Trialware as defined by Wiki is software provided on a trial basis. In the past few years it has become more common place on new computers. The object of placing software trials on a new computer is to get you to use it and then have it become invaluable to you. Usually trialware includes Antivirus and Office software. When the trial is up you can no longer access documents you have created and your computer is venerable to security risks. This can pose problems if you aren’t prepared to purchase the software at the end of the trial.
So what do you do? You have documents that you need and your computer is warning you that it is venerable to attack. Well the more immediate problem is Antivirus. This should under no circumstances should be ignored even for a day or two. The first option is of course to buy the software that was pre-installed. There should a message popping up frequently warning you of the Antivirus expiring and how to buy it. The second option is a little more appealing to many. There are free versions of popular Antivirus software that are easy to obtain and install.
AVG is one of the more popular solutions. It can be obtained here from AVG’s home page. It is great for the home user. It is great for surfing the net, searching and social networking. If you would like a more robust version that includes scanning files that you download then it is better you buy the paid version here. You can also upgrade at anytime you desire better protection.
Avast! is also a great free Antivirus solution. It scans automatically for viruses and spyware. It also has the ability to rate website based on whether or not they have been reported for suspicious activity in the past. Avast! also has an upgrade path so that if you need extra protection you can purchase it at anytime.
Office productivity software is also easily replaced with a free version. Microsoft Office is the most often placed option of office trialware. It is usually good for 60 days at the end of which requires purchase to continue working with the documents you have created or saved on your computer. The expiration of this trial can be annoying since you can no longer create, edit or print documents. So again you may purchase the full version for around $125 more or less.
If you don’t want to shell out the extra cash for it there is also a free solution for this as well. OpenOffice is great for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is compatible with all office document formats and quite easy to learn. This means all documents you create you can easily share with your friends, family and co-workers. You can download it form OpenOffice.org and run the simple install to be up and running quickly.
There is usually a free or much lower cost solution other than purchasing the software trials placed on your computer by the manufacturer. A quick Google search can find you most options. Of course if you have any question you can always email this author. As always Happy Computing.