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What's important to keep your PC humming? Check out the answers below.

 


 
 

Anti-Virus & Security

 
 

Antivirus is so important!!! In the age of the Internet & e-mail you got to get antivirus. Most ISP's (Internet service providers) offer antivirus free if you continue to use their service. Usually, it's the big one's McAfee or Norton and they offer firewall, identity protection, etc. I use Norton cause that's what Comcast offers now.

 

If you don't have a provider that offers you Antivirus and you don't have any cash to shell out for a subscription.  Here is what you can you use, AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition you can get it here and check out the video below;

 

Now that we have the Antivirus covered let's move on to the firewall.  Windows XP and 7 come with a firewall but with hackers doing reverse engineering they make their way around it.  I recommend ZoneAlarm Free Edition, you can get that here 

 

OK, you didn't have these apps installed on your PC and now you have Spyware or Malware.  Although, there are some other apps out there that a lot of people say is better, here is what I recommend, Malwarebytes Free edition  you can get that here  (oh yeah, it's free too)

 

 
 

System Tools

 
 

Now let's move on to some system tools and there is a company that has three of the apps I use you can get them from here


CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download. (from the developer)


DefragglerUse Defraggler to defrag your entire hard drive, or individual files - unique in the industry. This compact and portable Windows application supports NTFS and FAT32 file systems. (from the developer)

 


RecuvaAccidentally deleted an important file? Lost something important when your computer crashed? No problem! Recuva recovers files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player. And it's free! (from the developer)

 
 

Office Productivity

 
 

OK, need office software but can't afford it?  Here is the skinny on some info you may not know, if you work for a big company, software company, etc., etc.  Some companies participate in a program where you can get Microsoft applications at a discounted rate.  If you are a student, that's like money in the bank, many universities and colleges participate in programs where you can get the software you need for free or deeply discounted.


If this doesn't apply to you, check out OpenOffice.org and you can get that here for FREE!!!

 

CNET review

A credible rival to MS Office, OpenOffice.org includes powerful applications for making text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, diagrams, and databases, as well as HTML and XML documents. Not only does it let you edit basic documents, such as letters and faxes, it also handles equations and complex and multipart documents with bibliographies, reference tables, and indexes.


The interface is similar to that of MS Office, and even advanced Office users will find almost everything they're used to: templates, collaborative features (versions, recording changes), macros, and even a programming language. OOo, as it's known, lets you open and save documents in formats as diverse as MS Office formats, PDF, HTML, and XML. It can also import files from those formats, as well as WordPerfect and others. However, it normally saves files in the open-standard Oasis OpenDocument XML format, for maximum compatibility with other applications.


Ok you got the OpenOffice but need an outlook app?  Got a free one for you too.  Mozilla Thunderbird and with Add-ons you can get a calendar and contact add-on to complete the package.  You can get it here and check out the video below;

 

From the Developer...

Thunderbird makes e-mailing safer, faster, and easier with such features as intelligent spam filters, a built-in RSS reader, and quick search. Thunderbird was designed to prevent viruses and to stop junk mail. Thunderbird 3 includes tabbed e-mail, new search tools and indexing, "smart" folders, support for Firefox's Personas, a simplified setup wizard, and robust junk protections that include phishing and spam filters. Thunderbird 3 is based on the Gecko 1.9.1.5 platform including some major re-architecting to provide improved performance, stability, web compatibility, and code simplification and sustainability.

 

 
 

Image Editing Software

 
 

You need Photoshop but it's out of your price range?  Here is an alternative that I've used in the past and they have made some improvements since I've used it GIMP ( GNU Image Manipulation Program).  Don't be fooled by the name, it offers all of the photo editing you need if you are working on a budget.  You can get that here for FREE!!!


So I hope this info I've provided to you is helpful.  Good Luck!


P.S.  These are recommended apps, you use them at your own riskRead all information regarding the applications and read all the information on how to use them.

 
     
   
   
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