We have been compiling a list of useful software, tools and FREE applications for Windows the past few months to prepare a simple list of the best.
Hard Drive Degragmenting – running a hard drive defragmenting program can take HOURS if you use the built-in Windows Defrag Hard Drive tool. This should be done at least once per month on all Windows computers but most people avoid it due to the length of time required. Auslogics Disk Defrag may be downloaded for FREE from Cnet Download.com and takes less than 10 minutes to properly defragment (repair) a 500GB Hard Drive. There is an option in the SETTINGS navigation menu to run the SCHEDULER program for automatic Hard Disk Defragmenting.
Windows is notorious for Spyware, Malware, Adware and Viruses but many Antivirus programs do not catch everything. Another excellent FREE tool to help reduce problems is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware also available for FREE from Cnet Download.com to scan, remove and repair infected files.
Attempting to capture images, errors, examples, websites and other content from the Internet or a monitor is sometimes difficult. The basic Windows Print Screen has much to be desired so I recommend HyperSnap 7 for excellent professional screen capture and editing. The program is FREE to download and try with a $39.95 fee for a lifetime license if you decide to keep it after 30 days. The benefits of HyperSnap include editing, highlights, cut and paste, capture of webpages, images and anything shown on a computer monitor.
These programs will help improve Windows and keep the computer running at top performance. Malwarebytes should be set to run daily with a FULL scan while Auslogics is best to schedule for weekly or monthly defragmenting.
Robert ‘Dot Com’ Jackson
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