Best free and paid programs and services for Windows 10

Hello folks! Here's a list of my favorite programs and services for Windows 10. :) Last updated 11/1/2021.


7zip file archiver: Extract .zip, .rar and all sorts of compressed files.

Adobe Reader: Free PDF reader. Sign PDFs. :)

Chrome: Easy to use, fast web browser. Warning! Does not encrypt your login data. Your passwords can be seen in plain text by going to Settings > Autofill > Passwords and click on the eye / "show password" button. If you'd like to encrypt your login data, consider using Firefox with a master password instead.

Firefox: Advanced open source web browser. You can use a master password to encrypt all your logins and passwords (unlike Chrome).

Gimp: Image editor like Adobe Photoshop. Free draw, resize images, color effects.

InfraRecorder: CD/DVD burner

Irfanview: Simple image viewer. Easily crop images. Great image batch processor.

iTunes: Music player. Get the "Desktop" version not the "app."

LibreOffice: like Microsoft Office but free. I love making memes on their "PowerPoint." :)

VideoLan VLC Media Player: Play all types of video and music files on your computer. View subtitles.


BlueStacks: Play all your favorite Android games on your pc. ^_^

Steam: "App store" for lots of popular pc games. A lot of games are free to play and there are many trials available.

Microsoft Store Games: Mahjong, Sudoku

Eneba: Get game unlock codes for Steam real cheap.

Origin: PC game subscription service for as low as $5/month! Lots of great, new HD games.

Kinguin: Get Steam, Origin, GoG and all sorts of other game codes/keys for cheap. Also cheap keys for genuine Microsoft Office. Bugdom: Now available on Windows 10! Bugdom is a 1999 platform video game originally created by Pangea Software for Mac OS 9. MightyMike: Now available on Windows 10! It's an Action Adventure game originally released for Mac OS 8 in 1995.

Nanosaur: Now avaiable on Windows 10! Nanosaur is a science fiction third person shooter video game developed by Pangea Software and published by Ideas From the Deep for Mac OS 9 and Microsoft Windows in 1998 and 2002 respectively.


Adblock Plus: Surf the web without annoying ads! Also disables Hulu ads.

AutoHotkey (2): Automate repetitive keyboard or mouse movements.

CrystalDiskInfo: Displays a lot of information about your hard drives, including "power on hours." :)

Windows10Debloater: Remove Windows 10 bloatware and limit data collection.

EaseUS Partition Master: Great partition manager for Windows.

eBay Popularity Sort plugin (Firefox, Chrome): Sort eBay search results by number of times sold. Handy. :)

BleachBit: Securely erase files and empty space.

FreeFileSync: Backup files. Synchronize files between two folders. Make desktop shortcuts.

FreeTube: Watch YouTube without ads. Easily download YouTube videos.

Google Drive: Like an online version Microsoft Office. Also has a great file backup service.

Google Keep: Access your sticky notes across all your devices (windows, android, apple).

Handbrake: Open source video converter.

IObit Driver Booster: Update all your drivers and boost your performance. Tip: uninstall it after your done.

IObit Advanced System Care: Cleanup and optimize Windows. Installs ads so... I install it, run the program, then uninstall it. I like that "Internet Optimization" customizes Windows settings to match your internet settings.

Métamorphose: A program to rename large sets of files and folders quickly and easily.

Mp3tag: Mass batch edit mp3 tags like Artist, Title, Album, comments, year, etc using regular expressions. Worth the learning curve.

Signal: Great encrypted group messaging app for your phone and computer.

Take Ownership: add “Take Ownership” to the right-click menu in Windows Explorer. Scroll down to "Download Our One-Click Registry Hacks."

TeamViewer: Remote connect to your computer or see a friend's computer with their permission. Free version lasts for a long time but once it runs out consider switching to RemotePC (more information below). Send up to 10GB of files for free. Links expire in 48 hours.

VeraCrypt: Encrypt your entire Windows computer and external USB drives so no one can recover any of your information anything if you lose your pc.

Unstoppable Copier: Nice program to copy lots of files from one place to another.

WeTransfer: Email files as large as 2gb across the net for free. Also see above.

Windows Scan: Simple utility to get scans from your all-in-one printer scanner.


BitDefender Total Security ($45 for 5 pcs 1 year): Best antivirus. A must if you do stocks or store really sensitive information on your computer like business, financial or personal files.

OVPN ($5/mo for 5 simultaneous devices): make your internet private so that your internet service provider doesn't see what you are doing with your internet. Works everywhere: Windows, MacOS, Linux, iPhone, Android.

Cyberlink PowerDirector ($70): Easy, fast video editor. Make home movies, slideshows, DVDs with menus and / or upload directly to YouTube.

RemotePC: Remote connect to your computer or see a friend's computer with their permission. Make sure you get the promo! $29/year two saved computers, $59/year 10 saved computers.

YouTube Premium ($12/mo individual or $18 for family of six): Watch YouTube without ads. Offline videos on your phone to watch later. Also includes access to the Google Play Music subscription service with unlimited skips, radio and music on demand.

Kinguin: Get cheap keys for genuine Microsoft Office with legitimate download and install instructions.