Might have been better in Consumerwatch or speakers corner. I`ll let the PCA staff answer the question though and give you my opinion:
Like many others who have commented on similar threads I don`t find every free cover disk of personal use, however, every once in a while there is a gem included. One program every couple of months that I find great to use, often for free. In the last 12 months I can recall asquared antimalware Full Verion with 12 months subscription, Xara XS and the latest updates of old favourites such as OpenOffice, Irfanview, Avast etc.
The OpenOffice program is 142 Mb and I regularly update my friends PC`s when a new version comes out. So much handier on a disc than having to download it on their machines each time which eats into their monthly download limits. (Yes, some of them only have a 2 Gb limit! It also takes forever on a dial up connection) I can also give the discs away when someone says "Do you know of a good program that can....." How to make friends and influence people - plus share a friendly beer.
As for useful programs, the best source is here in the forum. "Ask and ye shall receive" some of the best advice and links to the free programs that other experts recommend.