Top 10 Free Programs That Should Be On Every PC!

Over the years we have shown you numerous free alternatives to expensive software now it's time to reveal the absolute best in various categories. So coming up I will share with you Top 10 Free Programs of our favorite free programs that we think should be on every computer.  our feature-rich with most being available on all three of the major platforms Windows, Mac OS, and Linux near the end of this video. We will have two bonus programs for advanced users to check out as well let's get started. 


Top 10 Free Programs That Should Be On Every PC!


1. Internet Browser:

image source: Vivaldi browser

The basics first your internet web browser is the most important must-have program you have on your computer. The Norwegian based Vivaldi browser is the absolute best if you've seen our beginners guide then you already know why we love this browser in addition to blocking sites from tracking you. It includes numerous customization options when I use all the time on my laptop is the tab tiling to create a split-screen view because it's chromium-based. You can install Chrome extensions and it also includes its own dark theme and screenshot tool if you haven't used the Vivaldi yet to try it out for a week or two. You will not want to go back to your previous browser.


2. Office Suite:

Office Suite
image source: LibreOffice

If you're looking for a fully-featured office suite the free and open-source Libre Office is what you need it includes alternatives to Microsoft Word, Excel PowerPoint and access compatibility with Microsoft Office has improved quite a bit over the years. It's updated on a regular basis with a full team of developers you can even add templates and extensions to improve your experience using it. LibreOffice is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux real quickly LibreOffice does not have an alternative to Microsoft outlook. So if you need a free email client thunderbird is what we recommend. It's also available for the three major platforms to enhance your productivity. 




3. Screen Capture:

Screen Capture
image source: Share X
Share X is an awesome free and open source screenshot tool that will capture just about anything on your screen film available for Windows 7 or newer. Blows away the snip and sketch tool built into Windows 10 it includes more than a dozen capture methods including fullscreen, custom, region active window, or monitor and you can even record your screen.
It also includes various annotation tools to mark up your image when you're done capturing your screen. There are dozens of places to upload your screenshot.


4. Screen Recorder:

screen recorder
image source: OBS studio
If you need screen recording software nothing tops the free and open-source OBS studio not only is it great for recording your Green. It's also fantastic for streaming live content to twitch, Facebook, and many others it includes many useful features for high-quality recording or streaming unlike some of its competition. There are no time limits or forced watermarks there are many people that complain of lag while using it. To avoid any lagging or stuttering issues we personally would recommend that your computer have at least four gigabytes of RAM but eight gigabytes or more would be best to avoid having any problems. OBS studio is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.

5. Media Player:

Media Player
image source: VLC media player
The VLC media player is the absolute best for playing the audio or video files on your computer. It's the Swiss Army knife of media players who will play just about anything you throw at it. It's free and open-source has no spyware adware or any other crap. It's available for the three major platforms with mobile apps also available for both iOS and Android. 

6. Antivirus/Malware:

image source: Bitdefender
For security software, BitDefender Antivirus free for Windows and Mac OS is what we recommend for protecting your computer from viruses and malware. It's light on system resources with real-time threat detection and on-demand scanning with an anti-rootkit and anti-phishing utility built into the program for additional security.

Malwarebytes is great for those times you need to use another scanner. It's also available for both Windows and Mac and it will give you a 14-day free trial of the premium version with real-time protection. After the trial ends it reverts to the free edition that doesn't run in the background to interfere with your other antivirus software but you do still have access to the on-demand scanner could possibly find problems your other scanner might have missed.

7. Password Manager:

Image credit: Bitwarden
These days having a password manager is becoming a necessity Bitwarden is what we use it's free for personal use and quite frankly it's better than most of the others that cost money your passwords are fully encrypted and stored on the bit warden servers no one from the bit warden team can ever see or read your real data with its cloud syncing feature your passwords can be accessed anywhere from just about any device it's available on Windows Mac and Linux with mobile apps for Android and iOS and extensions available for most of the major browsers as most of you know we're huge fans of the free and open-source GIMP.


8. Image Editor:

Image Editor
Image credit: GIMP
This image editor is packed full of features to retouch or markup a photo and you can even use it to create a brand new image just like Photoshop. You have the ability to work with layers it includes advanced filters and effects. You can adjust the colors, do transformations and a whole lot more GIMP is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.


9. Vector Graphics Editor:

Image credit: Inkscape
If you're looking for an alternative to Adobe Illustrator the free and open-source vector graphics editor, Inkscape is what you'll want to use. It includes various tools for object creation and manipulation giving you the ability to make transformations and work with layers there's also file support for the SVG format making Inkscape. An excellent substitute for illustrator Inkscape is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. 


10. Video Editor:

Video Editor
Image credit: DaVinci Resolve
If you need a high-quality video editor for the low price of free. DaVinci Resolve is the best you can get with a ton of professional features it includes various trimming tools multitrack timeline editing, 4k UHD support with cool transitions and effects that you can use in your projects. Fusion VFX features are now also included to create motion graphics and film quality visual effects. It's available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux there are two versions available DaVinci Resolve 16 is completely free and includes more useful features than any other free video editing software. It's not a trial and there are no time limits or forced watermarks DaVinci Resolve Studio 16 will set you back around $300 with additional features for professionals. So if you're not working on your next big blockbuster film you'll find the free version of DaVinci Resolve will be all that you need.


11. 3D Computer Graphics Toolset:

Image credit: Blender

Now it's time for the bonus programs. First of which is a blender. It's a free and open-source 3d computer graphics toolset that's been used in the creation of video games, animated films, motion graphics, and a whole lot more. It includes a large set of tools for 3d modeling digital sculpting animation and has a basic video editor. Built-in to say that blender has a high learning curve would be an understatement thankfully tutorials are provided on their website to help you get familiar with it. Blender is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.

12. Virtualization Software:

Virtualization Software
Image credit: VirtualBox 
Next is VirtualBox it's free and open-source program lets you install and run other operating systems on your computer in a guest virtual machine. It's a great way to try out other operating systems. It's available to download on all the major operating systems. If you're installing VirtualBox on an older computer you may need to enable virtualization in your BIOS. Many users find it confusing to set up and just like many of the programs already mentioned.

We created a beginner's guide on this article to help you get it set up. Let us know in the comments the free programs you use that you think are great. If this article is useful for you please share it with others.

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