windows apps & utils you'll want after a new install

those apps you want to install everytime you reset a system, at least I do, feel free to suggest other programs and I'll check them out!


  • SuperF4

    Free Windows Website

    SuperF4 kills the foreground program when you press Ctrl+Alt+F4. This is different from when you press Alt+F4. Alt+F4 only asks the foreground program to exit, allowing it to decide for itself what to do. Read more...

    You can also kill a process by pressing Win+F4 and then clicking the window with your mouse. You can press escape or the right mouse button to exit this mode without killing a program.

     

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  • Rufus

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    Easily format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
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  • balenaEtcher

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    balenaEtcher is a free and open-source image burner with support for Windows, OS X and GNU/Linux. It makes USB and SD card image burning as simple and fast as possible.

    FEATURES

    Validated Burning - No more writing images on corrupted cards and wondering why your device isn't booting.
    Hard Drive Friendly - Makes drive selection obvious to avoid wiping your entire hard-drive
    Beautiful Interface - Who said burning SD cards has to be an eyesore.
    Open Source - Made with JS, HTML, node.js and Electron. Dive in and contribute!
    Cross Platform - Works for everyone, no more complicated install instructions.

     

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  • Git

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... BSD Haiku Website

    Git is a free & open source, distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

     

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  • VLC Media Player

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Windows S Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Apple TV PortableApps.com Kindle Fire Haiku Xbox Website

    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework. Owned by the non-profit organization VideoLAN.

     

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  • Notepad++

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.

     

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  • reditr

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Reditr is a desktop application developed for Reddit that uses an intuitive column design with fast browsing for your endless entertainment needs.

     

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  • f.lux

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Website

    Software that makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

     

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  • Signal

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Chrome Ubuntu Touch Website

    TextSecure and RedPhone have been merged to create Signal!

    Using Signal, you can communicate instantly while avoiding SMS fees, create groups so that you can chat in real time with all your friends at once, and share media or attachments all with complete privacy. The server never has access to any of your communication and never stores any of your data.

    • Say Anything - Send high-quality group, text, picture, and video messages, all without SMS and MMS fees.
    • Speak Freely - Make crystal-clear phone calls to people who live across town, or across the ocean, with no long-distance charges.
    • Be Yourself - Signal uses your existing phone number and address book. There are no separate logins, usernames, passwords, or PINs to manage or lose.
    • Stay Secure - We cannot hear your conversations or see your messages, and no one else can either. No exceptions. You can even tap and hold on a contact's name to see advanced identity verification options. Everything in Signal is always end-to-end encrypted and painstakingly engineered in order to keep your communication safe.
    • Go Fast - Signal is optimized for speed without compromise. Our state-of-the-art Axolotl protocol is unmatched in its performance, strength, and reliability.
    • Remain Connected - Push notifications let you know when new messages have arrived, and they'll be waiting for you even if your battery dies or you temporarily lose service.
    • Get Organized - Unique archive functionality makes it easy to keep track of the conversations that matter to you right now.
    • Pay Nothing - Signal is supported by a team of dedicated developers, community donations, and grants. There are no advertisements, and it doesn't cost anything to use.
    • View Source - All of our code is free, open, and available on GitHub (https://github.com/signalapp ).
    • Join Movements - Technology developed by Open Whisper Systems is trusted and used by millions of people around the world every day.

     

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  • Gajim

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce Website

    The goal of Gajim is to provide a full featured and easy to use Jabber client. Gajim works nicely with GNOME, but does not require it to run. It is released under the GNU General Public License.

    FEATURES:

    • Tabbed chat window and single window modes
    • Group chat support (with Multi-User Chat protocol), invitation, chat to group chat transformation, minimize group chat to roster
    • Emoticons, avatars, PEP (user activity, mood and tune)
    • Audio / video conferences
    • File transfer, room bookmarks
    • Metacontacts support
    • Trayicon, speller, extended chat history functionalities
    • TLS, GPG and End-To-End encryption support (with SSL legacy support)
    • Transport registration support
    • Service discovery including nodes, user search
    • Wikipedia, dictionary and search engine lookup
    • Multiple accounts support
    • DBus capabilities. Read more information
    • XML console
    • Link local (bonjour / zeroconf), BOSH
    • Other features via plugins
    • Gajim is available in 29 languages: Basque, Belarusian, Brasilian, British, Bulgarian, Chinese (simplified), Croatian, Czech, Danish, English, Esperanto, French, Galician, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Lithuanian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian

     

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  • HexChat

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Xfce MacPorts XQuartz Website

    HexChat is an IRC client based on Small XChat for Linux iconXChat for Linux , but unlike XChat it’s completely free for both Windows and Unix-like systems.
    HexChat was originally called XChat-WDK which in turn was a successor of freakschat.

    Features

    Easy to use and customizable interface
    Cross-platform on Windows, OS X, and Unix-like OSes
    Highly scriptable with Python and Perl
    Translated in multiple languages
    Fully open source and actively developed
    Multi-network with auto-connect, join, and identify
    Spellcheck, Proxies, SASL, DCC support and more

     

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  • Discord

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Chrome OS BSD iPad FreeBSD Website

    All-in-one voice, video and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone.

     

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  • GOG Galaxy

    Free Mac Windows Website

    GOG Galaxy is a game client that allows everyone to play. Optional client, freedom of choice and cross-play.

     

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  • itch.io

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... Android Tablet Website

    An online game marketplace and community. Also an app which manages downloading and updating of games acquired through the website.

     

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  • Steam

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute a wide range of games and related media entirely over the internet, stretching from one-man independent efforts to some of the worlds most popular games. Steam is set apart from its peers in terms of functionality primarily by its residency in the system tray, and the desktop tasks that the client software performs to make use of that position.

    Features:

    Small Steam Chat iconSteam Chat
    Talk with friends or groups via text or voice without leaving Steam. Videos, Tweets, GIFs and more are supported; use wisely.

    Game Hubs
    Everything about your game, all in one place. Join discussions, upload content, and be the first to know about new updates.

    Steam Broadcast
    Stream your gameplay live with the click of a button, and share your game with friends or the rest of the community.

    Small Steam Workshop iconSteam Workshop
    Create, discover, and download player-created mods and cosmetics for nearly 1,000 supported games.

    Available on Mobile
    Access Steam anywhere from your iOS or Android device with the Steam mobile app.

    Early Access to Games
    Discover, play, and get involved with games as they evolve. Be the first to see what's coming and become part of the process.

    Multilingual
    Creating a global community is important to us, that's why our client supports 28 languages and counting.

    Purchases Made Easy
    Our storefront supports 100+ payment methods across over 35 currencies, giving you the flexibility to pay how you want.

    Controller Support
    Steam encourages developers to include controller support in their games including PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo controllers.

     

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  • KiTTY

    Free Windows Website

    KiTTY is an opensource terminal emulator, forked from Small PuTTY iconPuTTY , that adds many extra features to the original software.

    The very first requested features:

    Sessions filter
    Portability
    Shortcuts for pre-defined command
    The session launcher
    Automatic logon script
    Automatic logon script with the RuTTY patch
    URL hyperlinks

    Technical features:

    Automatic password
    Automatic command
    Running a locally saved script on a remote session
    ZModem integration

    Graphical features:

    An icon for each session
    Send to tray
    Transparency
    Protection against unfortunate keyboard input
    Roll-up
    Always visible
    Quick start of a duplicate session
    Config Box

    Other features:

    Automatic saving
    SSH Handler: Internet Explorer integration
    pscp.exe and WinSCP integration
    Binary compression
    Clipboard printing
    The PuTTYCyg patch
    Background image
    File association
    Other settings
    New command-line options

    Bonus:

    A light chat server is hidden in KiTTY
    A hidden text editor is integrated into KiTTY

     

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  • Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit

    Freemium Windows Website

    Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit protects you from zero-day exploits targeting browser and application vulnerabilities. Its proprietary technology protects you in that critical period between the release of a new exploit and its security patch. And, unlike antivirus products, Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit proactively prevents the exploit from installing its payload. Before it can do damage.

    Features

    Shields software vulnerabilities

    Lightweight
    Runs silently in the background
    Install and forget—no management necessary
    Compatibility with anti-malware and antivirus products
    No signature database—no need for daily updates

    Browser protection

    Internet Explorer
    Mozilla Firefox
    Google Chrome
    Opera
    Java, Flash, Shockwave, Acrobat, and any other browser plugin

    Application protection

    Microsoft Word
    Microsoft Excel
    Microsoft PowerPoint
    Adobe Acrobat Reader
    Adobe Acrobat PRO
    Foxit Reader

     

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  • simplewall

    Free Windows Website

    Simple tool to configure Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) which can configure network activity on your computer.

     

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  • WireGuard

    Free Mac Linux Android iPhone BSD Website

    WireGuard is an extremely simple yet fast and modern VPN that utilizes state-of-the-art cryptography. It aims to be faster, simpler, leaner, and more useful than IPSec, while avoiding the massive headache. It intends to be considerably more performant than OpenVPN. WireGuard is designed as a general purpose VPN for running on embedded interfaces and super computers alike, fit for many different circumstances. Initially released for the Linux kernel, it plans to be cross-platform and widely deployable. It is currently under heavy development, but already it might be regarded as the most secure, easiest to use, and simplest VPN solution in the industry.

     

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  • OpenVPN

    Free Windows Linux Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad Self-Hosted Cloudron Website

    OpenVPN is a full-featured open source SSL VPN solution that accommodates a wide range of configurations, including remote access, site-to-site VPNs, Wi-Fi security, and enterprise-scale remote access solutions with load balancing, failover, and fine-grained access-controls. Starting with the fundamental premise that complexity is the enemy of security, OpenVPN offers a cost-effective, lightweight alternative to other VPN technologies that is well-targeted for the SME and enterprise markets.

     

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  • Directory Opus

    Commercial Windows Website

    mellow music player linux subsystem for windows qbittorrent openvpn wireguard

     

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  • FileZilla

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... ReactOS Website

    FileZilla is a powerful FTP-client. It has been designed for ease of use and with support for as many features as possible, while still being fast and reliable.

     

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  • Tor Browser

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android OpenBSD Website

    The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked.

    The Tor Browser lets you use Small Tor iconTor on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux without needing to install any software. It can run off a USB flash drive, comes with a pre-configured web browser to protect your anonymity, and is self-contained.

     

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  • GnuPG

    Free Mac Linux PortableApps.com Xfce OpenPGP Website

    GnuPG allows to encrypt and sign your data and communication, features a versatile key management system as well as access modules for all kinds of public key directories. GnuPG, also known as GPG, is a command line tool with features for easy integration with other applications. A wealth of frontend applications and libraries are available. Version 2 of GnuPG also provides support for S/MIME.

    Small GPG4Win iconGPG4Win provides a Windows version of GnuPG.

    Small GPGTools iconGPGTools provides a Mac OS X version of GnuPG.

     

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  • WinGPG

    Free Windows OpenPGP Website

    WinGPG is a tray-based classical Windows application, Windows NT Explorer shell extension, and a classic GPGv2 distribution. It offers you an opportunity to manage keys and files easily. Our utility provides a simple and effective GUI, and we make it available under the GPL license.
    It supports the following operations: Key management (create, import, export, revoke), Encrypt/Decrypt, Sign /Verify for files, WinNT Explorer support via context menus, Global shortcuts working from the active explorer window or clipboard, Clipboard support both for texts and files, No complicated setup ( just run batch file).
    WinGPG registers shortcuts and extensions into your system and lets you work more comfortably and configurably. In our application we use your existing keys. If you already have GPG keyring in the standard location, WinGPG will use it automatically and all your keys will be the same

     

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  • Process Hacker

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    Process Hacker is a feature-packed tool for manipulating processes and services on your computer.
    A free and open source process viewer with powerful process termination and memory searching/editing capabilities.

    Key features of Process Hacker:

    • A simple, customizable tree view with highlighting showing you the processes running on your computer.
    • Detailed system statistics with graphs.
    • Advanced features not found in other programs, such as detaching from debuggers, viewing GDI handles, viewing heaps, injecting and unloading DLLs, and more.
    • Powerful process termination that bypasses security software and rootkits.
    • View, edit and control services, including those not shown by the Services console.
    • View and close network connections.
    • Starts up almost instantly, unlike other programs.

     

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  • Open Shell

    Free Windows Website

    Open Shell is a fork of the Classic Shell project for Windows that getting back the classic start menu to modern versions of Microsoft Windows.

     

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  • Chocolatey

    Freemium Windows Website

    Chocolatey NuGet is a Machine Package Manager, somewhat like apt-get, but built with Windows in mind.

     

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  • Just Install

    Free Windows Website

    just-install - The stupid package installer for Windows.

    Small Chocolatey iconChocolatey , Small Ninite iconNinite , Small Npackd iconNpackd are way too slow, bloated and difficult to extend. I needed a no-frills solution to install stuff on Windows machines, here it is.

    Download just-install.exe and double click it. Boom! just-install is now in your %PATH%. How easy is that?

    In a hurry? Here's a mnemonic link you can use to bootstrap a new machine, just type this in a browser is.gd/justinstall then double-click the downloaded file. "Is (it) Good? Just Install!".

    More social network pages:
    LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lorenzovillani
    Google+: https://plus.google.com/+LorenzoVillani

     

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  • Bitwarden

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted Microsoft Edge Vivaldi Browser Chrome Microsoft SQL Server Tor Browser Bundle Safari Opera Mono Brave Firefox Website

    Bitwarden is the easiest and safest way to store your logins and passwords across all of your devices (iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Windows, Mac, Linux, and more). Bitwarden is FREE and open source.

     

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  • Everything

    Free Windows Website

    "Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows. Unlike Windows search "Everything" initially displays every file and folder on local or removable NTFS volumes on your computer (hence the name "Everything"), and on mapped network drives with ETP server and an everything installation too. You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed. 19 languages supported.

    How can "Everything" index a mapped network drive?
    To search a networked computer you will need to run Everything on both computers.
    One computer will need to Start an ETP server.
    The other computer will need to connect to that ETP server.

    To start an ETP server:

    1. In Everything, On the Tools menu, click Start ETP server.

    To connect to an ETP server:

    1. In Everything, On the Tools menu, click Connect to ETP Server....
    2. Type in the ETP server name.
    3. Type in the ETP server port.
    4. Type in the ETP server user.
    5. Type in the ETP server password.
    6. Click OK.

     

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  • Keypirinha

    Free Windows Website

    A lightning fast and flexible keystroke launcher for Windows. No installation required (portable). Extensible with Python3 plugins.

     

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