Majorgeeks.com is a download site first and foremost with a strong focus on free software for Microsoft's Windows operating system.
That does not mean that you won't find shareware or commercial software listed on the site, or the occasional program or application for a non-Windows operating system.
Download portals, most of them anyway, have a bad reputation on today's Internet. Some distribute potentially unwanted programs -- adware -- with downloads, and others make it difficult for users to distinguish downloads of the program they are seeking to download from advertisement.
Majorgeeks is one of the few download sites that is user friendly in this regard. Downloads are direct on the site, and not put into wrappers that serve you adware, and download links are easily identifiable due to the placement of ads on the site.
The Majorgeeks website looks a bit like it has been stuck in the past. While that is usually an issue, it is not in this case as the site layout puts software and important site functions front and center.
The homepage lists all new files sorted chronologically and in compact form. Each program is listed with its name, size, supported operating systems, and a one paragraph description.
It takes just two clicks from here to downloading the file to your system. The structure that Majorgeeks uses on its homepage is ideal for browsing new programs and updates in rapid succession.
You find several important functions on the page as well. The left side lists product categories that you may open to list programs by type rather than update date. The right lists the top downloads, and there is a search form at the very top -- powered by Google Custom Search -- that you may use to find programs that you are interested in quickly.
A core difference to most software portals out there is the review process on Majorgeeks. The guys who run the site published a video back in 2014 that demonstrated the software testing process on the site.
All programs are tested in virtual machines for viruses and other unwanted additions, and for functionality.
The software download pages on Majorgeeks are as clean as they get. While you do get ads on those pages, they are nowhere near the actual download links on the site.
The layout is always the same, with download links displayed prominently in the header area that describes the software program.
You find links to the author's or company's site on the page, which many software portals either hide, or do not display at all. You may follow it to check it out, and even download the file directly from the author's site instead if you prefer that.
All it takes is a click on one of the download locations to start the download. While that takes you to a new page if you select a server by Majorgeeks for the download, that page is as user friendly as download pages get these days.
First, the download should start automatically when you are on the site. It is clean and direct, exactly how the author or company that created the product intended it to be. While you do get ads on the page, the ad nearest to the manual download link is clearly marked as such.
The direct download link from the author's site is another thing that sets Majorgeeks apart from the bulk of download sites out there.
Not much, to be perfectly honest. The description of the programs is usually quite short, and longer reviews would offer more value.
Video reviews are done for some of the programs hosted on the site, and that is definitely a step in the right direction.
The focus on the top 1% of programs on Majorgeeks means that many programs are not hosted on the site at all.
Majorgeeks is one of the few trustworthy software portals out there. That does not mean that I won't scan downloaded files and make sure they are clean before I run them, but that is just common sense.
If I have to download software and cannot find the author's website, or downloads on the developer's site, Majorgeeks is one of the first -- and few -- destinations that I use. Also, I browse the software listing on the site regularly to discover new programs that I can review here on Ghacks.
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