These days, more and more people are getting their Net access through a SLIP or PPP connection. Here are links to software that will give you the best use of your Net access with the least amount of trouble:
The Mozilla Browser Project
Usenet News: Newsman Pro
Gnutelliums: Gnutella Network Clients
IRC: Internet Relay Chat
Instant messenger services
Nfilter: Newsgroup filter for Windows 95
For tips and links to useful software for protecting your PC from viruses, spam, spyware, pop-ups, and other nasties, see our section on Information Warfare.
And there's plenty of free software out there that's not only useful, it's completely legal. Why bother stealing big software packages from the file-sharing networks when you can install free programs that work just as well, if not better?