Posted 09 June 2012 - 03:23 AM
I was looking over a list of Shareware and Freeware reviews, when I noticed just how many users are using free anti-virus software. Popular names like Norton, and McaFee still get a share of the market, but names such as Avast, Comodo, AVG, and Avira, all command a large portion of the list.Now it is true that some of the pay versions of software have many more features than the free versions, still, for the basic user, most freeware will do everything that that is often needed. Most free versions do have an upgrade to pay or pro levels, but an AV like Microsoft Security Essentials does not have a pay version.
Freeware versions of software such as Ccleaner, Glary Utilities all handle the job just fine. Browsers like Chrome, FireFox all do as much as shareware browsers like Smart Explorer.
I run 4 older (xp) pc's and all are equipped with freeware, everything, installed on them except MS Office on 2, is freeware. Next time when software of any kind is needed,,,,check for the freeware version or the freeware alternative before putting out that hard earned money. You just might be surprised.