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May 24, 2011

Don't Pay For Expensive Software - Get Free Alternatives


Many software companies out there have different priorities than others. The top priority should be to provide a great product while remaining honest to the customers and humbling with their pricing. Some companies don't feel the need to follow this and exploit those who have a lesser knowledge of technology. The thing is, for most of your lighter computing needs, you should be able to find a free and perfectly good software to meet those needs. The main culprit I find of this is Norton technology. I've never seen such a waste of money in my life. No body should pay the prices they set for computer protection. There are free analogues available that do the job just as well or even better. Not to mention these free programs are typically lighter (take up less harddrive space) and less of a resource hog (will not cripple your processor or take up too much space in RAM).

Free Anti-Virus/Spyware Software

Many name brand computers will come with installations of Norton Anti-Virus or McAfee. Eventually you have to pay for these services. Norton requires a yearly fee for having the software. This is ridiculous. There are plenty of great programs out there that do the job for free.

Free Picture/Image Editing Software

Need more power than Paint by can't afford Photoshop? There are free image editors even available as an applet online to get the job done.

 Free DVD/CD Burning Software

Microsoft Office Alternatives

Microsoft Office is expensive, and I know that. Try using OpenOffice as an alternative for Excel, Powerpoint and Word.

Replacement for Microsoft Office or Eudora

Does anyone use other free software that should be recognized or added to the list of essential free software?

One Response so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    I just pirate most paid software. Win win situation for me.

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