Free Programs that every Windows user should install

Windows comes by default with a lot of software for viewing files, playing video and audio, extracting files, and many more. But most of the time the default software isn’t good enough or sometimes it doesn’t have the programs required for some tasks. The good news is that there are many free options to choose from. We made a list with software that you definitely should try if you haven’t already.

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We have made a list with free software that you can download and install on your PC. An important thing with free software is that you should always download it from the official website. If you mis a software in this list, then please leave a comment below so that we can add it as well. We will keep updating this list whenever we found new greate software.

Windows defender

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Windows defender is installed by default on your computer.

Microsoft’s antivirus, Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), provides basic protection against viruses, rootkits and spyware and. Security Essentials has a simple interface and free updates. MSE is very user-friendly.
Windows defender is installed by default in computers with Windows 7 and 8.

CCleaner

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Clean your computer with CCLeaner.

CCleaner is one of the best programs for your PC, Mac or Android device to quickly and thoroughly clean up your system. With CCleaner, you clean up temporary files, user tracks, cookies and Internet traces (including browsing history, typed addresses, and auto-complete words) of Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari. The program has been translated into many languages.

Furthermore, CCleaner erases MRU-tracks (lists of recently opened files) from a lot of programs, including Adobe, Office, Windows Media Player, Real Player, Quick Time Player, Java, and LibreOffice. CCleaner also can delete index.dat files and unnecessary system files.
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Google Chrome

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Google Chrome is a fast and secure web-browser.

Since 2008, Google has its own browser called Chrome. Google Chrome is an open source browser that builds on the techniques of Webkit. The browser is very fast, safe and streamlined and is now the most innovative browser, which is available for almost any platform.

Google has managed to conquer a large market share in a short time with its Chrome browser. Firefox is already obsolete in some statistics and even Internet Explorer feels the hot breath on his neck. And on mobile devices – phones and tablets with Android and iOS – Chrome is also growing strongly.

The desktop browser Chrome is mostly very fast and has a different security model than many competitors because each tab runs in its own sandbox, so if one tab crashes, the entire browser is not disabled.

Also, Chrome has a privacy mode called Incognito, which makes it possible to surf the web without leaving traces on your own PC. The browser
Chrome also integrates well with Google’s own Web applications like Gmail, YouTube, Picasa and Google docs.
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VLC

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Play any file with VLC Media Player.

VLC media player is a very good media player that plays almost all audio and video file formats (including Avi, Mpeg, asf, WMV, MOV, flash video, WMA, mp3, Ogg and aac). The player is also capable of streaming (internet radio), and to play audio CDs and DVDs. Furthermore, VLC has some advanced settings to detect subtitles from DVDs. This way you can play all the audio and video files with ease can with one quick media player, instead of several, on your PC, laptop, Mac, tablet or smartphone.

With VLC media player, you can also save streams and DVDs in a file. This process is called transcoding. You can also create playlists (playlists) with VLC.
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iTunes

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Every iPhone, iPod, or iPad owner should install iTunes.

iTunes is the de facto standard in media players. Anyone with an iPod, iPhone or iPad use iTunes to play, organize and synchronize their music collection. You can also rip or burn CDs with iTunes. New music, movies or TV shows can be purchased from the iTunes Store.

iTunes is a very user-friendly media player from Apple. Except for Mac OS X, iTunes is also available for Windows. Indispensable for any owner of an iPod, iPhone or iPad to synchronize music and film with his unit.
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Gimp

Gimp Windows download
Gimp running on Windows XP (image via gimp.org)

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is the most extensive and best free photo editing program. Originally developed for Linux, the software is also available for years on Windows and Mac OS X and in many areas it can compete with the well-known (and expensive) Photoshop. If you are not a professional graphic designer then you’re probably fine with GIMP. GIMP is also very suitable for drawing.

GIMP has a lot of options for editing photographs and images. A small selection of the many possibilities. Of course GIMP can perform the following operations on images:
– Increase / decrease / scales
– Rotating and cropping
– Adjust color / brightness
– retouching
– Erase, airbrush, brushes
– Select color, shape
– Measure angles etc.
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LibreOffice (OpenOffice)

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LibreOffice running on Windows (image via Wikipedia).

LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice. It has become the most widely used free office suite. LibreOffice is a full replacement for Microsoft Office. The office suite features include a word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation program and database functionality.

LibreOffice split in 2010 from OpenOffice.org from dissatisfaction with the open source policy of Oracle, the then new owner of OpenOffice.org. In 2012, it was clear that LibreOffice would be developed more actively than OpenOffice. Also, many Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, switched to LibreOffice.
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Dropbox

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Dropbox settings window.

Free online file storage naturally exists for quite a while. But as elegant as DropBox it probably does not get. Besides, with DropBox you can synchronize files between multiple computers. For Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS.

Dropbox offers 2GB of free online storage. In order to use DropBox, you must first download and install the free software. After this start DropBox and create a (valid) email address for your online data backup. DropBox then automatically creates a folder called Dropbox on your PC (under My Documents).

It is all about this DropBox folder. Every file you put in this folder is automatically synchronized with your online storage (so you need an active Internet connection). If you delete files from this directory they are also deleted online. You can also create, modify or rename folders in your DropBox folder. All changes are then neatly tracked online.

Dropbox offers free 2GB of online storage. The user program can be downloaded for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux and also for iPhone / iPad, Android or Windows Phone.
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IMGBurn

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ImgBurn main window (Image via imageburn.com)

Originally ImgBurn was to burn image files only. Today it is a complete and versatile burning application which also burn audio, video and data CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray.

It supports a lot of image file formats, such as BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI. Furthermore, ImgBurn burns audio CDs from AAC, APE, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, MPC, OGG, PCM, WAV, WMA and WV files.

You can also use it to create video DVDs (from a VIDEO_TS folder), HD video DVDs (an HVDVD_TS folder) and Blu-ray video DVDs (from a BDAV / BDMV folder).
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7-Zip

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7-Zip main window.

7-Zip is an extraction software and the largest offering of all existing ZIP compression software (if it uses its own 7z format). If a file must be as small as possible before you send it by mail, for example, then you should use 7-Zip or WinZip or WinRAR. 7-Zip unpacks all known zip files.

7-Zip supports the following formats:
Packing and unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z
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