The founder of ITL prides himself on being a security and open source software nerd so has compiled a list of some of the best programs that ITL would recommend to everyone as alternatives to most major software.
Ninite is a package management system offering that lets users automatically install popular applications for their Windows operating system.
Most Links in this post are “Ninite” links where possible for the sake of safe and secure downloads Ninite will do the following:
Classic Shell™ is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it. The main features are: Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins. Quick access to recent, frequently-used, or pinned programs. in this case we only want the classic start component of this package which ninite has made easy via the link below
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.
Combined Community Codec Pack
The Combined Community Codec Pack is a simple playback pack for Windows with the goal of supporting the majority of video formats in use today.
-Install CCP with media player classic checked
after install set file associations by
Going to MPC-HC Options, from “View” menu >> Options From the Options menu click on “Format” and then click on “Run as administrator”
Click on associate with video format only (V), check “Use the format-specific icon”
click apply and OK
LibreOffice is a free and open source office suite, a project of The Document Foundation. It was forked from OpenOffice.org in 2010, It is commonly used in Linux but has a windows version as well
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.
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
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.
see below for setup guide
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
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.
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.
Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor; it can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings. Inkscape’s primary vector graphics format is Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), however many other formats can be imported and exported.
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)
No-bloat dual-scanner protection for your Windows PC
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 126.96.36.199, ImgBurn can also burn files and data directly to CD or DVD. It is written in C++.