Probably the Best Free Security List in the World


This article contains a comprehensive list of free security-related programs or web applications for Windows XP and later Windows PC-based operating systems. The few non-free programs on this list are included because they are of high merit (in our opinion) and lack a comparable free alternative. This list also includes links to webpages that contain security-related information.

We don't give specific recommendations on this list except for the personal suggestions of the list authors. If you are seeking recommendations then check out Gizmo's Freeware "Best Free" webpages (links to them are shown in the list with ) . Gizmo's Freeware also offers free personalized security advice via the Security Wizard.

We usually list a given item on this list only once, putting it where we think it best belongs. However, sometimes we list a given item more than once if we feel strongly enough that it belongs in multiple locations.

We check all links with Web of Trust. Only links that are rated by Web of Trust as green are shown as hyperlinks. Links that are rated by Web of Trust as yellow are shown as obfuscated links; in such cases copy and paste the obfuscated link to your browser's address bar, then replace [COLON] with : and [DOT] with . to change the obfuscated link into a valid URL. Links that are rated by Web of Trust as red aren't shown either as hyperlinks or obfuscated links. Links that directly link to files are shown as obfuscated links.

We usually don't test the programs or web applications on this list. We usually don't scan the programs on this list with antivirus software.

We usually don't check these keys for a given item: " Adware that may or may not be optional," " Includes software recommendations via OpenCandy," or " Nagware." We usually check key " Program that works without installation" for a given program by using only online information, not by testing the given program.

We encourage you to use the comments section below to let us know about dead links, incorrect links, links to malicious websites, links that include malicious software, incorrect or missing keys for a given item, items that could be added to the list, programs that work only on pre-Windows XP operating systems, or any other issues. You may also use the comments section to tell us about your experience with a particular program or web application. We value these suggestions and look carefully at each one.

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Keys (some of these keys are usually not checked by us; see Introduction for details)

$ Not free.

Program that works without installation. May or may not be portable. Other version(s) that use an installer may also be available.

Web application.

Provides only malware detection. May have paid version(s) that includes removal.

CNet download link or other downloader with adware.

FF = Firefox, Ch = Chrome, IE = Internet Explorer, OB = Other browsers, AB = All browsers.

Image itself links to a Gizmo's Freeware "Best Free" webpage. Not a key in some cases.

Image itself links to a Gizmo's Freeware webpage other than a "Best Free" webpage. Not a key in some cases.

Adware that may or may not be optional.

 Includes software recommendations via OpenCandy (potentially unwanted).


What's New
The newest items in this list are shown in the table below.
Items added
9-1-14 Ace BackupIperius Backup FreeNero BackItUp Free
10-1-14 Diladele Web SafetyAvira PC Cleaner, #totalhashEmail Guardian, Tin Hat, Parrot Security OSit-sec-catalogmore
13-1-14 Diceware random words methodMaking Random Letter Passwords MemorableHow do I use dice to create random strings of letters and numbers?Passwordcard GeneratorHow to Create a Secure Master PasswordBruce Schneier's Strength TestPasswordcard Generator Cardtype 1MrBrian password storage method #1MrBrian password storage method #2Methods and programs for splitting a secret into multiple partsMethods of password backup and recovery using challenge questionsMyphrase: Strong and Memorable Passwords from Your Own WordsSpelling-Error Tolerant, Order-Independent Pass-Phrases via the Damerau-Levenshtein String-Edit Distance Metric, KISS PrivacyNetwork Monitor
16-1-14 Nightweb, OpenNICmore:2
18-1-14 Express Zip, 7Backup, Cookies
24-1-14 Snowden Tribute, Shield for ChromeFirewall Builder, Norton Identity SafeFireclam
28-1-14 Kahu Security, Cache Killer
2-2-14 ReadOnceAutomatic System Restore Maker, , VirtrunCrypted Cloud, Extension Defender, Yunio
7-2-14 FileSearchygrepWin, Privacy Guard
11-2-14 ChrisPC DNS switch
14-2-14 , IPFingerPrintsRandom Agent Spooferf4ubcd, pCloud
20-2-14 UnseenShazzleMailGoogle HackingHow to generate strong passwords with Google Chrome without third-party extensionsRetina Community
16-3-14 ProxyMonster, Software Restriction Policies (feature of Windows) Tutorial #2 - http[COLON]//www[DOT]nsa[DOT]gov/ia/_files/os/win2k/application_whitelisting_using_srp[DOT]pdf, MrBrian's AppLocker rules, Parental Controls (feature of Windows), Software Policy, Wilders Security thread on Software Policy, Tuersteher Light, Wilders Security thread on Tuersteher Light, Using Comodo Internet Security as an anti-executable, Process Blocker
30-3-14 RunasRob, RunasSpc, BuddyBackup, Advanced Port Scanner, SuperScan, Feature Settings Check for Desktop Solutions, Ambush IPS, SetACL, NoVirusThanks Anti-Rootkit, Event Log Explorer
2-4-14 What is a Proxy Server?, What is the difference between a SOCKS proxy and an HTTP proxy?, Shadowsocks, List of proxifiersBarbaTunnel, ReQrypt, TorWall, Torcap, BufferShield, Freenet, Comparison of Tor vs. I2P vs. Freenet, Internet censorship circumvention, List of Anonymous Networks
4-4-14 Webroot Secureanywhere (the trial version is a very good cleaning tool) $
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by vodomar on 19. September 2012 - 23:10  (99480)

Update on Friday, 21. Sept.

Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerability in Internet Explorer could allow remote code execution

by john phoenix (not verified) on 19. September 2012 - 6:50  (99455)

The best security for Anonymity/Privacy I have come up with for free, is a combination of using Https Everywhere and either VPNDirect Lite or Softflux for choice of a Free VPN. This combo working together helps you to encrypt all information from your computer through the VPN and to your destination. Both offers unlimited bandwidth which is important for watching movies and downloading software. Both has fast connection speeds with no annoying periodic resets. Both have strong privacy policies. The major difference is VPNDirect Lite allows you to use torrents and Softflux doesn't. These are way better choices than SecurityKiss which only offers a 300 MB bandwidth cap daily or UltraSurf which is only Internet Explorer based and has it's own problems. I have searched the internet for a long time to come up with this combination and so far, it's the best that I can find. I think Ako would be remiss in his duties to his fans not to investigate and review these options.

by vodomar on 20. September 2012 - 9:56  (99495)

Please give me a link to Softflux vpn service.SPOTflux is already in s. 14,18 :) thx

by JohnPhoenix (not verified) on 21. September 2012 - 7:55  (99540)

Talk about a brain fart. I meant spotflux, for some reason I keep wanting to call it by other names. I didn't see spotflux in the right list until after I posted but I notice VPNDirect Lite is not reviewed and that's the better of the two IMO. It's the only free VPN that lets you use torrents and is unlimited. I would like someone with a really fast net connection to test it to find it's speed cap. I know it's at least as fast as my 3.5 mb/sec DSL connection.

by Ako (the) (not verified) on 20. September 2012 - 8:09  (99493)

thanks! We will look at this.

by vodomar on 18. September 2012 - 2:35  (99406)


Microsoft Releases Security Advisory 2757760

Today we released Security Advisory 2757760 to address an issue that affects Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions if a user views a website hosting malicious code. Internet Explorer 10 is not affected.

Critical zero-day bug in Internet Explorer under active attack

by MidnightCowboy on 18. September 2012 - 4:40  (99409)

This is something MS users should be aware of in relation to this latest exploit.

"Even when people don't actively use IE, many utilities and third-party applications make use of IE code. That opens the possibility that people on public WiFi systems and other unsecured networks could inject malicious code into a victim's Web traffic in an attempt to exploit the vulnerability.

"Just keep in mind that even if you don't use IE for day-to-day browsing, a lot of tools you use do embed IE and those are vulnerable," Moore said."

by vodomar on 17. September 2012 - 13:31  (99381)

#Flame was just one of the four malwares known to the C&C servers, codenamed: SP, SPE, FL and IP. Guess which one was Flame?

by other human (not verified) on 15. September 2012 - 16:11  (99304), Page 4, fifth item, you list Best Free File Encryption Utility for Windows - TrueCrypt. Yet, on this very list, , you list TrueCrypt in the Encrypting with virtual drives (category 19.7).
To me and most other encryption software users, a file encryption utility _and_ virtual encrypted drive software are completely different. I completely agree with placing TrueCrypt in the Encrypting with virtual drives category, like you have done here, no argument at all.

I only ask that you (or the proper category editor) select a NEW and proper file encryption utility from category 19.3 as your top pick. You misinterpret TrueCrypt for its correct usage. Pick something else for Best Free File Encryption Utility for Windows.


by vodomar on 15. September 2012 - 17:23  (99308)

hi and thx for the comment.your comment was submitted to the editor philip :) see my post on

by vodomar on 14. September 2012 - 9:20  (99242)

AV-TEST July/August 2012:

23 home user products reviewed, 21 certified on Win XP

by MidnightCowboy on 14. September 2012 - 9:31  (99243)

Good to see my choice (Zone Alarm Free Antivirus + Firewal) getting a top score and the free version of AVG scoring the same for protection as the paid suite.

by vodomar on 8. September 2012 - 21:42  (98969)
by Terry34 (not verified) on 7. September 2012 - 15:25  (98915)

Hi Ako,

I notice SecurityKISS VPN listed in the Prisoners on remand section, could I ask why?

The reason I ask is because I had looked into using a vpn some time ago, and SecurityKISS didn't look too bad a choice. Did I miss something?


by ako (the) (not verified) on 7. September 2012 - 18:01  (98923)

The free version is too limited to be useful. Has this changed?

by "joe" (not verified) on 9. September 2012 - 0:45  (98973)

huh. i was thinking of using it too.
how is it too limited?

by ako (the) (not verified) on 9. September 2012 - 8:25  (98984)

The number of megabytes per day was very small when I last time checked it.

by vodomar on 9. September 2012 - 13:22  (98990)

yeah...but,things have changed :D SecurityKiss added in section 14.17
thx for the comments guys :)

by ako on 10. September 2012 - 7:11  (99031)

Thanks Vodomar and guys!

by vodomar on 6. September 2012 - 12:28  (98870)

Honeypot reveals mass surveillance of BitTorrent downloaders

by vodomar on 4. September 2012 - 12:38  (98745)

How to check if your Apple device UDID has been compromised by the AntiSec leak

FBI Agent's Laptop 'Hacked' To Grab 12 Million Apple IDs

The UDID leak is a privacy catastrophe

by "joe" (not verified) on 4. September 2012 - 0:46  (98724)

so is that java problem patched? i uninstalled it in the meantime.

by (not verified) on 4. September 2012 - 6:21  (98732)

nope.uninstalling java is probably the best solution :)

by (not verified) on 4. September 2012 - 11:47  (98743)

About Java

by vodomar on 3. September 2012 - 11:35  (98687)
by MidnightCowboy on 3. September 2012 - 12:14  (98692)

Developers page listed on Softpedia returnms a 404. What else I can find has highly dubious origins. I'd be well inclined to give this one a miss. :)

by Anupam on 3. September 2012 - 12:28  (98693)

It's actually a mistake in the link if you look closely. Anyways, even with the correct link, the antivirus is not there. After searching on Google, I found this link :

Will be interesting to see what this develops into.
The developer seems to be from Sri Lanka.

by MidnightCowboy on 3. September 2012 - 12:43  (98695)

With links to known attack and red rated WOT sites from that page, as I said, highly dubious origins :)

by MidnightCowboy on 3. September 2012 - 13:14  (98698)

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