The Experts’ Favorite Freeware
We recently asked our TechTalk contributors to share a favorite FREE application or tool that they currently use.
Listed below are their recommendations and related comments:
The crew at Dave’s Computer Tips
Marc Thomas – FastStone Image Viewer
David Hartsock – Skype
Richard Pedersen – Firefox
Sherri Johnson-Meinke – CCleaner
Jim Hillier – Sandboxie
Mark Williamson – Avast Antivirus Free
Oh, man. So many.
I’ve just finished writing up some common usage scenarios for Dropbox. It’s one of the first apps I install on any new Windows build out – both for on-the-fly backup as well as cross-machine file sharing.
VLC is absolutely my go-to media player. Recommend it strongly over all alternatives.
Process Explorer is my go-to solution, still, for figuring out what programs are running and what they’re doing on my machine. Often it leads to using other tools for deeper research, but it’s almost always where I start.
For the power users: VirtualBox. I run multiple versions of Windows for research and assistance all in virtual machines, often simultaneously, on my primary machine (a Mac Pro these days).