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If you're looking for high-quality free software, here are some of 2010's best-reviewed and most-popular programs from our Downloads library.

Avast Free Antivirus

The top product in our hottest Downloads category, the speedy and simple-to-use Avast Free Antivirus provides good all-around malware protection.

Black Jack

No, not the card game. This stylish font with a Mad Men-era feel is perfect for party invitations.


If you're overwhelmed by all the titles you've acquired for your e-reader, turn to this full-featured e-book organizer.

Cloudmark DesktopOne

Even if you have a spam filter set up in your e-mail program, you'll find this antispam tool useful for stopping junk before it clutters your inbox.


Flash cookies, unlike ordinary cookies, are not normally viewable or deletable--but this tool helps you find and delete any Flash cookies that might be threatening your privacy.

Freemake Video Downloader

Want to grab an online video for offline viewing? This utility downloads and converts Flash video from assorted Web sources.

Hotspot Shield

A longtime favorite for guarding against snoops on public Wi-Fi networks, this utility entered the limelight as an option for fending off Firesheep session hijacking.


Using JonDo, you can anonymize your Web surfing via a proxy, keeping your online trail hidden.

Kodak EasyShare Software

Though designed to complement Kodak products, this simple-to-use photo organizer and editor will work with any camera or printer.

Process Tamer

Want to speed up a sluggish PC? For starters, try this utility, which limits CPU-resource hogs and prioritizes processes.

Right-Click Extender

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.

3D Desktop

This Windows 7 themepack of 63 wallpapers offers gorgeous images ranging from interesting abstract works to stunning landscapes.

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