The lowdown on utility downloads

BY J. CARLTON COLLINS, CPA

Q: I recently purchased a new computer and proceeded to download various utility programs. To my dismay, I found numerous download websites offering the utilities I wanted, but I couldn’t tell which ones were trustworthy. As a result, twice I ended up unintentionally downloading malware along with the intended utility programs. It seems that today, many malicious websites provide downloads of legitimate software programs secretly bundled with malicious malware. How can I tell which utility download websites are legitimate?

A: Try downloading your utilities free from ninite.com. Ninite is an established one-stop website that provides downloads for dozens of popular utilities, including Acrobat Reader, Ad-Aware, Chrome, Classic Start, Dropbox, Evernote, Hulu, iTunes, Java, keyPass2, Paint, QuickTime, Silverlight, Skype, Thunderbird, TrueCrypt, uTorrent, WinRAR, and more. In addition, Ninite provides the following benefits:

  • Allows you to install all of your utilities at once;
  • Automatically installs apps and utilities to their default locations;
  • Automatically declines installing extra toolbars, menus, or junk;
  • Automatically installs 64-bit apps on 64-bit machines;
  • Performs installations in the background; and
  • Always installs the latest stable versions.


In addition, running Ninite again later will automatically update your utilities.

 

To use Ninite, visit Ninite.com (pictured above), check the boxes next to the utilities you want to install, then click the Get Installer button; the installations will be performed in the background.

As an option, for $9.95 a year, Ninite monitors and updates your utilities and apps automatically. In addition, Ninite Pro (priced starting at $20 per month) provides the ability to install utilities and apps remotely, manage multiple PCs from a central location, turn off annoying notifications (such as “Java Update Available”), customize installation schedules, and more.

SPONSORED REPORT

Revenue recognition: A complex effort

Implementing the new standard requires careful judgment. Learn how to make significant accounting judgments and document them and collaborate with peers for consistent application.

VIDEO

How to Excel pivot a general ledger

The general ledger is a vast historical data archive of your company's financial activities, including revenue, expenses, adjustments, and account balances. J. Carlton Collins, CPA, shows how to prepare data for, and mine data with, PivotTables.

QUIZ

News quiz: Taking an economic snapshot and looking to the future

Recent news included IRS actions that affect individuals and partnerships and a possibly influential move by a Big Four accounting firm.Take this short quiz to see how much you know about the news.