"Free Software Beats Expensive Commercial Software" Pack
Provides users with freeware with essential functionalities, which are also available with other commercial applications. Of course some of the commercial software have more options, but you might want to give the free alternatives a try first. Import the Pack into your UpdateStar client and easily download all the free software.
 .xus file - Import for UpdateStar

What it offers
  • 12 free applications, which offer comparable features, which can be found in commercial software products.
  • All Freeware - no trial version, no spyware
  • Simple to import and download using UpdateStar client
  • Always with the latest versions

Pack includes
You can purchase Winrar, but there is also the free 7-zip.
A free file archiver with the highest compression ratio. The program supports 7z, ZIP, RAR, CAB, ARJ, LZH, CHM, CPIO, RPM, DEB, GZIP, BZIP2, Z and TAR formats. Compression ratio in the new 7z format is 30-50% better than ratio in ZIP format. Also 7-Zip compresses to ZIP 2-10% better than PKZip and WinZip. 7-Zip has additional powerful command line version and FAR Manager support.
You can purchase Registry Mechanic, but there is also the free CCleaner.
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. Keep your privacy online and offline, and make your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small. It removes unused and temporary files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster, more efficiently and giving you more hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. CCleaner remove unneeded entries in the Windows Registry, help you uninstall software and select which programs start with Windows.
You can purchase Adobe Premiere, but there is also the free VirtualDub.
VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms, licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters. VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.
You can purchase ACDSee Photo Manager, but there is also the free IrfanView.
IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative freeware (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows. It is trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals. IrfanView is always trying to create new and/or interesting features in its own way.
You can purchase Nero, but there is also the free Deepburner.
DeepBurner is an advanced and extremely powerful CD and DVD burning package that comes absolutely for FREE. It removes the hassle of making CDs, DVDs, and autoruns. It even makes it easy for you to create and print your own labels and booklets. DeepBurner supports a very wide range of internal and external (USB 2.0 and FireWire) CD and DVD writers. Burn any data, copy any disc, make backups, make ISO CDs with this very easy to handle software!
VLC Media Player
You can purchase PowerDVD, but there is also the free VLC Media Player.
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. It doesn't need any external codec or program to work.
You can purchase Microsoft Office, but there is also the free OpenOffice.org.
OpenOffice.org is both a fully-featured office suite compatible with leading office products, and a virtual community working through OpenOffice.org's numerous projects. The program is free of charge and will always be free. The community comes together at www.openoffice.org to develop, support, and promote the use of OpenOffice.org.
You can purchase Adobe Photoshop, but there is also the free Paint.net.
Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.
You can purchase Magix Music Maker, but there is also the free Audacity.
A fast multi-track audio editor and recorder for Linux, BSD, Mac OS, and Windows. Supports WAV, AIFF, Ogg, and MP3 formats. Features include envelope editing, mixing, built-in effects and plug-ins, all with unlimited undo.
You can purchase VMware Workstation, but there is also the free Virtual Box.
VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, VirtualBox is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.
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