Once an added security bonus – nowadays, an absolute must have! Although the following programs come highly recommend, please remember that no Antivirus software can give you 100% protection – so always be vigilant about email attachment, suspicious files and websites.  
PC Harmony recommends Avast! Pro-Antivirus 5

AVAST AntiVirus

As far as “free” goes, the easy to use Avast Antivirus Home Edition really is the best. Once set up correctly, it updates itself and runs smoothly in the background until an attack. For extra security and support, upgrade to thePro version, money well worth spending!

PC Harmony recommends Eset Antivirus


ESET AntiVirus

The quality of ESET’s free online scan utility really is one of a kind, perfect for scanning the odd file or just getting a second opinion on your existing AntiVirus Software. For permanent security and support, pay for NOD32 Antivirus – Eset’s support team is truly outstanding.
PC Harmony recommends MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes AntiMalware

Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. When your computer becomes infected, Malwarebytes can provide the needed assistance to remove the infection and restore the machine back to optimum performance. Choose from the basic free version or pay for the advanced version
for permanent protection.


Whether your computer needs fine-tuning to speed things up a little and make things run smoother and for alternatives to expensive main stream programs, check these out:    
PC Harmony recommends Auslogics disk defrag

Auslogics Defragmenter

A free, compact and fast defragmenter – unlike Microsoft Windows own version, it really is FAST!
PC Harmony recommends Open Office


THE alternative to Mircosoft Office products – a free and open productivity suite.
PC Harmony recommends Dropbox

Drop Box

A new way to sync, store, back-up and share your files online – best free online storage facility: 2GB absolutely free and if you do need more, you can choose to upgrade to one of the paid for versions.
Glary Utilities

Glary Utilities

It has a fantastic Disk Analysis feature (under the Module tab) that shows exactly what (or who!) is using up your disk space. And Glary doesn’t stop there: it can clean, optimize and speed up your Windows system – all with a user-friendly and intuitive interface.    
PC Harmony recommends VLC Mediaplayer

VLC MediaPlayer

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework, that plays most multimedias files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. It is simple to use, yet very powerful and extendable.