The best software doesn’t always come with a price tag. There are plenty of free PC programs available online that can help improve the way you work and play. Additionally, you can also find programs that will help you solve problems you didn’t know you had, thus improving your computer’s overall performance.

In today’s post, we’re going to share a collection of what we believe are some of the best free PC software you can find online. Some of these apps might be familiar to you, but some may be altogether new. Once you’ve used them, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

Check them out!

Mozilla Firefox 26.0

Mozilla Firefox 26

Don’t like Microsoft’s Internet Explorer? It’s easy to switch to an alternative. Mozilla’s Firefox leads the charge – a fast, flexible web browser that includes tabbed browsing, smart privacy controls, built-in spelling check, and the ability to add a host of plugins to extend its already impressive functionality.

AdwCleaner 3.012

AdwCleaner 3

AdwCleaner is a user-friendly security tool allows you to eliminate all the adware on your PC within a matter of seconds by performing a quick scan. It detects and gets rid of any adware, PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program), Toolbars, and Hijacker apps. The best thing about this program is its interface and how easy it is to use. You don’t even have to install anything – simply double click on the app and start using it.

Without a doubt, AdwCleaner is a tool that considerably improves your PC’s security, as you will only have to download it and slide it on a USB drive to use it and get rid of any problem on your PC.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

What’s great about Google Chrome is that Google’s web browser has the Adobe Flash Player baked in as standard. Like Firefox, it features tabbed browsing, top-notch privacy controls, and the opportunity to install different extensions from the Chrome Web Store to boost its functionality.

If you have a Google account, signing into Chrome whenever you use it gives you the option to sync your activity and preferences across multiple devices. And the best thing is, Chrome is sleek, speedy, and stable!

Avira 2014

Avira 2014

A PC without antivirus software is like a house without walls. Anybody could get in and wreak havoc. The most popular antivirus products, such as McAfee and Norton require you to take out a yearly subscription. Before doing so, consider a free alternative like Avira 2014.

This antivirus software equips your computer with a layer of key defenses that automatically protects your PC from threats, eliminating harmful viruses and Trojans, blocking sneaky adware, busting spyware, and even warning you if you visit a website that could potentially infect your system. And yes, it’s completely free!

Free YouTube to MP3 Converter

Free YouTube to MP3 Converter

As the name implies, the Free YouTube to MP3 Converter takes any YouTube video and extracts the audio track from it, saving it as an MP3 file on your computer’s hard disk. This makes it ideal for grabbing your favorite songs from videos or stripping out the content from an interview, webinar or TED talk, so you can listen to it later on an MP3 player or smartphone.

CCleaner 4.09

CCleaner 4

If Avira 2014 helps you protect your PC from malicious viruses and unwanted installs, this program will help you get rid of anything that has already slipped through. With a simple and user-friendly interface, CCleaner can be set up to find unnecessary files and unused apps and, with your approval, delete them. This frees up space on your computer, cleans up your Registry, and lessens the load on your PC.

 Adobe Reader 11

Adobe Reader 11

If you frequently work with documents, you’re going to need to open and print PDFs. Adobe Reader 11 is the best way to do exactly that. Adobe created the PDF standard, so its Reader software is the most obvious choice for opening and viewing PDFs.

Adobe Reader 11 is more than just a reader. It PDFs have been created with interactive forms or require digital signatures, Reader lets you add information to them quickly and easily. It also supports annotations, allowing teams to discuss edits to PDF documents and mark them up with highlights and sticky notes.

Adobe Flash Player

Adobe Flash Player

If you want to get the best Web experience, view every website, play games in your browser, and watch videos in Firefox, you’re going to need this handy plugin – it’s an Internet essential!

Adobe Flash Player powers most Facebook games, YouTube, and an array of innovative, interactive sites. If you’re going to have a great time on the Web and experience its full potential, you definitely need Adobe Flash.

OpenOffice

OpenOffice

When it comes to business productivity, Microsoft Office is your most obvious choice. However, its price tag can put some people off. You might think that a free alternative couldn’t match Microsoft’s suite for functionality, but OpenOffice can prove you wrong.Instead of Word and Excel, there’s Writer and Calc. PowerPoint, too, has a free equivalent with Impress, which you can use for creating multimedia presentations. Of course, there’d be no point in singing OpenOffice’s praises if it wasn’t compatible with Microsoft Office document formats. It is, allowing you to save out OpenOffice files that can be opened by Office users and vice-versa.

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

Now, we come to a certain program that shames Windows Media Player’s lack of multimedia mastery. VLC Media Player might not look as pretty, but it can play any video or audio format that you care to throw at it, be it DivX, H.264, Cinepak, Real Video, MP3, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, and many more besides. And the best thing is, you don’t need to download extra codecs!

With loads of settings to optimize playback, tweak sound quality, and set up multi-video playlists, it’s the ultimate media player. Every PC should have one.