• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint

Locating the Best Sites

Quite a few sites exist on the Web that you can download files from. These sites range from catchall sites that contain a variety of types of software, to sites that contain specific categories of software, such as Internet-related applications.

You can start your own search for software sites using the Search feature in Internet Explorer (see Lesson 5, "Searching the World Wide Web"). You can search for sites that contain software downloads by searching for keywords such as freeware or shareware. Some Web sites that are considered the best sites to find and download software from are listed in Table 3.1.

Table 3.1. Web Sites Containing Freeware and Shareware
Web Site Type of Software URL Address
http://Shareware.com A large collection of shareware and freeware in nearly all categories. http://Shareware.com has its own search engine for locating files http://www.shareware.com
TUCOWS The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software (thus the name TUCOWS) contains Internet-related shareware and freeware. TUCOWS rates each software product. http://www.tucows.com
Microsoft Microsoft provides updates and patches for all its products (such as Windows and the Office applications), and freeware tools and trial software applications for downloading. http://www.microsoft.com
CNET CNET provides a download page that links you to sites where you can download games, shareware, and freeware software, and even MP3 and other audio files. http://download.cnet.com


Tip

Be Careful Downloading from Obscure or Unfamiliar Sites Most of the sites that offer shareware and freeware (particularly those listed in Table 3.1) make sure that the files they offer are virus free. Not all sites, however, spend the time and effort necessary to make sure that the files they contain are virus and error free. You download at your own risk, so try to use sites that claim to provide virus-free files.


  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint