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 Best Free Audio and Video for Windows
 

Best Free Audio Editing Software for Windows

Product ScreenshotAudacity -- Download | Review

"It does all the recording and editing I need, and is much simpler and faster to use than a lot of pay products. It easily applies noise profiles and saves in multiple compressed formats."

What's it for? - Excellent free products like Audacity give a professional touch to your recordings. For example, podcasting enthusiasts use them to record, edit, mix, and save sound on their PCs. They may even make entire downloadable shows that sound almost as good as a professional production.

 

Best Free Audio & Video Format Conversion for Windows

Product ScreenshotFreemake Video Converter -- Download | Review

"With Freemake, you can convert most any format of video or audio with this handy piece of freeware, along with DVD's, photos, and even web embedded media from sites like YouTube, Google, and Vimeo. There are lots of presets and quite a few options, giving the software best-in-class capabilities.

The visual cues are easy to follow, pretty much guiding you from start to finish on any conversion task and providing a more user-friendly experience than most other software."

What's it for? - Converters make many different audio and video formats compatible for use with common devices or programs. Most devices will only take a few specific formats; for example, a DVD movie will not play on an iPod without being converted into an MP4 file.

 

Best Free CD / DVD Burning Software for Windows

Product ScreenshotImgBurn -- Download | Review

"Most powerful burning application with advanced features, support for every modern optical disc from CD to Blu-Ray, more than 10 image formats, authoring rewritable discs, etc."

What's it for? - Whether backing up data, preparing an audio mix CD, or creating a bootable Linux disc, finding the right burning software is essential.

 

Best Free CD & DVD Emulation Software for Windows

Product ScreenshotGizmo Drive -- Download | Review

"Support up to 26 virtual drives, create ISO image, burn ISO files or folders to recordable disks, complete with Gizmo Manager and Image Wizard to perform tasks."

What's it for? - Emulation software allows users to run a CD/DVD image directly from a hard disk after mounting the image to a virtual disk drive. This works the same as or even better than the traditional way of running a CD/DVD from a disk drive.

 

Best Free CD Ripper for Windows

Fairstars CD Ripper -- Download | Review

"Fairstars CD Ripper is an excellent utility to rip audio from a music CD in a variety of formats including WMA, MP3, FLAC, OGG, APE, WAV and the not so common VQF"

 

Best Free DVD Ripper for Windows

HandBrake -- Download | Review

"Copy the audio and video content of a DVD to a file in MP4, MPEG, or other video formats. Edit, backup, share, or playback without the need to load a DVD."

 

Best Free Media Centre for Windows

XBMC -- Download | Review

"Highly intuitive and usable features for listening to music, viewing photo albums, or watching digital videos. Organizes your media files intelligently (handling some that Windows Media Center does not), and downloads online information about them. Specially designed for better image and sound quality on big screens or while 'sofa surfing'."

 

Best Free Media Player for Windows

Product ScreenshotPotPlayer -- Download | Review

"A refined version of the KMPlayer with faster startup, less resource consumption, more versatility and stability, and regular updates. It’s intuitive, easy to use, and provides awesome video and audio quality.

PotPlayer has a wide variety of configuration options and settings. Supports most every audio/video format, GPU acceleration, seamless media playback, and autoresume."

High Quality Media Player Alternatives:

  • VLC Media Player: "The Swiss Army knife of media playback software that marvels you with compatibilities and capabilities. Available on multiple platforms (including Mac and Linux)."

  • The KMPlayer: "Special mention -- feature wise it outwits every other media player."

What's it for? - Capable of playing most types of media files, including various digital audio and video formats, CDs, and DVDs.

 

Best Free MP3 Tag Editor for Windows

Product ScreenshotTagScanner -- Download | Review

"Supports basic and extended tags, complete with Music Renamer and Tag Processor. It allows you to preview tag information and cover art from online databases like freedb or Amazon.

Related: If you prefer a more normal user interface then Mp3tag is a good alternative."

What's it for? - Useful for when you need to playback audio files with their tag information shown correctly or to organize a large music collection based on tag information.

 

Best Free Music Creation Software for Windows

Product ScreenshotLMMS - Linux Multimedia Studio -- Download | Review

"Full featured, versatile, and well supported standalone music creator. It lets you choose from many built-in instruments and effects. And it has many forums, wiki style user guides, and tutorials to help you figure out the program features."

What's it for? - Make music with these composer and sequencer programs.

 

Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Windows

Product Screenshot Jaangle -- Download | Review

"Jaangle has an impressive auto continue (or "auto DJ") mode that chooses songs based on many tag categories (artist, genre, all music, etc.). It comes with excellent organizing and download capabilities that enhance the music experience (get artist and album photos, reviews, bios, etc.)

Music players like it achieve a good balance between lightness, resource efficiency, and feature support for music lovers.

If you need more music managing features all in one program, try MusicBee."

What's it for? - Music players like Jaangle and MusicBee serve as MP3 players and play most popular audio formats. As music centric programs, they may inspire you to rip or download music, organize your music collection, or learn more about your favorite artists or songs.

 

Best Free Online TV Viewer for Windows

JLC's Internet TV Viewer -- Download | Review

"A simple, but effective TV streams viewer without much overhead. User ratings help you choose good streams. Get Podcasts, video on demand, reruns of past shows, independent and international networks, and live video streams. Requires Windows Media Player, Real Player, or VLC."

 

Best Free Streaming Media Recorder for Windows

Product ScreenshotJing -- Download | Review

"Comes with an eye-catching interface, and outperforms the competition in the quality of its recorded stream. Allows you to manually select a recording area on your screen, capture images, play videos, save to vendor servers, and create links for public viewing."

What's it for? - If a free web service (such as ZamZar, SplanDoo and YouConvertIt) fails, you can use a recorder like Jing to record streaming media and add it to your media collection.

 

Best Free Video Editor for Windows

Product ScreenshotVirtualDub -- Download | Review

"In the world of video editing VirtualDub has always been there. It's a very reliable program that with the right amount of knowledge can accomplish just about any task. VirtualDub is licensed under the GNU General Public License , meaning you can use it for free. No risk involved, and the whole source code is available if you want it."

 

 
 

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Another year almost gone ! I have learnt a lot from techsupportalert.com
Here are some new Windows freeware that I found useful this year, 2016
They can be found on reputable freeware sites. Many have portable versions
I currently use Windows 7
1. Restore Point Creator - an excellent System restore utility
2. SwiftSearch - extremely fast file search - faster and more reliable than the well known utility "Everything"
(alternative is MasterSeeker - another fast excellent instant file finder)
3. Photo on Desktop-7 - simple utility to have one photo on your screen as you work
4. ScreenHunter free portable - one of many screenshot programs, but lets you copy a screenshot just to the clipboard
5. Hot Corners - simple customizable launcher, which opens a program if you point your mouse of one of the corners of the screen
6. F.lux - modifies the screen colour to minimise eye fatigue
7. Antirun - simple USB drive utility - plug in a USB drive, and this program will block any autorun viruses, and also lets you eject the drive quickly
8. Clavier Plus - excellent hotkey utility, which acts globally, with low system resources. Launch a program, or insert autotext
9. Shutter Lite - customisable utility which can launch programs, or shutdown, depending on low battery status, or other parameters
10. Easy Pro Shutdown - the fastest way I have found to shut down Windows, or timed shutdown. Simple yet effective utility
11. DS Clock - free black and white digital clock for your screen
12. Volumouse - simple utility to quickly control system volume
13. BattStat - simple utility which shows you battery status in numerical format at all times
14. KeyFreeze - excellent portable utility, locks keyboard and mouse for those with children, also great as a screen lock
15. PangoBright ie excellent screen dimmer, portable utility - great for quickly adjusting screen brightness
16. PrivaZer ie portable utility, a file cleaner like CCleaner, but only for experienced users, as can create problems if not used wisely
Prior to cleaning/deleting files, this program lists exactly what information has been left on your system eg browsing history website addresses

Happy New Year 2017 !

Many thanks for sharing your finds. :) MC - Site Manager.

Sadly the link to Lightbox editor takes you somewhere else and the program is not free anymore, it is inexpensive just the same.

"... Postleaf - first open source publishing platform to feature a true WYSIWYG editor ...":
https://www.postleaf.org/

"... DaVinci Resolve has a familiar, editor friendly interface with that features virtually every imaginable editing and trimming tool available ...": https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/ca/products/davinciresolve/edit "... Windscribe is a desktop application and browser extension that work together to block ads and trackers, restore access to blocked content and help you safeguard your privacy online ...": https://windscribe.com/
"... LANTorrent is not a torrent application. It is actually a wrapper for you existing torrent application that adds a layer of protection to stop you corrupting your torrent setup, and recovering when it does ...": http://www.homedev.com.au/Free/LANTorrent

This is a great site, PERIOD!
It has really helped me out at times and I look forward to investigating new and interesting software.

WITH THAT BEING SAID,
I'm looking for an antivirus program that does not require me to install it....! Windows defender is great BUT it does not allow me to scan a single downloaded file, etc. Malware Bytes is great but it isn't for virus'
or trojan's. ANYONE GOT ANY IDEAS?
THANKS

FontForge is a free and open source font editor:

http://fontforge.github.io/en-US/

This is an amazing web-site. Thank you!
Have you been collecting freeware that facilitates the downloading of data from iPhones or iPads to Windows 7 PCs? There seem to be problems every time iOS is updated!
Comprehensible articles for connecting iOS and Windows would also be helpful: existing articles and instructions elsewhere on the 'net often state, for example, that "all photos will be deleted from all your devices" without making it at all clear whether or not a Windows PC is considered to be a "device" for these purposes. If so, we have a recipe for disaster; if not, what does the statement mean in the real world?
There is also confusion in such articles about iCloud and PhotoStream, with obscure references to the reduced quality of saved photos. Apple also says that in certain circumstances we have only 30 days within which to download and save photos to a Windows PC, without indicating exactly how those photos can be transferred and saved. (The difficulties are reserved mainly for PCs that do not use an Apple OS. Apple-orientated web-sites are generally unhelpful to users of Windows!)
Problems also arise because it is absolutely unclear whether files are going to be synchronised from an Apple device to a Windows PC - or from a Windows PC to the Apple device.
I, for one, want only to be able to manage my photos, music and data within Windows, and I am sure most of your readers will, like me, want to save all their iPhone and iPad data on their Windows PC... so a simple "recipe" for saving photos, music and other data on a Windows PC without having to purchase additional iCloud storage space would be welcome. A "backup" that cannot be accessed directly from within Windows simply doesn't cut the mustard!

I just wanted to say many thanks for this website and for the invaluable information. I come here all the time for the advice. Again, thank you.

The malware included product is Free make video conversion. I found the other software but its misleading I will partially take that back. It says Review to see the others what??? It should say other products or something other than making the user think its a review of that software. It makes itsound like you are downloading or reviewing what is listed like WOT or Kasperaky TDS Killer.

Thank you for responding to my contact. There is no malware in Freemake Video Converter. It does however contain non-malicious adware. This is made clear in both the review text and product details. We even provide a link to a dedicated page for this.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/controversial-advertising-progra...

We have also published other related material.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

MC - Site Manager.

It would appear that WPS Office has changed from from to a subscription model as of December, 2014. The free version is still available at ksoft.com

What Is The Name Of The Site That Tells You How To CONfig Facebook Tweeter A bunch Of Sites It was On The Site But A Can Not Find it Plus It Has A Download To That will tell you why your on them sites tells you what you need to config please help?

This is not a comment on any other person's submissions, but a point of information -- even if one takes special care not to install any of the "free software" via the "obvious options" in custom installs, several antimalware programs - Malwarebytes, herdProtect, AdwCleaner, for example, will still identify many of these apps as having adware "in them" --- in particular, some of the "editor's choices" -- like Freemake converter, Pazera free audio extractor, not to mention the "huge" problem with Freecorder -- good program, but it comes with adware in the browser extensions, possibly even in the main program -- NOTHING is ever free, and software makers aren't interested in restricting their advertising revenues -- even if one purchases the Freecorder "ad-free" version, rather than just the free version. Clearly, we've reached the stage where such adware checkers are "compulsory" utilities.

Page 4, 'Best Free File Encryption Utility for Windows' mentions Axcrypt as the pick, but it talks about Sophos Free Encryption. Is that right? or am I missing something?

Thank you for pointing this out. The description for AxCrypt has now been corrected. MC - Site Manager.

Avast. The latest update requires you to allow Avast to gather any information it wants about you, including but not limited to the websites you visit and the games you play. It seems that if you don't update, you don't get the virus definition updates any more.

I declined and will look for an alternative.

Great, wonderful feedback

I was wondering if anyone has used any of the recent versions of Puran Utilities, especially Puran Defrag since they all became free for personal and non-commercial use? Now,it does bundle with an opt-out version of the Babylon Toolbar but then so do many free utilities these days, or at least some toolbar such as Bing or Google. The free version does include boot-time defragmentation of the MFT, Pagefile, and systems files. I'm testing it today, it seems like the site has a lot of useful utilities and I watched it carefully with a file monitoring program during install, didn't seem to bring anything unwanted in.

Edit: I also wanted to thank you and your team for this very useful website, it's allowed me to feel comfortable directing some of my less tech-savy, but curious to learn, friends and clients to a site that I know will give a thorough peer review before giving any piece of software the okay. I've found quite a few here myself, including ones I now own a small business license for, Teamviewer alone allowed me to expand my still small but growing tech service company.

S.I.W. isn't free any longer.

The portable version our link provides is free.

Can you please update this page and the pages "2 - 8" in a dynamic way, because i find differences in the best choices between those pages and the original page which have the review of the software, and in some reviews as "Best Free Antivirus for Windows" and "Best Free Firewall for Windows" i found that the best choices doesn't have the highest rate by the person who updated the reviews, so please i need a clear view to know what is the best choice in every category.

I rely on your website to get the best freewares for my PCs, and i am completely sure that other millions of users did too, so please keep all the reviews up to date and clear in the best choices.

By the way if you need a help in updating those pages i can do it for you, i noticed that the last update was in 8 of July and we are in 12 of September, it is a long distance, so if i can help i am ready for that.

And thank you so much for your reviews.

Thank you again for pointing out the issues. As the new editor for this category I reviewed all the pages and Best Of entries finding a total of 6 issues. These will be resolved asap. Also thank you for offering to help. If you would like to be an editor, please see the link titled Become a Reviewer in the left hand sidebar menu.

No review on AOMEI Backupper? I found it has very extensive feature for disk imaging software, plus it's free for personal and commercial use.

The product you posted has an overall poor WOT rating (Web Of Trust) and has been spammed here on numerous occasions therefore it will not be featured. MC - Site Manager.

My WOT icon still green when I visit the website. That's very unfortunate.. looks like a good program but I can't find any review of AOMEI Backupper from reputable website yet.

Oh I see.. I only see the WOT icon at the end of the link (I'm using WOT extension in Chrome), never actually roll over on it to see the details :)

Sometimes the WOT ratings can be manipulated maliciously by say rival vendors or fanboys of other products but this practice is not as widespread as the "knockers" of WOT would have you believe, and anyone so affected can have it rectified via dialogue with Web Of Trust. That said, we were inundated with Aomei spam here at one point which is no doubt where many of the adverse ratings stem from. MC - Site Manager.