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The following list of software is what we recommend for your computer. Certain software such as anti-virus software and anti-spyware software is essential. We tried to find at least one free alternative for every category of software. One thing to remember is that most of the free software we recommend is only free for personal use and not corporate use.
SpeedUpMyPC - This computer optimization software did a great job as well when it comes to improving overall PC speed. In our tests of SpeedUpMyPC, it improved our startup time by 24 seconds, improved the PC's PassMark Performance score by 10 points, and freed up 100 megs of RAM that were previously being used.
PC Matic by PC Pitstop - PC Matic did a great overall job when it comes to speeding up a computer. This comprehensive PC speed up software covers the registry, startup, Internet speed, junk files, hard disk fragmentation, spyware scan, and memory utilization.
Auslogics Boostspeed - This is another computer optimization software that did a solid job at speeding up our computer and improving overall PC responsiveness.
Defraggler - This hard drive defrag tool is free and offers many features that the Windows defrag tool doesn't offer. We also found that it defragged a bit quicker than the built-in Windows tool.
PC Tools Spyware Doctor with anti-virus (Click on this link and enter the coupon PCT20 for a discount) - PC Tools offers a great product to keep your PC safe from spyware and viruses. You can see our full pc tools review for more information.
Norton AntiVirus 2010 - Norton offers good virus protection software.
Avira Anti-vir - Anti-Vir offers a free anti-virus software that is a great alternative if you can't afford to pay for anti-virus software. Anti-vir paid version of the software is also very good.
PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus - You can see our spyware doctor review.
Ad-Aware - For both the free and non-free Anti-Spyware software we also recommend Ad-Aware. Their free software works very well and their paid software works even better.
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