Best apps for a new computer

I apologize in advance if this question has been asked a million times before, I did do a quick search, but did not find anything current.

I have a new computer coming in the next couple of days, and I want to know what you all think are the essential apps to load on it. I plan on stripping off any bloatware I find out of the box, and my old standby app list has probably gotten a little stale.

I am looking for suggestions on:

Security (I used to always add AVG, Spybot, Adaware, and rely on my router for firewall protection but I know there is probably a better combination these days)

Productivity (I have used Open Office in the past, but I see that LibreOffice is becoming quite popular)

Utility (vlc, uTorrent, Gimp, Handbrake, etc.)

Anything else that you use as a standard that you might want to suggest.

Thanks in advance for your feedback
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  1. Thanks for the input. Still a lot to choose from. Is anyone using Microsoft Security Essentials? I am curious if it is bloated or relatively lightweight.
  2. It's not bad but i would probably go with Avast!
  3. grnerd said:
    Thanks for the input. Still a lot to choose from. Is anyone using Microsoft Security Essentials? I am curious if it is bloated or relatively lightweight.

    That is an entry-level security.
  4. I use GDATA Internet Security with Malwarebytes Pro,and Superantispyware Pro!Gdata incorporates two antivirus engines under one GUI!I use paid versions for my own security!
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