What are the best free PC programs?

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    #1Google 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 program and find yourself porting your favorites across all your platforms with a single sign on."
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    #2VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays a wide range of media formats such as mkv, mp4, and flv among others. It supports the playback of 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 easily. Quick download amd very simple to use."
  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 with my PC's. Its completey un-trackable, un-hackable, unbreakable and secures your VPN....honestly what more could you ask for."
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    #4Bitdefender 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 memory and battery life. That feature alone makes it number one in my opinion."
  2. 13

    #5CCleaner

    CCleaner

    CCleaner is a software that removes junk, reclaims space, monitors your system and allows users to browse safely. It offers a free version with the option to buy an upgrade. This program is available for Windows, Mac, and Android users.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- 24.95

    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."
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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. 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!"
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    #7Apache OpenOffice

    Apache OpenOffice

    Apache OpenOffice is an open-source office productivity software suite. It contains a word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet (Calc), a presentation application (Impress), a drawing application (Draw), a formula editor (Math), and a database management application (Base).

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Matthew Sanders
    Written on February 27, 2017
    "i think its a brilliant idea "
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    #8Gimp

    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 before making the photoshop plunge!"
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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."
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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 of accounts can't like Yahoo. It really simplifies your email work and saves you time."
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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."
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    #12Franz 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 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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    #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 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."
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    #14Inkscape

    Inkscape

    Inkscape is an illustration tool for users who needs to draw or create vectorial images. With its drawing tools and file format compatibilities, it can give help to users to create texts and bezier and spiro curves.


    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    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"

Summary

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