Power Downloader's software standbys

When Power Downloader brings a new computer home, he finds the best starter downloads are still the same old standbys.

Power Downloader
Power Downloader knows which tools to download for a new laptop. (Credit: CNET Networks)

In the rapidly changing world of computer technology, the laptop Power Downloader purchased only a couple of years ago has quickly become obsolete. In order to keep up with the most advanced Internet criminals, Power decided that it was time to upgrade his trusty laptop. Once he found the right one with the fastest processor, extra RAM, and the latest features, he brought it back to the Power Lair for the most important part of the process: downloading software!

While it seems like his computer goes out of date rather quickly, Power Downloader's favorite programs for a new computer seem to stay the same. Navigating his Web browser to CNET Download.com, Power starts by downloading ZoneAlarm, a shareware firewall with a free component that will erect a barrier between him and would-be hackers. With his first line of defense in place, Power downloads AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition, a powerful antivirus program he's grown to trust. To keep pesky spyware off his system, he uses both Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition and Spyware Begone, because Power Downloader has found that two great free antispyware programs provide much better protection than one. Possibly his most used program is his Internet browser, and for super surfing, Power Downloader turns to Mozilla Firefox. Finally, to make his new laptop as flexible as his last one, Power downloads the extra programs he has found useful in the past, such as Trillian for chatting with Kitty Kilobyte and Google Earth so he can find just about anything around the world.

With his new laptop up and running his favorite apps, Power Downloader can easily tell the difference in speed over his older laptop. Though he's not yet used to the feel of his new laptop, Power Downloader feels safe and secure with the old standby programs he has come to trust.

About Jason Parker

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.