In this article I am going to discuss the best free software. As mentioned all programs are free for download. I will try to include downloads for all the main areas of computing, for example I will have one for antivirus, one firewall etc.
One of the best free antivirus software packages currently on the market is probably Avast, this antivirus offers great protection and one of the best detection rates when compared to other antivirus programs.
Malwarebytes is a great free malware remover, you can use this program for free as a stand alone remover.
A good free firewall is Outpost firewall. Probably one of the easiest to configure and set up it is very useful for newcomers to computer security.
My favorite browser is Google Chrome. There are many free extensions available for Google Chrome and different ways you can customize the appearance and feel of the browser.
WOT is a free link scanner. This program will scan any links when you search in Google or another search engine and determine whether they are safe, dangerous or unknown. It then provides you with a green light for good, red light for bad and an amber light for unknown.
Probably the best FTP client I have found would be FireFTP, this is an add-on for Mozilla Firefox.
Open Office is a free office suite which includes all the usual programs you would find in the Microsoft counterpart.