What are the best free PC programs?

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Brave Browser

Ronald Tran
Written on March 19, 2019
"I'm really paranoid about how much these tech companies know about you. When you use some other browsers or services, you're unwittingly letting them know about everything you search, visit, look for, and do online, and even your location I'm SO OVER THAT!! So it's good that a browser like BRAVE exists"
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    #1Gimp

    Gimp

    GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is an illustrative digital freeware which serves as a photo-retouching program, image compositor, and image authoring. This program was created in 1996.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Samuel Richards
    Written on April 9, 2017
    "If you're like me and cringe at the cost of photoshop, then Gimp is a great alternative. It has all the necessities to make great digital artwork and images, try it out befor..."
    Samuel Richards
    Written on April 9, 2017
    "If you're like me and cringe at the cost of photoshop, then Gimp is a great alternative. It has all the necessities to make great digital artwork and images, try it out before making the photoshop plunge!"
    Chirag Pawar
    Written on June 24, 2017
    "Gimp allows me to edit image files without having to spend a fortune on a retail program that does the same thing. I have used it on Windows and Linux. Both versions work exceptionally well. "
  2. 19

    #2Google Chrome

    Google Chrome

    Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google LLC. Initially released as a browser for Windows, this freeware application was later on release for iOS, macOS, Linux, and Android. This also includes extensions and plugins.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Alan Vasquez
    Written on March 25, 2017
    "Tired of Safari? Don't like microsofts internet program? Google Chrome is the best mobile internet program out there. Safely integrate themes and extensions with this free pro..."
    Alan Vasquez
    Written on March 25, 2017
    "Tired of Safari? Don't like microsofts internet program? Google Chrome is the best mobile internet program out there. Safely integrate themes and extensions with this free program and find yourself porting your favorites across all your platforms with a single sign on."
    Jordan Rodriguez
    Written on May 9, 2017
    "free internet browser from google"
  3. 15

    #3AVG Antivirus

    AVG Antivirus
    Complete, quick and efficient, AVG is a security tool with plenty of features and a friendly interface.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Anna Carr
    Written on April 18, 2017
    "I've used many different anti-virus programs on various platforms. Being a programmer; security is very important to me. I haven't found a better anti-virus than AVG for use w..."
    Anna Carr
    Written on April 18, 2017
    "I've used many different anti-virus programs on various platforms. Being a programmer; security is very important to me. I haven't found a better anti-virus than AVG for use with my PC's. Its completey un-trackable, un-hackable, unbreakable and secures your VPN....honestly what more could you ask for."
    Hugo Barron
    Written on January 13, 2017
    "AVG started as very good product, but it has evolved into software of dubious value. The android app seems like it is packed with things you don't need and exists only to grab revenue from customers and sap the battery life of your phone."
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    #4CCleaner

    CCleaner

    CCleaner is a software that removes junk, reclaims space, monitors your system and allows users to browse safely. In this program, users become the master of their own devices. CCleaner offers a free version with the option to buy an upgrade.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    Juan Ortiz
    Written on July 16, 2017
    "CCleaner honestly does a great job in helping me with my problems finding free PC programs that have certain utility functions. It helps you remove temporary and unnecessary f..."
    Juan Ortiz
    Written on July 16, 2017
    "CCleaner honestly does a great job in helping me with my problems finding free PC programs that have certain utility functions. It helps you remove temporary and unnecessary files, and it boosts your performance by a noticeable amount. It's one of the first programs I install on a fresh machine. Be sure to review the settings before you use it though - you might not want to delete certain browser and Windows Explorer-related data that it recommends you remove by default."
    Yan Fu
    Written on March 31, 2017
    "I feel like CCleaner is pretty much necessary at this point to prevent the endless cruft that computers end up filled with. It's reasonably like, it works, and it's surprisingly easy to use considering how powerful it is."
    Jerry Black
    Written on May 20, 2017
    "CCleaner is a really good program for cleaning up those extra files on your pc. I have used it for a while and haven't found anything that works better. It deletes all the temp files and does it pretty quickly. "
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    #5Bitdefender Security & Antivirus

    Bitdefender Security & Antivirus
    Bitdefender is a security app that offers a flawless malware protection BUT you can't schedule malware scans. Apart from that, it is well worth it.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free

    Frances Perez
    Written on March 22, 2017
    "I never have enough memory on my phone so I especially love that bitdefender runs in the cloud rather than storing lots of antivirus fixes on your phone wich can affect the me..."
    Frances Perez
    Written on March 22, 2017
    "I never have enough memory on my phone so I especially love that bitdefender runs in the cloud rather than storing lots of antivirus fixes on your phone wich can affect the memory and battery life. That feature alone makes it number one in my opinion."
    Arnav Pawar
    Written on June 1, 2017
    "it really helped me out. it keeps my phone free of viruses. "
    Scott Wells
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "a great security tool"
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    #6Mozilla Firefox

    Mozilla Firefox

    Mozilla Firefox is a web browser developed by Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corp. Compatible with Linux, macOS, Windows, Fire TV, and other operating systems, Firefox features private browsing, spell-checking, plugins, and so on.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Marie Morales
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "There are a few browsers that always hit the top of the popularity lists, and Firefox is definitely one of the big names. It's a great browser, and not only for just browsing...."
    Marie Morales
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "There are a few browsers that always hit the top of the popularity lists, and Firefox is definitely one of the big names. It's a great browser, and not only for just browsing. If you're a frontend developer, their dev tools are really extensive and extremely useful. The look and feel is a little more quick and breezy than other browsers, and it's no memory hog like some of the other big names. If you're a Chrome person, you should try it just for a day and see if it doesn't make you want to switch!"
    Zeng He
    Written on March 16, 2017
    "I like to use free software whenever I can, and Firefox makes the search much easier. Not only is the basic web browser software free, but it gives you access to thousands of high-quality add-ons developed by its open-source community. It's a great jumping off point into a world of free software. "
    Sara Simmons
    Written on April 28, 2017
    "Firefox is one of my favorite browsers. If find it to be fast and reliable."
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    #7Apache OpenOffice

    Apache OpenOffice
    OpenOffice.org provides you with a complete office suite that covers all the requirements that offices might need, including word processing spreadsheet, presentation, and database management applications. It also includes a vector graphics editor and a mathematical formula creator.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Alexander Vargas
    Written on January 7, 2017
    "I love OpenOffice. I use it all the time. I first downloaded it over a decade ago when it was run by Sun and used to harvest code for their StarOffice suite. I still use it ..."
    Alexander Vargas
    Written on January 7, 2017
    "I love OpenOffice. I use it all the time. I first downloaded it over a decade ago when it was run by Sun and used to harvest code for their StarOffice suite. I still use it today, instead of Word. I've converted pretty much everyone I work with. It's a bit clunkier than Word, but the money savings are worth it. "
    Matthew Sanders
    Written on February 27, 2017
    "i think its a brilliant idea "
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    #8VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. 

    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    Brian Lee
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "At some point everyone has experienced difficulty playing audio/video files. VLC media player ends that difficulty. It is able to play almost all types of file formats easil..."
    Brian Lee
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "At some point everyone has experienced difficulty playing audio/video files. VLC media player ends that difficulty. It is able to play almost all types of file formats easily. Quick download amd very simple to use."
    Richard Cooper
    Written on April 10, 2017
    "The VLC media player is a great help for me that helps me view content. I use it almost everyday to view files I wouldn't normally be able to."
    Amber Delgado
    Written on February 18, 2017
    "App is what I have been looking for I especially appreciate that it is totally free, has no ads, no in-app-purchases, no spying. Love it."
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    #9Audacity

    Audacity

    Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. It was first released on May 28, 2000.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Madison Williamson
    Written on April 20, 2017
    "Audacity is one of the best sound programs I have ever used. It is so easy to manipulate a track in this interface and I doubt I will ever use a different program...."
    Madison Williamson
    Written on April 20, 2017
    "Audacity is one of the best sound programs I have ever used. It is so easy to manipulate a track in this interface and I doubt I will ever use a different program."
    Scott Hayes
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "This program is great to use. Audacity allows you to play around with audio in various ways, but can be complicated to use."
    Ron Foltz
    Written on August 21, 2017
    "As far as i'm concerned Audacity is one of the best audio editors out there. . free or otherwise Ron Foltz Greenup, KY "
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    #10Thunderbird

    Thunderbird
    Mozilla Thunderbird has plenty of features and a lot of extensions that are available for free. It has unique functions such as creating links for files that are too big to send as attachments or the ability to read RSS news feeds alongside your emails
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Alexander Hernandez
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "Mozilla Thunderbird is a mail client that makes life so much easier. You can incorporate all your various emails into one inbox. You can also send very large files that a lot ..."
    Alexander Hernandez
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "Mozilla Thunderbird is a mail client that makes life so much easier. You can incorporate all your various emails into one inbox. You can also send very large files that a lot of accounts can't like Yahoo. It really simplifies your email work and saves you time."
    Ethan McDonald
    Written on March 20, 2017
    "I found Thunderbird a little underwhelming. With the ability to have all your emails integrated within Googles own services, it seemed that it wasn't really useful for my particular use. I can see it working in an office environment though."
    Lori Ramos
    Written on February 3, 2017
    "I love all of the free features offered with Mozilla Thunderbird! Thunderbird helps me so much when sending work emails!"
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    #11Media Player Classic

    Media Player Classic
    Media Player Classic is a free and open source media player for Microsoft Windows developed by Gabest that allows users to play all common video and audio file formats. It is simple to use and has a small size as well.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Shirley Ford
    Written on March 26, 2017
    "MPC is a great free program that allows you to playback multiple different formats of video and audio files. Save time converting and just play any file you have right now...."
    Shirley Ford
    Written on March 26, 2017
    "MPC is a great free program that allows you to playback multiple different formats of video and audio files. Save time converting and just play any file you have right now."
    Lawrence Thomas
    Written on May 19, 2017
    "I have been using media player classic for a while now and it has been the best way for me to listen to music, it's easy and goes perfect with my Microsoft windows computer"
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    #12Inkscape

    Inkscape

    Inkscape is an illustration tool for illustrators, designers, hobbyists or anyone who needs to draw or create vectorial images. With its flexible drawing tools and broad file format compatibility, a text tool that can help you create beautiful texts and bezier and spiro curves.



    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Rodolfo Blanco
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "Very helpful and easy to use product. Extremely useful for almost anyone and is easy to use once you are familiar with the controls and options..."
    Rodolfo Blanco
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "Very helpful and easy to use product. Extremely useful for almost anyone and is easy to use once you are familiar with the controls and options"
    Aarav Balasubramanium
    Written on July 24, 2017
    "I am not sure I would trust downloading this from this website"
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    #13KCleaner

    KCleaner

    KCleaner is an efficient hard disk cleaner, tracking every useless byte in order to give you all the resources you may need for your actual documents, music, pictures, movies, and more. It features an automatic mode that works in the background so that you don't have to care about when to launch it. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free- $14.99

    Jacob Gray
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "As my computer started to give me problems, fixing it was one of the problems that I knew I needed to take care of. The main problems that I was having was general slowness an..."
    Jacob Gray
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "As my computer started to give me problems, fixing it was one of the problems that I knew I needed to take care of. The main problems that I was having was general slowness and programs not responding as fast as I'd like. After using KCleaner to clean up my files as well as end useless processes my computer is working good as new."
    sory mohajer
    Written on August 21, 2017
    "KCleaner is designed to be the most efficient Hard Disk cleaner, tracking every useless byte in order to give you all the ressources you may need for your documents, music, pictures, movies, etc… It is the first product of this kind featuring a full automatic mode, which works in background so that you don’t have to care about when to launch it. As a proof of its efficiency, it often finds up to many Gb not even seen by its competitors so… give KCleaner a try ! And if data security is something you are interested in, you’ll love the secured file deletion methods proposed by KCleaner, making deleted files unrecoverable by any known mean. Features Detects and cleans temporary and useless files (cache, unused setup files…) Automatic mode working in background Secured file deletion method Expert mode: let users control any file deletion done by KCleaner Internationalization support"
    Kathy Kelly
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "KCleaner is a decent program, but I'm no longer using it as my disk cleaner. I had some important files disappear and suspect it may have been deleted by KCleaner. I don't trust it anymore since I can't figure out where else those files would have gone. I recommend looking elsewhere for a hard disk cleaner."
    Ashley Peterson
    Written on May 26, 2017
    "I like this. It keeps my computer clean. I use it everyday. I like to keep my computer clean and running fast and this does it very well. "
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    #14Franz 5

    Franz 5

    Franz 5 is the perfect tool to manage a variety of business and private messaging and chat services such as Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, Skype, Zendesk and many more.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Juan Hudson
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "I am always struggling with handling all of my messaging services and getting confused sending the wrong messages to the wrong people. I wanted to search for a free PC program..."
    Juan Hudson
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "I am always struggling with handling all of my messaging services and getting confused sending the wrong messages to the wrong people. I wanted to search for a free PC program that would help manage all of my messaging services for me. A friend recommended Franz 5 and I have been genuinely impressed ever since I started using it. I can conveniently manage all of my messaging and chat programs all in the same place. It has made my life so much easier."

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Summary

Best free PC programs
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1GimpSoftware 7 Free
2Google ChromeSoftware 19 Free
3AVG AntivirusSoftware 15 Free
4CCleanerSoftware 13 Free
5Bitdefender Security & AntivirusSoftware 13 Free
6Mozilla FirefoxSoftware 12 Free
7Apache OpenOfficeSoftware 8 Free
8VLC Media PlayerSoftware 16 Free
9AudacitySoftware 6 Free
10ThunderbirdSoftware 5 Free
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