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October 17, 2011 8:44:11 PM

I apologize in advance if this question has been asked a million times before, I did do a quick search, but did not find anything current.

I have a new computer coming in the next couple of days, and I want to know what you all think are the essential apps to load on it. I plan on stripping off any bloatware I find out of the box, and my old standby app list has probably gotten a little stale.

I am looking for suggestions on:

Security (I used to always add AVG, Spybot, Adaware, and rely on my router for firewall protection but I know there is probably a better combination these days)

Productivity (I have used Open Office in the past, but I see that LibreOffice is becoming quite popular)

Utility (vlc, uTorrent, Gimp, Handbrake, etc.)

Anything else that you use as a standard that you might want to suggest.

Thanks in advance for your feedback

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October 17, 2011 9:03:30 PM
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October 17, 2011 10:38:15 PM
October 18, 2011 1:08:16 PM

Thanks for the input. Still a lot to choose from. Is anyone using Microsoft Security Essentials? I am curious if it is bloated or relatively lightweight.
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October 18, 2011 1:09:59 PM

It's not bad but i would probably go with Avast!
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October 18, 2011 1:10:36 PM

grnerd said:
Thanks for the input. Still a lot to choose from. Is anyone using Microsoft Security Essentials? I am curious if it is bloated or relatively lightweight.

That is an entry-level security.
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October 18, 2011 1:14:15 PM

I use GDATA Internet Security with Malwarebytes Pro,and Superantispyware Pro!Gdata incorporates two antivirus engines under one GUI!I use paid versions for my own security!

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