Monthly Disk August 2009

Freeware

Anti Virus

Autorun Eater - Ver: 2.4

Autorun Eater was born due to the increase of malware using the ‘autorun.inf’ method to infect users unknowingly from flash drives, removable hard disks or any other removable storage device.

When a device is infected with a malware and an ‘autorun.inf’ file is dropped, the shell menu is normally modified to execute the malware whenever the unsuspecting user accesses the infected drive.

Autorun Eater will warn you and remove any suspicious ‘autorun.inf’ files(based on user decision/settings) so that the malware is not executed while accessing the infected drive. There are also certain cases whereby the malware has been removed by an antivirus but the ‘autorun.inf’ file remains. This will cause the drive to be inaccessible through the conventional method(double-click). Autorun Eater will also remove it if necessary so that you can access the drive as usual.

Features :-

  • Prevent malware infection through removable storage devices(pendrives, portable hard disk, etc)
  • Install and forget, Autorun Eater monitors all drives(except A:, B:, and CD/DVD drives) in real time!
  • Manually scan drives A: and B: if you have access to either one or both(e.g. Floppy)
  • Pause at any time
  • Deleted suspicious ‘autorun.inf’ file(s) are auto-backup’ed
  • Events are logged for future reference
  • Fix 3 common critical registry changes made by malwares

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 7

IObit Security 360 - Ver: 1.0 Beta

IObit Security 360 is an advanced malware and spyware removal utility that detects, removes and protects your PC from threats of potential spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, bots, worms, and hijackers.

With the unique "Dual-Core" engine and the heuristic malware detection, IObit Security 360 detects the most complex and deepest spyware and malware in a very fast and efficient way. IObit Security 360 has a real-time malware protection and frequent automatic updating for prevention of zero-day security threats. IObit Security 360 can work with your Antivirus for a superior PC security.

NOTE: Beta or prerelease software is not intended for inexperienced users, as the software may contain bugs or may potentially damage your system. We strongly recommend that users exercise caution and save all mission-critical data before installing or using this software.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 7

Rising PC Doctor - Ver: 6.0.0.29

The Rising PC Doctor application was designed to be a professional and smart security tool for computer users.

With its seven key functions of automatic malware analysis, immunisation of USB storage devices, ability to repair Microsoft Internet Explorer & Windows, Trojan Behaviour Detector & Blocker, protection against malicious web sites, Internet Explorer protection and Trojan Download blocker, Rising PC Doctor will greatly enhance your protection against malware and cyber threats.

Here are some key features of "Rising PC Doctor":

Trojan Behaviour Detector & Blocker:
· Rising PC Doctor can detect the majority of Trojans and a even great number of other malware upon startup before they can execute their malicious function. This function will significantly increase your protection from cyber threats.

Trojan Download Blocker:
· After successful infection, many viruses automatically start to download large numbers of Trojans and other malware. The Trojan blocking technology of Rising PC Doctor ensures that even an infected computer will not download any other viruses and stop the spreading of whole families of Trojans.

Automatic Malware Analysis:
· At boot, Rising PC Doctor can automatically scan for potentially unknown malware. When permitted by the user, possible malware is automatically transferred to Risings.

Automated Malware Analyzer (RsAMA) for detailed analysis:
· The user is informed about the result of the analysis and can quickly react to new threats for which conventional protection is not yet available. Analysis metadata collected by the community of Rising users (Rising Cloud Security) will be stored in the Rising Security Database (RsSD), providing up-to-date information about cyber security.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

Audio

Audio Recorder for Free 2009 - Ver: 11.9.6

Audio Recorder is free, easy to use and powerful software that allows you to record whatever sound is coming through your sound card and save the recording as WAV, MP3 or WMA format.

Audio Recorder for FREE is a perfect audio recorder to record your own voice, music or any other sound by working directly with your sound card. It supports the record input/source from a microphone, streaming audio from the Internet, external input devices (e.g. CDs, LP, music cassettes, phone line etc.) as well as other applications like Winamp, Media Player, etc. With built-in advanced audio record engine, the recorder produces high quality recordings.

Here are some key features of "Audio Recorder for Free 2009" :-

  • Allows you to record audio into MP3, WMA or WAV format directly.
  • Allows you to pre-define audio recording qualities to help quickly set and manage recording parameters.
  • Built-in advanced audio record engine to produce high quality recording.
  • Allows you to preset/preview your audio recording device before starting record.
  • Build-in WMA WAV MP3 decoder.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Spider Player Basic - Ver: 2.3.10

Spider Player now comes in two versions: Basic and Pro. Basic version is free and fully functional, with no nag screens, no spyware, and no advertisement.

The only limitation is that you can't convert and rip more than one track at a time. If you need unrestricted ripping/converting capabilities and wish to support Spider Player, please go Pro then.

Spider Player's most notable features :-

  • Cool Bass and Amazing Sound Quality
  • (powered by Bass Audio Library from Un4seen developments)
  • Crossfading support
  • Audio formats supported: MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, M4A, MPC (MP+, MPP), AAC, aacPlus, AC3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Ogg FLAC, TTA, APE, WavPack, Speex, WAV, CDDA, WMA, MID, RMI, KAR, S3M, XM, MOD, IT, MO3, MTM, UMX.
  • Converter - support for transcoding of ALL audio formats listed above to MP3, WMA, OGG or WAV (this is more than 100 transcoding directions)
  • CD Ripper - rip CDs at full speed to MP3, WMA, OGG or WAV
  • Internet Streaming - stream files from Internet or LAN and listen to Internet radio
  • Powerful tag editor - edit ID3v1, ID3v2, Vorbis, FLAC tags and WMA metadata
  • Skins support - vary the player's look by changing skins and their hues
  • Customisable local and global hotkeys - any hotkey can be assigned to any program's action
  • Multimedia keyboards support
  • CD-Text support
  • CDDB support
  • Ten-band Equalizer with Preset Editor
  • Full Unicode support
  • Multilingual interface
  • Icons Sets - have a separate icon for each audio file type
  • Built-in Visualizations - customisable spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope
  • M3U and PLS playlists support
  • Convenient Searching through playlist
  • Fast and Small
  • And more!

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

Backup

Driver Magician Lite - Ver: 3.52

Driver Magician Lite identifies all the hardware in your computer, extracts their associated drivers from the hard disk and backs them up to a location of your choice.

Then when you format and reinstall/upgrade your operating system, you can restore
all of your drivers.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

GFI Backup 2009 Home Edition - Ver: 3.0

When was the last time you backed up all the important files on your hard disk?

Do you have a backup copy of those precious photos taken on your last holiday, of your resumè and other important documents you have created, or of your favourite music and movies? While most computer users admit backups are important, few people actually do so… until it is too late and the damage has been done.

By minimizing the risk of loss, backing up your files is similar to taking out an insurance policy on your data. Now, with GFI Backup 2009 - Home Edition, you will never have to worry if your hard disk fails or a virus wipes out your data.

GFI Backup 2009 enables you to back up all your important documents, photos, music, emails and program settings using a simple but smart wizard-driven interface to nearly every storage device (including local and external disk drives, LAN, CD/DVD, removable devices, remote FTP servers, etc.).

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

Burner

FinalBurner Free - Ver: 2.12.0.160

FinalBurner is a freeware alternative to expensive CD and DVD burners. You can create data, audio, and video disks and burn them onto any type of media, such as CD R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and DVD DL.

No tedious or confusing configuration needed. You just select a few main settings and start burning. FinalBurner's artificial intelligence will find the perfect recording balance.

Main features :-

  • Burn Data CD/DVD (CD R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD DL, HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, etc.)
  • Autorun menu designer
  • Burn Audio CD (Import *.wav; *.mp3; *.ogg; *.mid; *.wma; *.aac; *.mp4; *.m4a; *.xm; *.mod; *.s3m; *.it; *.mtm; *.mo3 audio files.)
  • Burn Video DVD (Import AVI, DIVX, XVID, MP4, MPG, WMV, ASF, MOV, FLV, etc. Capture from Web cam, TV tuner, DV, etc.)
  • Audio CD Ripper

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Desktop

Alwact Clock - Ver: 1.3

Alwact Clock is an analog desktop clock featuring MP3 alarm, skins, transparency and zoom.

It is possible to display the date and make the clock click-through. Using multi-touch touchpad, the mouse wheel, or keyboard shortcuts, you can set the zoom level and alternate between skins. You can also make your own skins using any image edition software supporting PNG.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

EasyDeskTicker - Ver: 8.2

EasyDeskTicker displays RSS news feeds as a flicker-free ticker bar on the desktop.

It docks to the top or bottom of the screen and displays news as a scrolling line, as known from TV stations. Headlines are constantly updated, one click and the full article is opened in your web browser. The program is highly customisable: rss feeds, fonts, sizes, colours, speed, position and more! It optionally stays above other windows or can resize the desktop so that no other application is overlapped. Free for personal use only.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

FreeSnap - Ver: 1.5.3

Ever try to size a window so it just touches the edge of the screen? It's tedious. The FreeSnap application was designed to help you instantly resize any window edge to the corresponding screen edge.

Want that window to touch the right edge of the screen? Press and hold the left "Windows Key" and press the right arrow.

It's just that simple. The number-pad keys work as well, regardless of the NumLock state.

Thus, the window sizing keys are:

· Windows Key + Up Arrow snap top window edge
· Windows Key + Down Arrow snap bottom window edge
· Windows Key + Left Arrow snap left window edge
· Windows Key + Right Arrow snap right window edge
. Windows Key + * (the one located on the number pad) centres the current window in all modes.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ A keyboard with the "Windows" key

IconRestorer - Ver: 1.0.5.1

IconRestorer has been designed to remember the icon setup to avoid the boring job of manual restoring for the right icons position on desktop after crashes, screen resolution change or other unwanted events.

It can also be used to place the icons back to their original location on desktop when needed, or to manage more profiles of positions. The layout can be saved manually (every resolution will be saved separately) and can be restored at any time.

Version 1.0.5.1 adds support for 64-Bit windows, works with Windows 7, adds backups preview (desktop thumbnail for each saved layout), and adds Desktop List View mode.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

UltraExplorer - Ver: 2.0.1.0

A File Manager that features tabbed browsing and user configurable windows with multiple docking options. UltraExplorer is the test application for Mustangpeak Delphi and CBuilder Components. It is built so it can eventually become the ultimate File Manager for Microsoft Windows.

The user interface is completely customisable. You can hide or show as many of the featured windows, dock them in other places or let them float as free standing windows. The same is true for the tool bars as well. You can even move buttons from toolbars to other toolbars and assign your own short cuts keys.

Here are some key features of "UltraExplorer" :-

  • Fully configurable user interface
  • All windows are reconfigurable with multiple docking options as well as the ability to float or be hidden
  • ToolWindows have Toolbars that maybe hidden or docked in any location.
  • User definable shortcut keys
  • User definable visual themes
  • Fully configurable layouts
  • Classic Treeview/Listview layout
  • Dual Listview layout
  • New ListMode layout
  • Any combination of the above can also be designed
  • Ultra fast display rendering and folder enumeration
  • Fully integrated Tabbing feature
  • Tabbing is context sensitive to which listview is currently active
  • New Tab" initial location user definable
  • The Tabs are drag drop aware. You can drop files on the tab to place them in the folder.
  • BreadCrumb" bar allow fast access to parent folders in the current path hierarchy
  • Dropdown menus allow direct access to other folders in the folder hierarchy or to the property sheet for the folder
  • Supports Total Commander Lister Plug-ins
An UltraExplorer exclusive. The components used the for file listings, unlike other Explorer replacements, are faster then Explorer itself. This means it is practical to have multiple lists of files visible at one time. This will quickly become a favourite view for many applications.



Minimum requirements: Windows all

VersaTimer - Ver: 1.02

VersaTimer is a simple, yet very powerful, timer application with some unique features that makes it different from other timers,

The following is from a review by Download.com :-

"VersaTimer aims to keep users on schedule with a generous clock face and some added features. Users of all skill levels will find it a reliable tool for staying on track of multiple tasks at once.

This free program appears as an enormous digital clock face with red numbers. Below the cycling numbers are large buttons for starting and resetting the clock. The upper left of the clock face has a pull-down menu that lets users select different clock presets. Within the clock's Settings menu, VersaTimer transforms itself from a simple timer into an advanced reminder system. Users can set up a new timer and adjust the hours, minutes, and seconds, though this process is confusingly redundant with two different tools to adjust the clock. VersaTimer's big draw is its cycles function. Users can set smaller clocks within the larger timer to alert them at regular intervals. With three possible cycles, users can, for example, have an alarm sound once every 30 minutes while a five-hour timer is running.

VersaTimer succeeds because of its simplicity. We were pleased with its performance because it sticks to basics and offers some unique bonus features that doesn't complicate the overall picture too much. We recommend this download for anyone interested in keeping themselves on task."

Minimum requirements: Windows 9x/ NT/ Me/ 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

Digital Imaging

Extra Photo SlideShow - Ver: 6.48

This program helps you create an exciting photo slide show with background music, subtitle, and transition effects.

With Extra Photo SlideShow Free, thousands of pictures from holidays, landscapes, wedding or family party can now be enjoyed by a creative photo sideshow.

This application provides a simple three-step workflow that will enable users of all levels to easily create custom slide shows to display and share your images.

Here are some key features of "Extra Photo SlideShow Free" :-

  • Support BMP, EMF, GIF, J2K, JPEG, PCX, PNG, RAS, TGA, TIFF, WMF Image Files
  • Support background music, with WMA,MP3,WAV,ADPCM,PCM,GSM,OGG audio files
  • Support extracting audio from video files as background music
  • Set subtitile for each photo,you can define theirs location on the screen, font, size, colour
  • Choose from 142 transitional effects (fade, slide, wipe, etc.) for each individual slide
  • Generating RealMedia video file, let you share your pictures on Internet easily.
  • Generating DivX,XviD video file, with high quality, but small size
  • Support AVI,DivX,Xvid,MPEG,WMV,RealMedia format video files

Minimum requirements: Windows all

HeliosPaint - Ver: 1.3.8

HeliosPaint is a freeware paint program for creating and editing images. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Unix and is written in Sun Microsystem's Java programming language.

Tools and features in HeliosPaint currently include :-

  • Pencil for editing pixels.
  • Curved, straight and freehand lines with choice of width, dash pattern, line joint and arrow heads.
  • Paint Brush with sizeable head.
  • Spray Can with sizeable head or global spray option.
  • Paint Can with local and global replace. Colour bleed sensitivity allows nearby similar colours to be painted.
  • Shape tool for creating freehand, regular polygon, star, moon and heart shapes.
  • Text entry with choice of font, style, underline and rotation.
  • HSB/RGB/contrast/gamma adjustment of image.
  • Image filters: invert, gray, black and white, colour filter, sharpen, blur, edge feathering, edge detection, oil painting effect, emboss.
  • Image colour and transparency adjustment by flat, round, rectangular and 'fit to shape' gradient patterns. This allows areas of the image to be darkened, brightened and colour enhanced.
  • Image flip, scale up, scale down, rotate, shear, perspective view.
  • Full colour pallet with adjustable transparency and colour grabber.
  • Zoom in/out with optional zoom grid.
  • Text and image paste from clipboard. Image and image segment copy/cut onto clipboard.
  • Scissors, lasso and wand for selecting and moving image segments. Sensitivity of lasso and wand is adjustable. Transparency of overlaid segments is adjustable. Scissors can cut out various shapes including regular polygons, stars and hearts. When part of the image is selected, all paint operations apply only to that area.
  • Saving selected areas as transparent gif or transparent png files.
  • Undo and redo.
  • Printing with auto fit to page.
  • Reads and writes image file formats: bmp, gif, jpg/jpeg, pct/pict, pcx, pgm, png, ppm, psd, ras, tga, tif/tiff, wbmp, xpm.
  • Supports images up to 12 megapixels in size (a high end computer is recommended for working with very large images).

Minimum requirements: Windows all

JPEG Lossless Rotator - Ver: 6.4

This software will offer you the possibility to rotate your JPEG images without affecting their quality. Have you ever thought that when you rotate a JPEG photo you lose its quality?

All people usually make photos with different shot orientation, and some photos need to be rotated. When you rotate a JPEG photo, most image editors decode the photo, rotate the bitmap and then re-encode it back to JPEG. This process slightly decreases the final image quality.

Unlike other tools, the JPEG Lossless Rotator does not re-encode your photo but performs a special lossless block transformation. As a result, the rotated photo has exactly the same quality as the original.

JPEG Lossless Rotator is easy to use and free utility.

Here are some key features of "JPEG Lossless Rotator" :-

  • Shell integration (this allows you to rotate your JPEG photos by a right-click on the file)
  • Automatic rotation
  • Batch rotation
  • EXIF-data display
  • Multilingual interface

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Photobie - Ver: 6.0

Photobie is a complete image editing software customised for photo retouching. Unlike other commercial and free image editing software, Photobie is more like a homemade cookie, which has much more flavour.

Photobie developers intend to build an easy-to-use and feature-packed tool for graphics amateurs. Although, it is not yet a perfect tool for professionals, it does contain many handy tools to help professionals achieve a simple task quickly.

Photobie is featured with an unique intuitive layer manager, which enables our users to handle multiple layers with ease for advanced image editing. It has a wide variety of painting tools that are crucial for photo retouching. Photobie supports Photoshop filter(.8BF) plugins, which means that our users can apply thousands of free filters to their images. Meantime, Photobie provides an advanced screen capture tool, the simplest gif animation tool, and a photo framing tool. Photobie integrates an image directory browser with batch resize/rotate, full screen slide show features.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Visualiser Photo Resize - Ver: 6.1

Visualiser Photo Resize enables you to batch resize and convert images in a folder.

It supports different aspect ratios as well as customisable image dimensions (with background canvas) and JPG compression level. The program can also embed a small text in the image and add a visible watermark to each. Visualizer Photo Resize supports JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TGA, TIFF, PSD and PSP formats.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

Disk Tools

Wise Disk Cleaner - Ver: 4.52

Wise Disk Cleaner helps you clean up your hard drive by finding and removing common junk files that accumulate over time.

It comes pre-configured with about 50 types of file extension that can usually be considered disposable, and you can extend the range by adding your own file types. Wise Disk Cleaner can also clean your browser cache, temporary files and custom folder locations.

Minimum requirements: Windows 98/ Me/ 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

Ximinez - Ver: 0.8

Ximinez is a disk usage analyser and comparator. It enables you to take snapshots of disk usage for a given folder, to browse through the snapshots and to view differences between snapshots.

It is aimed towards solving problems like: "Why is my disk suddenly so full when it was OK just recently?". With Ximinez you can compare an old snapshot with a current one and this way quickly find where all those missing gigabytes went. Besides the GUI, the package also includes an optional command line tool, which can be used, for example, in conjunction with a scheduler to take snapshots on a regular basis.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

Games

EclipseCrossword - Ver: 1.2.57

The real challenge isn't solving crossword puzzles, but creating them. That's where EclipseCrossword comes in. This freebie won't turn you into Will Shortz, the legendary crossword editor for the New York Times, but it will help you whip up impressive crosswords.

You'll have to come up with the words and the clues; after all, you have to do some work. (Besides, making up clues for words is all the fun.) Type in a list of your words and their associated clues, and save them in a word list. You can save the list just for a single puzzle, or instead save it to a master list from which you can choose to make many puzzles. A master list is your best bet, because after a relatively short amount of time, you can have a very large list of words from which you can create many puzzles.

After you choose your word list, tell EclipseCrossword the size of the puzzle grid, and it goes about its work, fitting all the words into a neat puzzle. Review the puzzle and make any changes you want, including changing the size of the grid.

You can publish your puzzle in many different ways. The simplest is to print it; to do that, you save the file to disk, then print. You can save the file in a variety of formats, including PDF and RTF among others. You can also save the puzzle as a ready-to-upload Web page, complete with JavaScript or a Java applet for interactivity. Or you can instead have it created as a Web page with no interactivity, and that requires the user to print it out.

NOTE: This program is donationware. It is free to try, but the author accepts and encourages donations towards further development.

Minimum requirements: 9x/ Me/ NT/ 2000/ XP/ Vista

Pure Sudoku Free Edition - Ver: 1.51

If you've somehow missed the sudoku craze, here's how it works: It's a number puzzle in which you fill in the blanks on a nine-by-nine grid so that every row and column contains the numbers one through nine, and every three-by-three square contains the numbers one through nine.

No number can be repeated in any line, row, or three-by-three square. The game starts with a group of numbers already filled in, and you have to fill in the rest.

Many newspapers have daily or weekly Sudoku puzzles, and there are numerous books of them as well. This program is a way to get games on your PC, and for free. Start the program, then choose your level of difficulty, and you're ready to go. Filling out the puzzle is simple: Click a number, then click the square where you want the number to go. If you put in a number that is already found on the same row, column, or three-by-three square, you'll be told it's already there.

You'll need to know one very important piece of information before using this game: In order to put multiple possible numbers in any square, right-click, instead of clicking. That way, you can narrow down the possibilities as the game proceeds. It's almost impossible to solve Sudoku puzzles without this ability, so make the right-click your friend.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

Trial Bike Ultra - Ver: 2.2

If you enjoy motorcycles and you like to overcome obstacles, this is your game! Here you get a chance to test your motorcycle steering skills.

Amazing realistic motion, complex obstacles, jumps and all these are in full 3D! You need to be very cautious to take over all obstacles and keep your balance while cycling. You should go through a whole of motor track to get into a next level.

NOTE: The installer will try and install MayPlayCity Gamebar by default. If you do not want this to happen, please remove the tick from the relevant box.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Home/Office

Data Crow - Ver: 3.4.9

Data Crow represents he ultimate cataloger. Always wanted to manage all your collections in one product? You want a product you can customise to your needs? Your search ends here!

Using Data Crow allows you to create a huge database containing all your collected items. You can use the excellent online services to retrieve the information instead of typing all the information yourself. Don't strain yourself in organising your items and trying to keep track of their location, start using the best cataloging software today. Start using Data Crow.

Here are some key features of "Data Crow" :-

  • Out of the box experience
  • Audio, software, book, movie and photo collections organiser
  • Customisable UI: select a skin, change the fonts, customise views and much more
  • Create your own module from within Data Crow!
  • Optional web module; web interface + integrated web server
  • Everything in Data Crow can be modified to your own needs! Add your own categories, genres, states, ..
  • Rename your files based on the item information in Data Crow
  • Advanced user management
  • Keep track of loaned items using the simple loan management system
  • Use online services like Amazon.com, Imdb.com, Musicbrainz.org, and many others, to retrieve information
  • The internal powerful image editor enables you to manipulate any image
  • Create pdf and html reports. Create your own reports by supplying new XSLT documents
  • Use templates to fill your default values
  • Mass update your items
  • Auto number your items using the auto numbering functionality

Minimum requirements: Windows all

ToDo - Ver: 1.0

'No Frills' To Do Program, the sort of program you've always wanted because it just 'does what it says on the tin'.

This simple program is extremely useful for creating, saving and printing lists of items for jobs, or for shopping. It only uses two lists: TASKS and SHOPPING. But you don't have to mess around choosing where to save your files, or what to call them. The program does all this for you.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

Internet

BitSpirit - Ver: 3.5.0.275 Stable

BitSpirit is a very powerful and easy-to-use BitTorrent client that provides not only full BitTorrent protocol implementation but also many personalisation features.

BitSpirit supports simultaneous downloads, download queue, UPNP port-maping, NAT traversal(UDP transport), select downloads from multiple files torrent package, disk cache, chatting with other peers, torrent market, ip-filter, etc. In 3.0 or above versions of BitSpirit, it also supports DHT network - which is based on Kademlia protocol - and fully compatible with Bittorrent official client.

Here are some key features of "BitSpirit" :-

  • Clean interface
  • Multiple simultaneous downloads
  • Disk cache mechanism
  • Fast job resume
  • File selecting support
  • Powerful file manager
  • UPnP portmapping
  • Instant Messaging support
  • Gzip Data compression
  • Flexible speed control
  • Scheduled downloading
  • Integrated with IE
  • Shutdown computer when done
  • HTTP/SOCKS4/5 proxy support
  • High speed
  • Very low CPU & Mem usage
  • Cache mechanism
  • High speed
  • Powerful files management function
  • Various running-time log
  • Favourite website management
  • Clipboard guard
  • Simple and easy to use interface

Minimum requirements: Windows all

CL!PSci - Ver: 1.32

The CL!Psci Scientific Search Engine is a super fast and efficient, Google-like software, designed to meet the specialised and intensive, web-based information need of the researcher scientist.

  • Customise a menu of your most commonly used scientific search engines.
  • Right-click on a word or phrase to automatically execute multiple searches, eliminating time-consuming typing or 'copy and paste' into search fields.
  • With one click, browse a consolidated supplier catalog to get to the right product faster than ever.
Web-based scientific research is a time consuming and inefficient process, eating up a researcher's precious time-hours that could be spent conducting experiments and analysing data. It involves searching public databases such as PubMed, NCBI Entrez, NextBio, and other information sites like Wikipedia.

It also requires the equally time-consuming researching, shopping for, and buying many reagent, software and instrument products. The CL!Psci engine offers a new, more direct and efficient way to do web-based research using special right click functionality on your mouse that gets you to the right information much faster and with less effort.

No More 'Copy and Paste'
Now, with a simple right click, the CL!Psci engine enables researchers to tie or clip together, instantaneously at their fingertips without any typing or copy-pasting- both public and commercial scientific information from many sources, adding up to a huge time savings compared with visiting many sites for multiple search engines.

One click, Two Browsers
A single right-click on a word or phrase executes two searches. User-set preferences determine whether the researcher sees public information search results or consolidated supplier catalog search results first in the open window, the other search results reside as a handy 'there when you need it' icon in the task bar

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

easyMule - Ver: 1.1.7

A simple to use P2P application for your personal computer.

easyMule is a free and open-source P2P software to share resources, with easyMule, we can use all the world's computers and servers integrated into a huge resource-sharing network. Users can search the resources of this huge network, and download files by multipoint transfers for the best speeds.

Here are some key features of "easyMule":

· A new, sleek & intuitive interface, easy to get start.
· Transfer between Lowids, speed up your download.
· Play while downloading, feel like YouTube.
· Disk buffering, protect your hard drive.
· Muti-protocol feature built in, the internet we share

Minimum requirements: Windows all

MyConnection PC Lite - Ver: 3.0b

Lite - MyConnection PC Lite accurately measures your Internet connection bandwidth speeds, and provides an easy to understand report of your download and upload speeds and connection quality.

Speed tests results can be emailed to your Internet service provider and data export is available for further analysis. Graphical reports illustrate how the download speed fluctuated during the speed test, and displays the pauses between sending data blocks (TCP gaps), which quickly identifies network quality issues and speed variation patterns, helps identify network congestion issues, ISP throttling impact and TCP window size problems.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

PRTG - Paessler Router Traffic Grapher - Ver: 6.2.2.983

PRTG Traffic Grapher is an easy to use Windows application for monitoring and classifying bandwidth usage.

It provides system administrators with live readings and long-term usage trends for their network devices. PRTG is mainly used for bandwidth usage monitoring, but may also be used to monitor many other aspects of a network such as memory and CPU utilisation.

With PRTG Traffic Grapher the user receives comprehensive bandwidth and network usage data that helps to optimise the efficiency of the network. Understanding bandwidth and resource consumption is the key to better network management: Avoid bandwidth and server performance bottlenecks; Find out what applications or what servers use up your bandwidth; Deliver better quality of service to your users by being proactive; Reduce costs by buying bandwidth and hardware according to actual load.

The Freeware Edition of PRTG Traffic Grapher is completely free for personal and commercial use and may be downloaded for free. PRTG Traffic Grapher is designed to run on a Windows machine in your network for 24 hours every day, and constantly records the network usage parameters.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

Multi Media

Redplayer - Ver: 2.6

Redplayer is a simple and small program for DVD-files, video-files, flash-files, image-files, audio-files and sideshows.

Here are some key features of "Redplayer" :-

  • DVD-files (ifo)
  • Movie-files (mpg, mpeg, mpe, mpa, m1v, mpv2)
  • Video-files (avi)
  • Windows Media files (asf, wmv)
  • VideoCD files (dat)
  • Playlist files (m3u, rap, rsl, m3l)
  • Flash files (swf)
  • Image files (jpg, jpeg, bmp)
  • Audio files (mp3, ogg, wav, wma)

Minimum requirements: Windows all

StarCodec - Ver: 20090617

StarCodec is a codec pack, an installer of codecs for playing media files.

StarCodec provide a convenient and stable media environment with audio environment option, video quality option and including stable and excellent codecs.

StarCodec is optimised for various media players. Includes XviD, DivX, ffdshow, x264, MPEG-1/2, MP3, OGG, AAC, AC3, DTS codecs.

Version 20090617 includes updated XviD 1.2.2, ffdshow tryouts 3008, AC3Filter 1.61b.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 2008/ 7

PDF

Aloaha PDF Suite - Ver: 3.9.93

Your PDF Files are just one click away! Aloaha PDF Suite is the perfect tool to create/edit your PDF Documents.

One click is enough! Just print your document to any of your printers and Aloaha will convert the print job to a PDF Document, which you can save, email, fax or publish to an exchange public folder. - Digital Signatures - 128 Bit encryption - Creates and edits vector based PDF Files - No special Printer Driver required.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Registry

Eusing Free Registry Defrag - Ver: 1.0

Eusing Free Registry Defrag is a free registry defragmentation software that optimises registry by removing gaps, fragments and wasted space in Windows registry files.

Over time the registry becomes larger and larger as new programs are installed, used and removed. Even if this data is deleted from it when applications are uninstalled, the size of the Registry will not decrease. This is because the data will be marked as blank but remains in place. In this way the registry becomes more and more fragmented over time. Registry fragmentation causes overall system performance to decrease.

Systems with a fragmented registry will take longer to boot and will use more memory just for processing the registry, resulting in decreased overall performance as other programs are forced to use much slower virtual memory. Eusing Free Registry Defrag can defragment and compact the Windows Registry in less than a minute. It will scan through the registry to remove any slack space, reducing the registry size and ultimately the amount of RAM the registry takes up, and improving your computer performance.

It does NOT change the contents of the registry in any way, nor does it physically defrag the registry files on the drive. The optimisation is simply compacting the registry hives to the minimum size possible. The software is free, it's simple to use, and it speeds up your PC.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

Security

Identity Finder Free Edition - Ver: 3.6

Right now, credit cards numbers, bank accounts, passwords, and other highly sensitive personal information are sitting idly on your computer leaving you and your family exposed to identity theft.

You may not be able to find all the places it's hidden, but hackers and thieves know where to look. They have developed viruses, spyware, back doors and other malicious code to steal this information.

Anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam don't offer in-depth searching to protect you and your family. Identity Finder goes deep, searching the computer to locate and secure potentially dangerous data - even when you don't know it exists.

Free Edition Highlights :-

  • Free Edition automatically discovers occurrences of Credit Card numbers and Passwords
  • Encrypt or securely delete with our digital shredder sensitive data or any other file on your entire computer
  • Analyse findings in an easy to use preview window display
  • Walk through application with easy to follow step-by-step guide
  • Designed for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000 Professional
  • For more advanced features, searching web pages, and additional security tools, check out the Home Edition or Professional Edition.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Ophcrack - Ver: 3.3.0

Ophcrack is a Windows password cracker based on a time-memory trade-off using rainbow tables. This is a new variant of Hellman's original trade-off, with better performance.

Ophcrack will recover 99.9% of alphanumeric passwords in a matter of seconds

Here are some key features of "Ophcrack":

· Cracks LM and NTLM hashes.
· Free tables available for alphanumeric LM hashes.
· Loads hashes from local SAM, remote SAM.
· Loads hashes from encrypted SAM recovered from a Windows partition, Vista included.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Password Prime - Ver: 1.2

Take control of your passwords.

Anyone on your PC, including a hacker, can easily navigate to any of your accounts and gain access in a single click using your browser's built-in password saver utility. That is not safe and it is not secure.

Each site must have a very different and hard to guess password and that makes remembering them all an even greater task.

Minimum requirements: Windows 9x/ Me/ NT/ 2000/ XP/ Vista

Privacy Winner - Ver: 4.5.6.4

Privacy Winner is the most powerful privacy software to eradicate Internet traces and program activities.

It is also the easiest way to erase your Internet history, Windows history, Search history and Chat history. Just one-click erase puts your PC privacy under control.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

SoftFuse Password Generator - Ver: 1.7

SoftFuse Password Generator Lite is a program designed for generating random passwords easily and quickly.

Using SoftFuse Password Generator Lite, you can easily create random passwords up to 8-character length.

While generating a password, you can use letters, digits, uppercase and lowercase characters, as well as their combinations.

You need to use strong, difficult-to-crack passwords:
To improve your informational security both on the Internet and at work.
For passive protection against viruses, worms, hackers' attacks...

This is a program that can be used by regular users who care about their informational security both on the Internet and at work and by those who often create and use passwords.

SoftFuse Password Generator Lite has few basic features: using prefixes and postfixes, selecting the length of your passwords, generating mixed-case alphanumeric passwords.

With this program you can easily create random passwords for anything you need - for your e-mail account, for your instant messenger, for Web services, etc.

SoftFuse Password Generator Lite may be also easily used for generating random user IDs, random lottery numbers, PIN-codes, etc.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

The Vault - Ver: 0.9.4.12

The Vault enables you to store files and folders in a password protected and encrypted database (vault), out of sight and inaccessible by other users.

You can create multiple vaults with virtual folders to organise your files, add new files via drag and drop, launch files from within the vault, and also extract or delete items as needed.

The program and vault contents can optionally be transferred to a USB drive. Supports Blowfish, Rijndael, Serpent and Twofish encryption algorithms.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Utilities

AnalogX DLL Archive - Ver: 1.01

Everyone has uninstalled programs at one point or another, just to be presented with that wonderful dialog asking whether or not we want to delete some 'shared' Windows resource.

AnalogX DLL Archive searches through all the files on your system and lets you know if any of them contain references to the DLL's in question. AnalogX DLL Archive is super-simple to use, just click search and let it do it's thing - once done, you'll be presented with a list of all the DLL's that don't have references in the system!

Then just select which ones you think aren't necessary anymore and archive them; it's that simple! Make a mistake? No problem, restoring DLL's from the archive is just as simple - nothing is deleted until YOU delete it.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Bytescout XLS Viewer - Ver: 2.30

View XLS documents without MS Office or Excel installed.

Bytescout XLS Viewer can open and view XLS (Microsoft Excel) documents (spreadsheets) on computers without Microsoft Office or Excel installed.

Just click open and choose the xls file that you want to view and Bytescout XLS Viewer will display it.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

CheckDrive 2009 - Ver: 1.4l

Did you ever have a system crash? If yes then CheckDrive is for you.

CheckDrive is a free tool allowing you to check your hard disks for errors and to correct them instantly. It's easy to use, fast and reliable. You can use CheckDrive for XP and Vista. Download CheckDisk today and keep your hard disks error free.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Defpix - Ver: 1.0.2.2

Defpix - Defective (dead) pixels tester is a free program that can help you with checking for defective pixels on your LCD screen.

The program simply shows these colours - red, green, blue, white and black - over the whole surface of the screen. Defpix requires no installation and supports multiple monitor systems.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Fast Duplicate File Finder - Ver: 1.1

Fast Duplicate File Finder will help you quickly find all duplicate files in a folder and its sub folders.

The applications will compare the content of your files so it will find duplicates even if they are using different file names. It uses fast binary comparison algorithm and has internal preview supporting a lot of image, video, music and text file formats.

You can also preview the files in binary mode. When the scan process is finished the program shows you all duplicate files in groups and can automatically mark the older files for deletion. The auto mark algorithm has advanced settings to exclude from auto mark files with user specified extensions, file sizes, file dates and file names. You can also set which folders you want to exclude from the auto mark.

There is an option to protect system files and folders which is recommended to be turned on.

NOTE: After installation, the program opens a web page which shows you how to use the program.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Fresh Diagnose - Ver: 8.10

This program is a utility designed to analyse and benchmark your computer system. It can analyse and benchmark many kinds of hardware, such as CPU performance, hard disk performance, video system information, mainboard / motherboard information, and much more...

Key features of Fresh Diagnose :-

System Information: Scanning your system and give a complete report about your computer's hardware and software, for examples: mainboard information, video system information, PCI / AGP buses information, peripheral (keyboard, mouse, printer, etc.) information, Windows registry settings, and network information.

System Benchmarks: Testing your system performance, such as CPU, hard disk, CD/DVD ROM, and compare it with other systems.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Hawkscope - Ver: 0.6.1

Hawkscope is a productivity tool that allows you to access your hard drive contents quickly via system tray icon with dynamic pop-up menu.

It allows you to configure your favourite locations for quick opening. Or you can just browse through your hard drive and find what you are looking for.

Version 0.6.1 has a configurable system wide shortcut key, a possibility to rename Quick Access items, and a new visually improved icon.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

ICE ECC - Ver: 2.7

ICE ECC is a file verification and repair tool. It allows you to protect your important files and sensitive data against digital corruption using Reed-Solomon codes.

Did you know that a typical CD-R/DVD-R disk could hold its data intact for only a few years? ICE ECC is the perfect solution to this problem - before you store your data, protect it against corruption with ICE ECC. ICE ECC is easy to use.

To protect a file against corruption, just select the file/files/directories with the program by navigating the explorer-style window and click Create. This creates recovery file/files of the original files. You can easily control the size and number of the recovery files.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

LaunchBar Commander - Ver: 1.105.02

LaunchBar Commander is what is commonly referred to as an "Application Launcher"; LaunchBar Commander is typically docked to the side of your screen and will let you configure buttons and menus which will launch your favourites applications.

NOTE: Free for personal use. 10 days trial. After that you must get a free license

Here are some key features of "LaunchBar Commander :-

  • Create as many "docks" as you want; each dock can also be minimized to the system tray to be used as a tray menu.
  • All configurations are stored in portable configuration files - easy to move to different computers, backup, etc.
  • Easily enable/disable/copy/move items using a sophisticated hierarchical tree configuration gui.
  • Full drag+drop support - create new items by dragging files or programs onto a launch bar; or drag a document onto an existing button to launch the program with the file dropped.
  • Lots of customisation options, including skins and transparency options; customisable font style and size, labeled headers, etc.
  • Advanced button and menu types - including switchable Tool Buttons, Batch Buttons, Virtual Links, and more coming soon.
  • Smart shortcut processing (drag+drop and launch shortcuts and url's properly).
  • Smart icon retrieval - use application icons, standalone .ico files, or even .bmp files.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Launchy - Ver: 2.12

Launchy is designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.

Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes.

Version 2.0 has been completely rebuilt using Qt toolkit with a new look, better skinning support, simplified options, and other new features and improvements.

Skins, plug ins, and configurations for previously version of Launchy may not work with Version 2.0.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP

ManicTime - Ver: 1.0

ManicTime automatically collects data on your computer usage. It records active and away time, as well as which applications you used and for how long you used them.

The data ManicTime collects is stored in a local database on your computer. One of the most usable features is time tagging. Using our simple click and drag feature you can accurately tag time. For example you can easily select time between when you came to work and when you left for lunch break.

Collected data is not transmitted anywhere or shared with anyone. Only you have access to it, which means no privacy concerns. Having a local database also enables you to use ManicTime offline, without an Internet connection.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista

Memory Improve Master Free Version - Ver: 6.1.2.136

Memory Improve Master Free Version is a free memory optimiser which will keep your computer running better, faster, and longer.

Sometimes computer systems become slow because of large and heavy sized applications are running simultaneously, it takes more memory space and makes the system work slowly. It frees up and compresses system memory to make processes run faster and crash less often.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Open++ - Ver: 1.3

An application similar to the standard "Send To" menu, but much more advanced since it allows more actions.

Open++ is a shell context menu extension that allows you to quickly open the target file or folder with the predefined commands in Windows Explorer. It adds a submenu with customized menu items to the shell context menu when you right click a file or folder icon, or a folder background in Windows Explorer.

Open++ submenu is similar to the standard "Send To" menu but is much more advanced, since it allows you to customize the Title, Program, Arguments, Working Directory, Icon, Associated File Types for all commands that are added to the shell context menu.

In addition, Open++ also provides some advanced features, such as Open a MS-DOS Command Prompt window and enter into the current target folder, Copy the path of the target file or folder to the clipboard, Run the program with parameters, Register or unregister the self-registered COM dll files, Open or close CD drive, Set created and modified time for the target file or folder, and much more.

You have the possibility of adding these predefined commands from the popup menu of Add button in Open++ Customise dialog.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Prevent Restore - Ver: 2.16

Make deleted files unrecoverable with this easy to use tool.

Just by emptying Recycle Bin the files and folders are not gone forever. Anyone can use special recovery software to restore any deleted items. Yes, this is true and its the way Windows works. Any deleted file still exists on your disk until overwritten with some other content, for example: some other file.

The main purpose of free "Prevent Restore" program is to make deleted files and folders unrecoverable. "Prevent Restore" will overwrite all free space on your hard disks that can contain fragments of deleted files with random data to avoid any possibility of recovery.

It uses several security algorithms (you can replace deleted data with random characters, digits, spaces etc). While writing "Prevent Restore" fills out information to the end of each cluster, leaving no chance to restore even just one word!

Minimum requirements: Windows all

RadarSync 2009 - Ver: 2.0.1.2

RadarSync 2009 enables you to find driver and software updates for your system.

It scans your computer and based on a online database of over 80,000 files, it aggregates a list of available updates for software and drivers on your PC. The resulting report includes details for all available updates, as well as convenient links to the file downloads. RadarSync can automatically creates a Windows restore point, allowing you to roll-back any changes you make as result of the selected updates. The program will not update your system automatically, but allows you to choose which updates to download and install.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista/ NET framework 2.0

System Rescue CD - Ver: 1.2.1

System Rescue CD is a collection of programs on a bootable CD for creating and restoring backups, and for repairing Windows when disaster strikes.

Because it is a bootable CD, it does not depend on Windows being able to start but it is still able to read files from a Windows hard disk.

The software on the CD includes tools for repairing problems with the hard disk and it can connect to the internet as well for finding answers to problems. Internet access is also useful for saving files.

This download is an ISO file, an image of the CD that must be burnt to a blank CD with an appropriate program such as Active@ ISO Burner.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ Linux

System Spec - Ver: 2.66

A simple tool for those that want to gather the most important system specifications for their computer.

With System Spec you can see, save and print a complete spec of your PC with this no-install, system information utility and perform various windows functions. Additional advanced info includes CPU, display, memory, drives, applications and more.

System Spec is a self contained standalone EXE which can be run without installing. It lists a specification of your Windows PC without listing lots of useless memory address and unnecessary information.

This utility can be used for comparing the specifications of different machines. The spec can be outputted to a text file or printed to a report.

Windows function such as shutting down and run can be performed from the System menu. The Control Panel menu allows you to quickly open items from the Control Panel.

As well as export to CSV System Spec can now export the system information displayed on the main system to a HTML file. This HTML file can then be uploaded to your web site to show off your PC's Spec. To export to HTML go to File - Export to HTML.

Here are some key features of "System Spec" :-

  • Computer Name
  • Username
  • IP Address
  • MAC Address
  • Windows version and service pack
  • Windows Serial Number
  • Internet Explorer Version
  • Memory
  • CPU Type and speed
  • Calculated CPU Speed
  • Sound card type
  • Video and virtual video adapters
  • Screen Resolution
  • Network Present
  • Network Adapters
  • AC Power Status (for laptops)
  • Battery Charge Status (for laptops)
  • Time Zone
  • CD / DVD Make and model
  • Default Printer
  • COM Ports
  • LPT Ports
  • Mouse capabilities
  • Hard Disks
  • Hard Disks Serial Number
  • BIOS Date
  • PC Serial number
  • Manufacturer
  • PC Product
  • PCMCIA (Laptops)
  • USB ports
  • Firewire ports
  • Motherboard
  • Modem

Minimum requirements: Windows all

TOff - Ver: 2.5.5

Handy utility for those who'd like to leave their computer unattended and then to automatically turn it off. TOff can turn off your computer (or hibernate, when possible) at a certain day and time with seconds discrepancy.

Here are some key features of "TOff" :-

  • Can shutdown or reboot almost every Windows operating system that has Advanced Power Management (APM) enabled (Check Control Panel -> Power Options);
  • Any system that supports hibernation can be hibernated on timer (i.e., switching off your computer without closing running programs);
  • Any system that supports stand-by mode can be sent into it on timer;
  • Provides the log for the last operation (so that you can check if power operation occurred on time);
  • Can be set to run every day, or every time current user logs on;
  • Can perform all of the above operations after a certain period of PC, CPU, or network inactivity;
  • Can run in various safe modes to prevent erroneous power operation execution;
  • Can be run from command line to perform exact same operations as in GUI mode.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

TweakNow PowerPack 2009 - Ver: 1.2

TweakNow PowerPack is a fully-integrated suite of utilities that let you fine-tune every aspect of your computer's operating system and Web browser.

The RAM Idle program manages the free memory that is available to run Windows programs. It prevents performance from degrading as you swap files and programs in and out of memory.

The AutoShutdown program lets you suspend, hibernate, or shut down your computer after a specified period of time. In addition to saving resources, this program keeps your system more secure by making it unavailable to unauthorized people.

The CD AutoRun is an extension of Windows' CD and DVD autorun features, giving you additional options for starting programs or listening to music.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista