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Installing the most necessary Windows programs after the installation of Windows


Once you’ve installed Windows, you need to install basic programs and applications that are the essential protection from virus infections, listening to music, watching videos, correspondence, Internet browsing, etc.. Here’s a little tutorial on what programs you have the essential home, from where to download etc…

1.1 – Install virus protection on your computer. First and foremost you need to do is to protect your system against infections and viruses.

Install Antivirus  – here are some options: – Freeware

AVG (download it from http://free.avg.com/eu-en/homepage ) or
Avira (download it from http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus ). Both programs have a daily update-and enable and scan input.

- Antivirus Software trial, after which you should buy it so you can use

McAfee Virus Scan ( download it from http://www.mcafee.com/us/small-business/smb-security-solutions.aspx);
Norton Antivirus (download it from http://us.norton.com/downloads/?inid=us_hho_topnav_downloads);
Kaspersky Antivirus (download it from http://www.kaspersky.com/au/downloads/trials/anti-virus-triall);
NOD32 (download it from http://www.eset.com/us/download/home/  ).


1.2 – Install a firewall . It will block all unwanted programs to enter your network and filter suspicious traffic such as attempts for hacking ( You can Also use integrated Windows firewall, which offer standard and some advanced options, like port filtering, application filtering, etc.. )

Comodo firewall is Award-Winning personal firewall software on Internet ( http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/ )

Zone Alarm (download it from http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-pc-security-free-firewall.htm) or Sygate Personall Firewall

These two are for personal use only, for professional use will need to purchase the full program with all options (Zone Alarm Pro and Comodo Network Center)


1.3Install tool for removing spyware and adware (malicious codes that collect personal data from your computer or cite your browser to visit sites with spam). One of the best such tools are:

Spybot Search and Destroy (download it from http://www.safer-networking.org/dl/ );

Super Anti Spyware (you can download it from http://www.superantispyware.c/).

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free ( you can download it from http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/ )


2 – Install Internet browser.You can choose from several options:

Google Chrome (download it here );
Mozilla Firefox (download it here );
Internet Explorer (download it from here )
Opera (download it from http://www.opera.com/ );
Safari for Windows (download it from http://support.apple.com/kb/dl1531 ).


3 – Install software for archiving.

7-zip (download it from http://www.7-zip.org );
WinRAR (download it from http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm );

WinZIP (download it from http://www.winzip.com/win/en/index.htm );
WinACE (download it from http://www.winace.com/).

4 – Install Registry cleaner .Many programs leave traces behind after you uninstall. It is therefore necessary to have a registry cleaner. There are many such programs to clean the registry but here I would recommend:
This would add software to clean the traces and unnecessary files
CCleaner ( download from http://pcsupport.about.com/od/registry-cleaner/fr/ccleaner.htm )
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner (download from http://www.eusing.com/free_registry_cleaner/registry_cleaner.htm );
Wise Registry Cleaner  (download from http://www.wisecleaner.com/download.html).
RegCleaner 4.3, (download it from http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/regcleaner.html).

Easy to use, scan and automatically finds faulty registration values and then you can delete them. Also the program makes a backup copy in case you are facing some problems after deleting.


5 – Install software for listening to audio. For listening to music has a bunch of programs, but I would recommend to install WinAmp. You can download the http://www.winamp.com/. There are many opportunities for skins and plugins of your choice.


6 – Install software for viewing video files .Choose any of these programs:
Windows Media Player (download from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-media-player )
VLC  (download it http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html );
BS Player (download from http://www.bsplayer.com/ ).

Whatever you choose from the above programs, you will need to install video codecs to be able to play certain types of video files. Here are the two most used codecs:
K-lite (download them from http://codecguide.com/download_kl.htm );
Ace Mega Codec Pack (download them from http://www.free-codecs.com/download/ace_mega_codecs_pack.htm).


7 – Install tools for web design (if needed). Here are a few programs (trial versions):
Adobe Fireworkshttp://www.adobe.com/products/fireworks.html
Adobe Photoshop – http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=photoshop_elements&loc=us
Adobe Flashhttp://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html
Adobe Dreamweaverhttp://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver.html


8 – Install programs for instant chat. Depending on your needs install any of the following programs:

Yahoo messengerhttp://messenger.yahoo.com/
Google Talkhttp://www.google.com/talk/intl/en-GB/index.html
and one of the oldest Chat software ICQhttp://www.icq.com/download/icq/en


9 – Install software for viewing PDF files. For this you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download it from http://get.adobe.com/reader/

10 – Install software for recording CD-s and DVD-s. The most famous software for this purpose is Nero. Download it here.  Besides the above programs, many more can be found at http://www.softpedia.com and http://download.cnet.com. And if you like the older versions of the programs, then visit – www.oldversion.com There are millions of different programs for the above functions and remains for you to decide which application most suitable for your work. I only cited a few helpful programs for basic functions immediately after the installation of Windows you need them.


Bonus: as a bonus there are most used Office programs ( some of them trials, some free versions ):

MIcrosoft Office , you can download trial here

Libre Office, you can download free here

Open Office, you can download free from here

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