Thank you for your help!
No worries, the more help the better.Yep... safe as long as you get the download from official web sites.
PS... Oops... exactly what Floris said.
We used to be able to just get VLC to open with the media loading right away. Now it has a pre-screen like a real player, with internet, streaming, a history, etc. And then it (auto) loads the media.It took me years to switch over to VLC and now I can't stand to use anything else. My only gripe is it's difficult (not really supported) to have multiple VLC instances running at the same time. But I only rarely have the need to do that anyway.
Have never used GIMP but I know it's one of the oldest and most respected open source apps in the world.