Where to download software

You can find software all over the Internet depending on the type of software. Try and buy can be found of course on the vendor’s web site. For example, if you want to purchase a copy of Symantec’s Norton Antivirus, you’d go to Symantec’s web site, find the product in their online store, and follow the instructions.

Shareware and freeware can be found in many places. A good place to start is the download section here on PC911, which is cram-packed with great freeware. But there are many other download sites out there. Here’s a list of just a few:

Before you start going hogwild and download programs like crazy, you should know a few things first, though.

Successful downloading

Downloading software can take quite a while, especially when you’re using a regular modem over a phone line. If the program you want is several megabytes, it might take hours. And the longer the download takes, the higher are your chances that the download turns bad, e.g. because you forgot to turn off call waiting and a phone call interrupts it, or your ISP disconnects you, or the server burps, or your dog starts chewing on the phone line. There could be a thousand reasons.

To increase your chances of a successful download dramatically, you should seriously look into getting a download manager program. The main strong points of these type of program are that you can schedule a whole list of downloads for in the middle of the night when you’re sleeping so that it does not interrupt your busy web surfing schedule, and that you can pick up a download gone bad where it left off without having to start all over again.

Safe downloading

Please be cautious where you download software from. Make sure that the site you download from is reputable. As mentioned earlier, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t take risks. You don’t want to lose your data to a virus or a erased hard drive. Be sure to have a good virus checker installed and running when downloading software from the Internet. Always scan downloaded files before opening them.


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