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My List of must have Windows applications.

As you have guessed by the title, this post is about applications that I think should be installed on every Windows computer. Just remember this is my personal list. Now, this isn’t everything I have installed. There are hundreds if not thousands of good applications out there.

Google Chrome

A long running joke is Internet Explorer and now Edge’s on function is to help install a new browser. There are a lot of web browsers out there but the two big ones are Chrome and Firefox. With my Google account, I can sign into Chrome and it will sync across all of my devices. Installing all of my extensions and bookmarks, which saves a ton of time and I don’t have to worry about losing anything. Since Firefox has started using Yahoo as its default search provider I stopped using it.

uBlock Origin

This is a link to an extension for Chrome. The world is filled with websites that a too full of ads and it’s tough to actually see the content. Not to mention sometimes hackers get into the ad service and push ads with malicious applications in them. Just remember that a lot of websites only can exist because of their ad revenue so if you find a site you like, make sure to disable the ad blocker for that site.

LastPass

Oh man, I am so happy for this to exist. I have way way too many passwords that I don’t think I would be able to keep track of them all. With LastPass, it puts an extension on every available browser and will save everything. Just make sure you don’t lose your master password or you won’t be able to get into your account.

CCleaner

Program uninstaller, temp file cleaner, and registry cleaner all rolled up into one. This little application is just really solid. I personally don’t use the active monitoring in CCleaner, I don’t need any more pop-up notifications in my life.

Malwarebytes

Most anti virus programs only look for the worst nasty files and that is it. Malwarebytes, on the other hand, will not only find infections but also what is called PuP’s or potentially unwanted programs. These programs are usually bundled in with other installers. Make sure that when you start the application for the first time, under settings in the protection tab make to turn on “Scan for rootkits”. I am not sure why it is off by default though.

Avast

Ok so between having an adblocker installed and Malwarebytes I don’t have a regular anti-virus installed. So it’s kinda weird to have something not installed on my PC’s to be on this list. But for some, an AV is needed and when people come into my office this is the one I recommend.

Crystal Disk Info

Hard drives die. it is one of the most common problems I run into. With Crystal Disk Info it won’t fix a failing hard drive, but it will let you know if the S.M.A.R.T. tables are showing anything wrong. All you need to know is if everything is blue you are good, Yellow and red means you better backup and replace the drive.

Lightshot

This is a screenshot tool on steroids. After it is installed, when you press the print screen button it will allow you to choose the area what you want to copy. and you can email, copy, print, and even share on social media sites. You can draw and even add text.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this. You can shoot me a message on my Twitter or hit me up on Facebook.

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