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It is our aim to Simplify IT, and make your computer a tool to help you achieve your goals and not a machine that frustrates you and makes you want to pull your hair out.
We are authorised partners of AVG the internet security and protection specialists and with them we will be releasing frequent information about how to stay safe online and keep you up-to-date on how to prevent being caught with the current computer scams.
You can always call in and speak to us for advice or hints on how to improve your IT experience, but we will also post interesting and useful bits of information here from time to time, as well as on our Facebook page and Google+ page.
With the release of Windows 10 we have had lots of questions and inquiries about upgrading to the latest windows operating system. many people are still scared off after their issues with Windows 8. We have upgraded and have been exploring the new settings and options.
Windows 10 has lots of similarities to Windows 7, including the Start menu which everyone missed in Windows 8. It starts up and resumes fast, has more built-in security to help keep you safe, and is designed to work with software and hardware you already have.
Microsoft Edge lets you write, type, and doodle directly on your web page with Web Note, then share your notes with others. Read online articles free of distraction, and save your favorite reads for convenient access later.
Get to done faster by better managing your desktop. Snap up to four things on one screen at the same time and create virtual desktops whenever you need more space or want to group things by project, like Office apps for work and games for play.
Top 10 Free PC Programs
There are millions of free and open source projects available, many of them better than any commercially available product. Below is a short listing of what we think is the best out there, broken down into ten categories.
Antivirus and malware protection
Most PC users realize that they need protection on their computer or may have an installed antivirus program from their computer manufacturer. What most don’t realize is that there are free programs that are just as good and in some cases better than the commercial products. Below are our recommendations.
ANTIVIRUS PROGRAM: Avast! or AVG
MALWARE AND SPYWARE PROTECTION: Malwarebytes
There are dozens of free and commercially available backup programs for computers. Unfortunately, many of those backups are stored locally, meaning if your house were to catch fire, get robbed, or if you lost your backup discs all your data would be lost. This is why when dealing with important data we suggest users use online backup services.
ONLINE BACKUP SOLUTION: Mozy, Dropbox, Google Drive
Although Microsoft Internet Explorer comes pre-installed on Windows computers. There are several excellent free alternatives that everyone should try. These free alternatives can often be faster, have more options, and in many cases be more secure than Internet Explorer.
INTERNET BROWSER: Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome
When downloading files on the Internet you’ll eventually encounter a .zip, .rar, or other compressed file. Dealing with these files can be easy with our below free file compression utility.
FILE COMPRESSION UTILITY: 7-Zip
Disc ripper and creation utility
Creating an audio or data CD/DVD, ripping the data from an audio CD, or creating a CD from a .ISO file can also be done freely using our below free recommendation.
CD BURNER UTILITY: CDBurnerXP
E-mail is yet another service that can be done freely. Most users today use online e-mail solutions like the one listed below. However, for those still using an e-mail client such as Microsoft Outlook we strongly suggest one or both of the below suggestions.
E-MAIL CLIENT: Mozilla Thunderbird
ONLINE E-MAIL: Gmail, Outlook.com
FTP, SFTP, and SSH Utility
Users who maintain their own web page or need to upload or download files to or from a server have to use an FTP utility or an SSH client. There are many commercial programs capable of doing this but our below free recommendations beats them all.
FTP CLIENT: Filezilla
SSH CLIENT: MobaXterm and Putty
Image editor, paint program, and picture organizer
There are many great free solutions for editing, creating, and organizing your images on your computer. Many of the programs capable of doing these tasks can be several hundred dollars, but all of the below programs are completely free.
IMAGE EDITOR: GIMP or Pixlr
PAINT PROGRAM: Paint.net
PICTURE ORGANIZER: Google Picasa
There are dozens of different multimedia programs with different capabilities and limitations. Below are our top free multimedia programs for watching video files and recording audio.
AUDIO EDITING AND CREATING TOOL: Audacity
VIDEO AND DVD PLAYER: VLC and MPC-HC
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