What are the best free software programs?

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  1. 18

    #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

    Philip Palmer
    Written on November 26, 2018
    "Pretty much a requirement for any new PC or laptop and if you want to browse the web fast, easily, and safely. This should be one of the things you install first."
  2. 15

    #2Malwarebytes

    Malwarebytes

    MalwareBytes is an anti-malware and virus cleaner software that detects and blocks malicious scams and suspicious sites that threaten to destabilize a user's security. The app blocks scams like phishing as well as ransomware.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Yang Xia
    Written on November 26, 2018
    "This should not be used by itself. I rely on Windows Defender or AVG for my anti-virus needs but this is useful for malware that slips through the cracks."
  3. 8

    #3VLC 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

    Phillip Murphy
    Written on November 26, 2018
    "The best video player bar none. It supports pretty much every known video format available in the market plus, it's free."
  1. 3

    #4foobar2000

    foobar2000

    foobar2000 is a freeware audio player that supports MP3, MP4, AAC, AC, and more. It has a friendly user interface layout, and it also supports full ripping CDs.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows

    Free

    Ralph Vasquez
    Written on November 26, 2018
    "If you're the least bit serious about getting the best sound out of your PC or laptop, then Foobar is a must. Just get it. Your ears will thank you later."
  2. 2

    #5LibreOffice

    LibreOffice

    LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite, a project of The Document Foundation. The suite comprises programs for word processing, spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams, and drawings, working with databases and composing mathematical formulae.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Caroline Lin
    Written on November 26, 2018
    "This will be enough for most people's needs. It still the best compatibility with Microsoft Office, it's easy to use and navigate, and best of all, it's completely free."
  3. 2

    #67-Zip

    7-Zip
    7-Zip is a free compression tool for Windows and Windows Phone, supporting a wide range of file formats including .rar, .zip, .tar, .gzip and more. It also offers its own format named .7z. 
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Lin Hou
    Written on November 26, 2018
    "It's lightweight, fast, and it's free. It's as good as it gets."
  4. 1

    #7f.lux

    f.lux
    f.lux is a software that makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Richard Hicks
    Written on November 26, 2018
    "This won't be for creatives who do a lot of color work but for everyone else, this is a must and will help with eye strain and fatigue."
  5. 1

    #8Paint.NET

    Paint.NET

    Paint.NET is free and lightweight image and photo editing software that runs on Windows PC. It features an intuitive user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and plugins for extra functionality.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Brandon Smith
    Written on November 26, 2018
    "Something that's a bit more robust for those who find Microsoft Paint too basic and limiting. Its plug-ins are powerful and help you customize the program to suit your needs."

Summary

Best What are the best free software programs
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Google ChromeSoftware 18 Free
2MalwarebytesSoftware 15 Free
3VLC Media PlayerSoftware 8 Free
4foobar2000Software 3 Free
5LibreOfficeSoftware 2 Free
67-ZipSoftware 2 Free
7f.luxSoftware 1 Free
8Paint.NETSoftware 1 Free
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