Below is a list of programs we thought are the most used and requested. All links redirect to their official sites, so you don’t have to worry about security problems or stuff like that. That said, there’s always VirusTotal to check it if you want to be on the safe side.
In case you need more programs or these don’t address your specific needs, you can check Reddit’s Community driven list of gaming apps.
Peer To Peer
With TeamViewer, you can check someone else’s desktop and take control of their computer. Useful when a friend is in trouble or doesn’t know how to use a program but you can help them while explaining what kept them from making something work.
It’s also a must if you need to manage a home computer that is used as a server for a game.
Used by many, TeamSpeak is probably the best VoIP program to let you talk with your community mates online. If you own your own server, you can store files, create groups, channels, manage all sorts of permissions and even turn it into a voice-based forum.
You may display how many users are online on a website and more.
μTorrent lets you download torrent files. In case of cumulative patches in single-player games or other large files you need, this is a more reliable alternative since your download can be interrupted and resumed at any time, unlike FTP downloads, where you have to wait until it’s done. you can check someone else’s desktop and take control of their computer. Useful when a friend is in trouble or doesn’t know how to use a program but you can help them while explaining what kept them from making something work.
Torrents are also faster, depending on the number of peers.
Comodo gives you for free a Firewall suit to monitor connections, prevents attacks and keeps your computer safe. All of that while being noob-friendly and free.
To get rid of files “hidden in plain sight”, you can go to Malwarebytes. Not only they will remove it, they will also repair the damage they made. Stay safe!
Maintenance and Monitoring
Drivermax scans for outdated hardware drivers and updates them. This is very helpful in new rigs that have parts you don’t have their drivers for.
In case the hardware appears as unknown on the Device Manager, more often than not, Drivermax will be able to identify it.
Speccy is a tool that gathers information about your rig and presents you detailed information about every single piece of hardware you have. Motherboard, CPU, GPU, RAM and how much.
You can export all data to a notepad file or simply copy it directly from the user interface.
Apart from monitoring your system stats and letting you mess around with your GPU, overclocking and junk, this app also shows in-game FPS and records your fragging moments!
Images, Video and Sound
VLC does everything that Media Player doesn’t: everything. Play music without installing a bunch of codecs, fetches subtitles automatically, plays YouTube videos and everything else you can name.
The sound goes even higher than 100%, which, by the way, is our happiness level about this program. It’s lightweight and open source if you’re a geek.
With Audacity, you can record sound, cut loop, add other sound effects and a bunch of other stuff from pretty much any source, including your own computer.
If you ever needed Photoshop but found it too pricey or unsuiting, the best go-around for it is GIMP.
Editing images the way you would on other platforms can be done much better with this app.