Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

In Pictures: 20 Must-Download Utilities For Windows 7

In Pictures: 20 Must-Download Utilities For Windows 7
By
Microsoft Security Essentials

Released in September 2009, Microsoft's aim with Security Essentials (MSE) was to provide customers a means to improve Windows security without draining their pockets. While most consumers don't associate Microsoft with anti-virus solutions, it was only a matter of time before the company took that extra step in integrating anti-virus capabilities into the Windows operating system.

The program itself is relatively light, facilitating simple tasks like running a quick scan of the system, a full scan that's best left as an overnight task, or an optional custom scan based on the user's preference. Like most anti-virus programs, MSE updates itself in the background. However, users can also manually update with the click of a button.

Other features include a history section that lists quarantined and allowed items and a settings area that allows the user to schedule a scan, manage real-time protection, and allow MSE to create system restore points on a daily basis.

Best of all, it's free for genuine installs of Windows.

Download: Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0.1963.0

See more See less
Ask a Category Expert

Create a new thread in the Photo reports comments forum about this subject

Example: Notebook, Android, SSD hard drive

Display all 139 comments.
This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 44 Hide
    cashews , August 27, 2010 6:21 AM
    I find features like these, "go to 20 different pages to read one article", to be quite annoying and irritating. I take it you guys need to do this to get page impressions for your ads or something.
  • 16 Hide
    Anonymous , August 27, 2010 6:35 AM
    Suggesting VLC over MPC-HC? Something is very wrong here.
Other Comments
  • 1 Hide
    killerclick , August 27, 2010 6:17 AM
    You forgot IrfanView and MyDefrag, otherwise good list.
  • 44 Hide
    cashews , August 27, 2010 6:21 AM
    I find features like these, "go to 20 different pages to read one article", to be quite annoying and irritating. I take it you guys need to do this to get page impressions for your ads or something.
  • 16 Hide
    Anonymous , August 27, 2010 6:35 AM
    Suggesting VLC over MPC-HC? Something is very wrong here.
  • 0 Hide
    darthvidor , August 27, 2010 6:45 AM
    I like fences and switcher, thanks!
  • 1 Hide
    johnyeah , August 27, 2010 7:06 AM
    Fences is nice, but it significantly slows down Windows boot time. I used to use it for organization, until I restructured my desktop and used other taskbar pins and start menu instead.
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , August 27, 2010 7:28 AM
    thats awesome list, love you tom's
  • 2 Hide
    Stardude82 , August 27, 2010 7:29 AM
    Ooo Steam. It should be mentioned that there are a dozen or so pretty decent free games you can get in addition to many demos. Sometime they give games away for free. Also, ask a friend if they have an extra copy of Half-Life 2 to give you and enjoy all the mods!
  • 8 Hide
    mitch074 , August 27, 2010 7:36 AM
    A few remarks...
    - CCleaner is good (in fact, VERY good) at removing crap. But it's not completely crapware-free: it installs the Yahoo toolbar by default. However, you can un-check that option at install, so don't go clicking 'next-next-next' too fast. Then, true, it's damn good.
    - 7-zip can unpack anything that is zipped; if a ZIP file fails, then it wasn't a ZIP file... Or it was corrupted.
    - The GIMP accepts what you say, and more: current stable version can deal with CMYK data, colour profiles, and can even delegate some work to the graphics card. And, yes, it provides some HDR effects.
    - Scribus and Ghostscript are separated for one very simple reason: Ghostscript being THE reference implementation of Postscript in the Free Software world, it is very often updated - and it is very nice to be able to update said reference without having to update the whole stack. This may be a drawback on first install (you need to install two packages), it's a boon on prolonged use: no need to download the whole shebang every time Ghostscript is updated...
    - I wonder about Trillian: why not Pidgin? It does the same thing Trillian does (for the free version), on more networks, and sound/video chat are being added little by little.
  • 0 Hide
    Stardude82 , August 27, 2010 7:48 AM
    Oh yeah, having an Nvidia or ATI video card gets you on Steam HL2: Deathmatch, but that won't get you access to mods it turns out. You can buying it for $5 should work.
  • 5 Hide
    jimishtar , August 27, 2010 7:57 AM
    CCCP should definitely be on that list.
  • 2 Hide
    americanbrian , August 27, 2010 8:02 AM
    I have found that mediacoder is the fastest solution for re-encoding videos on my computer. It is FEATURE FILLED.
  • 0 Hide
    luke904 , August 27, 2010 8:16 AM
    johnyeahFences is nice, but it significantly slows down Windows boot time. I used to use it for organization, until I restructured my desktop and used other taskbar pins and start menu instead.

    i agree, i used to organize it manually by just dragging them into certain groups. but sometimes a game will glitch and will not change back to my desktop resolution when they exit or something like that and everything will get messed up. Fences keeps that from happening, and so its worth the 5 extra seconds of boot and 20-30 megs of ram usage
  • 0 Hide
    Mark Heath , August 27, 2010 8:18 AM
    Quote:
    Suggesting VLC over MPC-HC? Something is very wrong here.

    Never actually used that, but I've heard good things. What makes it so good though?
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , August 27, 2010 8:32 AM
    I like Fences but running on XP SP3 is causing too many headaches.. it frequently causes the desktop and freeze and I need to restart explorer shell.
  • -2 Hide
    porschedream , August 27, 2010 8:39 AM
    sending or receiving a file with trillian is just not possible
  • 0 Hide
    luke904 , August 27, 2010 8:47 AM
    BBB2010I like Fences but running on XP SP3 is causing too many headaches.. it frequently causes the desktop and freeze and I need to restart explorer shell.

    never freezes on me
  • 3 Hide
    mejobloggs , August 27, 2010 8:58 AM
    gyvesSuggesting VLC over MPC-HC? Something is very wrong here.

    cashewsI find features like these, "go to 20 different pages to read one article", to be quite annoying and irritating. I take it you guys need to do this to get page impressions for your ads or something.

    agreed
  • 1 Hide
    Franklin Hennersdorfer , August 27, 2010 9:20 AM
    Was a bit surprised to not see 'Windows Classic Shell', available on Sourceforge, in this list, as it makes the virtually useless Windows Explorer, with it's hidden menus, unlinked left/right panes (leading to mistakes like deleting a whole folder that is selected in the left pane instead of the file you selected in the right pane), the useless 'Status Bar' will display full file info AND free disk space if you just click a drive as it should, not as MS has it doing now.

    Windows Classic Shell is quite simply not only brilliant, but it actually makes Windows Explorer work like it SHOULD have by default.
  • 0 Hide
    DjEaZy , August 27, 2010 9:24 AM
    ... use 15 from 20...
  • -4 Hide
    shadow187 , August 27, 2010 9:35 AM
    If you don't like 20 page articles, no one is forcing you to read them.

    However, thanks, Tom's. 7stack is sort of what I needed.
Display more comments