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Lesson 4 - - - Top Downloads
the 7 programs listed at the
left, should be considered by every computer owner. They have all been
in use for many years and have been improved upon by the original
developer and other contributors throughout the world.
Each of these are listed on our clubs site tecc.apcug.org/
Click on Top Downloads from our home page.
Each has a brief description there with a link that provides more
information and a download site.
My main concern, is not the program you want to download but what may
come along with it if you do not very carefully read what it says
concerning additional software being loaded on your computer.
During the installation there may be a pre checked box that allows the
additional software to be loaded. Just watch for it and remove the
This normally is not harmful software but may be nuisance software like
task bars in your browser etc.
You can get a review of these programs and many other subjects at the
There are lots of programs that may be downloaded
installed at no cost to the user. They range in quality from extremely
poor and sometimes damaging to you or your computer, to outstanding,
useful and helpful.
How do you decide what is good and what is bad? Even those writing and
recommending certain programs may very well be wrong. Some writers may
be so anxious to to get their article out to the publishers that they
may just report what the developer says about their product without
ever installing or using the product.
Who or what can we depend on to be directed in the right direction?
Wikipedia site http://www.wikipedia.org/
is a free on line encyclopedia in many languages created in 2001 and
now has over 29 million pages. There are over 70,000 contributors
writing and updating over 22 million articles in 285 languages, articles
of which over 4 million articles are in English.