Softonic (for Windows) 1.5.12

Software that allows you to quickly and easily find and download programs for Windows

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    Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows 2003 / Windows XP / Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows ME

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    7.4 (1314)
Softonic (for Windows) 1.5.12
Softonic (for Windows) 1.5.11

It goes without saying that there are a lot of services out there that are offering you the opportunity to play online games, but Softonic might be one of the only programs that gives you an all in one portal for online gaming.

An Overview of Softonic

People use computers for a wide variety of reasons, though even if you're using your computer to work or to design things, the likelihood is still great that you're going to use it to play games in your downtime. So whether you're a full-time gamer or just like to play occasionally, a program like Softonic may really come in handy if you have a Windows PC. This is basically a portal that allows you to download and install an incredibly wide variety of games. Some of them are lightweight games that you can get for free, while others are large games, as are typically found on gaming consoles, and thus the full versions may cost you a few bucks.

Either way you slice it, however, Softonic is essentially a program that saves you a ton of time searching for games independently. You simply use this particular portal to find, download and install your games; to put it another way, it's like a search engine for games, mixed with a download store like what you would use for smartphone apps. It has unparalleled functionality in this regard.

What Softonic Is and What It Does

One of the first things you're going to notice upon downloading Softonic is that it basically operates like a search engine. The layout is okay, though some may argue a little bit outdated, but the user interface is very simplistic and it doesn't take long at all to get into the flow of searching for, downloading and installing a wide variety of video games. The games this program offers are really quite diverse. You can get big-time games like Grant Theft Auto, Left 4 Dead, Dark Souls, and more, plus fun, lightweight games like Angry Birds and Shot-Online. It's this inclusive nature that makes the program popular.

The gaming portal is also optional. For instance, you can navigate everything by visiting their website, or you can download a program to have it running on your PC full time. The choice is yours. Having the program gives you much easier access and a very simplistic UI to take advantage of, but you're not locked in here and can choose to visit the site. The portal is always updating too, so you're going to be able to find more and more games every week, thus never getting tired of gaming.

Pros and Cons


  • Can download or just use the site
  • Free to download
  • The UI is very simplistic
  • Too many games to count


  • Program is very ad-heavy
  • Some have reported malware
  • Some games can be quite expensive

Softonic (for Windows) is a program that specializes in ensuring that a user's version of Windows is completely up to date in all of its forms. It also allows the user to have total access to the wide variety of programs offered by Softonic. By using a program that allows a user to keep his or her version of Windows up to date with little or no effort, a great deal of hassle will be avoided. Softonic essentially keeps a list of every application that is used with Windows and alerts the user whenever a new update is available. The box in which the alert is shown will have an "update" button that will allow the user to easily update without even thinking about it.


  • Keeps All Software Up to Date: Softonic is able to keep all applications and versions of Windows as current as possible so that they are fully functional and will not slow down a computer or result in a drop in productivity.
  • Increases the Speed of the Downloads: This program also greatly increases the speed at which the downloads are completed. This is helpful because it makes updating applications even less of a hassle as there is no waiting time. Any new downloads from Softonic's library of applications are also available for a quick download. This increases the utility of the computer for a very low time cost.
  • Unobtrusive: Softonic is very unobtrusive, allowing any downloads and other functions it performs to happen silently in the background without disturbing the user of the program.
  • Full Application Library: Softonic offers a whole host of different programs that will allow a computer to run more efficiently, for more details to be managed easily, and for functionality to be improved. There are also reviews included for each of these different programs so that a customer is able to determine which apps are worth downloading and which should be avoided. This information will allow a user to make a fully informed decision about the software.
  • Easy to Use: Softonic is both easy to install as well as easy to use. This is important because it will allow users to navigate the system and ensure that it performs the functions that are needed, reducing the frustration that often develops when new programs are installed.


  • Unable to Auto-Delete Installers: For some programs, users don't care if they are updated or not. Unfortunately, Softonic cares and will continue to inform the user that they have applications that are not up to date. This can get annoying after a while, but there is no way to auto-delete the installers so that the notifications do not keep popping up.
  • Unable to Uninstall Apps: Softonic also does not allow any apps to be uninstalled when they are associated with the program. This feature will be included in the next patch so that users will be able to get rid of programs that they do not use anymore.

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