Essential PC Tools and Plugins

There are some great PC tools and browser plugins with great features and also good protection against all the junk out there.

PC Tools

There are a handful of tools I use all the time
  • Ninite.com
    • Always check Ninite.com for free software first! The good people here provide cleaned up installs for a lot of common freeware. Browsers, Anti-Virus, lots of stuff. 
    • Handy tip: Keep your Ninite downloads because these also work to check for and install updates for your software 😉
  • BitDefender Anti-Virus
    • Good detection rates, works well, and in addition to free anti-virus, the paid "total security" is a good price for a full security suite if you need it.
  • CCleaner 
    • Lots of PC maintenance tools; disk cleanup for browsers and other junk, application un-installer for broken application cleanup, duplicate finder like when you have hoards of pictures and want to remove some dupes, secure file and disk erase...
    • Pro version is a good price if you are using it and getting annoyed with free version because it has really frequent annoying updating
  • Misc
    • Malware Bytes (see Ninite.com) if something does get on your PC and you need to clean it properly
    • 7-zip (see Ninite.com) super utility for zip files
    • Foxit Reader (see Ninite.com) lightweight PDF viewer can also be used for printing to PDF
    • Notepad+, Paint.Net, ... did I mention check out Ninite.com? 

Web Browsers

Using the Web is fraught with inconsistencies and perils from sites that don't work in some browsers at all, hacked sites loaded with malware, and broad invasions of privacy. 😭 

Google Chrome

A solid go-to browser with lots of features like synchronising your bookmarks, reasonably secure password saving (I put everything but Banking type stuff in there), and generally works the best.

Mozilla Firefox

Another good browser, for me it's the "when nothing else works" try Firefox.

Browser Plugins and Extensions

Both Chrome and Firefox have lots of available plugins and extensions. Lots of junk but some gems.
  • Ghostery blocks ads, pop-ups, tracking, so much stuff!
  • Adblock Plus double-down on Ad Blocking
  • Chrome History AutoDelete is a nice way to reign in how much is in your browser history once you start using Chrome or a browser which is synchronising your browser history with Google across many devices

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