How-to Guide Best Free Software's For New PC.

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  1. JakeXPMan

    JakeXPMan Level 15

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    #81 JakeXPMan, Sep 4, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2016
    Nice selection here and great idea, I been here many times before checking for new softwares, but I find myself using OTHER free software in some of the catagories. :\ There's so much windows software but so little time.

    Here's a few grey areas that I could question, added some of my imput on.

    Antivirus:
    I'd choose Comodo over Qihoo (CF firewall included with sandbox etc) but Qihoo does have the multi engines tho', so its a close race.

    Tune-up Suite:
    Wise Care 365 free is a MUST, not Glarys as Glarys doesn't make sense in some of its tools, never optimized any difference and the registry cleaner is risky on it, I should test the functions again sometime.

    Adblocker: Ublock Origin and Adguard I use both, I find these two best, but what is Adfender?

    Media Player: For media I have VLC player. I never heard of Potplayer btw (Potplayers site is down)

    Music Manager: Winamp (yeah, I know the llama is frozen in time)

    Disk Defrag: I go to Auslogics Disk Defrag (way faster and effective then Defraggler) Defraggler hasnt been updated in a WHILE, but Defraggler does have lots of bells n' whistles on it, the defrag part isnt that good though! :eek:

    Registry Cleaner: Also if I wanted Registry Cleaning I go for Auslogics Registry Cleaner it has a great backup feature and it is more like a FULL cleaner. Wise Care 365 already has the registry cleaner its just a simple sweep (like a less safe CCleaner) and its REALLY slow these days. I don't recommend any registry cleaner though, and haven't use one in a half year.

    PDF Reader: Sumatra rocks but I haven't used Foxit before.

    Disk Partitioning: Is AOMEI the best free partitioner and Imaging? what about Macrium and Gparted?



    New find for me,
    System Booster: Process Lasso free (process optimizer)
    Turbo Download Manager addon: replaced Eagleget

    The changes above are the BEST or most efficient products to use IMO, not best for everyones tastes however.
     
  2. CMLew

    CMLew Level 22

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    I class them into 2 groups nowadays:

    True Beginner (a.k.a. Noobie):
    1) Bitdefender Free
    2) Chrome Browser + Ublock Origin
    3) VLC Player
    4) Foxit Reader

    Novice and Above (with some knowledge of security/system):
    1) NVT ERP
    2) Chrome Browser + Ublock Origin
    3) VLC Player
    4) Pdf Xchange
    5) Ccleaner free
    6) Auslogic Defrag Free
    7) EEK as OD scanner on thumbrive
     
  3. King Mellow

    King Mellow Level 25

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    • Ad-blocker - AdGuard
    • Antivirus - Avast
    • Antimalware - Malwarebytes
    • Antikeylogger - Spyshelter
    • Disk/File Cleaner - CCleaner
    • Disk Defrag - Auslogics Disk Defrag
    • Disk Imaging - AOMEI Backupper and Macrium Reflect
    • Download Manager - Free Download Manager and EagleGet
    • File Archiver - 7zip
    • Firewall - Comodo Firewall
    • Image Editor - GIMP and Paint.net
    • Image Viewer - IrfanView
    • Media Player - VLC and PotPlayer
    • Music Manager - MusicBee
    • Office Suite - LibreOffice
    • Password Manager - LastPass
    • PDF Reader - SumatraPDF
    • Sandboxing Software - Sandboxie
    • Software Updater - PatchMyPC and Secunia PSI
    • Torrent Client - qBittorent
    • Tune-up Suite - Wise Care 365 and CCleaner
    • Uninstaller - Geek Uninstaller
    • Web Browser - Google Chrome
     
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  4. frogboy

    frogboy Level 61
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    Some very nice software right in there, nice choices i think. ;)
     
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  5. King Mellow

    King Mellow Level 25

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    Thanks my friend! :)

    I forgot to add uBlock Origin (Adblocker), Foobar2000 (Music Player) and NVT ERP (Anti-Executable).
     
  6. frogboy

    frogboy Level 61
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    Who could forget uBlock Origin shame on you. ;):D
     
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  7. King Mellow

    King Mellow Level 25

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    Hahaha I'm so sorry guys. :p:D
     
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  8. Smith83

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    When you have a new machine it is often times overloaded with Bloatware, before you install anything you will want to get rid of the useless trash that you will never use with automated program removal tools such as either of these.


    D-Uninstaller
    Decrapifier
    Not Automated, but a very effective remover to have on hand. -- Geek Uninstaller.

    Then you will want to visit a site like Nnite.com to grab your favorite software.

    You are always gonna want to block ads on your machine, who wants ads??? We see enough on tv, you should not be forced to watch a commercial in your free time.

    Ublock Origin
    Ad Blocking DNSThis also stops ads in steam and skype, since it terminates ads before they can even think about loading at the DNS level.

    You will want your USB ports protected with a program like. Mcshield.


    Also a light effective protection software.

    Panda Free

    360 Total Security
    Secure APlus

    There are more and this site will be more than happy to assist you finding the correct AV for your needs.

    Stay up to date with windows and your software with these free effective tools.

    Secpod Saner

    Patch My Pc
    Qualys Browser check

    Keep Microsoft out of your Business with one of these.

    Destroy Windows Spying
    Spybot Anti Beacon


    Take control over what items you wish to connect to the internet.

    I have written a guide here for doing just that.
    Tiny Wall.

    You will want to keep your machine optimzed, so using Ccleaner to remove temp files and disable startups is a good idea. Keep the clutter to a minimum by running the highly effective Privazer once a week. And an effective defrag program should be added to the list as well.


    When you are downloading things always be weary of extra toolbars and bundled garbage this is a great source of malware and can have you spending time fixing your computer when all you want to do is look at those cat pictures and research your old town you used to live in. :)

    There are a couple programs that can help you avoid the toolbars and shady sites all together.

    Unchecky
    Web of Trust.

    Also, if you have children then that last thing you want to worry about them seeing the horror that is right at your finger tips...

    Luckily there are also some free items to protect the little ones minds from being warped like a sheet of 1/4 plywood in a pond.

    DNS Angel
    Open Dns Family.
    K-9 Web protection.


    If you want to tweak your machine to run as you see fit....

    Simple System Tweaker.

    Easy Service Optimizer


    Always back up your important data at least once a week. Using one of the software mentioned, or invest in an external HDD or invest in a headache.

    If you are a person who enjoys downloading things or the kids may sneak in on the computer after you had a long day of watching cats chasing plastic bags on youtube.

    Bulletproof your machine for just such an occasion with one of this software.

    Toolwhiz Time Freeze
     
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  9. beetal2015

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    • Ad-blocker - AdGuard
    • Antivirus - Avast
    • Antimalware - Malwarebytes
    • Antikeylogger - Spyshelter
    • Disk/File Cleaner - CCleaner
    • Disk Defrag - Auslogics Disk Defrag
    • Disk Imaging - AOMEI Backupper and Macrium Reflect
    • Download Manager - Free Download Manager and EagleGet
    • File Archiver - 7zip
    • Firewall - Comodo Firewall
    • Media Player - VLC and PotPlayerPassword Manager - LastPass
    • Sandboxing Software - Sandboxie
    • Tune-up Suite - CCleaner
    • Uninstaller - Geek Uninstaller
    • Web Browser - Google Chrome
     
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  10. Sr. Normal 2.0

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    • Ad-blocker - AdGuard (desktop) or uBlock Origin extension
    • Antivirus - Qihoo 360 TS
    • Antimalware - Zemana Antimalware
    • CD-DVD Burner- BurnAware
    • Desktop Search- Everywhere
    • Disk Defrag - Auslogics Disk Defrag
    • Disk Imaging - AOMEI Backupper
    • Download Manager - EagleGet
    • E-Mail Client - Thunderbird
    • File Archiver - BandiZip
    • File Manager - Clover
    • Firewall - ZoneAlarm
    • Image Editor - GIMP
    • Image Viewer - FastStone
    • Media Player - VLC
    • Office Suite - LibreOffice
    • Password Manager - LastPass
    • PDF Reader - SumatraPDF
    • ScreenCapture - ShareX
    • System Monitor - System Explorer
    • Torrent Client - Qbittorrent
    • Tune-up Suite - Wise Care 365
    • Uninstaller - Geek Uninstaller
    • Virtual Drive - WinCDEmu
    • Web Browser - Opera
     
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  11. jackuars

    jackuars Level 21

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    Thanks for all your suggestions guys, but it seems that I'm unable to edit the main list. Probably the time has expired? :(
     
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  12. JakeXPMan

    JakeXPMan Level 15

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    Yeah maybe it expired, but you could post a new list with your latest best free programs.
    I found the lists you make helpful.
     
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  13. Av Gurus

    Av Gurus Level 28
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    Maybe moderators can help with that, try to contact them.
     
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  14. XIII

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    • Ad-blocker - uBlock Origin
    • Antivirus - Avast Antivirus
    • Antimalware - Emsisoft Emergency Kit
    • Desktop Search- Everything
    • File Archiver - 7-Zip
    • Firewall - Comodo Firewall
    • Image Editor - Paint.NET
    • Image Viewer - FastStone
    • Media Player - Potplayer
    • Password Manager - LastPass
    • PDF Reader - Adobe Reader DC
    • ScreenCapture - ShareX
    • System Monitor - Sysinternals
    • Torrent Client - Qbittorrent
    • Tune-up Suite - CCleaner
    • Uninstaller - Geek Uninstaller
    • Virtual Drive - WinCDEmu
    • Web Browser - Google Chrome
     
  15. Evjl's Rain

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    Avast
    • Ad-blocker - uBlock Origin
    • Antivirus - Avast Antivirus
    • Antimalware - Zemana Antimalware portable, Voodooshield
    • Desktop Search- Everything
    • File Archiver - 7-Zip
    • Firewall - Comodo Firewall
    • Image Editor - FSViewer, Paint.net
    • Image Viewer - FSViewer
    • Media Player - Splash, AIMP, VLC (Acestream)
    • Password Manager - LastPass
    • PDF Reader - Foxit
    • ScreenCapture - Windows Snipping tool
    • System Monitor - Autoruns, Process Explorer
    • Torrent Client - uTorrent
    • Tune-up Suite - CCleaner + CCEnhancer, Privazer
    • Uninstaller - Geek Uninstaller, IoBit Uninstaller portable
    • Virtual Drive - Daemon tools
    • Web Browser - Coc Coc Browser (Chromium-based)
    • Disk Defrag - Auslogics Disk Defrag
    • Download Manager - EagleGet
    • Disk Imaging - Norton Ghost, Macrium Reflect
    • Sandboxing Software - Sandboxie
     
  16. novocaine

    novocaine Level 4

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    Comodo
    is there any free webcam protection?
     
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  17. frogboy

    frogboy Level 61
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    A bandaid works well. :D
     
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  18. novocaine

    novocaine Level 4

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    lol :D:D:p
     
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  19. Solarlynx

    Solarlynx Level 14

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    The ever best webcam protection!
     
  20. Windows_Security

    Windows_Security Level 13
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    #100 Windows_Security, Jan 7, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2017
    New PC assumes Windows10 and also assume that medium and advanced users install their own

    For people totally unfamiliar with security
    1. Set UAC to silently elevate and block unsigned program elevations
    2. Add PUP-tweak to Windows Defender
    3. Install Chrome, enable AppContainer, install Avast Online Security blocking ad- and tracking servers by default (allow others)

    When they are not totally ignorant to PC security
    1. Provide them two regfiles to Switch-ON/OFF blocking elevation of unsigned programs (and silent to default elevation) by UAC.
    2. Install AVAST in aggressive hardened mode and explain them they need to renew their free license every year.
    3. Install Chrome, enable AppContainer, install Avast Online Security blocking ad- and tracking servers by default (allow others)

    Tell them to use Edge for banking and other HTTPS stuff and Chrome for the rest.
     
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