Here is a list of my favourite applications, its not exhautive though.
Media Player : The KMPlayer
This is the best media player I have seen so far, mind you I have used VLC, Media Player Classic, Windows Media Player, Zoom, etc etc. The number of options you find in this is really amazing. It has very good audio and video filters which can be customized, drag and drop support for subtitles, subtitles position setting, subtitle syncing which I have found to be most useful.
It plays whatever you throw at it, loads videos with similar names automatically, i.e., if you have ????s01e01 after it is finished ????s01e02 gets loaded automatically if its in the same folder. Another feature which impressed me a lot is that “After Playback” feature. It lets you choose the action which it has to perform after completing the current playlist/track/movie which includes a simple exit, shutdown and others.
Download Link : Click here
Browser : Mozilla / Opera
Its not a secret that Windows Internet Explorer is buggy and prone to attack by malacious codes. Managing Browser Helper Objects (BHOs) is a nightmare. I strongly suggest using Mozilla Firefox 3.1 which eventhough crashes sometimes if used with lots of plugins, is a decent browser. The best part of it (sometimes also the worst) is the ability to add add-ons.
download link : http://www.mozilla.com
Opera : The best out there
Opera is not only intuitive but also beautiful with all the features you can think of. I sometimes feel Opera has all those ‘plug-ins and add ons’ of Mozilla built into it. Most Compatible with the latest standards, available on multiple platforms, ability to configure ‘speed dial’ are some of the pros worth mentioning.
download link : http://www.opera.com
Uhff.. My hands are aching, hence I will just mention some nice applications. Google it for download links
Music Player : Foobar 2000
Dictionary : WordWeb
Bit Torrent Client : uTorrent
Image Viewer : Irfan View
Antivirus : Bitdefender/Kaspersky
FTP Client : Cute FTP
C++ IDE : Bloodshed Dev C++ : light and powerful
Signing off now.. More Gyaan later..