FreeOCR


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 203 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.2
File Size:
411.27KB
Date Added:
August 29, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
698,193
Downloads Last Week:
2,226
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
.Net Framework 2.0

Editors' Note: The Download Now link will download a small installer file to your desktop. Remain online and double-click the installer to proceed with the actual 11MB download.

Editors' review

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 Versions:

    2.8

    out of 203 votes

    • 5 star: 42
    • 4 star: 51
    • 3 star: 21
    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 77
  • Current Version:

    1.9

    out of 49 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 34
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  • 1 stars

    "Malware rubbish"

    May 24, 2014   |   By chrisrap

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Never got a chance to try the actual OCR software.

    Cons

    Full of malware which gets installed even if you decline all third-party products in the initial phase of the install.

    Summary

    Despite declining all invitations to install third-party products during the initial phase of the install they have hidden 2 other malwares in the later stage of the install. I noticed when my PC ground to a halt and so I crashed out of the installer but still found a browser search hijack and another malware had installed themselves. Both uninstalled OK but CNET shouldn't be encouraging this bad practice ... other third-party software should NOT install by default otherwise it is malware.

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  • 1 stars

    "Malware alert!"

    May 12, 2014   |   By chylld

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Nothing at all

    Cons

    Installs a bunch of malware and hijacks browser search engine. Also fiddles with browser settings, especially the startup behaviour (bad if you rely on your browser remembering your windows/tabs from last session)

    Summary

    AVOID. This software should be removed from cnet asap. Reported multiple times but cnet has not taken action.

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  • 1 stars

    "Malware Nonsense! Don't get this!"

    May 10, 2014   |   By sephoratrading

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    The actual OCR program did manage to convert my scanned document into text rather accurately as far as the word content is concerned. It doesn't actually format the text well though. Very simple without many bells and whistles. Not worth it considering the malware though.

    Cons

    MALWARE! Without any option to ignore, this program installed V-Bates application and a "Search Protect" application by Conduit. It hijacked all my browsers, changed all their settings (including my settings to keep my tabs open on exit, I lost a lot of tab history because of this), and I started getting random ad popups that ruined my original navigation. Maybe the FreeOCR software itself is well-intentioned, but they should not have allowed these bloatware programs to be bundled with it.

    Summary

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS!!! I saw it had a high download count, but that must have been from previous versions. There are other options out there. AVOID THIS ONE!!!

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  • 1 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 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 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 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 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 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 stars

    "Infected with malware."

    February 08, 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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