Free Laptop Software
The ultra competitive nature of the laptop software market has been a godsend for us penniless computer users for years now as software makers continue producing freeware or unlimited personal use software and utilities in the hope that users will eventually buy their product.
Now we all are aware of the multitude of software available from P2P clients, it couldn’t be much easier to get whatever you want for free, the legalities of this are more than questionable and files downloaded in this way can often carry unwanted results in the way of viruses or a 500Mb download that ends up being a dud or a fake, sometimes even being the opposite of what you were expecting.
We're going to cover what free utilities and software are available on the net which are rated as the best available for free. We'll run through some of the most downloaded, and more importantly useful ones around.
Ad-Aware by Lavasoft:
One of the most downloaded laptop software freebies on the net. A great utility, virtually idiot proof, easy update process and it does what it’s meant to do without ads or asking for money, brilliant. Last time I checked this program had been downloaded over 200 million times since its release.
Grab a copy of AdAware here.
Free Laptop Security Software / Anti-Virus
AVG Anti-Virus Free edition:
Here is another example of a great piece of software being given away for free from Grisoft and it’s not locked down, but is listed by Grisoft as having some limitations (see below), free updates and again it’s as idiot proof as it gets. Averaging over 150,000 downloads a week and about to tip over the 8 million downloads in total, this is a must for the tight pocket user.
AVG Free Edition has the following limitations:
- AVG Free Edition cannot be installed on server operating systems (such as Windows Server 2003), nor can it be used for the scanning of network drives.
- Scheduling options in the AVG Free Edition are very limited (only one scheduled update per day, one scheduled scan per day etc.).
- AVG Free Edition receives updates via a lower priority service. Priority updating via high-speed servers is only available for purchased products.
- AVG Free Edition does not offer advanced testing options, password-protected archives reporting, adjustment of scan process priority and many others.
- AVG Free Edition has no technical support!
Download a copy of AVG's anti-virus laptop software.
Here is a good one for keeping your system running well. Free laptop software that enables you to click once or twice to have your entire system scanned for junk and unwanted or unused
files and cleans them away.
This utility will also remove stubborn software and clean out your registry. Over 20 million downloads and counting, well done to CCleaner.com.
Get a copy of CCleaner here.
There's plenty of free laptop software on the net, we think these are the pick of the bunch. Without any outlay at all, you can have a well maintained protected machine.
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