This is our ‘Frequently asked questions’ page, the purpose of which is to list some of the most common questions that come our way. If you have a question that is not listed here, feel free to email me.
Where are the download links?
The last line of a post will contain the link to the program or service, or a link to the download. If a post contains multiple tools, the title itself will link to the external page where the download is to be found.
Why don’t you host the downloads on the Freewaregenius site itself?
I cannot afford the bandwidth; also, it is better to get the download from the developer’s site to be sure you are downloading the latest version. There are many tools that have been discontinued or disappeared from the net, or ‘last freeware versions’ that we actually do host.
Can I write a guest post and publish it on this site?
You can. We will have to approve the choice of program or topic (it has to involve free tools) and reserve the write to edit the text or refuse to publish for any number of reasons, including: the quality in not up to our standards, the writing style does not quite fit with what our audience expects, we don’t like the analysis or we think it is not as value added as we require, we do not like the tools or services chosen, or the existence of dubious links . Unless you are linking to your own personal page or blog, any links in the text have to be organically related to the content of the post, in that the user would want to go there, and not just through a random text anchor. We reserve the right to remove any links that change or are redirected after publication.
Does Freewaregenius.com install any spyware/malware or toolbars within my browser?
You have got to be joking! This is a personal blog, nothing is installed on your system.
Why are you always praising what you write about? Is there anything you don’t actually like ?
I only post reviews of software that I think is worth writing about, by definition. What I don’t like I pass over, since there’s no need to waste my and your time with it.
How often do you post?
My goal is 30 postings/month. These may come in ‘batches’ though, rather than once a day.
Do you install and test every program you review?
Will you review my program (or my favorite program) if I ask nicely?
I might. There are reasons why I might not, though: if I don’t like the program or I don’t feel it is as good as others out there, if I don’t know much about the subject or category, or if it simply isn’t that interesting or just a me-too contender in a list of many other good options.
Will you find or recommend a certain program if I ask you? Will you answer a software related question by email?
Probably. I will at least try.
Is the software featured on Freewaregenius really free?
Yes. If there is a ‘paid’ version of the software the review will point out the differences.
But is it handicapped in any way (crippleware/liteware)?
If it is posted on Freewaregenius it will have to offer considerable value; crippleware will not, whereas liteware quite possibly will, and may be posted.
What about nagware (programs that require you to wait and/or click a button on a screen)?
I have a particular aversion to nagware; so its very unlikely (although technically possible if the program really has something to offer).
Would you consider trialware? (definition here)
No. This site is about freeware.
Will you post software that is in alpha or beta?
Yes. This will be stated under in the text itself.
What is your policy on adware? Will you post adware titles on your site?
The answer to this is that in very rare cases I might, provided that the software satisfies the below conditions:
- The program is unique and has a high value added.
- The ads do not interefere with the user experience (i.e. the UI is well designed and the ads unobtrusive).
- The ads do not link to gambling or adult sites.
If I do post an adware title it will be stated in the review text. I will be very accomodating with regard to ads that point to the developer’s other FREE titles.
What about programs that ask you to register or provide an email or other personal info?
I will post these, but will state that this is a requirement.
Will you knowingly post programs that contain spyware and/or other malware.
No. I will go to great lengths to make sure that no such software is featured on Freewaregenius. If we make a mistake, we will take a post down (this happened once in 6 years of publication).
How would you know if a program contains spyware?
I install it and see how it behaves in relation to my firewall/antispyware/antivirus software, and I will upload to VirusTotal and check the VirusTotal profile on the program. I regard VirusTotal as the ultimate reference on these issues.
Will you post abandonware/orphanware?
I will post abandonware games. With respect to other programs it is unlikely, as there is so much going on in terms of quality freeware/open source software that I see no reason to look into software from the distant past whose legality is unclear or questionable.
Will you post cracks or warez on your site?
No. Everything is 100% legitimate and legal. One of the objectives of this site is to show that there is quality free software out there that will do most everything that you need, and that you really don’t need cracked software.