23 March 2016

Top 15 Free and Useful Tools/Software on Windows

Okay, blank PC desktops are quite annoying to see. Of, course, PCs need applications to maintain fully functional and useful both personal and business work related.

Here are my top list useful tools I used on my Desktop.





1. CCleaner

It is certainly a useful tool for cleaning PC/Laptop. It also protects your privacy based on its configuration. Overall, it makes your computer faster!



I use it when I feel that my PC is slowing.

Type: System Tool, Utility, Optimizing
System Requirements: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP. Including both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
Download link: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download


2. K-lite Codecs

The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. It has a  video player that is user-friendly. With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even several less common formats.


It can play any video files, so it's a MUST. 

Type: System, Codecs, Video and Audio Tool
Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 32 and 64 bit

3. Search Everything
Search, find, look, and locate files and folders by name instantly. Unlike Windows search "Everything" initially, displays every file and folder on your computer.

I find it faster to search document than Windows search feature.

Type: System, Utility, Tool
System Requirments:  Any Windows (32 & 64 bit)
Download Link: https://www.voidtools.com/downloads/

4. MalwareBytes FREE
MalwareByte is an Anti-malware software that protects your system from any suspicious and dangerous files.


Some of the anti-viruses don't work well; then I choose to use this MalwareBytes.

Type: Security, Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware
System Requirement: 
Download link: https://www.malwarebytes.org/trial/

5.Google Chrome
My Favorite browser, but has problems with RAM usage.

It is my primary browser; I worked with it.


Type: Browser
System Requirements: Works every platform
Download link: https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/

6. SMPlayer
SMPlayer is a free media player for Windows and Linux with built-in codecs, which can also play Youtube videos, search and download subtitles, and includes other features like a thumbnail generator and audio and video filter.



It is my favorite media player because of its simplicity and low RAM and CPU usage. Oh wait, I love its feature — can download subtitle. Quite useful for me!

Type: Media, Video, Player
System Requirement: Windows and Linux Systems
Download: http://smplayer.sourceforge.net/en/downloads


7. PicPick
Default screen-grabbing is good, but this is way better and comprehensive.


All-in-one design tool for everyone
A full-featured screen capture tool, Intuitive image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel-ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard and more.
User friendly and full of features for creating your image, Suitable for software developers, graphic designers and home users.
Image: http://picpick.en.softonic.com/

Type: Design, Productivity, System
System Requirements: All Windows
Download: http://ngwin.com/picpick/download

8. WinRar
WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RARZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format. You can try WinRAR before buy, its trial version is available in downloads.
For compressing and decompressing needs, I used WinRar. Free. Great guy WINRAR



Type: System
System Requirements:
Download: http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm

9. DriverBooster
Driver Booster 3 does not only update outdated PC drivers but also automatically scan and fix missing & faulty drivers, especially after upgrading your operating system or using your PC for long period time
As long as I have my internet connection and LAN driver, there is no need to update drivers manually. :)

Type: System
System Requirement: Supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
Download Link: http://download.cnet.com/Driver-Booster-2/3000-18513_4-75992725.html?part=dl-&subj=dl&tag=button

10. Aimp
Best audio player! Simple yet had many cool features. New: Aimp4 version.

Type: Media, Audio Player
System requirements: Windows + Android
Download: http://www.aimp.ru/index.php?do=download


11. Mozilla Firefox
Alternatively, I used Firefox on some occasions. It is a quite good browser except that Chrome already at the top position.



Type: Browser
System Requirements: Works Any System
Download link: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/


12. VLC Player
Another yet good video player, I love how it run some bigger files. I usually use it if I will be setting higher volumes.


VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.



Type: Audio and Video, Media, Player
System Requirements: Windows, Linux, and MAC OS
Download: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/


13. Apple QuickTime Player

It may not use always, but QuickTIme Player is quite useful when playing.MOV files. But if you are editing and converting video files, QuickTime Player is an excellent choice. It can produce a quality result.
Of course, it is the default player on Mac OS systems. :)

Type: Player, Audio, and Video, Media
System requirements: Windows and Mac OS
Download: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

14. F.lux
It is my top application, and it decreases eyes stress. Now, I have no problem with the vision.
f.lux is free software that warms up your computer display at night, to match your indoor lighting.

Type: System, Display, Productivity
System Requirements: Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone/iPad, Android
Download: https://justgetflux.com/

15. Tixati
When it comes to downloading torrent files, I used Tixati, simple (no fancy GUI) and no ads! And I do love it.


Type: System, Download, File
System Requirements: Windows and Linux
Download: http://www.tixati.com/download/

Hope you find these apps useful! :)


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