Top ten apps that no PC should be without.

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.

1. FluffyApp
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.

2. Dropbox
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.

3. CCleaner
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.

4. Speedfan
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.

6. WinRAR
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.

7. Recuva
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.

8. Rainmeter
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.

10. Teamviewer
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.

 

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Not to be destructive, but the list is quite stupidly polluted with stuff like Fluffycrap, Speedfan and Rainmeter and possibly Dropbox. How on earth are the first 3 basic needs? Dropbox may be handy for some only.

The list is half geek-specific task oriented, half general purpose.

Here is my top 10 list of essential apps:
1: Unlocker
2: Process Explorer
3: Cleanmem
4: Speed Fan
5: Malwarebytes
6: 7zip
7: Firefox
8: ccleaner
9: community codec pack
10: Process Monitor
11: Debugging symbols for Process explorer/etc...
12: Windebug(part of debugging tools)

170 comments, 5% constructive.

I'd just discovered FluffyApp and I think it's great. I would probably add Everything search to replace the default windows search, IDrive for convenient and free backup on the cloud and DU Meter for bandwidth monitoring. For more specific needs, Stardock Fences for desktop management and Bulk Rename Utility/Mp3tag for music management.

3 & 4 are really unnecessary, especially for average user. 3 may became the root of real problems with the system and 4 is quite laughable, because normally this kind of thing is already handled by bios.
as for 6 (WinRAR) I quite hate it for outdated interface and lack of some modern features. and of course I hate it because it's not really freeware so it annoys you about it every damn time you open some rar file.
finally, 8 - Rainmeter. It's nice, but clearly not "must have" type of app.
the rest is reasonable, but TeamViewer is questionable, I would normally use "share desktop" feature on skype or "remote assistance" on WLM to help out someone, and use Windows Live Mesh for remote control of my own PC's.

App is short for apple, as in app store. Thought everyone knew this by now, Jobs explained it months ago.

cfew said,
App is short for apple, as in app store. Thought everyone knew this by now, Jobs explained it months ago.

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Urgh... "Apps" for PC??? NO no no. "Programs" yes, "applications" yes, "software" etc YES

Not "Apps"... save it for smartphones

SuperHans said,
Urgh... "Apps" for PC??? NO no no. "Programs" yes, "applications" yes, "software" etc YES

Not "Apps"... save it for smartphones

An Application and a Program are both one and the same.

There's a thread discussing this in the forums.

SuperHans said,
Urgh... "Apps" for PC??? NO no no. "Programs" yes, "applications" yes, "software" etc YES

Not "Apps"... save it for smartphones

Are you new to the PC world? People have been calling applications apps for like.. ever. Long before smartphones.

The list is a very subjective to certain use. For many users, half of the names are like "what ??"... Only thing which would universally fit in is an AVS and cleaning software, in that respect, CCleaner and MSE would fit in..

So many thing regular users don't need and SHOULDN'T have in that list.

- why does a regular user need a sreenshot app, ene more so one that uses URL anonymizers the worst security nightmare on the net.
- CCLeaner.. in the hands of average joe ? Well at least it keeps me employed and paid fixing what they broke.
- SpeedFan... WHY? would an aervage person need it, why would anyone need it, fans on computers today regulate themselves you don't need to see the speed or change them or anythign that app that, especially not Average Joe.
- Recuva ? he isn't even going to know what to do with it.
- Rainmeter, see above.
-Teamviewer, well best option is for the client to just grab the one time client.
- As for DropBox, useful, but more complicated than the alternatives, especially for average joe again. especially with Live Mesh that just works better and easier.

the better twin said,

WHY would a "regular user" even be on neowin.

"that NO pc" not "Top 10 apps that no geek pc should be without".

I definitely am going to check out FluffyApp. Unfortunately went to go check it out but I am on my Powerbook right now and see there is no Mac version. So have to wait until I am on my gaming PC, but it definitely seems like an app I would use quite often. Right now I use DropBox for sharing all of my images online, and it seems like a much easier alternative.

Chasethebase said,

Localhostr is good but the fact I have to open it every time, and doesn't have a native UI, annoys me intensely.

There is a rewrite being worked on which will address both these issues.

mail said,

There is a rewrite being worked on which will address both these issues.

Would be nice if I could have it sit in the tray like Fluffy.

COKid said,
Interesting list. I wonder how the author came up with it.

While eating hot pockets, he/she/it came upon realization that he/she/it could scam a bunch of people by going down his/her/it's application list. Yay advertising money.

MistaT40 said,
What can Recuva do that Win 7 file backup system doesn't do?

Recuva (I hate that name) recovers deleted files on any media whether they were backed up or not as long as they haven't been overwritten. Plug in your flash drive and oops, deleted your pictures by mistake? This may be able to get them back for you.

Bern@rd said,
Dropbox sucks, get Mesh.

But you can't easily copy public links to files with Live Mesh. Folder sharing in Dropbox is also more intuitive.

Granted, Live Mesh gives you more space to work with - 5 GB instead of 2 GB (though why Mesh can't go up to Skydrive's max of 25 GB is beyond me). Personally I'd stick with Live Mesh for synchronizing school work, and Dropbox for quickly sharing files with friends.

Bern@rd said,
Dropbox sucks, get Mesh.

I use both for different purposes. for example Mesh is selectively syncing some needed folders (that should be placed in specific path and not just "My documents/Dropbox" like stuff) across PC's that I use and also gives remote access if necessary. Dropbox in other hand used for quick uploading files to the Internet and pasting direct download link to someone in minimum time. I also use it for collaborations and storing files that I might need access to in any time, even from mobile.
So basically Mesh is good for internal activity and Dropbox for external.

I made an account to post this, as I have loved this site in the past and hope to keep reading it.

I agree with the majority of the comments here. This is a horrible post that really doesn't belong on Neowin as it is written.

These are NOT applications which "No PC should ever be without". As much as I use and love some of the programs listed, I would never tell a general audience "You need this".

My grandmother doesn't open RAR/ZIP files. My Sister doesn't need to host files in the cloud. My uncle doesn't need TeamViewer. I don't need rainmeter or fluffyapp or even speedfan.

I'm sorry, but this article makes you look really bad. Not just this one, either. That post you have up now, titled "Ten Popular Free Games for Android", is split into two pages (*groan* okay), and doesn't have a single link to any of the games listed. It doesn't even name the developers of the games to find them easier.

PLEASE don't go down this path. A tiny bit more effort and consideration for your userbase would be much appreciated!

fudged71 said,
I made an account to post this, as I have loved this site in the past and hope to keep reading it.

I agree with the majority of the comments here. This is a horrible post that really doesn't belong on Neowin as it is written.

These are NOT applications which "No PC should ever be without". As much as I use and love some of the programs listed, I would never tell a general audience "You need this".

My grandmother doesn't open RAR/ZIP files. My Sister doesn't need to host files in the cloud. My uncle doesn't need TeamViewer. I don't need rainmeter or fluffyapp or even speedfan.

I'm sorry, but this article makes you look really bad. Not just this one, either. That post you have up now, titled "Ten Popular Free Games for Android", is split into two pages (*groan* okay), and doesn't have a single link to any of the games listed. It doesn't even name the developers of the games to find them easier.

PLEASE don't go down this path. A tiny bit more effort and consideration for your userbase would be much appreciated!

Yep agree wholeheartedly. Just trying to grab headlines lately.

The only other thing I was going to say is instead of Recuva, how about a proper backup!!

Simon- said,

Yep agree wholeheartedly. Just trying to grab headlines lately.

The only other thing I was going to say is instead of Recuva, how about a proper backup!!

Do you backup every single file you have in real time? What happens if you accidentally delete a file between backups? What about flash drives and things like that? Does your camera somehow backup all the files on it's memory card as you are take them?

I disagree with MS Security Essentials as it's not always the best option for an Antivirus. Also CCleaner shouldn't be used constantly on a system but just on rare instances you're dealing with infections or it's been a while since the last clean. As for Windows Live Essentials, well alot of crap that isn't needed - MSN should have been independent but instead Microsoft is bundling junk to take over.

necrosis said,
I can not believe how many people talk up VLC. It is such a crap box. Especially with huge 1080 rips.

FFDShow + MPC.

+1
Combined Community Codec Pack FTW!

I LOL'd. You have to be kidding right? I have Winrar - necessity for sure. WLM 2011? No thanks. 2009 is bad enough.

As for the rest. Seriously? If I/you/we need them, get them. Otherwise they're just taking up space...

True WinRAR isnt freeware, however you can continue to use it after its 30 day period, so in a way it is depending on your point of view

Xerino said,
True WinRAR isnt freeware, however you can continue to use it after its 30 day period, so in a way it is depending on your point of view

WinRAR is freeware. The only difference after 30 days is nag screen before launching RAR Explorer. If you don't use explorer you won't notice any differences. You can buy it, but it would be kind of donate version. Like ad-powered free or ad-free on Andoird.

coth said,

WinRAR is freeware.

Wrong. Freeware is a term that has a specific meaning; WinRAR most certainly is not freeware.

You're supposed to pay for it if you decide to keep using it after the trial period.

TRC said,

Wrong. Freeware is a term that has a specific meaning; WinRAR most certainly is not freeware.

You're supposed to pay for it if you decide to keep using it after the trial period.


Though it keep working after 'trial' period without any hacks and cracks.

Checked info about licensing. It says, if buying license you
1. Give us your support
2. Can commercially use it
3. Get additional features like digital signature and some other
4. Get technical support

Edited by coth, Apr 11 2011, 7:02pm :

1. FluffyApp - What is this? I don't even...
2. Dropbox - Not something I think many people need.
3. CCleaner - This is one I use a lot, but it's not essential.
4. Speedfan - It's 2011, computers handle all this in hardware. Useless.
5. MSE - I agree an AntiVirus is something every PC should have, and this is a good one.
6. WinRAR - I don't like proprietary formats. 7Zip is far better, free and open source.
7. Recuva - I've never used it. I'm careful with what I delete but it could be a lifesaver.
8. Rainmeter - Pointless on Windows 7 and gadgets are hardly what I'd call a must have.
9. WLE - These used to be nice programs, but once going "live" most of them have really sucked.
10. TeamViewer - Who actually needs this? The few that might can use the built in remote desktop.

TRC said,

9. WLE - These used to be nice programs, but once going "live" most of them have really sucked

I have to agree, WLE is nothing but junkware and bloated. And they turned messenger into way too much crap with social integration that plenty don't want tied to a simple IM app by default. The new privacy settings they have by default when installing first time are way too open for my tastes as well. I'll stick with pidgin for the msn protocol.

TRC said,
1. FluffyApp - What is this? I don't even...
2. Dropbox - Not something I think many people need.
3. CCleaner - This is one I use a lot, but it's not essential.
4. Speedfan - It's 2011, computers handle all this in hardware. Useless.
5. MSE - I agree an AntiVirus is something every PC should have, and this is a good one.
6. WinRAR - I don't like proprietary formats. 7Zip is far better, free and open source.
7. Recuva - I've never used it. I'm careful with what I delete but it could be a lifesaver.
8. Rainmeter - Pointless on Windows 7 and gadgets are hardly what I'd call a must have.
9. WLE - These used to be nice programs, but once going "live" most of them have really sucked.
10. TeamViewer - Who actually needs this? The few that might can use the built in remote desktop.

i am also going to have to agree here about windows live suite, lately has become utter useless and bloated

Edited by The Protagonist, Apr 11 2011, 12:10am :

TRC said,
1. FluffyApp - What is this? I don't even...
2. Dropbox - Not something I think many people need.
3. CCleaner - This is one I use a lot, but it's not essential.
4. Speedfan - It's 2011, computers handle all this in hardware. Useless.
5. MSE - I agree an AntiVirus is something every PC should have, and this is a good one.
6. WinRAR - I don't like proprietary formats. 7Zip is far better, free and open source.
7. Recuva - I've never used it. I'm careful with what I delete but it could be a lifesaver.
8. Rainmeter - Pointless on Windows 7 and gadgets are hardly what I'd call a must have.
9. WLE - These used to be nice programs, but once going "live" most of them have really sucked.
10. TeamViewer - Who actually needs this? The few that might can use the built in remote desktop.

Why don't you use CalmAV over MSE if you prefer open source over proprietary?

The Protagonist said,

i am also going to have to agree here about windows live suite, lately has become utter useless and bloated


and tell us exactly why is that? optional integration of social networks and having facebook chat can be quite useful. "features" they removed are just matter of taste (like having background pictures in chat window), actual usable features have increased. well, except freehand drawing messages maybe.

FluffyApp is actually really good if you're a designer, or like to keep files in the cloud. I find myself using it more and more, ever since I first discovered it, and now I'm using the official client (CloudApp) on my new Mac. But, I think it's not for everyone, only those who want to share snapshots or small files with others.

Also, I've never used FluffyApp, but Imgur has an application that lets you take screenshots (including selective) and auto-uploads them too.

It's Hyper Desktop.

Windows Live Essentials 2011? Seriously? There is no bigger turd in recent software history than Windows Live Essentials 2011. Especially Messenger 2011 really sucks.

WLM2009 is much better on pretty much any aspect I can think of. Performance, customizability, feature set (WLE2011 removed a lot of useful features such as drawing, personalizing nick names, blocking people as opposed to the crappy "Appear offline" which never works), the media sharing is less obnoxious (still obnoxious but that can be fixed), there is no link tracking/scanning (SmartScreen), etc.

I agree, Messenger has gotten worse with every new version. Remember when it was just Windows Messenger? It was once a nice lightweight program with no ads, annoying popup windows or other useless junk. Actually there is really nothing in Windows Live Essentials that I find essential or even desirable. The new Movie Maker has been turned into a complete joke.

TRC said,
I agree, Messenger has gotten worse with every new version. Remember when it was just Windows Messenger? It was once a nice lightweight program with no ads, annoying popup windows or other useless junk. Actually there is really nothing in Windows Live Essentials that I find essential or even desirable. The new Movie Maker has been turned into a complete joke.

Yeah the movie maker can't do just a text screen so I have to go to photoshop to make one

TRC said,
I agree, Messenger has gotten worse with every new version. Remember when it was just Windows Messenger? It was once a nice lightweight program with no ads...

Nope. Whereas MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger shared the same code base, they were still considerably different, and Windows Messenger was never capable of installing on Win9x or W2K, while MSN Messenger was not supported on XP until v5.0.

Windows Messenger went into sustained engineering mode back in 2004, and was terminated in 2008. It was essentially replaced with Office Communicator.

MSN Messenger was rebranded to Windows Live Messenger at v7.5.

And MSN Messenger has always been ad driven.

Slugbait said,

Nope. Whereas MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger shared the same code base, they were still considerably different, and Windows Messenger was never capable of installing on Win9x or W2K, while MSN Messenger was not supported on XP until v5.0.

Windows Messenger went into sustained engineering mode back in 2004, and was terminated in 2008. It was essentially replaced with Office Communicator.

MSN Messenger was rebranded to Windows Live Messenger at v7.5.

And MSN Messenger has always been ad driven.

The point is Windows Messenger was a nice lightweight little program that should have been continued. Microsoft is not so hard up for money that they need to resort to crappy adware.

TRC said,
The point is Windows Messenger was a nice lightweight little program that should have been continued. Microsoft is not so hard up for money that they need to resort to crappy adware.

That is incorrect. Every division has a responsibility to generate revenue. MSN/WL Spaces is an excellent example: they finally unplugged their servers last month. No money = no product.

Windows Messenger was no more lightweight than MSN Messenger 4.5-5.0. In fact, with support for SIP and various other features, it was actually a bit heavier. After v4.6 was released, the Windows team took ownership over Windows Messenger, which made sense considering that it was a core system component. And just like NetMeeting, it was killed off for Vista because of "newer, better" products coming that were designed for corporations (Office Communicator, Live Meeting)

Besides, I'm pretty sure you can still log on to the service with Windows Messenger if you want that slim-n-trim experience. Of course, you have to be rocking W2K, XP or 2K3 SRV.

JamesNL said,
Windows Live Essentials 2011? Seriously? There is no bigger turd in recent software history than Windows Live Essentials 2011. Especially Messenger 2011 really sucks.

WLM2009 is much better on pretty much any aspect I can think of. Performance, customizability, feature set (WLE2011 removed a lot of useful features such as drawing, personalizing nick names, blocking people as opposed to the crappy "Appear offline" which never works), the media sharing is less obnoxious (still obnoxious but that can be fixed), there is no link tracking/scanning (SmartScreen), etc.


I agree on drawing feature, but the rest - I don't understand what are you talking about. you can rename your contacts, "appear offline for this person" is the same thing as blocking in older versions just renamed, and now you can see blocked contacts in separate group. media sharing have more features and you still can send media files as file transfer by dragging files into contact list window instead of conversation window. and finally about links, when you press the links, you first go through SmartScreen that may warn you of possible risks and show options or redirect automatically if it knows that link is safe.
so I don't understand what's with the whining over WLE 2011 and specifically WLM 2011.

My List

1: Dropbox
2: BurnAware Free
3: Freemake Video Convertor
4: 7Zip
5: FileZilla
6: MalwareBytes
7: Picasa
8: KeePass
9: Google Chrome
10: CCleaner

And a bonus one 11: WinCDEmu (Daemon Tools Alternative)

xendrome said,
My List

1: Dropbox
2: BurnAware Free
3: Freemake Video Convertor
4: 7Zip
5: FileZilla
6: MalwareBytes
7: Picasa
8: KeePass
9: Google Chrome
10: CCleaner

And a bonus one 11: WinCDEmu (Daemon Tools Alternative)

As a photographer I am insulted by your "Picasa." WLG all the way!

WarioTBH said,
Not a fan of CCleaner myself.

VLC + ImgBurn should deffo be on the list.

ImgBurn FUR SHUR! Can't do without it. Daemon Tools Lite too.

LukeEmery said,

ImgBurn FUR SHUR! Can't do without it. Daemon Tools Lite too.


CDBurnerXP here (ImgBurn is nice but it caused many weird problems for me before)

WarioTBH said,
Not a fan of CCleaner myself.

VLC + ImgBurn should deffo be on the list.


VLC is the Internet Explorer 8 of the video player world.

I've never heard of fluffyapp either (what kind of name is that?), and I certainly don't want every screenshot I take automatically uploaded to the web. If I want an image uploaded it's not that hard.

As far as this being a list of apps no PC should be without, is the author kidding? Some of those are niche apps at best, and I certainly wouldn't want stuff like Rainmeter on my PC. I like CCleaner and Recuva can be handy but there's very little on there that I'd call must have. MSE is about the only one.

Maybe it (Fluffy) isn't an application that a PC can't be without but I can explain a few things.

Name: Service it uploads to is called CloudApp. So it makes sense.
Screenshots: That is an option.
Plus at least it has a tray icon that LOOKS native >_>

Skyfrog said,
I've never heard of fluffyapp either (what kind of name is that?), and I certainly don't want every screenshot I take automatically uploaded to the web. If I want an image uploaded it's not that hard.

What's wrong with the name?

How about renaming this topic to: top ten apps that no WINDOWS pc should be without. Because I believe that 5 or 6 of them are for Windows only. How about a Mac and Linux topic also?

I have 3 of the 10. Can't see myself downloading any of the other garbage. Personally, I think applications like MS Office are more essential.

sask said,
I have 3 of the 10. Can't see myself downloading any of the other garbage. Personally, I think applications like MS Office are more essential.

Indeed. I find PHP Designer and Steam more essential than most of these.

Julius Caro said,
CCleaner? really? what sort of ADVICE is that?

Advice from people that know **** all about computer maintenance.

SpeedFan as a 'can't live without app'? You think my grandma cares what speed her computer fans are running?

Never even heard of 'FluffyApp', so it can't be all that essential. I wouldn't even use an app called 'FluffyApp' no matter how vital it seemed. I'd lose points on my 'Man Card' for using 'FluffyApp'.

Totally agree on CCleaner (yes, even on Windows 7 and for use with the Registry), TeamViewer (LogMeIn has ****ed me off slowly more and more over the years), Microsoft Security Essentials (c'mon... read any of the polls, it IS the BEST free AV out there. Even better rated then a lot of the pay/subscription ones).

I like WinRar, but since it's not free I can't see it's place in this list. ANYTHING is better than the built in Windows Zip support, so SOMETHING like this has to be on the list for sure.

The rest... negative. Nothing on here that EVERYONE would use.

chadlachlanross said,
Never even heard of 'FluffyApp', so it can't be all that essential. I wouldn't even use an app called 'FluffyApp' no matter how vital it seemed. I'd lose points on my 'Man Card' for using 'FluffyApp'.

If you feel emasculated by using an app you think is named oddly...

(Hi I'm the developer of FluffyApp)

I use Windows Live Messenger. I still consider it crapware. It's not necessary a "must-have". Heard of Fanspeed and it's recommendation. Never get to use it. The only tool that I see in that list is WinRAR that PC users must have. WinRAR is used EVERY single time I unzip or unrar any compressed files I download. The other stuff in that list are just isn't good enough for my PC.

rajputwarrior said,
like itunes or winamp?

Itunes? on Windows? and also... windamp has become quite bloated... id' go with VLC, it also has a plugin for firefox to play mp3's (instead of quicktime)

Heartripper said,

Itunes? on Windows? and also... windamp has become quite bloated... id' go with VLC, it also has a plugin for firefox to play mp3's (instead of quicktime)

you use VLC to manage all of your music?

KavazovAngel said,

Windows Media Player isn't good enough? Zune isn't good enough?

those too, i was just throwing out examples of what i use on my mac machines and my PC.

mjedi7 said,

Zune? LOL! good one!

Zune actually is much nicer, quicker and generally better than itunes. I use Zune for my library, only reason i have itunes is to get high res artwork and to sync my iphone

mjedi7 said,

Zune? LOL! good one!

Care to share with us your problem with Microsoft? You seem to have a very biased (and wrong) reaction to the suggestion of using any MS software.

Is strange that basic products like VLC, Firefox/Chrome, PDF Readers, Irfan View are not the list.
Most people don't require products to sync like Dropbox, esply with Windows Live Mesh installed.
I wouldn't recommend a product like CCleaner for Windows 7, though it is helpful for Vista/XP.
FluffyApp, Seriously??? I would rather upload things myself, i don't trust them for privacy reasons.
Customizations by Rainmeter look pretty, but decreaes overall usability of Windows.

FluffyApp? SpeedFan? Rainmeter?
Are these really programs that your PC cannot be without? Because my PC is just fine without any of them.

billyea said,
FluffyApp? SpeedFan? Rainmeter?
Are these really programs that your PC cannot be without? Because my PC is just fine without any of them.

Agreed. I am a programmer with a custom build PC and I Don't really care for SpeedFan. I have Rainmeter but never use it. FluffyApp just sounds funny, would never put that on my computer.

LukeEmery said,

Agreed. I am a programmer with a custom build PC and I Don't really care for SpeedFan. I have Rainmeter but never use it. FluffyApp just sounds funny, would never put that on my computer.

What's in a name?

BrentMH said,
I love WinRar, especially since I'm still in trial mode. 485 days into trial to be exact.

Won't beat my old PC with win 98 and winace, when I last booted it a few years ago it was over 650 days past the trial mode! XD

blahism said,
I would recommend logmein over Teamviewer as well

Yeah, I really like LogMeIn, mostly because it doesn't require me to know what the other person's (in my case, my mother's) computer's IP is, especially if it's dynamic. And I don't have to install their software on my side to access it as well.

OrangeFTW said,

Yeah, I really like LogMeIn, mostly because it doesn't require me to know what the other person's (in my case, my mother's) computer's IP is, especially if it's dynamic. And I don't have to install their software on my side to access it as well.

Logmein free does not allow one to upload files to the remote computer. Teamviewer does.

Logmein requires one to install software on the remote computer. Teamviewer does not. It does require installation software on your computer but if you are helping people with problems, you should be able to that more easily than the person at the remote computer.

Logmein free does not allow one to reboot the computer remotely and have your computer automatically reconnect when the remote computer finishes rebooting. Teamviewer does.

Logmein requires installation of software on the remote computer and some people do not want to allow people access to their computer without their approval. With Teamviewer one normally has to give the helping persion an ID and Password before the helper is allowed access to the person's computer.

blahism said,
I would recommend logmein over Teamviewer as well

Teamviewer is possibly right now the best remote software. It runs as a native app on all PCs and the top 2 mobile platforms, iOS and Android.

1. FluffyApp???
1. Winrar is not freeware.
2. The average user should NOT use CCleaner, especially not the Registry part.
3. Why list DropBox when you are already listing Windows Live Essentials? Windows Live Mesh basically does the same thing.

Also, this is a Windows list, not a PC list. Cut that stupid crap already.

KavazovAngel said,

1. FluffyApp???
1. Winrar is not freeware.
2. The average user should NOT use CCleaner, especially not the Registry part.
3. Why list DropBox when you are already listing Windows Live Essentials? Windows Live Mesh basically does the same thing.

Also, this is a Windows list, not a PC list. Cut that stupid crap already.

dont 99% of world count PC = Windows! and what would be a PC list?

KavazovAngel said,

1. FluffyApp???
1. Winrar is not freeware.
2. The average user should NOT use CCleaner, especially not the Registry part.
3. Why list DropBox when you are already listing Windows Live Essentials? Windows Live Mesh basically does the same thing.

Also, this is a Windows list, not a PC list. Cut that stupid crap already.

I agree with 1-3, also dropbox is great.

FluffyApp??? Really?

I think VLC it's a great player, play almost every kind of media.

"Microsoft Security Essentials" WTF, get a real antivirus program! If you want a Free/personal Antivirus maybe Avira AV or some other AV but "Microsoft Security Essentials" it's not really a good choice.

I like Picasa for the Pictures, don't like MS WLE "Photo Gallery"

KavazovAngel said,
Also, this is a Windows list, not a PC list. Cut that stupid crap already.

Tell that to Apple

mjedi7 said,
"Microsoft Security Essentials" it's not really a good choice.

MSE works great for me...

mjedi7 said,
"Microsoft Security Essentials" it's not really a good choice.

Not really a good choice?

It outperforms a lot of commercial AV packages and with a lot less bloat.

mjedi7 said,

"Microsoft Security Essentials" WTF, get a real antivirus program! If you want a Free/personal Antivirus maybe Avira AV or some other AV but "Microsoft Security Essentials" it's not really a good choice.

From the reviews I've read as well as my own experience with the program, you're wrong.

Skyfrog said,

From the reviews I've read as well as my own experience with the program, you're wrong.

Agreed. For free it does a fairly good job.

KavazovAngel said,

1. FluffyApp???
1. Winrar is not freeware.
2. The average user should NOT use CCleaner, especially not the Registry part.
3. Why list DropBox when you are already listing Windows Live Essentials? Windows Live Mesh basically does the same thing.

Also, this is a Windows list, not a PC list. Cut that stupid crap already.

I have a strange feeling. I feel like there were four points made but somehow there are only three. Hmmmm.

Skyfrog said,

From the reviews I've read as well as my own experience with the program, you're wrong.

Agreed, MSE is really up there with the competition out on the market today. It performs very well, and has been proven to perform by multiple independent companies that test AV software on a yearly basis.

mjedi7 said,

"Microsoft Security Essentials" WTF, get a real antivirus program! If you want a Free/personal Antivirus maybe Avira AV or some other AV but "Microsoft Security Essentials" it's not really a good choice.

Im guessing you're anti-MS? considering MSE is one of the best AVs out there, seems by your 2 posts you've gone "WTF Microsoft = Crap LOL"

mjedi7 said,

I agree with 1-3, also dropbox is great.

FluffyApp??? Really?

I think VLC it's a great player, play almost every kind of media.

"Microsoft Security Essentials" WTF, get a real antivirus program! If you want a Free/personal Antivirus maybe Avira AV or some other AV but "Microsoft Security Essentials" it's not really a good choice.

I like Picasa for the Pictures, don't like MS WLE "Photo Gallery"

Avira? I wouldn't install that piece of crap nagware on my worst enemie's PC.

mjedi7 said,

I agree with 1-3, also dropbox is great.

FluffyApp??? Really?

I think VLC it's a great player, play almost every kind of media.

"Microsoft Security Essentials" WTF, get a real antivirus program! If you want a Free/personal Antivirus maybe Avira AV or some other AV but "Microsoft Security Essentials" it's not really a good choice.

I like Picasa for the Pictures, don't like MS WLE "Photo Gallery"

I agree that Avira is a fine product, but to dismiss MSE as not a real or effective product would be like saying the base model Corvette is not a real car, only the ZR1 Corvette is a real car.

On some tests Avira is a few partial percentages ahead of MSE, but when it comes to fixing damage from malicious software, MSE is the leader.

Most users would give up 0.02% difference in detection or the tiny amount of time between defintion updates to have a product that not only removes the threat, but also goes through and fixes the damage caused.

Microsoft puts a lot of testing and reseach into all the variations in damage a threat can cause. Which is why there have been several times when a new threat is discovered, MSE and the sister Malicious Software Removal Tool are the only products to not only remove the threat, but to restore the damages that are scattered throughout the registry and the file system. Especially when a threat has several layers of harm it causes that is different on every system it infects.

It is also very important that MSE uses the inherent defense features, detection APIs, and OS hooks designed into Vista and Windows7 to be used by antivirus and spyware software.

This means that MSE doesn't monkey with the OS, inject itself into areas of the OS software should not be touching, and also is lighter in the performance impact than other products that try to build their own integration mechansims.

This may not seem like a 'big' deal, but when it comes to compatibilty and system stability, MSE will not interfere with other software, nor does it impair the functionality of the OS.

The majority of compatibility, performance, and system stability issues encountered by users on XP, Vista, and Windows 7 is the result of antivirus software that uses their own mechanisms and injects itself into the I/O processes at low levels of the OS. (Go anywhere online and look at compatibility and stability issues with software or hardware and notice that the majority of these are related to the Antivirus or Spyware solution the end user is running.)

The way Windows deals with I/O is unique, and when software is injected into this process, 3rd party software developers cannot completely encompass the complexity of this technology, and when their software is part of this process, anything outside of the scope of the 3rd party software creates problems.


As for your opinion on Windows Live Photo Gallery, it is not something everyone shares, especially when Photo Gallery has features and technology not found in Picasa, which are things that are important to a lot of people.

mjedi7 said,

I agree with 1-3, also dropbox is great.

FluffyApp??? Really?

I think VLC it's a great player, play almost every kind of media.

"Microsoft Security Essentials" WTF, get a real antivirus program! If you want a Free/personal Antivirus maybe Avira AV or some other AV but "Microsoft Security Essentials" it's not really a good choice.

I like Picasa for the Pictures, don't like MS WLE "Photo Gallery"

MSE is the best antivirus I have ever used. It's better than most. Also I really don't know why you talk about vlc in your comment. It has nothing to do with any of the programs you talk about.

mjedi7 said,

I agree with 1-3, also dropbox is great.

FluffyApp??? Really?

I think VLC it's a great player, play almost every kind of media.

"Microsoft Security Essentials" WTF, get a real antivirus program! If you want a Free/personal Antivirus maybe Avira AV or some other AV but "Microsoft Security Essentials" it's not really a good choice.

I like Picasa for the Pictures, don't like MS WLE "Photo Gallery"

ITS much better because unlike ALL the others it updates itself via windows update. ALSo it updates itself via wsus for FREE

I wouldn't have Windows Live Essentials 2011 on this list because I dislike the iteration of Messenger included in it. I run an older version of WLM just to get around that one problem.

xMP44x said,
I wouldn't have Windows Live Essentials 2011 on this list because I dislike the iteration of Messenger included in it. I run an older version of WLM just to get around that one problem.

Specifically?

xMP44x said,
I wouldn't have Windows Live Essentials 2011 on this list because I dislike the iteration of Messenger included in it. I run an older version of WLM just to get around that one problem.

Each person has their own list. There are thousands of apps for PC. Of course everyone will have their own.

xMP44x said,
I wouldn't have Windows Live Essentials 2011 on this list because I dislike the iteration of Messenger included in it. I run an older version of WLM just to get around that one problem.

Personally I really like WLM 2011. The Facebook integration let me ditch Digsby. But unfortunately, Groups.im chats can't send 2011 custom emoticons in their chats, so I had to revert to 2009. That is literally the only thing keeping me on 2009.

xMP44x said,
I wouldn't have Windows Live Essentials 2011 on this list because I dislike the iteration of Messenger included in it. I run an older version of WLM just to get around that one problem.

You mean the new messenger with a bunch of fancy features for keeping track of social networks that can be turned back to the more classic messenger at the push of a button?

xMP44x said,
I wouldn't have Windows Live Essentials 2011 on this list because I dislike the iteration of Messenger included in it. I run an older version of WLM just to get around that one problem.

Agreed, running an ancient build 8 of MSN that I had to 'hack' so it'd still connect but it's fast, not ugly and does everything I need.

Leonick said,
You mean the new messenger with a bunch of fancy features for keeping track of social networks that can be turned back to the more classic messenger at the push of a button?
I agree, I really like the slimmed down option of WLM 2011 without any of the social networking crap that I don't use. It works really well.

When I visited the 7-zip website, I had virus warnings all over the shop.
When downloading it, MSE told me it was infected and recommended me to delete it.

Tony. said,
WinRAR isn't freeware.

also +1 7zip. I can't use a piece of software that hasn't updated it's performance or GUI since windows 98

Mouettus said,

also +1 7zip. I can't use a piece of software that hasn't updated it's performance or GUI since windows 98

HaoZip is quite good.

Tony. said,
WinRAR isn't freeware.

+1 as well. 7-Zip gives me everything WinRAR has for free and is very quick about it too. I don't see how WinRAR is superior anymore.

Mouettus said,

also +1 7zip. I can't use a piece of software that hasn't updated it's performance or GUI since windows 98

Personally I find the 7-Zip UI a lot more ugly than WinRAR..

Tony. said,
WinRAR isn't freeware.

Totally would have brought up 7zip too if others hadn't.
everything you need from winrar +7z and more for free.

OrangeFTW said,

+1 as well. 7-Zip gives me everything WinRAR has for free and is very quick about it too. I don't see how WinRAR is superior anymore.

It can create .rar files

Mouettus said,

...for someone with chinease/japanese reading capabilities.


Although the website is in chinese, HaoZip is available in english.

m-p{3} said,
Personally I find the 7-Zip UI a lot more ugly than WinRAR..

I think for about 90% of people all they are doing is extracting stuff, and 7zip gives a minimalistic progress screen when doing that. I don't think I've ever seen the main GUI!

I think the important thing to bring up here is that 7-zip, not only being free and offering a superior compression alghoritm alongside RAR, is some sort of a superset over Win-RAR, because functionally and visually, both programs are really, really similar.

Cyryl The Wolf said,

WHERE in this article did anyone say that Winrar was free?

You're ALL stupid.

In the title. 'Top ten freeware apps that no PC should be without'

Smooth.

Mouettus said,
also +1 7zip. I can't use a piece of software that hasn't updated it's performance or GUI since windows 98

It's fine to prefer 7-Zip because it's free, but don't blatantly lie about WinRAR doing so.

The one problem I have with 7zip is that if I try to extract a video which has been split into multiple rars, I must select all volumes and choose extract instead of simply choosing any volume (Winrar) and it extracts all the files to one video. PITA!

m-p{3} said,
Personally I find the 7-Zip UI a lot more ugly than WinRAR..
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UI doesnt mean anything. It's how the program performs that counts.

nub said,

It can create .rar files

LOL, isn't .zip accepted more? Even Windows 7 can open a .zip without having to install any software to read them.

Hollow.Droid said,
The one problem I have with 7zip is that if I try to extract a video which has been split into multiple rars, I must select all volumes and choose extract instead of simply choosing any volume (Winrar) and it extracts all the files to one video. PITA!
Just select all volumes, hold down right mouse button and drag to empty space in explorer (or a destination folder), let go of right mouse button and select 7-zip option to "Extract Here". Problem solved.

When I read through the post, I had a thought "I'll suggest 7-zip than WinRar"..then I saw these bunch of comments lol.. so yeah. 7 Zip + 1 (it can also unrar or create a rar)

metallithrax said,
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UI doesnt mean anything. It's how the program performs that counts.

I always get a kick out of people who say how ugly the UI is of just about anything! Man, do you people set and look at it for hours before you use it or what!

Another vote for 7Zip here!

I like the very first line of the article also.

"We live in a world where people are taught to share"
What a crock!! People today are so self centered and all about themselves, it isn't funny!!

Denis W said,

Staff are free to rename their articles in case of errors/typos/inserting updates, but the URLs won't be renamed for obvious reasons.

That's what's a 301 redirect is for.

So stop making excuses for them and do the right damn thing!

I'd would have thought you peeps were smart enough to have automatic 301 redirection support built into your editor.

Guess not!

war said,
That's what's a 301 redirect is for.

So stop making excuses for them and do the right damn thing!

I'd would have thought you peeps were smart enough to have automatic 301 redirection support built into your editor.

Guess not!

The developers would have to comment on why this is case, but in my own personal opinion, it's unnecessary over the occasional typo or two.

Hollow.Droid said,
The one problem I have with 7zip is that if I try to extract a video which has been split into multiple rars, I must select all volumes and choose extract instead of simply choosing any volume (Winrar) and it extracts all the files to one video. PITA!

No you don't.

Denis W said,

Staff are free to rename their articles in case of errors/typos/inserting updates, but the URLs won't be renamed for obvious reasons.

Or why not allow URL renaming but set 301 redirects when you rename a URL.

Cyryl The Wolf said,

WHERE in this article did anyone say that Winrar was free?

You're ALL stupid.

Read the damn article: It says: "Like the rest of the software on our list, it's absolutely free to download" in the part about MS Security Essentials.

Salty Wagyu said,
WinRAR still extracts its own format faster than 7zip can. Will keep WinRAR thanks
Winrar is faster overall. I tried 7zip and the 64bit version was so much slower than 32bit Winrar that I ran to buy a license.