I love freeware. I have Weatherbug running in my tray. I still use ver 2.7 which if you say you're under 13 , it won't collect data on you and has little or no ads, depending on your browser. Laterversions got more full of ads and make you have a parent authorize it's installation when you say you're <13. PoloView is a good image viewer. Tiny and fast. Cyberkit is good for ping and tracert. Zone Alarm is a nice firewall. MBM5 is good for seeing your system temperatures. Winzip and mIRC are not 'freeware' but work without paying. Eudora mail is a great safe mail client that can run as 'banner ad' supported free mail client. SafeSex and Winamp by Nullsoft are great. SafeSex is a notepad type thing that sits on your desktop (Veh turned me on to it) and everybody knows what Winamp is. that's my list off the top of my head.