It can be fun getting a new computer, until you realize that much of the software that you had on your old computer is not installed on the new one. You don’t need to dread spending hours installing each little piece of software, laboriously clicking through stupid little install wizards, nor do you need to fear mucking up your new system with “barnacle-ware” – extra pieces of software (toolbars, optimizers and sometimes even malware – which is sometimes attached to legitimate software downloads. There is a better way – Ninite.com
Ninite is a central place where you can download many of the most popular free 3rd party (aka non-Microsoft) pieces of software like Firefox, Skype, Google Chrome, iTunes, OpenOffice, Dropbox and Evernote. They have made it very convenient to choose and download just the software you want; simply click to check the box next to each software title in which you are interested, then click on the big green “Get Installer” button at the bottom. You will then be prompted to either Save or Run the installer. Choose Run. You may also be prompted with a User Account Control Message, choose Yes to start the process. The download will perform a “silent install” of each program, meaning you don’t have to choose any options or click countless “Next” boxes. When it is complete, all of the chosen software titles will be installed and ready to run on your computer.
It’s important to note that Ninite installs the most up-to-date version of each piece of software. That is critical, as hackers tend to write exploits for not only out-of-date Microsoft software, but also out-of-date 3rd party software that most people have on their computers, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader and Java. Also, if one of the software titles you’ve chosen is already installed on your computer, Ninite will check to see whether or not it is the most recent version. If it is, then it will skip that installation & tell you that it’s up to date. If it’s not then Ninite will update it. Therefore, Ninite is not only a great, easy way to install software on your computer, but also a great way to keep it current.
Ninite is free for home users and it does not use any form of pop-ups or advertising during the download process, which assures us that it is not only safe, but it’s also annoyance-free. So, if you are in need of great 3rd Party software for your computer, skip the hunt and navigate over to www.ninite.com. You will be glad you did.