That antivirus package that you got with it is good for a few months and then you will have to part with your cash to keep it updated and what about that word processing program, surely that won't expire as well, no it won't but it's probably as useful as a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!. So, you're £300 bargain will inevitably cost you a few hundred more by the time your done, and even then you're putting off buying those other bits and pieces of software you want because it's all just a tad too expensive at the moment!. OK, well for those of you unfamiliar with Freeware I reckon you'd probably better take a seat because here's a shocker, if I told you that you don't have to wait for that software, but could have an alternative antivirus package and a complete office package for absolutely nothing what would you say?.
You'd be forgiven for doubting but believe it or not, it's the truth!. Freeware is in fact software which is created by people and given away for nothing, and I'm not talking inadequate or useless software either, I'm talking about software which has been around for years and used by all types of people from different walks of life, well thought out software, well written software!. So, (I hear you say again), if it's that good, why are they giving it away?. Well, there are many reasons why Freeware exists, and in the main it's purely that talented software enthusiasts and learning developers are keen to show off their skills, possibly to get further up the ladder or land that dream job. What better way to impress prospective employers than to write a piece of software, release it as freeware and have thousands of people use it and then take that info along to their next job interview!. Others create and release freeware as a means of offering something for nothing first of all and then letting you know about a few other products they have for sale.
We even find commercial software re-released as freeware when the authors have developed it to death and want to start a fresh with a new product, although this doesn't in any way mean it's old or defunct, it merely means the writers have done all they can with the software and now wish to take matters in a different direction. We also see some freeware released as "lite" versions which means the software can do A,B and C but not D, E or F. To get D, E or F, you need to purchase the software. Whilst this is acceptable, it's not exactly what we would class as Freeware, although we have seen examples of where A, B and C have been more than sufficient!. We have listed what we consider to be amongst the most suitable (i.e.
user friendly, works out of the box, etc) freeware applications that will get your PC up and running with the minimum of fuss and keep you protected against viruses, spy-ware and other 'nasties' on the net as well as provide a comfortable level of usability when it comes to things like graphics, photos, letter writing, email, browsing and so on. We do however assume that your computer comes ready installed with Microsoft Windows as (1) that is unfortunately the common standard nowadays, and (2) explaining how to install a freeware operating system is beyond the scope of this article. Antivirus Avast Antivirus More Info & Download: http://freewarebb.com/index.php?showtopic=10663 avast! 4 Home Edition is a full-featured antivirus package designed exclusively for home users and non-commercial use.
Both of these conditions should be met! Our company offers the Home Edition free of charge, since, in our opinion, it is possible to avoid global virus spreading by efficient prevention. You must register your details with Avast in order to receive a free product code which you can do here: http://www.avast.com/eng/home-registration.php Firewall ZoneAlarm Firewall More Info & Download: http://freewarebb.
com/index.php?showtopic=10664 Keep hackers and data thieves out of your computer with ZoneAlarm, the PC firewall that protects against Internet-borne threats like worms, Trojan horses, and spyware. ZoneAlarm provides the basic protection individuals need to secure their PC and keep their valuable information private. Spyware Hazard Shield More Info & Download: http://freewarebb.com/index.php?showtopic=11189 Hazard Shield is an incredibly fast antimalware program.
Hazard Shield can scan and remove threats many vendors can“t even touch. With just the click of two buttons you can scan for threats and remove them. Hazard Shield has a friendly interface that anyone can easily use, so you won“t waste any time finding out how to use the program. Hazard Shield also comes with some useful intergrated tools. The most popular is the file killer.
Hazard Shield“s file killer can remove virtually any file on your system. Its very useful for removing locked or in-use files. Several other tools include an uninstall manager, a process manager and a scheduled task manager. Want more?. Hazard Shield also comes with Realtime protection! Hazard Shield“s Realtime moniter can protect your computer by removing threats before they can do damage. Hazard Shield“s Realtime moniter is free and uses very little system resources Photo Editing Photobie 4.
4 More Info & Download: http://freewarebb.com/index.php?showtopic=9954 Photobie is an Image Editing software with most features similar to Photoshop plus advanced screen capture and photo frame editing features.
With photobie screen capture you can prepare presentation very simply. Photobie has simple user interface. Office Package Open Office 2.3 More Info & Download: http://freewarebb.com/index.
php?showtopic=11002 OpenOffice.org is an Open Source, community-developed, multiplatform office-productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. Email Client Mozilla Thunderbird 2 More Info & Download: http://freewarebb.
com/index.php?showtopic=9550 Thunderbird makes emailing safer, faster and easier than ever before with the industry“s best implementations of features such as intelligent spam filters, a built-in spell checker, extension support, and much more. Internet Browser Mozilla Firefox 2 More Info & Download: http://freewarebb.
com/index.php?showtopic=9396 Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured browser for Windows that makes browsing more efficient than ever before. Firefox includes pop-up blocking; a tab-browsing mode that lets you open several pages in a single window; integrated Google searching; simplified privacy controls that let you cover your tracks more effectively; a streamlined browser window that shows you more of the page than any other browser; and a number of additional features that work with you to help you get the most out of your time online. Messenger Clients MSN Messenger 7.5 More Info & Download: http://freewarebb.
com/index.php?showtopic=9612&hl=messenger Chat online, in real time, with friends, family, and colleagues. It“s faster than e-mail, more discreet than a phone call, and best of all ? it“s free! MSN Messenger is more than just text, it's a great way to collaborate with co-workers or touch base with family and friends. Google Talk More Info & Download: http://freewarebb.com/index.php?showtopic=9613 They say talk is cheap.
Google thinks it should be free. Google Talk enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free?anytime, anywhere in the world. Features: Choice: Get in touch how and when you want to?over email, IM or a call Quality: Talk through your computer but hear your friends as if they were in the same room Convenience: Your Gmail contacts are pre-loaded into Google Talk so inviting or talking to your friends is just a click away Requirements: Google Talk is in beta and requires a Gmail username and password. Multimedia K-Lite Codec Pack More Info & Download: http://freewarebb.com/index.php?showtopic=8666&hl=classic K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of codecs and related tools.
Codec is short for Compressor-Decompressor. Codecs are needed for encoding and decoding (playing) audio and video. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your movie files. With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular movie formats and even some rare formats. So you see, you can actually have your cake and eat it!!!.
PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required to download the files above although this is completely free of charge and also gives you access to thousands of other quality freeware titles.