It may be tempting to download useful-looking software that you can get free on the Internet, but these tools may carry a hidden cost. Installing them may often cause other programs to stop working which and when reported, it can take a long time for our T&C teams to track down the problem. More seriously, they can display unwanted ads, slow your PC down or make it less secure by letting the computer download more ads from the Internet. Most seriously, they can be infected by viruses or spyware that are intended to damage your computer or steal confidential information. If you find software that you feel will benefit your department or the University, please contact the T&C Helpdesk (x8552 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and request a software evaluation.