We live in a world where people are taught to share, from status updates to food. Well today Neowin will be sharing the top ten applications we think every PC shouldn’t be without. They range from social software to system tools and we hope you find something new and useful.
The first app on our list is FluffyApp. This app is used for uploading screenshots and images to the web far faster than the normal method. By taking a screenshot, the app automatically uploads the image to the web and will save the url to your clipboard so you can easily copy the url into your web browser. For images that are stored locally, you can simply drag the image to the icon in the system tray and the same process will happen. We like this app because of the amount of time it saves uploading images and screenshots.
If you would like to learn more about FluffyApp, you can here.
Dropbox is a great app for organizing media and therefore it made our list. Keeping track of files on several computers can be a pain, so by having Dropbox on your PC, you can synchronize all your files to other PCs and even your phone. Instead of having to transfer your data through USB or emails to other computers you can put the files in your Dropbox folder and that file will then update to your other PC and phone. If the worst happens and you lose your phone or a PC, all your information can also be stored on their website; meaning wherever you are, you have access to your information.
If you would like to learn more about Dropbox, you can here.
In third is CCleaner, a system utility program that cleans all the unwanted garbage off your PC. Depending on the amount of junk you have on your PC, CCleaner can make a big difference in speeding your PC up. It supports a huge amount applications, Google Chrome, Microsoft Office and Winrar just to name a few.
As well as disk clean-up, it also has a registry cleaner (remember to backup) to clear any invalid entries from your machine.
If you would like to learn more about CCleaner, you can here.
Next we have Speedfan, a cool piece of software which allows you to read the temperature, voltages, and fan speeds of your computer’s hardware. If anything is to hot, it also has the ability to change your computer's fans speed and will continue to supply you with a system tray icon which that dynamically reads your PC's temperature. This software works wonders when you’re dealing with PCs that have a habit of overheating.
If you would like to learn more about Speedfan, you can here.
5. Microsoft Security Essentials
MSE is an anti-virus application that provides protection for your PC by being able to detect viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. This was added to our list for a number of reasons, however, mostly because it combines simplicity of an anti-virus with a high detection rate. For technical users, you’ll be pleased to hear it also has a low amount of false positives and is moderately low on resources. Like the rest of the software on our list, it’s absolutely free to download from here.
If you would like to learn more about Microsoft Security Essentials, you can here.
WinrRAR is an achiever and data compression tool that supports RAR and ZIP archives as well as being able to unpack CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z archives. The large support and ability to make smaller achieves than competitors to save on disk space puts WinRAR as our recommended archiving utility.
In addition it offers AES encryption and can support archives up to 8,589 billion gigabytes in size.
If you would like to learn more about WinRAR, you can here.
Next on our list is Recuva, a file recovery tool that allows you to recover any files that may have been accidently deleted in the past. It becomes an extremely useful tool especially when you’re dealing with damaged or formatted disks. If you’ve lost an unsaved Word document you can now retrieve it, if you accidently deleted a family video – you can now get it back.
If you would like to learn more about Recuva, you can here.
At Neowin, we have a large community of people who enjoy modifying how Windows looks. The most prominent way it seems people have chosen to do this is by using Rainmeter. The tool allows you to add some cool gadgets to your desktop, much like Windows Sidebar gadgets but taken to a whole new level. It comes packed with everything you may want to see on your desktop such as email, RSS feeds, weather forecasts and memory use. In addition to being able to display what you like it also has gadgets that are functional, so if you want to send your tweets from your desktop, you can.
Preview of Rainmeter capability. Image credit: toastbrotpascal
If you would like to learn more about Rainmeter, you can here.
9. Windows Live Essentials 2011
Next we have Windows Live Essentials 2011, perhaps the biggest piece of software of the bunch. Live essentials comes packed with Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, Mail and much more. This package is great for staying in touch with friends and family as well as being an excellent tool for creating and sharing media, the ultimate family package. Upon its release Neowin had a series of reviews of each program in the package, so if you’re looking how it stacks up against previous versions, be sure to check them out.
If you would like to learn more about Windows Live Essentials 2011, you can here.
Our final choice was Teamviewer, a remote access program that allows you to give or receive support through the Internet. This software is great for technicians as it allows you to control your client's PC without the need to go to their home, assuming that you can fix the problem directly through the software. It also comes with multiple language support and an area to chat with your client. The sleek and user friendly design also makes it so easy to use that virtually everyone can use it.
If you would like to learn more about Teamviewer, you can here.