Six free software packages to load on your new PC

Those lucky enough to get a new computer this holiday season face a world of free software choices.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Software, antivirus, free software

LibreOffice is free, it's open source, it's business-ready, and it does everything most people need. There are also lots of extensions that extend its capabilities even further.


If you ever work with photos or other images, GIMP is a must-have alternative to Adobe's expensive Photoshop software. GIMP is great for making Web graphics, creating marketing materials, and retouching product photos, and any images you create can be saved in numerous formats, including Photoshop. Once you try out GIMP's high-end graphics editing and creation features, you'll be amazed that it doesn't cost anything.

6. ClamAV

Finally, whether you're running Windows or not, it's a good idea to have some sort of antivirus protection in place, and ClamAV is a great free choice. The popular cross-platform tool detects Trojans, viruses, malware, and more.

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