My favorite download site, by a substantial margin, is CNET’s Download.com. 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 Download.com, 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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