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Best Free Software to Speed Up Your Computer and More - Freeware for My PC

Best Freeware

My computer, which celebrated its first birthday a few weeks ago, was lagging terribly. If possible, I try to not pay for my software. I play around with a lot of freeware registry cleaners, firewalls, anti-virus, and the like. It was time to fix the problem, so I searched around for what were the newest and best programs to get a computer running like new. This list is a compilation of what I installed, ran, and used. It successfully made my computer run like new. The programs on this list are made for the non-expert who just wants to install some programs, run them once in a while, and make their computer run better. I choose the simpler programs because I have to install them on my father-n-law's computer and he needs to be able to use them. All of these are free of charge for personal use. Just make sure you click on the right downloads on the respective download pages.

Here are my picks.

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Best Free Anti-virus

Avira Anti-Virus - The problem with many anti-viruses is that they slow up your computer more than viruses do. Avira does not do that. The detection rate for Avira is top notch, and my computers run like new. The only drawback to the free version is that every time Avira downloads updates, a popup window appears trying to get you to buy the full version. A small price to pay for good, free anti-virus protection.

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Best Free Trojan, Spyware, and Malware remover

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Emisoft Anti-Malware. I include two because some times these programs catch malware that the other program might not, and it is key to get this stuff off of your computer if you have been infected. Both programs are fast and easy to use. Malware is the catch-all term for all of the nasty problems that can infect your computer. The evil people out there trying to steal information from your computer have branched out into adware, trojans, dialers, worms, keyLoggers, hiJackers, and rootkits. Don't worry. You don't have to know what each of these are. Malwarebytes and Emisoft Anti-Malware do. Just download and run these programs.

An alternative online option is ESET Online Scanner. You have to download it unless you run it in Internet Explorer. If you are having problems, with your computer, I would run all three.

These programs are great to run once in a while, but they are essential to run when you suspect something is wrong. They will detect and remove malicious files from your computer. I cannot recommend them enough.

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Best Disk Cleaner

360amigo System Cleanup is an all-in-one software program. Its strategy is to speed up your computer by deleting junk files, unnecessary registry entries, and defragmenting your hard drive. Its registry cleaner appears to be more thorough than the recommended Eusing Registry Cleaner below, but I will give it time to become my favored registry cleaner. Its defragmenter is frustrating to use, so I would stay away from it. 360amigo's premier feature is a disk cleaner that will allow you to delete junk files. This program cleans up a computer more thoroughly than CCleaner, the former king of disk cleaner software. The only tab that you will need to pay attention to in the program is the "system cleaner" tab. I wouldn't replace my defragmenter or registry cleaner recommendations below with 360amigo, but the system cleanup option is definitely worth the download.

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Best Disk Defragmenter

Auslogics Disk Defrag - It's a fast defragmenter that you can set and forget. A defragmenter organizes the files on your hard drive so that they are more quickly accessible. Over time, the files fragment from use and this slows up one's machine. I have had instances where just running a defragmenter will greatly speed up a computer.

Best Registry Cleaner

Eusing Registry Cleaner - I love this puppy. It cleans my registry and keeps my computer running like new. Some registry cleaners get too aggressive and start deleting too much. I have never had a problem with this program removing too much from the registry (something you need to be careful of with registry cleaners).  Although 360amigo has its own registry cleaner that is good, I did not remove this because this is a great, by itself registry cleaner.

Best Free Memory Optimizer

Clean Mem - Previously, I have not had a memory optimizer because they seem to slow up the computer just as much as they speed it up because they are always running. However, Clean Mem only opens itself up, runs, then closes itself down. It optimizes memory and then shuts itself off. Good stuff. I would only use this if you are having memory problems.

Below are some other freeware programs that I use that are not security or maintenance related, but are worth checking out.

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Best Photo Program

Picasa - This program does it all and makes it very convenient to order photos. It also has great features to easily upload photos to Facebook after you download the Picasa Uploader.

Best WordPad Replacement

EditPad Lite - I use this on my computer whenever I would have used WordPad. It is a great program that provides a superior search function for text files.

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Best PDF Printer

In my line of work, I have to send receipts to other people from orders that I have made online. The easiest way I have found to do this is to print a pdf and send that along. What it does is creates a printer option that is an output to pdf making it real easy to use. The winner in this category is PDF24 Creator. It works quick and doesn't have the hiccups that I have experienced with other pdf printers.

Best Office Suite

Libre Office - If you want to be free, legal, and legit, this is a free office software suite. It's like Microsoft Office but free. It is what I use on my computers that I have not purchased all of the Microsoft software. I just set the program to save the file in Word or Excel format so the files are quickly available to email to a teacher, friend, or anyone for that matter.

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Best Bible Program

Bible Explorer - This is a commercial program that is now given away for free. Top quality for a great price. If you have never used a good digital Bible program, it pretty makes that thick concordance you have useless. Not only can you now search for words in the text, but you can also search for passages that contain two words. Great stuff. When downloaded, you get a bunch of translations for free; however, you would have to buy the NASB ($39.95), NIV ($29.95), or NRSV ($29.95). I have tried other free Bible programs. I did not like them all that much. Too clunky. Not fast or easy to use. This one has a leg up on them because it was commercially produced.

Although I found some of these freeware on my own, I must also give recognition to Gizmo's Tech Support Alert which highlighted some of the software I was not using. Gizmo provides a much more thorough list of freeware for almost every possible use.


 Last updated on May 24, 2013

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Winston 5 years ago

This is good. I'm a freeware seeker and this is good. Thanks for these tips

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Lgali 5 years ago

nice info

darren 5 years ago

you rock, thanks for laying this all out. AVG is my favorite freebe also!

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pilgrimboy 4 years ago from Ohio Hub Author

As you can see from the comments, AVG was once recommended by me as the anti-virus program. This is no longer the case as I had two computers that were lagging from it.

cjsutton 4 years ago

Hey thanks for sharing this. My PC slowed to a crawl yesterday. Anvira might have caught it and I might have foolishly clicked on allow. I really do not vividly recall. In any case, both malware bytes and threatfire showed nothing. I even talked to them and said look at the processes running, you have to give me something. Then, via your recommendations I installed SuperAntiSpyware and it caught 77 threats. Now we are getting somewhere. Still was slow a part of the time, just not all the time like before. So I installed a2 which found 1 medium risk suspect and the rest all low risk adware, but hey if they slow the PC down that is high risk to me.

Just had to tell you thanks! It is one thing to see a rogueware, but another thing to see nothing but slow. That feels worse to me.

One question: I hestitate to tough the Registry. Why should a person use a Registry Cleaner? What does it actually do for the PC? In actuality, most of the suspects caught by a2 were registry related, so haven't I already "cleaned" my registry?

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pilgrimboy 4 years ago from Ohio Hub Author

Registry Cleaners can be dangerous, but the reason you would use one is to remove all of the lines in the registry that have been created by programs that have been removed. This can bloat your system and cause it to slow. I have never encountered a problem using Eusing, but that does not mean that you wouldn't. So it is a slight risk to having better speed.

And I am glad that a2 found your suspects. I just finished helping my dad with his computer. a2 found a trojan while the others did not. It's always good to use multiple scanners.

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rescueachild 3 years ago from San Jose, Ca

Good stuff:)

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pilgrimboy 3 years ago from Ohio Hub Author

Thanks, rescuachild.

I will be using this list to go fix another persons computer today.

Mike 3 years ago

Love it! Here's a freeware system I came up with too, check them out.

Advanced System Care 3.7.2 (free) (totally cleans all safe files)

COMODO Firewall (free) (a superior firewall)

Spybot Search and Destroy (free) (Anti-Spyware)

Wise Registery Cleaner (Free) (only clean safe files, but it works great)

Besides these programs, you have a damn good system yourself. My computer runs like new everyday. I'm not advertising on your site, just trying to help you and all the freeware seekers. Hope this info helps, and thanks for taking time to search for freeware yourself. All of these programs can be found by googling the names, and the names I gave are the real names. Thanks man, and take it easy :)

joe 3 years ago

craking group of freeware thanks for sharing

jon 3 years ago

thank you i will try them

thechapmenace 2 years ago

Thank you and they where very helpful, but Disk Defrag keeps on giving me corrupted files, so it's hard to download. Also, when I try to get Mike's stuff he mentioned, I keep on getting Harmful files. Avira helpd me alot, and picked up some malware that Norton didn't. Eusing, I didn't, but I already have the Cleaner that has a Registry Cleaner in it, but is it as good as the standalone Eusing Registry Cleaner?

Having a Netbook and not much money for software, I rarely have time or th memory to experiment with programs. Thank you.

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