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Over the last 6 months we have run several polls asking you to vote on your favorite software for different tasks. You guys have done a great job, with an average of 700-900 votes, each of our polls was a success. Thank you!

So without further ado, here are the best software and shortcuts according to MakeUseOf readers. (I listed top choices for each poll, for more options go to the poll page.)

Top Antivirus Software. What’s your Favorite? Top Antivirus Software. What's your Favorite? [Poll] Top Antivirus Software. What's your Favorite? [Poll] Read More

# AVG Antivirus Free Edition (FREE) (32%, 450 Votes)
# Avast Home Edition (FREE) (15%, 211 Votes)
# Eset Nod32 (not free) (13%, 186 Votes)

What Firewall Software Do You Use? What Firewall Software do you Use ? [Poll] What Firewall Software do you Use ? [Poll] Read More

# Comodo Firewall PRO (28%, 201 Votes)
# Windows Firewall / Live Onecare (19%, 141 Votes)
# ZoneAlarm Free Firewall (19%, 135 Votes)

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What Instant Messaging Client Do You Use? What Instant Messaging Client Do You Use? [Poll] What Instant Messaging Client Do You Use? [Poll] Read More

# Pidgin (18%, 162 Votes)
# MSN / Windows Live Messenger (17%, 148 Votes)
# Digsby (15%, 133 Votes)

Do You Have a Spyware Removal Porgram? Do you have a Spyware Removal Program? Which one? [Poll] Do you have a Spyware Removal Program? Which one? [Poll] Read More

# Spybot Search & Destroy (32%, 242 Votes)
# Lavasoft Ad-Aware (25%, 189 Votes)
# Other (12%, 91 Votes)

What’s your Favorite Music Player ? What's your Favorite Music Player ? [Poll] What's your Favorite Music Player ? [Poll] Read More

# Winamp (24%, 236 Votes)
# Other (19%, 186 Votes)
# iTunes (19%, 183 Votes)

Free Video Players. What’s your Favorite?

# [NO LONGER WORKS] VLC (36%, 274 Votes)
# Media Player Classic (17%, 126 Votes)
# Windows Media Player (12%, 93 Votes)

What Image Editing Program Do you Use? What Image Editing Program Do you Use? [Poll] What Image Editing Program Do you Use? [Poll] Read More

# Adobe Photoshop (40%, 251 Votes)
# GIMP (17%, 110 Votes)
# Paint.NET (15%, 98 Votes)

Which RSS Reader Do You Prefer? Which RSS Reader Do You Prefer? [Poll] Which RSS Reader Do You Prefer? [Poll] Read More

# Google Reader (61%, 409 Votes)
# Other (8%, 54 Votes)
# FeedDemon (8%, 51 Votes

Do you Backup Important Files? How? How Do you Backup Important Files? [Poll] How Do you Backup Important Files? [Poll] Read More

# Manually store files on Ext. Drive (31%, 72 Votes)
# I use some other app (21%, 49 Votes)
# SyncBack (desktop app) (11%, 25 Votes)

What Tool Do you Use to Defragment your Computer? What Tool Do you Use to Defragment your Computer? [Poll] What Tool Do you Use to Defragment your Computer? [Poll] Read More

# Windows Disk Defragmenter (Default) (27%, 271 Votes)
# JkDefrag (15%, 149 Votes)
# Auslogics Disk Defrag (14%, 140 Votes)

Top 5 Firefox Shortcuts You Can’t Live Without Top 5 Firefox Shortcuts You Can't Live Without [Poll] Top 5 Firefox Shortcuts You Can't Live Without [Poll] Read More

# Ctrl + T (open a new tab) (19%, 523 Votes)
# Ctrl + F (on page search) (11%, 298 Votes)
# Ctrl + C/V/X (text Copy, Paste, Cut) (11%, 295 Votes)
# Ctrl + Tab (jump through tabs) (8%, 222 Votes)
# Ctrl + Shift + T (open last closed tab) (6%, 150 Votes)

Top 5 Windows Shortcuts you Can’t Live Without Top 5 Windows Shortcuts you Can't Live Without [Poll] Top 5 Windows Shortcuts you Can't Live Without [Poll] Read More

# Ctrl + C/V/X (text copy/paste/cut) (17%, 422 Votes)
# Ctrl + Alt + Del (show task manager) (14%, 344 Votes)
# Alt + Tab (switch between open apps) (14%, 334 Votes)
# Ctrl + A (select all text) (11%, 263 Votes)
# Win + D (show desktop) (8%, 205 Votes)

More polls to come, stay tuned!

If you have any suggestions for future polls please add them in the comments below.

  1. Antivirus
    October 26, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    It is interesting that Google Reader received almost eight times as many votes as the second best RSS Reader. It appears that Google currently has a monopoly on online news distribution. But what about the readers included in the “Other” category who deliver particular news to a niche market of dedicated subscribers? Will Google greedily gobble them up? It makes me a bit frustrated that I cannot get my news from any other internet source, without receiving Google-sponsored ads.

  2. revan
    October 30, 2008 at 3:09 am

    oh DEAR GODDESS.-. people using WMP why oh why,,,

  3. americausacl
    October 25, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    no woman clean english

  4. venkat
    October 25, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Spyware doctor Stater Edition and Malwarebytes anti- Malware are missing in Spyware removal programs and Foobar 2000 is missing in music players

    • Aibek
      October 25, 2008 at 3:09 pm

      Spyware doctor was included in the original poll. As about Foobar you're right, we missed it. We only realised that after the comments started to come in.It became apparent that Foobar is one of the best media players out there

  5. milla
    October 24, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    avira free antivirus
    rocks and excellent virus defination updates

  6. Altzan
    October 24, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Nice list! Nice to know what the public uses.

    Thumbs-up

  7. Skyler Huse
    October 24, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Aw, Foobar didn't make it into music players.

    And I highly recommend the Combined Community Codec Back (CCCP) with Media Player Classic for video.

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