It can be very tempting to just buy the software you always see marketed to you. You might think your choices are limited to just few pieces of software, whether you want an Antivirus, premium media player or maybe some privacy software. Before you pull the trigger and make a purchase we recommended doing a little bit of research first. There are quite a few high quality, FREE, alternatives to these paid products that may serve your needs even better.
We’ve put together some of our favorite free applications for PCs below. In fact, not only are they free, we believe that every PC should have these programs installed. We just can’t find good reasons not to have them!
1. AVG AntiVirus Free 2013
Avast Free Antivirus is a full-featured product, with the same antivirus and anti-spyware scanning engine used in our premium products. Version 7.0 provides even faster protection than its predecessor and offers a web-reputation browser extension as well as virtualization technology. Accurate threat updates via avast. CommunityIQ technology ensure worry-free downloading, surfing, social networking, and gaming–for over 170 million registered users (and over 130 million active users).
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning 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. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner.
3. Hotspot Shield
Hotspot Shield protects you online and lets you access the information you need. Access blocked services like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Skype in countries or venues where the Internet is censored. Keep hackers from stealing personal information while users are browsing the Internet in public locations like Starbucks. Hotspot Shield also protects against 3.5 million malware threats, including infected websites, phishing and spam sites. Browse the Internet privately and anonymously. Hotspot Shield does all of this without collecting any information on your personal identity.
4. VLC Media Player
VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, and OGG, as well as for DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It also can be used as a server for unicast or multicast streams in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.
5. Glary Utilities
Glary Utilities is an indispensable friend for your PC, with its 100% safe, thorough & quick cleaning and worry-free restoration. Glary Utilities is a freeware with registry and disk cleaning, privacy protection, performance accelerator and amazing multifunctional tools. It can fix dogged registry errors, wipe off clutters, optimize internet speed, safeguard confidential files and maintain maximum performance. It is designed for both novice and professionals. User-friendly interface shows clear & detailed directions.