Recommended software and hardware. Free software is in red.

Basics

Operating system – Windows 10
Browser – Chrome with Adblock Plus
Audio – foobar2000 [screenshot]
Video – VLC media player
Antivirus – ESET NOD32
BitTorrent – µTorrent (version 2.2.1)
Extract compressed files – 7-Zip

Audio

Stream music – Spotify
Stream music from your PC – Subsonic
Transcode FLAC to MP3 – foobar2000 with LAME encoder
Tag and rename – foobar2000 with MusicBrainz tagger
Edit – Audition (alternative: Audacity)
Capture – Replay Music

Suites

Microsoft 365 Family

Word processing – Word
Spreadsheets – Excel
Presentations – PowerPoint
Email – Outlook

Adobe Creative Cloud

Graphics – Photoshop (alternative: Photoshop Micro)
Desktop publishing – InDesign
Video production – Premiere Pro
Vector graphics – Illustrator
PDFs – Acrobat

Productivity

Team messaging – Slack
Video calls – Zoom
Text editor – Notepad++
Clipboard manager – Ditto
File hosting – Google Drive
File search – Everything

Protocols

FTP – FileZilla
SSH – PuTTY
IRC – mIRC (alternative: screen & irssi with PuTTY [screenshot])
NNTP – Agent

Disk drives

Mount – Virtual CloneDrive
Burn – ImgBurn
Back up – Syncovery
Recover lost data – R-Studio

Miscellaneous

VPN – NordVPN
Facial enhancement – PortraitPro
Watch live sport – SopCast with MyP2P
Video editor – VirtualDub
Firewall – ESET Smart Security
File verification – QuickSFV

Networking

Domain names – Portfast
Shared hosting – Mythic Beasts with Cloudflare
VPS – Jump Networks
Dedicated server – Bogons (enquire directly)
Router – Netgear R7000
Broadband – Virgin Media

Downloading

Seedbox – Whatbox
Music / Software – RED
TV – BroadcasTheNet
Films – PassThePopcorn

Hardware

Phone – OnePlus 7T with giffgaff
Laptop – Lenovo Yoga
Headphones – Bose 700
TV – Samsung Q67R
Wireless speakers – Sonos Move
Hi-fi system – Grahams