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Another site is www.filehorse.com

I have used the following 3 free software website for the last 12 years, with no problems
Softpedia, Snapfiles, Fileforum
I started to avoid Download.com the day they started adding adware to any download - this is unacceptable

Filehippo.com is great for finding previous versions of software - when a software company has turned its latest program version into a dog product (not an uncommon event)

I have been aware of Freewarefiles for more than 8 years, but have usually avoided it. I visited today again, and realised why I avoided it

The homepage recommended GBurner, and when you click on the weblink, GBurner is described as freeware

However, when you install the software, you realise that GBurner is a shareware program, and needs registration

Check other freeware sites, and you confirm this program is in fact shareware/demo, not freeware

The major criteria for a good freeware page is accuracy and safety
1)Reliable sites dont require you to install adware to install a program
2)Reliable sites describe programs accurately, inlcuding if a program is adware/trial versions

People are wasting their time, and installing unwanted software, if they are made to believe a program is freeware when it isnt

Freewarehome.com is still my favorite site. They've done a great job weeding out the chaff for years and years. Some of the sites mentioned lost their way a while back forcing the use of their downloader/installer on us. I won't use them and haven't been back since. I end up with enough PUPs the way it is. Thank goodness for Malware Bytes.

Shout-out to Freeware Files. Have trusted it for years and it hasn't let me down. Large selection, easily navigable and a good community of users and admins.

Agreed, it's a pretty good site. I have subscribed to their RSS feeds since a few years. But lately, the feeds are coming quite less even when the software updated daily on their site is more. Anyways, apart from this issue, the site is good.

MajorGeeks is not 'limited to tech tools and utilities'. There are 20 different categories including apps for Mac and Android. Be aware though, freeware and shareware are lumped together. For freeware only, click on Top Freeware Picks in the left pane.
Another website for continuously updated portable programs (and games) is PortableApps.com. Only freeware and open source programs are listed.
That said, Gizmo's Freeware provides a usefull comparison between programs and a rating system. It's still the website to beat.

In the "More specialized sites " list I would recommend http://www.videohelp.com/

It really is the site to go to for files and information relating to video.

I was wondering if filehorse.com and downloadcrew.com are worth adding to the list. Filehorse is very similar to filehippo and dowloadcrew is similar to download.com/cnet without the proprietary downloader .

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll take a look.

Wow, I remember when TUCOWS and download.com were the big two. I think that is also when Yahoo was the best search engine, followed by AltaVista and WebCrawler. LOL!

i love this website, and i think am rich now.

problem is cnet has editor reviews which suggest they are more objective than the user reviews which may be less so. the download page has some hassles. to select win7 and freeware is 2 commands; should be 1; then they rank software but hard to find a a list in rank order so you have to search the whole site for no 1 2 3 etc if you stumbled on say no 4 or 44!; their ranks may be no 1 but then they are not editor's choice! a huge inconsistency; ranked sites are not up to date then? or the editor's rankings are not up to date? huge inconsistency cnet never clarified though i expressed this clumsily many times. please examine and add to your comments there if you can make them clearer than mine.