While freeware has been around since the 1980s, as technology so progresses, so does the advancements of freeware. You can now download quite a few things completely for free that are useful and have the possibility of helping your work and computer experience for the better.
There have been a number of excellent freeware software and updates that have come out recently, so let’s take a look at what has turned out to be the most useful and beneficial for its users up until this point.
- Avira: Avira is the best free antivirus that you can get in 2016. Having a good antiviral software is crucial to keeping your computer and information safe, especially with new viruses being released daily. The only hitch is that they will push you to upgrade to the premium (meaning paid) version constantly, but its cloud-based network is completely worth the extra clicks. It is also easy to use and has a 100% detection rate on AT-Test’s most recent tests, meaning you should feel pretty confident that you computer is safe.
- LibreOffice: If you are looking to get something like Microsoft Office, but do not want to have to shell out the cash, then your best bet in 2016 is to try LibreOffice. While you may be leery, especially if you are used to only using Microsoft Office, be opened minded. LibreOffice has surpassed the abilities of OpenOffice and has pretty much everything that you would need when you are using Office. It also lets you save everything in the Microsoft formats, making it easy to send to someone who does have Microsoft Office. LibreOffice has a word processor, a spreadsheet (like Excel), power-point presentation tools, and more, setting you up to do whatever task you need. Remember that it is not perfect though, so do not expect perfection with a free price tag.
- Google Chrome: When we are talking about Freeware, let’s not forget the best of the best out there. Google Chrome has been gradually edging out Windows Explorer for quite a while now and is currently battling Microsoft Edge. This freeware is completely stable, easy to operate, incredibly compatible and it has a lot of free extensions that can make it appear and operate to best suit your needs. If you are a Google user anyway, you can sign into Chrome and it will bring up your bookmarks, email, history, and everything that you may want to have transferred to a browser.
- Spybot Free: Spyware has become an ongoing problem for people everywhere. Other freeware can bring with it spyware that you cannot see that can monitor everything that is going on with your computer at any point of time. Spybot is made to specifically look for tracking cookies, spyware, and any kind of browser hijack that could be in place. It is more like a supplement to antivirus software and you do not need to have it running constantly in order for it to be effective.
- Gimp: Gimp is the replacement for those who do not want to pay the crown price for Adobe Photoshop. This is actually the photo editing software I began to use after my license for Adobe had expired. While it does have a little more of a learning curve than those familiar with Photoshop, the freeware can do nearly everything that Photoshop can, while not costing you an arm and a leg. In order to get the Photoshop look from Gimp, which will make it less confusing for those of you who use Photoshop, change Gimp to a single window set up instead of the multi-window mode which is the program’s default setting.