Internet software can be installed before your computer is Internet-safe by using these three methods:
Finding the Software.
Many websites will offer you software - either for free or for a price - but many are too dangerous to visit. There are only a relatively few safe sites. Here are a few of the safer places to start searching for software:
The Ultimate Collection of Windows Software. Use Search!
Free software - Use their Software List.
Part of the huge CNET site. Has excellent reviews.
|Once you have found the link to the files you want, click it. Sometimes a new window opens up, with a note asking you to wait for a few moments, and sometimes the download starts immediately.|
|When the download actually begins, a dialog box usually opens asking you if you wish to open or save the file. Choose Save and press OK.|
|Commercial softwarefrom the Internet or fromshops||This is software you have to pay for in advance. You can pay for it by credit card, Paypal (www..paypal.com), or sometimes by cheque, money order, or even cash.|
|Demoware & shareware(with limitations)||Software that you can download and use for a certain period of time - after which it expires. As well as time limits, it may also have some features disabled.|
|Shareware or honestyware||Some shareware can be downloaded without time limit or disabled features. This is honesty software. If you decide to use it, you should pay for it.|
|Donationware||Honestyware with no fixed price. You pay what you can afford, or what you consider to be a fair price.|
|Emailware, etc||Like donationware, except the price asked is that you send the author an email, postcard or other minor gift.|
|Homeware||This software is free for home, non-commercial purposes.|
|Freeware and GNU License||For most practical purposes, you can download and use this software any way you like.|
|Being able to find good software on the Internet is very important, so you have a variety of homework assignments for this lesson.|
Assignment 1: Visit Download.com
Find their Security Centre, and read their recommendations as to good security software. Then find HijackThis and visit its Home page. Finally, download the HijackThis software.
Assignment 2: Visit NoNags.com
Getting into Nonags software list is quite an adventure - but is worth it! Look for Antivirus Scanners, and have a look at the Antivirus programs there. Download one of them. Then visit the home page of a second program, and download it from there.
Assignment 3: Using search engines to locate software (1).
You have heard that Spybot is a good program, so you decide to check it out. Visit Google.com and MSN.com, and do searches on spybot, then open up and read all the top 20 links - including the sponsoredlinks (advertisements). Many of these links are phoney, and one or two may be positively evil. See if you can figure out which is the real Spybot (answer is below).
Assignment 4: Using search engines to locate software (2)
You are looking for an antiadware program. You know it is made by Lavasoft. Visit the top 20 sites. Which ones are real, and which are fakes?
Assignment 5: Find and download a particular program.
Find and download the following programs: AZZ Cardfile, Wimpwall, and Clipper. Store these away safely, because we will be using them later.
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