Hello,

It seems maybe a little bit a weird question, but it is definitely related to WA....


But I wonder:

What software do you need on your computer to have a good workable configuration?

The first thing that goes thru my mind is an antivirus and office version or office related software, for example AVG and open Office.
What do you install on your computer, which software do you really need?

And of course, which tools do you need to maintain your website?

Again my first thought is: several browsers (chrome, firefox,... ) and also Filezilla as FTP client...

But which tools do you have installed?
Which are great? Or which are bad and would you not recommend?


It would be nice to read what other people install on their computer to have a good system...
So, please, don't hesitate and let me/us know what you prefer?
Also, there is no bad answer possible... ;-)

Grtz,
Bert

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Franko97 Premium
Hi Bert,

Windows 10. Have Avast antivirus, CC Cleaner, and Malwarebytes (all have free versions w/ upgrades).

If you don't want to pay for Microsoft Office, Kingsoft has a free open source suite that works pretty much the same.

And I use Dashlane to keep track of my passwords. It will also create passwords and store them for you.

Hope this is what you were looking for.

Frank
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Yenomym Premium
I am using Windows 7 and WordPress.
Marilyn
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AngelsBird Premium
Thanks for your comment.
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WalterFranz Premium
Just Win7, considering an upgrade to Apple...not external soft, everything in online.
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AngelsBird Premium
Thanks for your comment, Walter

It is a choice you make, that's for sure...
I would not dare to do such a thing at once, but if you know where you up to, why not?

Grtz,
Bert
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VMahony Premium
I just have Windows 7 and it comes with Adobe. I haven't added anything, because WA has WordPress and I have been using that. I don't want to add a bunch of other stuff since I have had issues with viruses and malware recently.
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AngelsBird Premium
I think you are correct with keeping your system as clean as possible...

Grtz,
Bert
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VMahony Premium
I had it break down the last week of December and my son came over and ran a program called Combofix, which got rid of the malware, etc. I was out of commission for the whole week. He recommended I run that once a week just to keep on top of it. I have an old laptop and can't afford to buy anything new right now.
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Rogue4095 Premium
I use Visio, Adobe for creating PDFs and OneNote for keeping my notes and ideas categorized.
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AngelsBird Premium
Hello,

That are some powerful tools you are using! ;-)
Great when you know how to handle them well...

Grtz,
Bert
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Rogue4095 Premium
Thanks Bert! I use these in my job as a tech writer/business process analyst. I love Visio! I've also started learning articulate which is fun.
Cheers!
Marilyn
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BobZeiss Premium
I think that Dave covered it pretty well.
Bob
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AngelsBird Premium
Hello Bob,

It is a great answer indeed...

Grtz,
Bert
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DaveSw Premium
I have many many tools and programs I can avail either as standalone on the laptop or cloud based (more and moe are going in this direction, not a bad thing in some aspects)...

In no particular order, here are some...

(1) MS Office suite of programs I use these programs for so many thiings, Copywriting, Spreadsheets, editing photos, creating infographics, GIFs, and and and...

(2) Skype - I communicate many times a day to corners of the world that in the old days would have cost a fortune to stay connected with (China, Thailand, Taiwan, Canada, USA, Ghana, Sierre Leone, Korea, etc.)

(3) Evernote, Jing, screenshot, dropbox, note...I keep these handy to record the tools, sites, training, hints, resources I may need at that moment or later....

(4) Shot Cut, Adobe programs like Photoshop etc., VideoMakerFX, PowerPoint and several other video/slide/presenatation creation softwares. I use these daily as well...Editing by adding intros, outros, CTAs, etc. Explainer vids, reviews, animation, etc.

(5) Mails...I keep the main 3-4 I use open all the time, and check them, but try to limit the interruptions this sometimes cause...Better to have some time staked out and stick to it as much as possible...

(6) Browsers - I use Chrome and Firefox and keep TOO many tabs open, but the convenience is nice to be able to get quickly to some of the sites I use many times daily...

(7) Antivirus for the system, Avast and AVG (Mobile), and many many other programs* that support either my offline or online businesses...

* Too many to list here...Except for a few in the next bullet... ; )

(8) Other programs: Translation programs/sites, Audacity, Keyword Tools, VPN (essential in Dubai, they block access to Skype etc. for international calls), VLC player to play all the various media formats I have, Notepad ++, Filezilla, Free YouTube downloader, Nitro (I use many PDF files and can digitally sign docs, convert between formats), PLESK to manage the dedicated server we are using for our business, etc

So yeah, a LOT of business gets done online now-a-days, and the advances in connection speed have made it possible to leverage my efforts to produce more on my own that a medium sized staff could in the "old days"....

Let's not even go into mobile smartphones, although this should definitely be a part of the discussion, as more people are accessing the internet using these than laptops or desktops now, and this shift will continue.....

As an online marketer, this shift needs to be taken into consideration and adaptation of your program/deliverables is advisable...There are still some things that in my opinion are better to get done using a laptop or desktop, but how to capture that ever larger audience and pull them to your site/page/product? Another million dollar question!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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AngelsBird Premium
Hello David,
Thanks for your extended comment!
It is always a pleasure to read you... ;-)

It is a great list you have wratten here...
I will check the things I don't know and probably add a few too my personal list...

I agree that with mobile we start a new generation of applications and also the delivery of software ontwikkeling device will not be the same as before...
I think at Citrix and also MSN AppV for example...

To be continued... ;-)

Grtz,
Bert
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JChrisA Premium
Of course, there are the standards like Excel, Word, Publisher and I wouldn't want to be without PowerPoint; but there are also others that are important, for making videos as an example. There are a lot of very good, but very expensive apps out there for video, but I tend to stick to the cheap end, like AVS4YOU has a broad range of very useful video, audio and graphic editing tools for one low price. As far as browsers, I have never met one I really like. IE is well, it is MicroSoft, so I don't need to say anything else, Chrome crashes a lot on me, Firefox is good, but you have to constantly clear the cache or it locks up on me...I've tried lots of alternatives, too.
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AngelsBird Premium
Hello Chris,

Thanks for the comment and the great tip!

Grtz,
Bert
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MKearns Premium
For my uses:
Excel, Word ,PowerPoint in Office 365
Canva for design
Malware-bytes/Symantec Antivirus
Browsers -Chrome / IE
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AngelsBird Premium
Hello,
Thanks for your comment...
Interesting is the office 365...
Do you like to use it and what do you pay for this service?

Grtz,
Bert
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mijareze Premium
EosCPQ is tops according to research.
Ed
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AngelsBird Premium
Hello Ed,

For me, you have won the price of the most original answer...
I actually have requested a demo to check this a little better, cause I see that it is really interesting, but I never saw it working...
Great answer, but I do think you also want an anti virus on your computer... ;-) Even when you can do everything in the cloud...

It is something, don't you think... 10 years ago we still used floppy disks (maybe a little longer ago) to install something and now we do not install anything we just connect to our applications on the internet...
:-)

Thanks for your great comment!

Grtz,
Bert
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mijareze Premium
I use Kaspersky!
Ed
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mijareze Premium
Thank you bert!
Ed
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AngelsBird Premium
No, thank you.... ;-)
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OldMCSEGuy Premium
as an IT professional we definitely have recommended do's and don'ts. As I looked at the responses of these home users, Marion Black comes closes to the professional recommendations that we issue. There really is no one fits all as the buffs would have you believe. There are a series of questions that need to be asked. I could go on but I think I would just stop at this point.
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AngelsBird Premium
Hello,

Thanks for your comment.
Of course, I was not looking for a 1 fit solution, I am just curious what other people use and do... Maybe there is something I can learn from them... ;-)

Grtz,
Bert
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IMc Premium
Programs on PC that get used often & i find do their job well.

- Adobe Elements
- Excel & Word - just the Starter versions
- Irfan view - for resizing photos in bulk
- Malwarebytes
- Avast
- Chrome / Firefox
- Longtail Pro
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AngelsBird Premium
Hello,

Thanks for your list, I like it very much...
Just one question, I blame it to my Ignorance...
Adobe Elements can be used for what? And do you need a license for this?

Grtz,
Bert
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IMc Premium
I just use it for making photos look better and used to use it to add text to photos for featured images etc. I dont use it as much as i used to as I now use Canva for the featured images and overlaying text.

Elements is the cheap version of Photoshop. Think it's around $99. But there are always coupon codes somewhere online. I got it for about half that, 3-4 years ago.
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AngelsBird Premium
Ah ok... I see...

I also use Canva (not that much) but for my basic image adaptation needs I use https://pixlr.com/editor/
(Don't laugh, I did not like it in the beginning, but now I love it... ;-) )

Grtz,
Bert
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krazykat Premium
Hi Bert!
Your question is a good one, and my first thought is a reverse answer...instead of saying what is loaded, I am more inclined to say what is not loaded.

In our house, we have 3 laptops and a desktop PC.
Of all of them, my favorite is the desktop that our IT friend built for us.
The operating system is Windows 7 (my favorite), and it is fast and efficient! It is bare bones....no spyware, no utilities updates, and no other stuff that I don't even know about. All I know is that it boots up fast and is always willing to do what is asked of it.

I expect that you will understand what I am talking about more than I do.

I hope this contributes to your conversation here :-)
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AngelsBird Premium
Hi Val!

:-)
I do know what you mean yes and by accident this is also the approach that I follow when I configure a computer...
I don't like all those add-on's and utilities...
Also, automatic updates I prefer to disable if possible...

But you have to get over windows 7, your new friend's name is windows 10.
He boots a lot quicker and is very kind to be such a young OS... ;-)

Every contribution is valuable, I was just curious what other people liked and used, but your comment is also great cause often it is a problem that the computer is not working well due to an overload of things in the startup...

Grtz,
Bert
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MarionBlack Premium
For easy access I have these apps on my taskbar, pinned to Start or running all the time:
Calculator, Windows Live Mail, Firefox, Chrome, Paint Shop Pro, Camtasia, Easy Sketch Pro, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Freemake Audio Converter, Audacity, Jing, FileZilla, Skype, Sticky Notes, Edraw Mind Map, Internet Explorer 11, Everything, Malwarebytes Premium, Avast
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AngelsBird Premium
Great list Marion...
You can go to a war with this list... ;-)
Little bit surprised with the malware soft... But great list that I will re-check a few times... ;-)

Grtz,
Bert
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MarionBlack Premium
I forgot to mention Notepad which I use constantly.
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AngelsBird Premium
That's my most important software and I actually really mean what I say!! :-)

Always 3 - 4 of them open...

Thanks Marion!
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MarionBlack Premium
I've only got 3 Notepads open at the moment (◠‿◕✿) One is my list of cute symbols ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
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krazykat Premium
Ah ha! That is where you come up with the cute symbols.
Or at least, that is where you store them. :-)
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