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No matter how big of a scanned or PDF file you have, this program can handle it. Free OCR will read an otherwise uneditable document and churn out copyable text you can manipulate however you like.

With support for more than 10 different languages, this software impresses with both its accuracy and speed. It churns out an editable version of a small section of text in seconds, but only takes a minute or two to read documents with tiny text or bizarre formatting. You can even crop out sections of the document you don't need to shave seconds off of the OCR's output. It doesn't offer many features outside of character recognition, but it doesn't really need to. The PDF support is great and you can scan documents right into the FreeOCR with ease. Its spacious layout gives you enough room to find and copy just the text you want if you only need a section of the document. The only downside of this program is that not many people will need it, as OCR software usually comes standard with most modern printers.

For anyone still wrestling with an old freebie printer they got when they bought their computer or their office, FreeOCR is a lifesaver. It's a light, friendly program that delivers one of the most accurate and efficient OCR readouts you can find.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.9 stars

    out of 200 votes

    • 5 star: 42
    • 4 star: 51
    • 3 star: 21
    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 74
  • Current version:

    1.9 stars

    out of 46 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 31
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Pure Malware"

    April 16, 2014  |   By unboltedfork

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    no redeeming qualities

    Cons

    Program doesn't work...just translates text into garbage characters. Hijacks your browser and installs malware.

    Summary

    Do not download this!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Nothing but Malware"

    April 15, 2014  |   By scorpiomaj27

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Never got to use the OCR, but got my search hijacked and about a dozen warnings and blocks from ESET NOD32. On the bright side, my NOD32 protected me for the most part, except I was dumb enough to hit ALLOW a couple times.

    Cons

    This is nothing but malware and a firefox search hijacker of the search.conduit variety.

    Summary

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great freeware!"

    March 22, 2014  |   By MarcusVRS

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Free and simple, delivers what it promises!

    Cons

    None, it couldn't be better!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Bad download system and malware"

    March 17, 2014  |   By pmlang01

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    None. I could never even get the program loaded.

    Cons

    When I tried to download, I kept being diverted to other programs to download. I was never able to load the OCR program, and I ended up with malware hijacking my internet browser. I wish I'd known where to look for the reviews before I ever touched this.

    Summary

    I will NEVER, NEVER, EVER download anything from this site again.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works, but without formatting"

    February 23, 2014  |   By MVesseur

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Fast, few errors

    Cons

    No formatting, malware

    Summary

    It does indeed contain a bunch of annoyware. Make sure you click on "Decline" wherever possible during installation.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Junk - full of malware"

    February 15, 2014  |   By merrietoo

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    There are none as far as I'm concerned

    Cons

    Malware - that should be enough for the 'cons'section

    Summary

    This teaches me to not trust that Download.com's 'virus and malware check' is trustworthy. Now I'm wary of downlading any software from this site. I will also be sure to read reviews since I now see that several people did warn against the malware - and have been doing so for over a year!

    Updated on Feb 15, 2014

    It installs malware. I declined all the extras and still ended up getting constant popups and hijacks. This thing is JUNK.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Infected with malware."

    February 8, 2014  |   By rikketsia

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    I have not gotten there

    Cons

    IT IS INFECTED WITH BROWSER HIJACKING MALWARE

    Summary

    There were user agreements, I declined. Yet it continued to install and before you know it I had malware installed. I immediately cleaned it. So I am questioning C-NET's reliability now, for keeping this piece of thing in their list despite all of these warnings and reviews.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "INFECTED BY MALWARE!!"

    February 7, 2014  |   By VegasTex

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    THE OCR DID WORK FLAWLESSLY AND AMAZINGLY, BUT IT IS INFECTED TO THE MAX

    Cons

    MALWARE ON STEROIDS AWAIT IF YOU DOWNLOAD

    Summary

    I USED TO TRUST THE CONTENT OF C-NET, BUT NO MORE! AVOID!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "useless and harmful, do not install."

    January 12, 2014  |   By yjcnet01

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Cannot find any.

    Cons

    cannot even recognize handwriting.
    try to install lots of add-ware/mal-ware in your computer

    Summary

    DO NOT INSTALL THIS SW. IF YOU DO, YOU WILL GET A USELESS OCR SW AND MANY ADD_WARE/MALWARE IN YOUR COMPUTER
    I do not know how CNET's editor rate this SW.
    It cannot recognize the handwriting at all. Basically, you have to enter the text manually by yourself.
    In addition, this SW tries install lots of add-ware or malware, such as conduit,in your computer.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "FreeOCR requires substantial editing."

    October 16, 2013  |   By DiggemDaddy

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    none, I found nothing good about this product

    Cons

    be prepared to spend considerable cleaning up the mess it creates. on my 1 page document it failed to recognize any any number 0-9 and misspelled almost every word.

    Summary

    If you don't have an OCR program look else where. I compared FreeOCR with Adobe ABBYY FineReader 5.0 Sprint which read this same document without any errors

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