Back from vacation and ready with a new list of essential freeware apps
It’s good to be home – we vacationed a long weekend in Chelan, WA, visiting friends with a new baby.
So I saw this post in a TechRepublic newsletter:
It’s a list by George Ou of favorite freeware he puts on customers’ PCs when he sells them.
I personally think a PC should not come loaded. However, this difference aside, it’s a good list. And I would add that I would not sell a PC without an antivirus solution. I don’t sell PCs (only one to date, and another if you want it – just ask) because I’m an enterprise tech, but on the one I recently sold, I loaded AVG. Before you start the war over AVG, I would add that I’m a very conservative surfer, and I don’t use P2P downloading. That being said, I don’t use a heavy-duty A/V solution because I rarely use anything questionable. So anyway, I’ve never had malware troubles since I adopted my conservative surfing/downloading habits. Still, AVG is a good solution, but I would say that if you spend 3 hours a day on BitTorrent, you need something a little heavier. Sophos is good (we use that at our company), Kaspersky is good, Norton/McAfee are not.
Anyway, I’d sure love to hear your rants about AVG, or your list of freeware you like. Give me some feedback here if you get a chance.