An enthusiast is a person who is highly interest in a particular activity or you can call him or her a fan or a devotee. Now a computer enthusiast is quite similar, S/he tries to convince people that these games are better; this anti-virus is much more effective, this web browser works faster and so on. We’ve all been acquainted with computer enthusiasts or a computer geek, if you want to call it that more than once in our lives and you’ll see the passion and enthusiasm with which they discuss their computers and how they want to go through every nook and cranny of their system to make it easier.Being a computer geek is not necessarily a bad thing, a lot of us might think so since the word geek was once used to describe a circus freak and later to someone who is socially awkward but being a computer know it all might help you land some of the highest paying jobs in the world. If you’re one and I’m sure you already know all that you need for your computer, then go ahead and have a look at what I think is absolutely necessary for every computer enthusiast.
An anti-virus program is a utility that searches your hard drive for any virus or malware and Trojan horses and removes any if found. Most of these programs include an auto update feature that enables the program to download profiles of new viruses so that it can check for new viruses as soon as they are discovered. I would recommend AVG Anti-Virus FREE 2013 which as most recently scored ahead of Norton and bitdefender and its malware remover scored a rating of 6.5. It has been preferred over 6 other competitors for its efficient performance, detecting threats and a user friendly interface. All in all it is a solid anti-virus program which has garnered good ratings. Then you go for Avast! Free Antivirus 6.0, Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware, Panda Cloud Antivirus or the tried and tested Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013.
9. Web Browser
So you installed an operating-system and it is ready to use. What would you do next? Look for a suitable web browser and in my humble opinion, as I’ve experienced its reliability and good performance, I’d say go for Google chrome. It has evolved into something powerful and most sought after web browser in a little time. It aims to be fast, secure and simple and has achieved that with its user friendliness, a simple browser interface and a hassle free browsing. It takes a unique approach to browsing and allows closing of separate web pages that are unresponsive. It is easy to use, has a good security system and is remarkably fast. Other than that you can install Mozilla Firefox which is also hugely popular. It took over internet explorer and introduced multiple tabs. It is also continuously updated with the latest technology and security.
You cannot be a computer enthusiast and not use torrents, it’s impossible. We use them to download movies, audio books, TV shows and music too so what are the best torrent software available? UTorrent is a good choice since is the lightest and fastest. It is also the most advanced torrent software and has almost every single feature you would need. It is also updated regularly and only requires 1 MB of hard drive space and memory. Then you can also go for BitComet if you’re a serious downloader .Vuze and Transmission are other torrent software that are very efficient especially if you’re a MAC or Linux user. Vuze comes with an integrated HD player to play the downloaded media and Transmission has all the features you require to make downloading easier and faster.
If you regularly talk to your near and dear ones from around the globe, install Skype on your computer. It allows you to talk using a microphone and you can see them as well with a webcam and also allows instant messaging. Some of its new features include file transfer and video conferencing. You can make free calls to users within Skype and while other calls are charged through a debit based user account system. Its best feature is that it not only works on Windows 8 but also on apple devices, phone, tablet and any other PC operating system. This peer to peer calling service is both functional and well designed and remains one of the best VoIP and video chatting option. All you have to do is set up , sign up and invite.
Apple iTunes has been for a long time an unparalleled source and player of music and video. If you’re a music enthusiast, install it on your computer. It is updated regularly with new features, allows album artwork, playlists and multiple views .The newer ITunes version has a cleaner and sleeker feel as well as improved features in the ITunes Store. You can get iTunes for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 in addition to Macintosh OS X version 10.6.8 or later. You can switch quickly between music, movies and TV shows using the button at the top left. It also comes with the iCloud integration that lets you play your iTunes purchases right away on all devices as well as pause or play one on device and pick it on another. If you’re looking for a simple app to handle all your music and media libraries, Apple iTunes is the one to go for.
This is a very popular note taking app. While windows come with its own notepad and sticky notes, this device allows you to take notes that can help you remember or finish a paper or report in time. It is also updated regularly and gets better and better and is extremely handy as well as reliable. It has a user friendly and adjustable interface with great features as well as a simple and clean design. Everything you do on your computer is synchronized on your evernote account on the web and because it synchronizes as soon as you log in, you don’t lose your data or notes due to a crash. It has a search feature and a folder system too.
This simple little device allows you to keep all your vital data in place which can be easily accessible from where ever you are or whatever gadget you are using. It lets you easily sync your files between computers and share them as well as create backups. If you want to make your files easily accessible and available then this device is a must have for you. It integrates seamlessly with windows and you won’t even be aware that you are using it. It has no interface; it appears as a simple folder in My Documents and works just like any other folder, only difference being that its contents are stored locally as well as in the cloud.
3 CC Cleaner
If you’re one of those enthusiasts who runs and adds multiple programs on your windows PC then this is an app for you. Of course running so many programs might slow down your computer and CC cleaner reduces that to a certain extent by removing the unnecessary data from your computer. Formally known as Crap cleaner it cleans all the cookies, temporary files and other intrusive crap on your computer. It has four features namely, Cleaner, Registry, Tools and Option which you’ll see on left side of the window. Its clean look is what appeals to a lot of users and it is easy to use with powerful cleaning facilities. It not only cleans the unnecessary files in your windows but all the ones that build up in applications that you might have installed.
WinRAR is one of the most commonly used archiving utility. It is flexible, easy to use and can unpack most archive formats. It can also compress your files to RAR and ZIP and it is available for a 40 day free trial(or so it says). It works quickly and is suitable for compressing and decompressing files, to make files smaller and quick file transfers. It also has a password encryption feature which means that no foreign party can compress or decompress your important files. It has a very simple interface and you can Add files to, Extract, Test, Delete, or even Repair archives right from the main interface If you’re looking for a great archiving utility with speed and powerful features then WinRAR is one to install.
1. VLC Player
If you’re not using VLC player then I would like to ask, Why the hell not? One of the most preferred efficient and flexible media players available, it is fast and can play files of almost all formats. Whether you’re playing DivX file, a DVD or MP3, VLC plays them with remarkable ease as well as without any additional installations such as video codecs.It has stayed ahead in the competition for years and regularly offers new features and options. It is very quick and easy to install and you can make it your default media player to play all your files and believe it does, without fail or any other hassles. It has a number of Audio, Video and Synchronization effects, including a graphic equalizer and even special effects like blur, wave and mirror effects. Whether it is an audio file, or a video file, VLC can play them all. It has a very efficient interface with all the features you need and you can easily toggle between views.