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Burnzee
01-06-2011, 11:56 PM
Hi Guys

We all know freeware is a way of introducing viruses etc into your computer. For this reason, many of the readers of Press F1 seem a bit hesitant to install freeware. Here's how I see it:

As you may know I have a real interest in freeware. Viruses, malware etc are part of the terrority. Got my computer damn well protected, Secunia, Mircosoft Security Suite, Malwarebytes. If that lot doesn't get rid of it then I have a King Hit - Comodo Time Machine is installed which recovers my computer back to it's present form. Finally I have the restore disc for my lappy. In addition, everything is backed up automatically to external hard drive. Nothing but the system files are on the internal drive.

There are some great freeware out there and from time to time I write about them. Having said that, I never recommend any software that has viruses or malware. It's a pity these A-Holes ruin it for both freeware writers and computer users by including crapware. I refuse to let these Pricks win.

Not suggesting for a moment you should take viruses lightly but I believe it's a matter of being prepared in advance. Get good software to protect your system, Firewall, Anti-virus, Anti-Malware, Anti-Crap etc.

BURNZEE

bot
02-06-2011, 12:34 AM
Meh, I don't care.

Snorkbox
02-06-2011, 12:36 AM
I do a full Image before I install other things so it makes getting back easy should anything go pear shaped.

CliveM
02-06-2011, 08:39 AM
I am also fully backed up an imaged. In addition I very rarely install anything I have not already seen recommended/reviewed by a member of this forum.

gary67
02-06-2011, 08:51 AM
I almost exclusively use freeware or similar. I only have 2 paid for pieces of software on my whole system, one is my backup software and the other is MS office which I got at student rate so a fraction of its normal price otherwise I wouldn't have it

pctek
02-06-2011, 09:00 AM
We all know freeware is a way of introducing viruses etc into your computer.

It is?
I would have said Warez and porn.

pcuser42
02-06-2011, 09:39 AM
This is where a test PC with nothing on it comes in handy :D

Paul.Cov
02-06-2011, 09:45 AM
I'm less concerned about malware hiding under the freeware label than I am about bundled tracking/advertising/browser toolbar rubbish that they include in order to get a trickle of income.

Even trusted names in internet security have been guilty of including crapware with installers for their products.

I always check all the options during an install rather than just clicking Next, Next, Next, coz sometimes there's garbage that you can opt out of if you take the time to read...

Renegade
02-06-2011, 10:10 AM
This is where a test PC with nothing on it comes in handy :D

Ditto :thumbs:
Plus if there's a portable version I'll grab that instead of an installed version.

autechre
02-06-2011, 10:15 AM
I can't say i've ever come across freeware with viruses/malware attached. There's plenty that install or try to install toolbars etc though.

The only piece of freeware that has annoyed me lately is Spybot v2. It was completely useless.

Bobh
02-06-2011, 10:33 AM
I am a bit wary of downloading uncommon freeware that perhaps has not been discussed on forums. I always scan the downloaded files with MSE before installing them.

I feel comfortable downloading well known software like Open Office, web browsers, mail programs, etc.

Freeware can include viruses but many of them include advertising which pays for their development.

I avoid clicking on download buttons when I am warned that my computer has been infected and I need to download a specially written program to remove the virus. They normally require that the program be purchased. I run like the plague in these cases without downloading.

Agent_24
02-06-2011, 12:33 PM
I can't say i've ever come across freeware with viruses/malware attached. There's plenty that install or try to install toolbars etc though.

The only piece of freeware that has annoyed me lately is Spybot v2. It was completely useless.

x2..

Wait, Spybot has a new version? Lately it's been reminding me a lot of Duke Nukem...

kahawai chaser
02-06-2011, 02:11 PM
As noted with others above, cautious when installing freeware to avoid unwanted installations. I also test and write about them. But now increasingly use online free tools, e.g. mp3 converters, research tools, editors, etc, since don't need to install too many freeware and upgrading them. Though some online freeware can be limited unless if you upgrade, i.e. pay.

FoxyMX
02-06-2011, 05:29 PM
Downloading and installing freeware from anywhere other than reputable sites is risky, in my view.

At Major Geeks the editors download and test each file for quality prior to posting so anything posted on their site can be used with confidence.

bot
02-06-2011, 05:45 PM
I almost exclusively use freeware or similar. I only have 2 paid for pieces of software on my whole system, one is my backup software and the other is MS office which I got at student rate so a fraction of its normal price otherwise I wouldn't have it

I just use open-source. And a (legal) XP VM.

Phil B
02-06-2011, 09:16 PM
Goes against the grain to pay for software. I stick anything on mine. Scan it before I install it, run antivirus & malwarebytes etc after. No probs this year ;)

Bobh
02-06-2011, 10:45 PM
Makes me wonder why more people (including myself) do not gravitate toward Linux. It is mostly free and there appears to be less danger of viruses.

Agent_24
02-06-2011, 10:50 PM
I have Ubuntu installed alongside Windows but I keep Windows for gaming and for programs which don't work on Linux.

Wine is OK for some programs but for a lot of them you just plain need Windows.

The reverse is true for Linux programs that don't work on Windows, which is why I have both.

Bobh
02-06-2011, 11:02 PM
I have Ubuntu installed alongside Windows but I keep Windows for gaming and for programs which don't work on Linux.

Wine is OK for some programs but for a lot of them you just plain need Windows.

The reverse is true for Linux programs that don't work on Windows, which is why I have both.

I have Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.4 installed. Windows is my main operating system, while Ubuntu is something to play around with. It is surprising the amount of open source programmes that are available for Linux. Linux seems to load and work faster than Windows.

Phil B
02-06-2011, 11:53 PM
I've used various flavours of linux too. The thing that gets me every time is the mission that's involved in getting any newer or new hardware to work on it. Printers, webcams, wireless keyboard combo's & the like.
There's nothing wrong with the freebie software provided you don't download it from eastern europe or some other dodgy place.
If you like it keep it, if not delete it. It normally only takes a few minutes to like or dislike it. That's the beauty of not paying for it.

autechre
03-06-2011, 10:36 AM
Wait, Spybot has a new version?
Yep, it's a beta version though. The new version uses ~130MB of disk space, doesn't work at all if you do a custom install without all the services etc that it wants to run.

It got uninstalled rapidly :badpc:

pctek
03-06-2011, 11:23 AM
The new version uses ~130MB of disk space, doesn't work at all if you do a custom install without all the services etc that it wants to run.


So what's wrong with allowing it's services?

And:
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Our team has tested this complete new version thoroughly but there will be some bugs. Remember it is a beta and as such not a replacement for the stable version 1.6.2.

Everyone can download and test this release, we appreciate your feedback!