Top Free Downloads [Movers & Shakers]

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MASToday we are featuring a new section called Movers & Shakers where we will be showing you the top ten downloads from CNET.

Today in first place with 256,284,221 total downloads is AVG Anti-Virus Edition.

AVG was picked as the top choice of freeware anti-virus in our poll here.  Seeing security is always on freeware downloaders minds, the second place is Avast Free Antivirus, which we covered here, and third place is Avira Antivirus, covered here.

Fourth place is Malwarebytes, my personal favorite spyware cleaner. It seems people still download LimeWire for file sharing. YouTube downloader comes in at 6th place allowing you to do just as it says – download YouTube videos. And rounding out the list we have Ad-Aware, WinRar, Free Orbitz TV and Orbitz Downloader.

I guess I have been out of college now for some time as the name Orbitz doesn’t mean anything to me other than that travel site.

  1. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition Protect your computer from viruses and malicious programs.
  2. Avast Free Antivirus Protect your PC against the latest viruses and spyware.
  3. Avira AntiVir Personal – Free Antivirus Detect and eliminate viruses, free protection for home users.
  4. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Detect and quickly remove malicious threats to your computer.
  5. LimeWire Share files online.
  6. YouTube Downloader Download YouTube videos and convert them to various formats.
  7. Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware Protect your personal home computer from malware attacks.
  8. WinRAR (32-bit) Take full control over RAR and ZIP archives along with unpacking a dozen other archives.
  9. FreeZ Online TV Receive over 500 free online channels of daily and live broadcasts from around the world.
  10. Orbit Downloader Download videos and music in one click.

We would love to hear from you guys what you are downloading. What is your most essential piece of free software?

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Q-Dir is a real easy to use freeware file manager. I’ve got it installed (portable one) on every computer I’m using (about 20). I use Avira Antivir Personal, PC Tools Firewall Plus as well as Orbit Downloader. Agrees with most of your choices. But I think 7Zip is a better alternative to other archival programs.



“AVG was picked as the top choice of freeware anti-virus in our poll” Karl – did you bother check the date of that poll? April 2008! Come-on!


I used to be AVG fan as well, before I tried Avira. It’s caught a few viruses/Trojans that AVG repeatedly missed.



I have to agree that AVG is a has-been. It failed several times to detect trojans on my laptop.

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