It could be free for a number of reasons. One is that it has not been widely tested and companies want to take the time to test it thoroughly before they sell their product so they allow beta testers to use it for free.
Another reason is that some individuals simply do not like how much some programs cost and they offer free alternatives, which nevertheless may work with POP3 and IMAP accounts, like Spamihilator or Pixbyte, to users so that they have an alternative to expensive applications.
Whatever the reason, you should check the license of the freeware as well as reviews of the product before you install it on your computer.
When you use antispam freeware you are protecting your email from spam. What happens is the program automatically rates certain emails as spam and puts them into your spam folders.
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You can also adjust the filter to allow or disallow certain websites so that you still get your emails from those that you want to.
That is one of the great things about antispam freeware, you have full control of your options and can change whatever you need to in order to make your spam filter work for you.
Choosing to go with freeware over a paid program can be a smart financial decision.
Most companies that offer antispam freeware also offer free updates for their software as they improve it so you will not have to worry about having an outdated system.
So long as it is compatible with your operating system, such as Microsoft Vista, then you can use the program for as long as you are happy with it.
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