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Top Free Software Download Sites

It's not always easy to find the perfect software that we really need and which would get the job done for us. This is where the software download websites come in handy. Let's look at a few sites which have made their mark on the internet with their huge collection of software and easy navigation options.

Download.com

Download.com is the mother of all software download websites. It's the oldest of its type and was established about 14 years ago. This site is owned by CNet, one of the biggest names in Technology News and Products reviews on the Internet. It has a huge repository of computer software for all platforms like Windows, Mac, and Linux as well as Mobile applications. They also cover web-based applications and services. The Software section includes over 100,000 freeware, shareware, and try-first downloads.

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FileHippo.com

FileHippo is one of my favorite freeware download website. It offers freeware as well as shareware. It also offers the FileHippo Update Checker, a small program that scans your computer for installed software from the FileHippo site and suggests available updates for it. Keeping computer software updated is an important step in keeping your computer secure. The FileHippo update checker helps you do that with ease.

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ZDNet Download

ZDNet's Software Directory is the Web's largest library of software downloads. Covering software for Windows, Mac, and Mobile systems, ZDNet's Software Directory is the best source for technical software. Over the last few years, they have gone through a number of upgrades and the sites is much better looking and has a better collection of software as compared to when we first listed it here. They list both Freeware and Shareware downloads.

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Softpedia.com

Softpedia is a Romanian website that indexes information and provides downloads for software. The site also indexes major technology, science, health, and entertainment news. Software categories are arranged hierarchically and are modeled after Windows filesystem paths, such as C: > Mobile Phone > Tools > Nokia. Users can sort by criteria such as the date of the last update, the number of downloads, or the rating. There are three viewing modes, normal, freeware, or shareware, which allows users to screen out certain types of software.

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Tucows.com

Tucows (originally an acronym for The Ultimate Collection Of Winsock Software, a name which has long since been dropped). It has a popular website directory of shareware, freeware, and demo software packages available to download. A system of mirror sites is maintained to allow the traffic to the site to be distributed among several worldwide server locations. Tucows has software for many major computer platforms including Windows, Linux and Macintosh, and also older versions of Windows (most notably the Windows 3.x series). They also cover web-based Apps and Services.

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