Antivirus and malware protection
Most PC users realize that they have protection on their computer or may have have already got an antivirus program installed. What most do not understand is there are free programs that are pretty much as good and in some cases better than the commercial products. Below are our recommendations.
Antivirus program: Microsoft Defender
Malware and Spyware protection: Malwarebytes
Several free and commercially available backup programs are available for computers. Unfortunately, many of these backups are stored locally, meaning if your house were to conflagrate, get robbed, or if you lost your backup discs, all of your data would be lost. To avoid loss of important data, we propose users use online backup services.
Online backup solution: Mozy or Dropbox
Although Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge comes pre-installed on Windows computers, there are many excellent free alternatives that everybody should try. These free alternatives can often be faster, have more options, and in many cases be safer than Internet Explorer.
Internet Browser: Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome
When downloading files on the internet, you’ll eventually encounter a .zip, .rar, or another compressed file. dealing with these files may be easy with our below free file compression utility.
File compression utility: 7-Zip
Disc ripper and creation utility
Creating an audio or data CD/DVD, ripping the info from an audio CD, or creating a CD from a .ISO file may also be done freely using our below free recommendation.
CD burner utility: CDBurnerXP
E-mail is yet one more service that may be done freely. Most users today use online e-mail solutions just like the one listed below. However, for those still using an e-mail client like Microsoft Outlook we strongly suggest one or both of the below suggestions.
E-mail client: Mozilla Thunderbird
Online e-mail: Gmail
FTP, SFTP, and SSH utility
Users who maintain a web page or must upload or download files must use an FTP utility or an SSH client. There are many commercial programs capable of doing this but our below free recommendations beats all of them.
FTP client: Filezilla
SSH client: MobaXterm and Putty
Image editor, paint program, and movie organizer
There are many great free solutions for editing, creating, and organizing your images on your computer. Many of the programs capable of doing these tasks may be several hundred dollars, but all of the below programs are completely free.
Image editor: GIMP
Paint program: Paint.net
Picture organizer: Google Photos
Several multimedia programs with different capabilities and limitations are available today. Below are our top free multimedia programs for watching video files and recording audio.
Audio editing and creating tool: Audacity
Video and DVD Player: VLC and MPC-HC
Microsoft Office is powerful software, and standard across several industries. However, there are free options that supply almost the identical capabilities, and are compatible with Office documents.
Office suite: LibreOffice
Text and source code editing
Microsoft Windows comes with a straightforward text editor, Notepad. However, it offers only the essential text editing functions. For advanced document editing, including editing ASCII text file, the free program Notepad++ offers top-notch features and performance, at no cost.
Text and source code editor: Notepad++