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#46 bigmehdi

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 19:43

That's why friends don't let friends run Java. Seriously, it's not needed. Get rid of it.

 

Mathematica works with java ... (although a separate install of jre)




#47 drazen11

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 19:46

uTorrent

Opera Mail

SumatraPDF

TeamViewer

WinRAR

Bitdefender Antivirus Free

Dropbox

Google Chrome

IDM

K Lite Codec Pack + MPC HC

MS Office

Nero Burning ROM with Nero Express

Notepad++

Skype

CCleaner



#48 +_Alexander

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 19:55

Notepad++

Visual Studio 2012 Professional

Firefox (Development Only)

IE10 (soon IE11)

7-Zip

SkyDrive

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Flash

Adobe Reader

Tixati (only because uTorrent has commercials)

MPC:HC

Eclipse Enterprise Edition

Java 7

PuTTy

Microsoft Office 2010

Skype Desktop

Steam

TortoiseSVN

WinSCP

VirtualBox 

WMP

Rainmeter

MySQL Workbench

Aptana Studio 3

Google Earth

 

Probably a good list



#49 vcfan

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 19:55

I mean, I used it very long ago, never liked it. I think IDM now is the king and FDM is ok if you prefer FOSS 

 

Your choice.No offense, my friend

 

been using it since the 90s, its lightweight and fast. dont need any bells and whistles. i use it only for splitting downloads into pieces as it gives me way faster speeds.



#50 Anibal P

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 20:24

That didn't answer my question.

 

You just got done saying these vulnerabilities aren't a problem like the xp days

 

"Yes, but Windows 7/8 have amazing built in protections that can mitigate more common attack vectors. This isn't like the old, XP days."

 

I would call "Java" a pretty common attack vector, and Windows 7/8's amazing built in protection doesn't seem to crap to mitigate it.

 

It's not Java or Flash, it's the users, you still have old and young people that seem incapable of not clicking on some shady ad or link and can't say no to any junk some installers insist on pushing onto us, the only safe thing these types can do is to not go online ever, they're too stupid to use it safely, they're also the reason we have such dumb warnings on everything so might not really matter in the long run, they keep breeding more stupid people perpetuating the cycle



#51 Anibal P

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 20:33

Chrome (Extension: Adblock, Feedly, CDM, Pocket, Chromecast, Tapiture, YTO)

Steam

some form of AV because we all make mistakes from time to time

Google Drive/Dropbox

 

Anything else is fluff and for the most part unnecessary or used so rarely I forget to install it till it's actually needed, at least that's all I've installed so far on this new system, don't need an uninstaller, don't need any system utilities, do all my system maintenance manually, let Windows defrag automatically, AV takes care of malware also, no need for a separate program. Random Google apps, might install notepad ++ again just becasue I like how it works vs plain Notepad

 

Need to install Foobar and MPC:HC and possibly some CD/DVD burning program, and Origin to get into the BF4 Beta



#52 medhunter

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 21:31

uTorrent

Opera Mail

SumatraPDF

TeamViewer

WinRAR

Bitdefender Antivirus Free

Dropbox

Google Chrome

IDM

K Lite Codec Pack + MPC HC

MS Office

Nero Burning ROM with Nero Express

Notepad++

Skype

CCleaner

 

OperaMail without the browser!!! collaborate, plz



#53 bigmehdi

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 21:46

I'm confused why so many still feel a need to hose their systems with so many "security" suites? Am I the only one surviving off my common sense, and built in protections?

The drawback of a standard built in protection (I guess you have  win 8 in mind), is that the same vulnerabilities will spread everywhere.

I guess it's easier to develop a zero day exploit, when everyone have the same protection : if  you manage to attack a  pc, then you can attack them all. Not to mention that the rating of MSE  has been downgraded these last years.

 

The best protection I  have : if there's a doubt, restore system with acronis image. 

 

I  should have mentioned acronis image in my much needed software list, although I prefer to back up/restore from bootable DVD only.



#54 Wepynx

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 22:37

Avast Free, Malwarebytes Free, Superantispyware, Free, Ccleaner, Privazer, Firefox, SRWare Iron, Search Everything, at the moment, I alternate and test a lot of software.



#55 Konstantine

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 22:52

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#56 remixedcat

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 00:18

  • Google Chrome
  • Jriver Media Jukebox
  • Hyper-V
  • LAN Speed Test
  • PRTG
  • Plex media server
  • LGS
  • iperf
  • Photoshop
  • Stardock Fences
  • Rainmeter
  • VLC
  • InSSIDer
  • Speccy
  • GPU-Z
  • CPU-Z
  • Dropbox
  • Skydrive
  • WinRAR
  • Filezilla FTP
  • Decor8
  • Webroot
  • Handbrake
  • dBPowerAmp


#57 Growled

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 00:38

At work, all I need is Google Chrome and Office. At home, as long as I have Chrome, Gimp, VLC, Libreoffice, and Handbrake I can do almost everything I want/need to do.



#58 Dot Matrix

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 01:26

That didn't answer my question.

 

You just got done saying these vulnerabilities aren't a problem like the xp days

 

"Yes, but Windows 7/8 have amazing built in protections that can mitigate more common attack vectors. This isn't like the old, XP days."

 

I would call "Java" a pretty common attack vector, and Windows 7/8's amazing built in protection doesn't seem to crap to mitigate it.

Which is a problem with Java... I don't know anyone that uses Java anymore (not even my IT buddies), so without it, those vulnerabilities don't exist on those systems.

 

But for the smarter people on here who know not to click things or download strange attachments, there's still a prevalent amount of "security" 'junklets' being used. Ya'll can mitigate the use of that stuff with better methods that wouldn't hose your system like those things do.

 

Either way, I'll stop thinking out loud now. :/



#59 y2k2r2d2

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 12:05

 I have them now     :)

Windows 7 Home Premium HP g6 :/

Firefox Beta 25

IE11

Gugle Chrome

Blender 3D

VLC

CPUID

Mediamonkey 4

Kaspersky AV

Skype

Gimp

Vuze

NetBeans - Eclipse

Sublime/VIM

Windows Photo vierwer/IrfanView

MySQLWorkbench/PHPMyadmin

Adobe Reader

CCleaner

MyDefrag

MiniTool

WinRaR trial

BOX/DropBOx/SugarSync/Googledrive/Skydrive/Minus

FL Studio

Microsoft Office

Daemon Tools

HW Monitor (my lappy always overheats)

AVS video converter

DIVX 11/RealPlayer/WMP

Samsung Kies

QT 5 SDK

Wolfram Mathematica

VMware Player

 

This color signifies a regular use.



#60 cork1958

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 12:15

As far as "must haves" it would be these 3 for ABSOLUTE must haves:

 

Malwarebytes

SuperAntiSpyware

CrapCleaner

 

As far as what I usually always install anyway, it would be:

MPC-HC media player

Irfanview

Auslogics defragger

CDBurnerXP

Sumatra pdf reader

Opera browser

Seamonkey browser

 

That's about it. I keep my machines lean, mean and VERY clean!!

 

I do have Bitdefender AV installed, but usually run without an AV. Currently just testing this AV.