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Suggested Downloads

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.

Ninite 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 Without

  • Windows 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.
    • ClamXav (Mac OS): This virus scanner for Mac OS uses the ClamAV open source anti-virus code.
    • ClamAV (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).
  • VLC Media Player: A highly portable multimedia player capable of playing nearly every media file. Lightweight, fast alternative to Quicktime, RealPlayer, and others.
  • Adobe Flash Player (browser plug-in): For viewing Flash and Shockwave files in your web browser.
  • Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome: Our recommended web browsers.
  • Microsoft Office Suite: This is now free with our university contract for Office 365.
  • 7-Zip: 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 program.
  • Spybot Search & Destroy: Another excellent anti-spyware scanner.
  • Speccy: Find out more than you ever wanted to know about your computer system's hardware and software.
  • CutePDF Writer, PDF995 and/or Pdfsam: Create and edit PDF files for free.
  • Ghostscript & Ghostview: Create and view PostScript files for free.
  • Real Alternative: For those times when you need to listen to a Real audio file.
  • iTunes: 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 Telnet program.
  • Xming: X Server for Windows.
  • CDBurnerXP: A CD/DVD and ISO creation program.

Note: All software titles are completely free unless noted.

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This document last modified Monday December 11, 2017

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