I have tested them and now use each one and they have proven to be invaluable to me.
Browsers - Firefox
Mozilla Firefox is the best Web browser out there. It is more secure than IE and it has a lot of add-ons that enrich your browsing experience.
Defrag - PerfectDisk
Perfect Disk does a very good job of keeping your hard drive and system files in tune. Defragging your hard disk is one of the key factors in keeping your computer running in top shape.
Anti-Virus - ESET NOD32
ESET NOD32 Antivirus is the most effective protection you can find to combat today's huge volumes of Internet and email threats. It provides comprehensive antivirus and antispyware protection without affecting your computer's performance. Social Media Scanner protects your Facebook® and Twitter® accounts against malicious content.
Anti-Malware - Malwarebytes
Malwarebytes' is an important security program for any computer user to have installed on their computer. It is light-weight, fast, and best of all, excellent at removing the latest infections that may be in the wild. Malwarebytes is updated numerous times throughout the day, which allows you to stay protected from threats as they come out. It monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they even start.
Utility - Revo Uninstaller Pro
The fastest, most secure and convenient way to remove unneeded applications and system components. Great, powerful and reliable alternative to standard Windows removal program.
File Manager - SpeedCommander
Packed with useful functionality, Speed Commander has many useful features that will help you manage your files. It is much more useful than Windows Explorer.
File Transfer - AceFTP
AceFTP 3 Freeware is the easiest-to-use free FTP client software available for transferring files over the Internet. Its cool, uncluttered drag-and-drop interface, designed in a Windows XP fashion, lets you transfer files quickly and efficiently and navigate with ease between folders, both on Web sites and on your computer.
PDF Reader - Foxit Reader 6
Foxit Reader is a small, lightning fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to create (free PDF creation), open, view, sign, and print any PDF file. Foxit Reader is built upon the industry’s fastest and most accurate (high fidelity) PDF rendering engine, providing users with the best PDF viewing and printing experience.