The Best Freeware for Old Computers

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The categories in this list are ones useful for keeping a lean computing environment or basic computer operations.

When the software pick deviates from the Editor's Choice [D], it is because the pick here is faster and/or less resource-intensive.


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Security

Antivirus

Avira AntiVir

Avast! AntiVirus

Antispyware

SuperAntiSpyware

Firewall

Use Default

 

Disk & File

Backup Program

Titan Backup

Sync Program

SyncToy

Zip Utility

7-Zip

 

System Tools

PC Tuneup

Ashampoo WinOptimizer 5

Disk Defragmentor

JKDefrag

Registry Cleaner

EasyCleaner

File Cleaner

CCleaner

Uninstaller

Revo

MyUninstaller

Startup Manager

Startup Control Panel

System Information Utility

SIW

Memory Optimizer

CleanMem 

FreeRAM XP

Process Viewer

Process Explorer

Resource Meter

Spotlight on Windows

 

Multimedia

CD & DVD Burner

ImgBurn

Media Player

Media Player Classic

Music Manager

JetAudio

Image Viewer

IrfanView

XnView

Image Editor

PhotoFiltre

LightBox Image Editor

Photo Organizer

Picasa 3

 

Productivity

Office Suite

Jarte

AbiWord/Gnumeric

PDF Reader

Sumatra

PDF-XChange Viewer

Text Editor

Notepad++

Sticky Notes

Stickies

PIM

EssentialPIM

 

Internet Tools

Web Browser

SWR Iron

K-Melon

 

Email Client

Mozilla Thunderbird

BitTorrent Client

µTorrent

FTP Client

FileZilla

Instant Messaging/IRC

Miranda

Trillian Basic

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