The Must-Have Apps For Your PC Today
Maybe you spent a lot of time looking for the best laptop that suites your needs or you just entered the market and got the first thing you saw or someone just gave you as a gift. One thing is still certain, you have finally gotten a new pc. If you are anything like me, it is bound to get you psyched. It’s most likely you’ve even gotten accessories for it – webcam, modem, cover, gamepad, etc. – but you are forgetting one tiny detail…Your pc is still blank. The only apps on it are the pre-installed ones. Most of which you wouldn’t even use throughout the lifespan of the computer. The reminder starts ringing the moment you begin to go through your computer. Not a single app you love or need.
This is where this blog comes in. it points out the essential free apps needed for your pc:
Internet Browser: Google Chrome
The browser wars are as fierce as ever but the top pick in this category is Google Chrome. It’s still super-speedy, includes little conveniences like instantly searching Google for an image, and hosts a great archive of extensions. Throw in cross-platform syncing, through its integration with your Google account, that lets you open your desktop tabs on your phone and vice-versa, and you’ve got a fantastic browser for all purposes.
Chrome isn’t without its faults, however. Plenty of people dislike Chrome; its download speed isn’t as fast as some other browsers but there’s a good news – there are other fantastic browsers to choose from. Firefox lets you customize everything and Opera with its download speed
Meanwhile, Microsoft Edge is still not among the top browsers hence, shouldn’t be used as a default browser yet.
Antivirus: BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition
While we are using the net, malware might try to enter the system, either in the form of an app or a link. So obviously, we need an antivirus to protect our system from harm. BitDefender is a strong antivirus. Incredibly easy to use, with excellent detection rates. Just set and forget. BitDefender makes protecting your PC from viruses and other malware (including ransomware) as straightforward as possible. You can rely on it to detect and eliminate the latest threats as soon as they appear, with minimum stress.
There is also a long line of other choices to make in terms of antivirus, most of which are paid for. McAfee, AVG, amidst others.
Cloud Storage: Dropbox
In case you are someone that works with a lot of files, keeping backups will become a necessity and storing information in “the cloud” should become an everyday occurrence. Dropbox is the cloud app you should install for the task. The 2 GB of free storage isn’t much, though you can increase that by referring friends and other small tasks. Dropbox offers an app for every major device, with great syncing, so you can take your files anywhere. You can even set your files to auto-upload. HOW COOL IS THAT?!
It’s also super easy to share files with others, and the service sports a great interface on the web and desktop. Whether you use it for backup, as a cloud flash drive, or for setting up shared folders with others, you can’t go wrong with Dropbox.
You can take advantage of alternative cloud services alongside Dropbox to get more free space and separate your files. Google Drive an impressive 15 GB for free, and you can upgrade to 100 GB for only $2 per month. OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud software, comes installed on Windows 8 and 10, and while Microsoft cut the free storage significantly, OneDrive remains a solid choice, too.
Media Player: VLC
With YouTube’s popularity, you probably do most of your video viewing in a web browser. However, you should still keep a solid player around on your desktop for when you need to play media files while offline.
For this task, nothing beats the open-source multi-format video player, VLC Media Player. It’s capable of playing nearly every format imaginable. Whether you need to play videos recorded on your ancient cell phone or in some weird format you’ve never heard of before, VLC will get the job done. It’s also capable of playing audio, along with all sorts of other tricks.
You might not break it out often, but give VLC a download and save yourself the hassle of messing with video codecs or using the awfully insecure QuickTime.
It also comes equipped with shortcuts easy to remember and cool effects and filters.
If you don’t like VLC, which is most likely impossible, there are several other awesome media players to choose from. But it all depends on the one you enjoy using best. Windows 10 comes with Films & TV which makes it so easy to switch between videos. There’s also Potplayer that supports different kinds of 3D glasses.
Torrent client: qBittorrent
A free client packed with all the tools music, TV and movie fans could want. It’s fast and efficient, with a built-in search engine and media player, free torrent client. qBittorrent has everything you need for quick, secure downloads. There’s automatic prioritization of torrents, torrent creation and IP filtering too, and it’s easy to master.
Not everyone understands how torrents work, it’s a good idea to research on it before using it.
Other torrent options include Deluge and considered as one of the best, uTorrent
Zip or unzip anything you throw at it. Free and lightweight and it’ll never bug you to pay for it. Some users complain about its interface but it still retains its top spot. It’s fast and does the job without any problem. But just in case you are one of those that complain, you might want to try the portable and attractive IZArc or the oldest WinRAR which is free to use but costs $29 for a licence
YouTube downloader: Freemake Video Downloader
Freemake Video Downloader has over 93 million users worldwide, and it’s easy to see why. Not only does it grab videos from all the most popular hosting sites, including YouTube and Vimeo, it also converts and saves them in the right format for your playback device – whether that’s a PC, smartphone, tablet or games console. It’s simple to use too, and one of the fastest tools around.
Utility Softwares: Java 8, .Net, Silverlight, Air, Shockwave, DirectX, etc.
Right now, they might seem as useless as the “appless” pc itself but sooner or later you’ll probably need all of these for something. Might as well load them up now, or you’ll end up groaning when some program asks for one.
There wouldn’t be reviews or download site for this one, just look for the one you want and google it, something will come up.
Developer tools: Notepad++
If you tend to dig through HTML files, game inis, and so on, Notepad++ is great for making that text readable and easy to edit. Normally people just say to use the notepad application, that comes pre-installed with windows, when working with languages like HTML that don’t have specific IDEs. But it’s better to use Notepad++ because it comes with language selector. After selecting the language, the app automatically imports the language keywords. This app is user friendly especially for amateur programmers. Sublime Text is another good choice. With a great interface and autocomplete features for your programming and mark-up languages, it’s a great pick. PSPad comes with a spell checker, auto-correction, etc. but it also supports ads, so be careful while installing so as not to get unwanted features
Documents: Foxit Reader
If you only read PDFs and never have to muck with editing them, Foxit Reader is a good pick. Otherwise, grab the more bloated but more powerful Adobe Acrobat.
Microsoft Office is another good choice. Packaged with Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Publisher, Access, etc. but it still needs to be registered… with cash.
Games: Classical Games
It’s not a new quote that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. No matter the line of business you are involved in that prompted you to get the laptop, at least once in a while, you should have something to pass the time. What better way than with a game. And no game is as sweet as the classics. Depends on the one you like though. There are apps that pack multiple classics in one but if you aren’t interested in all, at least one of these should do: Ludo, Snake and Ladder, Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, Backgammon, Chess, Scrabble, Checkers, Super Mario, Solitaire, etc.
And of course, this section also has alternatives. Try Call of Duty series for action, Asphalt series for racing, The Walking Dead series for adventure, The Sims series for simulation, etc.
The programs from the list are the ones you will probably not escape while using your pc – old or new, but there’s still a possibility though, that you may not like some of them. The good news is that, there are still a thousand other options. All you have to do is keep testing new apps till you find the one that suits you the most.
There are still other apps you can use, but might not necessarily need. It all depends on the purpose of your pc (fun, learning or work):
Spotify, Google Play Music or Apple Music for streaming songs with ease
You probably already have Paint but it doesn’t have as much features Paint.net, GIMP, Fresh Paint, Picsart, Photoshop Express or Photoshop which are reasonable choices for photo editing depending on your level of knowledge
Franz is a great app if you are the social media loving type. It is a great way to add all your social media in one window ranging from the more popular ones like whatsapp and Facebook to the less popular ones like WeChat and Telegram. It is good on battery too.
F.lux is a good app for those that work through the night and gets affected with the white light of the pc. F.lux helps to filter the blue light from your PC’s screen when the sun goes down giving you a duller colour that suits your eyes better
Duolingo is an app for learning new languages. With 16 languages to choose from for English speakers, you get fun ways of learning the languages with progression through difficulty. You probably should be able to speak the languages decently after using the app. NO PROMISES!
Netflix is a good choice for streaming that TV episode that you missed. You don’t watch series? It also has a wide variety of movies with subtitles so you are sure of being kept up-to-date, as long as you are connected to the internet though
The Weather Channel, not necessary in some countries because they don’t have much issues with weather, is yet another app to keep around. With animated maps, Windows 10’s Cortana voice control, notifications and more, you are sure that the weather won’t surprise you again
For those that use the internet a lot, TunnelBear is on the list. It’s used to protect your identity online and access content blocked in your region. Its fast with a great choice of servers. Turn it on, select an international proxy and you are good to go
But be careful while getting these programs so as to avoid malware, and also check to ensure that you still have enough memory storage, the app isn’t weighing down on your RAM and your processor is okay to run it.
You didn’t know the apps you should have, well NOW YOU KNOW
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