Sometimes upgrading a software program to a newer version can be a good thing. It addresses bugs, security holes, adds new features, etc. Other times, your computer may not be compatible with the new version, the new version is bloated, or all the options you liked are no longer available. When the latter of the two is true, I use a web site called

For example, I recently had to reinstall Yahoo IM and really hate their latest 8.1 version. It comes with ads at the bottom (ads are actually pre 8.1) which blink, rotate, and drive you crazy and also seems to run much slower on my machine. So instead of installing YIM bloatware 8.1, I went on over to and downloaded YIM version 7.0. currently offers 1910 versions of 152 programs and continues to grow. It’s a great resource so I don’t need to keep an archive of all my previous program versions.

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