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Antivirus  Windows8 Start Menu   Antivirus Program Removal Tools  Anti-malware and Anti-spyware  Registry Cleaning Tools   Web Browsers   Web Browser Plug-ins  PDF Readers   File Compression/Decompression Utilities   Media Players   Cool Utilities



Microsoft Security Essentials is a free small-footprint antivirus program that provides protection against viruses, spyware, rootkits, and trojans for Vista and 7 (not for Windows 8 – see below). Note: Other antivirus programs must be removed prior to installing MSE! (See Antivirus Program Removal Tools below.) NOTE: Not licensed for university computers

WinDefender.jpg Microsoft Windows Defender is the Windows 8 version of Microsoft Security Essentials and is already built into the operating system. No download or additional antivirus program is required.
Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition – Free antivirus from British security firm Sophos that “works simply and beautifully.”

Windows 8 Start Button


Obit Start Menu 8 brings back the Windows “Start” Menu. It offers a perfect solution for users who work with Windows Start Menu all the time and are not accustomed to the new Metro start screen in Windows 8. It also offers the option to skip Metro start page.

Antivirus Program Removal Tools

Tool to remove remnants of Trend Micro security products. This utility should be run after normal un-installation is complete.

Tool to remove remnants of Norton products. This utility should be run after normal un-installation is complete.

Tool to remove remnants of McAfee security products. This utility should be run after normal un-installation is complete.

Tool to remove remnants of Kaspersky security products. This utility should be run after normal un-installation is complete.

Tool to remove remnants of AVG security products. This utility should be run after normal un-installation is complete.

Tool to remove remnants of Avast! security products. This utility should be run after normal un-installation is complete.



Anti-malware and Anti-spyware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove malware that even the most well-known Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware applications cannot.
SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software. SpywareBlaster does not have to remain running in the background.

McAfee Stinger detects and removes prevalent Fake Alert malware and threats identified in the “List Viruses” section of the Stinger application. It is updated multiple times a week to include detection for newer Fake Alert variants and prevalent viruses.
Stinger is a tool to assist users when dealing with an infected system. Note: It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection!



Registry Cleaning Tools

CCleaner is a freeware registry optimization tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space.
Slim (no toolbar)
Portable version (no installation)



Web Browsers

Google Chrome is an open source web browser developed by Google. Design goals include stability, speed, security, and a simple and efficient user interface. 
Mozilla Firefox is small, fast, and easy to use, and offers tabbed browsing and the ability to block pop-up windows. Firefox keeps personal info personal and your online interests safe and secure.
Apple Safari web browser – surf the web Apple style. It works with PC, Mac, and other platforms.



Web Browser Plug-ins

Adobe Flash Player is software for viewing multimedia, executing rich Internet applications, and streaming video and audio. Flash Player can run from a web browser as a browser plug-in or on supported mobile devices. 

Adobe (formerly Macromedia) Shockwave Player allows you to view interactive web content such as learning applications, streaming audio, and interactive animations using 3D technology.

QuickTime 7 for both Mac and Windows PC’s allows for creating, playing, and streaming audio and video content over the Internet. It is needed to playback .mov files.

iTunes is a media player used for playing, downloading, and organizing digital music and video files on desktop computers. It can also manage contents on iPod, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Note: Quicktime is included with iTunes

K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of codecs, DirectShow filters, and tools that are needed for encoding and decoding (playing) various audio and video formats – even some which are rare.
Java SE Runtime Environment – needed to run Java-based applets in the web browser. Note: 64-bit windows users need to install both 32-bit and 64-bit versions    

RealPlayer SP Personal note: recommended only if Real Media files playback is absolutely necessary.

Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin- needed to playback Tegrity files in Firefox

HTML5 Extension for Windows Media Player Firefox Plug-in – needed to playback Tegrity files in Firefox

Windows Media Player HTML5 Extension for Chrome – needed to playback Tegrity files in Google Chrome



PDF Readers

Adobe Acrobat Reader Note: Be sure to check for updates under “Help” on the menu bar
Spelling Dictionary Pack:
Foxit Reader is a small, fast, and feature-rich PDF viewer with a small footprint that is secure, offering a number of protection schemes to insure protection against malicious PDF files.
PDF-XChange is an alternative PDF viewer that enables you to view and annotate PDF files and save them.
Portable (no install - unzip and run):
Sumatra PDF is a slim, free, open-source PDF viewer for Windows that has a minimalistic design. It's small and starts up very fast.
doPDF is a free PDF converter for both personal and commercial use. doPDF can create PDF files by selecting the "Print" command from virtually any application.



File Compression/Decompression Utilities


7-Zip is an open source file archiver with the high compression ratio. It features integration with the Windows shell environment. 7-Zip is free software, developed by Igor Pavlov and distributed under the GNU LGPL license.



Media Players

Media.jpg VLC media player is a free and open source multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, etc. VLC also is a Media Converter and Streamer, plays most codecs with no codec packs needed.

Cool Utilities


TeamViewer is a simple and fast solution for remote control, desktop sharing (presentations), and file transfer that works behind any firewall and NAT proxy. It is free for personal use.


Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps, and the power of Google Search to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips.


Microsoft Research WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe.


YouTube Downloader is software that allows you to download videos from YouTube, Google Video, Yahoo Video, and many others at their best quality and convert them to other video formats.


Skype uses P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you to other users to talk, chat, and videoconference with your friends.


StartUpLite is a simple to use application that allows you to disable unnecessary startup entries from your computer and dramatically help shorten startup time with only a few clicks of the mouse. Note: In Windows Vista and above, right-click and “Run as Administrator…”


ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that supports a wide range of image file formats - including BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG, and PDI.


Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files generated with ImgBurn can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk.


DVDFab Virtual Drive is another virtual DVD/Blu-ray emulator. It emulates maximum 18 drives and works with DVD/Blu-ray images created by ImgBurn and other programs.


Video and voice plug-in – Chat (phone calls to any phone for FREE within U.S.) within Gmail, iGoogle, and orkut, for PC and Mac.


Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website.





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