Here is a list of PC software that I have found helpful along my journey. These should help your computer to run rather efficiently. These are my personal recommendations, and I understand that there may be some similar products and or services out there, so no offense if your favorite isn’t listed. These are all free items unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change.
Avast Anti-Virus – We give you full-featured antivirus for free. You help us with free word-of-mouth advertising and quicker discovery of new viruses. Together, it makes us the most popular antivirus in the world.
Iobtit Advance SystemCare Ultimate – Takes a one-click approach to protect, repair, clean, and optimize your PC. With over 150 MILLION downloads worldwide, this fantastic, award-winning, free PC repair software is a “must-have” tool for your computer. It’s easy to use and 100% safe with no adware, spyware, or viruses. NOTE: You can download this program for FREE and use it for 30-days. Register for $29.99 for 3 PC’s. | Christmas 2013 Special – $12.99 for 3 PC’s while promo last!
Iobit Malware Fighter Pro – An advanced malware & spyware removal utility that detects and removes the deepest infections, and protects your PC from malicious behavior in real time. With IObit unique “Dual-Core” anti-malware engine, it’s able to detect the most complex and deepest malware, like spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, bots, worms, and hijackers, in a fast and efficient way! Download the free version, or register for the pro version for only $4.99 per PC. That’s 85% off!
Iobit Driver Booster Pro – Outdated drivers may heavily affect your PC performance and lead to system crashes. Driver Booster Free, designed with IObit’s most driver update technology, scans and identifies outdated drivers automatically, and downloads and installs the right update for you with just ONE click, saving you loads of time. Moreover, this driver updater is specially designed to tweak drivers for best gaming performance. It’s the right driver update tool to protect your PC from hardware failures, conflicts, and system crashes. License 3 PC’s for only $9.99!
Iobit Smart Defrag – Smart Defrag is a disk defrag tool designed for maximum hard drive performance. Based on IObit latest disk defrag engine and “Boot Time Disk Defrag” technology, Smart Defrag 2 is created with the world’s leading defragmentation ability. It not only provides defragmentation, like any typical disk defragmenter can do, but also intelligently streamlines your files based on using frequency, thus accelerating disk speed and the whole system for top performance! Smart Defrag 2 works fast, automatically and quietly in the background and is a disk defragmenter suitable for large hard drives. License 1 PC for only $2.99!
Dashlane – The world’s best password manager & secure digital wallet. Keeping track of passwords and making them secure is startlingly simple with Dashlane’s free password manager. Automatically import your passwords from Chrome or any other browser into your secure password vault. Save any missing passwords as you browse. Make a new password right within your browser. Get automatic alerts when websites get breached. And with our auto-login, you will never have to type any password on any of your devices again. It’s that simple. Dashlane is FREE unless you want to sync it between multiple devices. Click the link above and receive $15 off your first year! That’s a 50% savings, like getting 6 months free!
TeamViewer – The All-In-One Software for Remote Support and Online Meetings. Remote control any computer or Mac over the internet within seconds or use TeamViewer for online meetings. Find out why more than 100 million users trust TeamViewer!
Carbonite – Backs up your files automatically, so you don’t have to. SECURE – Rest easy knowing your files are encrypted and backed up safely offsite. AFFORDABLE – Protect all of your irreplaceable computer files for as little as $59.99/year.
iCloud Control Panel – Helps synchronize the information you have stored in iCloud from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with your Windows PC. Also lets you synchronize videos, photos and more from your Apple mobile device or tablet and lets you transfer it onto your Windows PC the same way it would if you owned a Mac. In addition to the obvious stored media, you can also transfer documents, emails, contacts and your calendar to your PC.
Google Chrome – Chrome is easy to deploy and manage. Instead of spending time policing browser configurations and Internet access, IT admins can customize and deploy Chrome as needed. Chrome is built to be fast in every way — starting up from the desktop, loading web pages, and running rich, educational tools. Chrome runs fast even on lower-end machines, which can save money by extending the life of your current hardware.
Below are some of my personal recommendations that aren’t software related, that you might also find useful.
GoDaddy – If you’re looking at purchasing a domain, hosting service, email address and other online services, I recommend GoDaddy. There’s always a great promo code floating around out there to receive a discount on your order. But for new orders, you can use promocode WOWTHXJOSH at checkout and save 35%! Their US-based friendly tech support is also open 24/7/365 and is ready to assist you with any problems that may arise.
LifeLock – At LifeLock, we help protect you against more than just credit fraud and identity theft. We alert you whenever we detect your personal information being used to apply for wireless services, retail credit, utilities, and mortgage loans within our extensive network. If you become a victim of identity theft while you are a LifeLock member we will spend up to $1 million to hire experts, lawyers, investigators, consultants and whoever else it takes to help your recovery. Get 30-days FREE and then pay only $110/year.