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Backup

Acronis: not free, but excellent backup imaging software (universal imaging particulary nice)

Mozy: excellent offsite file backup

Dropbox: save files between multiple computers in the cloud

Symantec System Recovery Desktop Edition: not free, but good imaging software


Disk Utilities

Crystal Disk Info: view SMART status of hard drive

Disk Checkup: view SMART status of hard drive


File Utilities

CCleaner: file cleanup, registry utility

SyncBack: synchronize files

BleachBit: file cleanup

Unlocker: unlock files


General Utilities

7-Zip: file compression utility

Startup CPL: manage startup files

AutoIT: scripting utility (SciTE)

Startup Monitor: startup notification

Dual Monitor: add taskbar to second monitor

SyncIOS: manage files on IOS device outside of iTunes.

Gadwin PrintScreen: print screen utility

SysInternals Suite: tons of useful utilities

InCtrl5: track hard drive changes

Virtual CloneDrive: mount ISO images


Internet

Adobe Flash: play flash format

Firefox: browser, also AdBlocker Plus and Web OF Trust

Adobe Shockwave: play shockwave format

Java Client: run Java applications

Filezilla: FTP utility


Multimedia

Audacity: manage and convert audio files.

Hulu Desktop: Hulu client, watch videos

DivX Player: good player, many codecs included

IrfanView: view/edit files, also plugins

DVD Decryptor: create DVD ISO images

K-Lite Codec Pack: audio and video codecs

DVD Flick: DVD authoring tool

My Movies: Media Center movie application

DVD Shrink: DVD compression

VLC Player: the best video player

GIMP: image editor

X-Vid: audio and video codecs

Handbrake: video transcoder

 

Office Software

Adobe Reader: read PDF files

OpenOffice: free office suite

BullZip: create PDF files


Security

Antivirus: avast!, AVG, or Avira

Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit: reduces vulnerability

HijackThis: remove browser add-ons

Secunia PSI: keeps software up-to-date

MalwareBytes: good antimalware software

TrueCrypt: encryption software


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