Ninite is a must-have program that automatically installs and updates all of your freeware. If you just got a new PC and need to install the usual freeware such as Chrome, Spotify, Adobe Acrobat and the like, you can install those with Ninite all at once while simultaneously avoiding all the extra plug-ins and adware that companies try to neatly slide in with their main programs; Ninite is arguably the only center for getting freeware that is free from harmful add-ons. With even trusted companies like Java trying to get adware onto your computer in order to make a quick buck, it’s imperative to have a secure method of downloading your freeware.
This is a great program to use for helping those who are less computer literate as well. Ninite isn’t compatible with paid programs – only with freeware – so if you need the Adobe Suite you are going to have to download those the usual way. However, most of the time paid, high-profile programs such Adobe or Microsoft products will not attempt to take advantage of you and install unwanted items onto your computer.
You will first access Ninite on their website, where you will get to select from a list of the most popular and used free apps for Windows. This includes everything from web browsers such Opera, to security programs such as Malwarebytes to online storage services such as Dropbox. Once you have made your selections, you only need to download one .exe file and it installs all your selected programs in the background while automatically declining any toolbar offers or other garbage. Yep, it’s really that simple
Updates are just as easy: simply run the installer once more by taking the steps above, and Ninite will check for updates and install the new versions of the apps. A neat trick is to save the initial .exe file, then run a scheduled task to install it once a week – therefore updating all of your free programs – using the Windows Task Scheduler. If don’t feel like doing that, or want to support Ninite a bit financially for offering such a great service, there is a $9.99 a year service option which will update your apps automatically. For large business, there is also a $20 a month service which installs Ninite One, a program based version of Ninite, in up to 100 computers and allows software monitoring and updates. Consider at least picking the ten dollar option to support this awesome program!
(IT Consulting Denver)