Gizmo's Freeware is the best site I have found for quality, virus free, freeware.
Avast! is a far better anti-virus program than Norton or McAfee and it is free.
SpyBot is provides great protections against spyware, works great with Avast! (no need to pay money to add virus protection) and it is free.
Open Office is as good an office suite as Microsoft Office and it is free. Open Office is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It can read and write all Microsoft document formats as well as the international open standard formats.
Adobe Reader is free, but it is also slow and the free version lacks a lot of useful features found in other free readers. I recomend that you try PDF-XChange Viewer which is much faster and has a lot more useful features. PDF Password Remover is a very handy utility to have available when you encounter a protected PDF and need to use it.
PSPad is a freeware text and programmer's editor for Microsoft Windows operating systems that provides all of the functionality of professional products.
The Wise Disk Cleaner can find and fix problems almost any problem in the Windows registry.
A lot of junk collects on a computer in the course of normal operation, CCleaner s a quick and easy to use program which makes your computer faster, more secure and more reliable. CCleaner removes cookies, temporary files and various other unused data that clogs up your operating system.
Overheating is one of the most common causes of system crashes, Core Temp is a simple, yet powerful program to monitor processor temperature and other vital information.