I think we'd be fools not to be at least interested in security tools. On that note, Grisoft's AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is also toward the top of my free favorites list.
Hi Carson and you all,,
yes, FreeAVG7.5 is very powerfull. All the PC-magazines recomand that. And -of course- I use it too.
Together with Search & Destroy 1.4 it is all I need for cleaning my PC.
Ok, I'm a fan of free software.
So I'm using also Open Office, because it is more powerful as the MS-Office-suite. One example: it can export PDFs.
and I'm using Opera, not only because it is free. It is also much faster and safer than the IE and much more comfortable and handles all my email too.
For handling grafic there is IrfanView excellent for cutting, (also fine-) rotation, resizing, printing, inserting text, compiling panorama-pictures etc
And if you want to have each and everything in painting and working with grafic, try GIMP.
Also free -but a simple nag-screen until you have paid a mini-amount- is the TotalCommander which is much better than the Windows-Explorer.
And a lot of other free or at least rather cheap software.