This is my personal Must Have Free Software I install after performing a new Windows Installation. This is all the software that I currently use and swear by to not only keep my machine up and running but safe from the evil script kiddies of the intarwebs! Oh yea.. and most of these are Free (or you can purchase the full version for a small fee).
Everyone likes Free – I know I love that word FREE! But usually when I see Free Software – I usually cringe thinking of how much crap is on the webpage if I dare click on it, or the viruses, trojans, or malware bound to be found in them.
This is definitely not one of those lists.
Of course this list doesn’t include all of the other software I use – these are just the basics.
Personally I love Avast. It is a free anti-virus that does what I need to in the background without eating all of my resources. There are others of course but this is my personal preference. You can update it to the pro version but I have never had to opt in for it as it was doing enough on it’s own.
You can check out some alternatives by checking out toptenreviews.com.
In the past I used to run a ton of different malware/spyware utilities – now I just run Malwarebytes. Although this isn’t technically a “free” application (as I suggest you get the full version) it is THE application to use for malware/spyware/trojan detection. It also has a few other utilities like File Assassin which will easily let you delete any file currently locked in Windows (use at your own risk!)
My brother actually turned me on to this site and it has been a lifesaver and a time saver! Ninite.com is truly the all-in-one search and download I have been looking for on the web! It is a completely free utility for downloading and installing all of those common applications (many of which I am listing here) I use. What is even better than that? If you run the Ninite installer at a later time? It will automatically detect and update the software for you. So why is this most awesome tool free for us? They are trying to pimp their other paid services of course!
But I am starting to switch over to…
Some people like WinZip others like 7zip. I prefer WinRar – I have been using it for years for all of my zipping needs. Although it is shareware you can keep using it after the 30 day trial by clicking off the reminder to register it. (Although it is worth paying for it to keep supporting them!)
You can play just about any movie/video format out there with this player. It is a very small download and you and skin it!
Yes I know this has turned into a huge piece of bloatware – but I’m still partial to using this as my *.mp3 player. Plus I still like the skins you can get for it.
If you’re an Internet Explorer user – that is fine you can just skip right along to the next one. But if your like the rest of the internet you will wan to download a free third party browser for your Windows Install
I have been a long time fan of Firefox. It is free (which is always great) and I liked the interface, speed, customizations, plugins etc… I could get for it. But with the latest releases I have started to fall out of love with it. Though it has FireBug which is a great plugin if your developing websites I’m only using it to make sure my site keeps a consistent look across it.
Love is fickle so are my choices in browsers….
Now that I have started blogging I have fallen in love with Chrome. I use it at work and home. I like the fact that I can synch with my Google accounts and it will automagically synch with all of the computers I sign into – synching my history, bookmarks, and plugins. This browser has all of the features Firefox has but has a simplistic interface that takes a bit to get used to.
That and I use Chrome to work on this site using a new plugin called ShiftEdit (but that’s for another day).
Finally – this is my last one (I know I hate huge posts too – I’m working on it!)
Ok… so I lied! This really is the last one!
But I wanted more. With Feedly I get it! I can not only browse my RSS feeds – but I get them in a fantastic layout with images (and no ads!). You can organize and display your feeds in a multitude of ways (I choose the magazine layout) and I can read my RSS in style.
I hope you all enjoyed my post. As always I encourage you to leave a Comment Below to let me know what you think. Tell me what utilities/software you use (just the free ones please) in the Comments below.
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