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Best Free Software For Your Computer

Updated on November 28, 2012

Learn about some of the best and most useful free software programs for your computer.

CCleaner screenshot
CCleaner screenshot

CCleaner

Piriform's CCleaner is the best software for cleaning your Windows PC. It removes unused files from your system so that Windows runs faster and it frees up valuable hard disk space from your computer as well. It also sweeps away traces of your online activities and internet history so you stay more secure. You can also control Start-up programs from CCleaner, - that is, control which programs run automatically when you start Windows. It even has a fully-featured registry cleaner for added cleaning power.

Daemon Tools Lite screenshot
Daemon Tools Lite screenshot

DAEMON Tools Lite

DAEMON Tools Lite is the most popular program that allows you to make simple disc image files (e.g. ISO files) for easy backup of CDs and DVDs and emulate virtual CD/DVD drives so that your computer can play these disc image files without having to burn them onto a CD or DVD. It is highly useful especially when playing games that require you to insert a disc everytime you play. With DAEMON Tools Lite, you can simply create a disc image of your most frequently played game and have DAEMON Tools Lite automatically mount the disc image for you so you can play without the hassle of having to insert the actual DVD in the drive.

Freemake Video Converter screenshot
Freemake Video Converter screenshot

Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Video Converter is a very versatile yet easy-to-use video format converter / editor / YouTube uploader / DVD burner / photo slideshow creator / mp3 generator. How's that for versatile? This is currently my favorite software for converting videos for upload to YouTube and I like that it allows me to do simple video editing before video conversion.

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      techtips99 

      6 years ago

      thanks for sharing such a great thing!

    • Susan Ng profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ng Yu 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the input, charlemont. :)

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      charlemont 

      7 years ago from Lithuania

      buryshane, I'm too usung keepvid (web java-based tool) for downloading from YouTube. It places less ads on the homepage than competitive services ;-)

      For Virtual CD/DVD/BD emulation I prefer MagicISO tool. Free, tiny, extremely simple. "Mount image" and "unmount image" are the only features I need from this kind of software.

      For burning needs I'm a huge fan of IMGBurn. Lightning-UK, if you ever come across this hub, I LOVE your software! ;-) I burnt over one hundred DVD+R DL's with IMGBurn in a row and didn't have a single coaster! It's that reliable. (Mind you, burning a dual-layer DVD disc is risky because of Layer Break which many softwares don't handle properly). Never in my life will I return to NERO. A good alternative is Ashampoo Burning Studio, also free, but with a fancier user interface and animation, easier for novices. For tasks like creating an image from a disc or a folder, burning an image to CD/DVD/BD, making an Audio CD it is awesome.

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      gr82bme 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the free software. I will bookmark in case I need them

    • Susan Ng profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ng Yu 

      7 years ago

      Thanks, buryshane and samsons1. :)

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      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up & useful! well written, informative. Thanks for info...

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      buryshane 

      7 years ago from (Delhi) India

      I am using keepvid tool for download youtube video and it' allows to download youtube video in various type of formate like mp4, avi, WMV.3GP etc. But I really thank to you suggesting more tool for download youtube video. I will just try at once if it is really good than will use in future.

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