So you’ve bought a new laptop, now you want to configure it and make sure you can get the most out of your new toy without having to spend an arm and a leg. There are plenty of freeware apps out there, but which ones are malware, which ones have viruses. It can be difficult to separate the good from the bad.. well this Lifehack Lesson is there to help you. It’ll point out all the useful freeware apps that can be trusted and installed on your laptop to help you get going.

This lesson is free for the first 7 days. To access this lesson after that and to all the other lessons, it costs $4.99 per month.

Here’s an excerpt form this lesson -

Finding Free Apps

When looking for freeware apps, not knowing what’s available is the hard part. The paid apps are so popular because they advertise A LOT. Either that or they have been around for a long time and they are a household name.

A good place to start your search is a site called AlternativeTo. By typing the name of the patent application in the search box, AlternativeTo will show you any alternative applications available. People can Like an app to let you know how well the app replaces the commercially popular application. For example when searching for Photoshop, the free app GIMP is the most popular on the list.

You can also sort by license. This means you can filter the results so only the free and open source programs are shown. If you are looking for an online version of an app, you can sort by platform too. Mac, Linux, Windows, Online and lots of other choices are available.

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