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The Internet has become such a part of all our lives. Not only does it allow individuals to stay connected with family members and friends but to make more of the latter. The world has become a much smaller place because of the Internet. Even with all of its positives, communication between individuals can sometimes get lost in translation. It is sometimes impossible to convey the emotions a person is trying to with words alone. Short of creating a video message every time a person wants to communicate online, there is little that an individual can do to get the correct message across aside from using emoticons and animations. They just happen to be the next best thing. Not only are they perfect for conveying a certain emotion or feeling, they are free. It is possible to download all sorts of great looking emoticons and animations free of charge at websites such as Individuals can use them, along with winks, mood avatars, symbols and buddy bubbles.

Individuals can download an unbelievable number of text ďaccessoriesĒ such as emoticons, animations, mood avatars, winks and text effects at They are available free of charge. Individuals can download them without having to worry about spyware, malware or viruses being attached. Below, we will take a closer look at the siteís downloads. In particular, youíll find a brief review of all of the downloads available at

Emoticons: Regular users of instant message programs such as Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, AOL and WLM often like to use emoticons. Those that do will find plenty of them at The companyís selection represents an array of emotions and is perfect for those that want to convey a certain feeling or emotion in their written communication with others.

Animations: Animations are always a great deal of fun. They make it possible to not only convey an emotion but to make ones writing more entertaining. Again, the selection at the site is very good. When searching for animations, a person only need to checkout out the emoticon, winks and Big Emos section found on the homepage.

Mood Avatars: Mood avatars are the perfect way to let the world know how you are feeling at that moment. Felling sad? Choose the sad-looking avatar. Feeling happy? Go with the one that conveys that emotion.

Winks: The Winks section is pretty robust. Individuals will find three entire pages devoted to winks of all types. There is available for download, sexy, audio, love/kiss, hey/bye and prank winks, amongst other categories.

Text Effects: Text effects allow individuals to get creative with their writing. Itís not necessary to settle for boring text. Itís possible to spice it up with the text effects available at

Individuals looking for a large selection of emoticons, animations, winks, mood avatars and text effects will find them at The site offers a variety of the aforementioned, free-of-charge.

Are the Software Downloads at Malicious?

There are tons of online companies and websites more than willing to infect their visitorsí computers and laptops with malicious and damaging software. is not one of them. Individuals interested in downloading animations, emoticons, avatars and winks can do so without fear of their computers being exposed to something that might harm it can do so at This can be verified by prominent third-party watchdog webistes, such as McAfee Siteadvisor, or Norton Symantec. Moreover, Iminent is created by IminentSA, a large and reputable European company.

Spyware, malware and viruses can be quite dangerous to a personís computer and to their personal life (spyware). Below, we will detail some of the dangers and explain why it is important for individuals to make sure that whatever website they choose to download software from, doesnít bundle malware with it.

The Dangers of Spyware, Malware and Viruses

Spyware, malware and viruses have been a risk to computer owners for some time. Unscrupulous individuals and companies attempting to steal personal and financial information have caused a ton of problems for people. This is in addition to those individuals that send out viruses and malware to other peopleís computers just because. Theyíre not getting much out of it aside from knowing that that damaged another personís computer or laptop.

Spyware can be placed on a personís computer a number of ways. One of the most common ways for companies is to bundle it with other software. For instance, a company with free, downloadable emoticons and animations might attach spyware to their downloads without the downloader ever knowing it. This spyware might be used to gather important personal and financial information about the owner of the computer or whoever uses it. The problems that this can cause are pretty obvious and significant. The best way to avoid this is to have some sort of anti-virus and firewall downloaded onto ones computer. Staying away from websites that donít seem trustworthy or that arenít reputable is another way to avoid such problems as well. FAQ

a. What does offer besides emoticons? offers more then simply emoticons. Individuals will also be able to download animations, mood avatars, winks and text effects. The company offers a nice selection of all of the aforementioned.

b. Does attach spyware, malware and viruses to their downloads?
No, absolutely not. does not attach malware, spyware, viruses or any type of malicious software to their software downloads. Individuals will be able to download emoticons and animations without fear of their computers being compromised.

c. Where can I use the emoticons and animations I download from
The emoticons, animations, mood avatars, winks and symbols available at can be used on popular social networking websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Myspace. They can also be used with instant messaging programs such as Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, AOL Messenger and WLM. Those looking to use emoticons and animations via email can do so if they have Yahoo, Windows Live/Hotmail, Gmail and AOL.

d. What IM programs is compatible with? downloads can be used with the following Instant Messaging programs, WLM, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk and AOL Messenger.

e. What email programs can I use downloads with? downloads can be used by people with the following email providers, Yahoo, Windows Live/Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail and AOL.

f. What social networking websites are compatible with ?
Social networking has become the hottest thing going online. It seems like everyone is a member of at least one social networking website. Communication via these mediums can be a lot of fun but sometimes can come off a bit flat. One way to spice it up is to use emoticons and animations, such as the ones available at The emoticon and animation downloads at can be used on Myspace, Twitter and Facebook.

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