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Programs every new computer should have

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September 20th, 2011

If you're booting up a new computer for the first time, you may find you already have software programs installed that you'll never use. This software can clutter up your machine and is also referred to as bloatware. Many PC computers come preinstalled with trial and light versions of software, hoping that you will purchase the full version at a later date. Unfortunately, these programs can really slow down your performance right from the very beginning and may never be used.

Unclutter the bloatware

If you would like to remove the programs you use and have a fresh start, you can manually delete the programs you don't need. Be sure to verify that the program you are deleting is actually something you will not need or want. Common examples of these programs are browser toolbars, HP advisors, getting started guides, games, etc. You can remove programs on a PC by going to START, Control Panel, and then click Add/Remove Programs. Before uninstalling, be sure to double and triple check that it is a program you will not need.

Install programs you'll need

The first program you'll want to install is an anti-virus program, which will keep you protected from spyware and viruses. Examples of these are Kaspersky Internet Security, Symantec Norton 360, Webroot, and McAfee. All of these products cost money and most require an annual subscription that keeps your computer updated with the latest virus definitions. You'll have to sign back up every year though to keep these virus definitions updated. If you are looking for a free alternative, AVG Free offers complete malware protection. Although it will constantly notify you of an optional professional version, it is not necessary to upgrade to get the core protection that AVG offers.

Additional programs you'll want

Now that you have the bare necessities, you can now get to the fun stuff. For starters, you'll want an alternative browser other then Internet Explorer, such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera. These browsers offer a safer, more secure browsing experience, all for the installation of add-ons. To convert your current CD collection of music onto the computer, or to purchase new music online, you'll want to install iTunes, which will convert your CDs for playback on the computer and mobile devices. The iTunes store is built right in the application so you can purchase new music and have it downloaded right to your computer. Last but not least, you'll want Skype, which will allow you to make phone calls to anywhere in the world and do video chats if you have a Web cam.

Make the installation process easier

You can spend a lot of time searching for programs and their respective websites, but one timesaving tool that makes this process much easier is Ninite.com. Ninite will allow you to create a customized package of free software to install. All you need to do is select the applications you want from the Web page, click Get Installer, and Ninite creates an automated process which will download and install each of the selected programs.

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