November 28, 2008 at 12:48 am #28347MitzKeymaster
In the early days when you found a free program to download, it was usually really free with no hidden agendas. It wasn't always the best program to choose, however for the budget conscious it was a bonus… Now days when you download a free proram there are things to consider. Not only does the program have to be useful, as there are a hundred more to take its place, but it also has to be spyware, adware, and nag free. To sift through the thousands of free software programs available would just be a complete waste of time. Installing them to try, then finding that they are hopeless, then uninstalling them again, and so on.. This is why the best way to find free software that has no spyware, adware, or nags you to death for an upgrade, is to see what other people are using. I have a few favorites at The best free software to download. Sure you can go to those freeware sites that have all the downloads there for you, however you will have to do some serious sifting there also. Unfortunately I do download free software programs and experiment with them. Then they are good programs that are useful, do what they claim, and are spyware free, only then will I write a review on it for my website. I even have software developers ask e to review their programs, however some are just absolute crap!!!I will give you a quick example of a nagging program.. I downloaded a program that was affiliated with Ashampoo. The program was OK as it let you search for a video on 10 different video sites at once.. So you would type in say "funny commercial" and it would show results for all of the video sites, then you could click on any of them to play... The bad thing was that the actual company made me enter my email in to download the program, which was verified as working. After that I have been receiving at least two emails a day asking me to buy something.. Now I hate the program that I downloaded and will not review it or use it...I have a few questions for you....
November 28, 2008 at 2:02 am #30333MaraParticipant
- If you do actually like a freeware program, has anyone actually donated any money to the developers...
- Where else can you find decent free software to download?
- What do you think about developers who attach spyware to their programs?
First, the developers who add spyware aren't being honest – and I think very little of them for doing it, in fact huge boos and hisses! For the most part, I only download programs recommended by trusted sites - and if free, I always send a 'thank you' note ... and depending on the program, am apt to make a donation at the very least - or if I truly love the program, I'll buy it (providing them supply free updates).November 28, 2008 at 3:32 pm #30334Drovers DogParticipant
Some Free Programs are really great, others are full of Spyware as said.Thanks Mitz for Testing them out before releasing them here, you have a lot of internal Fortitude, (Guts) for doing that and I for one appreciate your care to us. :-*November 28, 2008 at 8:24 pm #30335BearParticipant
Let's not forget to use the word OPEN SOURCE when searching for free software. As a general rule the open source community is a hard working group who have brought us some very wonderful programs all free.Source ForgeNovember 29, 2008 at 12:57 am #30336MitzKeymaster
I agree that people have worked very hard on these programs and I like the way Mara deals with them and lets them know if there is a problem..because that's what helps them fix it all.. And I would love to think that people who use these programs do occasionally donate to the developers.. Like that RECUVA program that recovers all your deleted files.. that is made by the same guys that make CCLEANER... I know hundreds of people that use Ccleaner and I really hope they are making some money for all their hard work...November 29, 2008 at 2:00 am #30337MaraParticipant
It never once occurred to me to type in 'Open Source' when searching for freewareNovember 29, 2008 at 3:55 am #30338BearParticipant
If you happen to be using any version of Firefox then you are using open source software, if your using Open Office the same it is open source. Open source software ranges from the very simple to the very high tech, and most of the time it is free.In fact next to MacFebruary 18, 2009 at 9:45 am #30339mces0421Participant
Thank you for the advice and tips. I am using also linux in my laptop. I don't know if I have problem with linux or with my internet provider. Because It keeps redialing and redialing even I have connections already. So I end up using my old desktop.November 24, 2010 at 3:26 am #30340lovely09Participant
It's really important to be aware and take time to research if the certain software where you will download are spyware free.Most of the time,i ask my professional friend on safe places to get free downloads.It is better to be careful than to get invade by viruses.February 25, 2013 at 5:18 am #30341fullcircleltdParticipant
Hello guys….You may try to download software from filehippo[dot]com.
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