Essential Apps

List of Essential Applications
General Applications
7-ZIP All-in-one unzip/zip utility
AVG Free anti-virus
Belarc Advisor PC Audit
BurnAware Free CD/DVD burning util
Ccleaner Remove and clean crap from your PC
CreaWriter Bare-bones writing app
Daemon Tools Lite Mount CD/DVD images
Evernote THE notetaking app
Fences Declutter your desktop
Filezilla FTP app
Firefox Browser
FreeFileSync Easily synchronize folders
Google Chrome Better Browser
MyDefrag Defrag app
OpenOffice (or MS Office)
Skype Text, voice and video chat
Spybot Clean spyware
uTorrent Torrent
VMWare Player (or workstation) Virtualization
WinRar Mainly to unrar stuff
Forensic and Security Tools
Cain & Abel Security swiss army-knife
Chanalyzer Lite Wifi scan
Eraser Secure wipe
inSSIDer Wifi scan
Recuva Free deleted file recovery app
Wireshark/WinPcap Packet analyzer
Multimedia
Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF Reader
Adobe Photoshop if you can afford it Image Editor
Audacity Open-source sound editor
Handbrake Open-source video transconde
Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator Open-source vector graphic
itunes Great for podcasts if you don’t have an ipod
Snagit Screen capture utility
VLC Open-source media player
Network Utils
GNS3 Run Cisco IOS images
Packet Tracer POS Cisco simulator
Putty Telnet/SSH client
WinSCP Secure FTP client

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