Programs Every Computer Should Have

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Here is a list a programs that is recommended to have on your computer , all of them are not necessary, but are rather useful:

Protection (Spyware/Malware/Virus/Protection)
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Spybot Search & Destroy - Searches your computer for spyware and malware.
Spywareblaster - This program protects you actively from bad sites.
Ad-Aware SE Personal - Another spyware/malware scanner. Used in conjunction with Spybot and you should be pretty clean.
IE-SPYAD - Puts over 5000 sites in your restricted zone, so you'll be protected when you visit innocent-looking sites that aren't actually innocent at all. (submitted by Saint777)
AVG Anti-Virus - A free anti virus program.
Panda Antivirus - Free trial, but you'll be more interested in the free online scanner. (submitted by amtcubus)
Zone Alarm - A free (and good) firewall program.
Sygate - Personal Firewall - Another free firewall that is good. (submitted by albion)
Kerio Personal Firewall - A firewall program. Free for home and personal use. (submitted by Oykotinim)
Avast - A free (home edition) anti-virus program. (submitted by kazuki05)
A sqaured - A Trojan scanner. (submitted by Saint777)
Google Toolbar - A nice integrated pop-up blocker. (submitted by Saint777)

Browsers/Internet
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Firefox - A popular alternative to Internet Explorer, and less prone to security flaws (for now).
Opera - Another good browser, has nifty session saving and tabbed browsing built in. (you don't need extensions)
WinZIP - Most common ZIP program.
WinRAR - Another ZIP program, handles the ever growing RAR extension.
UltimateZIP - Another program that handles multiple ZIP extensions.
7ZIP - Got a weird ZIP extension? Try this program.
WinAce - An archiving program that boasts better compression than WinZip. (submitted by sgof)
[url=http://www.leechget.net/en/[/url]Leech Get[/url] - A download accelerator that speeds up your downloads and allows for pausing and resuming of downloads.
Download Accelerator - Speed up your downloads, allows you to pause and resume downloads. (submitted by UnknownFact)
SmartFTP - An FTP program, with added functionality. (submitted by ocelotisun)
DC++ - A free direct connect protocol. (submitted by amtcubus)

Audio/Video/Authoring
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Media Player Classic - With the right codecs, you can listen to and watch anything using this player.
BSplayer - Another versatile media player like Media Player Classic.
VLC Media Player - A media player that can play almost anything, multiple subtitles, and audio and video tracks. (submitted by Holt)
Zoomplayer - An all around media player. (submitted by inoesomestuff)
XviD Codec v.103 - A codec that is often required for movies/video clips.
K-Lite Codec Pack - Install a bunch of codecs you might need. (I use it without any problems.)
GSpot - Missing a codec? Use this program to find what codec the video or audio is using.
DiVX - Another player for DiVX format.
Foobar - A very nice audio player, open source, with many extensions.
WinAmp - A popular audio player.
Quicktime Alternative - Don't want to install Quicktime? Install the codecs for it, and play your MOV file in Media Player Classic or BSplayer.
Real Player Alternative - Don't want to install Real Player? Install the codecs and play real media files in Media Player Classic or BSplayer.
QuickTime - If you don't want to use the alternative. Needed for many sites who stream video.
Real Player - If you don't want to use the alternative. Not so common anymore, but it pops up from time to time.
iReverter - If you have an iRiver H300 series MP3 player, then you will need this program. (submitted by Aa-chan)
iTune - A popular audio program that is synonymous with Apple iPod, it can also convert your songs into MP3 format. (submitted by litterstars)
Nero - A popular CD/DVD burning program, it can also encode an AVI file onto a VCD/SVCD. (submitted by DaNuke)
BeSweet - An audio conversion program with some signal processing features. (submitted by OUtMaN)

Imaging
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IrfanView - A free image editor, does your basic crop and resize, among other things.
ACDSee - An image viewer/manager. Free trial. (submitted by sillymoogle)
Terragen - A landscape rendering program. Free while it is beta. (submitted by kazuki05)
Chaoscope - A 3D strange attractors rendering software. (submitted by ocelotisun)
Apophysis - A flame fractal generator. (submitted by ocelotisun)
PhotoImpact - Imaging software, free trial. (submitted by amtcubus)

Other
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KillBox - For stubborn programs that cannot be removed. (submitted by Saint777)
Set-up Instructions for Spybot S&D and Adaware SE - Very important for setting up Ad-Aware SE and Spybot S&D for maximum effectiveness. (submitted by Saint777)
Open Office - A free alternative to Microsoft Office. (submitted by Firefox)
CCleaner - An optimization tool for Windows. It cleans out temp folders, registry cleaner, and third party applications. (submitted by ocelotisun)

Messenger
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Trillian - A good All-In-One messenger program for AIM, MSN, ICQ, and Yahoo. (submitted by Holt)

Bit Torrent
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Azureus - A decked out version of the original Bit Torrent client. Use to download torrent files (for legal purposes only). (submitted by Holt)
BitComent - Another good Bit Torrent Client, which does not use Java. Use to download torrent files (for legal purposes only). (submitted by jhujhiti)

Sites
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Doom9 - Helpful for your Audio/Video needs.
SourceForge - Resource for "open source" programs.


These are the programs that come to mind. All these programs aren't necessarily needed on your computer, just programs recommended, and most are free. I will add more if I find any, feel free to add any programs you would recommend having on your computer.

  • Mar 10, 2005

albion

albion

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I currently have the sygate firewall installed, and it's been a really good software

wunjo!

I'm not lazy, I'm Zen

sillymoogle

sillymoogle

Vectoring back to school

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Um, Open Office comes to mine. Don't have the link, but an open source, and FREE alternative to MS Office on Windows, Mac, Linux.... Well, Linux obviously doesn't have MS Office or any Microsoft products written for it.
It may have it's own formats, but it can save and read files in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, html, Just to name a few. The only reason to stick with MS Office is because you or your company haven't given it a try or are using the newest features (synchronized files) or like me, have dial up and may not be able to download the whole thing. But perfect alternative for publication of documents.
Worked with it in Linux and it works fine, and should be easy for MS Office users to pick up.

For Image viewers, I recommend ACDSee. Works Significantly faster than Windows me/2000/xp explorer (OS/Windows key - E) viewing thumbnails. And the the images can be scaled, printed without modifying the file.
There is a Mac version but I can only recomend it for the die hard ACDSee fans. Missing a lot of the power in Windows version and has file name character length problems.

kazuki05

Another supernumerary..

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I use Avast as my anti-virus.. I like its features such as: scanning files transferred over IM clients like MSN and much much more.

Terragen is a great imaging program if you want to create landscapes and those sorts.

"The stronger someone appears on the outside, the weaker they are in reality."

  • Mar 11, 2005
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I use all the programs listed by Espritdumort for protection, here are a few more:

More for the Protection (Spyware/Malware/Virus):
The Kill Box - Excellent tool for deleting stubborn files that cannot be removed.
IE-SPYAD - Puts over 5000 sites in your restricted zone, so you'll be protected when you visit innocent-looking sites that aren't actually innocent at all.
A squared - FREE trojan SCANNER
Google Toolbar - Pop-up blocker if you must use IE.
Set-up Instructions for Spybot S&D and Adaware se - Very important for setting up Ad-Aware SE and Spybot S&D for maximum effectiveness (both programs were listed by Espritdumort).

  • Mar 12, 2005
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I use zonealarm for firewall and av-free for antivirus. I think every computer also must have winace, I think it's better than winzip.

  • Mar 18, 2005

Aa-chan

Aa-chan

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If you have an iRiver H300 series MP3 player, then iRiverter is a must OX .

Follow AA-CHAN as he teaches English in South Korea and enjoys his K-Pop music fandoms up close!

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hmmm... I am currently using iTunes. It's better than Windows Media Player imo. A recent convert & happy user. Reads the various asian fonts with no problem, works with audioscrobbler's plugin too. Doesn't crash (so far) & I certainly don't hope that it does. pc/mac compatible. If you have an ipod, just plug in & it reads immediately. That's why I want one...iTunes Oh yes, it even converts files into mp3 format & doesn't require as much memory space as realplayer.. plus! the design's neat too!

  • Mar 18, 2005
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Don't forget to put Kerio Personal Firewall in the protection list. It's great!

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  • Mar 19, 2005

DaNuke

DaNuke

Punio de Hierro

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Nero is, by now, the best CD burning program for Windows. I've heard great things about K3B for Linux, though I've never gave it a try.

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  • Mar 19, 2005

Holt

Holt

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If you have a POP3 enabled e-mail like gmail, you can use mozilla thunderbird to download and store e-mails and also view RSS feeds. It's a much better alternative to microsoft outlook or outlook express.
Azureus if you use bittorrent is great. It requires Java but you should have that anyway. It's easy to use and able to continue and store torrents. It also gives alot of information on rates, connected user etc.
Trillian is a great all round chatting client. It can connect to IRC, MSN, AIM, ICQ, yahoo all together. Unlike MSN messenger, the view e-mails button can be set to open in firefox or another browser.
VLC media player can play absolutely anything and can use multiple subtitle, audio and video tracks. Very very versatile.

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UnknownFact

UnknownFact

Silent Thunder

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Well, I recommend these:
Mozilla Firefox for speed and security
Internet Explorer (because some sites don't work with firefox)

RegSupreme pro (www.macecraft.com) cracked of course...just kidding
Ad-Aware SE
Serials 2000
an antivirus...

ACDSee 4.0 because the 7.0 is far too exagerated...
DOWNLOAD accelerator IS A MUST-HAVE/OBLIGATION
winamp for the mp3
musicmatch for the cd's
divX for the movies
a DVD player...Blaze dvd or power dvd maybe...
games, of course... and a p2p, maybe phoenix Emule
oh yeah and nero reloaded 6

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Chani

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For me :

- Open office
- Kl codec + BS player
- Mozilla or Firebird and firefox
- Scintilla text editor
- Inkscape (vectoring)
- The gimp (photo)
- foobar (mp3 player)
- Spybot and Adaware
- Kerio firewall
- everest
- avast
- a pdf reader
- pdf creator (gpl)
- 7 ZIP (gpl)
- Total commander
- photo filtre
- Ant movie catalog
- freepops (for hotmail user)
- easyphp
- Virtual dub

That 's all.. all i see for the moment

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  • Mar 21, 2005

Nanijirobi

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This is what I got and recommend!
Anti-crap
Spybot - Search & Destroy
Ad-Aware SE personal
Norton Anti-Virus
Zone Alarm
These four is basically a MUST!!!
Browser
Firefox
IE for the security updates, I do them manually so I know wtf I get!
ETC...
Adobe Photo Shop Pro 6
Adobe Acrobat Reader(very usefull at times!)
Good 'ol Paint
Winzip
Winrar
Winamp of course!!!

That is about it....

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Joe:"And I'm the master of Soul Calibur."

Me:"I've got a...uh...uh...oh yeah, a Pornographic memory!"

  • Mar 21, 2005

Holt

Holt

pffft

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What's the difference between adobe photoshop pro and cs?
i hate internet explorer to death >=(

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Firefox

Hi, I'm your favorite browser

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Mmm, let's see;

- Ad-Aware SE personal
- Norton Internet Security 2005
- Firefox (duh............)
- Windows Media Player ( =P )
- OpenOffice.org 2.0 (last stable release that is)
- Nero
- Good codecpackage (don't know any name right now)
- Thunderbird

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I've updated the list with some of the programs everyone submitted, and included the name of the submitter for props. Keep posting programs. ^_^

  • Mar 21, 2005

UnknownFact

UnknownFact

Silent Thunder

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It's ok... if it's about desing i recomend:
MUSTS:
Jasc (or Corel) paint shop pro 7 or 8 or 9...
Discreet's 3d Studio MAX
Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks etc MX (i mean the studio MX)
others:
Paint (it's useful for the print button stuff hahaha)
forgot one...
ah, yeah, if it's about audio edition:
Nero Wave Editor
Acoustica (friend's recommendation)

so, good luck editing and designing

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inoesomestuff

because i dont noe much

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dont forget to add Zoomplayer, imo Google toolbar sux and is just additional spyware, if u want to get rid of popups and have a quick and easy way to search on google, use Firefox

the codec pack that i use - KAA codec pack

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  • Mar 22, 2005

Nanijirobi

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Quote by HoltWhat's the difference between adobe photoshop pro and cs?
i hate internet explorer to death >=(

Well CS is newer and suppose better in some ways!
But there's no big difference to nag about really! >_>

i just work better when I use psp6, I'm just used to it I guess!

Mark:"We will now present our superpowers, I have a killer Tekken ability!"

Joe:"And I'm the master of Soul Calibur."

Me:"I've got a...uh...uh...oh yeah, a Pornographic memory!"

  • Mar 23, 2005

yieloon

yieloon

#1 Slacker

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This is what I think is must have.

-Firefox
-Media player classic (with full codecs)
-Winamp 5 (flac/ape support added)
-ACDSee 7
-mIRC (downloading from irc > bt anyday)
-Bittorrent (one will do, i recommend bittornado)
-MS Office
-AVG
-Hijack this
-Spyware guard/blaster
-Nero
-Winrar

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They say that god arranged relationships, but men created separation.

  • Mar 23, 2005

ocelotisun

ocelotisun

SpiritedAway

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Must Have for me... That aren't in the list yet... :)

GetRight
eMule Plus
Alcohol 102%
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Cyberlink PowerDVD
SmartFTP
TuneUp Utilities
Apophysis
MediaMan
iView Media
CCleaner
Chaoscope

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Program every computer should have, huh?

Then I'd have to say Linux or Mac OSX, as they both work great, whereas Windows makes with the crap.

  • Mar 23, 2005
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Winamp, Firefox, and Word defintly. What's Thunderbird do?

  • Mar 24, 2005

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