We all enjoy or need to use different apps to keep us entertained, comfortable, or productive on the PC. Here are seven priority apps I find myself installing with Windows 11 or Windows 10. If you recommend any alternate apps, please leave a comment. These apps are in no particular order.
Malwarebytes is the first app I install after setting up Windows. While the built-in Windows 11 or Windows 10 security is excellent, Malwarebytes is a recommended Anti-malware app that can run alongside your main security app. Malwarebytes flags in real-time the blocking of any malicious connections or sites. This flagging offers peace of mind and gives you a glimpse of the online risks out there.
Malwarebytes is Great for family
If you have any family members you think might be vulnerable to clicking on suspicious links, junk mail, or dodgy websites, Malwarebytes will protect them, and you needn’t worry about their security.
Run alongside Windows Security
Suppose you prefer your primary security to take center stage within Windows Security Center. In that case, you can go to Malwarebytes Settings under Security and toggle off `Always register Malwarebytes in the Windows Security Center.’
Here’s a link to the latest Malwarebytes offer.
2. Core Temp
I use a fan controller to control the speed and noise of my CPU and PC case fans. To keep an eye on temperatures and make sure that things don’t get a little too toasty, I install Core Temp, which displays the CPU core temperatures in the notification area on the desktop.
You can choose to display all CPU core temperatures, the highest temperature, or the highest temperature per processor, plus processor frequency, processor load, and RAM utilization. Each icon can be customized for font and color, too.
3. Logitech SetPoint
Logitech SetPoint is an app you probably don’t need, but it comes in handy for my keyboard, with which I use the function keys to control audio volume. However, there’s a PC sleep button (F12) next to the volume up button, so it’s all too easy to tell the PC to sleep accidentally. Logitech SetPoint allows you to change the task of various keys on your Logitech keyboard, in which case, I set the F12 sleep button to `Do Nothing.’
My favorite stand-alone audio player of choice for locally stored audio is AIMP. Although Windows 11 still has Windows Media Player and Groove Music pre-installed, AIMP and its plethora of available skins ticks all the boxes. AIMP has a ton of customization options and UI skins to suit many tastes and screen sizes.
Although Malwarebytes is my second opinion anti-malware app of choice, I occasionally do a stand-alone anti-malware scan with HitmanPro. You can choose to install HitmanPro or run it as a stand-alone app. I used to pay for HitmanPro each year, but nowadays, I use the free version.
6. Tor Browser
As a webmaster here at The Computer Mouse, I welcome comments and emails from anyone, including budding writers and potential collaborators. However, the writers of sincere emails and spam mail alike often include links. To distinguish the genuine connections from the dishonest while maintaining our privacy as much as possible, I like to use a more anonymous web browser like Tor Browser.
7. Network Speed Test
As someone who regularly has online video conferences, it’s occasionally necessary to check my internet speed. A convenient tool for checking network speed is Microsoft’s Network Speed Test which you can quickly install via the Microsoft Store. If an online video call is not as smooth as it should be, each member can soon check their connection speed and maybe switch to audio-only if they need to.
These are the seven priority apps I install with Windows 11 and Windows 10 before it. There are some lesser-priority apps I install. In the interests of keeping this article shorter, I will quickly mention them as Adobe Creative Cloud (for creativity related to blogging), Spotify Premium for audio streaming, Chrome, Firefox, and Firefox Developer Edition for Web Development testing, and Visual Studio Code for working with, editing and saving different types of code.
Can any of these apps help you?
If you prefer any alternatives to these apps, give them a shoutout in the comments!
Grant is the webmaster here and a longtime PC enthusiast. He likes talking about computers and seeing other people enjoy theirs. When he’s not working or tinkering with this site, he enjoys playing Apex Legends. Grant lives in Japan as an English teacher and vegetable farmer.