If you don’t have the funds to buy originals and don’t want to use pirate copies here are some free software and/or free software alternatives that you can use legally. The extra bonus is that downloading most of these programs won’t eat your bandwidth because they are small or compressed. If you don’t have a decompression utility be sure to download one of those first. Enjoy!
Please note: All of these apps are free to download. Some may however require you to register for a serial at some stage, be sure to read the instructions on the download site.
avast antivirus – free home system protection
OpenOffice – free alternative to Microsoft Office, includes all the same kind of applications
Windows Live Writer – blog writing utility that allows you to write offline and publish directly to your blog
adobe acrobat – create/read .pdf files, ebooks, etc.
winamp media player – the best mp3 player in the game
Apple itunes – for easy music file management (and no, you don’t need to have an ipod in order to use it, it works like any other music application on your PC)
Apple Quicktime – free QuickTime movie player
realPlayer – great for downloading and watching internet clips and movies. Also has a basic video editor included.
VideoLan (VLC) Media Player – your one stop movie and series player, especially convenient if you have various video files that won’t open in other media players
skype – for free voice and video calls, chatting and messaging via the internet
dvdfab – hassle free DVD ripping software
WinRAR Archiver – for compressing and decompressing files
WinZip – the world’s leading zipping and unzipping utility, also deals with encryptions and file compression
WinACE – better with compression that even WinZip, it’s the one you want if archives are your main concern.
Cinefx – advanced editor that lets you playback, edit, encode, animate and add visual effects. Not recommended for amateurs.
MEF Music Editor Free – music editor and software tool
Mozilla Firefox – Free, fast, customizable browser
Mozilla Thunderbird – Free email utility, fast and efficient alternative to Microsoft Outlook
Opera 10.50 – Free superfast web browser with home page featuring multiple access windows in the same tab, site also contains smaller browser utilities for phones and small electronics
Ubuntu – Free Linux Operating System that can be used as an alternative to Windows. It can even operate as a server. Includes applications and services.
Knoppix – Linux system that runs from a disc without requiring installation. Ideal for when Windows crashes or for temporary use if you simply want to experience a Linux system without having to delete your Windows Operating system.