MajorGeeks.Com takes pride in listing only the best tested, freeware, shareware, Freemium, and Open Source software. However, in our 14,000 plus listings, you can find the cream of the crop, or as we call it, the top 1%. Here's our list of your best bets. We are now allowing a handful of very select Freemium listings.
We're often asked how to debloat or make Windows 10 more secure.
O&O ShutUp10 O&O ShutUp10 is a free privacy tool that provides you with full control over which functions in Windows 10 you choose to use and how far data gets shared. With video.
O&O AppBuster O&O AppBuster displays and allows you to remove the additional Microsoft apps provided during the Windows 10 setup. With video.
W10Privacy W10Privacy can display typical Windows 10 security settings that can be activated as well as deactivated within the program. It also allows importing and exporting of your changes. With video.
FixWin 10 for Windows 10 FixWin 10 for Windows 10 allows you to fix and repair Windows 10 problems, issues, and annoyances.
FixMy10 FixMy10 will help you to correct problems with file associations; Windows functions as well as restoring settings/registry associated with file associations and Windows functions that have been changed by viruses, malware, or other things that can potentially cause errors.
WPD WPD is a portable app to manage your Windows 10 privacy and firewall settings, uninstall Windows apps, and decide what apps can access your information.
MSMG ToolKit MSMG ToolKit creates a slimmed down or bloat free Windows by customizing, adding, or removing features and components as well as enabling or disabling features to Microsoft Windows 7, 8, and 10.
NTLite NTLite is an all-in-one Windows customization tool that offers a robust set of options for modifying and removing unnecessary components from the standard distribution of Windows.
Windows Security - Windows Defender The antivirus section has massively changed in the past years. Most free antivirus programs are rarely free and often bloated. If you want our opinion, uninstall your antivirus. Once uninstalled, Windows Defender will take over. We're having a hard time recommending any other freeware antivirus app.
BitDefender Free BitDefender Free is one exception and often overlooked. We find it ironic that so-called geeks swear by AVG, Avast, or Avira, yet seem oblivious to one of the most consistently highly-ranked antivirus apps available.
Macrium Reflect We have used Acronis True Image for years, but itâ€™s not free, and it has almost no quality competition. Macrium Reflect is the one program that comes close. Backup files, a complete image, and much more.
Dropbox No need for a second hard drive, external drive, or DVD. With Dropbox, you can use the Cloud to back up your important files. You can also share and sync. Dropbox has a solid reputation built over the years. Dropbox is our most popular cloud-based backup.
FBackup FBackup is a free, lightweight automated backup program that can effectively help protect your important files and folders from being lost.
Cobian Backup Cobian is a backup tool designed to back up files on your computer or network on a schedule. It also can FTP. Uses little resources and can compress files it backs up.
Karen's Replicator Karen has been around for years, and we love it. Karen Kenworthy passed away on April 12, 2011, and in 2019, someone began updating her apps again. Karen was one of those people who made software to help people for free.
We'll catch some flack for this, but we've never used a third-party browser that changed our lives. Most third-party browsers also tend to run behind on critical updates, and many eventually disappear. We'd stick to the Big 4.
Microsoft Edge We've had so much fun picking on Microsoft Edge, that we were surprised when Microsoft moved Edge to Chromium-based. Since you see it here in MajorGeeks Top Freeware Picks, yeah, it's good.
Google Chrome Google Chrome has become the market dominator yet tends to use a lot of memory. Still, Chrome remains one of the best browsers.
Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular browsers out there and for a good reason. It is fast, stable, and offers enough add-ons to make sure it works as you prefer.
Opera Opera Web Browser is a free web browser that originally started as a research project back in 1995 and today continues to be a fast, safe, and secure web browser.
CDBurnerXP Portable I usually have this one on my computer. Light and easy to use. The installer version always has some bundleware, so you want this portable version to avoid that.
InfraRecorder InfraRecorder is another often overlooked tool. Itâ€™s small and has plenty of features similar to CDBurnerXP.
ImgBurn ImgBurn is a lightweight CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray burning application designed to be easy to use yet have advanced options when needed. Video "Starter Guide to Using ImgBurn" available.
Free Any Burn Copy, burn, write images, and more. Pretty sweet little program considering itâ€™s only just over 1 MB.
DVDFlick DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take several video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will playback on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set.
Remember never to defragment your SSD drive, but instead use an app that supports TRIM.
SmartDefrag Smart Defrag can defragment files, folder, and entire drives as needed or scheduled. It also features SSD trimming to prolong your SDD performance and life.
Defraggler Defraggler is brought to you by the same guys who created CCleaner. If you like CCleaner, then try this one.
MyDefrag (formerly JkDefrag) Not updated in a couple of years, this remains an excellent, lesser-known choice. Includes a defrag screensaver and can defrag USB as well.
Disk Defrag (formerly Glarysoft Disk SpeedUp) Disk Defrag is part of the Glarysoft suite of tools that has had a long, solid reputation. It will offer to install the Glary Utilities at the end of the setup, so watch for that if you donâ€™t want it.
Windows Repair Toolbox Windows Repair Toolbox includes most third-party applications and Windows utilities you might need to repair any Windows problems in one small application. Video tutorial available.
Sergei Strelec's WinPE Sergei Strelec's WinPE creates a bootable DVD or thumb drive for computer maintenance, partitioning, backup, restore, diagnostics, data recovery, and more.
Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD) Getting a bit geekier here. With Ultimate Boot CD, you can boot your computer from the CD\DVD drive to run tools. This is especially useful if you have a computer that will not start at all.
HWiNFO32 HWINFO is more of a system information tool but has benchmarking, monitoring, and more. Driver Updates tab in the program is an advertisement, so donâ€™t fall for that. 64-bit available, but 32-bit runs just fi for anyone.
Wise Disk Cleaner Do you find CCleaner too conservative? Wise Disk Cleaner can often free up an additional gigabyte or more removing files CCleaner wonâ€™t touch. I happen to love it personally.
Privazer Privazer takes the traditional drive cleaner approach but adds a focus on security as well. We love Privazer, but there's a small learning curve.
CCleaner CCleaner has been around and highly rated for many years but has moved to the dark side a bit since acquired. We still use it for the startup manager and registry cleaner, but almost any drive cleaner on the market is better at removing unwanted files unless you add the third-party CCEnhancer.
HDCleaner HDCleaner is designed for complete cleaning of your Windows PC, including registry and backup, encrypting data, splitting files, removing traces, and more.
Driver Booster I've used this one for years, and it works great. It does offer to install one of their other programs at the end, but since it's not malicious or a wrapper, it makes it onto the list.
Snappy Driver Installer Origin Snappy Driver Installer Origin is an Open Source fork of Snappy Driver Installer designed by a former contributing developer and build master who felt that the project had gone astray.
Snappy Driver Installer Snappy Driver Installer is a driver updater geared toward geeks and techs alike. Video tutorial available.
Mozilla Thunderbird Thunderbird is an email client from Mozilla who is also the group behind the popular Mozilla Firefox web browser. Installation and setup are easy, the spam filter is excellent, and it does not require any registration.
Sylpheed We'll make this one short and simple. It is a simple, clean three-panel interface similar to Outlook Express. Sylpheed has been around a long time.
Mailbird Mailbird connects all your favorite email, calendar, task, and messaging apps into one versatile utility.
Claws Mail Claws Mail is a plug-in enabled email client and newsreader that features a familiar, intuitive interface with easy, flexible configuration.
7-Zip The list of what we would consider excellent compression tools is pretty short, so your choices are easy. This one or the other one :) 7-Zip is simple, portable, and easy to use.
PeaZip The list of what we would consider excellent compression tools is pretty short, so your choices are easy. This one or the other one :) PeaZip is open source and has a ton of additional options if you want more control.
Explzh Explzh is a freeware compression tool that is capable of creating and extracting file archives.
FastStone Image Viewer Donâ€™t be fooled by the word viewer here. They should have called it "Faststone Image Viewer, Editor, Converter and More," but I guess that would be a bit long.
Krita Studio Krita Studio is an Open Source powerful all-in-one painting application geared for professional artists, VFX, and game studios.
XnView Photoshop is expensive. Sometimes you need those features but not a full-blown, pricey suite. XnView might fill in the gap.
IrfanView You can apply everything written about XnView (above) and apply it to IrfanView. Both have a very long history. One neat advantage to IrfanView is the IrfanView Plugins.
Paint.net Paint.net was designed to be a replacement for the old Microsoft Paint that came with Windows that grew into an excellent program offering features that make it as good as IrfanView and XnView.
The Gimp Gimp can be used for many different photo management purposes, but its real power lies in photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring.
Inkscape Portable Inscape aims to be an open-source editor to replace Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X. It wonâ€™t replace all of those but does come close.
PicPick PicPick is an all-in-one screen capture tool that includes an intuitive image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard, and more.
Wildbit Viewer WildBit Viewer is compact & fast image viewer with slide show and editor.
Parted Magic The Parted Magic employs core programs of GParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease while featuring other useful programs.
Partition Logic Create, delete, erase, format, defragment, resize, copy, and move partitions and modify their attributes. As a bonus, it can copy entire hard disks from one to another. It has a few limitations (see description) but should do what you need.
GParted Live GParted is a large (over 210 MB) program but runs as a bootable live cd. Itâ€™s a good program to use if you are unable to make changes with other programs. It is a powerful, open-source program.
Super Fdisk Super Fdisk is a driven disk partition manager. With Super Fdisk, you can quickly and easily create, delete, format partitions on IDE/ATA/SATA/SCSI hard disk drives without destroying data.
KeePass Password Safe KeePass Password Safe is an open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords securely.
KeeWeb KeeWeb provides you with a free cross-platform password manager that includes full compatibility with KeePass.
LastPass Password Manager LastPass Password Manager - The last password you'll ever have to remember. This easy to use password manager will make your browsing a lot easier and much more secure without having to remember multiple passwords.
Buttercup Buttercup is a password manager for all your accounts built for your desktop or Google Chrome. Also, we like calling people buttercup, so that's fun. Buttercup.
Asterisk Key Asterisk Key shows passwords hidden under asterisks. Video available.
WirelessKeyView WirelessKeyView recovers all stored wireless network security keys/passwords (WEP/WPA).
ProduKey ProduKey is an essential utility for retrieving lost ProductIDs and CD-Keys for Microsoft Office, Windows, and more. Video tutorial available.
ShowKeyPlus ShowKeyPlus is a portable freeware app to retrieve and save your Windows product key if you lost it.
Belarc Advisor Belarc Advisor can be found in use by most techs. It shows all of your system information into a web page.
Speccy Another solid from the CCleaner guys. It will offer to install Ccleaner so watch for that. A portable version is available.
HWiNFO32 HWINFO is more of a system information tool but has benchmarking, monitoring, and more. Driver Updates tab in the program is an advertisement, so donâ€™t fall for that. 64-bit available, but 32 bit runs just fine.
Open Hardware Monitor Under one MB, open-source and can report back on your fans, CPU, video card temperatures, and more. If youâ€™re looking to see if heat is an issue, this is a good choice. Also, an excellent system information tool.
Evernote EverNote is a note management application that offers you a single place for the organization, easy input and quick retrieval of all types of notes and clippings.
QOwnNotes QOwnNotes is a portable Open Source app that allows you to create notes that can be efficiently sorted, organized, printed, exported and more.
Notepad++ Microsoft Notepad included with Windows works. That's about it. Notepad++ allows you to have Notepad on steroids. It has a WYSIWYG interface and is handy for programmers, including HTML, Java, PHP, Pascal, Perl, and more.
SynWrite SynWrite is a free text editor that is designed mainly as a complete environment for web coders and writers.
CintaNotes Sometimes you donâ€™t need a text editor but simply a note-taking application. This one does the job and keeps it simple. Sync via DropBox and other places across computers. Run from a thumb drive.
RJ TextEd RJ TextEd Portable is a web development tool plus a text editor with many features including syntax highlighting advanced column mode, and text folding.
IOBit Uninstaller IOBit Uninstaller can remove programs and do a deep scan for leftover files, folders, and registry entries. This one does offer to install their Advanced System Care, so watch that at the end.
GeekUninstaller Simple, small, and portable. Export to HTML, force removal, look up assigned registry keys, and more. Pretty amazing what is packed into this small program.
HiBit Uninstaller HiBit Uninstaller can completely uninstall Windows programs and also features ten more tools including a drive and registry cleaner, process and startup manager, and more. Video tutorial available.
BCUninstaller BCUninstaller is a free program uninstaller. It is focused on removing large amounts of applications at once, in a small amount of time. Video tutorial available.
Display Driver Uninstaller Display Driver Uninstaller is a graphics driver removal tool that helps remove all remnants of AMD, Nvidia, and Intel graphics card drivers. Video tutorial available.
VMWare Player With VMware, you can run a virtual operating system. Run Windows XP or anything you like. MajorGeeks uses the professional version of VMware to test all software before we make it available to you. The player does not allow saving or "snapshots."
TeamViewer QuickSupport Got a friend who needs help with their computer or vice versa? With this simple no installation version of TeamViewer, you run it and get a code to connect to and a password.
SpeedGuide.net TCP Optimizer Having issues with your internet connection and suspect it is your Windows settings? This program can apply the optimal settings in your Windows registry as well as reset everything to default.
Patch My PC Make sure Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash, Mozilla Firefox, Oracle Java, Apple Quicktime, and more are updated all at once.
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Updates: 02/09/20 - Link checks. 11/6/19 - Added TestDisk & PhotoRec to Data Recovery. 11/4/2019 - Removed two from Data Recovery. There are only a few excellent FREE data recovery apps left. (Thanks, Mark U.) 10/10/2019 - All brand new from top to bottom! New categories and dozens of apps added and removed. 10/12/2019 - Fixed duplicate and replaced with another suite in the Office category.