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New PC? Install these programs right away


’Tis the season for a new computer. Whether Santa sneaked a PC under the tree or you’ve decided to install Windows 7 onto an older machine millions of Americans this month will be booting up a fresh start. What better time to get your computer on a healthy diet of lean but powerful software and to throw out the bloated junk food that comes prein stalled on many machines?
Here are some free pro grams that’ll help your new PC chug along for many winters to come. (Disclaimer: While most of the Monitor’s soft ware suggestions cover both PCs and Macs Apple fans will need to sit this article out.) Clean sweep: A lot of new computers come loaded up with software that you’ll likely never use. This clutter often called bloatware or crapware pays its way onto your PC in the hope that you’ll buy full versions later. However the junk can also bog down your computer. Winnowing out these stowaways should be your first move. PCDecrapifier.com has a free download – $5 donation is suggested – that automatically rounds up many of these unwanted programs and deletes them. Now you really have a clean start.
Free protection: To make sure no other gremlins slip aboard consider downloading security software right away. Forpay software often feels safer but there are several perfectly adequate free options. This year Avast surpassed most antivirus guards as one of the Web’s best. Another cyber superhero Malwarebytes helps sniff out spyware and malicious code. Together the two programs are quite a team.
Getting to the fun part faster: Brand new PCs can be equal parts exciting and bother some. Your (let’s hope) more powerful computer opens up new doors for entertaining software. But the clean slate will demand an afternoon – or per haps an entire weekend – of waiting for programs to install. Ninite.com frees up your day with its setit andforgetit queue. The site has handpicked the best free programs – browsers instant messaging apps and security software (including Avast and Malwarebytes). Click which applications you want and Ninite creates a customised package that downloads and installs each of the programs. —
Times of oman

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