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.

Connectify

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.

Instapaper

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.

JWire

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.

Xpenser

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.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

PC Advisor staff

PC Advisor (UK)
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Exec

Budget

TerraCycle Zero Waste Box Pens and Markers Small

Learn more >

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?