10 Essential software programs for your home computer.
Anti-spyware. Spyware and Adware can be just as nasty as viruses, and they slow down the performance of your PC. We strongly recommend against using adware on your PC. But for users of Vista, there is a built-in protection feature called ‘windows defender’.
Firewall. If you have a firewall, it will prevent spyware, adware, and viruses from entering your computer, and it is the most important of all the three defenses against malicious software. Windows Vista comes with a firewall, called ‘Windows firewall’.
Antivirus. Antivirus is very important if you want your computer to run smoothly, without it crashing or breaking down. Antivirus software is the one that is responsible for enabling all other software to work. It is recommended that you install virus checking software on your computer first, and update it regularly, with the result that it is McAfee. This is a good and effective choice.
Gimp. If you like to create and edit photos, gimp is a great free alternative to Paint Shop. It is just as good and as full of features. It can be useful for budding artists, students, web developers, and anyone who wants to tweak their photographs to remove annoying blemishes or add funky backgrounds to their photos.
Spotify. Spotify has been among the newest software trends on the internet, and it is definitely justified. Not like other music players, spotify allows you to search for and stream music directly from the internet. There is no need for downloading any music. That means that you are able to listen to hundreds of songs absolutely free and legally.
Windows Messenger, the king of instant messaging, is an excellent tool for staying connected with your friends.
Skype: You can also use this software to talk with your friends and colleagues all over the world for free. It is essential for arranging video conferencing, and for calling landlines, which are charged at a discounted rate. Who really needs a phone?
Adobe Acrobat Reader. E-books, instructions, newsletters, etc. all come in PDF files, so you will need an Acrobat Reader to view them. I also recommend to PDF, a program that allows you to save word documents as PDF files.
Ask for and record toolbar. A toolbar is one of the best programs that you can download. It is very useful, and has lots of different functions. It is unfortunate that it runs as a toolbar and not as an independent program. But the easy-to-use features make it one of the few worthwhile programs. It is mainly a software which records sounds and videos that you play from your computer. So if you find videos that you like on YouTube, you can save them as a FLV file and watch them whenever you want, or you can also save the sound of the video as an MP3 file and record it. Then there is also a utility bar that functions as a file converter. With this toolbar, you can convert flv and MP3 files to almost any format more easily and reliably than other programs. What is best of all, it’s free!
Open the office. It gives free access to Microsoft Office, which allows you to open and edit files in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other office formats. And given that Microsoft Office is very expensive, it is a sensible download. Considering that the price of Microsoft Office is very high, this is an intelligent download.