While i go to a lot of trouble to make sure that the programs used and the advice given here is bulletproof, you cannot hold me responsible for any loss damage or corruption caused by following any advice given or installing and running any of the software recommended on this site. However, it is the way i run my PCs (i have 5 or 6 altogether at home) so I'm not suggesting anybody do anything that i wouldn't do.
Everyone wants you to run the mix of software they run, so its often difficult to know who to follow. I guess the main reason lots of people follow my advice is that it wont cost you anything in monetary terms, all the programs i use and recommend are free to download and use, and you wont sacrifice any features, functionality or security by using them, best of all it can be done at no cost, well just a little time and effort.
I should also mention that i have no association with any of these companies whatsoever, i do not get paid anything for these recommendations nor do i receive any benefit if you click on one of the links provided.
The best Anti-Virus on the market bar none imo :-)
The best free malware Scanner at the moment
also Spybot Search & Destroy deserves an honourable mention
It's an Australian program, its free, it does a better job than windows . . .
A great alternative to Adobe Reader
The most popular Web Browser on earth . . . and has been for a while . . .
An E-Mail program that has some great tricks up it's sleeve. It's from the same crew that puts out Firefox
This program looks and feels the same as the Microsoft Office used to look before the ribbon in 2007 and is compatible with all the current office formats ie .docx .xlsx etc etc
A great alternative to your ISP email address
Access various information about your computer
View HDD information and monitor disk temperature
View detailed information about your PC's graphics card