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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 CCleaner

 PrivaZer

 FoxIt Reader

 Open Office

 Cute PDF Writer

 Go To Meeting

 Adobe Flash Player

 SnagIt by TechSmith ($$$)

 WinX YouTube Downloader

 Irfanview

 Audacity

 VLC Media Player

 Browsers:  Brave, Mozilla Firefox, Pale Moon, Chrome, Internet Explorer/Edge

 Super AntiSpyware

 Kaspersky

 Set defaults to Windows Media Player and Irfanview

 Open Task Manager:  disable or block Microsoft Office, Microsoft Store, Microsoft Photos.  You can't block Cortana, sorry.   

 Using Task Manager and/or Control Panel, look for any bloatware or crapware.  Uninstall it.

  Be sure to run CCleaner to clear the browser.

  Then run Super-AntiSpyware and/or Kaspersky and/or Malwarebytes to remove any malware.

Dec 08, 2018 11:16 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Fred Griffin has your PC answer! 

Good luck!

Dec 08, 2018 12:07 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Just bought a few computers this month, the first thing is always MS Office, Firefox browser, Foxit pdf editor, Mindjet, Gyro, topofusion,

Dec 08, 2018 11:02 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I default to the advice of Fred Griffin. He is a go to techie when it comes to advice! 

Dec 08, 2018 01:54 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

You should load in whatever browser(s) work for you. As for other things, it's very personal what you like to use. Fred Griffin has kindly provided a great list.

Dec 08, 2018 12:21 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Congratulations on your purchase, Eileen.  

I'd start with what you need, the basics.  And add from there.  I am not a fan of loading up my PC with a bunch of crap I don't need or use. 

Dec 08, 2018 12:20 PM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Interesting; Firefox is the only browser I've had success with! 

Dec 09, 2018 06:01 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Firefox and Brave browsers.  Foxit PDF editor/viewer.  Open Office.

Dec 08, 2018 04:32 PM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

beyond my paygrade.... I just had a new hard drive put in my old dell and windows 10.... good as new for $170 and didn't lose any files...

Dec 08, 2018 03:02 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'm a mac user and I do not use Firefox as well. 

Dec 08, 2018 10:47 AM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

The Firefox browser is one of the best browsers,  with a small footprint, I would not delete it. It constantly self-updates itself. I don't know about your MLS, but Mozilla (Firefox) is a development company for many MLS systems (like Flexmls), so I would keep it on because it would work best in that environment.

I use all 3 main browers depending on what I do (MS Explorer, Firefox, Google).

Dec 09, 2018 07:08 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good luck with your new computer. 

Dec 08, 2018 07:57 PM
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Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Dropbox, if you don't already use it...wonderful for accessing pictures, documents, etc. when you're on the run. Also put the app on your phone, it has saved me numerous times!

Carbonite or iDrive for backing up your files.

 

Dec 08, 2018 07:40 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Firefox will stay, IE and Chrome all will be great browsers.

Dec 08, 2018 02:35 PM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Eileen

The experts have spoken!  All the best to you!

Dec 08, 2018 12:57 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You have some good suggestions. I use Chrome and gmail.

Your database may be the most important element.

Dec 08, 2018 12:32 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Eileen Burns I'm learning that less is more. I'm starting to use more and more "on line" programs.

Dec 08, 2018 11:54 AM
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Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Eileen, my best advice to you would be to return and buy a Macbook Air. The one I'm using now has 6 years of use. No virus, no disappointments.

Dec 08, 2018 10:51 AM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I use DuckDuckGo for my browser to reduce spammers.

Dec 09, 2018 07:32 AM
Rainmaker
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Create a restore point.

Load TOR. Then,

Snapchat of course.

Then use TOR do download some FREE pictures from any website.

All of the essentials you need will become apparent when you attempt to recover from the previous actions. See FRED's list.

Mozillla Firefox obsolete?  You may want to find another source for your IT information.

 

Dec 09, 2018 06:08 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck.

Dec 09, 2018 04:08 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Interesting that Fred gave you a cast of thousands list. This is why I switched to Apple a long time ago.

Dec 09, 2018 09:17 AM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Good answers, I hope you will follow Fred's suggestions. 

Dec 09, 2018 08:17 AM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Fred covered it. 

Thank you, Fred. 

Let us know, how is your new computer Eileen. 

Dec 09, 2018 07:50 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Lots of bloatware to get rid of. I'll go with what Fred recommends.

There is nothing wrong with Firefox.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq1SE1hX2ko

Dec 09, 2018 07:42 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I would speak to an IT guy.

Dec 09, 2018 07:01 AM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

It looks like Fred has given you a laundry list personally I would need to know more about how you use your computer to advise you. Good luck Eileen Burns 

Dec 13, 2018 07:31 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Everything you are going to use, and nothing more.  Don't clutter it.

Dec 12, 2018 07:56 AM
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Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

Wow, great info Fred. I need to get some of those on my laptop!

Dec 10, 2018 11:33 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I personally love fire fox

Dec 10, 2018 10:19 AM