Windows has tons and tons of free software, and of course there are many websites where you can download the software. But the problem is that most of these freeware download sites pack the actual software with their own custom installers: adware, crapware, spyware & etc… Download.com, FileHippo, Softonic, SourceForge… are just a few examples. Often the developers of the freeware software don’t even know that their software is being bundled with crapware by third party downloading websites.
However, there are still a few websites that don’t bundle crapware with the actual software. Here are a few safe software download sites where you don’t have to bother with custom installer crapware.
Ninite is one of the best free software download website that provides some popular software like Chrome, VLC, Gimp, Foobar, and Spotify. While using Ninite you don’t have to worry about the bundled crapware, and best of all you can install all the software you want with just a click or two. You don’t have to install each and every software individually; Ninite automatically downloads the latest version and installs it for you.
Softpedia is one the biggest and most widespread free software download website where you can find almost any free and paid software you want for multiple platforms. The good thing about Softpedia is that you will always get the latest version of the software you want. Moreover, Softpedia also provides you with software reviews and actual screenshots for almost all the well-known and most-used software. If you’ve never used Softpedia, do give it a try.
DownloadCrew is one of those sites that have a messy user interface where it lists a ton of software right on the homepage with small fonts and stuff. However, while downloading from this site, you don’t have to think about the custom installer crapware. Moreover, you can find software for several platforms like Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS.
SnapFiles is yet another freeware download website established in 1997 and a website that doesn’t pack any crapware whatsoever. One of the best things about SnapFiles is its different categories where you can find the top 100 free software, latest user reviews, top user favorites, top portable apps, etc. Just like any other site on this list, you can easily explore for or use different software categories to quickly find you favorite software.
MajorGeeks is one of those sites that looks really old with its outdated web design, but it is one of the most reliable free software download website that doesn’t pack the actual software in any custom installers and won’t trick you to download the crapware. Though the site is maintained by only a couple of geeks, they really test the software in question for any adware or crapware before listing it on their website.
Bonus: You can also checkout ComputerInnovations which is yet another free website for downloading computer Software free of charge and the good part about this website is that they are free of any adware or crapware.
Do you use any other website, that’s ad-free and spam free for software downloading purpose? If yes then share it with us using the comment box below, we will add that to our list in next updates 🙂