PC Programs I Recommend for Everyone!

I was thinking lately, there is a short list of “PC Programs I Recommend for Everyone!” Now, remember, this isn’t all the “freeware” that I have found, or, the list of free software that I use for various special purposes. As an example, not everyone needs to write web pages in HTML. If they did, I would recommend Nvu (free at www.nvu.com) so programs like that are not listed here. This list is the standard “what I put on everyone’s Windows PC that I get on my workbench” list.

And, now, here is the list:

Grisoft AVG FREE Anti-Virus (Never use Norton or McAfee… and you would have to pay for it… duh!)
http://free.grisoft.com/doc/1

And, at the same location:
ewido Anti-Spyware System (Get rid of adware)
http://free.grisoft.com/doc/1

Spywareblaster Spyware Blocker (Block adware)
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

CCleaner System Registry Cleaner and “Questionable” File Cleaner (be sure NOT to select the option to install the Yahoo! Toolbar)
http://www.ccleaner.com/download/

Mozilla Firefox Web Browser (Remember, do NOT use Internet Explorer… ever!)
http://www.mozilla.com/

Mozilla Thunderbird E-mail client (If they need local e-mail, some use web-based email, again, DON’T use Outlook!)
http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/

Notepad++ Notepad Replacement/Editor (Searchable, Macros, Advanced Replace, etc.) (See below for an update… I now recommend PSpad instead!)
http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm

Juice Podcast Receiver (because I shamelessly promote my podcast, of course!)
http://juicereceiver.sourceforge.net/

OpenOffice.org Office Suite (if they don’t have an office suite yet, or they have an illegal copy of one-that-shall-remain-nameless!)
http://www.openoffice.org/

Archiver/Unarchiver for ALL formats (So you won’t have an illegal copy of WinZip)
http://www.izarc.org/download2.html

You may have others, or more… but this is my current list!

(I have replaced Notepad++ with PSpad… see my reasons, at this post.)

PSpad Text and Programmer’s Editor

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