Operating systems have come a long way, yet we still need additional tools for PC. It’s probably a good idea not to overload your PC with everything under the sun, but there are some programs and utilities that make computing easier.
You can start with some software’s sweet like something from the pc app store on soft famous. You could also take advantage of tools from a specific vendor like Google or Microsoft. What most people do is take the best of each vendor according to their particular needs.
Your Windows PC will come with Edge, a pretty good browser, even though many people confuse it with Internet Explorer. You will still need to have more than one browser. Whether you are checking a website and your cash isn’t cleared yet, or you want to take advantage of certain add-ons installing Chrome and Firefox will make your Internet experience easier.
Virus protection is like modern medicine; you need to make sure that the reward outweighs the risk. In the old days, certain programs like Norton or McAfee could slow down a system. Things are better now. Your Windows PC will also come with Windows Defender, which may be good enough for your needs. Other crowd favorites include AVG antivirus and Malwarebytes.
Sometimes it’s useful to run the free trial version periodically and then turn it off. There are quite a few other tools that can be helpful when it comes to the performance of your PC. Performance tools that do things like clean up your computer and help it run faster can be useful after a while. You could also run good old Scandisk or defrag your hard drive. Although, these procedures are becoming less and less necessary.
Some utilities can do things like recover files and clean your registry. You probably don’t want to install all of this stuff simultaneously unless there is a specific suite that you are fond of. These can be installed and uninstalled on an as-needed basis. Be careful and make sure what you are installing is a legitimate program that won’t damage more than good.
If you are into security, and you should be, something like LastPass or the popular DashLane can help you create and use secure encrypted passwords that you won’t have to remember. Too many of us make the mistake of reusing the same passwords over and over.
We all need an office suite and email software. Some of the widely known options we have in store are Microsoft Outlook and Gmail or Microsoft 365 and office 365. You will also need photo editing software. Having a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud will meet all of your needs for any design. You can also use less expensive or even free software like Gimp or Paint.
You will also want audio and video software. Fortunately, Windows usually comes with Windows Movie Player and Groove Music Player. You can also install iTunes. You don’t have to worry if you have everything installed that you need, because as you go, you will find new software that you can install and use.
Originally posted 2019-01-15 12:08:13.