75 best free software downloads

You can power up your PC with extra features and functions without spending a fortune. We outline some incredibly useful downloads you can use for free.

Read It Later

Read It Later is a Firefox extension that allows you to bookmark items that pique your interest but don't have time to read immediately. A reading list organises what you've tagged to peruse at your leisure. A smartphone version is also available.


Ever find yourself stuck in a room with just one wired ethernet connection and a whole lot of computers begging to browse the web? Simply run Connectify on your Windows 7 laptop and turn your portable into a Wi-Fi hotspot that you can share with others.


The web runneth over with content worth reading, but you certainly don't want to spend your entire life parked in front of your computer. Instapaper lets you bookmark anything to read later, stripping the page's content to bare text for your computer, iPhone or Kindle. You can even go fully old-school and print it out.


Head to JWire.com or load up JWire on your mobile phone to find details of Wi-Fi hotspots you can use. Search by country, then drill down by town or county. More than 29,000 UK hotspots are listed.


Tracking your expenses can be a pain. Rather than forget another expense, try Xpenser, which helps you track your expenses through its website, email, SMS, instant messaging and even Twitter.

Best ever freebies

Over the years, we’ve highlighted thousands of pieces of excellent freeware and online applications that enhance your computing life by making it more straightforward, more feature-rich or simply more fun. We’ve tipped our hats to the likes of Adobe Reader, Flickr, Gmail, Google, Firefox and Wikipedia, all of which have gone on to global super-stardom. The following 10 freebies are other classics worthy of any desktop or browser.

Ad-Aware Free: Excellent at stopping spyware.

Audacity: This tool can record and edit sound.

BitTorrent: This easy-to-use filesharing service lets you pause, resume and otherwise control downloads.

Dropbox: 2GB of file synching between PCs and online.

Evite: Lets you create and email invites and track RSVPs.

FreeConference: Schedule and make unlimited conference calls with this service.

Internet Movie Database: How did we ever settle pub arguments without the Internet Movie Database?

OpenOffice: This versatile Microsoft Office competitor gives you a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, database and drawing app.

The Gimp: This oddly named image editor offers many of the same photo tweaks as Adobe Photoshop.

Trillian Basic: From one interface, you can chat with many instant messengers.

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