To my family I’m known as a penny pincher and all-around cheapskate. They mean this in the very best possible way since I love saving money and getting deals or discounts no matter where they come from. One of my favorite ways to save money is in computer games and software. Over the years I have found a ton of freeware that is widely available, safe, and structurally sound. These programs range from games and media to malware protection and computer service upgrades. Here are some of the best freeware I use that you may want to take advantage of while you can.
Avast Antivirus 2014
I’ve never been a big fan of Windows Defender or the often free Mcafee trials that come with the majority of computers sold in stores these days. These programs often did little to help protect my computer and after having two destroyed by malware plus viruses I decided to try something else. I have been overall very impressed by the security offered by the Avast system. They offer some great protection in the form of an advanced firewall, an updating database of insecure sites and malware software, and has built in blockers for analytical and social trackers. Although usually the scan comes up with nothing it is a great relief when it catches something that would have normally gone unnoticed.
For me, it’s almost impossible to stay on top of cleaning up my PC, defragging, and keeping all the normal operations up to date. CCleaner is a great registry and junk cleaner that takes the stress out of keeping my PC optimized for the best use that I can possible have. Unlike many other free cleaner programs, I found that the ads and up-sell options are kept at a minimum and bundling with other free programs is completely optional. The bad thing with all registry cleaners is that it could delete things that it thought was junk but actually was important. I’ve never had a problem with this issue but just in case I still make a restore point or backup before each monthly use.
YTD Video Downloader
I’m a hardcore supporter of the YouTube video platform and can spend hours a day online cruising the channels and watching things that interest me. Sometimes I even find a video that I would like to keep such as recipes, game tutorials, and important news. The YTD Downloader lets you download and keep these videos right on your computer for free. Not only can you download videos but it also comes with a free video converter that allows you to change your videos to fit whatever platform you need it for. The one that I use most often is the video to MP3 function for audiobooks, and so far it hasn’t let me down. The only drawback of this download is the bundled software they add but you have the option to decline upon installation.
Gone are the days when Internet Explorer was the king of the web and everyone was forced to use their browser. I have seen other browsers have several problems with functionality, speed, and protection failures. For this reason I chose to switch to Mozilla Firefox and I will never use anything else again. Mozilla, now on their 29th release, has amazing speed, compatibility, and functionality that other browsers have yet to match. The great thing about Firefox is the option for add-ons that let you customize security, appearance such as skins or themes, and the way your layout looks on the screen. I have been using this browser for years and I’m glad I switched.
By now you have probably heard about the wildly popular sandbox style game Minecraft. If you are from an older generation, imagine that this game is like an infinite set of Legos and you are the creator in a world where you can do or build anything you want. The games graphics aren’t the latest in technology but the open play and widely different game modes and experiences will have you coming back for more. For a free limited version of a game you can’t get anything better than the Minecraft download.
These are all great free downloads of software that I have tried and tested to be true. If you need an antivirus or even just a free game to play try any of the above for a quality product that won’t disappoint. Enjoy!
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