Essential Programs to Use on Windows 10

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JustinRampage

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I just formatted my SSD and installed a fresh, new copy of Windows 10 Pro. I was curious what programs I should have to keep it running smooth. I'm using Windows Defender (free and seems to keep me virus free). I have used CCleaner in the past, but have been told that it can potentially goof up essential Windows files and such. I also used to keep around Malwarebytes for scanning the PC every once in a while, just to make sure I was bug free. Recommendations on some safe, useful tools to keep around on the Windows 10 system would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 
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I think that good behavior is far more essential than installing a specific piece of sotware. Windows Defender + good hygeine should be sufficient.
 

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Browser security is important. That's the main conduit to and from your computer and the Internet.

I like Firefox, but what ever browser used, extensions like ad blockers, no script and ghostery are good to consider.
I also run a Malwarebytes browser extension in Firefox. It's also available for Chrome as I remember.

Updating and configuring a browser along with the OS is a good practice.
 

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CCleaner is fine to use however DO NOT use the registry cleaner part; just let it clean up junk files. Reg cleaners are not recommended here and very often do more harm than good.
You do not really need anything else. Win10 does a fine job of running TRIM or optimizing ssd drives so no need for that. The built in windows defender does a decent job.
 

JustinRampage

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I appreciate the help, everyone! I will steer clear of the registry cleaning portion of CCleaner. I have been using Chrome for years. It can be a memory hog at times, but that is due to me being a tab freak (I jump into and browse around through too many rabbit holes).

I mainly use the PC to unwind with some Diablo 3, photo editing, and checking email.

Is there something to check to make sure that I have the correct drivers installed for all of my hardware?
 

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Check the hardware by running Device Manager, if there are no 'Unknown Device' entries or ! or ? characters showing in there you already have the correct drivers.
 
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