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Freeware is the term used for "free" downloadable software. Not to be confused with shareware, which is free only during a trial period.

Freeware is not necessarily without a price. Some freeware software programs come with advertising, or worse- they hide spyware or carry a virus within.

It is highly advisable to have an anti-virus program installed in any computer where freeware may be downloaded, and to always scan freeware downloads.

As stated, some freeware is spyware. Spyware are programs that collect personal information and/or records computer activity, then reports collected information back to its creator. Therefore, an anti-spyware program is also a good idea.

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