Downloads! Free and Legal Sites...
By Will from Holland
At Winsite you can put programs in a folder and then ask Winsite to burn them to a CD-ROM. They'll deliver the CD anywhere in the world, but you pay, of course. Cost is $9.95 plus $1.99 shipping and handling for up to 400 megabytes. Nice feature: Winsite has a different search engine than most other download sites, but puts freeware in its own section. Very convenient.
Freebyte is not a regular download site, but primarily a news site about downloads and new programs. The left-navigation isn't as clear as you'd like. Sometimes Freebyte guides you to their own free software, and other times to multiple other sites. You can definitely find some interesting things on this website, but be cautious.
Serif is mainly a manufacturer of graphic programs. On the Serif site you won't find a lot of diverse downloads, but a nice selection of free earlier versions of their own software. The free use of their earlier software will entice you to buy their latest. Who cares? The free versions work perfectly.
Sites Offering Illegal Downloads
Unfortunately there are also many sites on the World Wide Web that offer illegal downloads of pirated software. In addition to the fact that you are joining in the stealing when you download software from such sites, you are putting your computer at high risk because such illegal software is often corrupted with viruses or worms. Manufacturers of software typically keep a close watch for those who download from illegal sites. There's plenty of great sites without joining the crooks.
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