Weekend Open Forum: What are your software essentials?

Leeky

Posts: 3,357   +116
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.
 

Archean

Posts: 5,631   +91
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
 

t3chn0vamp

Posts: 127   +18
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
µTorrent
Media Player Classic
Adobe Reader
blah blah blah....lolz xD :D
 

Nima304

Posts: 386   +158
Chrome or Firefox, MS Office 2010, uTorrent, Skype, TeamViewer, VLC Media Player, InfraRecorder, Flash Player, Java, etc.
 

Benny26

Posts: 1,379   +70
Interesting topic.

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

Leeky

Posts: 3,357   +116
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Guest

Avast
Total Commander
Firefox
Thunderbird
LibreOffice
EasyCDDA
TagScanner
ImgBurn
Picasa3
VLC
RadioSure+Screamer Radio
MusicBee
RevoUninstaller
CCleaner
Macrium Reflect
Easeus Partition Manager
FastCopy
FoxitReader
 
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Guest

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.
 
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Guest

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.
 

Ithryl

Posts: 53   +0
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.
 

TomSEA

Posts: 3,248   +1,878
Chrome
CCleaner
Auslogics Disk Defrag
SpyBot
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Ventrilo
Spotify
VLC Player
CDBurnerXP
Driver Sweeper
WinRAR
MS Office 2010
dBPowerAmp Music Converter
 
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Guest

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
 

blackcat77

Posts: 18   +0
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.
 

nismo91

Posts: 1,045   +96
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
 
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Guest

No particular order

(1) Zone alarm
(2) Chrome
(3) AVG
(4) Adobe Suite
(5) Office Suite
 
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Guest

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
 

3DCGMODELER

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
 
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Guest

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.
 
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Guest

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.