Softonic.com is a fantastic software download site for Windows, Mac and mobile operating systems. The software download site has freeware, trialware and retail software downloads. However, all those features are fairly standard for most sites of this nature. Softonic.com stands out from the other similar sites because every download listed on the site has an expert review and ranking. The reviews are detailed and feature pros and cons of each.

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Softonic.com hosts downloads for Windows, Mac and mobile operating systems. This site does not support Linux software. The software download site has a large selection of categories for these different operating systems. Some of the more popular categories include games, security software, and photo and video editing.

The download site takes submissions from software developers. There is a combination of ad sales, site promotion and submissions that make this site profitable. The software download site has an array of downloads for mobile phones. Some link to iTunes or BlackBerry App World, but some are available directly from the website. When the software is submitted, it is reviewed and tested by the editors for viruses and other malware.

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The fastest and easiest way to find application downloads is using the large search bar along the top of the site. It can return results for basic keywords or for product names. The advanced searches are somewhat limited. You can search within a platform or operating system, but you cannot search by freeware, trialware and retail software downloads.

This was the only software download site we reviewed that has an editor review for each application available. We found the reviews to be extremely useful. The editors are obviously experienced and knowledgeable about the software and technology. The editors even review the games submitted. Users can log in and rate and review the applications. These reviews appear on the website with the average user ranking. The huge selection of reviews and rankings make finding a download very simple.

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We urge you to be careful before you download applications from a website. However, we tested the site on several occasions and never encountered an issue. We scoured the reviews of the site and have found very few reports of viruses. Also, the site does not have too many ads, and most of the ads we clicked on led us to trustworthy websites.

Help & Support
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Softonic.com has an email support form that you can fill out to contact the customer support team. However, we sent in several emails with a variety of questions. We only received a response to one of the emails we sent. The website does not have a section for frequently asked questions or telephone support.

Softonic Summary:
7.6/10

Softonic.com excels in finding you reliable and useful product downloads. Each application available has an editor’s review and ranking. Also, each application has the option to submit user reviews and rankings. The site has a large selection of software including freeware, trialware and retail software downloads. You can find applications for Windows, Mac and mobile operating systems.

 

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