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

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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    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.
  2. Cleaner and Optimizer <
  3. These are all free:
    Antivirus - Microsoft Security essentials
    Word Processing and Office utilities -
    Photo Editing - Splashup or gimp
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