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 17 Mar 2023 ——
WARNING! Very many download pages will try to 'entice' you into installing other software in addition to the title you are requesting. This option is almost always enabled by default. Be especially on guard against this and, unless you are absolutely certain you want the additional software, uncheck that option! Do not allow them to install anything you are not explicitly requesting!
Internet Filters — eliminate unwanted porn, spam, scripts, adware, spyware, & viruses
web content filtering, anti-phishing, DNS and navigation services—use this!
DNS servers: 188.8.131.52 184.108.40.206
blocks ads & banners and protects the user from web parasites—recommended
protection against spyware, adware, browser hijackers, and other unwanted software
anti spyware—highly recommended
anti spyware / privacy software (you have to look for the free version)
advanced malware & spyware removal utility
spyware removal and prevention with real-time protection
detect and remove Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.
Clam AntiVirus (ClamAV) for Windows (Open Source GPL)
free antivirus software detects and removes all forms of malware
great free antivirus software
get this—you will need it!
real-time protection against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software
removal tool for adware & hijackers (found an infection nothing else could!)
Internet Browsers & Email — a selection of alternatives to Internet Explorer you might like
defend against network surveillance and traffic analysis (Open Source)
Internet browser (Open Source MPL/LGPL/GPL)—recommended
runs web pages and applications with lightning speed
another alternative Internet browser
Java Runtime for intranet applications
to open those .pdf documents (warning! uncheck McAfee Security Scan Plus)
Office Suites & Utilities — office software as good as Microsoft's, without the high price!
comprehensive, professional-quality productivity suite (Open Source LGPLv3)
thesaurus and dictionary for Windows—neat & handy!
view samples of installed fonts
links to free programs to view, print and copy Microsoft Office documents
useful add-ons still available from the Internet Archive (see ghacks.net for caveats)
Graphics Editors — software to view, manipulate, & edit your digital images
GNU Image Manipulation Program (Open Source GPL)—recommended!
an image browser, converter and editor with a lot of nice features
easy color palette creation and grabbing—recommended!
painting tool for full color graphics
one of the most popular viewers worldwide!
web browser add-on that displays TIFF image files
Smart WebP, JPEG and PNG compression — Excellent!
get the Developer API - 500 images/mo. free.
An easy & simple PC screenshot OCR and translation application — Excellent!
$15 lifetime + use Google API @ 1000/mo. free.
Useful Utilities — perform those impossible tasks, and just make your life easier!
removes unused files from your system—recommended!
versatile file defragmentation tool—recommended!
fast and easy to use application for finding and removing duplicate files
finally! a duplicate-file finder that lets you sort & select by path!
exceptional bulk file renamer (Creative Commons License)
a string-replacing utility designed to operate on multiple files at once
easily rearrange and put your Start Menu in order
a CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning applicationwith several advanced features
CD/DVD burning solution for Windows, with a wide range of powerful features (GPL)
advanced and extremely powerful CD and DVD burning package
source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages (GPL)
an advanced visual file and folder compare tool - exceptional!
measure distance and angle between points on screen - best I have seen!
format and create bootable USB flash drives
quick access to all Control Panel options in a single place in Windows 7 & Windows 8
(formerly Classic Shell™) return the Start button and other usability features to Windows 7, 8, & 10
disable annoying Vista UAC (User Account Control) popups (there IS a God!)
manage programs that start automatically (XP)
foils spambots by encoding the email addresses on your websites
Portable Applications — applications that require no installation—run on any computer from your flash drive!
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
Educational — quality educational software for children
dedicated to furthering the use of open resources in education (FLOSS)
secure, web based School Administration Program (Open Source GPL)
free educational software and games
home to some wonderful, free math and word games
educational programs, games, and others (paid website membership)
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)
freeware educational software to practice arithmetic skills
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)
Miscellaneous — neat stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else
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)
37,000 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
Freeware Websites — if one of these sites doesn't have it, or link to it, it probably doesn't exist!
Fast & Simple Way to Download Free Software for Windows
reviews and links to the best freeware programs
official home for professional-quality freeware/donationware programs
Open Source for Windows—everything imaginable!
not all freeware, but lots & lots of it! well categorized
shareware and freeware Internet tools downloads
best software downloads collection
free software resource—check it out!
well organized, regularly updated freeware archive
software patches, updates & upgrades
mostly abandonware—see their FAQ page
mostly shareware (lots!), but freeware also... not easy to search
HUMONGOUS! well-categorized, well-indexed, terrific freeware site!
comprehensive site—look for the 'Top freeware' link
Information Websites — Educate yourself about Internet hoaxes and other security threats, find computer help
Fix an Unresponsive Windows Explorer Window with the Green Loading Bar
How to start Windows 7/8/10 in safe mode (see their other security guides as well!)
Urban Legends Reference Pages
the Big List of Internet hoaxes
Truth about Computer Security Hysteria
A wealth of resources to help you fight spyware and adware
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