Have you checked out Neowin's Freeware Alternative list yet?

Think you need way more high quality freeware applications for your computer, more than what today's top ten list gives you? Tired of doing web searches for software when friends ask you to recommend something to them? Thankfully, Neowin has got you covered for your freebie-lovin' software needs, and it's thanks to the hard work of one of our own Most Valued Contributors, Xinok: Neowin's Freeware Alternative List, located in our Software Discussion and Support forum.

The list contains thousands of free software in 37 categories and a staggering 718 subcategories. You may recognize some familiar and unfamiliar names on the list, such as the listing of popular free antivirus suites (Microsoft Security Essentials, AntiVir, Avast) coinciding with lesser known ones (DriveSentry, Rising Antivirus Free), or the big five web browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera) and some of their lesser known derivatives (Iron, Maxthon, Pale Moon). Or what about a list of quality audio and video converters to use, something that's more trustworthy than converters spread by serial forum spammers. And let's not forget about backing up important data - perhaps some of these alternatives may convince you to make backing up a regular habit.

While a majority of software on the list are for Windows, there is another smaller Mac Software List with both free and paid software, just in case you need an alternative to the Mac App Store.

Be sure to add the Freeware Alternative List to your bookmarks and keep an eye on the thread for monthly updates!

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Quite often when searching for some new app or whatever, I will type in what I'm looking for and add the word neowin to the end.

Usually brings me right to exactly what I'm looking for right here!!

I just found this, free Win7 OEM recovery partition creator "Anarethos Recovery Tools"
Basically it allows you to create a hidden partition with WinPE and a saved image of Win7.

Awesome, kick ass list. I use it religiously, and is one of the, if not the best, resources on the site itself. No doubt about it.

Not to poo-poo neowin's list, but there are also websites dedicated to this kind of thing too:

- http://alternativeto.net/ is a website that provides you with alternative software. Simply type in the name of your paid software (e.g. photoshop), and AlternativeTo will list all the alternatives, with options to allow you to select licence type (e.g. Open Source, Commercial, etc), and operating system. Users can also choose the software that they use, which allows the most popular alternatives to float to the top of the list.

- http://www.osalt.com/ is a website similar to alternativeto.net, except it specialises only in open source alternatives to proprietary software.

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Note: I don't work for either of these websites, I just use them with great success

Majesticmerc said,
Not to poo-poo neowin's list, but there are also websites dedicated to this kind of thing too:

- http://alternativeto.net/ is a website that provides you with alternative software. Simply type in the name of your paid software (e.g. photoshop), and AlternativeTo will list all the alternatives, with options to allow you to select licence type (e.g. Open Source, Commercial, etc), and operating system. Users can also choose the software that they use, which allows the most popular alternatives to float to the top of the list.

- http://www.osalt.com/ is a website similar to alternativeto.net, except it specialises only in open source alternatives to proprietary software.

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Note: I don't work for either of these websites, I just use them with great success

Thank you!