I've done a extensive search on your topic and have found quite a
number of individual reasons that people give for not downloading
shareware. I've put those reasons into categories for you with a
number of representative references. They are weighted the way that I
found them. In other words, although I didn't include every single
instance, the more references you see for each category, the more I
If I had to generalize, I would say the reasons fall into two main
FEAR OF DAMAGING SYSTEMS Regular users do not download shareware
because it has a reputation for carrying viruses, Trojans, spyware,
adware, and files that will damage their computers.
POOR QUALITY Professionals do not download shareware because they
view shareware as inferior, unreliable, not as advertised, annoying
when it's crippled or time-limited, and generally not worth the hassle
of downloading and registering.
The other growing reason for not downloading shareware is fear of
legal repercussions. Some of this is due to misunderstanding of what
shareware is. Some people seem to think that downloading shareware is
equivalent to downloading music from a P2P service. Wrong as that may
be, the fear is real and it effects their decisions to download.
And, of course there are those people who believe everything on the
internet should be free.
REASONS GIVEN FOR NOT DOWNLOADING SHAREWARE
TOO MUCH HASSLE
"Further, many Macheads dislike the idea of doing technical noodling
on their machines -- including installing shareware. "Most Mac users
won't download shareware," says Oppenheimer. "Macs are used mainly by
people who don't want to have to do that stuff.""
Toward a Hack-Proof Mac
FEAR OF REGISTRY / FILE CORRUPTION
"Windows users I know are afraid of trying sharewares because they
fear having to reinstall their system... Remember, a Windows PC with a
corrupt registry is an awfully big paperweight !"
MAC FORUM RE: BW posts special report on future of Apple
"Some people tell me that they don't download shareware and freeware.
They miss out on some useful and fun stuff (although they probably
don't have as many late nights debugging Windows weirdness)..."
GEODOG'S MT WEBLOG
"I never use shareware and I never will, I now what it's like. So my
tip is if it ain't freeware or `off the shelf` leave it be.."
FORUM BOOT SLOWDOWN
"I NEVER USE SHAREWARE, as it screws up your computers configuration,
then when U want 2 get rid of it, U have to sit and go threw your
system deleting everything the uninstall did not remove.. Then I have
to sit and re-edit my system configuration.... Shareware , for me
anyways is not werth the trouble......."
GOOGLE GROUPS: Subject: Re: MSIE4 User's -----ANY-1----- HELP
FEAR OF VIRUSES /TROJANS ETC
"General advice on avoiding viruses: Don't download shareware products
or uncopyrighted disks or floppy disks that aren't copyrighted."
HOMEBASED GROUP KEEP IT SECURE
"Use antivirus software to scan diskettes and dont download shareware
or documents without having them scanned."
KEEPING INFORMATION IN
'Trojan horse.' It doesn't get on your computer unless you install
a piece of software that has chosen to use it. If you don't want it,
don't use shareware.""
Beware of Gifts Bearing Trojans
I'm safe from viruses because I don't use shareware, public domain
software, freeware, etc
Myths and Facts about Viruses
Your best defense against viruses is to only load proprietary
software, DON'T USE SHAREWARE PERIOD (Unless you just love getting
your system rebuilt)!,
A WIZARD'S FATE
"It's different for each share ware. Some never expires. It depends
on who made the software. Never download shareware unless you have
Google groups: Shareware
"Hey! Never download shareware from non-official sites. Most likely it
contains a virus .... Be careful!!!"
GOOGLE GROUPS: Subject: Re: ICQ99a 2.05 Beta Out!
SECURITY / PRIVACY CONCERNS
"And generally speaking, the security minded user would NEVER use
shareware, ESPECIALLY anything downloadable from the internet!"
GOOGLE GROUPS: security
HATE ADWARE / SPYWARE / HIJACKING
"First, don't use shareware programs had have build in adware. This
includes almost every file sharing program out there. If you must use
shareware, try to find versions without adware, like Kazaa Lite
"KaZaA, Gaming, and IMing Can Be Dangerous: Using file-sharing
applications (such as KaZaA) can make your computer vulnerable to
spyware and hackers. Either be cautious of the consequences or dont
use shareware software.."
The Hazards of Free Web Downloads
"There were 35 gator files sitting on my computer. I have NO idea how
they get there as I NEVER download shareware or click pop up ads or
KAZAA USERS BRACE FOR HIJACKING
"If you have problems keeping 98 running then XP will blow you away.
Save your money. Don't download shareware from the net. Screensavers,
greeting cards nice cuddly stuff...it's all a scam! And nothing but
muck for your puter'! Sorry, but you don't get something for nothing.
95% of the internet downloads available that you would be interested
in are laced with spyware, Trojans, or some other resource sacrificing
Google groups: Subject: Re: 95,98 or xp?
"I've had Ad-Aware for years now and I notice the only stuff getting
in anymore (I don't download shareware stuff) is when doing MS
Internet Exploder updates."
GOOGLE GROUPS: Re: Stear clear of iwon.com
DON'T WANT TO PAY USE FREEWARE INSTEAD
"Some people charge a shareware fee for their schemes. I can't get
into that. I don't charge for my schemes, and I don't use shareware
schemes because I don't want to pay for them."
Don't use shareware, use freeware!
We don't need shareware, we need only software that works. I mean,
"As it is, I never download shareware (except WinZip) because I would
never pay the shareware fees that most poeple end up (needing?) to
Google groups: Subject: Re: In praise of smartCert prebranded software
BAD QUALITY / UNPROFESSIONAL
"I don't use shareware... ever. 98% pf the software is either:
Not-what-I-want, grossly insufficient in some area, has a very bad
layout, is counter-intuitive, is not as advertised, is unmitigated
junk, et cetera along the aforesaid lines. In addition, I don't like
the junk files and potential registry problems."
"We never use shareware clip art, flashing text or little mailboxes
with hands coming out of them. You're serious about your business. We
are serious about websites."
IBEST DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
"I don't download shareware considering i find them mostly a waste of
time anyway I can usually find a better program THAT I Paid for to do
exactly what the shareware program can do...and usually faster."
Google groups: Subject: Re: The ugly side of rec.arts.anime.misc...
"I won't download shareware unless I think it's at least reasonably
possible that the job it does will be worth the registration price to
GOOGLE GROUPS: Subject: Re: New resource: useful utilities for web
"Personally, I never use shareware that is crippled or "drops dead"
after a while. Software that don't, and I like to use, I pay for. But
software that is crippled I consider demo software, and don't
register, and software that drops dead, I don't try anyway."
Google Groups: Subject: Re: 4dos$$
"The reason we don't use shareware at work (a Gov't Lab) is that we
are only allowed to use software that is legally paid for, and we
haven't figured out any way to pay for shareware (yet)."
"I think our friend just means
that the government has certain
protocols in their purchase of software for research purposes, which
may restrict their usage to "mainstream", commercial software;
"shareware" may be considered too insecure for their particular
AVOID COPYRIGHT OR USAGE TERMS INFRINGEMENT
"To keep your school legal do not install personal commercial or
shareware software on school computers, dont make copies of personal
commercial software and share, dont make copies of software licensed
to your school and share, dont use shareware for extended periods
without paying for it."
"If you've ever used a peer-to-peer network and swapped copyrighted
files, chances are pretty good you're guilty of a federal felony
"That's the reason I never download shareware."
Re: Are you an unindicted federal felon?
"[If you don't like the creator's condition of sale then..] Don't
download shareware. Don't copy your buddy's copyrighted software, and
don't buy the software subject to copyright
GOOGLE GROUPS: Re: Truly Unbelievable (was Re: against copyright
USE SHAREWARE BUT DON'T DOWNLOAD FROM UNAUTHORIZED SITES
"Don't download shareware from lame warez pages. Get them from
official program homepage or from a registered Distributor.."
[*This is spam .. have no idea if people really do this. K~]
"If you download shareware read this now!
I've devised a method for
you to get an entire years worth of downloads from hundreds of bbs
systems for less than $6 monthly! I'm gonna pass this "secret" on to
""We're asking the audience to do an awful lot on their end just to
see an ad," he observes. "Most people don't download shareware or
freeware until they have to
YOU LOVE ME. YOU REALLY LOVE ME.
" I don't use shareware beyond their trials, but this is the only
shareware I've ever paid for
IRCLE x =- REVIEWS
"Poll date: February 28, 2003
If you download a shareware program for your station computer, do you
eventually register and pay for the software? (be honest!)..
I never use shareware on my station computer - 13.1 % (346) "
ARRLWeb Survey Results
This long thread is an interesting discussion on the use and abuse of
shareware. It's old (1992) but much of it still pertinent today. Many
opinions personal and professional. I found it via post #26, but
have linked you to the entire discussion.
So that should give you a good representative sample of what people
have to say about downloading and using shareware. For more examples,
use my search terms below or try some combinations of your own.
One that I just thought of, but didn't try is: "avoid shareware" I
see it nets 4-5 pages of results in both Google and Google Groups, so
you'll probably want to take a look at those.
If anything I've given you isn't clear or if any of the links don't
work, please feel free to ask for Clarification.
Thanks for your question.
Search Terms used in Google and Google Groups
"don't download shareware"
"won't download shareware"
"never download shareware"
"don't use shareware"
"won't use shareware"
"never use shareware"
"don't need shareware"
"don't like shareware"