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					        Freeware

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
           DISCLAIMER
Neither Ag Comm, ITS, or NDSU recommend,
endorse, or support any software outside
HECN software licensing.

The following content is provided solely for
informational purposes. Unless otherwise
stated, the software referenced within is not
intended for use on NDSU owned computers.
    What is Freeware?

•   Software provided for free
•   Often distributed on the Internet
•   Does not contain a time limit
•   May have restrictions on use
               The EULA

EULA – End User License Agreement

Provides Information on:
   • Expressed/Implied warranty
   • Acceptable use of software
   • Copyright & other legal information
Different Flavors of
     Freeware

  •   Free for All Use
  •   Free for Personal Use
  •   Free for Educational Use
  •   Free for Non-Profit Use
Common Misconceptions

• I can use any freeware I want at work
     • Check the EULA for acceptable use
• I don’t have to worry about copyright
     • Any software can be copyrighted
• Freeware means I’ll never have to pay
     • License & cost can change at any time
Problems With Freeware

• Potential performance problems

• Can make your computer unstable

• Can have limited functionality

• No Warranty or Support
   Dangers of Freeware

• Potential spyware/adware hidden inside

• Potential for data damage

• Virus Dangers
    Beware of Spyware!
Common Programs Known to Contain
           Spyware:

•   Bargain Buddy         •   FlashGet
•   Bonzai Buddy          •   HotBar
•   Comet Cursor          •   Kazaa
•   DivX (free version)   •   WeatherBug
  Problematic Freeware

Software known to cause problems on NDSU
                 computers

      •IncrediMail    •WeatherBug
      •SideStep       •WebShots
Highly Rated Freeware

     AntiVirus Software

   AntiVir   http://www.free-av.com
   AVG       http://www.grisoft.com
   AVAST!    http://www.avast.com/eng
   Clam AV   http://www.clamwin.com
    Highly Rated Freeware

                  AntiSpyware

Ad-Aware            http://www.lavasoftusa.com
Spybot S&D          http://www.safer-networking.org
Spyware Blaster     http://www.javacoolsoftware.com
Highly Rated Software
         Office Software
Open Office        http://www.openoffice.org


        Graphics Software
The GIMP           http://www.gimp.org


              File Utilities
IZArc              http://www.izarc.org

				
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