I compiled a list of must-have free software tools for the home user or student:
  • Foxit – Opens PDF Files Fast
  • iTunes – Useful for Podcasts
  • Hosts – Remove All Ads (Windows)
  • Juice – Popular iTunes Replacement
  • OpenOffice – Fast MS Office Clone
  • gCalc – Replace Your Calculator
  • GAIM – 11 Instant Messengers in 1
  • RA – Replacement for Real Player
  • GIMP – Powerful Image Editor
  • Audacity – Powerful Audio Recorder
  • ClamWin / FreeAV – Free AntiVirus
  • Adaware / Spybot – Remove Spyware
  • HTTrack – Download entire Websites

And of course I highly recommend Google’s tools such as Gmail and Google Documents and Spreadsheets.