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Recommended software

Although there are several different software products on the market today, few provide as many features and services as the ones recommended below. Keep in mind that even if you use software other than the ones suggested, GRU.net can still provide help if you need it.

E-Mail Providers

An e-mail provider is an application that runs on a personal computer or workstation and enables you to send, receive and organize e-mail.

GRU.net recommends a stand-alone e-mail provider such as Outlook Express, Netscape, or Eudora. It is important to have the latest version of the e-mail provider you choose in order to ensure compatibility with the latest e-mail standards and technologies.

FTP Clients

An FTP client is an application that runs on a personal computer or workstation and enables you to download and upload files via File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

GRU.net recommends CuteFTP, WS_FTP, or Fetch. It is also possible to use built-in FTP software in Windows however, this software only offers a command line interface, which can be confusing to novice users.

Web Browsers

A Web browser is an application that runs on a personal computer or workstation and enables you to view Web pages via Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP).

GRU.net recommends Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape, and Opera. Browser versions vary, but in general, it is important to have the latest version of the browser software in order to ensure compatibility with the latest Web standards and technologies. Browsers may be downloaded for free from the Internet.

Anti-Virus Software

Anti-virus software runs on a personal computer or workstation and scans incoming files for known virus infection, thereby protecting your computer.

GRU.net recommends Symantec's Norton AntiVirus and McAfee's VirusScan. In addition to running the software, it is necessary to perform routine updates to ensure that your anti-virus software is configured to meet emerging virus threats. In general, the manufacturers provide regular updates via the Internet free of charge.

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