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Tips For Using Free Software And Keeping Your Computer Safe

Aug 17, 2007
You've probably heard the saying, "Nothing in life is free." Well that statement doesn't hold true when it comes to choosing free software. For instance, there is a plethora of free software available on the Internet for your enjoyment. However, it is important to realize that along with the free ride comes a certain element of risk. Before you begin right clicking every download button you see, you should know the dangers involved with free software so that you can make an informed decision.

Some free software programs are bundled with other programs called spyware, adware, and some even have viruses attached to them. These programs are often referred to as badware or malware (due to their malicious intent). However, as long as you are knowledgeable about these programs and use the latest computer protection you can successfully download and install valuable free software programs without putting your computer's security at risk. Here are some tips that will help ensure you download free software and not malware.

1. Keep your Anti Virus Software Updated

The first step to ensuring that your computer isn't vulnerable is to keep your anti-virus software up to date. It is important to realize that your anti virus program should be updated daily at the very least. By keeping your anti virus software updated, your computer will have the protection it needs to fight off any malware programs it may encounter.

2. Choose a Spyware/Adware Program

Some anti virus programs also contain programs that specifically target spyware and adware programs. These programs vary from typical viruses, worms, and Trojan horses, but they can cause just as much damage when your computer's security is concerned. Spyware programs essentially spy on your computer, reporting to a host server your personal information. Many free software programs are actually spyware programs, by using a Spyware, Adware program; you may be surprised to learn how much spyware you have actually downloaded for free.

3. Regularly update your Windows version.

If you are running Windows, then you should regularly update your windows and download any necessary patches and updates. This helps ensure that your computer is protected from unwanted hacks, threats, and malware.

Finally, only download free software from trusted websites, not just any site that you find on the Internet. Also look for free or demo versions available on the company's website. By incorporating these tips, you can find free software to download that doesn't contain additional malware.

Don't be scared to use free software ' just follow these tips and you can save yourself a lot of money!
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