Free Software Download Sites

Free software is computer software that is free for download, as opposed to paid, proprietary (commercial) software. The Free Software Foundation defines free software as "free and open source software, which can be used, modified and shared without limitations." Free software includes the Linux kernel, BSD operating system, the GNU Compiler Collection & C library, the MySQL relational database software as well as the Sendmail mail transport agent, and the Blender 3D computer graphic software.

It's important to note that it is illegal to download paid software for free without buying it first, which is called piracy. It deprives the developer of revenue and can cause the software to fail or cease to be supported in the future. Downloading pirated software from non-official sources can also cause malware and virus infections.

TechSpot Downloads is updated every day with dozens of new programs in categories that range from productivity to communication to gaming and security. It also includes a guide which helps users avoid potentially harmful downloads and discover alternative options.

FileHippo is another well-known website that hosts a variety of current programs categorized into categories like Windows and Mac software, Android apps, and web apps. The pages for each app has concise, informative descriptions written by actual users. This will give you a better understanding of the app's features and benefits prior to installing it.

The downside is that FileHippo will sometimes prompt you to install a different program prior to the one you're interested in however it's clearly marked and easy to avoid, and doesn't offer shady software. It also has an extensive archive of older versions of numerous programs. This is a great option if you're looking to upgrade older software or are worried about stability issues when using the latest version.

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