Many of the best screensavers on the Web are of the shareware and commercial variety. However, there are a number of outstanding freeware screensavers out there that are as good as, or better, than commercial programs. It is our goal here at TheFreeSite.com to bring you a current listing of what we believe are the best free screensavers and screensaver utilities around.
This popular directory offers a big roundup of free screensavers and animated desktop wallpapers. Screensaver categories here include aqua life, animals, animated, art, Christmas, clocks, Mac, nature, sci-fi, slideshow, space, zodiac, and more.
This site offers hundreds of free screensavers that include videos and background music. Categories include animals, holidays, inspiration, nature, romance, spirituality, and more. Here, you'll also find free desktop wallpapers and E-cards.
Do you want a nifty way to display photos that you've collected on your hard drive? This cool freeware screensaver displays your photos or images in the form of a spinning 3D picture cube. It's nice for holiday, family or pet photos. (For Windows).
This site offers a good collection of original, freeware animated Flash screensavers. Screensavers here include "Picture Kaleidoscope," "Wandering Spider" and "Tentacled Creature." All the screensavers on this site are adware/spyware/virus free. (For Windows).
(Note: this program is no longer being updated). This versatile free screensaver is like a bulletin board for your computer, onto which you can place any one of a number of cool interactive objects, such as a clock, a calendar, memo pads, graphics, various gizmos, pranks and much more. Note: you must register to use Corkboard more than 10 days (but registering is free, too!). For Windows.
This nifty site rounds up all the Web's free cinema-related screensavers in one convenient spot. Each listing is accompanied by a short description. The site also offers movie reviews, quizzes, trailers, scripts and more.
How many screensavers out there give you a chance to participate in the search for extraterrestrial life? This free screensaver lets you put your computer's idle time to good use by analyzing radio telescope data. The people behind this project, SETI@home, aim to harness the power of thousands of computers to crunch tons of data from space. Who knows, maybe your computer will be the first to get a call from ET! (For Windows, as well as Mac and Unix).
This eye-catching freeware screen saver displays animated falling leaves on your desktop. You can also adjust the rate that the leaves fall. The screen saver also offers password protection. (For Windows).
Here's a classy collection of freeware screen savers that feature images of top cinema stars from past and present. Celebrities here include Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, John Wayne, and more screen savers are being added constantly. (For Windows).
There's a good collection of free Irish themed screen savers at this site. Check out the Images of Ireland screen saver, featuring beautiful scenes from the Emerald Isle, as well as the Saint Patrick's Life, which tells the life story of Saint Patrick and features images of the saint. (For Windows).
Do you take your astronomy seriously? Then check this free screen saver out. The Sky Screen Saver shows the sky above any location on Earth, including stars (from the Yale Bright Star Catalogue of more than 9,000 stars to the 7th magnitude), the Moon in its correct phase and position in the sky, and the position of the Sun and all the planets in the sky. (Available for Windows).
This freeware Thanksgiving-themed screen saver features an interactive cartoon that lets you hunt for turkey, using your choice of weapons (shotgun, flame thrower or rifle). The program includes nifty sound effects and password protection. (For Windows).
Get into the spirit of Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) with this charming freeware screen saver that displays animated 3D hearts that chase each other across your desktop screen. The screen saver offers a password protection option, as well. (For Windows).
One of the best free Christmas screen savers we've seen, this fun program features wacky antics from the jolly elf, as he flies his sleigh across your desktop. This site also features another festive, freeware program, the Frosty Goes Skiing Screen Saver. (For Windows).