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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.

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YUMIYUMIFree Multiboot USB CreatorEditor:rating
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RogueKillerRogueKillerFree malware removal helperEditor:rating
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SyncBack FreeSyncBack FreeFree backup and synchronization toolEditor:rating
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Mail Attachment DownloaderMail Attachment DownloaderFree download attachments from online mail accountsEditor:rating
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Sweet Home 3DSweet Home 3DFree interior design softwareEditor:rating
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TinyWallTinyWallFree harden the Windows firewallEditor:rating
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hMailServerhMailServerFree mail server for WindowsEditor:rating
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Plex Media ServerPlex Media ServerFree streaming media serverEditor:rating
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VirtualBoxVirtualBoxFree virtualization softwareEditor:rating
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HFS - HTTP File ServerHFS - HTTP File ServerFree personal file sharing serverEditor:rating
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AutoHotkeyAutoHotkeyFree script driven automation utilityEditor:rating
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USBDeviewUSBDeviewFree manage all your USB devicesEditor:rating
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USB Image ToolUSB Image ToolFree backup your USB driveEditor:rating
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WiresharkWiresharkFree network protocol analyzerEditor:rating
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TeamViewerTeamViewerFree remote control and desktop sharingEditor:rating
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Process ExplorerProcess ExplorerFree monitor running processesEditor:rating
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PSPad EditorPSPad EditorFree Text and code editorEditor:rating
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Notepad ++Notepad ++Free advanced code and text editorEditor:rating
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Wise Registry Cleaner FreeWise Registry Cleaner FreeFree find and fix registry errorsEditor:rating
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OSForensicsOSForensicsFree Extract forensic data from computersEditor:rating
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RAMDisk LiteRAMDisk LiteFree create a high speed RAM diskEditor:rating
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InkscapeInkscapeFree Open Source vector graphics editorEditor:rating
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HashTabHashTabFree calculate file hashes in Windows ExplorerEditor:rating
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Complete Internet RepairComplete Internet RepairFree repair your Internet connectionEditor:rating
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ShellExViewShellExViewFree view and disable shell extensionsEditor:rating
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Classic ShellClassic ShellFree restore several classic Windows featuresEditor:rating
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Toolwiz Time FreezeToolwiz Time FreezeFree temporary system virtualizationEditor:rating
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DiffPDFDiffPDFFree compare two PDF filesEditor:rating
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RIOTRIOTFree Radical Image Optimization ToolEditor:rating
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FileMenu ToolsFileMenu ToolsFree add features to your right-click menuEditor:rating
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YawcamYawcamFree web cam serverEditor:rating
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WinMergeWinMergeFree compare and merge text filesEditor:rating
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ExpressoExpressoFree regular expression development toolEditor:rating
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AS SSD BenchmarkAS SSD BenchmarkFree measure the performance of your SSD driveEditor:rating
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EasyBCDEasyBCDFree Vista bootloader modification toolEditor:rating
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BufferZone ProBufferZone ProFree protect your PC from malicious downloadsEditor:rating
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Gizmo DriveGizmo DriveFree mount ISO images as virtual drivesEditor:rating
Users :user rating(3)
7-Zip7-ZipFree open-source file archiverEditor:rating
Users :user rating(21)
Input DirectorInput DirectorFree control multiple PCs with one keyboardEditor:rating
Users :user rating(1)
AnalogX LinkExaminerAnalogX LinkExaminerFree check your site for broken linksEditor:rating
Users :no user rating
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YUMI screenshot

iconYUMIv2.0.1.1by 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]

RogueKiller screenshot

iconRogueKillerv10.0.4by 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]

SyncBack Free screenshot

iconSyncBack Freev7.0.5.0by 2BrightSparks

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5(38)
  • Popularity:88

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]

Mail Attachment Downloader screenshot

iconMail Attachment Downloaderv2.4.808by 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

iconSweet Home 3Dv4.5by eTeks

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5(3)
  • Popularity:77

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

iconTinyWallv2.1.5by Karoly Pados

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5(6)
  • Popularity:77

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]

hMailServer screenshot

iconhMailServerv5.5.2.2129by 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]

Plex Media Server screenshot

iconPlex Media Serverv0.9.11.1.678by 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

iconVirtualBoxv4.3.18by Oracle Corporation

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 3(1)
  • Popularity:66

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]

HFS - HTTP File Server screenshot

iconHFS - HTTP File Serverv2.3dby 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

iconAutoHotkeyv1.1.16.05by 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]

USBDeview screenshot

iconUSBDeviewv2.37by NirSoft

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

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]

USB Image Tool screenshot

iconUSB Image Toolv1.69by 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]

Wireshark screenshot

iconWiresharkv1.12.1by 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]

TeamViewer screenshot

iconTeamViewerv9.0.32494by 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

iconProcess Explorerv16.04by 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

iconPSPad Editorv4.5.8by 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

iconNotepad ++v6.6.9by 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]

Wise Registry Cleaner Free screenshot

iconWise Registry Cleaner Freev8.23by 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]

OSForensics screenshot

iconOSForensicsv3.0.1001by PassMark Software

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

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]

RAMDisk Lite screenshot

iconRAMDisk Litev4.4.0 RC32by 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

iconInkscapev0.48.5-1by 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

iconHashTabv5.2.0.14by 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

iconComplete Internet Repairv2.0.8.2082by 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

iconShellExViewv1.90by 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

iconClassic Shellv4.1.0by Ivo Beltchev (Open Source)

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5(14)
  • Popularity:77

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]

Toolwiz Time Freeze screenshot

iconToolwiz Time Freezev2.2.0.6000by XII CNC Inc.

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

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]

DiffPDF screenshot

iconDiffPDFv2.1.3by 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

iconRIOTv0.5.2by Lucian Sabo

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

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]infoOffers to install promotional, third party components (e.g. browser toolbar).

FileMenu Tools screenshot

iconFileMenu Toolsv6.6by LopeSoft

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5(8)
  • Popularity:66

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]infoOffers to install promotional, third party components (e.g. browser toolbar).

Yawcam screenshot

iconYawcamv0.4.1by 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

iconWinMergev2.14.0by 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

iconExpressov3.0.4750by Ultrapico

  • Our Rating: stars
  • User Rating: 5(2)
  • Popularity:22

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

iconAS SSD Benchmarkv1.7.4739by 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

iconEasyBCDv2.2by 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

iconBufferZone Prov4.02by 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

iconGizmo Drivev2.7.9by 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

icon7-Zipv9.20by 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

iconInput Directorv1.2.2.76by 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

iconAnalogX LinkExaminerv1.01by 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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