What are the best software?

asked by Nilesh Shah
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31 solutions
  1. 40

    #1Bitdefender 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

    Patrick Crawford
    Written on December 1, 2017
    "I was looking for a great piece of software that I haven't known about before. However, the functionality of a mobile security and antivirus app is very limited. I am not concerned with my security on my mobile devices, despite the protection promised to me by Bitdefender. "
  2. 39

    #2eM client

    eM client
    The best eM client for Windows. Period. Includes easy interface, calendar, tasks, contacts, chat... Supports major services such as Gmail, iCloud, Outlook...
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Pro version requires license purchase

    Bruce Thomas
    Written on December 2, 2017
    "eM client is a new software email client. It offers many features like contacts, calendars, and livechat. eM client offers support with Gmail, outlook, and iCloud which makes it easy to use. It doesn't offer many features to consider switching though."
  3. 37

    #3Malwarebytes

    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

    Jason Austin
    Written on December 3, 2017
    "Who doesn't have issues with Malware on their system with today's websites filled with random ads that it's so hard to know what to trust anymore. I know I have had many issues with encountering websites that are placing random cookies on my system and sometimes there are hidden downloads behind a confirmation prompt box that looks legitimate. I found Malware-Bytes Anti-Malware to be very highly effective at removing suspect malware and junk stored on my system. Even the free version is quite robust and will do the cleaning job for me. This coupled with my Norton Anti-Virus has proven to be a powerful combo in combating the cyber war against unwanted malware, is there really such a thing as wanted malware? All that aside, get this now, run it, clean your system and watch your computer speeds soar back to fast speeds again."
  1. 36

    #4LastPass

    LastPass

    LastPass is a password manager which can securely store your passwords and personal information. It is available as a web browser add-on. It also has premium options along with being free.

    Software

    Windows, iOS, Android, Mac, Chrome

    Free- Varies by plan

    Cheryl Armstrong
    Written on December 11, 2017
    "LastPass is an amazing little program that helped me feel much more secure. You know how they say to use different and complicated passwords for everything, but how impossible it is to remember them and you end up using your last name and birth date or something stupid? Well with this, it generates super complicated passwords for you and then remembers and automatically enters them for you too! Nothing to remember, and I worry a lot less about my accounts getting hacked. "
  2. 34

    #5iTunes

    iTunes

    iTunes by Apple Inc. is a media player and a library, as well as an internet radio broadcaster, file manager, and a store where users can browse and buy different types of apps and entertainment products like movies and songs.

    Websites

    Free

    Terry Phillips
    Written on December 7, 2017
    "iTunes is fantastic for software my a la carte entertainment needs. everything from music, to TV shows, to movies, to podcasts are here for me to find, download and enjoy. I can use it both online and offline and its really easy use. Its must have software for mobile entertainment."
  3. 33

    #6Sumatra

    Sumatra
    Sumatra PDF is a free PDF, eBook (ePub, Mobi), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) reader for Windows
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Brenda Harrison
    Written on December 6, 2017
    "Sumatra is a great, lightweight PDF reader. It's less bulky than Adobe but still works just as well. I'd recommend to anyone looking for a PDF reader but doesn't want the entire Adobe package. It reads other formats as well."
  4. 32

    #7Recuva

    Recuva
    Recuva is a data recovery software for Windows that can recover lost data on hard drives, DVD or CDs, memory cards, and external drives.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Pamela Smith
    Written on December 6, 2017
    "This software is great for getting old files and clearing out what you don't need. It recovers almost anything."
  5. 31

    #8Revo Uninstaller

    Revo Uninstaller
    Revo Uninstaller is an uninstaller for Windows. It uninstalls programs and additionally removes any files and Windows registry entries left behind by the program's uninstaller or by Window's own built-in program uninstaller.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Benjamin Rose
    Written on December 6, 2017
    "it is a nice app to uninstall every softwares and apps"
  6. 29

    #9Paint.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

    Peter Payne
    Written on December 3, 2017
    "Paint.NET has been my personal mspaint replacement for years now. It has a great plugin eco system. And best of all its FREE and OPEN SOURCE!"
  7. 29

    #10Audacity

    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

    Rebecca Hoffman
    Written on December 12, 2017
    "It's a decent software to use for editing and it's somewhat easy to use. But best software? I think not."
  8. 27

    #11CCleaner

    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

    Arjun Dutta
    Written on December 10, 2017
    "I love having a clean computer. With CCleaner my ease of mind was put to bed. This helped me get rid of junk files and unneccesary data that was clogging up space on my PC."
  9. 27

    #12VLC 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

    Edith Guzmán
    Written on December 14, 2017
    "This player is clean and works snappily. Love the controls available and well as the color choices."
  10. 24

    #137-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

    Robert Gordon
    Written on December 8, 2017
    "This is a very broad search, but this result is a very well-known and widely used piece of software. It is a very good result that I would be happy to see given this search criteria."
  11. 22

    #14LibreOffice

    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

    Zachary Duncan
    Written on December 9, 2017
    "LibreOffice is really good at what it does, but I'm not crazy about some of the things it does differently than other "office" packages. It's built on the same platform that Open Office is built upon, but it's kind of odd how certain things are done differently in the two programs. Would rate higher if it weren't so...odd...to use."
  12. 22

    #15The PC Decrapfier

    The PC Decrapfier

    The PC Decrapfier is a system optimization tool, created to remove or uninstall a specific list of unwanted software in an unattended fashion. It can be used to clean off most of the annoying software that is typically shipped with new PCs.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Samuel Miller
    Written on December 14, 2017
    "The best thing about this software is that it is free and it can be downloaded and tested according to the individual preferences. It promises to remove all the junk programs and I have to say that it can deliver its promises somewhat effectively. It really is quite good to kill off unnecessary processes which make your PC run slow. Especially, if you are a beginner PC user or simply want to save time by the program handling the issues instead of you, then this can be a useful tool for you. "
  13. 20

    #16Ninite

    Ninite
    Ninite is a package management software that lets you install and update all your programs at once. It offers to install popular applications for their Windows operating system and bundles them into a single installer pack.
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Shirley Wang
    Written on December 12, 2017
    "Ninite is a software that lets you install and update all your programs at one time. It saves you time and is very convenient."
  14. 19

    #17Google 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

    Amy Henry
    Written on December 5, 2017
    "I have used Google Chrome for a very long time. I have been very impressed with it's functions. It is easy to use and it is very easy to install other programs that work with chrome. It's versatility is amazing."
  15. 18

    #18Lightworks

    Lightworks

    Lightworks is a video editing software to be used for creating and enhancing videos for film and broadcast. Supporting various video formats, this program is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Mariana Corona
    Written on December 7, 2017
    "Lightworks is a very helpful editing software. I use it all the time and it helps me with my filming projects."
  16. 17

    #19Freemake Video Downloader

    Freemake Video Downloader

    For more than 9 years, Freemake Video Downloader has been letting users download videos from different websites like YouTube, Facebook, and more. Users are free to save videos, playlists, and channels in their preferred format like MP4, AVI, MKV, etc. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Peter Delgado
    Written on December 5, 2017
    "This app allows me to download any file from youtube and save it in a variety of formats, which is useful to me because of the restrictions that apple products have on what they can and cannot play properly."
  17. 15

    #20TunnelBear

    TunnelBear

    TunnelBear is a really simple VPN to browse the web privately & securely. It allows you to unblock websites around the world with applications for Mac, PC, iOS, Android, Opera, and Chrome.

    Software

    Web, Android, Mac, Windows, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Saúl González
    Written on December 3, 2017
    "VPNs are incredibly useful. TunnelBear limits you a little bit but it's worthwhile to be able to use the VPN to browse privately."
  18. 15

    #21Foxit Reader

    Foxit Reader
    Foxit Reader is freemium PDF reader tool that allows you to view, create and print all PDF files. You can also digitally sign your pdf document with it. It is a light weight pdf reader for all MAC OS lovers and it overcomes in many ways to Acrobat reader. There are Windows versions too if you like to use this tool on a PC. 

    Other

    Free

    Gregory Hart
    Written on December 6, 2017
    "I'm not totally sure how it would score as the best software overall, but this seems like a perfect solution when I need software to help me edit and print PDFs. It's perfect for when I need to download a document from another company, then resubmit it with my signature. "
  19. 14

    #22MusicBee

    MusicBee

    MusicBee is considered one of the best music player/manager for Windows. This software lets users manage, find, and play music files stored on their computer.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Denise Freeman
    Written on December 1, 2017
    "MusicBee is a well designed music player for Windows. MusicBee makes it easy to manage, find, and play music files on your computer. MusicBee also supports podcasts, web radio stations and SoundCloud integration. You can also sync your devices. "
  20. 12

    #23Clip Studio Paint

    Clip Studio Paint
    Clip Studio Paint (formerly Manga studio) is a great alternative to Photoshop, and one of the most popular programs for comic and manga artists. This tool allows artists to enhance their paper illustrations or create digital artworks from scratch.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    Danielle Carpenter
    Written on December 12, 2017
    "What could be more exciting to comic fans than creating comics yourself? This program makes in unbelievably easy. It comes loaded when tons of features from you to start and all the way to finishing. "
  21. 11

    #24Gimp

    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

    Roger Washington
    Written on December 1, 2017
    "Gimp is great if you're looking for a PS alternative that is free. It's a little clunky if you are used to PS but honestly it's similar enough that it should do the trick if you're in a squeeze. The interface isn't quite as nice but most of the utility is there. "
  22. 9

    #25Krita

    Krita
    Krita is a free and open source painting software for artists and illustrators. Is a great alternative to Photoshop, built and designed by artists who needed a fast and free tool to create original digital art or enhance print artworks.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Martha Reid
    Written on November 29, 2017
    "I love this software, it's great for painting and drawing. My absolute favorite part of it is that it's free! "
  23. 7

    #26Freemake Video Converter

    Freemake Video Converter

    Freemake Video Converter converts video between 500+ formats and gadgets. Convert to MP4, MP3, AVI, WMV, MKV, iPhone, Android. Convert YouTube to anything. It also includes cutting, subtitles and video embedment.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Katherine Herrera
    Written on December 4, 2017
    "Useful tool for people that are looking to cnvert video formats. Good for places that want a specific format but you are not going to be using enough to justify making a purchase."
  24. 6

    #27Microsoft Office

    Microsoft Office

    Microsoft Office is the office suit from Microsoft used by Windows and Mac and is aimed mainly to desktop PCs and Macs. It includes text editors, spreadsheets, presentations, wordarts, and many other features.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $149- Varies by plan

    Mark Collins
    Written on December 11, 2017
    "What can i say i have been using Microsoft office forever. It has always been my go to software for anything and everything office related and everything in between. Office with the newest release has worked out the kinds that was plaguing the older versions. This one runs much smoother on the older machines out there"
  25. 6

    #28Spotify

    Spotify

    Spotify is a music streaming platform that features plenty of functions to help users discover new music. It comes with curated and shared playlists, suggested radio stations, and related artists - all based on your likes and listens.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Harold Carroll
    Written on December 8, 2017
    "This is a good solution to the topic. Spotify is a top rated software app and is widely used."
  26. 5

    #29Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing software that became the industry standard today used by professionals and hobbyists alike. It has plenty of features allowing amounts of photo editing jobs to be done.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99- Free trial available

    Willie Jacobs
    Written on December 2, 2017
    "Photoshop is the standard for photo manipulation. It has a strong learning curve, but it's very powerful once you get the hang of it."
  27. 3

    #30Adobe Character Animator CC

    Adobe Character Animator CC
    With Adobe Character Animator CC (still in Beta) you can create animations for the characters you have created on Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC. With its facial and track recognition, using a cam and a microphone, you can use your face to animate the expressions of the character you are bringing to life.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Vibhore Bhatnagar
    Written on December 2, 2017
    "Adobe CA CC is good for creating animations, and a good software in general, but I feel it wasn't really quick enough. A little slow at times and is very niche dependent."
  28. 1

    #31Adobe Illustrator CC

    Adobe Illustrator CC

    Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based graphics editor software developed by Adobe Inc. This can be used to create different designs with its drawing tools. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Bruce Ward
    Written on December 5, 2017
    "This software is very good and used in many applications"

Summary

Best What are the best software
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Bitdefender Security & AntivirusSoftware 40 Free
2eM clientSoftware 39 Free
3MalwarebytesSoftware 37 Free
4LastPassSoftware 36 Free
5iTunesWebsites 34 Free
6SumatraSoftware 33 Free
7RecuvaSoftware 32 Free
8Revo UninstallerSoftware 31 Free
9Paint.NETSoftware 29 Free
10AudacitySoftware 29 Free
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