I have done my best to ensure that all of my download links are safe, and that none of these software contain adware or malware. I have personally downloaded and used every software on this list, and I always link to the developers' official websites.
I want this list to be safe and useful, so please contact me if you find anything fishy in the downloads I have linked.
Words of wisdom: Always download programs directly from the developer's official website.
Ex: If you want to download Audacity, visit audacityteam.org/download/ (the official Audacity website) rather than some random site. Audacity has a great beginner's guide to online safety when downloading.