What is freeware?

Freeware is software that you can use for zero monetary cost. Unlike shareware, it is typically available for an unlimited amount of time, and often includes all available features. The authors or proprietors of the software retain all rights to the product, and any reverse-engineering, modification, or redistribution is strictly prohibited. However, different products may have different terms of use, allowing for redistribution under specific conditions. 

Similar to shareware, cybercriminals may also use freeware as a distribution method for malware. The promise of free software is a common social engineering tactic they use to trick internet users into downloading malicious programs. 

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