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Old 02-26-2017, 12:20 AM   #1
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Essential Windows Software

A few months ago finally made a switch from Mac to Windows. While I've always had a windows machine I hadnt even opened a web browser on my Win10 computer, all it did was play games through Steam and Battle.net

Now i'm using it more, what essential apps should I be using? What are the things you load on your comp the second you get windows 10 on their?

I was alarmed having my bank lock my account after the very first time I used netbanking lol. It though my computer had malware (but malwarebytes and avast finds nothing)
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Old 02-26-2017, 12:23 AM   #2
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Currently have isntalled

Chrome with no extensions/addons
Avast for AV (free)
Malwarebytes (free)
Discord to chatting in game
uTorrent for sharing legal files
Cyberghost 6 as my VPN
Fences to arrange my icons
Standard Steam, Battle.Net, Origin and uPlay with SteamMover and SteamCleaner
(bummed that SteamMover dosnt actually recognise my entire steam library)
MS Office - Mainly for Outlook and Word
VLC for videos
iTunes for the fact i have iPhone

Need to get Nexus Mod Manager soon

oh also was using 1Password on Mac for passwords, they wouldnt transfer my licence over to Windows so thinking of using Dashlane as a password manager
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Old 02-26-2017, 12:50 AM   #3
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I like adding Ghostery and AdBlock to Chrome.
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Old 02-26-2017, 01:45 AM   #4
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Imageburn
Agent Ransack
Treesize Free
Media Player Classic
7zip
Adobe Reader XI
Go with Deluge over Utorrent
Inkscape
Paint.net is surprisingly useful, better than Paint, lighterweight than Photoshop
Keepass/Lastpass
Wire

And of course, Winamp.
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Old 02-26-2017, 12:12 PM   #5
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I use Vuze (formerly known as Azureus). I like that I can still use the old Azureus-style UI and the backup and restore settings feature is great for when you want to wipe that VM from existence and rebuild!
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Old 02-26-2017, 12:38 PM   #6
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Ive preferred qBittorent after having used uTorrent and Vuze. Lightweight, no ads, and simple. Also supports my VPN. I've also ditched Avast long ago since they started filling up on ads. Look into Bitdefender. It's free, lightweight, and quiet. I'll second 7Zip. It's the most robust and free file compaction software I've used. I'll also add Ccleaner. I use it all the time.
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Old 02-26-2017, 04:26 PM   #7
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Ugh, you guys PAY for those VPN services?

seriously?

Setup your own. It's better.


https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn...-web-services/
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Old 02-26-2017, 07:43 PM   #8
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Dashlane is aces. Great platform.
I would pay for premium malwarebytes so you get active defense.
Crashplan for automated backups if you want to pay for cloud backups.
I use Microsoft for AV cause it is AV.
Run flash blocking extensions on your browsers.
Don't install Java.
Click on suspicious links or sites you don't completely trust with your phone vs Windows PC. Or install a linux VM on your machine with VM Player.
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Old 02-26-2017, 07:46 PM   #9
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Ugh, you guys PAY for those VPN services?

seriously?

Setup your own. It's better.

https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn...-web-services/
Neat and all that, but why is this any more practical than using a trusted provider like Private Internet Access? Cheap, great speeds, multiple connections at a time, etc. You're essentially just trusting Amazon over a VPN provider. With both, if you give them a real credit card, you're not anon anyway...
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Old 03-01-2017, 07:13 AM   #10
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don't use utorrent, it's in bed with the MPAA, I happen to like qbittorent but there's others as well.


standard software for me includes things like:
Netlimiter
Wallpaper Engine
qbittorrent
usenet tools (ask if you're interested)
steam
VoiceMeeter
Rainmeter
chrome (use ublock origin not ABP as it has sold out and allows ads now)
keepass
Everything search by Voidtools
msi afterburner

There's no need for somethings like MS office since you have LibreOffice or google documents for free

ninite.com is very handy for fresh installs.
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Old 03-01-2017, 01:22 PM   #11
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One that a lot of people miss is to disable Javascript in Adobe Reader. It's on by default and this can be a primary virus vector.
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Old 03-01-2017, 04:53 PM   #12
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you shouldn't use adobe reader unless you have a specific business purpose for it. Chrome has a built in reader and there are stand alone free versions that work better and safer than adobe reader
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Old 03-01-2017, 06:00 PM   #13
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Omg, still using UseNet? Are there files out there still?
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Old 03-01-2017, 07:06 PM   #14
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Other PDF readers actually have a similar javasciprt vulnerability. I've tried to get away from Adobe several times but end up back.
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Old 03-01-2017, 08:16 PM   #15
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Omg, still using UseNet? Are there files out there still?
The first rule of Usenet is we don't talk about Usenet. It's good that you think it's extinct.

@anemone what function of it do you need that chrome doesn't have? Which I'm almost 100% sure doesn't have that vulnerability
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Old 03-01-2017, 08:24 PM   #16
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The first rule of Usenet is we don't talk about Usenet. It's good that you think it's extinct.

@anemone what function of it do you need that chrome doesn't have? Which I'm almost 100% sure doesn't have that vulnerability
Maybe he like creating PDF's through something other than a printer.
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Old 03-01-2017, 09:34 PM   #17
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That's the only thing I can think of which is mostly business stuff. If you just need a one off there's online tools for making PDFs
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I use CutePDF to make PDF files, best way I've found so far. I'm not fond of viewing PDFs in a browser, I want its own file.

The main problems I've had with things like Foxit are useability, the ability to set width and have it keep that way, the ability to do good searching, to have it remember where I left off and resume upon reopen, full screen functionality, etc., etc. It's little things that add up into big annoyances over time.
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Old 03-01-2017, 10:03 PM   #19
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Fair enough just watch your ass, adobe is the target of some nasty shit
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There's some good suggestions here. I agree that CutePDF is a good solution for pdf's if you don't want to use the adobe solution. In terms of video chat, Skype can be a good piece of software, but sometimes for me it crashes. There are a few quality programs for video calling, I guess it depends which one is the best in your situation.

For security, I agree with previous posters, Avast is probably the best free security program.
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