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This list of software titles are suggested software for
installtion on your desktop or laptop PC. Most of the titles
are utilities that will help your computing experience. There
are some, such as the Windows Updates, that are critical for
you to use your computer on the Engineering computing network.
is a handy utility that allows you to download and install
several other software programs at once, including most of
those listed below, and more.
Essentials - Basic Utilities No Computer System Should Be
Updates: Don't forget to download your Windows
updates! If this is not done on a regular basis, your
computer will become infected by viruses or spyware.
- Anti-Virus Software: Having an anti-virus
program is absolutely essential for Windows computers, and
highly recommended for Mac OS and even Linux.
- Microsoft Security Essentials
(Windows): This software is free for personal use.
(Mac OS): This virus scanner for Mac OS uses the ClamAV
open source anti-virus code.
(Linux): This free, open source software detects
trojans, viruses, malware and other malicious threats.
- Foxit Reader: For viewing PDF
documents. PDF documents have become a standard for viewing
formatted information. Foxit Reader is a lightweight, fast
alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader (also free).
Media Player: A highly portable multimedia player
capable of playing nearly every media file. Lightweight,
fast alternative to Quicktime, RealPlayer, and others.
Flash Player (browser plug-in): For viewing Flash and
Shockwave files in your web browser.
Firefox, Google Chrome: Our recommended web browsers.
- Microsoft Office
Suite: This is now free with our university contract
for Office 365.
Compress (zip) and decompress (unzip) files. Like Winzip,
7-Zip handles nearly every compression format and has a high
compression ratio. Unlike Winzip, it is entirely free.
Useful - Programs We Strongly Recommend
- Lavasoft Ad-Aware: An anti-spyware
scanner, which operates very similar to an antivirus scanner
Search & Destroy: Another excellent anti-spyware
Find out more than you ever wanted to know about your
computer system's hardware and software.
Writer, PDF995 and/or Pdfsam: Create and edit PDF files for
& Ghostview: Create and view PostScript files for
- Real Alternative: For those times when
you need to listen to a Real audio file.
Apple's music store and digital music jukebox.
- Mega Codec Pack: Codecs & players
for every conceivable media file. Lightweight, fast
alternative to RealPlayer, and others.
- PuTTY: A Secure FTP & Secure
X Server for Windows.
A CD/DVD and ISO creation program.
Note: All software titles are completely free unless noted.
This document last modified
Monday December 11, 2017