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What essentials programmes to install?

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Techie Stuff
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Techie Stuff
New Dell PC Vostro 3471 windows 10 professional. So far I have installed Microsoft office, ccleaner, adobe and Kaspersky internet security. Is there anything else I should install. Will only use for internet shopping and banking and usual browsing Storage is ssd it is surprising how quickly it fills Thanks
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  • Neil_JonesNeil_Jones Forumite
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    Whatever you were using on the old computer and any hardware that it needs, so things like printers, scanners, peripherals that don't work as Plug & Play already...

    And maybe a decent internet browser like Firefox or Chrome, as Edge (as comes with Windows 10 by default, not the later one due out today or tomorrow) sucks.
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    I'd go for paintDOTnet, 7zip, Blueberry Flashback express, Chrome browser (personally I prefer slimjet) and Firefox is also OK, and VLC. Sandboxie (now free). Multiclipboard, but the older free version allows you to store 26 items - search for it:) http://m8software.com/clipboards/freeclip/freeclip.htm

    The weird ones: MacType (https://chocolatey.org/packages/mactype), notepad++, I do not do much with video, but a video editor - something like SVDC, a video converter (Handbrake), Audacity.

    personally would remove Kaspersky, and just use the free windows ones, but it is a personal choice.
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    Macrium Reflect for a recovery disk and great backup facilities in case of disasters;
    Malwarebytes for extra Malware prevention.
    Both the above I consider essential if doing online banking.


    Plus for Chrome or Firefox, add ins for adblocking (Ublock origin) and maybe a tracking preventer although built in options seem quite good.


    Use of those built in password managers.


    Belarc adviser so you can easily find and printout a copy of lots of useful info regarding your PC such as software keys, security fixes installed, list of programs and lots more.


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    Lotterypredictor Home (free) version.......oh, no that's just my wishlist :)
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    Nothing is essential apart from a good backup of the m/c as it is (i.e. a full image), and backup and back up as you go . Define fills up how big is the disk and how much space is there letf?
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    cherry76 wrote: »
    New Dell PC Vostro 3471 windows 10 professional. So far I have installed Microsoft office, ccleaner, adobe and Kaspersky internet security. Is there anything else I should install. Will only use for internet shopping and banking and usual browsing Storage is ssd it is surprising how quickly it fills


    Adobe what?
    Kaspersky - why?


    Just coz an SSD runs quicker, doesn't mean it fills up faster! :p


    Alternative web browsers are a good idea
    Software for your printer?
    Dropbox?
  • DoaMDoaM Forumite
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    J_B wrote: »
    Just coz an SSD runs quicker, doesn't mean it fills up faster! :p

    If the SSD is smaller than the previous HDD then it will. ;)
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    cherry76 wrote: »
    New Dell PC Vostro 3471 windows 10 professional. So far I have installed Microsoft office, ccleaner, adobe and Kaspersky internet security. Is there anything else I should install. Will only use for internet shopping and banking and usual browsing Storage is ssd it is surprising how quickly it fills Thanks
    Ccleaner is not required - All of the useful features can be easily carried out with the tools built into Windows.

    Kaspersy is not required - Built in Defender is perfectly fine.

    Adobe is a software company, not a piece of software. I assume you mean Adobe Reader.
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    wongataa wrote: »
    Ccleaner is not required - All of the useful features can be easily carried out with the tools built into Windows.

    Kaspersy is not required - Built in Defender is perfectly fine.

    Adobe is a software company, not a piece of software. I assume you mean Adobe Reader.

    Given the stated usage I'd also remove MS Office. I'm guessing Win10 Pro & Office were sold with the computer, it sounds like they bought way more than they actually need.
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    that wrote: »
    I'd go for paintDOTnet, 7zip, Blueberry Flashback express, Chrome browser (personally I prefer slimjet) and Firefox is also OK, and VLC. Sandboxie (now free). Multiclipboard, but the older free version allows you to store 26 items - search for it:) http://m8software.com/clipboards/freeclip/freeclip.htm

    The weird ones: MacType (https://chocolatey.org/packages/mactype), notepad++, I do not do much with video, but a video editor - something like SVDC, a video converter (Handbrake), Audacity.

    personally would remove Kaspersky, and just use the free windows ones, but it is a personal choice.


    Why on earth would you install all that to do internet shopping, banking and 'usual browsing' ??


    Mind = boggled
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