Essential 5 freeware utilities every computer running Windows should have

On 3 November, 2008 by Carol
Warning: This list is for advanced users.
Use these apps ONLY if you know what you are doing or use them at your own risk.

Crystal Clear app utilities Essential 5 freeware utilities every computer running Windows should havenCleaner - advanced system and application cleaner
Every computer needs care, and care starts with maintenance and cleanup.
Good stuff on nCleaner: Junk finder, Reg Cleaner, Free Space Shredder, Tweak manager, Startup manager and few more.

Note: because nCleaner is an advanced system app, you shouldn’t use it unless you know what you are doing. As an alternative, use cCleaner.

Crystal Clear app kcmpci Essential 5 freeware utilities every computer running Windows should haveDriverMax – detects, downloads and installs the latest version of your computer’s drivers.
It also backs up all drivers and lets you restore them.

Crystal Clear filesystem blockdevic Essential 5 freeware utilities every computer running Windows should haveSmartDefrag – Defragmentation is a very important process in keeping your hard drive’s performance at maximum and bring its files together.
SmartDefrag will diagnose and optimize your machine’s hard drive while running quietly in the background.
As a prevention, this defrag app will pause itself down if the CPU raises over 40% .

lingoes Essential 5 freeware utilities every computer running Windows should haveLingoes - the little sister of Babylon is a dictionary and translation freeware.
So what’s so special about this app that makes it a “must have” tool?
With Lingoes you can:

lookup dictionaries, do full text translation, cursor translation, zoned word translation and pronunciation of words in over 80 languages.

It also contains some of the most popular and reliable thesaurus dictionaries such as: Cambridge, Longman, Collins, MacMillian…and few more.

uninstallermain Essential 5 freeware utilities every computer running Windows should haveRevo Uninstaller – this tool does more than its name says and it does it good.
The uninstaller is just an amazing tool. With few clicks it will not only uninstall your apps, but it will also do a deep registry key scan and find the dead file paths or leftovers giving you the opportunity to actually do clean removals.
The other tools included: junk file cleaner, autorun manager, windows tools, evidence remover, unrecoverable undelete….and few more.

These are the 5 essentials, all compatible with Vista and XP,  and you should get them.

  • Paul_winters

    I think one of the most useful tools you NEED in your computer is on the part of protection, I use ZenOK that gives me double protection that includes Free Antivirus to protect myself from viruses and malware and the Backup Online to protect my files, we should think more about the protection before anything

  • Anonymous

    I’m using all of them! Haha…

  • Anonymous

    Essential 5 freeware utilities is very easy to use, I’m using it right now.

  • Anonymous

    Yes ,I also think every computer running Windows should have Essential 5 freeware utilities .

  • esa

    The title is wrong, and should be fixed with :

    “Essential 5 freeware utilities every computer running (crappy) Microsoft operating systems need.

    And it's only partially sarcastic.

    Good luck with these never ending lists of crappy software “every computer need”. Hundreds of tools, to fix and repair services, clean crap, unistall crap, fix registry crap, defrag crap, ohhh lol.

  • esa

    The title is wrong, and should be fixed with :

    “Essential 5 freeware utilities every computer running (crappy) Microsoft operating systems need.

    And it's only partially sarcastic.

    Good luck with these never ending lists of crappy software “every computer need”. Hundreds of tools, to fix and repair services, clean crap, unistall crap, fix registry crap, defrag crap, ohhh lol.

  • esa

    The title is wrong, and should be fixed with :

    “Essential 5 freeware utilities every computer running (crappy) Microsoft operating systems need.

    And it's only partially sarcastic.

    Good luck with these never ending lists of crappy software “every computer need”. Hundreds of tools, to fix and repair services, clean crap, unistall crap, fix registry crap, defrag crap, ohhh lol.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

    No worry, i got your sarcasm but i don't have to level up.
    There are advanced users who use Windows. In case you didn't notice, this whole blog is about Windows, so instead of poking people around, how about you contribute with a nice comment?

    Thanks anyway. By the way, the whole smart thing and insulting…is 2009 for God sake! Let's have mature conversations instead.

  • Clueless (this means you)

    Carol is really smart! The original comment is supposed to be thought provoking in the fact that these “tools” would be useless on a Linux machine. You never need to clean a “registry”. Drivers are maintained in the kernel. There is no such thing as defragmenting a Linux filesystem. The point here is that real “advanced users” would be using something other than Windows.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

    No worry, i got your sarcasm but i don't have to level up.
    There are advanced users who use Windows. In case you didn't notice, this whole blog is about Windows, so instead of poking people around, how about you contribute with a nice comment?

    Thanks anyway. By the way, the whole smart thing and insulting…is 2009 for God sake! Let's have mature conversations instead.

  • Clueless (this means you)

    Carol is really smart! The original comment is supposed to be thought provoking in the fact that these “tools” would be useless on a Linux machine. You never need to clean a “registry”. Drivers are maintained in the kernel. There is no such thing as defragmenting a Linux filesystem. The point here is that real “advanced users” would be using something other than Windows.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

    That's because they are for XP and Vista.

  • Clueless

    Hmm…I am having trouble getting these to work on my Ubuntu machine…maybe something wrong with my computer?

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

    That's because they are for XP and Vista.

  • Clueless

    Hmm…I am having trouble getting these to work on my Ubuntu machine…maybe something wrong with my computer?

  • David

    DriverMAx isn’t free to download, only scan.

  • David

    DriverMAx isn’t free to download, only scan.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com Carol

    Thanks for the comments guys.

    This list is indeed for advanced users but let’s not kid each other…if one is about to mess up some settings, he/she will do it even with the most simple to use app. and i am talking from experience.

    Vikram, Lingoes is an amazing app and because it has so many available languages to me is a “must have”. Ok, if you’re into learning languages or if you bother to find out on your own what foreign word means.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

    Thanks for the comments guys.

    This list is indeed for advanced users but let’s not kid each other…if one is about to mess up some settings, he/she will do it even with the most simple to use app. and i am talking from experience.

    Vikram, Lingoes is an amazing app and because it has so many available languages to me is a “must have”. Ok, if you’re into learning languages or if you bother to find out on your own what foreign word means.

  • http://win7vista.com/ DanielRemains

    Everyone knows CCleaner is the best cleaning program :D

  • http://win7vista.com/ DanielRemains

    Everyone knows CCleaner is the best cleaning program :D

  • http://www.snakebytez.com Vikram

    Hey carol,
    nice list of softwares mentioned, but i don;t think average computer user needs a translation software like Lingoes, if its just for dictionary one can use the Pocket Oxford Dictionary (POD). Also i would recommend CCleaner over nCleaner which u have list.

  • http://www.snakebytez.com/ Vikram

    Hey carol,
    nice list of softwares mentioned, but i don;t think average computer user needs a translation software like Lingoes, if its just for dictionary one can use the Pocket Oxford Dictionary (POD). Also i would recommend CCleaner over nCleaner which u have list.

  • http://www.steveglover.com steve

    using driver max on vista prem. exellent highly recomended. the comment about it not working on 64 bit is not helpfull, it tells you before you start that it does not support vista 64bit.

    thank you for finding this for me.

  • http://www.steveglover.com/ steve

    using driver max on vista prem. exellent highly recomended. the comment about it not working on 64 bit is not helpfull, it tells you before you start that it does not support vista 64bit.

    thank you for finding this for me.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com Carol

    @Ben – i wrote this entry for those software, not for media centers.
    We may not be happy with the way Windows is, and we might have to patch it every now and then, and because that’s the way things are, we will focus on how to manage it and maintain it.

    I will however install and test Elisa and give it a try.
    Thanks for the comment and for the tip.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

    @Ben – i wrote this entry for those software, not for media centers.
    We may not be happy with the way Windows is, and we might have to patch it every now and then, and because that’s the way things are, we will focus on how to manage it and maintain it.

    I will however install and test Elisa and give it a try.
    Thanks for the comment and for the tip.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com Carol

    Thanks Dave, the link is fixed.
    Dicky, the cCleaner is great, but it doesn’t do a deep clean like nCleaner does.

    Joel, you are right about the fact that nCleaner should only be used by experienced users.
    I will add that as a not.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

    Thanks Dave, the link is fixed.
    Dicky, the cCleaner is great, but it doesn’t do a deep clean like nCleaner does.

    Joel, you are right about the fact that nCleaner should only be used by experienced users.
    I will add that as a not.

  • Dicky

    I am using CC Cleaner instead of nCleaner. It greatly improve my computer speed!

  • Dicky

    I am using CC Cleaner instead of nCleaner. It greatly improve my computer speed!

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  • dave

    great page except drivermax is a dead link

  • dave

    great page except drivermax is a dead link

  • Joel

    The other programs are good. DONT USE NCLEANER!!!! Unless you are a very advanced user, this program is not recommended for basic or mildly advanced users. If you are not careful, you will delete program files needed to run applications, delete system restore points, it will even delete your theme and alter it back to windows classic. It is hard to control what gets deleted and what doesn’t. Some things you cant keep it from deleting if you want the other files deleted. The recommended program that does the same basic function but WONT delete important files that is user friendly would be CCleaner. It is made by the same company and is the earlier version but oddly enough is very effective yet safe and very easy to use.

  • Joel

    The other programs are good. DONT USE NCLEANER!!!! Unless you are a very advanced user, this program is not recommended for basic or mildly advanced users. If you are not careful, you will delete program files needed to run applications, delete system restore points, it will even delete your theme and alter it back to windows classic. It is hard to control what gets deleted and what doesn’t. Some things you cant keep it from deleting if you want the other files deleted. The recommended program that does the same basic function but WONT delete important files that is user friendly would be CCleaner. It is made by the same company and is the earlier version but oddly enough is very effective yet safe and very easy to use.

  • Ben

    Who needs an advanced system and application cleaner. I assume this is intended to show how people who choose Windows must also choose lots of software to try to patch it up. I can’t install it, and I have absolutely no use for it. I can simply start up my package manager which cleans itself up automatically. Drivers are also automatically updated, and modern filesystems don’t really suffer fragmentation. Mine didn’t slow down over the last 10 months of using ext3.
    Lingoes sounds okay, but I already have ‘stardict’ which is great for Thai and English, and has many sources for other languages freely available.

    NOT ONE is essential. They are all obsolete, like the operating system they are designed for. Registry and Installation are also relics of this rather outdated method of managing software.

    Why not focus on useful applications? Elisa Media Center is amazing – try that instead!

  • Ben

    Who needs an advanced system and application cleaner. I assume this is intended to show how people who choose Windows must also choose lots of software to try to patch it up. I can’t install it, and I have absolutely no use for it. I can simply start up my package manager which cleans itself up automatically. Drivers are also automatically updated, and modern filesystems don’t really suffer fragmentation. Mine didn’t slow down over the last 10 months of using ext3.
    Lingoes sounds okay, but I already have ‘stardict’ which is great for Thai and English, and has many sources for other languages freely available.

    NOT ONE is essential. They are all obsolete, like the operating system they are designed for. Registry and Installation are also relics of this rather outdated method of managing software.

    Why not focus on useful applications? Elisa Media Center is amazing – try that instead!

  • http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/ Josh
  • http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/ Josh

    I would also recommend Ccleaner, I have this installed on every computer I run. You can clean temp files, clean the registry entries, uninstall programs, remove startup entries, it’s a really good program.

  • http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/ Josh
  • http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/ Josh

    I would also recommend Ccleaner, I have this installed on every computer I run. You can clean temp files, clean the registry entries, uninstall programs, remove startup entries, it’s a really good program.

  • Ariel

    IM WARNING YOU:

    NEVER but NEVER really NEVER USE DriveMax !!!

    i had to format my pc after updating drivers with that program

  • Ariel

    IM WARNING YOU:

    NEVER but NEVER really NEVER USE DriveMax !!!

    i had to format my pc after updating drivers with that program

  • http://www.carolsvault.com Carol

    Hi John,

    I used Radarsync when i first installed Vista and i wasn’t very impressed with it .
    Maybe in the meantime it improved, so i will give it another try and if if is working good, i will add it as an alternative.
    Thanks for the comment/

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

    Hi John,

    I used Radarsync when i first installed Vista and i wasn’t very impressed with it .
    Maybe in the meantime it improved, so i will give it another try and if if is working good, i will add it as an alternative.
    Thanks for the comment/

  • jon

    I have a problem with Drivermax — it can’t find drivers form y 64-bit Vista cmputer. For this reason I use Radarsync, which is also free and found about 4 drivers for me. It also has a few extra features that drivermax doesn’t have, so I think it’s all in all a better product.

  • jon

    I have a problem with Drivermax — it can’t find drivers form y 64-bit Vista cmputer. For this reason I use Radarsync, which is also free and found about 4 drivers for me. It also has a few extra features that drivermax doesn’t have, so I think it’s all in all a better product.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com Carol

    I should have added YousendIt as well.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

    I should have added YousendIt as well.

  • David

    NCleaner and Revo are amazing pieces of software and freeware as well.

  • David

    NCleaner and Revo are amazing pieces of software and freeware as well.

  • Carol

    Thanks David.
    I know you’ve been using those too and that you’re happy with them. :)

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

    Thanks David.
    I know you’ve been using those too and that you’re happy with them. :)

  • David

    Very good list and every one is essential.

  • David

    Very good list and every one is essential.

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