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A list of really great free software you should be using

So you have just bought a new computer or you have just install a new operating system - what software should you install? What will you need?

I have compiled this list of free applications that completely replace and in many cases out perform premium 'paid for' alternatives. I have now come to rely on the applications and tools listed here as part of my personal and professional life.

THE WEB & INTERNET

Google Chrome (super fast web browser)

Firefox browser (noscript, firebug + yslow)

uTorrent - Fast and clean torrent downloader

PROTECTION & MAINTENANCE

CCleaner (system clean up and optimisation tool)

Avira Antivirus

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (find and remove malware/spyware)

TOOLS & UTILITIES

7-zip (create and open zip and compressed archives)

Foxit PDF viewer (view PDF files)

InfraRecorder (CD/DVD authoring)

PDFCreator (Print any document to a PDF file)

Notepad++ (Powerful multi-purpose text editor)

DAEMON Tools (Mount disc 'images' as a local drive)

WinMerge - A powerful Open Source differencing and merging tool for Window

MULTIMEDIA

VideoLAN (VLC) - Simple and very powerful multimedia player

Media Portal - Turn your PC into a full multimedia center

foobar2000 - Clean and simple audio player

XnView - Picture viewer view powerful editing options

Picassa - View photos and share them with Google Photos

GIMP - Powerful 'photoshop' like image editor

TECHNICAL & DEVELOPMENT APPS

Filezilla (Powerful FTP client and connection manager)

PuTTY (the famous SSH client)

Eclipse (+ aptana) - Awesome multi-platform development IDE

Junction (windows) - Useful tool to create 'symbolic links' in windows OS

DESKTOP PUBLISHING

Open Office - The only real alternative to Microsoft Office

ENTERTAINMENT / OTHER

Stellarium - A complete planetarium on your computer

Rebirth 2.01 - Free midi-based audio synthesizer