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Gizmo's Freeware Top PickBest Freeware for WindowsWelcome to the Gizmo's Freeware Editors' Choice List, where you'll find a collection of the very best freeware for Windows from our site.

This really is a "best of the best" list for free Windows applications. Most of the products in this list have been awarded the coveted "Gizmo's Freeware Top Pick" award signifying they are the best free product in their class. We've also included some other outstanding products that have impressed our editors with their usefulness and professionalism.

We suggest you browse the whole list at your leisure as you may be surprised what freeware gems you will discover. The pathologically impatient can use the Page Index below.

Caution: Some of these recommendations involve advanced system tasks like cleaning the Windows registry so be sure to backup or image your system first.

What's New

Items added or updated most recently: NewComodo Backup NewFreeCommander XE  NewPrivateFirewall  |NewHWiNFO  |NewLocate32  |NewLaunchy  |360Amigo  |SearchMyFiles   |Axcrypt  | Fairstars CD Ripper


The Editors' Choice List for best free Windows apps now includes 103 applications in 82 categories. To read brief descriptions of the applications, click a page number or a category icon below.

  • Page 1. Introduction / What's New / Summary
  • Page 2. Security and Privacy
    Best Free Antivirus for Windows - Avast! Free Antivirus | Microsoft Security Essentials | Panda Cloud Antivirus
    Best Free Firewall for Windows - PrivateFirewall
    Best Free Adware/Spyware/Scumware Remover for Windows - Spybot
    Best Free Browser Protection Utility for Windows - Sandboxie
    Best Free Anonymous Surfing Service for Windows - CyberGhost VPN
    Best Free Software Update Monitor for Windows - Secunia PSI | Software Update Monitor (SUMo)
    Best Free Trojan Scanner for Windows - Emsisoft Anti Malware
    Best Free Rootkit Scanner for Windows - Kaspersky TDSSKiller
    Best Free HIPS for Windows - Malware Defender
    Best Free Site Link Adviser for Windows - WOT
    Best Free Parental Filter for Windows - Norton Safety Minder
  • Page 3. Cleanup, Tune and System Utilities
    Best Free File Cleaner for Windows - CCleaner
    Best Free PC Tune-up Utility for Windows - 360Amigo
    Best Free Registry Cleaner for Windows - Wise Registry Cleaner
    Best Free Disk De-fragmenter for Windows - UltraDefrag
    Best Free Secure Erase Utility for Windows - Eraser
    Best Free Startup Manager for Windows - Autoruns
    Best Free Duplicate File Detector for Windows - SearchMyFiles
    Best Free Disk Space Analyzer for Windows - SpaceSniffer
    Best Free Program Uninstaller for Windows - Revo Uninstaller
    Best Free System Information Utility for Windows - HWiNFO
    Best Free Process Viewer for Windows - SystemExplorer
  • Page 4. File and Desktop Utilities
    Best Free Drive Imaging Software for Windows - Macrium Reflect Free Edition
    Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility for Windows - FreeFileSync | Allway Sync
    Best Free Backup Software for Windows -Comodo Backup
    Best Free File Manager for Windows - FreeCommander XE
    Best Free File Encryption Utility for Windows - AxCrypt
    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows - MiniTool Partition Wizard
    Best Free File Comparison Utility for Windows - WinMerge | KDiff
    Best Free File Copy Utility for Windows - FastCopy
    Best Free Data Recovery Utility for Windows - Mini Tool Power Data Recovery
    Best Free File Rename Utility for Windows - File Renamer Basic
    Best Free File Archiver or Zip Utility for Windows - 7-Zip
    Best Free Onscreen Keyboard (Accessibility) for Windows - Click-N-Type
    Best Free Onscreen Keyboard (Security) for Windows - Neo's SafeKeys
    Best Free Desktop Search Utility for Windows - Locate32
    Best Free Virtual Desktop Manager for Windows - Dexpot
    Best Free Program Launcher for Windows - Launchy
  • Page 5. Image and Photo
    Best Free Screen Capture Utility for Windows - Screenshot Captor
    Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Software for Windows - Luminance HDR
    Best Free Digital Image Viewer for Windows - Zoner Photo Studio Free
    Best Free Digital Image Editor for Windows - LightBox Image Editor |
    Best Free Paint Program for Windows - Project DogWaffle
    Best Free CAD Program for Windows - Google Sketchup
    Best Free Photo Slideshow Software for Windows - Photo Story
    Best Free Photo Organizer for Windows - FastStone
  • Page 6. Internet, Email and Networking
    Best Free Web Browser for Windows - Google Chrome | Mozilla Firefox | Opera
    Best Free Email Client for Windows - Mozilla Thunderbird
    Best Free Download Manager for Windows - Free Download Manager
    Best Free BitTorrent Client for Windows - Tixati
    Best Free Remote Access Software for Windows - Teamviewer
    Best Free HTML Editor for Windows - KompoZer
    Best Free Web Form Filler or Password Manager for Windows - LastPass
    Best Free Wi-Fi Network Finder Utility for Windows - Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector
    Best Free Telnet/SSH Terminal Emulator for Windows - Dave's Telnet
    Best Free FTP Client for Windows - Fire FTP
  • Page 7. Audio and Video
    Best Free CD / DVD Burning Software for Windows - ImgBurn
    Best Free Media Player for Windows - PotPlayer | VLC Media Player | The KMPlayer
    Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Windows - Jaangle
    Best Free MP3 Tag Editor for Windows - TagScanner
    Best Free Video Editor for Windows - VideoDub
    Best Free Audio Editing Software for Windows - Audacity
    Best Free Audio & Video Format Conversion for Windows - Freemake Video Converter
    Best Free Streaming Media Recorder for Windows - Jing
    Best Free CD & DVD Emulation Software for Windows - Gizmo Drive
    Best Free Music Creation for Windows - LMMS (Linux Multimedia Studio)
    Best Free DVD Ripper for Windows - HandBrake
    Best Free CD Ripper for Windows - Fairstars CD Ripper
    Best Free Media Centre for Windows - XBMC
    Best Free Online TV Viewer for Windows - JLC's Internet TV Viewer
  • Page 8. Office and Productivity
    Best Free PDF Tools for Windows - PDFill PDF Tools
    Best Free PDF Writer for Windows - Bullzip PDF Printer
    Best Free PDF Reader/Viewer for Windows - PDF-XChange Viewer
    Best Free Finance Software for Windows - GnuCash
    Best Free Office Suite for Windows - Kingsoft Office
    Best Free World Clock for Windows - Wim's World Clock
    Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software for Windows - Legacy Standard
    Best Free Project Manager for Windows - Open Workbench
    Best Free Word Processor for Windows - Jarte
    Best Free Text Editor for Windows - EditPad Lite
    Best Free Personal Information Manager for Windows - Pimero Free Edition
    Best Free Software Suite for Windows - LiberKey
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by peter on 12. January 2009 - 11:14  (13713)

Great idea. Hope Editors will inform "Rizar" if their best pick changes.

by Steve Hargreaves on 14. January 2009 - 18:48  (13880)

Great article. The best of everything in one place. We may never need Google again.


by Lew000 on 1. February 2009 - 20:40  (15072)

I love looking here for the best freeware.

by Anonymous on 11. February 2009 - 15:01  (15828)

Thanks men for yours work.

by keeta5114 on 19. February 2009 - 21:35  (16379)
Excellent site, if you have time you can spend hours just searching and learning.
B. Graham


by keeta5114 on 19. February 2009 - 21:41  (16380)
Tired of using Google for everything and this site seems to have just about everything
 you need. I agree, nice to have everything in one 
place and nicely listed for easy searching.
B. Graham


by hadi2f on 24. February 2009 - 17:15  (16741)

I just love Tiny Pad. It has a really stylish look and is very light-weight and easy to use.

by Anonymous on 1. March 2009 - 5:09  (16967)

YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME thanks so much for this its so hard to find freeware apps that are this clean and reliable and lets face it these days viruses do quite a bit more than slow your pc down

by Anonymous on 2. March 2009 - 16:58  (17049)

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by Anonymous on 9. March 2009 - 22:50  (17467)

The link leading to the JonDo prog under Editors' Choice List/Anonymous Surfing Service does not work anymore. I found the prog at www dot jondos dot de, though and its great. Thanks for you do.

by Rizar on 10. March 2009 - 0:09  (17469)

Thank you, the link has failed for me before.

It does work sometimes and it's still active; it's just that the website is run by a university and they are not completely dependable:

At the moment, the web servers and infoservices are run by universities and other public infrastructures and are free of charge for the user (even though a lot of extra data traffic is produced). Unfortunately, power supplies or data networks sometimes fail or are switched off for maintenance. We will try to keep you informed in the 'News' column on this website about planned maintenance but in case of an unforeseen failure in the university network, we are powerless (

I like the link you refer to; I'll put it in the article as an alternative.

by Anonymous on 16. March 2009 - 19:36  (17982)

Thanks Jerry.

If you'd like to help us in return, one way to do that would be to link to this site from your own. Alternatively, if you don't have a site, then from a social bookmarking site (or two) will be fine.

Please use the word Freeware as the anchor text, ie the linked text or the title for the link - unless of course you prefer something else. It is also best if you link to one of your favourite pages on the site and not the front page.

Thanks again,


by Anonymous on 25. May 2009 - 16:29  (22299)

excellent info....thanks a lot. plz keep up the best and give us the honest apps..thnx

by redmanul on 29. May 2009 - 22:43  (22607)

I think that Teamviewer is one of the best.
Here is an article about it you won't be sorry

by Anonymous on 31. May 2009 - 1:06  (22691)

Thanks a lot ! This website is so awesome, I don't know what to say, EPIC WIN PEOPLE :D

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I think Gizmo is the best place I have ever seen
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by PsychEroc on 10. June 2009 - 16:21  (23513)

There should be a direct link to this on our home page.

by Anonymous on 10. June 2009 - 23:28  (23543)

Here is the Gizmo reviewer's comment about Auslogics Defrag:
"Another company investing heavily in product development of late is Auslogics with its Auslogics Disk Defrag offering. The last few releases have seen the team add the ability to defragment single files and folders, schedule operations and update the program's algorithm for improved performance. We're excited by the prospect of what might come next."


Time to move Auslogics Defrag to the head of the class. With v2.0, it now has options for Schedule, Exclusions, variable size Skip Large Fragments, Analyze only, Remove Temp Files Before Defrag, and Turn off computer after defrag. It will analyze and defrag selected disk(s). It also has increased speed and an overhauled interface. It still doesn't have an optimization option, but my negative experiences with that option would preclude my using it anyhow.
In my humble opinion, this is now the best defragger of the lot.

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Great site for top freeware. Have found your info reliable and in sink with other reviewers. Thanks!

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Im trying to come up with something to say. Everybody else took the words out of my mouth. absolutly fantastic site. thanks.

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