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Thread: Best Software for Newbies' Computers

  1. #1
    norizam250 is offline New Member
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    Default Best Software for Newbies' Computers


    Best Antivirus Software

    AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

    Best Firewall

    Outpost Firewall Free

    Windows Firewall

    Best Browser Protection Utility


    Best Adware/Spyware/Scumware Remover



    Best Trojan Scanner/Trojan Remover

    PC Tools ThreatFire

    Best Rootkit Scanner/Remover

    Panda Anti Rootkit

    Disk & File

    Best File Archiving Utility


    Best Backup Program


    Best Disk De-fragmenter

    JKDefrag (Set screensaver)

    System Tools

    Best PC Tune-up Utility

    Advanced SystemCare Free

    Best Startup Manager

    Startup Control Panel 2.8

    Best File Cleaner

    CCleaner (Set to run on startup)

    Best Memory Optimizer


    Best Program Un-installer


    Best Software Update Monitor

    Update Notifier

    Best Screen Capture Utility

    Gadwin PrintScreen

    Best System Information Utility


    Best CD / DVD Burning Software

    BurnAware Free

    Best Audio / Video Format Conversion Program

    Quick Media Converter

    Best Media Player

    VLC (with Mozilla plugin)

    Best Music Player and Organizer

    Teen Spirit

    Best Online TV Viewer

    Best Digital Image Viewer

    FastStone Image Viewer

    Best Digital Image Editor

    LightBox Image Editor

    Best Photo Organizer



    Best PDF Writer

    Best Office Suite

    Best Non-Adobe PDF Reader

    Foxit Reader

    Internet Tools

    Best Web Browser

    Mozilla Firefox 3.0

    Best Email Client

    Mozilla Thunderbird

    Best Instant Messaging Client

    Trillian Basic

    Best BitTorrent Client


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    leofelix is offline Member
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    well, thank you
    to be honest I would never suggest a newbie or and experienced user to use AVG antivirus (it comes with two toolbars, it brings to serious false positives, it's a memory eater), Windows Firewall fails all leak tests, IOBit Advanced System Care "free" is adware and so Foxit reader.
    More: Panda Anti Rootkit is not Vista/Seven compatible

    Instead of AVG I would suggest to use Avira antivir free or Avast home.
    Instead of Advanced System care free I suggest to use Glary Utilities free - slim version (with no toolbar)
    Instead of MyUninstaller I think REVO UNINSTALLER is definetly better.

    However would be nice too know what is your experience with these tools and programs.

    Thank you in advance
    Last edited by leofelix; 16th August 2009 at 21:46.

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    roraniel is offline Gold Member
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    I have fixed several friends computers that had AVG on them.

    All of them uninstalled AVG but it was still in C:Program Files and still started when the computer booted up even though it no longer showed up in Add/Remove programs or Revo Uninstaller.

    It was also not removed when I used the Kasperski AVG removal tool. I had to use unlocker to just delete the files from C:Program Files and the computer was clean again after removing many registry entries using CCleaner.

    If you Google this issue you will see it happens a lot.

    So my experiences tell me to stay away from AVG.
    Last edited by roraniel; 17th August 2009 at 03:32.

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    seti is offline Member
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    I too have had problems with AVG and now use KIS. I would never recoomend AVG to anyone, because of the toolbars and because it is a rescource hog as well. I would always suggest that you purchase a Security Suite, because I feel in doing so you get the best protection. However, if you really can not do so then Windows Firewall and Avast, along with Winpatrol, and Malawarebytes offer good protection.

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