Free For All

Must-Haves

  • WinZip (www.winzip.com): There's a shareware program every computer user simply must have in his or her arsenal: WinZip. WinZip is available from any shareware site-not just the main Web site. WinZip is a file-compression tool used for zipping and unzipping files uploaded and downloaded to and from the Net. This utility decompresses virtually any zipped-up Internet file and makes it easy to organize your zipped files. This is typical shareware-it can be used free of charge for 21 days, after which you'll need to pay $29 (well worth it). Expect to spend four minutes downloading this effective little program.
  • McAfee Clinic (www.mcafee.com): If you're planning to start downloading files and programs, it's definitely time for an antivirus program. McAfee is one of the leaders in fighting viruses. You can get a demo version of this powerful software for the small price of a lengthy download.
  • RealPlayer (www.real.com): Real-Player has made a name for itself as the leading utility for playing Internet audio and video. RealPlayer 7 Basic is available for free, while RealPlayer 7 Plus will cost you $29.99 and promises to make your Web surfing come to life. Basic includes plenty of features to whet your appetite for multimedia, including access to Real.com's Take 5, a daily program guide to online entertainment, and links to more than 100 live radio shows.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (www.adobe.com): We've all been to a Web site that requires this PDF file viewer. Adobe Acrobat lets users post large files to the Web to be downloaded and read by this fairly common program. The latest version of Acrobat Reader lets you view PDF files that contain Chinese, and other Asian font packs.

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This article was originally published in the July 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Free For All.

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