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First of all, a freewheel is different from a cassette, and you can avoid confusion by distinguishing them. Assuming that what you have really IS a freewheel, here's my advice...
A freewheel threads onto the rear wheel. As you ride it over the years, it gets tighter and tighter and tighter. Furthermore, if the freewheel is steel and the hub aluminum, they may seize together. This makes it VERY HARD to remove a freewheel. In order to do it successfully, you NEED a bench vise... there's no other way to do it reliably. Put the pronged/splined freewheel tool in the jaws of the bench vise, sticking straight up, and clamp it in place. Then put the wheel into the tool, laying flat. Now grip the tire on opposite sides, and rotate the whole wheel counterclockwise with all your might. After grunting and straining a few times, the freewheel should loosen and come off the hub.
Hope that helps! PS- You can spray a little liquid wrench or anti-seize stuff into the back side of the freewheel and let it soak in for an hour or two to make the job a bit easier.