A few days ago, a user from our Facebook community asked us for a Top 10 list of essential free software for his laptop. Of course we gave him a cool recommendation, but I thought it was great idea to write about it and share it with you, guys.
So, let’s start! Here’s a list with 10 free and essential software that you must have in your Windows computer:
We always say in this blog that choosing “the best antivirus” is a very personal and subjective issue, very closely related to our computer features. In order to choose an alternative that is compatible with almost every user needs, I recommend you to download Avast, a light antivirus with simple interface, free and pretty safe from malware attacks.
VLC is a free multiplatform multimedia player. But, why do we choose VLC and no other more popular players like Real Player or Windows Media Player? Simply because it it’s the best! With VLC, you can play almost any type of audio or video format without having to download codecs and play from an URL (streaming). Also, you can watch videos included in .iso files without having to extract them to your PC. The number of advantages is endless, so you must check it out yourself.
Although this is not an “essential application” for the optimal performance of your PC o laptop, music is always a key element to kill time or have company after many hours computer work. Tapin Radio is an unprecedented application which allows you to play all-over-the-world radio stations and also save your favorite applications and songs with a quite good sound quality. As any other application in this list, you can download Tapin Radio totally free!
For many years, P2P software (peer-to-peer) have become must-have software in anyone’s computer. The reason is very simple: you can download anything you want with just one click and at a very high speed! Ares is definitely the most well known around the world, but there are also other great alternatives that you will find very useful.
When it comes to navigating through the Internet, Google Chrome is your best allied. In a few words, we can say it is the fastest, most stable and safest browser. It offers remarkable advantages over other web browsers like Firefox or Internet Explorer that make Chrome, in my opinion, the best Internet browser. So now you know. If you want to navigate fast, Google Chrome is the best option.
Each time a user is looking for an efficient application to burn CD or DVD, they think of popular ones like Nero or Roxio. However, there are many other alternatives 100% free which are as efficient as them. This is the case of CD Burner XP. I strongly recommend this application, you must try it.
Yeah, I know this is a boring software but, actually, it’s the most essential application of the whole list! WinRar is a free compression tool which opens (almost) any type of compressed files. Also, with WinRar you can compress your documents and folders and create .zip, .rar and .tar files in a simple and efficient way.
Have you ever wanted to download Microsoft Office free, or maybe to get a free office 2010 activation key? Ok, forget about that! OpenOffice is a free and OpenSource office suite where you’ll find helpful applications, pretty similar to the famous Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Definitely, “OO” is the best free alternative to Microsoft Office!
aTube Catcher it’s a complete and reliable free youtube downloader, which also allows you to convert your favorite videos into the most popular video/audio formats: just introduce the URL where the video is hosted, select the conversion format (FLV, AVI, MPG, WMV, MP4, PSP, 3GP, OGG and WAV) and aTube Catcher will be in charge of the rest.
Last but not least, one of the most incredible free software ever made: Sopcast. Ok maybe I’m overreacting, but if you’ve tried this free live TV software (at least once) I’m pretty sure you are agree with me.
With Sopcast you can watch unlimited online TV and enjoy hundreds of TV channels from around the world. Plus, since it works with P2P technology, you can upload your own multimedia content and share it with the rest of the community.
Well, I guess that’s all. If you have any other free software suggestion, please post it in the comments box below. Thanks!
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