PROS / This site has a large selection of downloadable games.
CONS / The advanced searches on this site are difficult to find.
VERDICT / We recommend this software download site for its large set of downloads.
Softpedia.com is a user-friendly software download site. This website hosts tens of thousands of applications that you can download. It has freeware, trialware and retail software downloads. The site has software for all different operating systems and even has mobile applications available for download.
Softpedia.com hosts downloads for all different types of software. You can find downloads for Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile operating systems. The site has one of the largest selections of online game downloads of any the sites we reviewed. Software download sites list applications often by type of software available, such as freeware, trialware and retail software. These categories extend to all different platforms and operating systems.
The software download site is populated with applications accepted from software developers. The site does not even require the developers to create an account to upload the software. To find the latest versions of the software, check back to the site frequently.
Softpedia.com also has a large section for tech news and updates. The main site has a portion of the latest headlines with links to full stories and information. The news site has stories about video games, software, movies, music and more.
Softpedia.com faces an intimidating task in organizing the tens of thousands of downloads in a way that makes the site easy to navigate. The main page of the software download site has a large search bar along the top of the screen that will usually return fantastic and relevant results. The site also has links across the top of the page to browse based on operating system and platform. The last basic search option is to browse by the top-downloaded items on the site.
The advanced search options are slightly more confusing on Softpedia.com than other similar sites. To find software specific to an operating system, first click on the operating system link on top of the page. Next, use the search bar to find the type you need. For example, click on “Windows” and then search for “DVD burner software.” There are no instructional prompts to help you with this search, but it will only return the type of software you're searching for.
Each application submitted to be displayed on the site is thoroughly tested for viruses, spyware and malware. We tested the site on several occasions and did not encounter any viruses or any other problems. We read a few reports online of some offerings that were not safe, so we urge extreme caution when you download programs.
Help & Support
The software download site has an online email address available for customer support. It also has a section of frequently asked questions. When we sent an email asking a few questions about the site, we received an answer after about a week.
Softpedia.com is a reliable software download site with a large variety of applications. These applications extend to all different types of operating systems and platforms. The user and editor reviews are especially helpful when shopping around for freeware, trialware and retail software downloads.