Freeware for Windows and Mac

Why make a purchase when you can have something better for free?

My Dad always told me that you have to pay for quality, but with the Internet today, I am just not sure about that. With more individuals sharing their Intellectual Property on the web, and the Creative Commons rights only in the beginning steps, the net has become an enormous library of free software that keeps being updated and improved.

A friend of mine, Bonnie, sent me a great list of Windows freeware from the Designcreatology Blog, that you may browse through easily (here). You may find Internet browsers, music players, security tools, TV tuners and more. Some examples are:

  • is a multi-platform and multilingual office suite that is open source for your needs.
  • AVG that was created by Grisoft, is a free antivirus software for Windows and Linux, which is competing with Norton and McAfee.
  • Comodo is free firewall software, which grants a complete solution that is easy to manage. It has an effective barrier that keeps hackers out and personal information in.

Another friend, Maya Elhalal, has created Betamarker, a one stop shop to share and track newly released freeware and shareware for Windows and Mac. At this site, the software is updated almost constantly and may be browsed through by title or category. In addition, there is a community that ranks the different software and uploads additional ones.

What freeware and shareware do you use?

Picture by: Devirto

7 thoughts on “Freeware for Windows and Mac

  1. Tal Siach.

    Hi Shyguy!
    I definitely should check out this Avast Antivirus, since you are the second to comment so. I have tried Kerio and must agree that it is a great Firewall.

  2. shyguy_2004.

    Nice sites for freeware. It’s always nice to find useful programs for free. Like Neece said, I would also recommend Avast Antivirus. I used it for a while, and it worked pretty well. I can’t compare it to AVG since I haven’t used that one before, but Avast worked well. As far as free firewalls, like Comodo, I would also recommend the Sunbelt Kerio Firewall. Besides being a good firewall, I liked that it had where you could see what programs were connecting to the Internet and what percentage of your connection they were using.

  3. Tal Siach Post author.

    @Neece: it’s great hearing from you again! Thanks for sharing Avast with us. I must say that I’m not familiar with it, although I promise to give it a try! You definitely convinced me 🙂 I agree that nowadays we can get useful free security tools that are sometimes better then the commercial ones.

    @Bruce: I’m really glad to hear that you liked the post, thank you for the feedback. Good luck with your new search engine service, I’m sure it will help many find free apps.

    @Zichi: Thanks for the compliment. Since I’m not a Mac user, I’m not familiar with those software titles, but I will take your word for it that it’s useful. As a Mac user, you have the privilege of not needing to worry about security issues all the time. I guess that’s an advantage of the Mac 😉

  4. zichi.

    Good page, I’m a dedicated follower of fashion, for my mac I use NeoOffice, Gimp, Abiword, JetPhoto Studio,Onyx, the most used is Text Wrangler. Don’t need Firewall or Anti Virus, no one can get into my mac, not even Steve Jobs.

  5. Bruce Judson.

    Great Post! You and your readers may want to check out our new service at

    Last week we released this new search engine, “Search Free Apps” that includes over 500 hand-picked high value services that are available FREE on the Web. You can checj it out at

    We agree. Why pay, when it’s available free!

    The Wall Street Journal online and the Alternative Search Engines blog both profiled the new service.

  6. Neece.

    I recommend Avast for antivirus as well. It’s also free for personal use and I like it better than AVG, which is also great. I think Avast is a bit nicer to use and is fully compatible with Vista, whereas I had some compatibility issues with AVG. Both are WAY better than the commercial stuff out there.
    Thanks for telling us about Betamarker. I just signed up! 🙂


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