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First PC being built, what are some essential programs I should have?

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July 8, 2012 1:08:38 PM

Hey all,

I've been using an iMac for the last 5 years and I'm switching to PC. I am curious to know what is some essential software I should have starting up my system? In terms of virus/spyware, backup, monitoring system performance, etc. Anything really...

I'll take any and all suggestions.

Thank you

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a c 395 $ Windows 7
July 8, 2012 1:15:25 PM

Windows 7 < home premium
Antivirus < microsoft security essentials or avast
Malware scanner < Malwarebytes free edition
Hardware Monitor
Windows 7 has built in backups that you can use.
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July 8, 2012 2:11:16 PM

These are all free:
Antivirus - Microsoft Security essentials
Word Processing and Office utilities - openoffice.org
Photo Editing - Splashup or gimp
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August 8, 2012 12:50:13 AM

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August 8, 2012 1:21:17 AM

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