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Chapter 3. Downloading Files Using Inter... > Getting Software on the Web

Getting Software on the Web

As you explore the Web with Internet Explorer, you might find that the World Wide Web not only is a huge collection of informational Web sites, but it also enables you to download files from software libraries and then use these software applications on your computer. These software products come in two flavors: shareware and freeware.

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Shareware Typically, a fully operational program that asks you to send the programmer of the product a certain fee. Sometimes shareware products operate only for a limited time (a month or so) so that you can use the software and then decide whether you want to keep using it by paying the programmer. Some shareware is called "nag-ware" because it will constantly remind you that you need to pay the author of the program if you want to keep using it.


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Freeware Programs you can download and use free. These are usually add-on programs or other specialty programs written by someone who needed a particular application. They then share it with anyone who would like to use the program.


The software applications available on the Web range from Web browser add-ons such as Macromedia Shockwave and Adobe Acrobat Reader (both discussed in Lesson 4, "Using Internet Explorer Add-Ons," in this section of the book) to full-blown applications. Other types of programs you're likely to come across include home finance programs, drawing programs, and computer games. You name it—it's probably available for downloading from the Web.

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