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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Best Freeware Sites

The best freeware programs can be as good as or better than their commercial counterparts but finding them can be challenging. For example, I'd never pay for Microsoft Office when LibreOffice is just as good and it's completely free. And, this morning I opened an old AutoCAD drawing of our house using the free DraftSight program and honestly, I could tell little difference! That's not to say I'd use DraftSight in a business environment, but for drafting in a home use setting, it's truly an outstanding program.

Major Geeks 
This site offers freeware and shareware programs in the following categories: Android, Anti-Malware, Anti-Virus, Appearance, Back Up, Browsers, CD\DVD\Blu-Ray,Drive Utilities, Drivers, Graphics, Internet Tools, Multimedia, Networking, Office Tools, PC Games, System Tools, Macintosh etc. The site also offers miscellaneous information about programs, software and repair. 
     It can be somewhat difficult to navigate though. That said there is ONE WARNING!! There are a number of “Click here” places and sometimes it is difficult to tell EXACTLY what you are clicking on to download and it can result in downloading something you don't want.
     You MUST be VERY CAREFUL to make sure you are clicking on the correct link! Be especially alert for links that are advertisements that will take you to a different site that will "fix" your computer. Instead of “fix” you should substitute “infect.” DO NOT click on ANY advertisement or link that claims it will fix your registry or scan your computer. If you want your computer to be scanned online go to a commercial antivirus company website like Bit Defender or Norton or whatever one you like that sells their software in retail stores. Of course, when it come to clicking on ads, the best advice is just don't do it.

They offer software for your computer, mobile phone or tablet. Categories are Windows, Mac, Linux, Wb/Cloud, iPhone, tvOS, Android, Windows Phone, Self-Hosted, Chrome, Firefox and more.

Gizmo's Freeware 
This is a non-commercial community website staffed entirely by volunteers. The site contains no downloads, just advice and useful guidance to help you select the best freeware product for your needs. If you do find something useful there is a link directly to the site.

This site offers only the best downloads that have been tested for malware, adware and viruses and there are no added bundles, installers or toolbars. Categories: Browsers, Anti-Malware, System Tuning, Security, Photo/Image, Desktop, Drivers, CD/DVD and more.

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