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Freeware that Stands Out in 2022

We have almost fully abandoned the desktop in a world that is entirely mobile. However, in order to utilize your PC's capabilities to their fullest, even on occasion, specific software is needed.

Although software can be very expensive, there are still some excellent free programs that have been in demand by many users for many years, and the options available today are rather robust. Software developers strive to open up their goods to a wider range of users globally.

There are therefore thousands of excellent software solutions available to you that are free of charge, with many possibilities and simple access.

Back-Up & Synchronization

Dropbox Basic

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When files are dropped by drag-and-drop into your Dropbox folder on the desktop, they are immediately uploaded to the cloud and synchronized with all other devices associated with your account. Both through apps and the web, the files are simple to access. You can utilize the website to restore any file that was unintentionally deleted. 2GB of online storage are available for free with Dropbox.

Microsoft OneDrive

The most adaptable and all-encompassing sync and backup tool available is OneDrive. It is the official (and built-in) cloud storage for Windows 10 and Microsoft Office customers. Online storage on OneDrive is 5GB and free. Microsoft 365 subscribers have access to 1TB of storage per user.

IDrive

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You automatically receive 5GB of free storage from IDrive to backup files from all of your devices. You'll find that this service meets the majority of your needs if that's sufficient.

Browsers

Mozilla Firefox

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Numerous consumers throughout the world continue to favor the reliable browser Firefox. This is due to the fact that it enables a ton of new choices, is very customisable, and has strong security, privacy, and performance.

Google Chrome

Chrome continues to be the best browser to have on your desktop, especially if you like Google products. Even though Chrome will soon stop monitoring cookies, it's probably not the browser you need to use if you want to maintain your privacy. 

Maintenance Utilities

CCleaner Free

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Actually, the first C stands for crap! Get it and occasionally launch it. The OS and browsers are freed from unnecessary file clutter thanks to CCleaner. Even some bothersome files that you didn't think you could get rid of can be deleted with it.

Conferencing

Skype

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Video conferencing and Skype go hand in hand. The service is incredibly useful, accessible on any platform you can imagine, and provides more choices for communication than any of its competitors. Multiple video calls can be made between Skype individuals, among groups, or tet-a-tet for free. Its real-time translating capability also affects even the most knowledgeable user.

Zoom

If you need to organize an online meeting for 100 people, Zoom can let everyone participate for up to 40 minutes from any device, including a smartphone. Direct one-on-one HD video meetings will also be available. Additionally, you can have endless conversations with other people.

Email

Microsoft Outlook.com

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If you have a Microsoft account, you can access Outlook.com, a flawless, simple, user-friendly webmail service with OneDrive integration. Sweeps, which allow you to, for example, delete all messages from one sender at once, are among the most important functions. The iOS version is really awesome.

Gmail

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Gmail, which is incredibly popular for both individuals and organizations, has an easy-to-use interface and is compatible with every email app you can imagine. Additionally, it has the top spam filter you have ever used.

Thunderbird

The account creation procedures, numerous languages, hundreds of extensions, a tabbed layout, practical search, junk mail, and phishing tools, and the possibility for a personalized email address with your own choice of a domain name are all still present and correct in Mozilla's email client.

File Recovery and Deletion

Recuva

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Recuva is an essential desktop tool that is necessary for recovering lost files. Despite the tool's miraculous abilities, you should install it beforehand (before potential file loss). Recuva's portability, which allows you to run it from a USB thumb drive, is another benefit.

TestDisk

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Apart from locating lost data, TestDisk provides a wide range of other choices. An complete lost hard disk sector can be recovered. It may not have the glitzy interface you're used to seeing from open-source software, but its strength is undeniable. Together with its companion program PhotoRec, TestDisk aids in the recovery of misplaced images.

Eraser

Complete file deletion is the reverse of file recovery. Eraser accomplishes this by removing all of the files from your drive so they can never overflow your computer again. Use it to empty your recycling bin or to arrange a wipe of the disk's spare space.

File Transfer

Filezilla

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One of the top independent FTP (file transfer protocol) clients is now the former computer science project. Users who frequently and urgently need to transfer several files to a server should have this program.

Teracopy

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The ability of Windows to move files across disks and folders works perfectly. TeraCopy, on the other hand, takes over and perfects that task; it is quicker, more attractive, offers more feedback, and can guard against a variety of transfer problems.

ĀµTorrent

One of the most popular torrent file upload and download services, Torrent can be used alone or in conjunction with a web or mobile account for remote downloads. For more seasoned users, there are desktop and web-based alternatives for various platforms like Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.

File Viewers and Converters

IrfanView

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For more than 20 years, IrfanView has held the top spot in the file viewing industry. It can browse a variety of file kinds, convert them, make changes in bulk, and even play media. It becomes even more potent with more expansions.

XnView MP

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XnView MP has a better version that runs on several platforms and can handle many tasks, such as batch file converting and support for 500 image formats. It only provides a free edition for personal or educational use, though.

FastStone Image Viewer

You may quickly and easily view, transform, and edit your photographs with this free program. Along with many other image formats, it also supports a huge number of digital camera RAW image formats. Its accompanying apps for screenshots and photo resizing are a terrific additional benefit.

Graphics and Imaging

Adobe Photoshop Express

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The user-friendly Express version of Photoshop is available to assist you with the fundamentals of photo editing and sharing when you don't need the full capability of Photoshop but still want Adobe on your desktop. Additionally, it offers photo filters and, of course, in-app purchases to expand functionality. It can manage multiple image changes.

GIMP

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With good reason, GIMP is still one of the greatest free image editing programs. It has all the sophisticated tools you could want for working with graphics and, reportedly, costs a hundred times less than Photoshop.

Maps

Google Earth

Try Google Earth Pro for the desktop if pricey software that allows you fly around the world doesn't meet all of your demands. It has sophisticated features like distance measuring and guided excursions around the world. Every single item is totally free. Additionally, it now has web and smartphone versions.

Media Players

Spotify

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Spotify is the perfect option for you if you enjoy listening to music and are looking for something of high quality. It offers millions of song options, podcast options, offline playback, and support for every device you can imagine. The free edition, however, is ad-supported. For $10 per month, you may sign up for the premium edition to get rid of the ads.

Kodi

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The love of the media has given birth to Kodi. It stands for an entertainment hub and media center that compiles all of your digital media into a fun and convenient package. The ideal choice for a home media center is to run the program in one location and distribute all of your material across several devices.

Messaging

Telegram

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Telegram offers simple communication and outstanding security as a member of the new generation of messaging systems. To reach a new audience, send messages, files, images, GIFs, and create channels.

Signal

One of the most entertaining mobile messaging services places a high priority on security and uses end-to-end encryption through an open-source protocol. You may email photographs and videos as well as create group chats with this service, albeit it might not be as cool as some other ones. For individuals who are confined to a desk, it also provides a Windows desktop client.

Notes

Evernote

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Your everyday routine's internet assistant is Evernote. Whatever you do—typing, revising, scanning—just save it to Evernote so you can find it later. Create Notebooks out of the notes to gain free access to them across many platforms.

Microsoft OneNote

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OneNote, formerly a component of Microsoft Office, has evolved into a fun, free standalone program for taking notes. It is still Office compatible, syncs information across all platforms, provides online access through Office.com, and has storage on OneDrive.

Remote Access

TeamViewer

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Without a doubt, TeamViewer is the best tool among various software services for remote computer control. Almost everything you require is free for personal usage, including file transfers, desktop sharing, and user chat. It's as simple as eating cake. Use the software or the TeamViewer extension for Chrome to operate a remote machine over a web connection.

Security

Tor Browser

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A VPN might not be sufficient if you are really concerned about your security when browsing the internet. Nobody can track your location or the websites you visit thanks to the Tor Browser. Whatever you do, it ensures your safety.