This is just a quick list of some of the brilliant FREE software packages available to download and use today. I have broken them down into catagories - you will normally only need to use one from each and trial them to find out what is the best for you.
Anti-virus:You dont need to pay for expensive antivirus software when there are options that perform just as good for FREE! You should only have ONE anti-virus program running on your PC.
AVG Antivirus (and AntiSpyware) with free daily updates:
Anti-Spyware and Malware removal:Spybot (Search and Destroy) - (has been known to cause Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 to be slow to open)
Windows Defender - the free Windows add-on against Spyware, I have found it can sometimes slow the system down when scanning:
Malwarebytes, Malware removal:
System OptimizationCCleaner - system optimization tool:
DVD & CD Burning Software:Infrarecorder - Very handy CD & DVD burning package:
Cheetah CD & DVD burner (not totally free but free to try) the website offers other free software like Youtube download and Video Editing: http://www.cheetahburner.com/
Sound Editing Software:Audacity - very handy of you are copying your Vinyl to your PC (see my other guides):
Office packages:Open Office - a free full featured office package fully compatible with Microsoft Office but totally FREE!:
Photo / picture Editing:FastStone Image Viewer - A very powerful little package that lets you re-size, resample, remove red eye, crop and rotate your photos easily!:
File Compression / De-compression:7zip - Another great free compression / decompression package just like Winzip or WinRar:
Torrent Clients and Downloading:uTorrent - the easiest one to use that doesnt drain your system resources, just download, install and go!:
Limewire - a popular P2P program (file sharing), quite simple to use with the option of buying a PRO version if you want:
JDownloader - a download scheduler for use with RapidShare or Megadownload sites.
Video / Music Playing and CODECs:DivX Player - required for viewing .AVI and HD .MKV files, it includes all the required Codecs and a Player:
QuickTime Player - also can include iTunes:
WinAMP - a powerful music player with Internet radio and customisable skins:
Linux Operating SystemUbuntu - one of the most popular and easy to use systems:
EncryptionTrueCrypt - disk encryption software for Windows :