ITPC Certified Computer Programs

        Alot of people's computers are slow because they like to download and install anything they can get their mouse on. The less you install on your computer, the better. Windows 10 has alot of features, so try to use them before adding on a program.


        These are the programs that I use on my computer. I have spent alot of time finding out which ones I think are the best at what they do. I will add or change these programs as I find better ones or new ones. I try to favor open source programs when possible.

Antivirus/Antispyware Avast Free Edition - http://www.avast.com/

Simply the best free antivirus and anti spyware you can get. On a side note, never fall for small browser windows claiming that you have a virus or spyware. Know the difference between browser windows and program windows.
Web Browser Mozilla Firefox - http://www.mozilla.com/

Go away chrome, I <3 Firefox.
Office Libre Office - https://www.libreoffice.org/

Free version of Microsoft Office, almost as good.
Web Design Adobe Dreamweaver - http://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver/

One of the few programs on here that isn't free but definately worth it. You can get a massive discount if you can buy the educational version. If your looking for a free solution you might look into Aptana.
Photo Editing Gimp - http://www.gimp.org/

Photoshop Elements - http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-elements.html

Gimp is a very capable free program, I just stick with photoshop because it integrates with Dreamweaver/Premiere and I'm comfortable with it. Photoshop Elements is the consumer priced version of photoshop.
Audio/Video Editing Premiere Elements - http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements.html

There's not really a good open source video editor out there (because of proprietary codecs). Premiere Elements is the consumer version of premiere pro.

For audio editing I use Audacity - http://web.audacityteam.org/
Burning Imgburn - http://www.imgburn.com/

Not only for burning isos, this baddy has a gui for buring files and folders too.
Media Player VLC - http://www.videolan.org/
Kodi - http://www.kodi.tv/

VLC is good for desktop use for playback and Kodi is an amazing piece of home theater pc software.
DVD/Blu-Ray Backup AnyDVD HD - https://www.redfox.bz/en/
BD-Rebuilder - http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=143716

Anydvd removes copy protection, BD-Rebuilder rebuilds the blu-ray so you can back it up.
Instant Messenger Pidgin- http://www.pidgin.im/

I don't know if anyone still uses an IM but back in my day this was the bee's knees.
Virtualization VirtualBox - http://www.virtualbox.org/

For a workstation I prefer this to the paid alternative that is vmware.
Visualization Sound Spectrum - http://www.soundspectrum.com/

Awesome visualizer to hook up to your tv.
P2P / Torrents qBitorrent - https://www.qbittorrent.org/

Open source and ad-free.
FTP File Zilla - http://filezilla-project.org/

They have both a client and a server.
Newsreader (Usenet) Alt Binz - http://www.altbinz.net/

The paid version might be better, but the free version gets the job done.
For usenet access- Usenet-News
Compression WinRAR - http://www.win-rar.com/

I use this for my RAR and ZIP files, says it's a 40 day trial but it doesn't seem to expire.
RAR Recovery QuickPar - http://www.quickpar.org.uk/

Voodoo magic to repair damaged rar files with par2 files.
CPU Temp/Utilization CoreTemp - http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/
All CPU Meter - http://addgadget.com/all_cpu_meter/

For Windows 10 - http://8gadgetpack.net/
SSH/Telnet Client Putty - http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/

Free ssh and telnet client.
SSH Server freeSSHd - http://www.freesshd.com/

Free ssh server. If you set it up as a service make sure to run the utility as an administrator or you'll open up a second instance and wonder why port 22 is in use.
Audio Mixing Virtual Audio Cable - http://software.muzychenko.net/eng/vac.htm

Can be a pita to install on a 64 bit system, Click Here for a tutorial
Programming Notepad++ - http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Use for all of your windows syntax highlighting needs. Throw in this for a good time.
Data Recovery Recuva - http://www.piriform.com/recuva

If the file hasn't been overwritten theres a good chance that the deep scan will recover it.