Monday, February 22, 2010

Top 10 Essential Software after a fresh install OS

Got a new computer? Did you format your PC? If yes, then here are techiesnitch's top ten essential software for average computer users. It is recommended to have these type of software. 

1. Web browser - Even though operating systems have default web browser, I find it incomplete and has a big security hole. Thank God we have other FREE web browser better than the default installed web browser. Welcome Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera. Goodbye Internet Explorer!

Google Chrome
Firefox 3.6
Safari 4.0.4
Opera 10.10

2. Antivirus Software - Security of my computer is one of the important things that you should consider. Having full antivirus software would protect you system from any malicious files and contents. I recommend Avast over Antivir due to its complete protection. Imagine having your thesis documents being corrupted by a virus, I know you don't want that to happen to you.

Avast 5

3. File Compression - Sometimes the file that you downloaded has a weird file extension like .tar or .rar. That only means that the file is compressed and you need to unpack or extract the file to be able to see what's inside the package. I use winrar although it's not completely free; you'll be able to compress/decompress files easily. The only problem is that you can't put passwords on the files you'll compress.

WinRAR 3.92 (32-bit)
WinRAR 3.92 (64-bit)

4. Instant Messenger - You probably need to get in touch with you classmates and/or relatives that's why you need an instant messenger. I could come in handy whenever you need something from you friends.

Yahoo! Messenger
Trillian Astra
Windows Live Messenger

5. Office Suite - Word processing, Slide Presentation, Spreadsheets are the most common application of office suite. You probably need it whether you are working at the office, or at school. Microsoft Office is widely used in office, school and cafes. Open-Office is the alternative system that is free compared to Microsoft's

Open-Office (from

6. Flash Player - Some website of that website that you visit 
would require you to have flash player installed before you can 
view the content of the file. It is essential to have Flash Player 10 if you're playing games on facebook. :)

Flash Player for Internet Explorer
Flash Player for Other Browser

7. Optical Disk Burner - You'll need a good software to burn your files easily and with compatibility to other system. You can use IMGBurn - a free tool for burn disk images and files to disk.


8. Download Manager - If you like to download multiple and larger files at the same time, it could be practical to use a download manager. Not only it manages your downloaded files by separating them to different folder depending on the file format but it could also resume broken or interrupted download, saving you time.

Download Accelerator Plus 9.3 (Free)

9. All-In-One Media Player - it could be disappointing when you got a copy of the video you want to view but you can't even open the file. All-In-One Media player are great life savers when you need to play the most popular types of video and audio. I recommend using VLC Media Player to play your media files.

VLC Media Player 1.0.5 (from

10. Driver(s) - Installing your printer drivers right away could prevent you from searching for it at unwanted time like when you are in a rush to finish late documents and when you're done you found out that the printer driver is still not installed, great. It could be troublesome, save yourself from letting that happen to you by installing not only your printer drivers but also other peripheral drivers.

Find and download your printer driver:
Hewlett-Packard (HP)
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