Bob's Software Favorites
|Microsoft continues to leave important tools out of its operating systems, or provides less than stellar ones. I use all these tools, in some cases for many, many years, and they're usually the first programs that get installed on a new computer. So you get the latest versions, I have linked most programs to the product's web site home page. Many of these programs are free, or shareware. Just click the disk!
|The first Must-Have item on my list is a Zip program. WinZip is the standard, and still one of the easiest to use. But I'm partial to WinRAR these days. It's got some nifty features expanding WinZip's capabilites.
|If you're online, you NEED virus protection. Norton AntiVirus is one of the best. Not to say that others aren't great as well. This is one area where one-upmanship is still the goal of any anti-virus company. Some retailers and service providers are now including free anti-virus programs. AVG AntiVirus is my favorite of the free programs, and I think highly of Malwarebytes AntiVirus as well.
If you've got a Zip, CD-RW, or other removable drive, and backup software was not provided, Second Copy provides an effortless way to back up your important data files.
Way better than Windows Backup.
|Paint Shop Pro is an easy to use and powerful graphic editing program. Doesn't have ALL the bells and whistles like the big guys, but doesn't cost big bucks either.
|Did you ever delete a file? And emptied the Recycle Bin too? Sure you did. We've all done it. Emergency Undelete is a very easy-to-use recovery program that will restore files you thought were gone forever. 462K
|Want an idea of where all that space on your hard disk went? Well, you can right-click of every directory, then on properties, but TreeSize Pro knows and tells all, in text or charts.
|Check for duplicate files in your computer. Dupeless finds them, even if they have different names, different locations, or different disk drives. You'll be amazed at what you find.
|If you are using Internet Explorer or Edge, consider FireFox. It is smaller, faster, with plenty of new features, more in compliance with Internet standards, and doesn't have all the built-in problems and other security breaches that IE has been suffering though.
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