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Weekend Open Forum: What are your software essentials?

By Jos
Oct 14, 2011
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  1. Qrypt0

    Qrypt0 TS Rookie

    -Avira antvir
    -Ms office
    -Vlc media player
    -Mozilla
    -uTorrent
    -32bit ftp
    -Devv Cpp
    -Daemon tools
    -Xdesk
    -Adobe reader
    -Photoshop
    -Pspad editor
    -Winamp
    -UltraIso
    -Pcsx2
    -unlocker
    -Tuneup utilities
    -apache
    -Fl studio
    -IDM
     
  2. Avast, uTorrent
    :D
     
  3. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Browsers - Opera, Chrome, Firefox, IE ( including betas and nightly builds )
    Utilities - CCleaner, K-Lite Codec Pack Full, Auslogic Disk Defrag / Defraggler, Iolo System
    Mechanic Professional
    Anti-Virus - Avast, Malwarebytes, SUPERAntiSpyware, Windows Defender
    Office Suite - Libre Office ( used to be Microsoft Office but you can't beat the price of this suite )
    Also trying out Kingsoft Office, free for 1 year and claims to be 100% compatible
    with MS Office 2007 / 2010
     
  4. Kraemepoo

    Kraemepoo TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Firefox
    Winamp
    MSE
    Adobe reader
    Adobe Flash
    7-Zip
    Steam + associated games
    Speedfan
    RSA Secure ID
    CDex
    Malwarebytes
    Irfanview
     
  5. Chris Cornell

    Chris Cornell TS Member

    Avast! antivirus, Steam, CC Cleaner, Chrome and Opera
     
  6. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 520

    In no order:

    Chrome
    MS Office 2007
    Windows Explorer
    ImgBurn
    AMD Overdrive
    DVD Maker
    Game Booster
    Fraps
     
  7. I use Mozilla Aurora, a beta that I'm surprised that more users haven't listed. I also use Avant and Comodo and Ausologics free downloads. My computer is a Maingear Vybe with I5-2500 and 120SSD.
    Now some energetic soul should sort this material and list most popular by category.
    Felix
    Sanibel, FL
     
  8. Browser Mozilla Aurora
    Browser Sea Monkey
    AV Avast
    Firewall Comodo
    Email Thunderbird
    Regis Cleaner Ausologics
    Defrag Ausoligics
    Word process Open Office Org
    Spread Sheet Open Office Org but I was rasied on Lotus (The Best)
     
  9. rick4651

    rick4651 TS Rookie

    rick4651 after windows 7: avast,open office,advanced system care, registry fix 8, lastpass,skype, teamview 6, Chrome
     
  10. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 979   +31

    It depends on whether it's my main machine or not. The base list is:

    - Microsoft Security Essentials
    - Flash
    - Adobe Reader

    The rest is fluid based on machine. On my laptop I use IE9 for browsing and gmail for mail, but on my desktop I use Firefox (3.6) and Thunderbird. On my laptop I only have City of Heroes and Everquest II Extended installed as games, but on my desktop I have Steam for most games, and would consider it essential (but of course also has CoH and EQ2X).

    Still, I think the desktop is the representative, so here's a list (not comprehensive and in no particular order):

    - Firefox
    - Thunderbird
    - IZArc
    - SoftMaker Office
    - Paragon Hard Disk Manager (for backup)
    - Steam
    - Skype
    - Visual Studio
    - VirtualBox
    - Irfanview
    - Paint.NET
     
  11. Mozilla Firefox
    Photoshop
    Dreamweaver
    Flash
    Notepad ++
    Context
    VLC (To play things windows can't)
    Convert X to DVD
    XAMPP
    Windows Live Messanger
    Skype
    Trillian
    Steam
    Wireshark
    Microsoft Office 2010
    Kaspersky Internet Security
    CCleaner
    Daemon Tools lite
    Adobe Reader
    Flux (Great little tool if you don't really like bright screens)
    Fraps
    Google Chrome
    HD Tune
    IMG Burn
    iTunes
    Malwarebytes
    Nero
    Spybot S&D (Only use this and Malwarebytes as additional scanners)
    Ventrillo
    Winrar
    X-Fire
    Dropbox
    Defraggler
    Virtual Box
    Peerblock (One of the coolest programs ever can't believe no ones mentioned it :[ )
    Utorrent
     
     
  12. Xubuntu Restricted Extras.
     
  13. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    You can shorten your list by 25% since Flash Player is integrated into all Chrome releases.. That leaves more room for porn (ie. the essentials)
     
  14. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 979   +31

    I forgot to list folding@home.
     
  15. Great question! My choices are:

    Avast antivirus
    CCleaner
    Maxthon Web Browser
    Malwarebytes
    Utorrent
    Open Office Suite
    Nero Home Essentials
    Winamp

    Of course that's just after a clean install. Shortly after I'll also install Adobe Reader, Photoshop, and a good quality DVD burner like 1 click DVD Copy Pro, with the DVD43 decrypter plug in, only for backing up purposes.
     
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,735   +894

    Of course, we knew that. :rolleyes:
     
  17. I'm constantly reviewing and updating applications so my list is in flux. With that said after a clean install of Windows, I install Microsoft Security Essentials, Firefox, Thunderbird, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader. I have many small .exe utilities that don't require installation but I have them on the system, after that I again I review and update applications on a regular basis.
     
  18. UnknownSky

    UnknownSky TS Rookie Posts: 41

    Alrighty

    Driver Genius
    7-zip
    Teracopy
    Notepad2
    Imgburn
    VLC
    K-lite
    MS Office
    Opera Web Browser
    Open Freely

    Other numerous applications.
     
  19. Erik

    Erik TechSpot Staff Posts: 292   +10 Staff Member

    Biggest change for me is ditching Firefox for Chrome.
     
  20. Mudvayne819

    Mudvayne819 TS Rookie Posts: 41

    firefox 3.6
    winrar
    open office
    utorrent
    vlc
    daemontool
    notepadplus
    trillian
    mirc
    divx
    ventrilo
    networx
    inputdirector
    mouse w/o borders
    virtualbox
    malwarebytes
    magiciso
     
  21. Windows
    AVG, Office, Visual Studio, MS Sql, Windows SPs & updates, WinRar, iTunes, Trillian, Firefox, Power2Go, Shisen-Sho, VNC, Flash, JRE, Acrobat Reader, VLC, DiskImage, PefectDisk, dbPoweramp, Thumbsplus, EditPad Pro, SpybotSD, VmWare, Family Tree.

    Kubuntu
    Updates to OS and KDE, avogadro, clamav, clamav-daemon, clamtk, empathy, evolution, firefox, freshclam, kalzium, krename, kphotoalbum, kshisen, playonlinux, synaptic, thunderbird, vlc, x264, mysql-server, php5-mysql, flashplugin- nonfree, ubuntu-restricted-extras, workbench, VmWare
     
  22. bavon

    bavon TS Rookie

    Mine are:
    Internet Explorer IE8
    Microsoft Security Essentials
    Malwarebytes
    Tcpview
    Autoruns
    Process Explorer
    CCleaner
    Word
    Abi Word
    Adobe Reader
    SIW
    VLC Media Player
    Windows Media Player
    I also have the following availabe on my desktop
    Notepad
    Services.msc
    Dfrg.msc
    Event Viewer
    Devmgmt.msc
     
  23. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,316   +268

    Windows:
    Microsoft Security Essentials
    Spybot?
    Winrar
    TweaksLogin
    Chrome
    Firefox
    Pidgin
    FileZilla
    Putty
    Notepad++
    Foobar 2000
    Audacity
    XBMC
    VLC
    Picasa
    Foxit Reader
    Nero BR
    Steam
    If there is any productivity on this machine then include:
    MS Office
    Adobe Creative Suite

    Mac
    GeekTools
    Chrome
    Firefox
    FileZilla
    iLife
    Audacity
    Plex
    VLC
    Adobe Creative Suite
    Microsoft Remote Desktop Client
    X11

    Linux
    gParted
    Chromium Web Browser
    Firefox
    FileZilla
    Pidgin
    OpenSSH
    Samba
    XBMC
    VLC
    Open/Libre Office
    K3b
    Remmina
     
  24. - Hardware Drivers (Xtreme-G NVIDIA Drivers, Uni-Xonar ASUS Xonar Essence STX Drivers, Razer Mamba + BlackWidow Ultimate Drivers, Mobo drivers)
    - SRWare Iron + Synced to Google with AdBlock, AdSweep, SpeedDial, FastestChrome and Scroll-to-top Button Extensions
    - HostsMan
    - PeerBlock
    - Avast!
    - 7Zip
    - Adobe Flash
    - Daemon Tools Lite
    - Foxit Reader
    - Java
    - K-Lite Mega Codec Pack + 64-bit version
    - LibreOffice
    - LockHunter
    - Windows Updates and MS Essentials (eg VB Runtime Files, .NET, Silverlight and associated updates etc)
    - PerfectDisk
    - KMPlayer
    - WinPatrol
    - WinRAR
    - VLC
    - XMPlay
     
  25. Opera
    Firefox
    Chrome - may decide to drop it next time, as it updates without permission)
    Alcohol 120%
    PDF readers (I use several)
    Photoshop
    7-zip
    Avast
    Malwarebytes
    Bandwidth monitor
    ClocX
    Dropbox
    Easeus data recovery wizard professional
    Microsoft reader
    MS Office
    Open Office (if I need it; plan on testing LibreOffice sometime)
    NetLimiter
    RMVB player
    Skype
    VideoGet
    VLC (yes I'm aware it sucks, but I use it regardless)
    Winamp

    New in testing:
    Defraggler (used Auslogics before but defraggler should be better)

    A note too all the other commenters on this site about CCleaner:
    -Registry cleaners don't do anything, except break something.
    -Old unused info in the registry is just that; unused.
    -No memory loss, no speed loss.

    Do yourselves a favor and uninstall CCleaner and never use it again, if you value the usability of your computers.

    A note to all those who use AVG:
    -AVG was good in 2008, it's not longer good. Get a better antivirus. Recommendations: Avast, Avira, MSE, or if you're paying: Nod32

    A note to all those who use WinRAR: 7-zip has been superior for a long time. WinRAR is old, time to switch over.
     


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