It’s Totally Life Recommended Computer Software Setup By It's Totally Life - November 24, 2017

Being  security open source software advocates we have  compiled a list of some of the best programs that we would recommend to everyone as alternatives to most major software.

Most Links in this post are “Ninite” links where possible for the sake of safe and secure downloads 

What is Ninite?

Ninite is a package management system offering that lets users automatically install popular applications for their Windows operating system.

Ninite will do the following:

  • start working as soon as you run it
  • not bother you with any choices or options
  • install apps in their default location
  • say no to toolbars or extra junk
  • install 64-bit apps on 64-bit machines
  • install apps in your PC’s language or one you choose
  • do all its work in the background
  • install the latest stable version of an app
  • skip up-to-date apps
  • skip any reboot requests from installers
  • use your proxy settings from Internet Explorer
  • download apps from each publisher’s official site
  • verify digital signatures or hashes before running anything


Start Menu

Open Shell  is a computer software for Microsoft Windows that provides user interface elements intended to restore familiar features from past versions of Windows. It focuses on the Start menu, File Explorer and Internet Explorer — three major components of the Windows shell. In particular, it can serve as a Start menu replacement for Windows 8 and Windows 10 systems. (formally Classic Shell)

Why do we need this?

lets be honest windows 10 is a great move forward for the OS but the to be blunt the start menu in windows 8 and 10 are horrifically bad and a giant leap backwards so  if you miss the start menu this is for you.

Open Shell

privacy protection (both free & paid 10.00 for extra features  1 time)

Spybot Anti-Beacon

Anti-Beacon was designed to address these privacy concerns for user of Microsoft Windows (from the modern Windows 10

Spybot Anti-Beacon

Video Player And Codec Package

K-Lite Codec Pack The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of audio and video codecs for Microsoft Windows that enables an operating system and its software to play various audio and video formats generally not supported by the operating system itself.

K-Lite Codec Pack (Ninite Link)

Office Suite


LibreOffice is free and open source software The suite comprises programs for word processing, the creation and editing of spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams and drawings, working with databases, and composing mathematical formulas originally based on OpenOffice which it now succeeds

LibreOffice (Ninite link)

PDF Reader

Sumatra PDF

Sumatra PDF is a free and open-source document viewer, it supports many document formats including: Portable Document Format, Microsoft Compiled HTML Help, DjVu, EPUB, FictionBook, MOBI, PRC, Open XML Paper Specification, Comic Book Archive file.

Sumatra PDF(Ninite link)

File Archives


PeaZip is a free and open-source file manager and file archiver for Microsoft Windows, Linux and BSD made by Giorgio Tani. It supports its native PEA archive format and other mainstream formats, with special focus on handling open formats. I find it has a newer and more modern gui then 7zip and is a fork so handles 7zip files just fine

PeaZip (Ninite link)

Audio Player


foobar2000 is a freeware audio player for Microsoft Windows, iOS and Android developed by Peter Pawłowski. It is known for its highly modular design, breadth of features, and extensive user flexibility in configuration.

 Please see below for setup guide and download links 

Listen To Music Like A True Audiophile!


Audio Editor


Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.

Audacity (Ninite link)

Image Viewer

XnView is an image organizer and general-purpose file manager used for viewing, converting, organizing and editing raster images, as well as general purpose file management.

XnView (Ninite link)

Image Editor

GIMP is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks.

Gimp (Ninite link)

Graphic Design

Krita is a free and open-source raster graphics editor using the Qt visual toolkit and designed primarily for digital painting and animation purposes.

Krita (Ninite link)

Video Production

DaVinci Resolve

originally designed for Hollywood’s elite colorists, DaVinci Resolve has been used on more feature films and TV shows than anything else because it lets you create images that are simply impossible with other tools. DaVinci is also the world’s fastest growing and most advanced editing software!

Register and download

DaVinci Resolve (studio version is the paid version and just that made for studio productions)

DaVinci Resolve

Recommended AV (paid)

Emsisoft Anti-Malware

No-bloat dual-scanner protection for your Windows PC

Live a Secure Life: Emsisoft Anti-Malware

Password Manager(both free & paid 3.33 USD/ MO)

Dashlane is a password manager app and secure digital wallet. The app is available on Mac, PC, iOS and Android. The app’s premium feature enables users to securely sync their data between an unlimited number of devices on all platforms. Dashlane is more modern and easier to mange then lastpass the leave of security measures and encryption is better too

Dashlane Password Manager

Computer Backup (paid $50 1-Time Purchase per device )

Acronis True Image is a software product produced by Acronis that provides data protection for personal users including, backup, archive, access and recovery for Microsoft, OSX, iOS and Android operating systems.

Acronis True Image

FTP Client

WinSCP is a free and open-source SFTP, FTP, WebDAV and SCP client for Microsoft Windows. Its main function is secure file transfer between a local and a remote computer. I find it more stable and user friendly than Filezilla

WinSCP (Ninite link)

Web Browser

Vivaldi is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies, a company founded by Opera Software co-founder and former CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Tatsuki Tomita. and truly seeks to be a browser for people who want to take control of their user experience its also great for power users

Vivaldi Web browser

Uninstaller and leftover cleaner

Revo Uninstaller is an uninstaller for Microsoft Windows. It uninstalls programs and additionally removes any files and Windows registry entries left behind by the program’s uninstaller or by the Windows uninstall function.

Revo Uninstaller(Ninite Link)

Screen capture and broadcasting

OBS Studio Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.

Open Broadcaster Software

Remote Assistant/conference

MSP360 Remote Assistant is a solution for remote control and desktop sharing remote Assistant encrypts connections and includes text and voice chat functionality.

MSP360 Remote Assistant

Video encoding

HandBrake is a free and open-source transcoder for digital video files, originally developed in 2003 by Eric Petit to make ripping a film from a DVD to a data storage device easier. Since then, it has undergone many changes and revisions. and now is a full fledged encoder

HandBrake (Ninite link)

CD/DVD creation and management

ImgBurn is an optical disc authoring program that allows the recording of many types of CD, DVD and Blu-Ray images to recordable media. Starting with version, ImgBurn can also burn files and data directly to CD or DVD. It is written in C++.

ImgBurn (Ninite link)


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