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    New Computer - Necessary Programs?

    So I just brought home a new computer; nothing fancy, my wife and I will just use it for email/Internet and storing the family pictures.

    What programs should I think about purchasing/downloading? I feel I am a pretty technologically savvy person, if that matters. Particularly, is there any good free antivirus software (I am a cheapskate...)?

    Thanks in advance!



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    Re: New Computer - Necessary Programs?

    Quote Originally Posted by JBone84 View Post
    So I just brought home a new computer; nothing fancy, my wife and I will just use it for email/Internet and storing the family pictures.

    What programs should I think about purchasing/downloading? I feel I am a pretty technologically savvy person, if that matters. Particularly, is there any good free antivirus software (I am a cheapskate...)?

    Thanks in advance!
    Someone will recommend AVG....



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    Re: New Computer - Necessary Programs?

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    Someone will recommend AVG....
    That's why you fancy yourself the man..........


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    Re: New Computer - Necessary Programs?

    I could only seem to find AVG free for 30 days, unless I'm missing something...



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    Re: New Computer - Necessary Programs?

    Quote Originally Posted by JBone84 View Post
    I could only seem to find AVG free for 30 days, unless I'm missing something...
    AVG Free - Download antivirus and antispyware software for Windows XP and Vista


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    Re: New Computer - Necessary Programs?

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    Someone will recommend AVG....
    I put AVG on one computer and Avast! on another to compare. So far, I can't say I like/dislike one more than the other. I'd also add SpywareBlaster.

    As for necessary programs, if you don't already have M$ Office get OpenOffice (OpenOffice.org). I like Picasa for managing my pictures. You'll need Adobe Reader sooner or later. Oh, don't forget Firefox (or Opera or Chrome), anything but IE. I remove all shortcuts to IE so nobody in my family can find it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    That's why you fancy yourself the man..........
    I've got Norton since Mom's still paying for it 8GB of RAM so I'm not worried about it bogging me down.



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    Wow, that's a large file.


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    Re: New Computer - Necessary Programs?

    I like Avast too. Also consider adding threatfire, a very nice intruder prevention piece, very affective against rootkits. It is designed to augment AV protection package. I also use trend protect, browser plugin that evaluates web sites/links for potential problems. Firewalls, I like comodo.



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    Re: New Computer - Necessary Programs?

    Microsoft Office (Word and Excel). I also have Adobe Professional and I use it all the time.



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    Re: New Computer - Necessary Programs?

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    Someone will recommend AVG....
    I had this and thought it was junk... the free version anyway.



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    Re: New Computer - Necessary Programs?

    I have been planning on going the OpenOffice route for quite a while...



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    Re: New Computer - Necessary Programs?

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    Wow, that's a large file.
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    Re: New Computer - Necessary Programs?

    Quote Originally Posted by cmoneyr View Post
    57MB?
    Yes, I had a really old computer not too long ago (12 years old) and that file would probably not have run on it.

    I'm behind the times.


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    Re: New Computer - Necessary Programs?

    Mediamonkey for music.

    VLC for playing videos/movies.

    Miranda IM if you IM a lot on a bunch of different clients.

    Firefox of course.



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