Free Software for Windows

Dropbox
Keeps your files safe, synced and easy to share - bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and never lose a file again
https://www.dropbox.com/install

Google Drive
Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more
https://www.google.com.au/drive/download/

Google Chrome
Fast, simple, and secure web browser
https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/

Evernote
Bring your life's work together in one digital workspace
https://evernote.com/download/

Mozilla Firefox
Open-source web browser
http://mozilla-firefox.en.softonic.com/download

AVG AntiVirus Free
Antivirus, spyware, & malware protection
http://www.avg.com/au-en/free-antivirus-protection

AdwCleaner
Searches for and deletes adware, toolbars, potentially unwanted programs and browser hijackers from your computer
https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewdownload/1-adwcleaner/

Adobe Reader
Read, search, print and interact with virtually any type of PDF file
https://get.adobe.com/reader/

WinRAR
Open, create, and manage various types of compressed files
http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm

FreeFileSync
Open source backup software which helps you compare and synchronize files and folders
http://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Plex
Organizes your video, music, and photo collections and streams them to all of your screens
https://plex.tv/downloads

VLC Media Player
Multi-format media player
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html

iTunes
Media player, media library, online radio broadcaster and Apple mobile device management
http://www.apple.com/au/itunes/download/

Bulk Rename Utility
Automatically rename files and folders
http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Download.php

Mp3tag
Edits metadata of audio files
http://www.mp3tag.de/en/download.html

MP3Gain
Automatic mp3 volume normalizer
http://mp3gain.sourceforge.net/download.php

Format Factory
Multimedia format conversion software for video, audio, and picture files
http://www.pcfreetime.com/freedownload.php?language=en

Handbrake
Open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder
https://handbrake.fr/downloads.php

Gimp
Open source tool that lets you create and edit images
http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

ImgBurn
Lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application
http://imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

PowerISO
Disk image utility that can open, burn, create, edit, compress, encrypt, mount and extract ISO files
http://www.poweriso.com/download.php

Calibre
Comprehensive e-book software
http://calibre-ebook.com/download

TeamViewer
PC remote control / remote access software
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/


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.

 

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