Best free software products for 2012

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This time we’re giving you the best software titles that are free as freeware or open source and available for download from the internet. We’ve put them in several categories so you’ll find the title you need sooner.

Office

  • Text, spreadsheets and presentations: LibreOffice (former OpenOffice.org) can be a replacement for Microsoft Word
  • Browser: Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome
  • Mail client: Mozilla Thunderbird can be a replacement for Outlook
  • Publishing: Serif PagePlus Starter Edition or Scribus can be replacements for Adobe

Tools

  • PDF creation: DoPDF can be a replacement for Adobe
  • PDF and scanning: Scan2PDF
  • Archiving: 7Zip can be a replacement for WinZip
  • File management: FreeCommander, Explorer XP or A43 can be replacements for Total Commander or File Explorer
  • Disk cleaning: CCleaner or WinUtilitis Free
  • Disk defragmentation: Smart Defrag or Auslogics Disk Defrag
  • Computer info: PC Wizard

Security

  • Antivirus: avast! Free Antivirus
  • Malware: Spybot – Search and Destroy
  • Ads Blocker: Adblock Plus

Network

  • Remote desktop: TeamViewer can be a replacement for Remote Desktop
  • Wireless: inSSIDer2

Multimedia

  • Image Viewer: Irfanview
  • Image Editing: GIMP or Paint.NET can be replacements for Photo Shop
  • Audio editing: Audacity
  • Video player: BS Player or VLC media player can be replacements for Mediaplayer
  • Video editing: VirtualDub or Live Movie Maker
  • Video download: Freemake Video Downloader
  • Video and audio codecs: K-Lite Codec Pack
  • Conversion: Quick Media Converter Version HD

 

Some of the tasks can be done online or even on mobile. A good example of that are text, spreadsheets and presentations in an free online app Google Docs.