As a Windows lover, I have always tried to make it more secure, convenient and easy to use. This is Gurus list of 25 Free Softwares and Utilities that Gurus use as an installation checklist on every fresh Windows installation. After these are installed, Windows is much more stable and powerful.
These apps and utilities
are my top picks as most essential to install on every Windows PC.
These programs allow Windows to operate more securely, making the
system more reliable, which helps me complete my work easily and effectively. I have listed them in alphabetical order.
Avira AntiVir Personal Edition
at or near the top of independent efficacy testers, Avira’s AntiVir
remains one of the best freeware security solutions around. Its scans
are flexible, allowing the user to fully scan both internal and
external hard drives, run a preloaded scan–for rootkits, for example–or
customize a scan.
is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It
removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster
and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your
online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it
contains a fully featured registry cleaner.
has merged its antivirus program with Firewall Pro, creating a free
security program that aims to be more to more people. Although this may
frustrate some users who want only one program or the other, the
installer does let you opt out of either of the components.
helps you manage all your IM, e-mail, and social network accounts from
one easy-to-use application. Digsby lets you chat with all your friends
on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, Facebook Chat, and Jabber with
one simple to manage buddy list. It provides notifications when new
DAEMON Tools Lite
Tools is an advanced application for Microsoft Windows which provides
one of the best optical media emulation in the industry. With DAEMON
Tools you can back up your physical CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray discs into
"virtual discs” or so called "disc image” files, which run directly on
your hard drive. You can also work with images created by other burning
programs! DAEMON Tools supports variety of image types.
Everything search engine
small software application bypasses Windows search with a lightning
quick interface and real-time results for all of the files and folders
in your local hard drive or any subsection of it. The software doesn’t
do much more than search, but its efficiency, effectiveness, stability,
and low system resource usage make it a keeper utility.
Firefox Web Browser is the faster, more secure, and fully customizable
way to surf the web. Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured Web
browser. Firefox includes pop-up blocking, tab-browsing, integrated
Google search, simplified privacy controls, a streamlined browser
window that shows you more of the page than any other browser and a
number of additional features that work with you to help you get the
most out of your time online.
in Web content, short on cash? This free, open-source FTP application
is handy if you’re looking for a solid tool to handle FTP transfers and
don’t want to part with your bucks.
Flash Player (Adobe)
Flash Player software is a cross-platform browser plug-in that delivers
breakthrough web experiences and is installed on more than 98% of
Internet-connected desktops. Flash Player 10 introduces 3D effects,
custom filters and effects, advanced text support, and more.
is specifically designed to address two of the biggest problems when
downloading files: Speed and management of downloaded files.
put it gently, Adobe Reader is a real pain in the hindquarters. It’s
monstrously large, slow to load, and includes many features most users
will hardly ever need. Foxit PDF Reader 3.0 kills the bloat and throws
in some useful features, such as multimedia support and content-sharing
options, while still allowing you to quickly access your PDFs.
Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated
technology to make the Web faster, safer, and easier. Use one box for
everything–type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search
and Web pages.
is a lightweight CD/DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-ray burning application that has
several modes, each for performing a different task: Read; Build;
Write; Verify; and Discovery. ‘Advanced’ input mode to build mode where
you have total control over the layout of the disc and can add new
folders, change names etc. and Optional logging when hidden or system
files/folders are skipped in Build mode due to the current settings.
K-Lite Mega Codec Pack
the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular movie
formats and even some rare formats. This package is mainly for power
users and people who do their own encodings.
is a Notepad replacement with an eye toward programmers, although it
should also appeal to the casual user who wants a cross between Notepad
and WordPad. Notepad has some noticeable differences from WordPad.
Support for tabs is key, letting users manage different documents
credible rival to MS Office, OpenOffice.org includes powerful
applications for making text documents, spreadsheets, presentations,
diagrams, and databases, as well as HTML and XML documents. Not only
does it let you edit basic documents, such as letters and faxes, it
also handles equations and complex and multipart documents with
bibliographies, reference tables, and indexes.
you’ve ever tried tracking down a process in Windows Task Manager, you
know it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. Process Explorer
makes the job a lot easier. This freeware utility displays running
processes in an intuitive tree format that includes not only process
names, but also program icons and other data, such as description,
image, and processor time.
Uninstaller is a freeware innovative uninstall utility much faster than
Windows Add/Remove applet. With its advanced and fast algorithm, Revo
Uninstaller scans before and after you uninstall an application. After
the program’s regular uninstaller runs, you can remove additional
unnecessary files, folders and registry keys that are usually left over
on your computer.
Sub Menu Pack
you get bored of having to open file options everytime you wanna show
hidden files or show file extensions. Now you can do it and many many
option by one click from your mouse by this small tiny tool SubMenu
enables image thumbnails and tooltips in MS-Windows Explorer for
filetypes that are not natively supported. It started with PCX, TGA,
DDS and PNG images, but now ThumbView supports an amazing 19 image
types – directly inside any Explorer window!
Extractor is a program do to exactly what it says: extract files from
any type of archive, whether it’s a simple zip/rar file, an
installation program, or even a Windows Installer (.msi) package.
had such an annoying message given by Windows: Cannot delete file:
Access is denied. There has been a sharing violation. The source or
destination file may be in use or the file is in use by another program
or user. Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the
file is not currently in use. Unlocker is the solution.
VB Runtimes Pack
Most of my older software requires this pack to be installed to function.
VideoLAN VLC media player
is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video
formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, and OGG, as well
as for DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It also can be used
as a server for unicast or multicast streams in IPv4 or IPv6 on a
Vuze (Formerly called Azureus)
is the easiest way to find, download,and play HD movies, TV and videos.
Download and stream using the most powerful p2p bittorrent app in the
If we are missing something, please feel free to add that in to this list.