Sunday, March 15, 2015

Two Free Applications That Every Microsoft Windows User Should Use

There are many excellent Windows applications that are completely free. Most offer, companion, paid versions that boast additional features, but the free renditions are often perfectly adequate. Such is the case with the two applications every Windows user should have. Both of these gems have been around for many years and I have used them on literally hundreds of PCs.

  1. CCleaner by Piriform - Billed as a PC Optimizer and Cleaner, but is does quite a bit more. One click deletes numerous unused files - temporary Internet Files, History, Cookies, download history, form history, Windows temp files, Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Log files, Clipboard, DNS Cache, Error Reporting, Memory Dumps and jump lists. Advertisers and websites track your behavior online with cookies that stay on your computer. CCleaner erases your browser's (including all of the popular browsers) search history and cookies, so your internet browsing stays private and your local identity remains anonymous. Run it once a week to remove the junk and keep your PC clean.
  2. Malwarebytes by Malwarebytes Corporation - One of the best applications available for removing Malware. The free version of Malwarebytes is not a full anti-malware package. It DOES NOT run in the background protecting your PC from infection. You will continue to need traditional antivirus software for that type of protection. There is a paid version that does run in the background, but I don't recommend it as a primary antivirus package. It is, however, one of the best at REMOVING malware, spyware and adware from an infected computer. Download the free version, install and update the definitions. You may be surprised at what it finds.