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Weekend Open Forum: What are your software essentials?

By Jos
Oct 14, 2011
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  1. M1r

    M1r Newcomer, in training Posts: 42

    Chrome
    AVG
    Flash Player
    Porn
  2. Seems a lot of us use Ccleaner. :)
  3. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    First things for me on a fresh install are: Google Chrome, LastPass, and Xmarks and MSE. Not including the obvious like Flash, Air, Java and GPU drivers.

    Everyday essentials include the above, plus, Gimp, Filezilla FTP, Skype, aMSN, Virtualbox, Office 2007, Steam, VLC, and Xchat. That's whether I'm in Windows or Linux.
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,889   +85

  5. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,041   +72

    I have been using the same set of tools / software (but newer versions off course :) ) for last many years, which are:

    1. Productivity: MS Office (well the freebies are okay for a normal user, but are rather rubbish for an advance user when one compares them with it)
    2. Browsers: FireFox + IE
    3. Email: MS Outlook + Mozilla Thunderbird
    4. Media: Media Player Classic Home Cinema x64, WMP
    5. Security: MSE / Commodo x64 / MWB
    6. Utils: Foxit Reader, Image Burn, 7zip, CPUID, Fraps, GPUZ
    7. Entertainment: Steam
  6. t3chn0vamp

    t3chn0vamp TechSpot Booster Posts: 147   +19

    I have been using Ubuntu along with Windows for a long, but now I am completely moved on to Win 7 Ultimate x64.After Installing windows, I go for these:

    Firefox
    Chrome
    Safari
    Among these I use chrome most.Mozilla less often due to high memory uses.Other essentials are:
    Skype
    ESET Smart Security 5
    GTalk
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe Dreamweaver
    Maya
    TeamViewer
    Steam
    Diskeeper
    Winrar
    VLC
    Splash PRO
    CCleaner
    WAMP Server
    ĀµTorrent
    Media Player Classic
    Adobe Reader
    blah blah blah....lolz xD :D
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,889   +85

    I hate when that happens.
  8. Nima304

    Nima304 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 293   +31

    Chrome or Firefox, MS Office 2010, uTorrent, Skype, TeamViewer, VLC Media Player, InfraRecorder, Flash Player, Java, etc.
  9. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,575   +47

    Interesting topic.

    Let's see....Malwarebytes, Encrypt on click, unlocker, Ccleaner, Media player classic, VirtualBox, Video inspector, VirtualDub, Open Office...and Flash player, Java.
  10. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    I actually have multiple mains powered smoke detectors, all complete with continually recharged battery back-ups, and a carbon monoxide detector in the kitchen wired the same way.

    So when one goes off, they all do... Splendid, until they become faulty and scare the living jesus out of you overnight when they go off!!! :haha:
  11. Avast
    Total Commander
    Firefox
    Thunderbird
    LibreOffice
    EasyCDDA
    TagScanner
    ImgBurn
    Picasa3
    VLC
    RadioSure+Screamer Radio
    MusicBee
    RevoUninstaller
    CCleaner
    Macrium Reflect
    Easeus Partition Manager
    FastCopy
    FoxitReader
     
  12. Installing order in ALL the machines I have, sell, or do up for friends or family:

    1. Windows + Drivers
    2. Updates
    3. Malwarebytes Pro
    4. CCleaner
    5. Defraggler
    6. Chrome
    7. Flash
    8. Java

    Then after this, depending on person, other things may get installed like Skype, Jdownloader, Partpoker, etc. etc.
  13. Chrome is usually the first thing that gets on there. Also

    Ubuntu
    Malwarebytes
    AVG
    Teracopy
    Infrarecorder
    Office
    Adobe Reader x
    Fresh Diagnose
    Google Earth
    Mozilla Firefox

    I'll probably think of more later.
  14. Ithryl

    Ithryl Newcomer, in training Posts: 53

    This thread I like. What I consider essential for my computer use right now:

    Opera,
    Miranda IM,
    TweetDeck
    Winamp (used to use aimp)
    VLC Media Player
    Adobe Suites (CS5.5 Design Premium atm) + Adobe Acrobat X
    Microsoft Office
    Total Commander
    uTorrent
    LogMeIn
    Wireshark
    Process Explorer

    Eclipse
    Python Shell
    SICStus, SPIDER

    Not many changes throughout the years, except for TweetDeck and new versions of the same programs.
  15. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,334   +381

    Chrome
    CCleaner
    Auslogics Disk Defrag
    SpyBot
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
    Ventrilo
    Spotify
    VLC Player
    CDBurnerXP
    Driver Sweeper
    WinRAR
    MS Office 2010
    dBPowerAmp Music Converter
  16. In no particular order:

    * TeamViewer
    * Q-Dir
    * Firefox/Chromium
    * DC++
    * TeraCopy
    * iTunes
    * Windows Theme Installer
    * Freemake Audio Converter
    * WinSCP
    * Everything
    * CopyTransManager
    * 7-Zip
    * Everest Ultimate
    * Avast
    * Outpost Firewall
    * VLC Player
    * CCleaner
    * PDF-Xchange Viewer
    * PicPick
    * Unlocker
    * Revo Uninstaller
    * MyDefrag
    * MS Office
  17. blackcat77

    blackcat77 Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    General:Firefox, Avast Pro, Office 2010, Tune Up Utilities, CCleaner, Karen's Replicator, 7-Zip
    Graphics: Paint Shop Pro, Picasa
    Gaming: rFactor, Logitech Gaming Software, VNC Viewer, Team Speak

    I used to use a lot more software - Diskeeper, Spybot, etc. - but I've found that they are redundant and just waste processor cycles so the goal now is to keep things simple.
  18. nismo91

    nismo91 TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,001   +11

    Avast 6 + MalwareBytes
    Firefox + Chrome + IE9
    foobar2000 + K-Lite Full incl. Media Player Classic
    Skype + Windows Live Messenger
    7zip
    Flashget 1.96
    3RVX (volume OSD)
    DaemonTools Lite
    EASEUS Partition Master
    Fraps
    MSI Afterburner
    CCleaner
    Revo Uninstaller
    Faststone
    Freemake Video Converter
    Audacity
    MiniLyrics
  19. No particular order

    (1) Zone alarm
    (2) Chrome
    (3) AVG
    (4) Adobe Suite
    (5) Office Suite
  20. Free:

    7Zip
    CamStudio
    DeFraggler
    DosBox & D-Fend Reloaded
    FFDShow
    FileZilla
    Firefox
    Foobar2000
    ImgBurn
    ManyCam
    Notepad++
    Renamer by Den4b
    Sharky007 Windows 7 Codecs and X64 Components
    Skype
    Steam
    STDU Viewer
    VLC
    Virtual CloneDrive
    VirtualDub
    Windows Live Essentials & Messenger Plus & A-Patch
    Windows Security Essentials
    Yahoo Messenger
    uTorrent
    Colors by Den4b

    Paid:
    AnyDVD
    DVD Rebuilder

    Arrr:
    Adobe CS
    Microsoft Office
    Avid Media Composer
    Avid Pro Tools
  21. dedparrot

    dedparrot Newcomer, in training Posts: 67

    Media Player Classic, JDownloader, CCleaner, Steam
  22. 3DCGMODELER

    3DCGMODELER TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    LightWave
    AdobePhotoshop
    3DMax
    CCleaner, Defragger
    Mostly 3D Animation, Modeling Software...etc etc..

    No Internet Browsers, have other machine to do that...

    Then Strip Windows 64 bit down to Bare Bones OS, Remove all the OS Bloat....that takes the
    longest...
    Remove all internet Browser Programs, Like Internet Explorer, First Thing Removed...


    Then go to work...on Modeling and Animations
  23. web browser:
    Internet explorer 9 (tracking protection- Abine, Easylist, Fanboy)

    Multimedia:
    Windows Media Player, ALPayer, Flash Player/Reader, Divx Web Player, Freemake Video Converter, Steam.

    Security:
    Microsoft Security Essentials, PCtools Firewall Plus, Returnil (with secure external hd).

    Tools:
    nCleaner, Winrar, LibreOffice.
  24. Firefox, Thunderbird, Zonealarm, Avast, Malwarebytes, Ccleaner.
  25. Use alot of the same ones.One I have not seen listed that is a must for me is startup monitor by mike lin one the best software you can install,be sure to install it early on before you add a bunch of other software.


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