Here is a list of 6 free must have tools after you format your PC.
Sometimes it becomes hard to troubleshoot PC with some serious problem and the only solution left is to format the PC and reinstall Windows. Though formatting brings the PC back to a stable state, it uninstalls most of the third party applications present on the system, leaving it to kind of an incomplete and unprotected state.
So before you do anything on your newly formatted PC, you should install some apps that would help you protect and optimize your PC, and recover data loss in case somethings goes wrong with it again. This article will cover 6 such completely free tools, and we would highly recommend installation of all. Let’s have a look.
The best way to protect your PC from harmful viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, and other kind of PC threats, is to use an anti-malware software. While an anti-virus targets just the computer viruses, an anti-malware provides complete protection against the full range of threats.
Though there are plenty of anti-malware available for free; to name a few, you can use Malware Bytes, Avast Antivirus, Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira Antivirus; with our favorite being Avast Antivirus.
PC Cleanup and Optimization Tool:
The next thing you need to have, is a powerful PC cleanup and optimization tool, so that you can timely check your PC for issues and fix them right away. Glary Utilities is probably the best PC Optimization tool, and a must have for all Windows users. It comes packed with utilities like disk cleaner, registry cleaner, shortcut fixer, startup manager, uninstall manager, context menu manager, memory optimizer, tracks eraser, file shredder, duplicate file finder, and much more!
Though we would recommend using Glary Utilities, if you want a less comprehensive software, you can go for CCleaner.
Apart from that, you should install Yet Another Cleaner, which provides real-time browser tracking protection and prevents various common browser hijacking attempts, including Delta Search, Qvo6, SweetIM Toolbar, DivX Search, Ask Search, and more.
Another interesting must have software is Soluto. This is a one stop software to improve boot speed, update programs, uninstall programs, and lot more. Definitely a must install.
Many software that you download from web come within a zip file. To get them, you need to extract the contents of the zipped archive. With over 150 supported zip formats, PeaZip serves to be the best free zip file extractor out there. Not only it helps in extracting zip files, but also in creation of archives. In fact, more than that – it’s a complete archive manager, and a one stop solution for all archives management needs.
Driver Update Software:
While re-installing Windows, some of your drivers might get uninstalled. If you don’t have a drivers CD in hand, it’s better to use a Driver Update software. What it does is, it scans your PC for missing and outdated drivers, and offers download and installation of the same (with some limitations in the free version). DriverEasy is one such free driver update software that allows 2 driver downloads per day.
Data Backup Tool:
One of the safest thing you should do to prevent data loss is to take its timely backup. Though you can backup the whole data on your system’s hard drive, it’s risky, as if some physical damage happens to your PC, the data would be lost.
There comes these third-party data backup services that comes as a rescue. Now you can safely backup data on a cloud or on multiple hard disks, and prevent it from any harm. Crash Plan is one of the best data backup services available for free. Alternatively, you can try Symform.
File Backup, Sync, and Sharing Tool:
Last but not the least, is to have a file backup, synchronization, and sharing tool installed, so that you can easily backup and sync data between various devices and share desired files anytime. Dropbox is one of the best synchronization services that offers great data sync and sharing features. It works across various platforms and is extremely easy to use.
Apart from Dropbox, Google Drive is also a great file backup and synchronization tool.
These were top free must have tools after formatting PC. Apart from using these, we would recommend you to manually create a system restore point, so that if still anything happens to your PC, you can simply restore it to that point when you just re-installed Windows.
Once you are done with setting up your PC, you can also use some other freeware like Launchy, and Tera Copy to further boost its performance. Do share your views and add your suggestions to the post via comments.