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Shareware is software that you can “try before you buy”. The developer usually provides the program for free of charge with either some features disabled or a time limit on how long the product can be used. To unlock all the features or use the program past its expiration date, you must pay for a registration number. This type of marketing works quite well for developers who make good products.
Freeware is software that you can use for no cost at all. Developers providing this software usually create the program to either fill a niche or jus practice creating new programs.
Programs by small developers can be found for almost any purpose you need. Everything from organizing pictures to creating labels and from recording music to changing wallpaper. The only places I recommend hunting for and downloading freeware and shareware are:
These sites do a good job of making sure that the software they provide is free of spy and adware.
Never download a program from the Internet from a site that seems fishy or from unsolicited email or pop-up ad. Use only reputable sites you recognize or the sites I provided earlier.
The steps to search for and download shareware are:
Click here for a video describing the download and searching process.