The world of free software can be useful and unsafe. The best freeware poses little risk to your PC in the event that it’s from a reputable source and you look it out — but there’s a lot of malware floating around out there. It could be malware (which gathers information without your permission) as well as adware (which bombards you with pop-ups), or spyware (which damages the data on your PC).
One of the best ways to avoid being struck with these harmful programs is to stay away from websites that host pirated software or copyrighted files. It’s also recommended to keep your antimalware and antivirus programs up to date.
FileHippo is a hand-picked list of the most recent versions of popular games and apps, with instructions for installation and opinions. The site provides a vast back catalog of old app versions.
PortableAppz A collection of applications that you can run from either a cloud drive or from your desktop. The site offers everything from editing photos to office software.
Cleanup: A freeware program that can clean Windows and browser history, as well as third party programs. It will help you empty the recycle bin, erase search history, clean URLs typed and delete system log files.
Open-source software You can locate some of the most reliable open-source software on community-driven websites like Github and SourceForge. Some of the most popular examples are the Linux operating system and LibreOffice. The software you use doesn’t mean it’s free, but it’s often less expensive than proprietary software and allows you to make changes or enhancements to the code, if you wish.