Monthly Disk July 2009

Freeware

Anti Virus

A-squared Free - Ver: 4.5.0.1

Scans your computer for malicious software (Malware), including Trojan Horses, Diallers, Worms, Spyware, and Adware.

A-squared Free is specialised in finding and removing them securely. The disk scan checks all files on your system disks for Malware. The scanner scans for Spyware Traces.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Dr.WEB CureIt! - Ver: 5.00.2

This program is an antivirus and anti-spyware scanning tool that is developed on the Dr.WEB engine which will help you quickly scan and cure, if necessary, a computer without installation of the Dr.WEB Anti-virus.

The program automatically detects the language of the OS it is installed to and sets the scanner interface accordingly (if the local language is not supported, English is enabled).

It supports the following languages: Russian, Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Byelorussian, Czech, English, Estonian, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovakian, Spanish, Ukrainian.

The program contains the most up-to-date add-ons to the Dr.WEB virus bases going up to twice per hour frequency at periods of high malware submissions

Dr.WEB CureIT! detects and removes :-

  • Mass-mailing worms
  • E-mail viruses
  • Peer-to-peer viruses
  • Internet worms
  • File viruses
  • Trojans
  • Stealth viruses
  • Polymorphic viruses
  • Bodiless viruses
  • Macro viruses
  • MS Office viruses
  • Script viruses
  • Spyware
  • Spybots
  • Password stealers
  • Keyloggers
  • Paid Diallers
  • Adware
  • Riskware
  • Hacktools
  • Backdoors
  • Joke programs
  • Malicious scripts
  • Other malware

Minimum requirements: Windows all
Limitations: Nag screen

Emco Malware Destroyer - Ver: 5.0.25.112

Emco Malware Destroyer is a free antivirus tool that helps you to organise personal antivirus protection of your PC and perform regular fast malware scans to detect and remove various threats.

Features :-

  • Extremely fast malware scan.
  • Only few seconds are required to perform complete PC scan to detect malware presence.
  • Over 10,000 threats in database.
  • Malware signatures database contains over ten thousand entries of real-world threats.
  • Frequent signatures update.
  • Malware signatures database is updated often to include information about latest threats.
  • Users participation.
  • Thousands users participate in the database update by anonymously submitting information about their system, that helps to find latest threats and include new signatures to update

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    Norman Malware Cleaner - Ver: 2009.05.08

    Norman Malware Cleaner is a Norman program that can be used to detect and remove specific malicious software (malware).

    This program should not be used as a substitute for running normal proactive antivirus protection, but rather as a reactive tool to handle systems that are already infected.

    By downloading and running Norman Malware Cleaner it will clean an infected system completely :-

    • kill running processes that are infected
    • remove infections from disk (including ActiveX components and browser helper objects)
    • reveal and remove rootkits
    • restore correct registry values
    • remove references created by malware in hosts file
    • remove windows firewall rules for malicious programs

    NOTE: To give Norman Malware Cleaner the best working conditions possible, we recommend that you start the computer in Safe mode before running the program.

    To do this, tap the F8 key on your keyboard during startup, before Windows starts, and select Safe mode from the menu that appears.

    Pressing the F8 key at just the right time may be a little difficult (after the firmware POST process completes, but before Windows displays graphical output). If the F8 method does not work, repeat the procedure, but press the F8 key more quickly, or press it several times.

    On some (older) computers, the F8 key method may not work. In these Windows versions you may also configure your computer to start in Safe mode through the System Configuration Utility (msconfig).

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    Audio

    BonkEnc - Ver 1.0.12

    BonkEnc is a CD ripper, audio encoder and converter for various formats.

    It can produce MP3, MP4 / M4A, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, Bonk and FLAC files. BonkEnc supports freedb protocol level 6 (Unicode), CDText and ID3v2 tags and is available in several languages.

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

    Golden Records - Ver: 1.24

    Browsing your old vinyl record collection may bring back happy memories of long-disappeared independent music stores, browsing for rare white label 12"'s, or perhaps just admiring the artwork on your favourite albums.

    But the chances are you don't play any of these as much as you'd like, because for all their nostalgic appeal, records and tapes aren't exactly convenient. And that's why you need Golden Records Vinyl to CD Converter. This invaluable tool helps to liberates your analogue recordings by quickly transferring them to MP3 files or audio CD's, making it much easier to play them wherever you happen to be.

    You don't know how to connect your turntable and PC? It's usually quite straightforward, just a matter of running a cable from the line out jack of your stereo to the line in connector of your sound card. Golden Records Vinyl to CD Converter will also happily accept connections via an amp or pre amp, though, so you're covered for just about every eventuality.

    Once your two systems are communicating then you can start recording. The program comes with all kinds of tools to ensure the best possible sound quality: DC offset correction, high pass filtering, RIAA equalisation, and more. But don't think that makes it complicated to use. All you have to do is check a box to turn on one of the filters if a particular record sounds poor, and in most cases you'll immediately hear much better results.

    After recording both sides of an album you'll have two lengthy audio files. And it's easy to split these into individual tracks, burn them directly to an audio CD, or MP3 CD/ DVD, and start enjoying your favourite music again.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

    MP3 My MP3 Recorder - Ver: 3.0

    Record internet radio, save to mp3 or wav. Record streaming audio from the internet, microphone or any other source for that matter, works directly with your system sound card so if you can HEAR IT, you can RECORD it!

    This program is meant to be extremely intuitive to use, with enough features to get the job done quickly and easily. Customizable colours, timer, on top mode and skinning is also included. You can also rip CD's, batch rename, create playlists, enable silence detection, record vinyl albums, and scheduled recordings.

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

    Zortam Mp3 Media Studio - Ver: 9.25

    CD ripper, ID3 tag editor, Mp3 Organizer, playlist, add lyrics/photos to Mp3.

    Zortam Mp3 Media Studio is all-in-one MP3 organiser application for converting audio CD to MP3 and WAV format (CD Ripper) using CDDB (Internet Compact Disc Database), editing ID3 tags (Mp3 ID3 Tag Editor) with support for ID3v1 and ID3v2 tags, converting Wav to Mp3 files and Mp3 to Wav files (Wav/Mp3 Converter), managing M3U playlists (Playlist manager), renaming files (Mp3 Renamer) using ID3 tags, searching for duplicate Mp3 files, searching and cataloguing Mp3 files into Mp3 library, listening Mp3's using your favourite Mp3 player and much more.

    You can even add lyrics and picture to ID3 tags(cover, artist picture, etc.) to your Mp3 files.

    With Zortam Mp3 Media Studio editing ID3 tags is very easy and you may process as many files as you like.

    You can sort your Mp3 list in ascending or descending order using all ID3 tags and MPEG fields.

    Mp3 Media Studio playlist support M3u Winamp format and playlists generated by Mp3 Media Studio can be played in any Mp3 player.
    You can drag & drop files to the playlist. Mp3 Media Studio is a great tool for creating Mp3's, editing Mp3 Id3 tags and keeping your Mp3 files organised.

    Enjoy Zortam Mp3 Player visualisations which supports lyrics and cover arts directly from your Mp3's.
    Lyrics visualisation enables lyrics scrool and picture arts from MP3 tags and can be viewed as slideshow. Zortam Mp3 Player visualisation supports custom jpg background pictures and integrated visualisation.

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    Backup

    Allway Sync - Ver: 9.2.15

    Allway Sync - When you work, even just occasionally, on multiple computers, you usually want your files to be where you are. Although you could always remember to copy all the modified files manually, there is a better way to apply your skills.

    Let Allway Sync keep track of recent changes in your files. This utility searches for the latest versions of your files in the specified folders, and copies the modified file to the counterpart folder, i.e. it synchronises your folders. Unlike other directory synchronisation software that just copies file with the most recent file modification time, Allway Sync implements a sophisticated algorithm which does not depend on system clock accuracy, and also propagates file and folder deletions properly. If your computers are not connected by a network, use a removable drive to synchronise them.

    Virtually any type of removable drive is supported: flash keys, card readers, USB drives, MP3 players, digital cameras, CDRW's, SAMBA, removable hard drives and many others. Allway Sync is fast, safe, stable and easy-to-use. All you need to do is to specify the local or network folders (directories) to be synchronised and the program does the rest.

    Advanced features include automatic synchronisation, file filters, one-way and n-way sync option, usage statistics report, multiple jobs and more.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ vista

    File Backup Watcher Free - Ver: 2.8.24

    Program File Backup Watcher is intended for files and folders backup, both with their following archiving, and without it. Backup is possible on a local computer, via Network, E-mail, FTP, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R and DVD-RW!

    The program has the built - in master of profiles creation. That’s why it is now possible not only to carry out "manual" backup but also to adjust the scheduler so that the program would automatically carry out the backup of the specified databases daily, weekly, monthly or once in the established day and time. An additional feature of the program is skins support.

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    Synchredible - Ver: 2.3

    Synchredible synchronises your data/folders the easy way: several assistants support you on defining scheduled jobs for data synchronisation and data backup.

    Network support is integrated for data synchronisation between local area networks (LAN).

    Real synchronisations
    Synchredible supports both synchronisations in one and two directions. Our software recognises any changes automatically and creates protocols of new and changed data.

    Synchronisation as backup strategy
    You can use Synchredible not only for data synchronisation of files and/or folders, but also for data backup operations onto internal or external drives (USB1.1/2.0 supported).

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

    Burner

    FreeStar Free DVD Ripper - Ver: 2.0.2

    FreeStar Free DVD Ripper is a free, powerful and easy to use piece of software that allows you to rip your favourite DVD movies to VCD, SVCD, AVI, DivX, XviD, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 formats.

    Backup your favourite DVD movies to various formats and extract soundtracks from DVD's. Easily and quickly in excellent DVD ripping quality.

    Here are some key features of "FreeStar Free DVD Ripper" :-

    Suitable for both veterans and beginners:
    If you are a veteran, the DVD ripping and converting software has so many options for you to set; if it's the first time you rip DVD movie, just ignore these options, and use default settings customized for DVD ripping to rip DVD directly in a few clicks.

    Automatically check your CPU type:
    Quick DVD Ripper can check your CPU type automatically, fully use your CPU to rip DVD in the best DVD ripping speed.

    Select audio tracks or subtitles to rip DVD at will:
    Support selecting one of audio tracks or subtitles to rip.

    High DVD ripping speed:
    Ripping and converting is at same time.

    Excellent image and sound quality:
    Using Quick DVD Ripper, you will get any movie format you want with excellent image and sound quality.

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

    StarBurn - Ver: 12.0

    Powerful tool for grabbing, burning and mastering CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD media. StarBurn supports all types of optical storage media (including CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, BD-R/RE, HD-DVD-R/RW and DVD-RAM) as well as a wide variety of burning hardware.

    With StarBurn you can perform grabbing, copying and burning operations as well as advanced DVD authoring and mastering. These advanced features enable you to create DVD-Video content from custom video files, or compilations from other DVD's.

    Additionally with the DVD Splitting Wizard you can split DVD-Video discs into smaller parts and burn them to DVD writable discs or share them with the StarPort DVD-ROM emulator and watch DVD video directly on your PC. This enables you to create copies of 8.5 GB dual layer DVD's with just a few mouse clicks.

    StarBurn is easy to learn and to use. In addition to advanced DVD authoring and mastering features StarBurn offers a number of step-by-step wizards for novice users.

    StarBurn has a Quick Start Wizard that simplifies frequently used operations such as disc copying, grabbing and splitting DVD's.

    This new Version12.0 ships with support for Windows 7, in addition to various wizards to help you burn discs more quickly.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

    Desktop

    Auto Clicker Typer - Ver: 1.0

    Starts recording your mouse clicks and optionally cursor movements. Once you are done with recording click the "Stop"
    button.

    Now you can see your recording, written as a script, in the box. To play this script simply click the "Play" button. You can stop anywhere in between by clicking on the "Stop" button. You can also loop this script by checking "Loop" and entering a loop value. If you want to save this script to a file you can click on the "Save List" button but if you do not want to save it and need a fresh recording simply click the "Clear List" button.

    Auto Clicker Typer also provides Auto Script Keys which lets you set hot keys for up to 10 different saved scripts. So, if you need your favourite script to run, you simply need to press its hotkey.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

    BB FlashBack Express - Ver: 2.6.1.1122

    This easy-to-use free screen recorder creates compact, high quality movies for tutorials, demos and presentations.

    Record screen, sound and webcam. Easy sharing with quick upload to Youtube and other video hosting sites. Save movies as AVI or Flash. Captures Vista's 'Aero' graphics.

    Radical new technology means a perfect capture of your Windows desktop with minimal impact on PC performance, even on low powered PC's.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

    Taskbar Shuffle - Ver: 2.5

    Drag and drop your taskbar buttons and system tray icons to instantly reorder them.

    No need to get all nervous when a program crashes or if you need to reboot; you can reorder your programs exactly as they were. Version 2.2 includes an option to rearrange your tray icons, Vista support, and doesn't store settings in registry anymore.

    Minimum requirements: Windows NT/ 2000/ XP/ Vista

    Wally - Ver: 2.0.3

    A Qt4 wallpaper changer, using multiple sources like files, folders, Flickr community.

    The program uses sources like files, folders, FTP remote folders, Flickr, Yahoo!, Panoramio, Pikeo, Ipernity and Photobucket images. Now it's available in many languages.

    Here are some key features of "Wally":

    · Many wallpaper layouts available on all platforms
    · EXIF/Flickr/Yahoo! data available over picture and in system tray tooltip
    · Save downloaded photos
    · Run-time folder change detection in "Folder" mode
    · Proxy support

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    Digital Imaging

    BDSizer - Ver: 3.3.0

    BDSizer is a tool that allows you to quickly downsize or upsize photos and then save it using a maximum file size.

    There are additional options to add some predefined frames and caption title. After saving the photos can be uploaded using the integrated FTP-upload program. Photos can be processed in single or batched mode.

    Version 3.3.0 adds an upload feature to FlickR, Facebook, ZenFolio, SmugMug, and PicasaWeb.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

    Foto-Mosaik-Edda - Ver: 5.4.0

    You know those posters that have an overall image, but if you look closer, that image is made up of hundreds of tiny photos? It's called a photo mosaic, and Foto-Mosaik-Edda will generate them for you.

    Start it up and point it toward a large photo collection. A few thousand photos is a good minimum. Add them to the database, then choose a single photo to make into a mosaic. That is what all these photos will be arranged to look like. You can fiddle with the photo density and many other options, then Foto-Mosaik-Edda gets to work.

    It takes several minutes, all told, but the end result is an impressive high-resolution mosaic, suitable for a poster if you take it to Kinko's. The app even includes a simple photo viewer that easily zooms in and out, so you can see each individual photo as well as the entire mosaic.

    Foto-Mosaik-Edda is free, and it does exactly what it's supposed to do, and well. If you've got a ton of photos of your kids, and want to give a relative a one-of-a-kind gift to frame, give Foto-Mosaik-Edda a spin.

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

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

    RentASoft Image Converter - Ver: 2.3

    RentASoft Image Converter is an easy to use program which converts your image files into a different image format.

    To convert an image, simply right click on it and click Convert image to a step-by-step wizard will then be displayed which will allow you to set conversion properties (for example, JPEG to GIF), and for some image formats select the image quality.

    For converting to an icon format you can select the required icon sizes. The program supports conversion to the following formats: JPEG, GIF, Adobe PSD, TIFF, Bitmap (BMP), PNG, Icon, PCX, TGA, PXM, WBMP, PostScript (PS), and Adobe PDF. Version 2.3 includes support for 64 bit Windows.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

    Disk Tools

    CrystalDiskMark - Ver: 2.20j

    CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program measures sequential and random read/write speeds.

    64-bit and older operating system versions are available at the authors web page.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

    SpaceSniffer - Ver: 1.0.4

    "Where did all my space go?" This question has been asked by every computer user since the days of the 5.25" floppy (probably since the days of the ENIAC), and SpaceSniffer is a fast, easy, way to answer it.

    While SpaceSniffer in itself does nothing to reclaim space, it does provide you with a very good overview of what's occupying the nether reaches of your hard disk.

    SpaceSniffer performs a quick scan of files and shows you your data in a series of nested boxes, each box being a folder or file. The size relationship is displayed graphically, so it's easy to see that your "Games" folder looms over your "Work" folder like Godzilla looms over Tokyo. You can zoom in on any folder to see its deeper composition. I found this an excellent tool to quickly find large chunks of data I didn't need, often in folders buried deeply enough that I do not stumble upon them casually. For example, I was in an alpha test for an MMORPG, now defunct, which took up some 4 gig of space I had completely forgotten about.

    SpaceSniffer is a good, free, disk usage visualisation tool. It can be very helpful for system administrators to get a quick overview of the contents of network drives and pinpoint unusual file or space allocations. Displaying data visually is more intuitive than simply looking at long lists of numbers - especially when simply seeing that a folder occupies five gigabytes does not inform you that, for example, four of those gigabytes are dedicated to a cancelled project. Given the non-existent cost (donations are requested) and the ease of use, this download can be recommended.

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

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

    Email

    MailWasher Free - Ver: 6.5

    MailWasher is a program to help you get rid of spam and viruses in your e-mail. MailWasher allows you to preview all aspects of your e-mail on the server before you download it to your computer, thus protecting you from spam, viruses, phishing attacks, and other nuisances.

    You can then delete unwanted e-mail before it gets to you. Other features help identify and protect you against viruses and worms. Included are comprehensive anti spam tools and many other features.

    Free version supports single e-mail account, and has no auto delete feature, recycle bin and no user support.

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    Entertainment

    RadioSure - Ver: 2.0

    Radio Sure streams and records more than 12,000 channels of music and other radio feeds. If you canít find something to listen to, youíre probably not looking hard enough.

    The interface of Radio Sure is straightforward, if a bit cluttered. It starts with a master list of radio stations and a search box to narrow down the stations by genre, country, language, and other name.

    At the bottom of the window are some basic controls for playing and recording the streams, as well as information about the song if it’s embedded in the source.

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    Games

    Cosmic Ball - Ver - 2.1.2

    A challenging brickout-style game. Shoot bricks and watch for enemy robots guarding them.

    Try to destroy the bricks and evade the bombs.

    NOTE : The installer will try and add a search engine and change your home page. If you do not want this to happen, please do not tick the relevant boxes.

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

    Furcadia - Ver: 27B

    Furcadia is the magical world where the animals have learned to walk on two legs and speak.

    Create your own avatar and start exploring the graphical environment of player-driven content in this Massively Multi player Online Game (MMOG).

    Participate in games, make friends, role play, join a guild, tell stories and meet interesting people from all over the world.

    You can even create your own world and make it accessible to other Furcadia members.

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

    Souptoys - Ver: 1.6.0.8

    Designed with players aged 5 to 12 in mind, but enjoyed globally by everyone, this physics sandbox game replicates a child's wooden toy box full of toys, including basketballs, robots, wooden blocks, snowmen, cannons, flying bees and a pirate ship.

    With its open-ended design, the possibilities are endless and players are limited only by their imagination. With an intuitive and tactile feel, the easy to pick up and play style will allow kids to be enjoying themselves within seconds.

    Souptoys is also perfect for busy parents who want to play together with children who are too young to use a mouse but are delighted to see a stuntman flying through a basketball hoop.

    Players can also visit Souptoys.com, where they can share their own creations with others and download over 20,000 more. This growing community known as SoupWorld is a fun and secure place for kids to share and discuss their toys and ideas with other fans.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

    Home/Office

    BayGenie eBay Auction Sniper Free - Ver: 3.3.1.3

    BayGenie eBay Auction Sniper Free places bids in the last seconds of auctions.

    Features :-
    • supports 16 countries of eBay international sites
    • supports all time zones, does not change local machine time
    • no spyware, pop-ups, or adware
    • secure connections (ssl)
    • fast data transmission
    • auto update of new versions
    • eBay Global sites supported are: United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium (French & Dutch), Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

    BookDB - Ver: 2.2.22

    Create a database with all your books by author, title, category and publisher.

    With BookDB you can enter all your books with author, category, publisher etc and print them out in a variety of formats. Why would you need such a thing? Well, if you're always going to book sales and buying bargains only to get home and find you've doubled up, take a printout with you! BookDB has a super-condensed print mode so you'll need a magnifying glass, but at least it'll save a tree or two.

    BookDB offers you a large database in which you can make an inventory of all your books and can also categorise the books. You can add here all the books you want.

    BookDB also has lending library features. With them, you can add borrowers, loan out books, add multiple copies and so on. If you'd like to test these new features, just create a blank file called 'library.txt' in the same folder as BookDB2.exe and restart the program.

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    Gnumeric - Ver: 1.9.1

    The Gnumeric spreadsheet is part of the GNOME desktop environment: a project to create a free, user friendly desktop environment.

    The goal of Gnumeric is to be the best possible spreadsheet. We are not attempting to clone existing applications. However, Gnumeric can read files saved with other spreadsheets and we offer a customisable feel that attempts to minimize the costs of transition.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

    iFreeBudget Personal Finance Manager - Ver: 2.0.8

    iFreeBudget is free personal finance and budgeting application. It is designed for home and small business users with simple interface and fast user interaction.

    It is safe and secure with password based encryption for storing all financial data.

    List of features :-

    • Intuitive and easy to use
    • Manage multiple profiles with different set of accounts in each profile
    • Cross platform, will run on any computer with Java virtual machine installed
    • Online banking support for credit card and bank accounts.
    • Manage expenses and track account balances
    • Password based encrypted data for security
    • Generate reports
    • Create and save complex filters to search transaction history.
    • Charts and graphs for assets, liabilities, daily net worth tracking
    • View stock prices/quotes. Graphs tracking historical prices
    • Address book. Store contacts, email, phone numbers
    • Import OFX data for banks and credit cards. Supports latest quicken format
    • Import outlook contacts. Import contacts from Yahoo, gmail etc.
    • Multi language support (English, German, Dutch)

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

    What Watch - Ver: 3.3 build 94

    What Watch is a powerful tool that covers many areas and techniques of astrology. Its purpose is to get quick access to relevant information.

    What Watch draws and prints chart wheels, including synastry and composite, draws tables of essential dignities, calculates element and quality balances and allows analysing birth aspects. It is also a tool for the experienced astrologer who wants to follow closely transit, progression and solar arc cycles.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 8/ Me/ 2000/ XP/ vista/ 7

    Internet

    AnalogX NetStat Live - Ver: 2.13

    NSL is a small, easy to use TCP/IP protocol monitor which can be used to see your exact throughput on both incoming and outgoing data - whether you're using a modem, cable modem, DSL, or even local network!

    NSL doesn't just stop there, it lets you see how quickly your data goes from your computer to another computer on the internet; it even will tell you how many other computers your data must go through to get there! But wait - there's more! NSL also graphs your CPU usage of your system! This can be especially useful in identifying if your computer is what's slowing things down, or if it's your internet connection.

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    CruX - Ver: 3.4.4

    CruX is a peer-to-peer client for Windows that allows you to download any file-type found on several popular P2P networks.

    CruX can connect to many peers-to-peer networks, providing access to hundreds of thousands of diverse users, all from one single program.

    NOTE: This program will try and install the P2P Energy toolbar. If you do not want this to happen, please remove the tick from the relevant box.

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    Full Speed - Ver: 3.4

    This software will dramatically improve the speed and performance of all Broadband connections at home or business.

    Broadband Service Providers make great claims of the speed you will get from their service. Full Speed helps fix this worldwide issue. You will get excellent increases in performance with everything you do online. The boost will optimise Windows and Browsers to give you faster and smoother performance with all activities such as downloading, browsing, Remote Desktop sessions, Office Intranet's, music/video streaming, VPN's, e-mail, P2P and gaming.

    Simple real-time "Before and After" tests will instantly show you the gains you have achieved. Extremely simple to use: just one click and everything is instantly and automatically done for you. The boost effects are permanent (unless you want to go back to the old settings of course) and last forever.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

    iMesh - Ver: 9.0

    iMesh is a peer-to-peer file-sharing program that lets you find, download, share, and publish audio and video files.

    An ever-growing community of millions of registered users ensures quick location and download of virtually any type of file available on the P2P network. With the power of the iMesh network you can listen to and download songs that are 100% legal.

    Our service is endorsed by the key players in the Music Industry. iMesh 9.0 allows you to explore and experience the power of the iMesh network where you can access millions of songs and a great music community instantaneously.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

    KompoZer - Ver: 0.8a3

    Finally, a top-notch WYSIWYG web page program for the rest of us! Now there's no need to pay a small fortune for a program to create and edit great-looking web pages, including powerful and easy to use CSS capabilities.

    KompoZer is a complete Web Authoring System that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing capabilities found in Microsoft FrontPage, Adobe DreamWeaver and other high end programs.

    KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive,professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.

    KompoZer is based on Gecko, the layout engine inside Mozilla; it's a super-fast, very reliable, standards conformant engine maintained on a daily basis by a wide community of developers. It's remarkable support of XML, CSS and JavaScript offers the best authoring platform on the market. Its architecture based on XUL makes it the most extensible editing tool ever.

    KompoZer is a stand-alone tool; hence its small size and fast speed

    Those who are familiar with the DreamWeaver interface will feel right at home with KompoZer :-

    • WYSIWYG editing of pages, making web creation as easy as typing a letter with your word processor.
    • Integrated file management via FTP. Simply login to your web site and navigate through your files, editing web pages on the fly, directly from your site.
    • Reliable HTML code creation that will work with all of today's most popular browsers.
    • Jump between WYSIWYG Editing Mode and HTML using tabs.
    • Tabbed editing to make working on multiple pages a snap.
    • Powerful support for forms, tables, and templates.
    • The easiest-to-use, most powerful Web Authoring System available for Desktop Linux, Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh users.

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    Leawo YouTube Download - Ver: 1.4

    Leawo Free YouTube Download is a YouTube downloader that can download FLV files from YouTube, Yahoo, Google, MySpace, iFilm, Dailymotion, Metacafe with convenient download methods, such as auto sniffer and drag download.

    This YouTube downloader is also a FLV file administrator that can help you manage the downloaded FLV files by classifications. What's more, it is also a excellent tool that can convert FLV to video in almost any formats.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

    News Messenger - Ver: 4.0

    News Messenger allows you to read Atom and RSS feeds and can even HTML pages so you can read headlines from sites that don't support syndication.

    Features :-
    • Supports Atom 1.0 and all the various RSS feed formats,
    • Automatic discovery of RSS feeds for a particular Web site using drag and drop, support for proxy servers,
    • Uses GZip encoding and HTTP conditional get to reduce bandwidth utilised when downloading feeds,
    • View tag clouds of subscribed feeds,
    • Ability to show news thumbnails, and OPML support.
    Version 4.0 adds Czech language and Right To Left support, includes speed improvements and bug fixes, and feed items with comments now have a different icon and show the number of comments on a tooltip.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

    Newsgroup Commander - Ver: 9.05

    Newsgroup Commander is the fastest way to find any information you are looking for in news group archives.

    Newsgroup Commander allows the fastest email messages downloading from selected newsgroups. Newsgroup Commander extracts information from newsgroups using multiple include/exclude keyword filters based on article contents and subjects.

    Newsgroup Commander is a software that helps you read news from RSS channels and NNTP servers.

    You can use your selected keywords to scan the target audience and only return the information you are interested in.

    NNTP & Newsgroups

    Unlike e-mail, which is a conversation between two people, Usenet is a conversation between many people. Usenet is an international place for a meeting, where people get together to discuss various events, where one can learn the latest computer world news and discuss anything of interest.

    You do not know your company's appearance, age, etc. You will be judged by your words and your ability to express and formulate your point of view. Users themselves follow the newsgroups etiquette based on worked out rules. A moderator (a newsgroup administrator and supervisor) keeps the order.

    News is sent between special so called 'news servers' via the NNTP protocol. Newsgroup system software consists of two parts: an NNTP server and a newsgroup client. The Newsgroup server is a program that manages discussion groups and delivers messages to other computers (if the network is available). You can read news by connecting to one of news servers using special software called a newsgroup reader (or a usenet client). Using a usenet client, it is also possible to send your own messages. This software has something in common with e-mail clients.

    For example, the popular Newsgroup Commander Pro allows you to search, read, reply, and send new messages using a simple, yet handy, interface.

    A main benefit of NNTP is speed: after all the news is downloaded, you can read it offline. Alternatively, when using a web forum, you have to manually open each branch or topic to view new messages, which takes a lot of time.

    Nowadays, there are many newsgroup servers. The availability of newsgroups for viewing is determined by the owner of the ISP you are dealing with.

    Newsgroups have hierarchical content structure. This allows you to display articles more conveniently, as compared to common mailing lists. Each news server has a list of topics that can be discussed.

    Topics may vary greatly from server to server: humour, entertainment, style and fashion, jobs, sports, computers, software, hobbies, music, science, world news, marketing, politics and more. Many topics are connected with a local geographic district, this allows you, say, to send an ad about selling your car and be sure that only people from your district will receive it.

    Here are some key features of "Newsgroup Commander" :-

    • Search for messages using keywords.
    • Built-in newsgroup reader for online / offline reading of messages.
    • View individual messages within a newgroup for reading.
    • Multiple include/exclude filters to search and find articles by content..
    • Manages unlimited newsgroups, filters, addresses, etc.
    • Post Messages

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    PDF

    PDFCreator - Ver: 0.9.7

    Create PDF files for free.

    PDFCreator isn't a separate word processor/DTP package with new and strange buttons and menu layouts to learn; it works with every document-creation application available. It acts like a printer, so all you need do is open whichever file you want in whichever application you want and go to the Print menu.

    NOTE: The installer of this program will try and set your default search engine as Yahoo. If you do not want this to happen, please do not tick the relevant box.

    Minimum requirements: Windows XP

    Printing

    Print2Flash Free Edition - Ver: 2.7.3

    Print2Flash lets you easily convert any printable document (e.g. Microsoft Word file) to an Adobe Flash (SWF) file.

    This file can be shared with users who don't have the software that created the original document. You can view such files with Adobe Flash Player that is available across a number of operating systems. And these files can be easily published on the Web as well for fast and easy access to them from anywhere across the globe.

    NOTE: This program's installer will try and make this program your default printer. If you do not want this to happen, please remove the tick from the relevant box.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/8/ Vista

    Security

    CryptoExpert 2009 Lite - Ver: 7.9.3

    CryptoExpert Lite is a free encryption software that uses an on-the-fly encryption system to encrypt and decrypt your data.

    Data is stored in the encrypted form, but when it is requested by any application, it gets decrypted on-the-fly.

    Conversely, unencrypted data to be stored is encrypted instantaneously and then stored.

    The CryptoExpert system mounts a volume file to create a "virtual drive" that appears to applications and users like any other physical drive. Any data that the user attempts to write to this drive is intercepted by CryptoExpert, encrypted, and written to the volume file.

    Attempts to read from this volume are also intercepted, and the relevant data is read by CryptoExpert from the volume file, decrypted, and presented to the application trying to read the data.

    Dismounting the CryptoExpert "virtual drive" ensures that data cannot be read from or written to it. All data is stored encrypted within the "container".

    As far as windows is concerned, there is a 'new' disk that has suddenly appeared. When the program exists or the volume is unmounted, the file system stays encrypted and there is absolutely no way anyone can recover/get the data without the pass phrase.

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    Outpost Firewall Free - Ver: 6.5

    Outpost Firewall gives peace of mind from any threats by cookies, banner ads, e-mail viruses, backdoors, spyware, crackers, adware, and virtually every other Internet danger.

    Unlike other personal firewalls, Outpost starts protecting against all kinds of internal and external attacks as soon as it's installed. This is the first firewall with an open architecture and support for plug-ins, so its capabilities can easily be extended by thousands of developers worldwide.

    Outpost protects your system from worm and virus attacks that arrive by e-mail. You can filter e-mails based upon their content, and Outpost will prevent dangerous attachments from executing.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

    WinPatrol 2009 - Ver: 16.0.2009.2

    WinPatrol is a free tool you just must have on your computer: It gives you a way to stop unwanted programs from loading (and tells you which apps are safe).

    It watches out for spyware and keyloggers, keeps your System tray uncluttered, and when you boot, can get you to the desktop quickly.

    At its core, WinPatrol raises a flag when something suspicious happens within critical parts of your system. For instance, you'll get an alert when anything is added to any of the Registry's Startup locations and you'll have the option of blocking it or disabling it later. WinPatrol watches almost 20 functions, including when a browser plug-in is added, a file type association is changed, a scheduled task is created, your HOST file is touched, or a new ActiveX component is installed.

    Minimum requirements Windows XP/ Vista

    Service Packs

    Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008 supports new kinds of hardware and emerging hardware standards.

    This service pack includes all the updates that have been delivered since Service Pack 1, and it simplifies deployment for consumers, for developers, and for IT professionals.

    Minimum requirements: Windows Vista SP1/ Windows Server 2008 SP1

    Utilities

    AnalogX MaxMem - Ver: 1.04

    This program promises to make the most out of your RAM by regularly releasing memory that your system no longer needs.

    In that way, it says, it ensures that your PC and programs get the maximum amount of memory they need, for top performance. "It says...?" asks the skeptical reader. Read on.

    MaxMem monitors your system, and when your free memory reaches a certain low threshold, it automatically frees up memory. You can set the thresholds, and also tell the program how aggressive it should be about managing your memory.

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

    Chameleon Startup Manager Lite - Ver: 3.0.0.615

    Chameleon Startup Manager is a Windows startup, schedule, service and task manager that accelerates Windows startup, ensures that the operating system is more stable and allows you to run various tasks with the possibility of specifying the launch condition.

    It disables any startup programs and fully controls startup by selecting the programs to be launched, while customising the startup settings (i.e. how often and when programs should be launched, etc). Chameleon Startup Manager automatically monitors and reports back if new programs have been added to the startup list, while a manager provides advanced details on running applications.

    Chameleon Startup Manager allows you to specify various tasks to be run (15 types - switch off the computer, start a program, stop Winamp, etc.), launch conditions for them (11 types - if Windows is idle, after a program is started, etc.) and on what days and how many times to run them.

    When programs are installed on your computer, different and unnecessary applications are often added to the startup list. There can be dozens of such applications, and their simultaneous operation results in slow startup of your computer and considerably reduces its performance.

    It is possible to enhance efficiency by removing or temporarily disabling those startup programs that are not required. It is also possible to accelerate and better manage Windows startup by launching required programs at regular intervals or after a specified application, instead of starting them concurrently with the operating system.

    Depending on the configuration you created, the application can automatically check if new programs were added to the startup list.

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    DirectShutdown - Ver: 1.5

    Shutdown, reboot, logoff or hibernate your PC using modern GUI or command-line. DirectShutDown is a free and easy-to-use utility created for easier ShutDown, Restart, Log Off, Lock, StandBy or Hibernate your PC.

    When DirectShutDown is running, icon appears on the task bar on the end opposite the "Start" button. You can choose action you need just click it with the right mouse button to view the context menu..

    You can set a keyboard shortcut for any action - shutdown, reboot, hibernate, standby, lock, logoff. Also, DirectShutDown will automatically terminate applications if they are not responding making shutdowns both quicker and safer. DirectShutDown allows you to skip annoying shutdown screens like "Shut Down Windows" screen in Windows 2003.

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    EasyClip - Ver: 2.1

    EasyClip is a slim suite of tools on clipboard enhancement, shell enhancement and computer automation. It includes a multiple clipboard manager which maintains 64 auto-cycling clipboard entries.

    Multiple clipboard manager extends the basic windows clipboard and makes you never lose any text that has ever been copied. You can paste text from history clipboards into any applications with just one click.

    URL Aliases save you the trouble of typing long URL or clicking into deep folders step by step with mouse. You only need type the alias and EasyClip will automatically navigate to the target URL which can point to local file, command, folder or any web resources.

    Quick-run dialog powered by aliases and built-in commands provides the shortcut to major search engines, shell folders and common tasks.

    EasyClip is built-on on a slim and always-on-top toolbar which makes its functions easy to access from any applications, either by mouse or hotkey.

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    ERUNT - Ver: 1.1j

    ERUNT (Emergency Recovery Utility NT) allows you to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed.

    The standard registry backup options that come with Windows back up most of the registry but not all of it. ERUNT however creates a complete backup set, including the Security hive and user related sections.

    ERUNT is easy to use and since it creates a full backup, there are no options or choices other than to select the location of the backup files.

    The backup set includes a small executable that will launch the registry restore if needed.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

    IntelBurnTest - Ver: 1.92

    Tool that helps Intel(R) Core 2(tm)-based (or others) test for system stability in a relatively short time (greatly shorter than Prime95).

    The program utilises Intel(R)'s very own CPU stress testing binaries for the most stressful, and speedy testing. This software will put even the highest end Intel(R) Core 2(tm) Extreme rigs to their knees, and shows how REALLY stable the system is.

    It is highly recommended to use a 64-bit Windows operating system (XP x64 preferred) for the most accurate testing and using maximum amount of free system memory. It will work on even Intel(R) Pentium III processors, but unfortunately, Intel(R) designed the binaries in a way that makes it not run at all on any AMD CPUs.

    Donations are appreciated!

    WARNING : This program is NOT for beginners to overclockering. This program WILL stress the CPU, Memory, North Bridge, and other system components to their highest extent! Make sure your PC is properly cooled and ventilated!

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista

    MonitorInfoView - Ver: 1.03

    MonitorInfoView is a small utility that displays essential information about your monitor: manufacture week/year, monitor manufacturer, monitor model, supported display modes, and more...

    The information is extracted from the EDID ("Extended display identification data") records stored on your computer. You can also view the monitor information of multiple computers on your network, if you login to these computers with administrator rights.

    Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ 2003

    Shortcut Key Explorer - Ver: 1.0

    If you have ever created a Windows shortcut you have seen the option on the Shortcut Tab called "Shortcut Key".

    This Shortcut key allows you to type a keyboard shortcut that you can press to start a program in Windows. However, there is no easy way to view and manage these shortcut keys.

    Shortcut Key Explorer can help you manage the list of Windows shortcut keys you have loaded on your computer. Simply run Shortcut Key Explorer and it will automatically load the existing shortcut keys and display them in an easy to read list.

    From this list you can double-click on any item and edit the properties of the Windows shortcut. This is great for troubleshooting duplicate shortcut keys or shortcut keys you did not even know existed.

    Minimum requirements: Windows all

    TED Notepad - Ver: 5.4.1

    Freeware expanding editor for true plain-text. It looks like the original Windows Notepad, but provides many features and tools for quick, easy and advanced editing. The light-weight application fits on a floppy or USB and loads instantly with no installation required.

    Offers many text-processing functions and tools, many hotkeys and clipboards. You will find several innovative features too. Supports all ANSI, UNICODE, UTF-8 and UNIX file types of almost unlimited size.

    Features include two advanced searches, indentation, word auto complete, enhanced clipboarding, extensive statistics, optional favourites menu, case conversions, characters translating, quoting and enclosing lines, reversing, unique lines and duplicates counting, sorting, word wrapping and unwrapping. Plus it has filters architecture for user plug ins and console applications.

    Application can stay on top or go to system tray, save window placement or change to customisable dual font.

    Minimum requirements: Windows NT/ 2000/ XP/ Vista

    TextMaker Viewer - Ver: 2009 Beta 3

    Textmaker Viewer is a lightweight, fast, document viewer. It contains no editing functionality, but does allow you to open, search, and copy text from a variety of common document formats, including .doc, .docx (Office 2007), .rtf, and .odt (Open Document format, used by OpenOffice.org.)

    "It does what it says on the box," as the saying goes. It is easy open a variety of documents. Textmaker Viewer has a few useful tools to aid in this, such as auto-stacking windows, view scaling (zoom in on a document, show it in 2-page mode, and so on), and a reasonable search feature (no regular expressions, but few business users know about them or are likely to miss them).

    In addition, there's a Properties window that gives you word counts and other data for the whole document or a selected section. You'll also find a print feature and an e-mailer.

    Why use a program like this? Sometimes, you are sent documents in formats you can't read - Office 2007 when you have 2003 installed, for instance. Some new computers might not have Office installed. Or you might not like Office. (Imagine that!) Or you might not want to bloat memory firing up Office just to read a memo or manual. Basically, if you've ever received a document file in a format you can't read, Textmaker Viewer might be for you - just be sure to check the supported formats (most common modern ones, but not a lot of truly ancient formats like Wordstar or Wordperfect) to be sure it will work. It's free, it doesn't take up a lot of disk space, and if it's useful even once, it's worth the download.

    Licence: Free
    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

    TweakNow PowerPack 2009 - Ver: 1.0.1

    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.

    The Virtual Desktop program lets you run as many as four custom-designed desktop configurations simultaneously, allowing you to tailor your computer screen to your mood and your work requirements. The suite gives you a complete picture of all aspects of your computer's hardware, including detailed information about your motherboard, processor, video card, memory, hard disk and network.

    Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista

    Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - Beta

    In general, if your PC can run Windows Vista, it can run Windows 7. But if you're not running Windows Vista, or are just not sure if your system is ready to run Windows 7, there's a quick way to do a simple check.

    Just download, install, and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta. You'll get a report telling you if your PC can run Windows 7, and if there are any known compatibility issues. If the issues can be resolved, you'll get suggestions for next steps. For example, it'll let you know if you need an updated software driver. You'll also get advice on how to upgrade to Windows 7.

    Information about your computer will be sent back to Microsoft; however, no information will be used to identify or contact you. For more information, read our privacy statement.

    Before you run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor beta, be sure to plug in any USB devices or other devices such as printers, external hard drives, or scanners that are regularly used with the PC you're evaluating.

    Important: The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta is a pre-release version, and is available in U.S. English only. While we consider this a stable and high-quality beta, it's not the finished product.

    Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista

    Video

    Internet Video Converter (Standard) - Ver: 2.10

    Internet Video Converter makes it possible to convert the popular video formats thanks to a simple, complete, and effective interface managing open source software.

    It deals with MPEG video formats, flash video (FLV and SWF), DV, QuickTime, Windows Media Video, MJPEG, Apple TV, AVI (DivX, Xvid, and H264), mobile phone, 3GP, PSP, and iPod.

    Videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, and Megavideo can be downloaded and converted directly. A video player is integrated, as well as functions for extracting soundtrack to MP3 and video rotation for movies coming from numerical devices.

    Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista

    MakeInstantPlayer - Ver: 1.32

    MakeInstantPlayer is a tool for converting your Videos to self-running executable files. This small utility lets you add your personalised splash screen and/ or homepage URL to your favourite videos.

    MakeInstantPlayer's also has a very easy to use graphical interface with only the really necessary options included. The process is fully automated, all you have to do is point MakeInstantPlayer to a video file and a splash screen (if needed) and it will do the rest.

    Also important is that MakeInstantPlayer uses Mplayer with a graphical front end as it's core media player which directly translates into a powerful multi-format player.

    Minimum requirements: Windows all