The best free downloads of 2010
From effective anti-malware tools to handy utilities to media helpers, here are the top free files of 2010
By PCWorld Staff | PC World | Published: 12:01, 06 January 2011
If you're looking for high-quality free software then here are some of 2010's best reviewed and most popular programs.
Avast Free Antivirus
The speedy and simple-to-use Avast Free Antivirus provides good all-around malware protection.
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Freemake Video Downloader
Want to grab an online video for offline viewing? This utility downloads and converts Flash video from assorted web sources.
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Kodak EasyShare Software
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This convenient utility makes Windows' right-click context menus far more useful.
Currently in beta, Soluto reduces Windows' boot time by analyzing which applications should load at startup.
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