Best free and paid programs and services for Windows 10

Hello folks! Here's a list of my favorite programs and services for Windows 10. :) Updated May 8, 2020.

ESSENTIALS

7zip file archiver: Extract .zip, .rar and all sorts of compressed files.

Adobe Reader: Free PDF reader. Sign PDFs. :)

Avast Free Antivirus: See installation tips below. :) Decent Antivirus. Has a neat boot scan.

Chrome: Easy to use, fast web browser. Warning! Does not encrypt your login data. Your passwords can be seen in plain text by going to Settings > Autofill > Passwords and click on the eye / "show password" button. If you'd like to encrypt your login data, consider using Firefox with a master password instead.

Firefox: Advanced open source web browser. You can use a master password to encrypt all your logins and passwords (unlike Chrome).

Gimp: Image editor like Adobe Photoshop. Free draw, resize images, color effects.

InfraRecorder: CD/DVD burner

Irfanview: Simple image viewer. Easily crop images. Great image batch processor.

iTunes: Music player. Get the "Desktop" version not the "app."

LibreOffice: like Microsoft Office but free. I love making memes on their "PowerPoint." :)

VideoLan VLC Media Player: Play all types of video and music files on your computer. View subtitles.

FUN

BlueStacks: Play all your favorite Android games on your pc. ^_^

Steam: "App store" for lots of popular pc games. A lot of games are free to play and there are many trials available.

UTILITIES & OTHER STUFF

Adblock Plus: Surf the web without annoying ads! Also disables Hulu ads.

AutoHotkey (2): Automate repetitive keyboard or mouse movements.

CrystalDiskInfo: Displays a lot of information about your hard drives, including "power on hours." :)

DoNotSpy10: Limit Windows 10 data collection with two clicks after install.

EaseUS Partition Master: Great partition manager for Windows.

eBay Popularity Sort plugin (Firefox, Chrome): Sort eBay search results by number of times sold. Handy. :)

Eraser: Secure erase files from hard drives. I like that it adds a right-click menu. :)

Google Drive: Like an online version Microsoft Office. Also has a great file backup service.

Google Keep: Access your sticky notes across all your devices (windows, android, apple).

Handbrake: Open source video converter.

IObit Driver Booster: Update all your drivers and boost your performance. Tip: uninstall it after your done.

IObit Advanced System Care: Cleanup and optimize Windows. Installs ads so... I install it, run the program, then uninstall it. I like that "Internet Optimization" customizes Windows settings to match your internet settings.

IObit Unlocker: Force delete files you can't delete regularly. For secure deleting files, see "Eraser" above.

Métamorphose: A program to rename large sets of files and folders quickly and easily.

Mp3tag: Mass batch edit mp3 tags like Artist, Title, Album, comments, year, etc using regular expressions. Worth the learning curve.

Signal: Great encrypted group messaging app for your phone and computer.

Take Ownership: add “Take Ownership” to the right-click menu in Windows Explorer. Scroll down to "Download Our One-Click Registry Hacks."

TeamViewer: Remote connect to your computer or see a friend's computer with their permission.

Synchredible: Backup files. Synchronize files between two folders.

VeraCrypt: Encrypt your computer and drives so no one can read anything if you lose your pc.

Unstoppable Copier: Nice program to copy lots of files from one place to another.

WeTransfer: Email files as large as 2gb across the net for free.

Windows Scan: Simple utility to get scans from your all-in-one printer scanner.

PREMIUM STUFF

BitDefender Total Security ($45 for 5 pcs 1 year): Best antivirus. A must if you do stocks or store really sensitive information on your computer like business, financial or personal files.

CryptoStorm ($52/yr for 4 devices): make your internet private so that your internet service provider doesn't see what you are doing with your internet.

Cyberlink PowerDirector ($70): Easy, fast video editor. Make home movies, slideshows, DVDs with menus and / or upload directly to YouTube.

YouTube Premium ($12/mo individual or $18 for family of six): Watch YouTube without ads. Offline videos on your phone to watch later. Also includes access to the Google Play Music subscription service with unlimited skips, radio and music on demand.

Avast Free Antivirus Install Tips:

1) Click customize 2) Select custom protection and only check the first four items. 3) Once it installs, go to settings (gear icon at the top right), check "Use silent mode" and uncheck "Enable Avast sounds." You're all set!

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