Welcome to the computers with ease podcast I have noticed recently that several of my clients have what I consider key pieces of software missing from their computers, whether it’s an existing machine or a new computer that they just purchased.
So I thought I’d take this opportunity to give you some ideas about what I consider to be essential pieces of software should be on every computer. The first piece of software that I recommend is an antivirus program, since most of us spend a great deal of time on the Internet and using e-mail which are two of the key ways that we can get a virus so I recommend having an antivirus program.
The one that I use is called AVG they have a free version of the program as well as paid options, I use the free version I have been using it for several years and it works just fine.
Another program that I recommend is called the K-lite codec pack, this particular software contains audio and video encoders and decoders which allow you as a computer user to view many different audio and video files your computer will know how to play them so that you can listen and watch your videos and music properly.
This is a free download and I recommend getting the full version of this particular software it comes in basic, standard and the full version.
Since many of us also read a lot of PDF files which are very prevalent on the Internet I recommend having the Adobe reader software. This will allow you to view PDF files from many sources, this particular software can be downloaded from the Adobe website which is www.adobe.com.
Another piece of important software is backup software I highly recommend computer users have a backup system in place to help recover from a major system error or hardware failure. So that you’re not having to reinstall all your software or even more importantly losing some valuable data that is irreplaceable and which would cause very great distress obviously if this material were lost.
If you install these four different programs the if you install these four different types of programs your computer will not only work more effectively but it will give you peace of mind knowing that you have a backup software package that’s working for you to keep your data and program safe.
You’ll also know that you’re protected when you are using your e-mail and searching on the Internet. I would like to hear from you if you have any favourite or key pieces of software that you would like to recommend to the rest of us I would like to hear what that software is for you please leave a comment below this podcast.