Recommended Software

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Slimware Utilities

It is important to keep any system running smoothly with an all-purpose repair and optimizing software suite. Slimware uses crowd-sourced information to recommend optimal settings.

avast! Antivirus

avast! Antivirusavast! antivirus is one of the consistent highly rated security softwares available and is loaded with plenty of features. Even the free version contains useful functions you don’t normally find in freeware, such as a global system software updater.

MediaMonkey

MediaMonkeyWith all of the common features one would expect in a media player, MediaMonkey is capable of handling over 100,000 songs without skipping a beat. It also plays many exotic file formats and can auto-fix your metadata.

MEGA

MEGAMaking a comeback from its infamous history, Kimdotcom’s cloud storage solution offers 50 gigabytes of cloud storage for free. There is also a sync program which will setup a folder on your local drive which automatically copies files between the two locations.

LibreOffice

LibreOfficeThe best free office productivity suite contains all of the essential programs with an incredibly powerful and intuitive interface. As part of the GNU software universe, the program is completely free and they provide the code online.

GIMP

GIMP logo 256pxAnother member of the GNU software universe, the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a powerful and free alternative to the expensive image editing programs.

Firefox

Mozilla FirefoxOf the major contenders in the browswer wars, we have to give the thumbs up to Firefox for their persistent dedication to privacy. As an added bonus, they are also in the GNU project and provide the source code.

Steam

SteamSteam is a content delivery service which helps you organize and install your favorite games on all of your home computers. Also, keep an eye out for the frequent sales on games.

7zip

7Zip logo 256pxThere are several options for handling compressed files. 7zip makes it easy to compress and decompress multiple formats.

PC Wizard

PC WizardEver wondered what was under the hood of your system? This little program will tell you anything and everything. Really. More than you needed to know. Comes in very handy when the technical info is needed.

WinDirStat

WinDirStatAn excellent program which helps you reclaim your hard drive space. Analyzes a drive and creates a graphical display of the various directories. You may just find tons of old files you though you lost or realize you don’t need.

Skype

SkypeEssential for the home office or keeping in touch with friends and family in the new millenium. Easy to use and also features instant messaging services. Also used extensively by Computer America for interviews.

Adblock Plus

Adblock PlusAdblock Plus blocks annoying ads on the web. It can block other things, like tracking, as well. With more than 50 million users, it is the world’s most popular browser extension. Adblock Plus is an open source project.