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What Practical Applications Should My New Computer Have

July 09, 2012  |  Difficulty: Easy

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Nearly every new personal computer, workstation or laptop has some type of application pack preinstalled by the manufacturer. If you are not satisfied with the pre-installed software, you may want to look into other practical applications. Perhaps you are missing some useful utilities, or the ones you have aren’t suitable for your needs. This article focuses on helpful software, and a list of recommended applications is provided that will help improve your security, facilitate work with files, create documents and make downloads faster. All these solutions are free, and if you learn how to effectively use them you will save time and money.

Free Practical Application list:

  1. Security Applications
    A good security application is typically expensive, but many companies offer antivirus and spyware protection tools in free versions for home use, well-known ones are:

    Spyware Terminator 2012 – Comprehensive protection, read the article on the installation of a free spyware and adware blocker.

    Microsoft® Security Essentials
    – Effective protection, read the article on the installation of Microsoft® Security Essential.

    Panda Cloud Antivirus – Easy to use antivirus, read the article on the installation of Panda Cloud Antivirus.

    Avira® Antivirus 2012 Free – Basic protection, read the article that focuses on the installation of Avira® Antivirus 2012 Free version.

    For more information about antivirus software, you can read the article “How do I choose the best antivirus for me?”.
  2. Office Suites
    Most computer users know of the Microsoft Office® suite of products that is very popular and commonly used but it is quite expensive. If you want a free office solution there are some good choices available:

    OpenOffice.org®
    - A close rival of Microsoft Office®, read the article on installation of OpenOffice©.

    LibreOffice
    - A power-packed, free, and open source personal productivity suite for Windows®, Macintosh® and GNU™/Linux®.
  3. Internet browsers
    Today, much time is spent on the Internet, and there are many applications that run in Internet browsers that offer various functions. The most popular browsers are:

    Internet Explorer®
    – A highly popular Internet browser from Microsoft®, the default Internet browser for the Microsoft Windows® operating system.

    Google Chrome™
    - A powerful browser growing in popularity, read the article on the installation of the Google Chrome™ Internet browser.

    Mozilla® Firefox®
    - An open source based, popular browser, read the article on the installation of Mozilla® Firefox®.

     
    Opera® - A multi-system and very customizable Internet browser.
  4. Download managers
    Every Internet browser has an integrated downloader, but tools exist that can speed up your downloads by more effectively using your bandwidth:

    Crawler Download Manager
    - Very easy to use, read the article on speeding up downloads for free.

    FlashGet®
    - This uses a MHT (Multi-server Hyper-threading Transportation) technique, supports various protocols, and has excellent document management features.

    JDownloader®
    - A free, open-source download management tool with a huge community of developers.
  5. File managers

    FreeCommander©
    - Read the article that focuses on installation of a freeware file manager.

    Total Commander©
    – Very popular file manager, usually offered as a shareware version, now available for Android™ OS.

    Unreal Commander©
    - freeware file manager for Windows® 2000/2003/7, Windows XP® and Windows Vista®.

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