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Must-have free software for your PC

Must-have free software for your PC

Fully-loaded software, comparable to the worldwide brands that charge you for the same thing, is free. We list five the must-haves, including photo-editing and anti-virus software.

Online, the rules of the game are all different. You don’t need to pay for software. There is enough quality software out there free of charge. Not only can you expect them to work, they can rival the products of some of the biggest brands in the business. Here are five must-have free softwares.


Short for GNU Image Manipulation Program, GIMP is an alternative to Photoshop. It allows you to retouch your photos, and create images in much the same way that the Adobe tool does. Like Photoshop, it also let’s you work with layers and channels. A variety of file formats are supported including the standard Photoshop PSD format.
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux


Viruses, trojans and worms don’t only affect Windows machines; even Mac computers are susceptible. It is compatible even with the latest Windows 8 platform and allows you to perform a quick scan, full system scan or check only selected files for threats.
Platforms: Windows, Mac

Also see: Top five free anti-virus software


If you want the same functionality over a range of devices, Evernote is a good option. It lets you take notes for use across platforms, save web pages and even share your stuff with others. There’s also a business version with more features, tools and support, as well as 2GB of storage.
Platforms: Windows, Mac


If your subscription to Microsoft’s Office suite has run out and you just don’t want to pay so high a price for basic document and spreadsheet editing, you can try out OpenOffice. The interface is similar to Microsoft’s which means it will easier to get accustomed to. It uses an international open standard format and can read files of other office software packages.
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux

Also see: Free alternatives to popular paid games

File Sharing/Cloud storage

There are many online file-hosting services, but one of the most popular is Dropbox. You’ll get 2GB of online storage to start off with, but you can take that all the way to 18GB with an additional 500MB per referral. The service uses 256-bit AES encryption on your files and a two-step verification process to make sure your privacy is not compromised. And you can use it to share large files with friends and control who sees what.
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux

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