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Shareware Software Misrepresented by Download Sites

04-24-2007 06:30 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

Press release from: win.rar GmbH

It has come to the attention of win.rar GmbH that some download websites have recently represented WinRAR and other shareware in a misleading light.

These kind of download sites charge a membership fee or ask for extra payments in various forms just to enable users to download certain shareware programs. However, since the philosophy behind shareware is that these programs can be tested totally free of charge for a certain time period, they can normally be downloaded for free via the publisher's websites anyway. Further, the said download sites often do not state explicitly that users only receive the download of a trial version. They give the impression that users acquire the right to unlimited use of the program.

After users have downloaded, for example WinRAR, from one of these sites, they will of course discover that they have only downloaded the trial version. This has led to numerous complaints from users to shareware publishers, because they believe that publishers are associated with these sites. win.rar GmbH has always distanced itself from download sites that follow these nontransparent practices and does not cooperate with them in any way.

It has also come to our notice that some of these download sites are trying to convince their visitors that WinRAR is available as a freeware, which is also misleading. WinRAR is a shareware and is available to be downloaded for free and tested for a trial-period of 40 days.

In order to protect internet users from such misleading download sites, win.rar GmbH considers it important to spread the knowledge that shareware can generally be downloaded for free via the website of the publisher and users can buy it after or during the trail period to use the software. Furthermore, internet users should always check what they actually get before signing up for one of those download sites and agreeing to pay a membership fee or any other form of charges.

About WinRAR
WinRAR is a 32-bit Windows version of RAR Archiver, the powerful archiver and archive manager. RAR files can usually compress content up to 30 percent better than ZIP files. WinRAR's main features are very strong general and multimedia compression, processing of non-RARarchives, long filename support, programmable self-extracting archives(SFX), damaged archive repair, authenticity verification, embedded file comments, and encryption. WinRAR is available in over 45 different languages and runs on Windows 95/98/NT/2000/ME/XP/Vista. The command line version RAR is available for Linux, DOS, OS/2, FreeBSD and MAC OS X. Pocket RAR, the free WinRAR version for Pocket PCs, WinRAR for U3 and the new WinRAR Unplugged complete the compression product range. So WinRAR simply is "The Size Solution".

About win.rar GmbH
win.rar GmbH is the official publisher for WinRAR and RARLAB products since February 2002 and handles all support, marketing and sales related to WinRAR & rarlab.com. win.rar GmbH is located in Germany and is represented globally through its local partners in six continents and in more than 80 countries. The company is dedicated to offering the highest level of quality support to its customers, and to constantly improving its software according to their needs and feedback. For more information about WinRAR and win.rar GmbH please visit www.win-rar.com


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Get your FREE WinRAR Press-KEY!
For all journalists, we have reserved a free copy of WinRAR for your personal use in our pressroom at www.win-rar.com/press. Here you also can find official short descriptions, PAD files, screen shots, news etc.
This online Pressroom was especially designed with the needs of journalists in mind. Including restricted advanced information, access to program previews, and special giveaway offers for the readers of your magazine. In addition to all of this we have reserved a free copy of WinRAR for your personal use. Come and visit us at www.win-rar.com/press today and experience first hand what WinRAR has to offer. We are always open to suggestions about how we can make this Pressroom better designed to meet your needs. Please direct all suggestions to: press@win-rar.com.

win.rar GmbH
Unser Lieben Frauen Kirchhof 10
28195 Bremen
Germany

Tel: +49 421 63939-0
Fax: +49 421 63939-99

Website: www.win-rar.com
E-mail: info@win-rar.com

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