Weekend Open Forum: What are your software essentials?

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
 

fpsgamerJR62

TS Rookie
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
 

Kraemepoo

TS Enthusiast
Firefox
Winamp
MSE
Adobe reader
Adobe Flash
7-Zip
Steam + associated games
Speedfan
RSA Secure ID
CDex
Malwarebytes
Irfanview
 

Atham

TS Enthusiast
In no order:

Chrome
MS Office 2007
Windows Explorer
ImgBurn
AMD Overdrive
DVD Maker
Game Booster
Fraps
 
G

Guest

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
 
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Guest

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)
 

rick4651

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

ET3D

TechSpot Paladin
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
 
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Guest

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
 

Rick

TS Evangelist
M1r said:
Chrome
AVG
Flash Player
Porn
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)
 
G

Guest

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.
 
G

Guest

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.
 

UnknownSky

TS Enthusiast
Alrighty

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

Other numerous applications.
 

Mudvayne819

TS Enthusiast
firefox 3.6
winrar
open office
utorrent
vlc
daemontool
notepadplus
trillian
mirc
divx
ventrilo
networx
inputdirector
mouse w/o borders
virtualbox
malwarebytes
magiciso
 
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Guest

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
 

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
 

LNCPapa

TS Special Forces
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
 
G

Guest

- 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
 
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Guest

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.