A computer is a tool. A wonderful tool that allows us to do virtually anything when we have access to the internet. We can use this tool for good or for bad, to build or destroy, for work or pleasure, or for education or entertainment. Of course, like all tools, sometimes there is a malfunction. Our tools break. Our tools don’t work at the correct speed. At this point, we can choose to fix them ourselves, pay others incredible amounts to fix it, or replace it. I choose to fix it!
Because of the length of this post, I am creating an index where you can jump to what you want. Feel free to continue reading or jump to the type of program you’re looking for.
- Why you need these programs and how they will save you money
As of recently, I have been dealing with multiple people who come to me and explain how their computer sucks, their computer is too slow, or their computer is completely broken. I hear this absolutely way too much. It is frustrating. Most people do not know how to troubleshoot their computer. I could take the easy way out and tell them to fix a computer by using Google to find the answer. Unfortunately, the issue with that is it is way too hard to separate what is good and what can be detrimental to their issue. Many programs that say they can fix the issue usually only exacerbate the problem rather than fix it. To make matters worst, they end up wasting money by going through Geek Squad or Easy Tech type services. For about 99% of the issues, it is not worth going there as you are going to pay a lot of money for stuff that can be done for free. Even the (former) employees agreed with this.
The Staples equivalent to geeksquad, “easytech” , just runs malwarebytes freeware on your computer and charges you a bazillion dollars for virus removal
Edit. Yes you are paying for a service, and if it gets done, it gets done. But the issue is these “EasyTech EXPERTS” are retail employees at a failing, mismanaged, retail outlet. They have to sell fake warranties and virus removal/diagnostic/pc tune up to earn their hours. So you can imagine how things can get out of hand and customers can be mislead.
For example: They advertise and campaign a “Free pc tune up” which is just a norton scan, and when the customer comes to pick it up The tech is encouraged to recommend services that are usually unnecessary. A majority of the easytech customers are shoppers who have been lead into the situation, as Easy tech experts are trained to pry every customer walking in the computer isle..
While working at Staples as an “Easy Tech,” we would scan a computer with malwarebytes (not with the shitty norton we were given by corporate, like we were supposed to). If a cookie or something worse would pop up, we would charge them 169.99 to have someone in Canada remove it for them. Even if it was a cookie, I would have to tell the customer that it was a virus, and their system’s integrity was in danger.
An old lady came dropped off her computer, Mary Anne, she knew me by name and only trusted me. She had me put new memory in, which I charged her an extra 30 for (company policy), and she asked me to do a virus scan. I found a cookie from a stupid game site that her grandson liked to play on. I removed the cookie, marked the computer done, and then called her to tell her that the computer was ready to be picked up. I didn’t tell her she had a bad cookie, or that there were any issues, only that there were no viruses. She came, and picked it up an hour before I got there the next day.
That day I was called in the office and they fired me. Yep right there. I preformed a free service apparently.
What got me caught was that I didn’t delete the Malwarebytes log of the cookie and my supervisor found it. Apparently he scanned the computer earlier before me and found that cookie and wanted to make her pay for a virus removal (I wouldn’t be surprised if he put it on there himself). When he saw that computer was ready to be picked up, and there was no notes about a virus he checked the malwarebytes log.
%$#@ me for having a conscience. Now I am on month 3 and I cannot even get a job at Walmart because I was terminated from Staples.
Editorial: I have never worked for a company that was so… aggressive… with up-selling to a customer. We had a scam system called “Free PC-Tune Up.” You would bring a computer in and an Easy Tech associate will run some software and “tune it up.” The service was a flash drive from our bargain bin filled with propitiatory Norton crap.It usually would find some kind of virus (Norton is known for it’s honesty) and we would offer 169.99 to remove it. I got suspicious and used Malwarebytes and scanned a computer, that I knew was likely clean. No objects found (or in the case of Mary Anne, a cookie), I run our proprietary software…. VIRUS FOUND!!! I scanned with Malwarebytes afterwards and it found rootkit that was not there before. A little suspicious. I am not claiming that the software put it on there, but still it’s odd. I did make the mistake of connecting to the internet before running the Norton program (which it insists on me doing)…. so the rootkit could have been inert and became active when I connected to the internet or something (though polymorphic viruses don’t usually work like that). Memory was an extra 30 bucks plus 70 for 8gbs. There were other tools that we used, like PC doctor, that were a little suspect at times. Your hard drive will always fail, soon. 110 dollars for 500gbs. As an Easy Tech you may not tell them how to do anything without charging them first. Oh need to know how to plug a mouse in? 9.99.
Another former EasyTech employee here… I primarily did sales (more of a talker). I chose not be technician because of them milking technicians to be sales for the same pay. However, I did always help my team out when it got busy with repairs.
The deal was this before: we had the authority to do a legit virus removal and it would cost $80. My buddy could use malware bytes, combofix, whatever it was but it would actually get it done. The $40/$50 diagnostic fee was also applied towards the final total. So it was somewhat fair. Then some idiotic pathological liar screwed shit up at out store…
Basically everyone is pushed to a “total repair” package for the last while now (management get spiffs or points towards on their targets of these packages). There is no real belief in the package from management, just for their year end. For a virus removal, it became $50 diagnostic + $80 removal…. this also marked the start of using only the “NORTON EXPERT TOOLKIT” which was basically Norton Antivirus on a USB with our branding on it! It does fuck all. Basically if this Norton Expert Toolkit fails to remove the virus (which it normally does since it doesnt even run in safe mode), we advise we must then do a “total repair”. Full reformat and reinstall for $179. Diagnostic is included.
Oh wait, you need to back up your data! Then comes up the upsale for data backup for $239… oh hold on, you don’t have a hard drive? Let us supply you with a crappy 500 GB one for $299. Basically $300 for a reformat and restore. It can easily be avoided by using a number of antivirus tools which they refuse to authorize. Malwarebytes actually works and isn’t even allowed lol.
I work in IT full time now, also I have worked with people at head office (knowledgable people I met) and have a B.Comm in IT mgmt. When I was pushed to sell this shit, I knew which times to close the sales and not to. My managers weren’t always happy, but I knew how their backend and frontend operations worked. I also could make them look technically impaired in front of the customer. They simply copy what Best Buy/Future shop try with a really shitty effort. Profitability is effectively managed by the company, but pushing people to buy services that they don’t even know what entails is a joke. Given I understand that bigbox retailers charge more, but shit like this basically forces people to take a longer and more dangerous path (reformatting) with a number of constraints (ie. no WinXP restore discs, no old versions of software, they must always supply the disc even if they have the licence). This isn’t IT services for consumers, its a joke. They also decided to try and suck up to Apple more by calling warranties EasyCare (like AppleCare), which actually suck a little less. They treat computers like cars, which a good sales person will tell you not to.
It’s fine now, I’m making more than my managers in the past few months, and do a lot less work with a lot more mental stimulation!
This is a list dedicated to everyone that has an issue with their computer and to everyone trying to make the most out of it also. What is better is that I can put a personal guarantee on every one of these programs that they are not only safe, but awesome as well. I have downloaded, installed, and ran these programs. What I shall do is provide you the program, the link for a safe download (not those sites that bundle the program nor have cruel intentions), and a slight description. I may include a story or two. This list will be broken down in different categories. Feel free to comment and add your suggestions.
I feel like this should be the first category that I start off with because of the sheer fact that the majority of this blog post is because my friends have asked me for help fixing their computer. This list is for them.
- Microsoft Security Essentials – This is for Windows computers only. I believe this is built in, but if for some reason you don’t have it, download it. Now. It is great. Microsoft really stepped it up with this program. It senses spyware, malware, viruses, and does it all in real time. It doesn’t kill your computer’s resources when running. I love it.
- Malwarebytes – I have been getting many requests on fixing computers that are having issues due to warez or porn (even though studies show porn sites are safer than every day sites). This program is for you guys who try to stream television shows or movies. Can’t say I don’t blame you, but they aren’t safe. This program deletes all the nonsense those sites install to your computer. Malware is what people consider viruses. This is what slows down your computer to ridiculous levels, shuts down your computer violently, and changes settings that you haven’t changed. This is like a miracle program that searches your whole computer and deletes it all. In response to the questions, “What are some of the worse viruses you have seen?” and “Whats the most common way people get viruses?” from Marcin Kleczynski’s interview on Reddit, he said:
Any rootkits or ransomware. Focusing on being able to remove those is what made us so popular. Key generators, definitely. There are easier ways to get free products, i.e. promotions or simply asking.
Side Note: I do want to point out that I took his advice and asked him on Twitter:
Haven’t heard back. Maybe with this post, I’ll get a copy? Although, that isn’t the point of this blog post nor the reason why his software is on my list. Here is a small review from the Reddit interview of Marcin.
Just wanted to say thank you. Spent three years working in a local computer shop and about every computer was fixed thanks to malwarebytes.
My boss would make us reformat every machine at the office that came in with a virus. He would do that because he could charge for more. I changed that when I discovered MB and would always run it and tell him everything looked clean just so he wouldn’t take advantage of people.
- Spybot Search & Destroy – This is one of the first programs I learned about when I was fixing computers. It essentially deletes all the possible spyware, malware, adware, and anything else. I use this program as it immunizes your browser. This along with Malwarebytes really does the job well.
- Prey – Keep track of your laptop (or desktop) and phone. This monitors your devices at all time and helps you retrieve your device when they are lost or stolen.
Protect yourself from any possible intrusion with these programs.
- 1Password – ($49.99) I can definitely say that this is my favorite program that I bought in 2012. This program is awesome. Passwords are very important. A lot of issues has been happening this year because of weak passwords. With this, I purchased 1Password. It stores all of the website passwords and I use my overall password to access them all. It allows me to create large, difficult passwords. I have accounts on over 250 websites. This stores them all. I can’t explain how much I love this program! Definitely worth the money.
- TrueCrypt – I don’t think I really need this per-say. This program provides open source state of the art, military grade professionally developed, nearly unbreakable encryption to any of your files. It is so great that the FBI were unable to crack it after a year. Needless to say, most people use this to hide their porn. I do not. The best about this is it can be hidden which allows you to have plausible deniability for court.
It is great to protect your computer. Although like any machine, you need to maintain it to keep it running well. To understand this, your car needs an oil change every so often to keep the engine from being destroyed. This is the same with your computer. These programs will help you.
- Soluto – This program, I must admit, I was a bit naive about. After some time, I don’t think my computer would be as fast and efficient without it. It tells you everything about your computer. From there, it helps you with any frustrations, background apps, Internet connection, protection, hardware, and boot times. It does a ton of work and doesn’t ask anything in return. I’m a fan.
- CCleaner – The epitome of cleaning your computer. This protects your privacy online as well as making your computer fast and secure.
- Revo Uninstaller – What this program does well is that it uninstalls anything you need and uninstalls the program completely from the registry and any missed files. It also allows you to delete programs that may give you mischief to delete.
- Secunia Personal Software Updater – This handy program allows you to scan your computer and update any out-of-date programs that may be running on your computer. These programs may have security exploits or have bugs. This will centralize all your software to update all at once.
- Recuva – This is a File recovery software. Accidentally delete your final PowerPoint or that research paper? Have no fear, this program will recover it for you.
- Speccy – This gives you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Most people probably won’t need this, but if you are having an issue and need specifics on a piece of hardware in your computer, this program will give it to you.
- Defraggler – This is used to defragment your whole hard drive or individual files. If you don’t understand defragmentation, this explanation from Wikipedia should help:
defragmentation is a process that reduces the amount of fragmentation. It does this by physically organizing the contents of the mass storage device used to store files into the smallest number of contiguous regions (fragments). It also attempts to create larger regions of free space using compaction to impede the return of fragmentation. Some defragmentation utilities try to keep smaller files within a single directory together, as they are often accessed in sequence.
I really don’t think I need to tell anyone which online browser they should use, but this is here if you want to change what you currently use or curious.
- Firefox – This is quite an extensible browser. If you love plugins, this is great for you.
- Chrome – Chrome is quite a fast browser. It is lite and amazingly done. You can use this online or offline with the apps. This is the most used browser online.
- Opera – This is a great browser. It is alternative to the above. It is a great browser that is a combination of the two. Opera has extensions and is fast.
All the browsers are great, but with extensions, it takes great into fantastic. They enhance your browsing pleasure.
- Reddit Enhancement Suite – I absolutely love Reddit. I am a huge Redditor. With that, I can’t go on Reddit without this. It makes viewing images easier. It has a never ending scroll. It disables duplicate posts.
- AdBlock Plus – I hate advertisements. It impedes on my Internet viewing pleasure. This disables all ads. If it doesn’t, it gives you the choice to disable it.
- Color Picker – If you are looking for an exact color and it’s hex code, this will allow you to use an eye dropper to get that exact color.
- Google Publisher Toolbar – I use Adsense for my ads. With this extension, it allows me to see which ads are making how much money as well as giving me monthly revenue statistics.
- Awesome Screenshot – I understand that PrntScr and paint works well, but this allows me to do this quickly and save right there and then. Plus, I can crop the photos easily.
I constantly lose USB drives. Despite how much money I spend on the large ones, I continue to lose them. Normally, I host most files (usually images or text files) on my server. When I am sharing personal files, I use all three of these because I do not want to pay to upgrade the memory.
- Dropbox – Most famous cloud storage. You can get more space for free by doing their small activities such as liking their Facebook.
- Google Drive – Originally Google docs which now turned into Google’s cloud storage solution similar to Dropbox. You can make documents in there along with storing your files.
- Skydrive – Microsoft’s solution to cloud storage. This is also accessible with your Xbox360.
This is the standard business programs. These are all the programs I use for school work and business. Whether I am writing up notes, putting together a presentation for a client, or messing around, I use these programs. These are obviously well known.
- Microsoft Office – ($499) This is the top of the line Microsoft Office program. This includes all of the programs which is why I am specifying this one. While it is expensive, Microsoft provides a huge discount to college students by knocking the price off $400 to $99. It is well worth it as it includes: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include Project nor Visio. I have not used Project, but I plan on purchasing it soon. Visio is the one program that I helped making websites that I first used in class.
- Microsoft Word – ($139.99) This is the only word processor I use. It is truly the top of the line and there is a reason that when Mac owners used to get their computers, they wished they had Microsoft Word. I remember using Word Perfect and it didn’t even compare. This is the only word processor I use.
- Microsoft Powerpoint – ($139.99) I love this program. This is for presentations and slide shows, but there is so much more to the program. You can create a recreation of Jeopardy with this. All my presentations have been professional looking because of the commonalities and great typography.
- Microsoft OneNote – ($79.99) Hands down the best program that Microsoft has ever put out. I absolutely love this program! This makes school and work so much easier! It handles it all in one. I can separate it via different sections. I can upload files to keep in there. All my essays are copied and pasted and saved in there. This allows me to keep anything and everything from the past 2 years. This is the base of everything I do. The best part is I can upload to Skydrive and run on multiple computers.
- Microsoft Excel – ($139.99) Besides using this program for school, I do all my finances with this program. I know how much money I am
losingmaking and giving me all the details about it. Yeah, there are other programs dedicated to this, but I can give you all my equations on how I need to improve for the next year.
- Microsoft Outlook – ($139.99) This is a simple program. It keeps all my emails in one place. From my Gmail to all my websites’ accounts are all centralized through this. I love this program as it is simple and organized.
- Google Documents – Now you may be wondering why I am featuring Google Docs after I did a whole piece on Microsoft Office? The answer is simple: ONLINE AND FREE. There are many times when I am in class when I don’t have access to Microsoft Office or if I do, I do not want to save on their computer. Google Docs is the best bet for that. It is just as easy as Microsoft Office and can work with it as well.
Online videos have become huge. Over 4 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube alone. Here are some programs that should help you to view your videos better.
- VLC Media Player – Amazing media player that plays everything! I play all my videos from DVD’s to Blu-Ray. This is lightweight is amazing. Much better than anything else. It has become my number one player.
- Adobe Premiere Pro – (Costs $799) In my opinion the best video editing software for the computer. It is very easy to learn, but has a lot of advanced options to edit movie and television quality film. I suggest getting a copy via your school/college/university to avoid the expensive price. If you do purchase, get it via the Production Premium Collection or Master Collection to save money.
- Adobe After Effects – (Costs $999) All special effects are almost always made with After Effects. This along with Premiere Pro is quite an amazing combination of programs. I first started using this for my Halo 2 montage and loved it for school projects to go above and beyond. Once again, I suggest getting a copy via your school/college/university to avoid the expensive price. If you do purchase, get it via the Production Premium Collection or Master Collection to save money.
- Hulu Desktop – Hulu is awesome. Have it on your desktop so you don’t have to constantly go on your browser to watch it. You do not need Hulu Plus for this.
- Amazon Unbox Player – This is a great player if you have Amazon Instant Video. You don’t need to go through the browser like Hulu Desktop. You do need an account for Amazon Instant account (or purchase videos through Amazon) to watch videos. Bonus is that you don’t need an Internet connection if you downloaded the videos.
I absolutely love music. I am a DJ by hobby. There isn’t a genre of music that I do not like. These programs will definitely help you out.
- iTunes – I almost didn’t suggest this, but because of the new update, I love iTunes a lot more. Of course, you can view videos and photos, but this is primarily for music. I store all my music here and it is great.
- Audacity – Free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. I use this for my power hours and multiple school projects. When I recorded podcasts (I wish to do it again), I used this program.
- Spotify – Listen to music for free. Create and share playlists that you can share with Facebook. You can use this on your phone if you pay for a subscription.
- MediaMonkey – I have used this program briefly and it was awesome. It apparently handles thousands upon thousands of songs without any issue. There is a huge community for extensions to make your program run even better. I may switch to this full time. MediaMonkey supports a wide variety of music formats.
- Foobar 2000 – An extremely lightweight and customizable music player. Foobar supports a wide variety of music formats.
- MixMeister BPM Analyzer – When I first started making my power hour mixes, I wanted to change the pace of the music. Music can vary by the BPM (Beats Per Minute). I wanted to start low and end up high because it would make it seem like the songs are ending quicker. This program find the BPM when it isn’t listed.
The reason I have this blog is because of photoshop. Back in the day, I used to play Halo 2 and join forums that discussed Halo 2. For these forums, I became quite skilled at making signatures and worked my way to web design. Here are some of the programs I use.
- Adobe Photoshop – ($799 for Standard; $999 for Extended) I started on Photoshop 6 as my buddy from back in the day lent me his old copy he wasn’t using anymore. Eventually I upgraded to 7, CS, CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5, and now CS6. I can honestly say that I have all copies legally. Student copies and schools providing it for free definitely helped. I am now running Photoshop Extended. I am learning to do 3D editing. Photoshop can do almost anything. You can fake everything from models to signs and have tons of fun. You can design websites and logos.
- Picasa – I just got this program, but it seems awesome. You can organize, tag, transfer, and do simple edits to all your photos. You can upload straight to Facebook or Google+. It even has facial recognition.
- Adobe Illustrator – ($599) I was never really familiar with this program, but I’m recognizing the program a bit more. This is more for vector work such as logos or comics. My graphic design work has done a lot better with this along with Photoshop.
For all those times that you need to compress your files and want more out of the standard compression methods.
- WinRAR – ($29) I want to start off saying that this program is free if you use in trial. The trial never ends. You just have to deal with the pop-up. The running joke on the Internet is that no one purchases this program. I will say that because I use it so often, I have. Basically this program compresses your files into different file types, throws up an encryption, and decompresses files. This is great to send files via email or for hosting files.
- 7-Zip – I used to use this program when I didn’t want to deal with the trial pop ups from WinRAR. It is essentially a free alternative and just as good. I prefer WinRAR, but that is because I am used to that program. Nothing wrong with this and it works great.
- Skype – I don’t think I need to describe this, but you can do text chat, voice chat, or video chat. You can do this with multiple people or just one person. Skype can be used as a telephone with texting and phone capabilities. Skype is amazing. You can use it with your cell phone to video chat or voice chat. I love it and it works with Facebook now that it is owned by Microsoft.
- Tweetdeck – I don’t know if I can say this is the best Twitter client. I used to love it as it was the best, but as soon as Twitter bought it, it seemed to lack. I loved when it was on Adobe Air. I don’t believe it shows all the tweets, but it is the best one I have found so far. That said, I use it.
I can’t believe this is becoming more and more apparent in programs. Normally this was for bootlegged cd’s of programs, but with companies sending back cd’s as just ISO files, these are needed.
- ImgBurn – This is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application. This works with so many different filetypes which makes this program so awesome and versetile.
- Virtual CloneDrive – This program does what ImgBurn does except it doesn’t require you to burn those files to disk. Instead, it creates a fake drive that emulates having a disk.
- FileZilla – The best free FTP client. I use this constantly for my websites. I upload everything from WordPress to XenForo files. I am usig this as I am typing this article out. I love this. Everything is saved so I don’t have to constantly import all the information and passwords.
- Notepad++ – Most people enjoy Dreamweaver or any other alternatives. I prefer this as I can view any type of file how it should be seen such as HTML, CSS, PHP, or other filetypes. This allows me to find all my screw ups very easily. It doesn’t add any extra, unnecessary codes. I believe this is becoming the standard as it is simple, lightweight, and to the point.
- Putty – I don’t use this program very often as I don’t need to. This is a secure shell client that allows me to transfer large files to and from my server. As I don’t use large files a lot, I don’t need it. This is considered old school, but I use it.
Who doesn’t love relaxing and playing a few video games?
- Steam – I am the first to admit that I am a console gamer. I love the Halo series way too much…well predominantly Halo, Halo 2, and Halo 4. Although, when I found out about The Humble Bundle and how I could get Saints Row 3 for cheap and have it all go to charity, I had to get the games. This all started with Faerie Solitaire which I received for free from a pormotional on Reddit as the creator is a Redditor. Steam is considered the best thing otu there. With their deals upon deals, everyone loves Steam.
iPhones and iPods are awesome. iTunes can’t do everything for you which these programs come in and help.
- Sharepod – When I received a new iPhone, I needed a way to get my music, videos, photos, and everything else off my old iPhone. This is a awesome program that allows me to do so. Not much else to say. It is a life saver.
- iPhone Disk Drive – From the makers of Sharepod. They do amazing work. I needed a USB drive since mine always end up lost. This allows me to use my iPhone as a disk drive. It is simple and awesome.
Random programs which only make your life easier.
- f.lux – I just installed this program a few hours ago. This makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. Must have if you have problems with going to sleep or have problems with eyes or headaches. It is a bit odd as it makes your screen red and blue-ish hues. It makes me not hate myself for writing this article at 4:20am.
- TeamViewer – This is a remote access program. This allows me to remote access any computer that allows me to. I use this to troubleshoot any problems on computers when I am not available in the area. This has gotten me out of a few jams.
- PrintFolders – This simple program which transforms a list of files or folders into a text or HTML document. I used this when I needed to list programs or files for clients.
- TreeSize Free – I, like many, have issues with running low on disk space and if you are like me, you constantly store files and tend to forget about them. This scans your computer and helps create a tree to show you which folders and files are taking up the most space. This has saved my butt with space every time.
- Adobe Master Collection – I don’t want to talk much about this since I have mentioned a few programs. The whole collection is absolutely amazing. This is definitely worth it when you get it free from colleges.
This is my official list of programs that I use and I recommend each and every one of these programs. These will protect you, secure you, entertain you, and improve your use of the computer. The list is of every program I installed. I tried to give a description of what they do, and why I chose them. If you like to install these programs, I provided a link to each and every one of them from their actual source. You can also cheat and use Ninite. Ninite allows you to install and/or update multiple programs at once. When you go on there, you will see many of the programs I recommended and more. Unfortunately, you can not get every program, but this will speed up the process.
As you have read, I didn’t include a virus protector. Why? I don’t know which one to choose. The reason is that many cost a lot of money and I have done my research, but I ended up with Norton 360 as it is free with Comcast. If I had to choose one, it would be either NOD32 or Kaspersky. Despite my opinion, Marcin Kleczynski’s interview on Reddit said that he suggests Avast because he has the most experience with it. That can be up for debate, but he does own Malwarebytes and does deal with computer security.
I hope this list helps you as much as it helped me! I’d like to thank astroid0 for his list of programs, foamed for his list of programs, and jessek for his list of programs. They were all similar and indirectly help with giving me an idea how to order and set up this list as well as allowing me to verify by cross-checking with their list to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
PS. This is my list of honorable mentions which are programs I have heard of. I have read good reviews of the software. The only reason they didn’t make this list as I do not have any of them installed and I can’t guarantee how good they are. This is why I refuse to link to them. You can easily Google each and every one of them.
- Hijack This
- PC Decrapifier
- Media Player Classic
- Combined Community Codec Pack
- K-Lite Mega Codec Pack
- DAEMON Tools Lite
- Libre Office