Freewares are free softwares that can be downloaded and used for free of charge. You don’t have to purchase any license or pay anything to use them. Some of the freewares are open source softwares in which their code is available online for your use. There are huge number of websites on the internet that offer freewares but there are only handful number of sites that are safe and reliable, because if you download free softwares from an un-trusted and unreliable website then your computer may get infected with some kind of malware or virus. So proper care must be taken when you download anything from internet, especially softwares as they can be infected as malicious code may be injected in them.
So here in this post I will list down some trustworthy and reliable websites from where you can safely download free softwares or freewares for your PC and Laptop without any risk of malware.
Top 5 Safe Websites to Download Freewares
Here are the top 5 websites from where you can download various free softwares, tools and utilities etc. for your PC and Laptop without having any risk of malware or other malicious codes.
FileHippo is one of the most popular websites for downloading free softwares. It is a relative old but reliable website that has a huge database of various freewares. From Filehippo you can download softwares for Windows and Mac OS. There are also some sharewares or trial versions of softwares available that you can try, and if you like it then later you can purchase a paid license for it from the software manufacturer. The various softwares on filehippo are categorized as: browsers, anti-malware, system tuning, photo/image, file sharing, file security, compression, multimedia, messaging, office / news, networking, desktop, file transfer, developer, drivers, cd / dvd.
A similar looking site like filehippo.com. FileHorse has a better user interface (UI) than filehippo by having big icons and a brief software list is displayed for each software categories on the front page itself. From FileHorse you can download freewares for both Windows and Mac OS. There are also shareware of trial version softwares available that you can try. Various software categories include: browsers and plugins, anti-spyware, mp3 and audio, messaging and chat, anti-virus, video software, file sharing, firewalls and security, cd, dvd and blu-ray, file transfer and networking, cleaning and tweaking, desktop enhancements, office and business tools, compression and backup, imaging and digital photo, developer tools, benchmarking, drivers and phones.
Another very popular and big site for downloading free softwares. Here you can download softwares for Windows, Mac and Linux, iOS, Andorid and Windows Phone Operating systems. From Softpedia you can also download Games and Webscripts (plugins, framework etc.).
Great site that contains tons of freewares and sharewares. At SnapFiles softwares are only available for Windows Operating System. There is also a section of Portable Apps from where you can download portable softwares or applications for free.
Earlier it was known as download.com which was a very popular site for downloading free softwares It was later on purchased by CNET. You can download softwares for Windows, Mac, iO and android operating system. The user interface (UI) of the site is not that good and a bit confusing sometimes.