Free Software for Windows

Keeps your files safe, synced and easy to share - bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and never lose a file again

Google Drive
Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more

Google Chrome
Fast, simple, and secure web browser

Bring your life's work together in one digital workspace

Mozilla Firefox
Open-source web browser

AVG AntiVirus Free
Antivirus, spyware, & malware protection

Searches for and deletes adware, toolbars, potentially unwanted programs and browser hijackers from your computer

Adobe Reader
Read, search, print and interact with virtually any type of PDF file

Open, create, and manage various types of compressed files

Open source backup software which helps you compare and synchronize files and folders

Organizes your video, music, and photo collections and streams them to all of your screens

VLC Media Player
Multi-format media player

Media player, media library, online radio broadcaster and Apple mobile device management

Bulk Rename Utility
Automatically rename files and folders

Edits metadata of audio files

Automatic mp3 volume normalizer

Format Factory
Multimedia format conversion software for video, audio, and picture files

Open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder

Open source tool that lets you create and edit images

Lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application

Disk image utility that can open, burn, create, edit, compress, encrypt, mount and extract ISO files

Comprehensive e-book software

PC remote control / remote access software

How to Avoid “Crapware”

Crapware is software you don't want but gets installed on your system against your will. This can range from legitimate programs to browser toolbars, auto-starting apps, or something that changes your default search engine.

Always download programs from their home page, if possible. Many download sites will create their own installers with bundled crapware, even if the original download didn't have it.

  • Watch for checkboxes on the download page. Sometimes the option to avoid crapware may not be in the installer, but on the download page of the app itself. Adobe, for example, offers you the chance to decline installing McAfee on its download page. Other apps may offer an installer with crapware, but a portable version without it.
  • Don't click "Next" over and over without reading. If you don't pay attention to what you're installing, you're bound to install crapware. Carefully read each page of the installation wizard before you click "Next".
  • Always choose the "Custom Install" option. Never choose "Automatic". Custom install with almost always offer you the opportunity to decline crapware.
  • Read every checkbox. Sometimes they'll hide it on an otherwise unrelated page of the installer. Read every checkbox and uncheck anything that wants you to install something you didn't ask for.
  • Don't click every "Agree". Sometimes, an installer will make the "crapware agreement" look like the original software's terms of service. Your brain wants to click "Agree" thinking it's the only way to continue with the installation - but read closely. If the "terms" are for a program other than the one you downloaded, you can safely choose "Decline" and continue the installation.
  • Watch out for multiple offers. Just because you've avoided one piece of crapware doesn't mean you're done - there could be more bundled apps waiting for you, or multiple offers for the same toolbar in the same installer.