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There are lots of applications out there in the World Wide Web. But which ones are the essential keepers and which ones are the useless duds? Sometimes it becomes a little difficult to tell. Well fear not because MakeUseOf, once again, rides to the rescue with our free easy-to-use MakeUseOf App Pack.

Put together by the great Ninite, the MakeUseOf Pack is split up into two levels, depending on your level of expertise. These apps have been extensively discussed and agreed upon by the whole MakeUseOf team and contains some of their personal favourites.


For all you basic users out there, we have the Padawan Pack, which contains all the basic apps that we recommend you download and use. This can be something as simple as a flash player for your browser right down to Recuva Restore Deleted Files Easily With Recuva Restore Deleted Files Easily With Recuva Read More to restore any deleted files off your system. Take a look and see if there’s anything that catches your eye.

Next level up is the Jedi Master Pack, for all those who can truly feel the Force when it comes to downloading and installing apps. This recommends things like the KeePass Using Keepass to Secure Your Online Accounts Using Keepass to Secure Your Online Accounts Read More Password Manager, TeraCopy Move or Copy PC Files Lightning-Fast with TeraCopy Move or Copy PC Files Lightning-Fast with TeraCopy Read More which makes transferring files in Windows Explorer MUCH more easier and FileZilla Transfer Files by FTP with FileZilla Transfer Files by FTP with FileZilla Read More which makes transferring files to your website a cinch.

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And if that wasn’t enough, we also have a separate Security Pack for all of you who feel the urge to give your computers that extra special bit of attention. So choose from MalwareBytes Stop & Delete Spyware With Malwarebytes for Windows Stop & Delete Spyware With Malwarebytes for Windows Read More , SuperAntiSpyware and TrueCrypt How To Encrypt Sensitive Data with TrueCrypt How To Encrypt Sensitive Data with TrueCrypt Read More .

So what is the advantage of installing these apps via Ninite? Two reasons – simplicity and ease-of-use. The regular way to download and install a bunch of apps would be to visit their websites and install them all one-by-one. But with Ninite, all you need to do is just tick off the ones you would like to install, click “Get Installer“, run it and then all your requested programs will be installed one by one for you.

None of the programs require rebooting your system so just run the Ninite installer, let it do its work and then you will have everything installed that you requested. Easy!

And for all you Mac and Linux users, don’t panic because we are working on your packs next. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Windows users, why not let us know your opinions about the MakeUseOf Pack for Windows. Did we choose the right apps or did we miss something important out? Let us know in the comments.

  1. ravi
    October 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Great way to install all software you need. I am wondering where the downloaded installer files are located.

  2. ananas
    September 28, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    do you have something like this for mac? :D

    • Mark O'Neill
      September 28, 2010 at 6:45 pm

      Not yet. But who knows what the future will bring? ;-)

  3. Johnny5
    September 14, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Do you have any TV Tuner Software recommendations for Ubuntu, also for a Anti-virus application?

  4. JuanMald
    September 14, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Would love to see a Ubuntu/Linux Pack!!! Great job guys!!!

    • Mark O'Neill
      September 14, 2010 at 8:52 pm

      Juan - we are putting the finishing touches to our Linux Pack. Stay tuned.

  5. yuregininsesi
    August 7, 2010 at 8:39 am

    thank you guys, loved the pack!

  6. Stanhh
    July 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Glary Utilities and Ashampoo Burning Studio?

  7. Dennis F.
    July 28, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Gimp & OpenOffice should be added to the list.

  8. Prateek Jain
    July 27, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    good packs by makeuseof.....u guys really make computing easy for us guys.....eagerly looking frwd to ur linux pack

  9. Prateek Jain
    July 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    @darrell your apprehensions abt teamviewer may be real but still i think it is a gud application as it allows collabrations between users over the web.

  10. Darrell
    July 27, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    i wouldnt recommend the Teamviewer app as in the past it has contained spyware and virus and plus it can easly be hacked by hackers i wouldnt put this App(TeamViewer) that is used for remote access to your computer or a friends computer you can use this Teamviewer for someone to connect to your computer so they can fix it or you can use it for Web Conferencing, Remote Support. But from past problems i know what people have had with this Teamviewer i would not recommend or use it myself nor would my friends and family so i think Ninite should remove the Teamveiwer app from its installer

  11. Gmnelson2009
    July 16, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    another good software updater I use is File Hippo Update Checker

  12. rgadawg
    July 15, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I'm impressed. You got the biggies, and that's from a real geek. You missed a few that probably belong in a friendly user pack. Glad to see Music Monkey made the list. That is really the only app out there for serious MP3 collectors.

    Media Player, GOM Player
    Audio Library, WinAMP, SongBird
    Web Albums, Jalbum
    Calendar, SunBird
    PDF Tools, PDFxChange Viewer
    Desktop Publishing, Scribus

    Then for Media editing:
    Audio Editor, Audicity
    Media Editor, Virtual Dub
    Media Converter, Super Converter

    And for the power user:
    Tiime Manqagement, Chandler, ManicTime
    OCR, Free OCR
    Screen Shot, PicPic
    Screen Capture, Debut Capture
    Backup, Macrium Reflect
    Network Monitoring, Networx, NetTools Pro
    System Tools, Process Hacker, Process Lasso
    Secure Erase, Eraser, File Shredder
    Disk Monitor, Active Hard Disk Monitor, Flex TkExpress
    Disk Tools, Partition Manager
    File Compare, WinMerge
    File Managers, FreeCommander
    Alternate ToolBars, ASuite
    Driver Updater, DriverMax
    Software Updater, cNet's Tech Tracker
    Uninstaller, RevoUninstaller
    Remote Control, Team Viewer

    Just for fun:
    Google Earth
    Stellarium

  13. rgadawg
    July 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    I'm impressed. You got the biggies, and that's from a real geek. You missed a few that probably belong in a friendly user pack. Glad to see Music Monkey made the list. That is really the only app out there for serious MP3 collectors.

    Media Player, GOM Player
    Audio Library, WinAMP, SongBird
    Web Albums, Jalbum
    Calendar, SunBird
    PDF Tools, PDFxChange Viewer
    Desktop Publishing, Scribus

    Then for Media editing:
    Audio Editor, Audicity
    Media Editor, Virtual Dub
    Media Converter, Super Converter

    And for the power user:
    Tiime Manqagement, Chandler, ManicTime
    OCR, Free OCR
    Screen Shot, PicPic
    Screen Capture, Debut Capture
    Backup, Macrium Reflect
    Network Monitoring, Networx, NetTools Pro
    System Tools, Process Hacker, Process Lasso
    Secure Erase, Eraser, File Shredder
    Disk Monitor, Active Hard Disk Monitor, Flex TkExpress
    Disk Tools, Partition Manager
    File Compare, WinMerge
    File Managers, FreeCommander
    Alternate ToolBars, ASuite
    Driver Updater, DriverMax
    Software Updater, cNet's Tech Tracker
    Uninstaller, RevoUninstaller
    Remote Control, Team Viewer

    Just for fun:
    Google Earth
    Stellarium

    • Aibek
      July 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      thanks for the input, I can see a bunch of apps here that I never even heard of. i am sure we'll be reviewing some of the mentioned apps in the near future.

  14. Srivatsan Venkatesh
    July 14, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Good job having Chrome as the browser on the first pack!

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