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10 Must Have Windows Utilities

 
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I’ve been a PC user for a quite sometime and over the years I’ve found some really useful programs for windows that I’d like to share with you to make your user experience better.

All the programs on my list are free unless you want to pay for optional advanced features that the average user won’t need. Alright, let’s begin:

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  1. Unchecky– This tool is so cool I had to give it the #1 spot on my list. Unchecky is a unique program that systematically unchecks bundleware that comes with software you download. Once you have unchecky installed on your computer you won’t have to deal with pesky toolbars and junk software that ‘randomly’ appear on your computer. And best of all it’s one of those “install and forget about it” programs. I wrote an article about Unchecky some time ago which you can find here.
  1. Evernote– This is an increasingly popular note taking program because unlike other note taking programs, Evernote is simple, easy to use and comes with a robust set of tools that help you take notes seamlessly. It also syncs your notes to the cloud for free so you can access them anywhere and on any device.
  1. Ninite– Picture this: You’ve just bought a new computer and you’re ready to get it all setup. So you make a list of programs you want to install (think Google Chrome, VLC, etc.) and then begin the tedious task of visiting website after website to download all these different programs on your list. Not so much fun, right? Well the next time you want to download and install a bunch of programs just head over to Ninite.com, select the programs you want to install and hit “Get your Ninite”. Then fire up the downloaded file and watch your programs download and install automatically.
  1. f.lux– This program is unique in that it adjusts the color temperature of your screen according to your location and time of day reducing eye strain and disruption in sleep patterns. Very handy if you use the computer for extended periods of time. Definitely a ‘must have’ program.
  1. Secunia PSI– Secunia Personal Software Inspector is a program that identifies vulnerabilities in software on your computer and patches them automatically for you by downloading updates so your computer isn’t vulnerable to attacks.
  1. PC Decrapifier– This program should put a big smile on your face because if your computer has a ton of bloatware on it from your manufacturer, PC Decrapifier will get rid of it for you. As simple as that.
  1. Geek Uninstaller– What makes Geek Uninstaller unique is that it not only uninstalls and removes programs from your computer quickly, but also removes any trace of it from your registry as well as deletes any leftover folders or files.
  1. Recuva– Accidentally deleted a file? No problem. Just download Recuva and recover your deleted photos, documents, videos and music. In addition, Recuva can also recover files from memory cards, USB sticks and external hard drives, even if they are corrupted.
  1. 7-Zip– If you’re just tired with WinRAR/WinZip bugging you to buy the full version then 7-Zip is your solution. It’s completely free and compresses files a lot better than the aforementioned programs.
  1. CCleaner– I like to keep the best for last and CCleaner, in my opinion, is simply one of the best tools you can have installed on your computer. CCleaner is essentially a junk-clearing utility that keeps your computer clean and optimized by deleting old files and clearing the clutter in your system registry. All in all, it’s a great tool to have.

I hope you enjoyed reading my list and get to try out some of the programs I’ve mentioned here. Let me know in the comments if you have a favorite utility program and why you like it.

~Aaron

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