Useful links to the most common software

Useful links to the most common softwareMalware is commonly spread from software downloads not originating from the actual manufacturer itself. The malware is cleverly packaged (and hidden) within the software that you are downloading. This happens frequently when someone is using a search engine to look for a software program and clicks on the first few links that come up on the search results. It comes down to doing your due diligence of carefully looking at the website address before clicking on the download link.  It’s important to make sure you find legitimate, useful links.

We have complied a list of actual links that someone should download the software from. The links direct you to the original manufacturer of the software.

SoftwareManufacturerWeb Address
Web browsers
ChromeGooglehttp://www.google.com/chrome/
FirefoxMozillahttps://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
SafariApplehttp://www.apple.com/safari/
OperaOperahttp://www.opera.com/
Messaging
AOL Instant MessengerAOLhttps://www.aim.com/
AOL DesktopAOLhttp://discover.aol.com/products-and-services/aol-desktop-for-windows
Skypehttp://www.skype.com/en/
ThunderbirdMozillahttps://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/
Windows Essentials
(Writer, Media Player, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Live Mail)
Microsofthttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/essentials-other#essentials=overviewother
Yahoo MessengerYahoohttps://messenger.yahoo.com/
Media
iTunesApplehttps://www.apple.com/itunes/
VLCVideoLanhttp://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html
SpotifySpotifyhttps://www.spotify.com/us/
QuicktimeApplehttps://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/
Browser Add-ons
JavaOracle/ Javahttps://www.java.com/en/
SilverlightMicrosofthttp://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/
FlashAdobehttps://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
AirAdobehttps://get.adobe.com/air/
ShockwaveAdobehttps://get.adobe.com/shockwave/
Documents
Open OfficeApache/ Openofficehttps://www.openoffice.org/download/index.html
Adobe ReaderAdobehttps://get.adobe.com/reader/
Security
Security EssentialsMicrosofthttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download
AvastAvasthttps://www.avast.com/en-us/index
AVGAVGhttp://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage
Online Storage
DropboxDropboxhttps://www.dropbox.com
Google DriveGooglehttps://www.google.com/drive/download
Utilities
CCleanerPiriformhttps://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
DefragglerPiriformhttps://www.piriform.com/defraggler
Cobian BackupCobianSofthttp://www.cobiansoft.com/cobianbackup.htm
Belarc (for creating a listing of your software licenses, running programs, hardware and more)Belarchttp://www.belarc.com/

(As mentioned on our 830AM WEEU radio broadcast 3/12/2015)

Disclaimer: The content on this page is for reference and informational use only. It should be used as is. The Internet links are dictated by the manufacturer itself and may change accordingly. Downloads are done at the computer users risk. PC Ninja will not be held responsible for the use of the information, occurrences/problems that may occur, set up and installation of information contained in or linked from these web pages.

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