The best Top 6 Free Software for your PC

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The best software doesn’t always come with a price tag attached. There are a host of free PC programs available on the web that can improve the way you work and play. Plus, you can often unearth programs that will help you solve problems you didn’t know you had, improving your PC’s overall performance. What follows is a handy list of what we believe is some of the best free PC software available – some applications you might know, some you might not. But once you’ve used them, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. It starts with …

1. Adobe Flash Player

Speaking of plug-ins, if you want to get the best web experience, view every website, play games in your web browser and watch videos in Firefox, you’re going to need the Adobe Flash Player. This plug-in is an internet essential. Flash powers most Facebook games, YouTube, and an array of innovative, interactive websites that include WeChooseTheMoon.org (a recreation of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon) and moodstream.gettyimages.com (an interactive mood board from Getty Images). If you’re going to have a good time on the web, and experience it to its full potential, you need Adobe Flash.

2. OpenOffice

Microsoft Office is the obvious choice when it comes to business productivity, but its price tag can put some people off. You might think that a free alternative wouldn’t be able to match Microsoft’s suite for functionality, but OpenOffice can prove you wrong. Instead of Word and Excel, try Writer and Calc. PowerPoint too has a free equivalent – Impress is ideal for creating multimedia presentations. Of course, there’d be no point in singing OpenOffice’s praises if it wasn’t compatible with Microsoft Office document formats. It is, enabling you to save out OpenOffice files that can be opened by Office users and vice-versa.

3. Google Chrome

The good news for Google Chrome users is that Google’s web browser has the Adobe Flash Player baked in as standard. Like Firefox, it offers tabbed browsing, excellent privacy controls and the opportunity to install different extensions from the Chrome Web Store to boost its functionality. Usefully, if you have a Google account, signing into Google Chrome whenever you use it gives you the option to sync your activity and preferences across multiple devices. Best of all, Chrome is slick, speedy and stable. It might not be as popular as Firefox, but it’s catching up fast.

4. Avira 2014

A PC without anti-virus software is like a car without any doors. Anybody could get in and wreak havoc. The most popular AV products, including McAfee and Norton require you to take out a yearly subscription. But before you do, consider a free alternative like Avira 2014. This software equips your PC with a layer of key defenses that protect your computer from threats automatically, eliminating harmful viruses and Trojans, blocking sneaky adware, zapping spyware, and even warning you if you visit a website that could infect your system. And yes, it’s completely free.

5. AdwCleaner 3.0

AdwCleaner 3.0 does much the same as CCleaner above, but it’s a much simpler application. Set it to search your PC for unused files, rogue installs and unwanted toolbars and it will cut through the clutter like a digital knife, deleting junk data and optimising your PC system.

6. CCleaner 4.09

If Avira 2014 helps you to protect your PC from viruses and unwanted installs, CCleaner 4.09 will help you get rid of anything that has already slipped through. Using a simple interface, CCleaner can be set up to find unnecessary files and unused applications and, with a nod from you, delete them. This frees up space on your PC, cleans up your Registry, and lessens the load on your system. A win-win-win situation.