What freeware means
Freeware are those computer softwares or programs which have registered user rights and are available for free installation and use for an unlimited period of time.
Free installation and use means that the user has to pay no cost or any other optional fee.
The only criteria on which a computer program can be classified as "freeware" is its free usability for an unlimited period of time. The license for this kind of software can establish one ore more usage limitations : personal, non commercial, commercial, academical or any combination of these.
A "freeware" software IS NOT :
- "Shareware," which you eventually must pay for
- "Nagware," which tries to get you to pay for something that was originally offered as though it was free
- "Crippleware," software that perpetually tries to annoy and tease you about features only enabled in the commercial version
- "Adware," an increasingly popular form of software that is actually a vehicle for advertising, and that is much like the modern Internet itself
- "Spyware," a sleazy kind of program that opens a channel of communication between your computer and someone who wants to know what you are doing