You will probably be surprised just how many quality programs that are actually available for free download. Here's a large list that covers almost every software program you could ever need.
However, do not go nuts and start installing every single one because too many programs could clog up your machine. Feel free to try out several programs, but you may want to uninstall programs you find that you are not going to use.
Free programs often come with a catch
You can find an incredible number of free programs online, and many are very useful and tempting to download. Unfortunately too many will attempt to install software you simply do not need.
Because these programs are free they typically have additional tools attached usually from other software developers who have paid a fee. Your usually given the option to not install additional programs, but this may not always be possible. Common unwanted software programs are things like browser add-ons, which add several additional add-ons your browser and change your browser homepage URL.
Help to remove "crapware"
It can be time consuming to remove "crapware", ie programs that give you trouble, or install something you do not want, but Google is usually your friend, if you are struggling to remove such nuisance programs. You can use the name of the culprit (the program that gives you trouble) as a keyword, in addition to the word "remove". You will usually not be alone with these problems, and will find tips and tricks on how to remove that crappy program.
PC Decrapifier is a program that can make your a lot job easier, as it can identify and remove "crapware" or "bloatware", ie programs that perform unwanted actions on your computer, such as installing additional software.
We start our overview of applications that can be use to optimize Windows. These are programs that remove redundant files and programs, and/or can be used to monitor and control processes in Windows.
CCleaner is our favourite, because it's easy to use and can be used to clear away unnecessary files and programs in Windows, in an efficient manner.
Sysinternals Suite is a suite of programs that is also a very good option, but the "problem" is that these programs are not suitable for everyone. The programs in this package are so advanced that they require the user to be fairly computer savvy, before they can be put to proper use.
Notepad++ is our favourite. The program is in many ways adapted for programming and coding - you can even switch to a programming language via the menu item "Language". The program comes with support for over 50 languages. The name of the selected language appears at the bottom of the application window.
Notepad++ can be customized in several ways via the menu item "Setup". Here you can among other things choose style (different colours for codes), and define hotkeys.
The program also offers the ability to run macros, and has an advanced search function. The program also supports plugins, which gives you possibility of additional tools, if you need this - you will find a list of plugins on sourceforge.net
Video and audio
VLC Media Player is our favourite multimedia player, and Spotify is our favourite program for free music via the internet.
Microsoft Security Essentials is our favourite because it's easy to use and effective against malware. In addition, it is not troublesome for the user - you'll hardly notice that you have it installed.
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