5 free Windows programs everyone should have

Only the most essential utilities: from a browser to a data recovery tool.

1. Browser: Google Chrome

Perhaps, the web browser belongs to the title of the most popular program for the PC. After all, it is in the browser that we spend most of the time working at the computer.

Chrome occupies the leading position in this category of programs. First, it supports a huge number of useful extensions that complement the standard browser capabilities. Second, Chrome is cross-platform and syncs user data across devices. In addition, the developers promptly implement support for all modern technologies. And therefore, it is reasonable to install Google Chrome as a browser.

2. BitTorrent client: uTorrent

The browser is not suitable for downloading large programs, videos and other large files: the download may break at any time and progress will be lost. And the speed is unlikely to please. For these purposes, other applications are intended that quickly download files of any size and are not afraid of connection problems.

A good example is the uTorrent program. It combines high speed of work and a large number of functions for customizing downloads. For this, you can even put up with built-in ads.

3. Media player: VLC

The preinstalled Windows player can handle most of the basic formats, but may not be able to handle some of the videos available on discs and on the web. In such a case, you should try the VLC player as an alternative. This simple yet powerful player is a cross-platform media combine that plays a wide variety of multimedia formats, including video streaming.

4. Music player: MusicBee

If you are still listening to music downloaded to your computer, you need a good music player. Winamp was once the best option, but after its resale, the future of the project was in doubt and users had to look for a replacement. It is not easy to choose a clear favorite. But if you are looking for a fast, beautiful and functional player, take a closer look at MusicBee.

Its features include syncing music between devices, playing podcasts and web radio, mini-player, changeable skins, media library, powerful equalizer and plug-ins for new features.

5. Messenger: Telegram

In recent years, Telegram has become one of the most popular instant messengers in the post-Soviet space. This fast, convenient and functional service is used for both everyday and corporate tasks. Telegram is capable of covering all communication needs, unless video is important to you. If its support is needed, you can additionally install, for example, Zoom.