Linux based computers ship with Firefox. The latest version is available at http://firefox.com
Apple Mac based computers ship with Safari. The latest version is available at http://www.apple.com/safari/download/
Windows based computers ship with Microsoft Internet Explorer. The latest version is available at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/ie/getitnow.mspx
Firefox (http://firefox.com) works on all of the above computers, so may be your best bet.
In order to access the online content of many websites, your web browser needs the following 'helper applications' or plug-ins. Click on the appropriate link below and follow the instructions you will find there.
- Adobe Flash -- http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
Allows you to view Flash animations and movies.
- Adobe Reader -- http://adobe.com/reader
Allows you to view and print pdf documents
- Java -- http://www.java.com/en/download/
Allows you to run web programs written in the Java language
- QuickTime -- http://www.apple.com/quicktime/
Allows you to hear and view mov audio and video files
NOTE: You should not have to pay for any of these plug-ins or browsers. Free versions of them all are available at the links above.
Trial versions of Microsoft Office are available at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/suites/default.aspx
Open Office is a free alternative to the above. It's available for download at http://www.openoffice.org/
Ubuntu, the free Linux operating system, is available for download at http://www.ubuntu.com/
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