Best Free Windows Software

Here on dotTech, we like helping people. Call us weird but we get a warm, fuzzy feeling whenever someone is able to benefit from our website. As part of our “help-others-as-much-as-possible” theme, we have created a Windows programs repository. We have reviewed, selected, and listed the best free (freeware) Windows software available on on the internet across a wide range of categories. We have done the hard work of sorting the good from the bad, so you don’t have to. All you have to do is click the links below that interest you; it really is as simple as that.

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  • Harshita Jani

    Fantastic list! Thanks for the share :)
    http://fcsreviews.com/spyhunter-antispyware-software-review/

  • zing

    I cann’t ping

  • Warren Harding

    http://www.technologicalutopia.com/searchopensourcecode.htm lets you search the top four open source sites at once for free software. Open source contains no cripples or time trials that I have ever seen.

  • Flesher

    CloudBacko home software is the best software for Exchange VM backup. CloudBacko supports both EDB and Mail-level. Easily restore emails, calendars, contacts of individual mailboxes with a few clicks. No need to restore full Exchange Information Store beforehand. Easily browse and select with a Windows File Explorer-like interface. Exchange Server backup pre-requisites checking guarantees restorability. Block level incremental hot backup with zero downtime. Directly restore EDB backup to original database.http://www.cloudbacko.com/free-backup.jsp

  • toni

    Hi, great web page. Helps a lot to found excellent and usefully programs; are you working in another categories?
    Who the best draw program?
    See you, THX!!

  • thankgod reuben

    Cant access my android

  • fred

    A very good site, very usefull programs. ik like it very much.

    It’s a pitty that it is not in Dutch, a lot of dutch human are ussed it.

  • Brian Tarr

    https://www.ispringsolutions.com/ispring-free

    Great utility for converting PowerPoint presentations to web-ready Flash and HTML5 format for any device!

    https://www.ispringsolutions.com/ispring-cloud

    A hosting and sharing platform for PowerPoint presentations and other content.

  • StefanS

    Another lovely one is the free desktop search tool Lookeen. You should check it.

  • DONALD E LOVE

    I purchased a SHERLOCK HOLMES Game to use on my Computer and in order to play it I was required to sign up for STEAM first. Some games require an additional helper to play the game so I thought this would be perfectly safe. Not so –I now have a multitude of pop – up advertisements that block out the page I was trying to use. If I’m able to use the X it takes me to another page of advertisements . I have received several warnings from MICROSOFT that they have found “SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY due to Advertisement pop-ups Windows and Evasive links.

  • Charles78

    Here is a software that provides us better backup solution for our data and information. CloudBacko pro software provides free cloud storage from Google Drive, DropBox and OneDrive into a single large storage. Data is fully secured and protected. Easy to use, we cab access it by logging through any of the social media site. For more information visit to the link…< http://cloudbacko.com/?r=1d

  • Michael Rojek

    Give NetCrunch Tools a try. It is a completely free toolkit for network professionals, featuring Ping, Traceroute, Wake OnLAN, DNS Info, Who Is, Ping Scanner, Service Scanner, Open TCP Port Scanner, SNMP Scanner, DNS Audit and Mac Resolver in one.

  • melen001

    [@Fred Smith]
    Hi Fred, Merry X-mas & Happy New Year…

    Maybe you should take a look at these sites which i use myself: http://www.thewindowsclub.comhttp://www.downloadcrew.comhttp://www.fileforum.betanews.comhttp://www.davescomputertips.comhttp://www.askleo.com … Hope you find these sites to be helpful…… enjoy.

  • Fred Smith

    Thanks Guys.

    I do use MG and FreeWareFiles and Gizmo and took a quick look at FileHippo, but none of them seem to have that in-depth analysis that the old Dottech used to have. Gizmos is great but some of the reviews are really out of date. I was browsing Gizmos and came across a review of audio file convertors which was last updated in 2013. As the moderator says, sometimes they can’t get volunteers who know how to perform the testing and then write a quality review.

    Maybe there is a blog site that has what I’m looking for.

    Other sites I do look at are MakeUseOf, gHacks, Kotaku and Raymonds, but none compare with the old Dottech.

  • melen001

    [@Col. Panek]
    Hi Col.Panek…

    I forgot about Gizmo’Freeware which is also a great site with many explicit and excellent reviews. Great stuff always there…

  • Col. Panek

    Fred: my go-to place for software reviews is Gismo’s Freeware. They have a nice drill-down menu where you can quickly find stuff, and I get regular emails on new apps. Nowadays, I only use the Linux section, which is very useful. http://www.techsupportalert.com/

  • melen001

    Hi Fred Smith…

    You can try out one of these sites: http://www.MajorGeeks.comhttp://www.freewarefiles.comhttp://www.filehippo.com … These 3 sites provide daily software reviews so give them a try. Enjoy…

  • Fred Smith

    I used to visit Dottech almost every day due to the reviews of the giveaway software elsewhere. Now however I only visit here occasionally as I’m not really interested in most of the articles here. I seldom visit that giveaway site nowadays in any case due them seldom having anything I would find of use.

    That said, I really did enjoy the in-depth software reviews and was wondering if anyone knows of a similar site to Dottech that provides, on a regular basis, detailed, independent reviews of new freeware/shareware.

    Cheers,

  • Asim Shaekh

    karbonn phonesare third class phone no any software in available karbonn office and no service karbonn….knot solutions in warranty

  • qqamresh

    Hey Guys, please help me out! avg or quickheal for my phone?

  • Ho Tat Kei

    NIL

  • qqamresh

    Hey Guys, please help me out! I am looking for an effective antivirus for my brand new xperia phone.. People say go for quickheal or avg. What do you people say?

  • Kashif

    When defragging, Windows needs space to move files around and get them sorted. If your hard drive is too full that space isn’t available, so no defragging is possible. I suggest looking at what you might want to remove from the drive (old programs you never use, photos and videos that might be better moved to a cd/dvd or thumb drive, etc). Do a drive cleanup first, then try defragging again. Windows has a built-in drive cleaner, or you could try Ccleaner: it’s very popular, a quick search will turn up a download source, it works well and is safe to use — meaning you can select what parts of the drive you want to clean, such as all the old temp files and scraps left over from removing programs, etc.
    CAUTION: If it is a solid state drive (SSD) DO NOT defrag it, as ssds have a limited number of rewrites and you don’t want to use them up.

    _______________________
    Kashif…!!!!!

  • Col. Panek

    [@mitch] My HP has crapped out twice, and I’ve gotten fairly good support from the HP forums. Not excellent, but fairly good. They have HP employees on it who apparently get attaboys for helping out. Also, you might find some others sufferering the same problem.

  • melen001

    Hi mitch…
    Have you tried contacting HP support or maybe emailing them??? I can suggest one thing. Try uninstalling the HP Assistant and reinstalling it and see what happens. You might have corrupt files and maybe that will solve your issue. Just try it and let me know what happens……..

  • mitch

    how do i get my HP Support Assistant to work. It keeps saying incompatable.. I have a HP Pavilion G7 with Windows 8

  • melen001

    I have used various defraggers, you name it and I’ve used it. I would have to say that one of the best, if no the best, is MyDefrag. It’s the only one that has made my boot time much faster. It’s true that it’s a little slow doing it’s job but the end results are worth it. So give it a try and see for yourself. You can get MyDefrag V 4.3.1 HERE >>> http://www.mydefrag.com/ One other thing, it’s FREE …..

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  • grampus

    [@torholt]
    When defragging, Windows needs space to move files around and get them sorted. If your hard drive is too full that space isn’t available, so no defragging is possible. I suggest looking at what you might want to remove from the drive (old programs you never use, photos and videos that might be better moved to a cd/dvd or thumb drive, etc). Do a drive cleanup first, then try defragging again. Windows has a built-in drive cleaner, or you could try Ccleaner: it’s very popular, a quick search will turn up a download source, it works well and is safe to use — meaning you can select what parts of the drive you want to clean, such as all the old temp files and scraps left over from removing programs, etc.
    CAUTION: If it is a solid state drive (SSD) DO NOT defrag it, as ssds have a limited number of rewrites and you don’t want to use them up.

  • Col. Panek

    [@torholt]
    You can defrag Windows only so much. Some blocks are non-moveable. If it works well, don’t fool with it. If it doesn’t, sometimes the best, maybe only, recourse is to reinstall the operating system.
    I may point out, as a snide remark, that Windows always goes slower over time due to registry clogging and HDD fragmenting….Linux doesn’t.

  • torholt

    Pleas help me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    My system can no more defrag after Windows opdate 13.8.14
    I have trued repair with DVD and other repair programs but I
    can still not defrag my HD.
    Best regards Per

  • Pratik Poudyal

    I have also written a lot of about the best free software. You can check it on:

    http://etectips.com/category/the-best-free-software/

    The additional thing about us is you can also read the review of all of those software.

  • Toonies

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  • vandamme

    [@Dreday] I currently like FireFTP. I use Linux, but FireFTP is a plugin to Firefox. That’s handy because you can view a webpage right after you’ve uploaded it (if that’s what you’re using it for).

  • Ted

    A few years ago there was a “drop in” menu called “VIP Menu” …. when activated it brought up a grey vertical menu of all the .exe files in the folder. What a great idea it was but I cant find it anywhere now.
    Is there such an animal available today?

    Thanks so much Ashraf for all the time you must put in to all this stuff that so many of us benefit from.

  • Jackie Karp

    everyday I lose my pointer or mouse. I would also do not know a lot how to use windows 8. I would like a good phone and service w/ internet and talk, not so much text, in US only,unlimited. My HP is 9 months old, Intel Core 13 Laptop is what I have, but can not get use to it. HELP, can’t afford much, but I can cancel Comcast internet if I had a good phone w/ camera & internet, & talk.

  • Hoody

    Any chance EASEUS ToDo Backup Home will be back as a free D/L? I got 6.1 one time, and after I upgraded my W8.1 with the update 1 it reverted back to 15 day trial :( I knew about not being able to update the program, but not this.

    The serial number is still there, but when I click the OK button it comes back with activation failed, your number has been used. well I know its been used, by me.

    EaseUS won’t do anything about it. So maybe you guys can get it back :)

  • bui thi luyen

    Thanks

  • Dreday

    Can someone tell me the best free FTP client(s) out there for Windows? I’m leaning towards Filezilla however I wanted to see what others had to say. Thanks,

  • Daroui

    hello

  • Relationship Roadmaps

    MS stops support of XP April 8, 2014 so we on fixed incomes may have to go Linux Ubuntu I suppose. In 4 or 5 yrs I’ve never had a problem with a freebie from Majorgeeks or filehippo and take pride in running a clean, fast, cool, machine without good old CCleaner, but I have Glary Utilities in memory. New installs are down to a science, with first, Lars Hederer’s ERUNT (includes NTREGOPT) for keeping specific XP Restore Pts, while I delete all but the last every month. I prefer Registry Life’s optimizer to NTREGOPT’s same result, but can also remove excess registry fragments on startup with MS’s Mark Rusinovich’s PageDefrag from Sysinternal Suite, or my fave, Puran Free Defrag. PageDefrag,like ERUNT, aren’t for 7+8. As in formatting, after frying camera cards and USB’s (Use MyDefrag! or maybe Auslogic for big data MSD’s), maybe I defrag too much, but notice the drag after 1,000 fragments or so. Don’t even think of defragging an SSD! Then,Revo-Uninstaller of course, just to make sure that I get it all out. A Screenshoter from inspiresoft, and I’m good to go.

  • JOTA

    Caro amigo:
    CCleanner faz isso muito e sem nenhum risco.
    Uso este aplicativo ha muito tempo e nunca tive problemas na limpeza de registro.

  • oldrkp

    For window best software to monitor all the activity on computer and lock the usb ports etc is well known as a Port locker. It is made for WinXP, Win 2000, Win-Vista and also support major Windows new virsion like Windows 7 & Windows 8 also. Port locker develop by the Unistal Systems and also provide the free demo version for 30 days.

  • Sputnik

    [@Willi]

    I agree with you, Willi : it is a very good question !

    I wish that Ashraf will be able to bring to you a correct answer !

  • Willi

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  • Sys-Eng

    Dottech has extensive lists of “Best Free . . . ” but sometimes there is significant difference between the free alternatives and the paid programs. Please consider including some paid programs in the comparative articles. Of course, we would expect you to only include those programs that have trials or the company will give you a license for testing.

    Thank you for all the great articles you have now.

  • DatabaseBen

    [@Jim Robbins] In such cases the registry was likely an the verge of crashing especially if it were heavily fragmented to begin with. It best to execute a defrag first of the file system first to minimize fragments in which 1 tiny fragment could become corrupt and screw up the entire file it belongs to.

    Subsequently, booting into safe mode and executing a restore point would of reinstated a copy of the registry hive. And if safe boot was not possible, executing a restore point is possible via a bootup disk and opening up a command window, which looks like the old dos window with a c prompt.

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  • melen001

    [@Jim Robbins]

    Hi Eric…..

    Glary Registry Repair

    Sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience with Glary Registry Repair and fortunately I have never had that happen to me but can understand your anger. Yeah, that really “sucks”… I have read so many reviews on “registry repair & cleaning” software and not one has definitely recommended that kind of APP or cleaning the registry by the least. You can read here >>> http://ask-leo.com/why_do_registry_errors_keep_coming_back.html what “Ask Leo” has to say about cleaning out your registry and his recommendations, you’ll be surprised. As you know, messing around with the registry is very delicate and unless you know “exactly” what you are doing you just shouldn’t go there, PERIOD. That’s a sure way of making your OS inoperable and trashing it for good. I do use once in a while Wise Registry Cleaner and it’s the only one I trust with no “deep scan” and verify each component & empty key to be removed. Hope you have solved your issue and would like to hear your feed-back. CIAO…..

    Thanks,
    George

  • Jim Robbins

    [@Eric]
    I downloaded Glary software’s registry repair app and it trashed my computer. I had to reinstall many programs and clicking on the Control Panel icon brought up a window saying empty folder! Contacted Glary support and didn’t get a reply. Had to reinstall Windows. This really sucks!

  • Eric

    Giveaway of Glarysoft would provide certain licensed software for purchase but for free to you!
    Here I recommend you a site -http://giveaway.glarysoft.com/- this website allows anyone to download new and free software every single day. As long as you download and activate the software within 24 hours, and then you get this software and have been authorized to use it as you have been paid for it.

  • elishababbuyah

    Best free build-your-own-webpage?
    Also – the technical details of how to do it cheap or free?
    Thanks so much for a fantastic site.

  • storageman

    just found your software from:
    http://dottech.org/121098/windows-review-hanso-recorder/

    My question is in scheduling. How do I specify a duration or stop/end time?
    That is a requirement for this recorder to be useful.

    Would love to see a “best” audio/video recording section under multimedia

  • islem

    j’ai oublier mon mot de passe

  • mrsdrogers

    So far I have to say this site is clean, easy to understand, love it. Thanks. Now if I could find someone here in Tucson, AZ. I desperately need help rooting my Android Exhibit

  • refijal

    saya mau mencari sofware