7 Software Must-haves In PC/Laptop As A Regular User

Whether you are starting afresh with a new PC or you’re just making sure that your system has got all the essential goodies, you are going to find this post to be very informative. The following software are very basic yet so sleek in their performance. They are guaranteed never to let you down. Out of the programs listed below you may be familiar with some. Though being well-acquainted with such programs, you can be sure of stocking yourselves up with a few never-known-before tit-bits. Read on!


Price: Free to try

Operating systems: Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP SP2 (32-bit only), Mac OS X 10.10/10.7/10.8/10.9

When there is a celebrity anti-virus such as AVG to shield your system from attacks, what one would often overlook is its inability to stand against the latest and most ingenious threats. Ruthlessly competing with Norton and McAfee, Malwarebytes resists most of the attacks from the internet and removes worms, Trojans, spyware, vulnerabilities and other malware from your computer. Malwarebytes identifies malware by analyzing the characteristics of a file – a process called machine learning. Moreover, it has been the most effective bet against hackers and phishing.

  2. Chrome

Price: Free

Operating systems: Windows 7/8/10, Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.6/10.9

Amongst the piling range of browsers, Chrome still holds its place in the No.1 position owing to its smooth performance and support for add-ons. The thumbnails on the home page provide the quickest way for you to access your favorite pages. Chrome stands out from the crowd by its support for casting. But what actually is casting support? If you’ve got a TV with Chromecast device and it is on the same network as your PC, you can open a Chrome tab on the PC and send it to your TV. This can be handy for presentations or for watching videos on the big screen. With Voice search, you may voice your queries and chrome will present you the search results for the query instantly. The Autofill feature makes you wonder how Chrome can remember everything about you by filling out the forms automatically.

3. Paint.net

Price: Free

Operating systems: Windows 7/8/10/8.1

Additional requirements: .NET framework 4.6.1, Windows 7 SP1

Paint.net is a free image and photo editing program with a ton of tools for you to adjust and enhance your photos with ease.  It is an alternative and is much more simple to use than PhotoShop or Gimp. With a simplistic approach, Paint.net does not sell out the necessary features. Just like the top ranking photo editors, it is loaded with all the essentials such as special effects, unlimited undo, layer support, etc. and the only feature that sets Paint.net apart from its competitors is its simplicity.

4. Sumatra PDF

Price: Free

Operating system: Windows XP/Vista/7/8

You most probably wouldn’t have heard of this software before. So let me walk you through the working of Sumatra PDF, a fierce competitor to Adobe Acrobat Reader. Sumatra is a lightweight, sleek, super-fast and portable PDF reader and it’s everything that Adobe isn’t. With a minimalistic design, Sumatra contains none of the unwanted extra features thus making it lighter than any existing PDF reader. Being small enough (approximately just 5 MB) to fit into a USB drive, it is highly portable, and you can view your PDFs wherever you go (no installation is required in other devices). You can read almost anything including eBooks (ePub, Mobi), DjVu, and even comic books too. Topping it all, your documents can be very secure as hackers tend to stay away from Sumatra.

5. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free

Price: Free

Operating systems: Windows 7/8/10, Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.6/10.9

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a  free data recovery software for both Windows and Mac operating systems.It can recover data from internal and external hard drives, as well as USB devices, memory cards, music players, and more.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is actually very simple to use. The first screen of the  Software  has you place a check next to each category of files that you want to recovery.

For example, if you’re only looking for photo recovery, you’d choose that option and leave the email, documents, and audio files unchecked. Otherwise, you can scan for all types of files. Then, just choose whether to scan the desktop folder, your personal folders, or an entire disk drive.

When restoring multiple files at once, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard keeps their original folder structure intact. I like that it works this way because it makes it easy to understand where they were before you deleted them.

It might seem like a big deal that EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can only undelete 2 GB of your files, but you’ll probably find that the document files, images, or audio files that you accidentally deleted are far less than 2 GB in size.

6. Pidgin

Price: Free

Operating systems: Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7

Pidgin links together several accounts from various chat apps in one place. It supports most of the chat apps like FB Chat, AIM, Bonjour, Google Talk, MSN, MySpaceIM, SIMPLE, Yahoo, XMPP to name a few. The initial setting up process can be frustrating, but once you are done setting it up and adding your accounts, Pidgin makes you realize that it could be the simplest software that you would ever come across. You can configure the notifications individually. Pidgin is accompanied by Buddy Pounces which notifies you, sends you a message or plays a sound when a specific buddy goes offline.

  1. VLC Media Player

Price: Free

Operating systems: Windows XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

VLC Media Player is the most commonly used household software finding its place in almost every system. If you haven’t yet got this one yet, be quick to snag it. But what make this player so irresistible? To put it down in a single word, let me say ‘flexibility’ makes this software so special. This flexibility is achieved by the abundant format support, style and other customization options present in VLC. The control buttons are at the bottom and are small enough not to distract you from the media being played. With VLC, you can also convert media files between formats that it supports. You may apply video and audio effects too. The most exciting attribute is that you can set a favorite video of yours as your system’s wallpaper! Finally, let me guarantee you that VLC Media Player will be the only video player that you’ll ever need. 


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