Free Software – July 2009 Update

In the third official edition of the PC Pitstop Free Software Report I wanted to respond to request made by several readers in their comments; more 64 bit compatible freeware. Well let me start off by saying that that will definitely be a hefty task considering the fact that finding true quality free software for the 64 bit system is extremely difficult. However 64 bit compatible freeware is definitely out there, and if you guys have some favorites you are currently using feel free to suggest them because PC Pitstop, as well as the other readers, definitely value your opinions.

Although we have made some additions to the list, I would like to inform you guys that a few of the titles we had previously listed actually have 64 bit downloads. For instance, Comodo Firewall is compatible with Windows Vista 64 bit Operating Systems. Also, both Gimp and Paint.Net are compatible with Windows XP and Vista 64 bit Operating Systems. Over the remaining months of 2009 expect to see new versions of several of your favorite programs released with 64 bit capabilities, as developers like Mozilla have already released beta versions of Firefox and Thunderbird.

Okay, now here are the changes between this and the last one. This go around we were only able to find eleven freeware titles worthy of being added to the Worlds best free Software list, and eight were added mainly for their 64 bit compatibility. Compared to our first release the second list received minimum criticism, so we did not feel the need to remove any titles at this time. Unfortunately a lot of the titles being added have extremely low prevalence amongst our users, so this list is sort of like an experiment to find out why prevalence should either increase, or remain the same.

Check-out the new additions to the list followed by the updated rankings for all our free software below:

+ jk Defrag (64 bit)
+ Free Registry Defrag (64 bit)
+ LastPass FREE (64 bit)
+ ESET SysInspector (64 bit)
+ Comodo System Cleaner (64 bit)
+ ProgDVB (64 bit)
+ cutepdf writer (64 bit)
+ Windows malicious software removal tool (64 bit)
+ Recuva
+ Glary Utilities
+ Peerguardian 2

See how your favorite did below!

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13 thoughts on “Free Software – July 2009 Update

  1. These r the ones I’ve downloaded :
    GIMP
    Paint.net
    OpenOffice
    Glary Utilities
    Windows malicious software removal tool

    LOVE THEM ALL !!!

  2. Thanks Robert, I’ll check it out. Since my first comment, I’ve pre-ordered Win 7 and I believe there’s a disk imaging tool on that so I’ll make use of that when I get it.

  3. Chen,

    I used XXClone. Did a pretty good job. Only problem was when trying to use the clone drive, I lost some icons, but the programs worked fine. When I looked at the shortcut properties, I saw that the icons were located in the windowsinstaller folder, which didn’t get copied by XXClone for some reason. I manually copied the whole folder (which contained a ton of subfolders) and my icons all came back.

  4. HEY ,I KNOW I’M STUPID,BUT WHEN THE PERSONAL INTIVIRUS CAME FROM MICROSOFT WINDOWS AS A FREE DOWNLOAD,I COULDN’T HELP MYSELF.WHEN I DOUNLOADE MALWARE BYTES TO GET RID OF IT ,I LOST PART OF MY STUFF AND NOW UNABLE TO DOWNLOAD ANYTHING.MY TOOLBAR HAS HARDLY NOTHING ON IT SO I HAVE TROUBLE CLEARING HISTORY.I HAVE TRIED TO DOWNLOAD ANY TOOLBAR AND MY COMPUTER WON’T ALLOW.ANY SUGGESTIONS ?

  5. I’m using Avira Antivir, and love it; no problems. Consumers Peports ranked it tops in anti-virus clients earlier this year, yet no one seems to know about it!

    I’ve been using Comodo Firewall, and its pop-ups pester me to death! It never seems to learn!

  6. I have to agree with Cheri. I use both Microsoft and Apple and can sync from the Windows computer to the OS-X drives. Even easier when running Parallels on the OS-X. I’ve found this one of the most useful programs available and have been using it for years.

  7. Thanks for the great updated list. I wondered if anyone knows of any good free software to backup/image your PC, such as Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image?

  8. Do you have any plans to have a run-off test between multiple versions of software names, all of which seem to have the same objective, eg “Anti-malware”?

  9. Hi,

    How are the rankings of the Top Free Software decided ? I have been using Avira AntiVir for a few years now & it has worked brilliantly. But it gets a rather low ranking.

    Regds,

    Bosco

  10. I absolutely LOVE MicroSoft’s SyncToy! Use it every day to synchronise my two external hdd’s. Brilliant – and a freebie from Microsoft!

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