Current Versions of My Favorite Free Software

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Usually, once in three months I update all the free software on my computer. This process is necessary because the software authors try to keep up with efficiency and security solutions, as well as implement new features. So in order to benefit from all their work, I need to keep up with them.

Some software creators push out updates more often than others. Before starting with the updates, I check the versions I have installed on my computer via Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Uninstall a program.

Not all programs listed there is freeware that needs to be updated. In my case, of the 126 installed programs, I manually update only 30. The rest are either updated by the operating system, get updated automatically by the programs themselves, or are abandoned by their creators, so no new versions are expected.

However, in many cases, the only reason I need to manually update my software is because I disabled the automatic update function in software that I rarely use. I do this, for example, with Piriform’s tools — Ccleaner, Defraggler, Recuva, and Speccy. Otherwise almost all programs would be able to update themselves by checking their authors’ websites.

Below is a partial list of my favorite free software that I use and that help me greatly every day.

The tables include the following information: the software’s icon, name, and current version; its download link(s); whether the software is free, open source, and portable; whether it can update itself automatically or it is necessary to update it manually.

Browsers

Icon Name and Version Download Software Attributes Updates
chrome-icon-32 Google Chrome 41 official,
portable
free, portable automatic
internet-explorer-icon-32 Internet Explorer 11 official free automatic
firefox-icon-32 Mozilla Firefox 37 official,
portable
free, open source, portable automatic
opera-icon-32 Opera 28 official,
portable
free, portable automatic
safari-icon-32 Safari 5 official free manual

Computer Performance Tools

Icon Name and Version Download Software Attributes Updates
ccleaner-icon-32 Ccleaner 5.04 official,
portable
free automatic
defraggler-icon-32 Defraggler 2.19 official,
portable
free automatic
recuva-icon-32 Recuva 1.51 official,
portable
free automatic
speccy-icon-32 Speccy 1.28 official,
portable
free automatic

Productivity Tools

Icon Name and Version Download Software Attributes Updates
7zip-icon-32 7-Zip 9.20 official,
portable
free, open source, portable manual
libreoffice-icon-32 LibreOffice 4.4.1 official,
portable
free, open source, portable manual
thunderbird-icon-32 Mozilla Thunderbird 31 official,
portable
free, open source, portable automatic
multicommander-icon-32 MultiCommander 5.1 official and portable free, portable automatic
notepadplusplus-icon-32 Notepad++ 6.7.5 official and portable free, open source, portable manual
openoffice-icon-32 OpenOffice 4.1.1 official free, open source manual
sumatra-pdf-icon-32 Sumatra PDF 3 official and portable free, open source, portable automatic

Security Tools

Icon Name and Version Download Software Attributes Updates
avg-icon-32 AVG official free automatic
keepass-icon-32 KeePass Password Safe 1.29 and 2.28 official and portable free, open source, portable manual
gpg4win-icon-32 GPG4Win 2.2.4 official free, open source manual
malwarebytes-icon-32 Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, Anti-Malware, Anti-Rootkit official free automatic
microsoft-security-essentials-icon-32 Microsoft Security Essentials official free automatic

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