After cleaning up a friends system recently and dramatically improving it’s performance, appearance and usability I was asked again, nay begged, to recommend as many of the applications and or utilities I use(d) to install or put onto an existing or new installation of Windows to ‘protect it’ and to help keep it running optimally and take full control of your applications, system preferences and resources.
The list below contains most of the things I install on, or use, on all of my machines.
There are also ‘portable’ or ‘non-install’ versions of nearly all of these applications which I carry on my thumb drives too. But I will not provide the links for them as they can be easily found the same place as the full installs of these applications.
There are of course many others I use for network administration but I won’t include all of those here now.
I just wanted to put this up so that those of you looking for some very good freeware applications to enhance and improve your computing experience could find them in one place. And to keep it as secure and trouble free as possible.
[see list at end for Firefox extensions and add ons I use too]
7-Zip opensource file archiver:
Notepad++ Opensource notepad on steroids:
ClearType Tuner PowerToy:
Open Command Window Here:
The entire Syinternals Suite:
Complete tool set:
Of those I use most are:
Process Explorer and AutoRuns
Revo Uninstaller – freeware:
A great spyware finder:
Spybot Search And Destroy
Don’t confuse this application with other that are trading on the ‘Spybot’ name and are in
and of themselves ACTUALLY spyware. The one and only original FREEWARE application is here.
Taskbar Shuffle – a simple, small, free utility that lets you drag and drop your Windows
taskbar buttons to rearrange them:
ImageBurn CD/DVD burner:
ANTI VIRUS APPS:
I have used both of these and they are fine freeware applications.
I also am quite happy with corporate versions of McAfee and Symantec despite the idiot rantings of people who don’t do this for a living.
FIREFOX EXTENSIONS I use:
Grease Monkey for firefox – allows of additional script functionalities in firefox:
Remove Facebook Ads:
YouTube HD Ultimate: