Freeware is software that is released by the developer completely free, but the developer continues to hold the copyright, and the source is not released. "Freeware" is not a legal term or distribution license, and therefore has no agreed upon definition. For the purposes of this site, "freeware" is software that has all its features intact, never asks you to buy or donate, and doesn't include any advertisements. There are many distribution licenses which can be described as freeware like the Creative Commons License and the Gnu Public License.
Although I love free software, I recognize that it's usually inferior compared to commercial software, and I often find that it's frequently in a state of disrepair because the developers got bored and only half-finished features or never bothered to shore up bugs. However, for a great deal of the tasks I need a computer to do, I have found a decent free programs.