Recommended applications for Windows XP/Vista/7

We will give you a list of must have applications for your Windows OS.

The categories chosen for the recommendations are:

  • Antivirus
  • Browsers
  • Internet Messengers
  • Multimedia
  • Office
  • System

ANTIVIRUS


The top 3 antivirus we would recommend for windows are:

  1. Avira Antivirus
  2. Avast Free Antivirus
  3. AVG Free Antivirus

Among the above three, Avira is our favorite. Even on older systems it runs great and have pretty decent interface.

If you prefer applications with good looking interface and multiple features you can opt for Avast or AVG.

 


BROWSERS


The top 3 browsers we would recommend for windows are:

  1. Google Chrome
  2. Mozilla firefox
  3. Safari

Among the above Google chrome is what we prefer. Do visit Google Webstore, to explore more that you can add to your browser.

If you like to add functionalities(Add-ons) more than just browsing, go for Mozilla firefox.

If you are a Mac fan, Safari is what you would like. Its fast and elegant looking browser from Apple.

 


INTERNET MESSENGERS


The top 3 internet messengers we would recommend for Windows are:

  1. Pidgin
  2. Trillian
  3. Google talk / Yahoo Messenger

 


MULTIMEDIA


We categorize multimedia  into three categories. They are:

MUSIC

Our top 3 applications for Music on Windows are:

  1. iTunes
  2. WinAmp
  3. RealPlayer

We prefer iTunes for its awesome interface and support of iDevices.

VIDEO

Our top 3 applications for Video on Windows are:

  1. VLC Media player
  2. K-Lite Codec Pack
  3. RealPlayer

VLC is the best application to play almost all types of media formats.

K-Lite codec pack also provides support for vivid file formats.

PICTURES

Our top 3 applications for Pictures on Windows are:

  1. Picasa
  2. Paint .NET
  3. Gimp

Picasa is the best Photo viewer and picture organiser. Its support for social networks adds to its advantages.

Paint .NET is a basic photo editor with great features.

Gimp is an full featured photo editor. Once you get used to it, your photo editing tasks will get easier.

 


OFFICE


The application in this categories are:

  1. OpenOffice / MS office
  2. Adobe Reader
  3. LibreOffice

 


SYSTEM


Top 5 applications you must have on your Windows system are:

  1. Speccy
  2. Defraggler
  3. CCleaner
  4. 7-zip
  5. Recuva / Pandora Recovery
Speccy lets you get details of your system in a very systematic manner.
Defraggler allows you to defragment your harddisk to get better performance.
Ccleaner cleans your system and also lets you completly erase your deleted files.
7-zip is an Open source compression application and comes with support of various compression formats.
When you have deleted something from your recycle bin, you can recover that with Recuva or Pandora.

 


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