The 100 Most Popular Freeware Downloads

The 100 Most Popular Freeware Downloads

Free Software Popularity (Based on PC Prevalence Percent)

The popularity percentage displayed in the freeware popularity ranking below represents the percentage of all PCs (which ran the PC Pitstop diagnostics scans last month) that had the particular freeware title installed. The Rank value is just a numerical representation of where the particular software falls in the overall list.

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Do you use any of these applications? Any applications you are surprised didn’t make the list? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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31 thoughts on “The 100 Most Popular Freeware Downloads

  1. Some of the critics below are sure understandable. What I do not understand is that the "total commander" (previously wincommander) from ghisler.com does not appear in this list. Since roughly 20 years I use this program and it's the first thing to install on any PC I had. It's basically an extension of the old Norton Commander from DOS days, just much more powerfull. Actually I never use Windows Explorer, since this one is much handier, easier and more versatile/

  2. I find it more nauseating than surprising that commonly bundled toolbars and other PUPs are included in this list. It doesn't seem right that involuntarily or inadvertantly downloaded garbage is lumped in the same category as real freeware.

  3. Garth Sorenson ASK toolbar is the most annoying, intrusive, and unnecessary adware that I've encountered. Any download that tries to force this on me is very questionable and desperate, IMHO.

  4. Belarc Advisor is great, but once you get the info, delete it. I've been using Belarc for 15 years. It's essential for recovering keys for Windows and other programs, but it doesn't need to be a permanent installation.

  5. Here's my list of essential free software. CC Cleaner, REVO uninstaller, WinAmp, VLC media player, and all the Adobe downloads. That's it. Buy a decent anti-virus… I only use Kaspersky instead of the free anti-virus crapware. I know this site has to scratch the backs of reciprocal offerings, but I don't load up my computer with junk.

  6. I can’t find WinPatrol on the list, by your own contributor BillP. It worked so well for me for so long I couldn’t resist finally going for the paid upgrade. It’s worth many times the price. As for foistware like the search bars – I can’t see anyone taking them knowingly.

  7. This should be Most Prevalent, not popular!

    Definition: popular
    adj. Widely liked or appreciated
    American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

  8. hmm…I just went through the list again and your absolutely right Bob H….IE is not on that list! and PC Pitstop lists IE as the “SAFEST” browser out! what gives?

  9. I’m surprised that Libre Office didn’t make the list but Open Office did! I’ve been using Libre for some time now and for me it does everything I need it to do PLUS you don’t have a limit on how many computers you can have it on…unlike MS Office!

  10. BOGUS list, tools bars like ask etc are only on there because most people forget to unckeck it during an adobe update. who in their right mind would WANT all those tool bars etc?

  11. Two programs I use often, but did not find on your list are Freemake Video Downloader and Freemake Video Converter. I find them very efficient and extremely easy to use.

  12. I can’t believe no-one uses Internet Explorer, or did I miss it. I for one use it, and if I’m the only one, it should be in the statistics.

  13. Shameful to see so many toolbars near the top of the list and know that nearly all of them get installed without peoples knowledge or at least on the sly.
    One would think that the most favorite apps would be those for security like Malwarebytes, Avast FREE antivirus, SpywareBlaster and the likes…

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