My list of essential programs every computer should probably have.

September 23, 2009

These are my personal favorites and I do not mean to imply that any of these programs are a be all end all, so if you think of a better program please make a suggestion.
Most, if not all, of these are, or have freeware or open source versions.

Program Name Rating
Antispyware 5 stars is max
Adaware * * *
Malware Bytes * * * * *
Spybot Search and Destroy * * * *
Antivirus
Avast Home Version * * * * *
AVG Free * * *
ThreatFire * * *
Audio Editor
Audacity * * * * *
BitTorrent
uTorrent * * * * *
Calendar
Mozilla Sunbird * * * *
Rainlendar * * * * *
CD Tools
CD Burner XP Pro * * * *
Cdex * * * * *
InfraRecorder * * * * *
Computer Maintenance
Ccleaner * * * *
CodeStuff Starter * * * * *
CTFMon Remover * * *
IE Privacy Keeper * * *
My Defrag * *
UltraDefrag * * *
Email
Pop Peeper * * * * *
Thunderbird * * * * *
File Management
FreeCommander * * * * *
Graphics
Gimp * * *
IrfanView * * * * *
Paint.Net * * * *
PhotoFiltre * * * * *
ShotGenius * * *
Instant Messenger
Pidgin * * * * *
Internet Browser
FireFox * * * * *
K-Melon * * *
SRWare Iron * * * *
Media Players
1 by 1 Directory Player * * * * *
Divx * * *
Flash Movie Player * * *
Media Player Classic – Home Cinema * * * * *
SMPlayer * * * *
VLC Media Player * * * * *
Winamp * * *
Office
Abiword * * * *
Foxit Reader * * * *
Open Office * * * * *
Sumatra * * * * *
Plugins
Adobe Air * * *
Adobe Flash Player * * *
Adobe Reader * *
Adobe Shockwave Player * * *
DirectX * * *
Dot net Framework * * *
IE 7 Pro * * *
Java * * * *
Quicktime Alternative * * * * *
Real Player Alternative * * * * *
Windows Media Player for Firefox * * * *
Twitter
TweetDeck * * * * *
Twhirl * * * *
Utilities
7-Zip * * * * *
FileHippo Update Checker * * *
Secunia Personal Software Inspector * * * *
Update Notifier * * * *
Volumouse * * * * *
Weather
Weather Pulse * * * *