Top 10 Windows apps of 2012

We're back with our year-end look at the most popular products on the site in 2012. See which products reigned supreme on Download.com and in its 10 most popular software categories.

In 2010, we began a year-end program to recognize the most popular software on Download.com. In 2011, we got a little crazy, recognizing the top 11 programs in Windows and Mac, as well as the top 11 programs in the top 11 software categories.

In 2012, we return to Earth with a more classic list of the top 10 most downloaded software programs in our 10 most popular categories for Windows and Mac. The total download count for this distinction is based on the period from January 1, 2012 to December 14, 2012. Congratulations to all of this year's winners!

(Click to see the Top 10 Mac programs of 2012.)

Top 10 Windows Software Programs of 2012

Rank Software Name Total Downloads in 2012
1. Avast Free Antivirus 59,609,689
2. AVG AntiVirus Free 2013 53,460,154
3. CCleaner 24,434,867
4. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 22,410,671
5. YTD Video Downloader 16,916,610
6. Advanced SystemCare 14,579,023
7. WinRAR 14,281,620
8. Free YouTube Downloader 13,260,279
9. Internet Download Manager 13,210,676
10. TeamViewer 12,057,175

Top 10 Windows software by category

Security Software (191,109,226 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. Avast Free Antivirus 59,609,689
2. AVG AntiVirus Free 2013 53,460,154
3. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 22,410,671
4. Avira Free Antivirus 10,198,476
5. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 5,452,142
6. Hotspot Shield 5,164,909
7. RoboForm 2,422,082
8. Spybot - Search & Destroy 1,777,065
9. AVG AntiVirus 2013 974,778
10. SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 801,087

Utilities and Operating Systems (142,568,389 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. CCleaner 24,285,093
2. Advanced SystemCare 14,579,023
3. WinRAR 14,281,620
4. Glary Utilities 7,536,341
5. ARO 2012 3,574,407
6. Easeus Partition Master Home Edition 3,127,304
7. MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 2,893,643
8. DriverMax 2,710,425
9. WinZip 2,592,438
10. Auslogics Disk Defrag 1,889,621

Video Software (93,982,264 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. VLC Media Player 9,527,058
2. GOM Media Player 8,365,097
3. UMPlayer 6,823,349
4. FormatFactory 4,885,121
5. Any Video Converter Free 4,361,322
6. RealPlayer SP 3,269,589
7. Total Video Converter 2,533,824
8. Media Player Codec Pack 1,754,187
9. The KMPlayer 1,648,006
10. DivX Plus 1,648,006

Internet Software (90,753,814 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. YTD Video Downloader 16,916,610
2. Free YouTube Downloader 13,260,279
3. Internet Download Manager 13,209,012
4. 4Sync 5,935,827
5. Download Accelerator Plus 5,137,327
6. uTorrent 4,045,431
7. BitTorrent 1,701,489
8. Orbit Downloader 1,351,379
9. Free YouTube to MP3 Converter 1,323,217
10. MP3 Rocket 849,330

MP3 & Audio Software (53,329,602 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. VirtualDJ 10,721,664
2. JetAudio Basic 1,698,061
3. Daemon Tools Lite 1,697,102
4. FreeRip MP3 1,371,493
5. Media Player Classic 1,309,991
6. Easy CD Audio Converter 1,045,495
7. PowerISO 940,072
8. Windows Media Player 924,910
9. 123 Video Converter 755,281
10. Easy Mp3 Downloader 722,954

Communications Software (39,959,536 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. Camfrog Video Chat 10,745,334
2. ManyCam 5,482,331
3. Skype 3,875,885
4. mIRC 2,411,156
5. WebcamMax 1,815,898
6. Paltalk Messenger 1,591,251
7. Yahoo Messenger 1,311,060
8. CyberLink YouCam 1,187,345
9. Nokia PC Suite 946,510
10. MagicCamera 874,837

Browsers (35,691,019 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. Google Chrome 8,921,781
2. Adobe Flash Player 6,438,617
3. Mozilla Firefox 5,317,730
4. Internet Explorer 8 930,792
5. Java Runtime Environment 915,370
6. Opera Browser 698,237
7. Flash Video Downloader for Google Chrome 655,403
8. Apple Safari 604,397
9. PDF Download for Firefox 588,450
10. Internet Explorer 9 576,508

Games (30,350,195 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. Super Mario Bros 3 : Mario Forever 1,966,403
2. Need for Speed Underground 2 1,364,905
3. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Ultimate Vice City mod 1,215,196
4. Minecraft 572,759
5. Need for Speed Carbon 431,826
6. Halo: Combat Evolved 422,782
7. Icy Tower 378,885
8. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Skin Pack 367,717
9. Plants vs. Zombies 343,382
10. Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 338,989

Digital Photography (26,636,896 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. PhotoScape 6,117,432
2. IrfanView 5,165,244
3. FastStone Image Viewer for Windows 1,498,105
4. Adobe Photoshop Extended 1,084,807
5. Picasa 743,156
6. Photo Pos Pro 686,362
7. Paint.NET 534,955
8. PhotoShine 487,866
9. Magic Photo Editor 365,605
10. Snagit 341,121

Business Software (22,622,889 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. Adobe Reader XI 1,941,840
2. OpenOffice.org 1,049,908
3. Microsoft Word 2010 986,878
4. Free PDF To Word Doc Converter 976,916
5. Foxit Reader 917,901
6. Microsoft Office 2010 520,831
7. Office Convert PDF to JPG JPEG TIFF Free 444,597
8. WorkTime 437,317
9. Microsoft Powerpoint 2010 434,108
10. PDFCreator 369,570

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