Free Antivirus Software:

  1. Avira AntiVir – one of the best free antivirus programs.
  2. AVG Free – solid antivirus program. I use it on my PC.
  3. Avast – recommended antivirus program. Home version is free.

Antispyware programs:

  1. Spybot Search & Destroy – slow, but detailed scanner.
  2. Ad-Aware – a well-known and decent spyware remover.
  3. Spyware Terminator – one of my favorite antispyware programs.
  4. Super AntiSpyware – many PC users swear this is the best antispyware program.

Media players:

  1. VLC Player – This media player will play anything.
  2. Divx for Windows – for all your divx videos.
  3. BS Player – very nice player with some useful features.
  4. Winamp – I use this for music, but it plays videos too.

File Sharing programs:

  1. Bittorrent – for torrent files.

Other software

  1. Winrar – for all zipped files.
  2. Firefox browser – a great browser, just es good as Explorer.
  3. Adobe Reader – for all your pdf files.
  4. OpenOffice – free office software suite.
  5. CCleaner – useful software to remove unnecessary stuff from your PC and clean the registry.