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As odd as this may seem, the same person (me / I) programs the freeware programs, packages them using standard Microsoft Program Packing Software, and also controls this website.  Therefore I also make the software downloads ready in the web pages.  What I can attest to - is that in none of that process, did I add something "extra" that adds adware, viruses, spyware, or other malware.  In other words - it is as safe as I can make the packaging portion.  I also have added no software or other means to find out whom is downloading this software, and therefore in no way can I compare those people who download to to those people who make contributions.  In that sense, when I say "freeware," I do mean freeware, since I do nothing to monitor or control anything else.  All contributions therefore, while being appreciated, to help with this website, are at the sole discretion of the user.

I am also bothered by the statements that I see when my programs are opened that say, "publisher unknown."  I of course identify the publisher within the software where asked, and I also sign the self certification forms.  And those forms say I am certified for a year.


And yes, I absolutely mean that.   And yes, one does need to be careful with our filemanager2b program , as with any file manager program, or for that manner, many other programs.  Why?  Well, any program that can save files, move files, rename files, or delete files can damage your software data, or perhaps even your operating system.  In fact, I would add that if a person does not back up their important data, and also is not willing to test filemanager2b in a safe area of their computer first, then my advice would be, "Please do not download that program."

But are file managers the only software programs that if used incorrectly can hurt us?  Not at all.  In fact most software programs I have seen can.  I learned long ago that any program that can load and save - and that might be the majority of software programs - can damage your data files and maybe perhaps also your computer operating system.  Why?  Well, when you load or save a file, Microsoft Windows often shows you the file structure in and around the area you are affecting - which is a portion of THEIR file manager.  And instead of just saving your file, or opening a file, you can then highlight a file there and rename it or delete it.  Also, you could save over an important file with gibberish during the save if you are not careful. And of course a file manager also comes with every Microsoft Windows Operating System.   And so, while a file manager program like our filemanager2b can move, rename and delete files perhaps faster than most other software programs, the other programs often can also damage things.  And so, I say, the only safety is the user.  Does the user do backups for safety?  Is the user careful before moving, deleting or renaming files?  The user - you and I - are the only real safeties.  And I also entreat you - please, please, always back up your data.  When I write these programs, for example, I am so concerned about losing my work that after every important "save," the latest version software often is saved four places.  And only one of those four places is this same computer I am typing on now.


 I do not know.  There are many things a software programmer from those browsers or operating systems can do.  But one thing I can see for myself.  And that is, over the 10 or more years I have been distributing software, the world has become far less trusting.  And maybe that is what they should do.  Too many products have viruses, adware, spyware and the like.  We do not, as I say again.  But the software programmers for browsers and virus checkers are told to try and block things.  Well, what they seem to give a pass to are large well known software companies who also pay for external certification of their software.  And what they seem to find suspicious are the small business people with less money.  While I could scream that that is unfair, what would you do if you were a software programmer told to "block something?"  What would you do?  What would I do?  They have to choose something to go by.

This reminds me a bit of the early days of spam filters for email.  In the very early days it seems the spam filters stopped very little of the spam, but would at times block legitimate emails we needed.  Why?  Well, again, software programmers needed to go by something.  And so it seemed that they looked for key words or phrases in the email and also how many people on the send list.  Well, spammers quickly became experts on spam filters, making them something of a joke - at least to my tastes.  The spam people quickly figured out the words the filters did not like, and changed the words, or added spaces between letters or asterisks - as many of us know.  And so the spammers who knew the rules got through but legitimate people who did not study the rules were being blocked at times.  I am not trying to say that virus checkers or browser checkers today are that bad.  There has been some learning.  But it really is the same issue.  There is no clear way quite often to tell something safe from something not safe.  A wise person once said that nothing can be done in software, that cannot first be done by hand.  And if we cannot figure out ourselves how to tell on the surface safe from non safe, well then, neither can software.

As for what companies are safe, I am not certain that I see an obvious trend.  Actually, the hugest companies that I deal with, Microsoft and Corel, seem to be among the most honorable.  Some middle sized companies such as Atlantis and Calibre I would also give high grades to.  And of course there are many fine small companies.  However, being "larger," even if certified, does not make a company safe.  I have been surprised that some companies whom I thought had good names had adware included that took me a while to remove.  There is much nonsense going around.  And some companies that are quite ethical, are only safe if downloaded from their own site.  I know of one fine company where a download from a distributor included dangerous adware.  So one must be careful of distributors as well.  I even found one company who claimed to give downloads of a prior Microsoft program for XP, that Microsoft no longer offers downloads on their site.  Well, I never got the program for my portable, but I did get some devastating adware that took time to remove.  And so while Microsoft and some other companies may be quite ethical, some people who claim to distribute their goods are not.

Again for this site, what I can say is that I can testify that I included no adware, spyware, viruses, internet spying or other malware with the programs.  I only used the standard Microsoft Packaging Software.  And at this site, I can also control the downloads.  We have also been advertising software or distributing it from this site for over 10 years.  However, that does not mean that a browser, virus program or operating system will not object. 


Your opinion is up to you.  What I can do is to state the case as best as I can here.  Perhaps like me, you will find over time, which places can be trusted and which cannot.  But thanks for reading this.


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