Checkout the Top 15 Hot Downloads

imageMy favorite download site, by a substantial margin, is CNET’s I trust the programs I download from this site to be free from adware, spyware, and the multitude of other malware that floats freely on the Internet.

Since CNET adheres to a strict policy of offering untainted downloads, regular readers of Tech Thoughts are aware, that when I review an application, if the program is available for download at, I direct interested readers there.

If you’ve ever wondered what applications make it to the top of CNET’s vast repository of software, then take a look at the top 15 downloads for the week ending March 6, 2010, listed in terms of popularity.

Here’s a look at what’s hot:

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition – Protect your computer from viruses and malicious programs.

Avast Free Antivirus – Protect your PC against the latest viruses and spyware.

Advanced SystemCare Free – Protect, repair, optimize, and clean your computer in one click.

Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware – Protect your personal home computer from malware attacks.

Avira AntiVir Personal – Free Antivirus – Detect and eliminate viruses, get free protection for home users.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – Detect and quickly remove malicious threats to your computer.

YouTube Downloader – Download YouTube videos and convert them to various formats.

WinRAR (32-bit) – Take full control over RAR and ZIP archives, along with unpacking a dozen other archive formats.

LimeWire – Share files online.

FreeZ Online TV – Receive over 500 free online channels of daily and live broadcasts from around the world.

Orbit Downloader – Download videos and music in one click.

TeamViewer – Share your desktop with another person via the Web.

Camfrog Video Chat – Join live-video chat rooms from around the world.

Foxit Reader – View, print, and convert your PDF files.

Glary Utilities – Fix, speed up, maintain, and protect your PC.

As I’ve said here in the past, an application’s popularity is not always indicative of its strength, but I’ve tested the majority of these programs, at one time or another, and found them to be every bit as good as advertised. They belong on this list.

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6 responses to “Checkout the Top 15 Hot Downloads

  1. Liam O' Moulain

    Hi Bill,

    Great list! Will take a look at some of these – thanks.


    • Bill Mullins

      There’s some good stuff on that list Liam. I’m sure you’ll find a few you’ll like.


  2. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    I have to disagree with one item on that list. Recently, my Avira antivirus decided to stop working, no matter what I did, it just couldn’t be fixed. I downloaded AVG, and while it might be a reasonable AV, it also installed addons into Firefox without my consent, changed my homepage, etc. Plus it took forever to install and uninstall.

    I’m trying out ESET Nod 32 right now, and I think it’s that good, I might do something rare and buy it.

    Just my two cents worth.


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Mal,

      You know your stuff, so I always value your opinion. Didn’t know that about AVG, although personally – I think it sucks as an AV. That’s the popularity thing I was talking about – not always been indicative of an apps strength/weakness.

      Wouldn’t mind hearing about your experience with Nod 32, after you’ve had a chance to check it out.

      Have a great Sunday.



  3. azziz

    well here is a good list so that one can start to build a new pc. WOW adobe pds reader is not on the top list, also ccleaner. but glary is here and thats nice.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Azziz,

      Yeah, I was a little surprised too with CCleaner not being on the list.