Whenever we buy a PC/Laptop, first thing we do is ask around about what are the essential software and applications that people we know have installed. Most of the times, you tend to install the stuff your friends have on their laptops and PCs, ignoring the other software which might be better than the one installed. Here’s a list of 10 most essential software, applications that you must consider installing.
1. Internet Download Manager (IDM)
One of my personal favorite software, IDM is a god sent gift to human kind. Built exclusively for Windows users only, IDM is a shareware download manager. Described by Softpedia as a must have applications for most users out there, IDM comes in with loads features. What IDM basically does is give you an option to download video/audio and everything else. But, it also does this while enhancing the download speed. Some of the features of IDM are, Batch downloads, Auto/Manual downloads, Multiple Queues, Automatic download of any file type and also its biggest plus point, that is the automatic download of any video file. IDM supports Google Chrome, Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Netscape Navigator; Opera also gives you an option to disable the feature for a particular browser if you like to use multiple browsers. IDM is a must have software so install it for a free trial version today!
Widely known as “Crap Cleaner” this unity program is used to clean all those unwanted files and invalid Windows Registry entries from a computer. A lot of space is used up by these unwanted files and registry, and Ccleaner helps you to get rid of it hence creating more space as well as making the PC slightly faster and more responsive. Apart from supporting internet browsers such as Google Chrome, Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Apple Safari, it also supports Microsoft Office, Adobe Flash Player, WinRAR, GIMP like applications. CCleaner is the most used software to get rid of that cache and cookies that take up space through internet browsers. CNET editors gave a 5 star rating and said that this software is a highly recommended and a must have tool for any Windows user.
3. VLC Media player
VideoLAN created this VLC media player and it became a sensation ever since it was out. VLC player is a media streaming player streaming various formats of audio and video. Incredibly easy to use and supporting many formats, VLC has become the preferred media player for many PC users around the world. The default distribution of VLC includes a large number of free decoding and encoding libraries, avoiding the need for finding/calibrating proprietary plug-ins. VLC can also be controlled by many ways, Configurable hotkeys, Mouse gestures, LIRC and infrared controllers, D-Bus, as well as remote software for mobile operating systems like Android, Symbian and iOS. On Windows, Linux, Mac, and some other Unix-like platforms, VLC provides an NPAPI plugin, which enables users to view QuickTime, Windows Media, MP3, and Ogg files embedded in websites without using additional products.
Ever since Dropbox was released in 2008, it has served millions of satisfied customers. Dropbox is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage, file sync and client software. If you and your couple or more friends have a project or a small venture and you need to swap file and other important stuff you can make a Dropbox account and sync it with everyone’s individual account. By doing this, the files get synced automatically if someone adds them in their account. Dropbox also has provision to have folders so that there is no trouble sorting out the files synced in it. Besides, one can always access the files by logging into the website and mobile phones with their Dropbox ID and have access to the file on the go. Dropbox has been named as the world’s 5th most valuable web startup after Facebook, Twitter, Zynga and Groupon. Get Dropbox today and make file sharing much easier!
5. Google Chrome
If you still use Mozilla Firefox, or even worse, Internet Explorer to browse through the internet then you have a problem there. Google Chrome is head and shoulder above all the rest internet browsers and it is time you install this beauty. It’s been 5 years since Google had mercy and finally created a browser that is perfect in every sense of the word. Google has a great app store which has good apps that one can install as extensions. Readability, Ccleaner, Adblock are some of my favorite Google Chrome extensions that I use. Google Chrome also has its apps on mobile phone which syncs your bookmarks and other stuff which you may have on the PC version. Google Chrome is the must have software.