Team Viewer - Remote Desktop Software
AVG-Free Edition - Totally free antivirus software. Easy to install and light on memory usage.
Avast Antivirus - Another highly reviewed antivirus program. Free to use but you must sign up for an account with them to continue using the program for free after the first few months.
SPYWARE - ADWARE SCANNERS
Super Anti Spyware Free Edition One of the best anti spyware software we have seen yet. Super anti spware gets rid of almost all spyware and adware with only a few scans.
Spybot Search & Destroy One of the most effective spy ware removal tools available. It detects more than 300,000 different strains of malware.
Malware Bytes Scan your computer frequently to be sure it doesn't contain malicious software that can slow it down.
Comodo Firewall A great free firewall that monitors what is coming into and going out of your computer. It is excellent at stopping unwanted spy ware and adware programs from taking control of you operating system.
BROWSERS - don't use Internet Explorer, there are much better options
Chrome - The worlds most popular browser. Very fast and much safer than any other browser.
Firefox - A much faster and safer browser than Internet Explorer. Includes a built in pop up blocker and tabbed browsing. Very popular and easy to use.
Safari - The worlds fastest browser from Apple. Browse with tabs and even flip through favorite websites like you flip through album covers in itunes.
Kingsoft Office - A complete office suite, fully compatible with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. The personal version does put a watermark on the paper if you print. You must purchase the full version to not have the watermark.
AbiWord - A small and easy to use word processing program. Great for typing letters or doing schoolwork. Includes a spell check and thesaurus. A small download, great for dial up users.
FoxIt Reader - A much smaller and easier to use program than Adobe Acrobat Reader. Much quicker download then the competition.
7 Zip - Unpack ZIP, RAR, CAB, ISO files and more. Also allows you to create your own compressed files in Zip format.
GIMP - A very powerful photo editing program with capabilities similar to that of Adobe Photoshop. It allows to you work with layers and has many imaging options and filters to choose from.
PhotoFiltre - A very small and simple to use photo editing program that would be great for a beginner. At only 1.6 MB even a dial up user can quickly download this one.