Karl's Freeware Links
Below is a list of links to great free software. Note that most of these links will direct you to the developers' home page, rather than to the download itself. There you should first read the description, licensing terms, and instructions, before downloading the software. Note also that many of these sites support commercial software, and you may have to look for the links to the freeware versions. Additionally, many of these sites offer other free and commercial titles which you may find useful!
I enthusiastically advocate the use of Open Source software, and the support of those who are engaged in this effort! If you are unfamiliar with Open Source, please follow the links below for an introduction to these alternative licensing concepts, and acquaint yourself with software motivated by excellence—not by profit.
All external links open in a new tab or window—simply close to return to this page. —— Last updated 07/09/10 ——Educational Software Quality educational software for children.
Internet Filters Eliminate unwanted porn, spam, scripts, adware, spyware, & viruses.
Internet Browsers More secure alternatives to Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, & MS Java VM.
Office Suites Office software as good as Microsoft's, without the high price!
Graphics Software Software to view, manipulate, & edit your digital images.
Useful Utilities Perform those impossible tasks, and just make your life easier!
Portable Apps (New Addition!) Applications that require no installation—run on any computer from your flash drive!
Miscelaneous Neat stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else.
Freeware Websites If one of these sites doesn't have it, or link to it, it probably doesn't exist!
Information Websites Educate yourself about Internet hoaxes and other security threats, find computer help.
dedicated to furthering the use of open resources in education (FLOSS)
free educational software and games
free software and Internet services for Kids
home to some wonderful, free math and word games
high quality educational software (Free-Software / OSI Certified licenses)
educational typing tutor for children (Open Source General Public License)
award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (Open Source GPL)
cute, fast-paced math practice game for grade-schoolers (Open Source GPL)
a math version of the classic word game "Scrabble" (Open Source GPL)
teach your child how to add, subtract and multiply (Open Source GPL)
educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10
combines physics and art in a playful way (requires a fast computer)
web content filtering, anti-phishing, DNS and navigation services—use this!
free Internet filtering and control solution for the home
free Internet filtering software and parental controls to help protect children online
blocks file sharing P2P software such as Kazaa, Morpheus, Bearshare, etc.
protection against spyware, adware, browser hijackers, and other unwanted software
real-time protection against spyware & browser hijacking
anti spyware—highly recommended
anti spyware / privacy software
advanced malware & spyware removal utility
spyware removal tool with Clam AntiVirus integration and real-time protection
Clam AntiVirus (ClamAV) for Windows (Open Source GPL)
free antivirus software detects and removes all forms of malware
great free antivirus software (direct download)
get this—you will need it!
real-time protection against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software
Internet Browsers & Email
Internet browser (Open Source MPL/LGPL/GPL)—recommended
full-featured email application (Open Source MPL/LGPL/GPL)
Internet browser for Mac, PC, iPhone, and iPod touch
another alternative Internet browser
Java Runtime for intranet applications
Office Suites & Utilities
office suite—XML & MS compatibility (Open Source LGPL/GPL)
thesaurus and dictionary for Windows—neat & handy!
view samples of installed fonts
view, print and copy Microsoft Office documents, even if you don't have Office installed
useful add-ons! (get direct downloads for Windows 7 / Vista and Windows XP)
GNU Image Manipulation Program (Open Source GPL)—recommended!
easy color palette creation and grabbing—recommended!
painting tool for full color graphics
graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista
web browser add-on that displays TIFF image files
removes unused files from your system—recommended!
versatile file defragmentation tool—recommended!
fast and easy to use application for finding and removing duplicate files
exceptional bulk file renamer (Creative Commons License)
advanced and extremely powerful CD and DVD burning package
CD/DVD burning solution for Windows, with a wide range of powerful features (GPL)
file backup / maintenance application (CareWare)
manage programs that start automatically
tweak Windows settings (final version) (website)
source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages (GPL)
foils spambots by encoding the email addresses on your websites
if your computer is stolen, it sends a secret email that can help you recover it
carry your favorite computer programs with you (Open Platform & Open Source)
reviewed and categorized free and Open Source portable applications
software you can carry on a portable device and use on any computer
easily move from one machine to another—run off a USB memory stick
Python® programming language preconfigured to run directly from any USB storage device
real-time 3D space simulation (GPL)
free open source planetarium for your computer (GPL)
less resource-intensive planetarium—very good & difficult to find
obtain text-to-speech engine for Adastra Freestar speech function
fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain
easy-to-use audio editor and recorder (Open Source GPL)
HD video player (Open Source GPL)
26,000 reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education
improve your typing skills with this free typing tutor / typing game
online free touch typing program
fun screensaver—scrolling 1s and 0s
Open Source for Windows—everything imaginable!
no disabled features, nags, time limits—absolutely free
shareware and freeware Internet tools downloads
"the best of the best" as voted by alt.comp.freeware newsgroup
mostly abandonware—see their FAQ page
collection of free software in several categories
freeware downloads and free stuff and freebies
free software resource—check it out!
well organized, regularly updated freeware archive
software patches, updates & upgrades
home of 6200+ freeware software
encyclopedia of software downloads (freeware, shareware, trial)
more than 36,000 freeware programs to choose from!
PCWorld Magazine—articles, tips, software archive
mostly shareware (lots!), but freeware also... not easy to search
HUMONGOUS! well-categorized, well-indexed, terrific freeware site!
lots of shareware & freeware, nicely organized, good descriptions
Europe's leading software download site—freeware, shareware, trialware
comprehensive site—look for the 'Top freeware' link
Urban Legends Reference Pages
the Big List of Internet hoaxes
Truth about Computer Security Hysteria
Computer Viruses and Urban Legends at Yahoo.com
A wealth of resources to help you fight spyware and adware
Trish's Escape from Hardware Hell computer help
Karl's computer help and links to great free and open source software