The essential software list must to have on a pc! Do you have them?

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example:antivirus,word processing,math,music etc…

I currently have the following commercial software:

Photoshop CS3 Extended
Norton Internet Security 2009
CorelDRAW GraphicsSuite X4
Driver Magician
DSL Speed
Microsoft Office 2007
Nero 8 Ultra Edition
Roxio Creator 2009
TuneUp Utilities 2009

& Your Uninstaller 2008

What software do you think I need?

I have tons of hard drive space so that is no issue.


Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox made tabbed browsing mainstream and redefined the browser wars. The easiest browser on the market to customize, the huge user-developed plug-in database makes it supremely powerful, but that’s not the only reason to use it. Specialized versions like Flock and Songbird emphasize social networking and music obsessions, but that’s not why you need it, either. A JavaScript debugger is standard, and Firefox displays the page-source code in a new window, using indents and color-coded tags like an HTML editor. Again, not enough–on its own.

Even the built-in pop-up blocker, antiphishing protections, and enhanced extension security aren’t enough of a reason for using Firefox. Being one of the fastest browsers on the market? Aren’t they all? But add together all those things under one roof, and you’ve got a full-featured, safe browsing experience with a nearly infinite level of customization.

Smart Defrag

There’s much to be said for Auslogics Disk Defrag, our defragger in last year’s Starter Kit. However, IOBit’s Smart Defrag is as least as good at defragging, and surpasses the competition in two major areas: Smart Defrag is faster, and it utilizes a perpetual defragger that runs as a background process but doesn’t slow down your system.

When running in the background, the program only eats up 14MB of RAM, so it’s possible to run it smoothly even on older machines. Along with quick analysis and scans, Smart Defrag boasts a scheduler and some customization features, like running at boot-up or shut-down. Overall, if you would like a handy defragger with options for scheduling and more, this is a great one for both novices and more experienced users.


What computer would be ready for the broadband age without a dedicated torrent client? Miro supports torrents, but if all you want is a torrent it can be a bit much. uTorrent is so light on resources and memory that it’s small enough to run off an old USB key. uTorrent’s clean button interface makes it easy to pause downloading.

Finding torrents can be hard, but included are both a torrent search bar and an RSS-feed manager that will automatically download files as they publish. Adding, starting, pausing, and listing torrents takes merely a click or two each. A speed guide tests ports and adjusts system settings for optimal performance. uTorrent isn’t feature-heavy, but has enough to make it the torrent program of choice for novice, intermediate, and advanced users.

If you’re looking for some extras with your torrenting, we suggest the aforementioned Miro, or Vuze. Vuze offers a side dish of socializing with your torrents, and sports a less basic, more graphically engaging interface for torrent discovery and sharing. It’s not our fave, but it’s worth a look.

ooVoo is an iChat-like video-conferencing and chat tool for Windows, loaded with useful, powerful tools that make it a viable alternative for small work groups using conference calls and screen-sharing applications. A recording feature lets users tape video chats with other participants. Since the video and audio are being recorded to the hard drive, the only time limit is how much free space the computer’s hard drive has.

An optional companion for ooVoo’s video player can be used for screen sharing or file sharing, and a fun facial-overlay tool that applies digital masks either to users’ faces or to backgrounds. High-quality video streams are also supported. Two qualms: the audio quality was a bit too compressed, and datastream delays made on-the-fly comments nearly impossible. But overall, ooVoo makes for a strong alternative to other VoIP and conferencing software.

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  1. That depends on what you do. What’s essential for me may be useless for you. Fir instance, I never have any anti-anything software (I don’t download malware). I don’t have any music software. I don’t have any graphics software. I have a lot of software development software.

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