The Cheat Sheet: All apps in one table

There you have it; we've covered the fundamental computing fronts out there with a nice mixture of applications (a majority of which are freeware) and where the commercial product still reigns we have at the very least covered a non-paid alternative.

You should now be able to browse the web and download torrents securely, watch or listen to almost anything you care to, chat with all of your buddies, keep up productivity for that deadline you're facing next week and preserve some form of maintenance on your operating system.

Here's a cheat sheet for your next fresh OS install:

  First pick Alternative 1 Alternative 2
Anti-Virus AVG free NOD32 Avast!
Anti-Malware Spybot MB Anti-Malware
Firewall Comodo
Browser Firefox Opera Chrome
Email Thunderbird Outlook Mulberry
IM Pidgin Trillian Skype
Torrent uTorrent
Media Playback VLC iTunes Winamp
Burning CDBurnerXP Nero ImgBurn
Image Editing Photoshop Paint.net GIMP
Office Suite MS Office OpenOffice
Adv. Text Editor Notepad++ UltraEdit
PDF Foxit Reader CutePDF Writer Adobe Reader
Others 7-Zip
Ccleaner

* Italics denote a commercial/paid application

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