Viruses, spy-wares, Trojans and worms are not the only the menace you can expect when you download free or software trial versions across the internet! While there are a number of malicious web programs, and it is an unsaid disclaimer that you should not download any executable (*.exe) files unless you completely trust the website you are using for such activities. Apart from these obvious issues, there are certain other concerns which you need to keep in mind and beware of when you do decide to go the "Free way"! All Free lunches come ata acost. Some issues which you are likely to face are listed as under:
USING P2P APPLICATIONS FOR DOWNLOADING EXECUTABLE FILES
P2P sites usually pose the greatest nature of threats especially when you are downloading executable files from a person you dont't really know and about whom you are totally unaware of. Apart from downloading illegal and pirated material, the potential risks such applications pose are catastrophic. The files so exchanges may contain viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and spyware. Moreover, they hog on your bandwidth causing the download bit-rate to fall considerably, which in turn affects the overall productivity and speed of your internet connection.
YOUR SYSYTEM SLOW DOWN, OR HANG FREQUENTLY
This is a frequent issue when you download free screensaver and themes. Most 3D animated screensaver packages, try to install many types of ad-ware and spy-ware, which eat up your CPU processing time, making your system crawl.
COMPUTER STARTS CRASHING FREQUENTLY
Some free software applications albeit very useful, are poorly structured, and do no justice to your system. Frequent rebooting of your machine can result in corruption of you systems Registry or Hard Disk Drive.
PROTECT YOUR SELF
It is essential that you protect your system at hand and act in a preventive and cautious manner while downloading software applications over the internet. If you however, face any issues, you need to address them immediately. Listed below are a few handy tips you can start with:
1. Go to Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.
2. Uninstall any programs you do not require.
3. Clear you temp files, temporary internet files, history files and internet cookies regularly.
4. Take periodic backup of all your critical data.