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.
Password Manager Keepass - https://keepass.info/download.html

It's really important to quit using weak passwords: Keypass Guide.
Web Browser Mozilla Firefox - http://www.mozilla.com/

Go away chrome, I <3 Firefox.
Start Menu Fix Classic Shell - http://www.classicshell.net/

Go back to the windows 7 start menu with a useful search and no live tiles.
PDF Viewer Adobe Acrobat - https://get.adobe.com/reader/

PDF Reader
Office Libre Office - https://www.libreoffice.org/

Free version of Microsoft Office, almost as good for home use.
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. The educational version is the same price, but you get the entire suite.
Photo Editing Gimp - http://www.gimp.org/

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

Gimp is a very capable free program, I just stick with photoshop because it integrates with Dreamweaver and Premiere, which are the only contenders in web and video editing, and I'm comfortable with it. Photoshop Elements is the consumer priced version of photoshop creative cloud.
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, and pairs with photoshop elements like a fine wine if wine weren't nasty.

For audio editing I use Audacity - http://web.audacityteam.org/
3D Animation and Modeling Blender - https://www.blender.org/download/

The entire "3D Pipeline".
Media 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.
Team Communication Discord - https://discordapp.com/

For all your tactical communication uplink needs.
Game Streams OBS Studio - https://obsproject.com/welcome

Stream your games to twitch, requires a strong processor though.
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 and enjoy it with VLC or Kodi.
Media Converter Handbrake - https://handbrake.fr/

Convert Media to friendly formats like mkv.
PC Media Streaming Plex - https://www.plex.tv/

It's not quite as good as a fileshare with kodi, but for ease of use plex will let you stream video files to your tv, phone, or cast.
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.
Remote Help Team Viewer - https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/

Help friends and family fix their computer remotely, because explaining over the phone is no fun.
P2P / Torrents qBitorrent - https://www.qbittorrent.org/

Open source and ad-free.
VPN Private Internet Access - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/

For anonymity. Buy with a gift card for maximum powa.
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 7-Zip - https://www.7-zip.org/download.html

I think you can use to make resillient files.
RAR Recovery QuickPar - http://www.quickpar.org.uk/

Voodoo magic to repair damaged rar files with par2 files.
CPU Temp/Utilization PCMeter (For temps and turbo speed) - http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/
All CPU Meter - http://8gadgetpack.net/

Bring back the Windows 7 widget to monitor ram and cpu usage/temperature.
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/
Visual Studio https://code.visualstudio.com/

Notepad++ is a quick code editor, Visual Studio is a full-fledged IDE. 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.
Exploration Google Earth Pro - https://www.google.com/earth/versions/#download-pro

A more powerful version than on your phone, has a flight simulator.
Dynamic DNS DNS Exit - https://www.dnsexit.com/

Update DNS records to your home IP.