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  1. W10Privacy icon

    The by default highly questionable set options concerning privacy and data protection in Windows 10 brought me to the idea for the development of this little program. Microsoft generously enables everybody to change the concerning settings, but hides them in countless menus...

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    W10Privacy screenshot 1
  2. Bulk Crap Uninstaller icon

    Bulk Crap Uninstaller (in short BCUninstaller or BCU) is a free (as in speech and beer) bulk program uninstaller with advanced automation. It excels at removing large amounts of applications with minimal to no user input, while requiring next to no technical knowledge.

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    Bulk Crap Uninstaller screenshot 1
  3. ThrottleStop icon

    ThrottleStop is a small application designed to monitor for and correct the three main types of CPU throttling that are being used on many laptop computers.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
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    ThrottleStop screenshot 1
  4. BatteryCare icon

    [Opencandy installer. Be careful or choose the portable version: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/ ]

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    BatteryCare screenshot 1
  5. LightBulb icon

    LightBulb is an application that reduces eye strain produced by staring at a computer screen when working late hours. As the day goes on, it continuously adjusts gamma, transitioning the display color temperature from cold blue in the afternoon to warm yellow during the night.

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    LightBulb screenshot 1
  6. ShareX icon

    ShareX is a free and open source program that lets you capture or record any area of your screen and share it with a single press of a key. It also allows uploading images, text or other types of files to many supported destinations you can choose from.

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    Main window
  7. NAPS2 icon

    NAPS2 is a document scanning application with a focus on simplicity and ease of use.

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    NAPS2 screenshot 1
  8. Volume2 icon

    Volume2 is an advanced Windows audio mixer, a complete replacement for the standard Volume Control. This application lets you easily change the sound volume just by rotating the mouse wheel or by using keyboard hot keys or just mouse move on screen border.

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    Volume2 screenshot 1
  9. Synthesizer V icon

    Synthesizer V is a vocal synthesizer developed by Kanru Hua, aiming for "artistic perfection of artificial voices".

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
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    Synthesizer V screenshot 1
  10. Balabolka icon

    Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file. The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, ODT...

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    Balabolka screenshot 1
  11. VeraCrypt icon

    VeraCrypt is a free and libre source (open source) disk encryption software brought to you by https://www.idrix.fr

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    Langage
  12. QTTabBar icon

    QTTabBar is an extension for Windows Explorer that brings tabbed browsing to Microsoft's file browser. It comes with a number of nifty features including a favorites function for launching folders and applications, groupings of folders that can be opened together, tooltip...

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    Tabbed Explorer
  13. T-Clock Redux icon

    T-Clock Redux in an enhanced fork of Stoic Joker's T-Clock 2010 with ISO week number support, bug fixes and the ability to use Windows default calendar and ToolTip.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
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    T-Clock Redux screenshot 1
  14. 7+ Taskbar Tweaker icon

    Customize the Windows taskbar with dozens of exclusive options.

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    7+ Taskbar Tweaker screenshot 1
  15. Mozilla Firefox icon

    A free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite. Firefox is highly extensible, with thousands of third-party add-ons available.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Flatpak
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Gecko
    • ...
    Landing page
  16. Tor Browser icon

    The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning...

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • OpenBSD
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    Tor Browser screenshot 1
  17. Riseup icon

    Riseup is an organization which provides online communication tools for people and groups working on liberatory social change. To create democratic alternatives & practice self-determination by controlling our own secure means of communications.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Tor
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    Riseup screenshot 1
  18. Psiphon icon

    At Psiphon we are committed to an open and accessible Internet. Psiphon Open Source is a stand-alone version of Psiphon software available for free download to anyone. Run your own server, invite your friends, build a community, provide free and unfiltered Internet access to the...

    • VPN Service
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
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    Psiphon screenshot 1
  19. LibreOffice icon

    LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite that is compatible with other major office suites, and is available on all operating systems. It is an independently-developed version of the OpenOffice.org suite.

    • Office Suite
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • BSD
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
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    LibreOffice Writer on Linux
  20. Notepad++ icon

    Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.

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    Notepad++ screenshot 1
  21. SumatraPDF icon

    Sumatra PDF is a free PDF, eBook (ePub, Mobi), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) viewer for Windows.

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    SumatraPDF screenshot 1
  22. Signal icon

    Signal is a messaging app with an unexpected focus on privacy, combined with all the features expected from a modern IM app. Signal has received a lot of praise from all around the world for its security and privacy-respecting technologies.

    • Instant Messenger
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • Ubuntu
    • Debian
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    Signal screenshot 1
  23. Cryptee icon

    Cryptee is a safety and privacy focused, encrypted and cross-platform personal data storage service. You can write personal documents, notes, journals, store photos and all sorts of other files.

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    Cryptee Photo Gallery / Albums
  24. qBittorrent icon

    Torrents are one of the best methods out there for distributing files over the Internet, both legit and legal content as well as some not-so-legal and a bit shady "stuff."

    • Torrent Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • ...
    qBittorrent screenshot 1
  25. KeePass icon

    KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file.

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    Entry Templates Plugin
  26. OpalCalc icon

    OpalCalc is a brand new type of calculator for the PC. As easy to use as Notepad or a word processor, OpalCalc allows natural language in the sum and multi-line support so you can go back and adjust your previous calculations on the fly.

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    Simple usage
  27. BleachBit icon

    BleachBit deletes unnecessary files to free valuable disk space, maintain privacy, and remove junk.

    • System Cleaner
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Blackberry
    • PortableApps.com
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    BleachBit 1.9.3 on Windows 10 showing Firefox preview
  28. Syncthing icon

    Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored.

    • File Sync Tool
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • Cloudron
    • ...
    Syncthing screenshot 1
  29. GoodSync icon

    GoodSync syncs files between your computer, mobile devices, FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, Google Drive, OneDrive, WebDAV, Azure.

    • File Sync Tool
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
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    GoodSync screenshot 1
  30. calibre icon

    Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application made by users, for users. Many languages, designed around the concept of the logical book, i.e., a single entry in your library that may correspond to actual e-book files in several formats.

    • Ebook Reader
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Homebrew
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    calibre screenshot 1
  31. Advanced Renamer icon

    Batch rename files and folders in a snap. Perfect for any kind of file renaming including music and photo files. Preview your files before renaming and undo erroneous renaming jobs.

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    Basic layout (dark mode)
  32. 7-Zip icon

    File archiver with a high compression ratio.

    • File Archiver
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • ReactOS
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    Main Window
  33. CrystalDiskMark icon

    CrystalDiskMark is a small HDD benchmark utility for your hard drive that enable you to rapidly measure sequential and random read/write speeds.

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    CrystalDiskMark screenshot 1
  34. WinDirStat icon

    WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool, inspired by KDirStat .

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    Folder sorted after their foldersize
  35. WinCDEmu icon

    WinCDEmu is an open-source CD/DVD/BD emulator - a tool that allows you to mount optical disc images by simply clicking on them in Windows Explorer. If you have downloaded an ISO image and want to use it without burning it to a blank disc, WinCDEmu is the easiest way to do it.

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    WinCDEmu screenshot 1
  36. PotPlayer icon

    PotPlayer is a cool application that aims to offer users a simple and effective way of either listening or viewing their favorite media content. You get a clean interface and many options to adjust your experience based on your needs.

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    Main Window. Desktop UI, playing YouTube video.
  37. VLC Media Player icon

    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

    • Media Player
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Apple Watch
    • Snapcraft
    • Google Chrome
    • Apple TV
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • F-Droid
    • Kindle Fire
    • Haiku
    • Android TV
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • ...
    VLC Media Player screenshot 1
  38. Subtitle Edit icon

    Creating and editing subtitles.

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    Main window
  39. VirtualDJ icon

    With effects, samples, and transitions that rival vinyl turntablisms, Virtual DJ lets anyone produce polished MP3 mixes.

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    VirtualDJ screenshot 1
  40. AIMP icon

    AIMP is a powerful free audio player that supports for local files, NAS, clouds, and podcasts. Additionally, it includes powerful tools to operate with audio files.

    • Audio Player
    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Android
    • PortableApps.com
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    AIMP screenshot 1
  41. Audacity icon

    Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. Audacity is free, open source software.

    • Audio Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • AppImageHub
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • LAME
    • ...
    Editing Audio
  42. MediaInfo icon

    MediaInfo supplies technical and tag information about a video or audio file. Supports many audio and video formats, with different methods of viewing information.

    • Metadata Viewer
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    • Flatpak
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • AWS Lambda
    • Online
    • ...
    MediaInfo screenshot 1
  43. BeatDrop icon

    BeatDrop Music Visualizer is a stand-alone implementation of the amazing Milkdrop2 Winamp plug-in. It lets you experience the stunning visual 2D effects with your music player of choice. No additional configuration steps needed! Just start BeatDrop and play your music.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
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    BeatDrop screenshot 1
  44. OBS Studio icon

    OBS Studio (also known as Open Broadcaster Software, or OBS) is a screen-casting and live-streaming software available across multiple platforms including macOS, Windows and Linux. Boasting features typically only found in commercial screen recording apps, OBS also provides one...

    • Screen Recorder
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Steam
    • FreeBSD
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • ...
    OBS Studio screenshot 1
  45. MKVToolnix icon

    MKVToolnix is a set of tools to create, alter and inspect Matroska files under Linux, other Unices and Windows. They do for Matroska what the OGMtools do for the OGM format and then some. The latest builds now have the ability to create WebM compliant Files.

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    MKVToolnix screenshot 1
  46. Icaros icon

    Icaros is a collection of lightweight, high quality, Windows Shell Extensions, which is capable of providing Windows Explorer thumbnails for essentially any video media filetype.

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    Icaros screenshot 1
  47. JPEGView icon

    JPEGView is a lean, fast and highly configurable viewer/editor for JPEG, BMP, PNG, WEBP, TGA, GIF, TIFF, HEIC, JXL, and AVIF images with a minimal GUI. Basic on-the-fly image processing is provided - allowing adjusting typical parameters as sharpness, color balance, rotation...

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    Very simple. Only a title bar other than the picture.
  48. nomacs icon

    nomacs is a free, open source image viewer, which supports multiple platforms. You can use it for viewing all common image formats including RAW and psd images.

    • Image Viewer
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • FreeBSD
    • Flathub
    • ...
    nomacs screenshot 1

This list was created by aya Apr 19, 2019 and was last updated Jan 19, 2020. The list has 48 apps.

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