Everyone loves to download free software. If you do some searching you can often find programs that are either free or very inexpensive and perform as good as or better than some of the commercial stuff you have to pay big bucks for. Here are some definitions you should be familiar with:
Albert's Ambry Their search engine indexes over 100,000 packages on a choice of platforms.
Clicked Shareware Gallery This site features only the best products selected through a rigorous testing process. Also includes 350+ games you can download for free.
Completely Free Software Lists the best software which is completely free and legal for non-commercial use. Programs are rated for useability and other facters. Freeware is also available on CD sor a slight fee. Also has a weekly newsletter to keep you up to date on the newest offerings.
Download.com You'll find a wide mix of information about shareware and demonstration files on this CNET site. Use the online search engine to find a file or browse through categories. Other areas on this site compare programs in head-to-head reviews. This page is for PC users; a link above the categories leads to Linux, Macintosh, PalmPilot, and Windows CE downloads.
Channel 1 Filelibrary Offers a 100 Gigabyte collection of downloadable Shareware and Freeware.
The Freesite Free Software Section
Freewarefiles.com A nicely-organized, information-packed site which offers lots of free software. There's also a good selection of Net tools, utilities, programming files, Windows libraries and drivers, as well as free online Java games.
FreewareWeb Lots of freeware in many categories.
Happy Puppy Here you will find game demos and shareware for various platforms, including Nintendo, Playstation, Macintosh, and Windows. Happy Puppy offers an extensive hints and cheats section. Sign up for one of their newsletters and read the games business section for job postings and material relating to the gaming industry itself.
Jumbo With more than 300,000 programs, Jumbo is a great source for a wide range of software, from music to business to developer tools. And the site is easy to navigate, which makes it an ideal starting place for newcomers.
Nonags Every program here has been tested to make sure it doesn't nag you or enforce time limits in order to encourage you to buy. This makes evaluating software a lot more pleasant.
Pass The Shareware Nicely arranged site with lots of goodies.
PCworld Excellent software site. I download a lot of stuff from here.
Radfiles Lots of shareware and freeware categorized so you can easily find what you want.
This Web site, updated daily, offers a comprehensive archive of shareware, freeware, commercial demos and ad-enabled software. Visitors can read subjective software reviews, in-depth features, and the latest technology news.
ScreenSaver.com This is literally an archive of downloadable screen savers. Many are available for free, but some are available only to members. Users can also download tools to build their own screen savers.
Simtel.Net A worldwide distribution network for Shareware, Freeware, and Public Domain software.
SoftwareNow.com A massive resource for software which offers loads of freeware, shareware, demos, and more. Be sure to check out their new tracking service, which alerts you when the latest version of your favorite software is released.
TuCows One of the most popular download sites on the Web, TuCows is a cute, very cow-themed site which gives you access to a ton of programs. You can find Windows, Linux, Macintosh, Java, and Personal Data Assistant (PDA) applications and utilities. You'll find lots of themes, along with game demos, patches, and reviews.
These guys have searched the Web for the very best free software.
Less than 5% of the software they test makes it to their pages.