Ad-aware "is a free multi
spyware removal utility, that scans your memory, registry and hard
drives for known spyware components and lets you remove them safely."
Flash Player "Square" Preview Release is "the developer
preview release of Adobe Flash Player "Square" (codename). Flash Player
"Square" enables 64-bit support."
"Analog is a program to analyse the logfiles from your web server. It tells you which pages are most popular, which countries people are visiting from, which sites they tried to follow broken links from, etc."
AnalogX QuickDNS "The only slow spot in Analog is it's DNS lookup, which QuickDNS handles! Simply execute it before you run Analog, and it will do all of the DNS work for it, and it even uses the same config file!" I didn't find QuickDNS so simple to set up, but it did resolve the DNS lookup problems I had begun having with Analog.
AtomTime98 "is a 32-bit
Windows Internet (Winsock) application which will connect to the Atomic
Clock time server in Boulder, Colorado (USA) and fetch the current
atomic clock time value. It compares this value to your PC time
and displays the difference. You then have the option of updating
your PC clock to match the atomic clock value. There are a number
of options to automate the update process. AtomTime98 also
features support for most proxy servers." Windows XP users do not
need this, but it is very helpful on Windows 9x.
AVG Anti-Virus "AVG Free Edition is now available for all single home users worldwide! More detailed information can be found in the AVG Free Edition License Agreement."
"builds a detailed profile of your installed software and
hardware. In this Web demo all of your PC profile information is
kept in privacy on your PC and is not sent to a web server. The
license associated with this product allows for free personal use
Comodo Firewall Pro
some other 'free' firewalls, this is not a stripped down
version but is the full, completely functional product. Updates and
upgrades are also free."
"MD5 for Win32 introduced the "right-click and hash" interface to
calculate a message digest without having to open a separate program.
digestIT 2003 took it further by adding multiple file support,
integrated copying and saving, and support for the SHA-1 message digest
a low-level forensic utility that can recover erased files in an
emergency, wipe sensitive data, and search for hidden data at the
cluster level. Step through your File Allocation Table (FAT) and
map individual clusters back to the file that owns them. Purge
orphaned (and possibly sensitive) file names right out of the directory
structure." This does not work on NTFS partitions.
proven cloning software that enables users to backup, recover, or
upgrade their critical hard disk data quickly, easily and
safely." I have started using the newer version produced as
Ghost, now that it has been purchased by Symantec.
a very simple application to help users who must run as an
administrator run applications in a much-safer context—that of a
non-administrator. It does this by taking the current user's token,
removing various privileges and SIDs from the token, and then using
that token to start another process, such as Internet Explorer or
is the easy and effective way to adjust your TCP settings in
Windows. I found that my relatively slow 802.11b wireless
speed was due to a low default RWIN of 17520. Increasing this to
the wired ethernet default of 64240 gave my wireless downloads the same
speed as my wired downloads - about doubling my wireless download speed
(I'm on a cable modem connection). To discover your current
settings, use TCP/IP
Analyzer (unfortunately, you may need to disable your
software firewall to access this site - which should not be done unless
you are behind a router or hardware firewall).
"EditPad is a replacement for the standard Windows NotePad. EditPad requires Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT 4.0 or later to run. No additional DLLs or whatever are required." What I appreciate is elimination of the file size limit, that it can open multiple text files at the same time, and its "Find and Replace" feature.
Eraser "is an advanced security tool (for Windows), which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns." When a file is normally deleted in DOS or Windows, the space the file occupied is marked as available; but until the file happens to be overwritten by some other data, it remains on the disk and can be easily recovered by various utilities.FileZilla "is a fast FTP and SFTP client for Windows with a lot of features." This is my current FTP (and Secure FTP!) client favorite.
GAMES: Epic Pinball WinTrek
Intel® Processor Frequency ID Utility "was developed by Intel Corporation to enable consumers the ability to identify and, in some circumstances, determine if their Intel processor is operating at the correct and rated frequency intended by Intel Corporation. Beginning with the Pentium® processor, this utility provides consumers with the ability to determine standard CPU identification of Intel processors."
LINUX: The Linux distributions mentioned here can be purchased for a small price, or downloaded as iso images to burn to CD for installation. I found them to be very Windows like in use and functioning for included software; but installing new software is much more difficult than installing Windows software (and I'm pretty inept at it). Lycoris Desktop/LX was my first Linux experience, and it was a particularly easy installation. Mandrake was my next installation; it was more mainstream, had a newer KDE (graphical desktop environment) version, and was nearly as easy to install. KNOPPIX is very interesting; it is a Debian-based distribution that you run directly from the CD.
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder "is a freeware utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install windows from your registry. It has the options to copy the key to clipboard, save it to a text file, or print it for safekeeping. It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Windows Vista, Office 97, Office XP, and Office 2003."
Security Analyzer "is an easy-to-use tool designed for the
IT professional that helps small- and medium-sized businesses determine
their security state in accordance with Microsoft security
recommendations and offers specific remediation guidance. Improve your
security management process by using MBSA to detect common security
misconfigurations and missing security updates on your computer
Safety Scanner "is a free downloadable security tool that provides
on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other
malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software."
"works very much like a 32-bit version of the venerable Microsoft
QuickRes 16-bit applet for Windows 95, with administrative scripting
facilities and extended capabilities to handle ClearType, refresh rates
and multiple monitors. Supported resolution and refresh rates are
accessible from the command-line or from a simple menu that pops up
from the system tray. An optional timed confirmation prompt – enabled
by default in the program About box – ensures that any changes you make
can be reversed safely, without fuss. While MultiRes - unlike EnTech’s
PowerStrip - does not allow you to define new display settings, it does
give you quick and easy access to the ones the driver makes available –
in a simple, compact and conservative package."
easy-to-use yet powerful multimedia suite, gives you the freedom
to create, rip, copy, burn, edit, share, and upload online. Whatever
you want – music, video, photo, and data – enjoy and share with family
and friends anytime, anywhere."
Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) protects
of your email messages and your files. This really is necessary
you want email messages to be private, and a real must if you are using
email for transfer of confidential information. In addition to
securing files and email, PGP's "automatically wipe on delete" option
a great way to make sure that all Windows deleted files (including
application created temporary files) are overwritten and
unrecoverable. With PGP's Whole Disk Encryption (WDE), every
sector (except for the sector contaning the PGP bootloader) of your
hard disk is encrypted to 256 bit AES - this is particularly necessary
for protection of sensitive data on easily lost or stolen
laptops. PGP includes additional security features such as all
the usual file and free space
overwriting ability, and instant messaging encryption.
TimeLeft "is a
versatile desktop utility, which may be used as a countdown clock,
reminder, clock, alarm clock, tray clock, stopwatch, timer, sticker,
auction watch and time synchronization utility."
UI adjusts your Windows User Interface, including menu speed,
animation, provides for elimination of "Shortcut to" on new shortcuts,
"is a simple way for professional Microsoft Office users to get
accustomed to the new ribbon based interface of Office 2007 without any
performance loss. It will emulate / activate the Office 2003 menu in
Word 2007, Excel 2007 and Powerpoint 2007 (Word 2010, Excel 2010,
Windows Tweaker "is a freeware TweakUI Utility for tweaking and
optimizing Windows 7 & Windows Vista, 32-bit & 64-bit."
VideoReDo "the MPEG
editor that lets you edit TV Shows, Movies, and Home Videos in minutes
rather than hours with traditional video editor software." I
really like the Ad Detective component that locates commercials in
recordings from TV (for deletion), how it can combine multiple VOB
files into one, and how well this works for ripping TV VCR recordings
from my Philips DVD Recorder.
large Web Search Engines to find quickly and efficiently
whatever it is that you are looking for on the World Wide Web.
WebFerret will query all configured search engines simultaneously,
discarding any duplicate results. Results that are returned
(often within a second or two) can be acted upon immediately. New
or updated search engines are added automatically to the application as
they become available."
"Window Washer is a very useful program for cleaning up the history of your activities on a computer. Many people do not realize that Windows and other software programs store information about what they have done, what documents they have used, what web sites they have visited, and various other activities they have performed. Therefore, anyone else can see what you have been doing on your computer, which raises several privacy concerns. Furthermore, much of your activity information takes up valuable disk space, and recovering this space can be very beneficial."
Windows NT IPConfig Utility "This GUI tool gives you information about your IP configuration." This provides Windows NT/2000/XP users the same information that winipcfg provides to Win9x users.
WinZip brings the convenience of Windows to the use of Zip files and other compression formats. Windows 95, NT, and Windows 3.1 versions are available. I have often used Winzip to transfer very large files from one computer to another: "WinZip makes it easy to create Zip files that “span” multiple disks. This is useful if the files you are working with will not fit on one disk."
"is a free Usenet newsreader for
Internet connected computers need (very much so!) to be behind a
hardware or software firewall. Even the freeware basic version of
ZoneAlarm is better than the Windows firewall because it offers
outgoing protection that is lacking in the Windows included firewall.
I've only included software that I've tried and found useful and/or interesting. Some of my descriptions include quotes from web pages, help files, etc.
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