What software to install on your new computer?

We are in the process of creating a list of free utilities and programs that should be installed by most users. We have all helped a number of friends and family members purchase and setup computers. Most of the time they are used to there old machines or the machine is setup. These old setups my or may not reflect the realty of there new computer. Many times programs that they users had installed are missing; especially for handling audio, images, and pdf files. Below is a quick list of software to consider including, along with some optional ones for your more technical friends and family members.

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Paint.Net – Fast, Easy to use Picture Editor

How many users have run into the limitations of MS Paint (Default image editor on Windows) and have heard someone say well just use Photoshop. While Photoshop is a great image editing program, it isnt what most users need to get there job done. If you survive the initial price shock, purchase the software, and try to get started you may find yourself overwhelmed by all the options.

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LotW: Foxit Reader

I am sure many of you have used Adobe Acrobat Reader, but like many users you can find it is slow, it can crash your browser and seems to be a little more than you really need. You just want to open a pdf and read what is inside.

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Conficker, what you need to know!

The Conficker virus is gaining some notoriety due to some recent news articles and television shows. Lots of misinformation has been spread about what it is, how it works, and how to protect yourself from it. I am not going to go over all the issues, but the best method to prevent infection is to Windows updates as they come out. If you already do this, you are likely safe.

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