One of the post popular ways to access newsgroups is to use a specialized software application.
You may be surprised to learn that if you using Windows, then you very probably already have a newsgroup reader installed on your PC. Microsoft Outlook Express is installed alongside Internet Explorer and contains both an e-mail client and also a newsgroup reader client. If you have the full Microsoft Outlook installed, Outlook uses Outlook Express as its newsgroup reader.
Here are a few applications you might like to check out:
The one most of us use, because a) we're too lazy to install anything else, b) it works fine, so why fix it, and c) it integrates nicely into Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer.
A very good, powerful newsgroup reader. A more advanced version Forté Agent is also available for a nominal fee.
Setting up an account
Your Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will give you instruction on how to set up your newsgroup reader software, and the address of their newsgroup server. This is usually something like