/

Stickies

Stickies with allot of options!

Stickies

http://www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/

WinCDEmu

Mount CD/DVD images by clicking at the image files in Windows Explorer.

WinCDEmu

http://wincdemu.sysprogs.org/

JPEGsnoop - JPEG File Decoding Utility

JPEGsnoop is a free application that examines and decodes the inner details of JPEG and MotionJPEG AVI files. It can also be used to analyze the source of an image to test its authenticity.

JPEGsnoop

http://www.impulseadventure.com/photo/jpeg-snoop.html


Microsoft Virtual PC

Microsoft Virtual PC is a virtualization suite for Microsoft Windows operating systems, and an emulation suite for Mac OS X on PowerPC-based systems.

Microsoft Virtual PC

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/

Speccy

An advanced system information tool.
I really like this one.

Speccy

http://www.piriform.com/speccy

PC WIZARD

An advanced system information tool

PC WIZARD

http://www.cpuid.com/pcwizard.php

CPU-Z

CPU-Z gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.

CPU-Z

http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

AutoHotkey

Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.

AutoHotkey

http://www.autohotkey.com/

MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD-ROM

This utility is not as good as "DAEMON Tools". But I believe this tool doesn't have spyware.

MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD-ROM

http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-magicdisc-overview.htm

Greenshot

Greenshot is a light-weight screenshot software tool for Windows.

Greenshot

http://getgreenshot.org/

PicPick

PicPick is a free screenshot utility.

PicPick

http://www.picpick.org/

TeamViewer

You can remote control a partners desktop to give online assistance, or you can show your screen to a friend - all without worrying about firewalls, IP addresses and NAT.

TeamViewer

http://www.teamviewer.com

Launchy

Launchy is a free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.
Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes!

Launchy
http://www.launchy.net/

ENSO Launcher

Enso Launcher is designed to give you instant access to your applications and windows. With a few easily remembered keystrokes, you can launch an application, switch to a window by name, and control the state of your windows. Check the demo video and the beta addons.

ENSO
http://www.humanized.com/enso/

CamStudio

CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and creates industry-standard AVI video files or bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)

CamStudio

http://camstudio.org/

Disk and File Management

Eraser

Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.

Eraser

http://eraser.heidi.ie/

Darik's Boot And Nuke

DBAN is designed to securely erase a hard disk until data is permanently removed and no longer recoverable, which is achieved by overwriting the data with random numbers.

DBAN

http://www.dban.org/

TeraCopy

TeraCopy is a compact program designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed.

TeraCopy

http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php

ReNamer

Renaming files and folders.

ReNamer

http://www.den4b.com/

Bulk Rename Utility

Renaming files and folders.
It's easier than it looks!

Bulk Rename Utility

http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/

CCleaner - Slim

CCleaner is a system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. I also like the Uninstall tool, much faster than waiting for Start - Settings - Control Panel - Add Remove Programs.

CCleaner

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/slim

Duplicate Cleaner

A clean up tool for duplicate files. It also checks audio tags!

Duplicate Cleaner

http://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk/dupe.html


7-Zip

7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip.

Supported formats:
  • Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
  • Unpacking only: RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, MSI, WIM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS

7-Zip

http://www.7-zip.org/

LockHunter

Delete files blocked by something you do not know.

LockHunter

http://lockhunter.com/

Recuva - File Recovery

Recuva (pronounced "recover") is an utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer.

Recuva - File Recovery

http://www.recuva.com/


Backup

SyncToy

SyncToy is a PowerToy designed by Microsoft that provides an easy to use graphical user interface that can automate synchronizing files and folders.

SyncToy

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/


PureSync

File synchronizer with allot of options.

PureSync

http://www.jumpingbytes.com/en/puresync.html


PING

Backup and restore whole partitions and the BIOS data as well.

PING

http://ping.windowsdream.com/


DVDShrink

DVDShrink is software to backup DVD discs. You can use this software in conjunction with DVD burning software of your choice, to make a backup copy of any DVD video disc.

DVDShrink

http://www.dvdshrink.org/


Dropbox

Dropbox is the easiest way to store, sync, and, share files online. There's no complicated interface to learn. Dropbox works seamlessly with your operating system and automatically makes sure your files are up-to-date. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Dropbox allows you to store up to 2 GB free of charge.
Dropbox

http://www.dropbox.com/


MailStore Home

MailStore Home enables you to backup all your email messages from multiple applications and accounts into one secure and persistent archive. Works with all popular email applications and webmail services such as Gmail and Yahoo.

MailStore Home

http://www.mailstore.com/en/mailstore-home.aspx

Xmarks

Xmarks is a free add-on for your browser that synchronizes and backs up your bookmarks across multiple computers.

Xmarks

http://www.xmarks.com/


Document editing

LibreOffice

LibreOffice does everything that Microsoft Office does and it´s FREE!!!!

LibreOffice

http://www.libreoffice.org/


Notepad++

Source code editor and Notepad replacement.

Notepad++

http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/


BullZip PDF Printer

Convert to PDF from any application by simply 'printing' to the BullZip PDF Printer. It has allot of nice features.

BullZip PDF Printer

http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php


Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader is a PDF document viewer and printer.

Foxit Reader

http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php


Music & Video

Daum PotPlayer

PotPlayer is a freeware Multimedia player. It feels like the KMPlayer, but is in active development.
Supports almost every available video formats out there.
PotPlayer contains internal codecs and there is no need to install codecs manually.
I think this is the best media player you can get.

Daum PotPlayer

http://codecpack.co/download/PotPlayer.html


TagScanner

Rename files based on the tag and file information.

TagScanner

http://www.xdlab.ru/en/


Foobar

Foobar2000 is an advanced audio player.

Foobar

http://www.foobar2000.org/


VLC

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

VLC

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/


Audacity

Audacity is a digital audio editor application. Some of Audacity's features include:

  • Recording and playing sounds
  • Editing via Cut, Copy, Paste (with unlimited Undo)
  • Multi-track mixing
  • A large array of digital effects and plug-ins. Additional effects can be written with Nyquist
  • Amplitude envelope editing

Audacity

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Winamp

A music player with allot of community skins and plug-ins.

Winamp

http://www.winamp.com/


Internet

Wireshark

A packet sniffer.

Wireshark

http://www.wireshark.org/


qBittorrent

A great μTorrent alternative.

qBittorrent

http://www.qbittorrent.org/


SABnzbd+

A web based usenet content downloader. Click here for a list of features.
I think this is the best free usenet content downloader you can get.

SABnzbd+

http://www.sabnzbd.org/


Firefox

Web browser

Firefox

http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/


Google Chrome

Web browser

Chrome

http://www.google.com/chrome/


Opera

Web browser

Opera

http://www.opera.com/


Thunderbird

E-mail client

Thunderbird

http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/


WinSCP

WinSCP (Windows Secure copy) is an open source SFTP and FTP client.
For secure transfers, it uses Secure Shell (SSH) and the SCP protocol.
An other good feature is the remote editor.
When a user clicks on a (text) file in the remote file manager, it transfers the file to the local machine
and opens it in the integrated editor.
Whenever the document is saved, the remote version is upgraded automatically.

WinSCP

http://winscp.net/


Pidgin

Pidgin is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client that allows you to use all of your IM accounts at once.

Pidgin

http://www.pidgin.im/

Digsby

Manage all your existing IM, email, and social network accounts from one easy to use application.

Digsby

http://www.digsby.com/


Portable

LiberKey

This is the best portable application launcher you can get!
Some good features:

  • Updates directly by Internet
  • You can temporarily associate files extensions with LiberKey applications

LiberKey

http://www.liberkey.com/



PortableApps.com

Provides packaged software suitable for use on portable media.

PortableApps.com

http://portableapps.com/


PStart

PStart is a simple tray tool to start user defined applications. Besides opening programs, you can also use PStart to open important folders or specific frequently used documents. I love the autorun feature!

PStart

http://pegtop.de/start/


EjectUSB

Designed to be a simple utility to close all programs running from a specified drive or folder and then attempt ejection if a drive was specified.

EjectUSB

http://download.cnet.com/


USB Disk Ejector

A program that allows you to quickly remove USB devices in Windows.

The command line options are very flexible, they can be used to:

  • Eject the drive that the program is running from.
  • Eject a drive by specifying a drive letter.
  • Eject a drive by specifying a drive name.
  • Eject a drive by specifying a partial drive name.

USB Disk Ejector

http://quick.mixnmojo.com/usb-disk-ejector



3D Modeling

Blender

It can be used for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulations, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications.

Blender

http://www.blender.org/


Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp is an easy-to-learn 3D software tool.
If you use Google Earth, Google SketchUp allows you to place your models using real-world coordinates and share them with the world using the Google 3D Warehouse.

Sketchup

http://sketchup.google.com/


Security

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials is a virusscanner for average users. The detection rates are very good, in particular the detection of rootkits.

Microsoft Security Essentials

http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/


AVG Free

AVG Free offers protection against viruses, spyware and dangerous websites.

AVG Free

http://free.avg.com/


Avira AntiVir Personal

Avira AntiVir Personal is a lightweight and efficient virus scanner.

Avira AntiVir

http://www.free-av.de/en/index.html


Avast

Also an excellent virus scanner.

Avast

http://www.avast.com/


Neo’s SafeKeys

Neo’s SafeKeys is an On-Screen Keyboard to help protect you against keyloggers.
Neo’s SafeKeys employs many anti-keylogging techniques in order to keep your information and passwords secure from identity theft, bank and credit card theft and more.

Neo’s SafeKeys

http://www.aplin.com.au/


LastPass

LastPass is an online password manager and form filler that makes web browsing easier and more secure.

LastPass

https://lastpass.com/


KeePass Password Safe

KeePass is a password manager or safe which stores passwords, usernames, attachments and URLs in an encrypted database unlocked by a password, key file, or a combination of the two.

KeePass Password Safe

http://keepass.info/


Drag'n'Crypt ULTRA

Drag'n'Crypt ULTRA is a small file encryption tool with a very handy "drop box" interface.
DCU needs no installation.

Drag'n'Crypt ULTRA

http://www.bitcore.de/dcu/home.html

Steganos LockNote

LockNote is an ultra secure Notepad with 256-Bit AES encryption.
LockNote needs no installation.

Steganos LockNote

http://locknote.steganos.com

Prey

Prey is a lightweight application that will help you track and find your laptop if it ever gets stolen.

Prey

http://preyproject.com/

TrueCrypt

A disk encryption program.

TrueCrypt

http://www.truecrypt.org/

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

This is an easy-to-use, small, simple, and effective anti-malware application.
It detects and remove malware that even the most well-known Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware applications on the market today cannot.
Real-Time protection is a paying option. Only the on-demand scanner is freeware.
You really should try this one!

Anti-Malware

http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php


Server

XAMPP

XAMPP is a free and easy to install Apache web server with MySQL, PHP and Perl.

XAMPP

http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html


HFS

HFS is a small HTTP file server, aimed at mostly sharing files for download. It's quick and easy,even for newbies!

HFS

http://www.rejetto.com/hfs/


FileZilla Server

This FTP server provides you with all the features you seek in a simple, yet easy to use FTP server.

FileZilla

http://filezilla-project.org/index.php


 
 

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