Essential Freeware Christmas Downloads 2009 is a collection of the most essential freeware applications bundled in a neat, all in one install package that allows all new PC owners to simply run the CD and have their new machine fully protected in less than a couple of minutes. Simply download, unzip, burn the ISO file to a CD, and insert into your new machine. The CD will automatically start and give you a 1 minute countdown till the installations start. Clicking anywhere, once loaded, will stop the countdown and give you time to de-select those items you may not want to install, though we would highly recommend you install the "must haves" apps as a bare minimum. All software on the CD is from trusted big names, such as Avast, PC Tools, etc. Here's whats on the CD: ANTIVIRUS avast! 4 Home Edition 4.8.1368 ANTI-SPYWARE PC Tools ThreatFire 4.7.0 INTERNET BROWSER Mozilla Firefox 3.5.5 OFFICE APPS SSuite Office - Personal Edition 3.2 UNINSTALLER Revo Uninstaller 1.83 CD/DVD BURNER CDBurnerXP Pro IMAGE EDITING/SLIDESHOW CREATOR XnView 1.97 VIDEO CODEC INSTALLS K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 5.4.4 We have purposely omitted any firewall in this bundle as we intend this download to be utilised mostly by those with little computing experience but taking full advantage of the bundle on offer. Third party firewalls often require a degree of knowledge on the various PC processes to allow or deny them to run through the firewall and we felt this could overwhelm the new PC owner. Windows comes with it's own built-in firewall which will run automatically and should provide at least a basic level of firewall protection until the user is ready to progress to a third party firewall. If you do download and install a third party firewall, please be aware if it runs HIPS (host-intrusion prevention system) it should be disabled if you have installed another HIPS application (such as Threatfire).