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Here's a few favorites, feel free to add to the list:

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ - This free player is a must have, it plays about any type of format of video or music.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free - This free software is a great way to augment your regular anti-virus as it may find things it has missed. You have to run it manually. It has a really good reputation.

http://www.google.com/chrome - As far as I'm concerned, this the best browser to use right now, very fast and lots of available add-ins.

https://lastpass.com/ - The best password manager I've used, and the premium version is only $1/month and worth it.
 
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Ccleaner is good for cleaning up your hard drive and registry. You can also use it to uninstall programs.
Its a free download at: http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER

I also use Ad-aware to protect my computer from spyware and malware. I like it better than MalwareBytes because the free version have live protection, whereas MalwareBytes does not. http://www.lavasoft.com/
 
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Those sound great, I will check them out.
I love google chrome; it runs a lot of pages much faster than the other browsers I tried (especially if you play online games). Great!
 

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Right now, I am using Chrome as my official browser, CCleaner to clean my hard drive and registry, LastPass to take care of my many passwords. Everything are still working fine for me. :D
 
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Thanks to all for the great information. Certainly a lot of excellent things to assist with the omputer.
 
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You should check out giveawayoftheday.com, they give out full copies of commercial software daily. It's the full copy too, not a limited trial.
 
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Snapfiles.com is also another great site to find all kinds of freeware by category.
 
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Google Chrome and malwarebytes :) are the only two that I have been familiar of in your list.
 
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Here's a few favorites, feel free to add to the list:

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ - This free player is a must have, it plays about any type of format of video or music.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free - This free software is a great way to augment your regular anti-virus as it may find things it has missed. You have to run it manually. It has a really good reputation.

http://www.google.com/chrome - As far as I'm concerned, this the best browser to use right now, very fast and lots of available add-ins.

https://lastpass.com/ - The best password manager I've used, and the premium version is only $1/month and worth it.
In place of Chrome, I would also like to suggest another Chrome-based browser called SRWare Iron. It's a more secure version of Chrome that disables some of the methods Google uses to track people, aside from that, it looks and operates identical to Chrome.
 

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Thanks for the SRWare Iron idea, I hadn't heard of that one. I've actually switched from Chrome to Firefox lately. Chrome was giving me problems periodically and after trying Firefox again I wanted to switch. Part of the reason is growing privacy concerns with Google.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/ is a nice site I use sometimes when looking for freeware for some purpose.
 

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I strongly recommend B-Folders. It is a versatile secure organizer that can be used as a password manager, notepad, journal, tasks and more. I use it on a couple of computers and tablet and phone every day. It's the only breakthrough app that I've encountered recently. Since I'm a beta tester (private group) I can tell you that some exciting new features are coming soon, but because of the NDA I cannot share that info with you. The Android version is free.
 
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Malwarebytes is good but it only removes malware and not viruses. I would recommend Microsoft System Essentials which is free for home users and small businesses. Although it is not as thorough as malwarebytes it does both viruses and malware and will enough to keep your computer safe. If you are having serious problems with viruses i would recommend AVG, but it will take up more system resources than MSE.

The other free software i use is 7-zip which is a completely free version of winzip, and it also does rar files and iso's.
 

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A few free things that I use regularly include CCleaner, Microsoft Security Essentials, and Malware Bytes. I am sure I have more than that but I just can't remember them right now. Actually MiniBin is another good one, as someone who likes to keep everything in order MiniBin is a great free alternative to the default windows trashcan. I also use TeraCopy, its free software that improves the way Windows moves/copies files around and it shows you this information as well as its happening.
 
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I'd like to nominate Ninite, a great little app where you get to pick what you want to install on your computer and it will download the files then install he programs for you seamlessly. It will uncheck all the adware/toolbars that come packaged with the standard installers of the individual programs you download. Keep that little app around and launch it a few weeks later; it will check the all the programs it installed for you if there are any updates and install them for you. It's especially great for new computers or a fresh install of Windows.
 

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We use our computers for many different things, such as staying in touch with friends and family, conducting business, buying/selling and so forth. Keeping it clean and in top condition is a must for every user with valuable information to protect.

I use to work a lot in Cyber Security and still considered a WhiteHat/Tech. Here is a list of what we used and still use because of there reputation and effective functionality. This list will be vague and not too technical, some of them were previously listed but I will quickly break them down and bundle it up. The best thing about all these is they are FREE (For the most part).

Antivirus/Real-Time Protection - Avast Antivirus : Avast has really stepped their game up in the last couple years. One great thing about Avast is the Boot-time Scan which scans for threats before the PC loads the OS. This can catch many hidden malicious files/Rootkits that run in the background of your OS without detection. A new added feature lets you scan your network for vulnerabilities as well as configurations. It also comes equip with a website checker (Browser Addon) to verify a websites reputation and rate it from good to bad based on users votes and experiences. The paid version is even better offering an additional personal firewall that works well along side the windows firewall. Not to add another new feature such as scanning for outdated software. You may also consider using their add-on VPN option for safer and stealthier surfing.

Malware Detection/Removal - MalwareBytes Anti Malware : Yes this one has been shared before, that is because it is one of the most powerful malware scanners/removers around.

Adware and Spyware Removal - SuperAntiSpyware : The great thing about this nifty scanner is it also has a wide range of detection/removals including HiJacks, Rogue Security Products, Dialers, KeyLoggers, Tracking Cookies, Rootkits, and Trojans.

Rootkit Detection - Kaspersky TDSSKiller / MalwareBytes Anti Rootkit : Two of the best Rootkit detection and removal programs around. High detection and removal rates earn them the top of the list in Rootkit scanners.

Safer Shopping/Browsing - Aviator Browser : Although many sites do not like this browser because of how secure and restrictive it is, use this to Bank, Shop, and for your more sensitive browsing. This is a secure bare-boned browser so it wont allow no cookies, malicious advertisements, fly by downloads, or viruses to sneak in.

Alternate Firewall - Comodo Firewall : If you want to swap out windows firewall and want more customization then try Comodo Firewall. This is a great replacement to windows firewall, with an easy to use to more advanced features you can customize as you like to fit your needs.

Vulnerbility Tester - Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer : Finds missing security updates and configurations that could make your computer more vulnerable to attacks.

File and Website Scanner - VirusTotal : You can upload a file to be scanned deeply to see if any malicious functions are detected. This will also let you analyze any website to see if it has been blacklisted anywhere.

Junk Cleaner - CCleaner : Cleans many temporary files/cookies/bad or missing registries all the way to many unnecessary software files that are all taking up space and resources.

Defragger - Defraggler : One of the best defragging programs around. Allows deep analysis and defragging of drives for optimal performance. ***This is not to be used on Solid State Drives.***

PC Recovery/Repair - Ultimate BootCD : Has many popular manufacture recovery/repair software along with hardware testing and optimizing that can be ran off a CD at boot up. This has saved me time and time again in many cases.

Other quick tips to stay safe and optimized:

Turn on Windows Auto Updates

Keep all software up to date and on Auto enabled if available

Install link scanners and reputation add ons for web surfing

Always have real time protection enabled

Scan at least one a week, set a schedule so you don't forget

Always keep your firewall enabled and properly configured

Keep computer cleaned out of junk files and old/bad registries

Use Windows Add/Remove Program to delete unnecessary software and programs, so they don't leave behind registries or files

Defrag Hard Drives when you feel your drive is bogging down on performance

Browse safely and cautiously, stay on alert about suspicious activity and behaviors
 
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Great list! I have a cyber security background as well, and I can see you know what you're talking about. Most I know well but I picked up a few new ideas to look into.