FAVORITE FREEWARE (MAINLY WINDOWS 7)
SINCE WINDOWS 10 APPEARS TO BE YET ANOTHER SPYWARE PROGRAM SOME (MOST?) OF THE FOLLOWING  LINKS
WILL PROBABLY NOT WORK PROPERLY. BEWARE!

URL LINKS ARE UNDERLINED. THOSE THAT I CURRENTLY USE A LOT ARE IN RED BUT BE AWARE THAT THESE MAY BE OUTDATED IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING
ENIRONMENT

FOR APPS THAT YOU GOOGLE OR DUCKDUCKGO BE CAREFUL ABOUT THE LISTINGS - SOME OF THEM DO NOT PROVIDE CLEAN DOWNLOADS WITHOUT
ALSO DOWNLOADING AND PROBABLY INSTALLING OTHER APPS (PROBABLY NEFARIOUS) .
HEADS UP: DOWNLOADING FREEWARE HAS BECOME MUCH TRICKIER WITH TIME (SEE (3) BELOW).

 
MOST RELIABLE DOWNLOAD SITES:
CNET DOWNLOADS (SADLY NOT AS GOOD ANYMORE)
SOURCEFORGE 
PCWORLD SOFTWARE

WARNING: FREEWARE OFTEN ADDS SPYWARE OR OTHER NEFARIOUS PROGAMS. MANY OF THEM MAKE THE CORRECT DOWNLOAD ICON
DIFFICULT TO FIND AND YOU CAN EASILY INSTALL MALWARE BY ACCIDENT. THE EASIEST WAY TO TEST THE LATTER IS TO USE THE
CHROMIUM  OR CHROME BROWSER AND INSTALL USING THE BOTTOM LEFT DOWNLOAD TAB THAT IDENTIFIES THE EXECUTABLE FILE.
HEADS UP:  ALL STATEMENTS ABOUT WINDOWS APPS REFER TO Windows 7.

(1) NEVER SELECT "EXPRESS" OR SIMILAR INSTALLATION OPTIONS - THIS WILL USUALLY AUTOMATICALLY INSTALL APPS THAT YOU PROBABLY
DO NOT WANT. INSTEAD ALWAYS SELECT THE 'EXPERT' (OR SIMILAR) OPTION FOR DOWNLOAD, THEN  CHECK  'UNWANTED' OR 'DECLINE' OR
'SKIP' FOR EACH PAGE OF THE INSTALLATION PROCESS. NOTE THAT THE 'DECLINE' OR SIMILAR BUTTON IS OFTEN IN A GRAY COLOR TO GIVE
THE ILLUSION THAT IT IS INACTIVE. NEVER CLICK ON THE 'NEXT' OR SIMILAR ICON BEFORE CHECKING ON ANY OTHER ICON THAT MAY INSTALL
AN UNWANTED APP OR TOOLBAR.

(2) SOMETIMES FREEWARE IS FREE ONLY FOR A LIMITED TIME. THUS IF YOU LIKE A PROGRAM THEN I RECOMMEND THAT YOU SAVE
THE EXECUTABLE FILE ASAP BEFORE IT BECOMES NO LONGER FREE. HOWEVER, BE AWARE THAT FREEWARE CAN SOMETIMES MORPH
INTO SOMETHING MORE SINISTER THAN SIMPLE PAYWARE - PROGRAMS THAT TRACK YOU AS MUCH AS, OR MORE THAN, GOOGLE DOES.
FOR EXAMPLE THE FREEWARE APP BURN4FREE NOW RECORDS YOUR ACTIVITY AND (PRESUMABLY) SELLS IT TO OTHERS, A LA GOOGLE.
I NO LONGER PROVIDE A LINK TO BURN4FREE.

(3) BEWARE! SINCE THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED SOME OF THE LINKS MAY HAVE BECOME 'INDIRECT" AND BE CONTAMINATED BY IRRELEVANT
(AND PROABLY NEFARIOUS) FREEWARE LINKS.

AFTER INSTALLING FREEWARE BE SURE TO:
(4) RUN  REVO UNINSTALLER AND INSPECT THE LIST FOR SUSPICIOUS PROGRAMS FOR REMOVAL. TOOLBARS ARE THE MOST FREQUENT
CULPRITS.

(5) RUN ALL THE ANTI-MALWARE APPS LISTED UNDER THE SECURITY LINK.