FAVORITE FREEWARE (ALMOST ALL FOR WINDOWS 7)
THE FOLLOWING  LINKS MAY NOT WORK PROPERLY ON WINDOWS 10. I REFUSE TO MIGRATE TO WINDOWS 10.

    URL LINKS ARE UNDERLINED. THOSE THAT I CURRENTLY USE A LOT ARE IN RED.  FOR APPS THAT YOU GOOGLE OR DUCKDUCKGO BE CAREFUL
ABOUT THE LISTINGS - SOME OF THEM DO NOT PROVIDE CLEAN DOWNLOADS WITHOUT ALSO DOWNLOADING AND PROBABLY INSTALLING OTHER 
APPS (PROBABLY NEFARIOUS). SADLY DOWNLOADING FREEWARE HAS BECOME MUCH TRICKIER OF LATE.

 
DOWNLOAD SITES:
CNET DOWNLOADS (SADLY NOT AS GOOD AS IT USED TO BE)

 
SOURCEFORGE 

 
PCWORLD SOFTWARE

WARNING:
    FREEWARE OFTEN ADDS SPYWARE OR OTHER MALWARE, MANY OF WHICH MAKE THE CORRECT DOWNLOAD ICON
DIFFICULT TO FIND SO THAT YOU CAN EASILY INSTALL MALWARE UNINTENTIONALLY. THE EASIEST WAY TO TEST THE LATTER IS TO USE
REVO UNINSTALLER TO IDENTIFY AND UN-INSTALL THEM. TO REDUCE THE CHANCES THAT THIS HAPPENS NEVER SELECT "EXPRESS" OR SIMILAR
INSTALLATION OPTIONS - THIS WILL USUALLY AUTOMATICALLY INSTALL APPS THAT YOU ALMOST CERTAINLY DO NOT WANT.  INSTEAD ALWAYS
SELECT THE 'EXPERT' (OR SIMILAR) OPTION FOR DOWNLOAD, THEN  CHECK  'UNWANTED' OR 'DECLINE' OR 'SKIP' FOR EACH PAGE OF THE
INSTALLATION PROCESS. NOTE THAT THE 'DECLINE' OR SIMILAR BUTTON IS OFTEN IN A GRAY COLOR TO GIVE THE ILLUSION THAT IT IS INACTIVE.
NEVER CLICK ON THE 'NEXT' OR SIMILAR ICON BEFORE CHECKING ON ANY OTHER ICON THAT MAY INSTALL AN UNWANTED APP OR TOOLBAR.

   SOMETIMES FREEWARE IS FREE ONLY FOR A LIMITED TIME. THUS IF YOU LIKE A PROGRAM THEN I RECOMMEND THAT YOU SAVE
THE EXECUTABLE FILE ASAP BEFORE IT BECOMES NO LONGER FREE. HOWEVER, BE AWARE THAT FREEWARE CAN SOMETIMES MORPH
INTO SOMETHING MORE SINISTER THAN SIMPLE PAYWARE - PROGRAMS THAT TRACK YOU AS MUCH AS, OR MORE THAN, GOOGLE DOES.
FOR EXAMPLE THE FREEWARE APP BURN4FREE NOW RECORDS YOUR ACTIVITY AND (PRESUMABLY) SELLS IT TO OTHERS, A LA GOOGLE.
I NO LONGER PROVIDE A LINK TO BURN4FREE.

   ALSO BEWARE THAT SINCE THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED SOME OF THE LINKS MAY HAVE BECOME 'INDIRECT" AND BE CONTAMINATED BY IRRELEVANT
(AND PROABLY NEFARIOUS) FREEWARE LINKS.

   AFTER INSTALLING FREEWARE BE SURE TO:RUN  REVO UNINSTALLER AND INSPECT THE LIST FOR SUSPICIOUS PROGRAMS FOR REMOVAL.
TOOLBARS ARE THE MOST FREQUENT CULPRITS. ALSO RUN ALL THE ANTI-MALWARE APPS LISTED UNDER THE SECURITY LINK BELOW.