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Cheap Computing

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How to get just about everything for the computer for free

How to get just about everything for the computer for free

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  • 1. Vic Laurie
  • 2.  Is free stuff any good? What’s the catch? Are there any problems? What does “free” really mean? Is it safe? What free stuff is available? Where do I get it?
  • 3.  “Freeware is not a cheap or second-class option - it can often be functionally superior to equivalent commercial software and even of higher quality.” The Open Source - http://sourceforge.net/ Many substantial free programs from major companies Many excellent small programs from individuals or small businesses
  • 4.  Internet browsers ◦ Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera Blogging software and content management ◦ Drupal, Joomla, Wordpress Web site management ◦ Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP Office suites ◦ OpenOffice, LibreOffice Adobe Flash and Reader
  • 5.  Some authors create software simply to help others and/or to enhance their reputation Some authors hope you will be generous and donate a few bucks Authors can earn a living by customizing and supporting their software Some free programs have big brothers that the authors hope you’ll buy Some programs are free for a while and then become pay applications But sometimes there is a problem
  • 6.  Limited features Software may be buggy Interface may be very minimal and hard to use Not as polished Limited support Software may install unwanted additional programs Software may actually be malware
  • 7.  Some programs are actually free with no strings Donationware Nagware Trialware Crippleware Adware Foistware Malware
  • 8. 1. Find out what is available2. Find out how good it is3. Find a reputable and safe source4. Back up system5. Download and check file with antivirus6. Install
  • 9.  Download from reputable sites only Check with anti-virus before installing Check with program like Malwarebytes (http://www.malwarebytes.org/products) Check online at VirusTotal (http://www.virustotal.com) Back up system before installing anything
  • 10.  Computer software and utilities Office suites Music Video eBooks Games And much more
  • 11.  Avast! (May try to install Chrome browser} Microsoft Security Essentials Panda Cloud Antivirus Avira AntiVir AVG Antivirus Discussion and download links at http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free- anti-virus-software.htm
  • 12.  Picasa - Photo management Paint.NET - Photo and picture editing 7-Zip – File archiver Avidemux – Video editor KMPlayer – Video player Audacity – Audio editor
  • 13.  Softpedia - http://www.softpedia.com/ Snapfiles http://www.snapfiles.com/ FileHippo - http://www.filehippo.com/ MajorGeeks - http://www.majorgeeks.com/ CNET – http://download.com (Requires you to install their proprietary downloader)
  • 14.  IrfanView 7-Zip Replicator Notepad++ FileZilla TrueCrypt MalwareBytes Microsoft Security Essentials LastPass Sysinternals
  • 15.  Music ◦ http://freemusicarchive.org/ ◦ http://www.mahalo.com/how-to-download-free- music/ ◦ http://limewire.groove-stream.com ◦ http://www.mp3raid.com/ eBooks ◦ http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/50- places-free-books-online.htm#genre_pages  Actually now has 464 places
  • 16.  http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free- pc-games.htm ◦ Jigsaw puzzles ◦ Online games ◦ Sudoku ◦ Board games ◦ Children’s games
  • 17.  200 Free Outstanding Online Classes ◦ http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/200- free-outstanding-online-classes.htm 425 Free Online Courses from Top Universities ◦ http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses MIT ◦ http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
  • 18.  Many PC users need never spend another dime for software after they get their new PC (or tablet or phone) Be cheap and enjoy the world of freeware!  THE END

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