iTunes 9 is a natural, yet relatively minor, evolution of Apple's popular media management software and is a required download for new iPod owners.
F-Secure Internet Security 2007 beta features tighter integration between its antivirus and antispyware engines.
If you're unsure about the applications installed on your PC -- or know for a fact you've got a few bits of shady software hanging around -- then Spy Sweeper is a good buy, once you get past the speed issues.
PC Upgrade Commander costs the same as Aloha Bob, and when it works, does just as thorough a job. But we like Bob better; it's slightly easier to use and, unlike Commander, didn't give us a single problem.
H&R Block TaxCut is relatively affordable and well-designed tax-prep software, although we found TurboTax's interview to be more direct and thorough.
Norton Personal Firewall 2002 has everything you need to keep your computer safe and sound, but this $49.95 program costs too much to beat the free ZoneAlarm.
Most people won't need the extra security tools in MIS. You're better off buying the standalone VirusScan 6.0 or Norton Internet Security and downloading a free firewall such as ZoneAlarm.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 8 does a great job of letting you take care of most computing needs with voice commands instead of the keyboard--a godsend for those who suffer from repetitive stress injuries.