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Must-Have Freeware (Advanced Uses)

This list adds to our "Must-Have Freeware Apps" list and includes software that is not necessarily of interest to the average home user.

Detailed listings
Toolwiz Time Freeze Toolwiz Time Freeze Free temporary system virtualization Editor: rating
Users : user rating(3)
Plex Media Server Plex Media Server Free streaming media server Editor: rating
Users : no user rating
VirtualBox VirtualBox Free virtualization software Editor: rating
Users : user rating(1)
hMailServer hMailServer Free mail server for Windows Editor: rating
Users : user rating(2)
RogueKiller RogueKiller Free malware removal helper Editor: rating
Users : user rating(3)
OSForensics OSForensics Free Extract forensic data from computers Editor: rating
Users : user rating(1)
Wise Registry Cleaner Free Wise Registry Cleaner Free Free find and fix registry errors Editor: rating
Users : user rating(11)
USBDeview USBDeview Free manage all your USB devices Editor: rating
Users : user rating(7)
Wireshark Wireshark Free network protocol analyzer Editor: rating
Users : user rating(4)
SyncBack Free SyncBack Free Free backup and synchronization tool Editor: rating
Users : user rating(38)
USB Image Tool USB Image Tool Free backup your USB drive Editor: rating
Users : no user rating
YUMI YUMI Free Multiboot USB Creator Editor: rating
Users : user rating(2)
Mail Attachment Downloader Mail Attachment Downloader Free download attachments from online mail accounts Editor: rating
Users : no user rating
Sweet Home 3D Sweet Home 3D Free interior design software Editor: rating
Users : user rating(3)
TinyWall TinyWall Free harden the Windows firewall Editor: rating
Users : user rating(6)
HFS - HTTP File Server HFS - HTTP File Server Free personal file sharing server Editor: rating
Users : user rating(13)
AutoHotkey AutoHotkey Free script driven automation utility Editor: rating
Users : user rating(10)
TeamViewer TeamViewer Free remote control and desktop sharing Editor: rating
Users : user rating(7)
Process Explorer Process Explorer Free monitor running processes Editor: rating
Users : user rating(10)
PSPad Editor PSPad Editor Free Text and code editor Editor: rating
Users : user rating(35)
Notepad ++ Notepad ++ Free advanced code and text editor Editor: rating
Users : user rating(5)
RAMDisk Lite RAMDisk Lite Free create a high speed RAM disk Editor: rating
Users : user rating(2)
Inkscape Inkscape Free Open Source vector graphics editor Editor: rating
Users : user rating(7)
HashTab HashTab Free calculate file hashes in Windows Explorer Editor: rating
Users : user rating(3)
Complete Internet Repair Complete Internet Repair Free repair your Internet connection Editor: rating
Users : user rating(1)
ShellExView ShellExView Free view and disable shell extensions Editor: rating
Users : user rating(17)
Classic Shell Classic Shell Free restore several classic Windows features Editor: rating
Users : user rating(14)
DiffPDF DiffPDF Free compare two PDF files Editor: rating
Users : no user rating
RIOT RIOT Free Radical Image Optimization Tool Editor: rating
Users : user rating(5)
FileMenu Tools FileMenu Tools Free add features to your right-click menu Editor: rating
Users : user rating(8)
Yawcam Yawcam Free web cam server Editor: rating
Users : user rating(11)
WinMerge WinMerge Free compare and merge text files Editor: rating
Users : user rating(3)
Expresso Expresso Free regular expression development tool Editor: rating
Users : user rating(2)
AS SSD Benchmark AS SSD Benchmark Free measure the performance of your SSD drive Editor: rating
Users : no user rating
EasyBCD EasyBCD Free Vista bootloader modification tool Editor: rating
Users : user rating(4)
BufferZone Pro BufferZone Pro Free protect your PC from malicious downloads Editor: rating
Users : user rating(4)
Gizmo Drive Gizmo Drive Free mount ISO images as virtual drives Editor: rating
Users : user rating(3)
7-Zip 7-Zip Free open-source file archiver Editor: rating
Users : user rating(21)
Input Director Input Director Free control multiple PCs with one keyboard Editor: rating
Users : user rating(1)
AnalogX LinkExaminer AnalogX LinkExaminer Free check your site for broken links Editor: rating
Users : no user rating
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Detailed listings

Toolwiz Time Freeze screenshot

icon Toolwiz Time Freeze v3.0.0.2000 by XII CNC Inc.

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (3)
  • Popularity:66

Toolwiz Time Freeze enables you to temporarily virtualize your PC in order to test new software or try out configuration changes. Once started, Time Freeze will initiate a virtual copy of your system and any changes made can be safely... [Read more]

Plex Media Server screenshot

icon Plex Media Server v0.9.11.4.739 by PlexApp

Plex Media Server enables you to stream your movies, music and photos from your PC to a Roku, Google TV or DLNA compatible device (e.g. PS3, Xbox 360). You can also stream your media to another computer or a mobile device (Android... [Read more]

VirtualBox screenshot

icon VirtualBox v4.3.20 by Oracle Corporation

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 3 (1)
  • Popularity:77

VirtualBox is an Open Source virtualization software that enables you to run one or more operating systems within a virtual machine while running Windows. The program comes with an easy to use interface and step by step wizards that... [Read more]

hMailServer screenshot

icon hMailServer v5.6.2145 by Martin Knafve

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (2)
  • Popularity:66

hMailServer is a full-featured Windows mail server with full support for SMTP, POP3 and IMAP4. It offers a wide array of features, including a built-in spam filtering system, support for external virus scanners, SSL certificates, IP... [Read more]

RogueKiller screenshot

icon RogueKiller v10.0.8 by Tigzy

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 4 (3)
  • Popularity:88

RogueKiller is a standalone anti-malware tool that can assist advanced users with the removal of some difficult to remove malware infections, in particular rogue security software. The program can terminate known malware processes so... [Read more]

OSForensics screenshot

icon OSForensics v3.1.1000 by PassMark Software

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (1)
  • Popularity:88

OSForensics is a digital investigation tool that lets you extract forensic data or uncover hidden information from a computer. It offers a variety of advanced search features that let you uncover recent computer and Internet activity... [Read more]

Wise Registry Cleaner Free screenshot

icon Wise Registry Cleaner Free v8.26 by ZhiQing Soft Ltd.

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 4 (11)
  • Popularity:1010

Wise Registry Cleaner scans the Windows registry for invalid or obsolete information and presents you with a list of potential problems. To help you decide which items to delete, the program classifies them as Safe to fix or Not fully... [Read more]

USBDeview screenshot

icon USBDeview v2.40 by NirSoft

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (7)
  • Popularity:88

USBDeview is a small utility that lists all USB devices that are currently connected to your PC or have been connected to it in the past. Along with the device name and description, it displays the the serial number (if available), date... [Read more]

Wireshark screenshot

icon Wireshark v1.12.2 by Gerald Combs

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (4)
  • Popularity:66

Wireshark (a.k.a. Ethereal) is a network protocol analyzer that enables you to capture and examine data from a live network or from a capture file on disk. You can interactively browse the capture data and view summary and detail... [Read more]

SyncBack Free screenshot

icon SyncBack Free v7.0.13.0 by 2BrightSparks

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (38)
  • Popularity:77

SyncBackFree is a flexible, and quite powerful backup and synchronization program that allows to to maintain backup copies of your files and folder, or to synchronize them, so that both locations always have a complete copy (e.g... [Read more]

USB Image Tool screenshot

icon USB Image Tool v1.70 by Alexander Beug

USB Image Tool lets you create backup images of your USB drive(s) or other USB storage devices, such as flash drives and music players. Simply select the device you want to back up and click a button to create and exact backup image of... [Read more]

YUMI screenshot

icon YUMI v2.0.1.1 by PendriveLinux

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 4 (2)
  • Popularity:66

YUMI can be used to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive that contains multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools or similar bootable environments. You can can choose from a list of available Linux... [Read more]

Mail Attachment Downloader screenshot

icon Mail Attachment Downloader v2.4.808 by GearMage

Mail Attachment Downloader enables you to download email attachments from from your online mail account and save them to your computer. You can choose to download all attachments or only those from new email messages, and you can also... [Read more]

Sweet Home 3D screenshot

icon Sweet Home 3D v4.5 by eTeks

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (3)
  • Popularity:55

Sweet Home 3D is an Open Source interior design software that helps you place your furniture on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview. The program provides an easy to use interface that lets you drag and drop furniture, doors, windows and... [Read more]

TinyWall screenshot

icon TinyWall v2.1.5 by Karoly Pados

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (6)
  • Popularity:66

TinyWall is an add-on to the advanced firewall that comes built-in with Windows 7 and Vista. It is designed to harden the firewall protection and provide you with easy to use configuration options that do not require constant pop-ups or... [Read more]

HFS - HTTP File Server screenshot

icon HFS - HTTP File Server v2.3d by Massimo Melina

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (13)
  • Popularity:77

HFS - HTTP File Server is an easy to use drag and drop file server for personal file sharing. It runs as a standalone executable and does not require any installation. The program is very easy to use, just drag a file into it to share... [Read more]

AutoHotkey screenshot

icon AutoHotkey v1.1.16.05 by Steve Gray

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (10)
  • Popularity:55

AutoHotkey is a script driven automation utility that enables you to automate almost any task on your PC by running applications or documents and/or sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. The program supports many advanced features that... [Read more]

TeamViewer screenshot

icon TeamViewer v9.0.32494 by Teamviewer Gmbh

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (7)
  • Popularity:66

TeamViewer is an easy to use solution for remote control, desktop sharing and file transfer that works behind any firewall and NAT proxy. All you need to do is run TeamViewer on both machines and exchange the automatically assigned ID... [Read more]

Process Explorer screenshot

icon Process Explorer v16.04 by Sysinternals (Microsoft)

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (10)
  • Popularity:66

Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded. The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the... [Read more]

PSPad Editor screenshot

icon PSPad Editor v4.5.8 by Jan Fiala

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (35)
  • Popularity:66

PSPad editor is a programmer's editor with support for a wide variety of syntax highlighting profiles and many advanced features geared towards web developers and programmers. It comes with a hex editor, CP conversion, text... [Read more]

Notepad ++ screenshot

icon Notepad ++ v6.6.9 by Notepad++ Team

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (5)
  • Popularity:66

Notepad ++ is a source code editor and notepad replacement that includes a wealth of advanced features and support for many popular programming languages. If offers customizable syntax highlighting, code completion, macro recording and... [Read more]

RAMDisk Lite screenshot

icon RAMDisk Lite v4.4.0 RC32 by DATARAM

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 4 (2)
  • Popularity:66

RAMDisk enables you to create a fast performing RAM drive that runs entirely in your system memory. Once the RAM disk is mounted, it looks and behaves exactly like a regular drive. The difference is that the read and write speeds are... [Read more]

Inkscape screenshot

icon Inkscape v0.48.5-1 by Inkscape.org

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (7)
  • Popularity:66

Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. It offers a wide array of basic vector graphics... [Read more]

HashTab screenshot

icon HashTab v5.2.0.14 by Cody Batt

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (3)
  • Popularity:66

HashTab is a Windows shell extension that allows you to calculate file hashes directly from Windows Explorer. The program adds a new tab to the Properties dialog of each file, allowing you to quickly copy a hash value or compare it to... [Read more]

Complete Internet Repair screenshot

icon Complete Internet Repair v2.0.8.2082 by RizoneSoft

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (1)
  • Popularity:66

Complete Internet Repair is a simple, portable application that attempts to repair many common Internet or network related connectivity issues which can often be caused by malware program or removal of malware components. The can reset... [Read more]

ShellExView screenshot

icon ShellExView v1.90 by NirSoft

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (17)
  • Popularity:77

ShellExView is a handy program that lets you view all installed shell extensions. If available, it also displays the description, as well as version details, company information, location, file name and more.You can optionally... [Read more]

Classic Shell screenshot

icon Classic Shell v4.1.0 by Ivo Beltchev (Open Source)

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (14)
  • Popularity:66

Classic Shell enables you to restore several classic Windows features that have been changed in Windows Vista and Seven. For one, the program lets you replace the new Windows 7 Start Menu with the classic version that you are familiar... [Read more]

DiffPDF screenshot

icon DiffPDF v2.1.3 by Qtrac Ltd.

DiffPDF enables you to compare the content of two PDF files side by side. The program offers a textual comparison mode as well as a visual comparison. The text comparison mode looks for differences in the text content of the file and... [Read more]

RIOT screenshot

icon RIOT v0.5.2 by Lucian Sabo

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (5)
  • Popularity:55

RIOT (Radical Image Optimization Tool) enables you to reduce the size of image files by compressing and optimizing them to achieve a smaller file size while maintaining adequate image quality. You can set the desired image quality... [Read more] info Offers to install promotional, third party components (e.g. browser toolbar).

FileMenu Tools screenshot

icon FileMenu Tools v6.6 by LopeSoft

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (8)
  • Popularity:44

FileMenu Tools is a Windows Explorer shell extension that allows you to add a variety of custom command options and tools to the right-click menu of files, folders and drives. The tools enable you to rename files, copy paths, shred... [Read more] info Offers to install promotional, third party components (e.g. browser toolbar).

Yawcam screenshot

icon Yawcam v0.4.1 by Magnus Lundvall

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (11)
  • Popularity:66

Yawcam (Yet Another Webcam Software) allows you to stream a live broadcast from your webcam or DV camera. In addition to streaming video, the program can also save captured snapshots to a local file, upload them to a remote FTP server... [Read more]

WinMerge screenshot

icon WinMerge v2.14.0 by WinMerge Development Team

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (3)
  • Popularity:44

WinMerge is a visual text comparison application, that allows you to see the highlighted differences between 2 text based files. It is in particular useful for comparing source codes, and offers optional support for Visual SourceSafe... [Read more]

Expresso screenshot

icon Expresso v3.0.4750 by Ultrapico

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (2)
  • Popularity:11

Expresso is a handy tool for working with Regular Expressions. It provides a (relatively) easy way to design and test Regular Expressions by using an Expression Builder to assemble the expression from dozens of syntax options with plain... [Read more]

AS SSD Benchmark screenshot

icon AS SSD Benchmark v1.7.4739 by Alex Schepeljanski

AS SSD Benchmark allows you to run a series of benchmark tests on your SSD drive to measure the read/write performance of your drive. The program uses 4 different test methods that use generic test data to test the read and write... [Read more]

EasyBCD screenshot

icon EasyBCD v2.2 by Neosmart Technologies

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 4 (4)
  • Popularity:66

EasyBCD provides an advanced GUI that makes it relatively easy to modify the Windows bootloader, allowing you to add and remove entries to it for dual booting with other versions of Windows, as well as Linux/BSD, Mac OS X and other... [Read more]

BufferZone Pro screenshot

icon BufferZone Pro v4.02 by Trustware

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (4)
  • Popularity:66

BufferZone Pro is a unique system security suite that uses virtualization technology to protect your computer from any type of external threat by isolating new files and programs from the rest of your operating system. The program... [Read more]

Gizmo Drive screenshot

icon Gizmo Drive v2.7.9 by Arainia Solutions

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 4 (3)
  • Popularity:66

Gizmo Drive enables you to mount ISO, BIN, CUE, NRG and VHD files to a virtual drive letter, allowing you to access CD/DVD content without the need to insert the physical media. You can easily create .ISO images from CD or DVD discs or... [Read more]

7-Zip screenshot

icon 7-Zip v9.20 by Igor Pavlov

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (21)
  • Popularity:77

7Zip is an open-source file archiver, that offers a the highest compression ratio, using the new f 7z format, which delivers compression results that are usually 30-50% better than standard ZIP. We tested it with a server log file... [Read more]

Input Director screenshot

icon Input Director v1.2.2.76 by Imperative Software Pty.Ltd

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5 (1)
  • Popularity:44

Input Director enables you to share a single mouse and keyboard (and clipboard) with multiple other computers as long as they are connected via a network. You can simply move your mouse to the edge of your main screen to enter the... [Read more]

AnalogX LinkExaminer screenshot

icon AnalogX LinkExaminer v1.01 by AnalogX

AnalogX Link Examiner enables you to scan a website for broken links and other problems, including missing images, slow loading pages, duplicate pages, missing SEO tags and more. The program uses an extremely fast multi-threaded engine... [Read more]

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