Can you answer, what is the meaning of freeware? Not exactly as profound as pondering the meaning of life, but the question nonetheless deserves an answer. Let's take a look at what freeware is and what the point of it all means for you, the computer user.
Freeware Equals Free
Freeware is computer software that is distributed for free on the internet. The creator or creators of the software usually don't ask for any money, but sometimes they will accept donations. This of course does not refer to software programs on the market that are illegally hacked and distributed for free on the Web. Freeware is legal and created not for profit for the purpose of being available to anyone. In spite of this, most freeware programs have a software license and are not considered to be open to the public domain.
Types Of Freeware
So, what can freeware be? Freeware can be almost anything. For example, a music writing software called Power Tab Editor is a freeware product used by hordes of guitarists looking to create and share their songs. Freeware products are usually driven by a sense of community, like bringing the guitar-playing community together. AOL's Instant Messenger is another example of a free program that offers a sense of community by bringing online chat to its users around the world.
You can download freeware off a freeware site. However, you should use precaution in the sites you visit and the content you decide to download. Sometimes, freeware can contain malicious software that can attack your computer and steal information. Only download freeware from a known source, and research the product before downloading it. If the freeware is legit, the Internet should be abuzz with its praises. If you can't find any information on it, avoid downloading it.
If you want to convert AVI to DVD, freeware programs should be your first stop. Believe it or not, you can get those files off your digital camera or video recorder and onto DVD without spending a dime.
When searching the Internet for helpful tools or games to download, you might have come across the terms "Shareware" and "Freeware." but just what do they mean? And are they safe?