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Where can you safely download software for free?

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FileHippo.com, TomsGuide.com, TechSpot.com and the Download section on Cnet.com offer free, safe software. The software hosted on these sites has been tested for malware and viruses, and these sites don’t force users to install toolbars or other bundled software. As of 2015, these websites host software such as drivers, games, security and compression utilities.

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The Download section on Cnet.com features a list containing the 20 most popular software downloads for the past week, a list of main categories ranging from browsers to video management software and separate subcategories accessible via pop-up menus. Cnet.com hosts software for iOS, Android, Windows and OS X platforms.

FileHippo.com provides the latest updates for software it hosts and a category selection screen on its home page. Individual software pages contain links to the makers’ websites, allowing users to download each piece of software directly from its source, and software descriptions that include features and technical information. Similarly, TomsGuide.com provides a list of categories, including the number of available software solutions for each one, and it lets users filter the software based on licenses and compatible platforms. The list of software on TechSpot.com labels free solutions as freeware, and it displays operating systems that each piece of software supports alongside the date it was uploaded to the website.

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