Monthly Disk November 2011

Freeware

Anti Virus

Autorun Eater - Ver: 2.5

Autorun Eater was born due to the increase of malware using the ‘autorun.inf’ method to infect users unknowingly be it 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 anti virus 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(pen drives, 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 (eg. 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 malware

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 7

CWShredder - Ver: 2.19

Trend Micro CWShredder is the premier tool to find and remove traces of CoolWebSearch - the name for a wide range of insidious browser hijackers - from your PC.

CWShredder removes these browser hijackers. CoolWebSearch installs dozens of bookmarks - mostly to porn Web sites - on your desktop, changes your home page without asking, and continually changes it back if you attempt to correct it. Furthermore, it significantly slows down the performance of your PC, and introduces modifications which cause Microsoft Windows to freeze, crash or randomly reboot.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Audio

Foobar 2000 - Ver: 1.1.8 Final

Foobar2000 is an advanced audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include ReplayGain support, low memory footprint and native support for several popular audio formats.

Features:-

  • Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player
  • Audio formats supported "out-of-the-box": WAV, AIFF, VOC, AU, SND, Ogg Vorbis, MPC, MP2, MP3
  • Audio formats supported through official addons: MPEG-4 AAC, FLAC, OggFLAC, Monkey's Audio, WavPack, Speex, CDDA, TFMX, SPC, various MOD types; extraction on-the-fly from RAR, 7-ZIP & ZIP archives
  • Full Unicode support on Windows NT
  • ReplayGain support
  • Low memory footprint, efficient handling of really large playlists
  • Advanced file info processing capabilities (generic file info box and masstagger)
  • Highly customisable playlist display
  • Customisable keyboard shortcuts
  • Most of standard components are opensourced under BSD license (source included with the SDK)

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Backup

Areca Backup - Ver: 7.2.2

Areca Backup is a file backup tool written in Java. It supports data compression & encryption, incremental backup, file history explorer and many other features.

Areca Backup also includes a transaction mechanism which guarantees your backups' integrity. As an additional security measure areca also features a backup simulation module.

Here are some key features of "Areca Backup":

Backup Engine Features:

  • Archives compression (Zip & Zip64 format)
  • Archives encryption (Triple DES & AES encryption algorithm)
  • Storage on local hard drive, network drive, USB key, FTP / FTP's server (with implicit and explicit
SSL / TLS)
  • Source file filters (by extension, subdirectory, regular expression, size, date, status, usage)
  • Incremental / Full backup support
  • Archives merges / deletion : You can merge contiguous archives in one single archive or safely delete your latest archives.
  • As of date recovery : Areca allows you to recover your archives (or single files) as of a specific date.
  • Transaction mechanism : All critical processes (such as backups or merges) support a transaction mechanism (with commit / rollback management) which guarantees your backups' integrity.
  • Backup reports : Areca generates backup reports that can be stored on your disk or sent by email.
  • Post backup scripts : Areca can launch shell scripts after backup.
  • Files permissions and symbolic links backup. (Linux only)
Graphical User Interface:
  • Archives content explorer. (including a 'find file in archives' feature)
  • Archive description : A manifest is associated to each archive, which contains various information such as author, title, date, description, and some technical data.
  • File history explorer : Areca keeps track of your file's history (creation / modifications / deletion) over your archives.
  • Backup simulation : useful to check weather a backup is necessary
  • User's actions history : Areca keeps an history of all user's actions (archives deletion, merges, backups, recoveries).
  • Archive's indicators : Areca computes a lot of indicators for you, which will help you in the everyday management of your archives.
Command-Line Interface:
  • Areca comes with a command-line interface which can be used for backup automation.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 7/ Java Runtime Environment

Burner

DVDVideoSoft Free Disc Burner - Ver: 3.0.6.920

Free Disc Burner writes any files, folders (data) to any disc as well as writes multi session discs (there is a possibility to write up files to the same disc), erases information from a disc, supports Blu-Ray.

Supported Media Types: BD-R / BD-RE (Blu-Ray), DVD-R Double Layer, DVD-R Dual Layer, DVD+R / DVD+RW, DVD-R / DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, CD-R / CD-RW.

Device Features:-

  • supports buffer protection technologies (BurnProof, JustLink, etc.);
  • advanced speed detection;
  • advanced file system detection anywhere on the disc;
  • automatic selection of write modes;
  • erase functionality.

Data Features:

  • writes multi-session or disc-at-once to ALL supported media formats including Blu-Ray (BD-R and BD-RE);
  • creates disc images on-the fly (no staging to hard drive is required);
  • easy file/folder manipulation;
  • imports existing data from any supported file system or from any session and appends or edits;
  • supports UNICODE file and folder names for multi-byte.

NOTE: Unless you opt out this program will install its own toolbar, change your default search engine and your home page.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Desktop

Easy Timer - Ver: 2.3

Easy Timer is a straightforward alarm clock. The program offers a very simple and minimalist interface. Just set in how many minutes or at what exact time it should alert and press activate - done! What makes Easy Timer special is that it's fully customisable.

You can set up the alarm sound (choose from over 35 pre-installed or use your own), how the clock looks (colours, size), the alarm behaviour (alert until deactivated or repeat), optionally add a custom alert message and minimise the timer to the system tray.

Helpful is the analogue desktop clock which displays every information that is needed like the current time, alarm time and the progress. It's designed as a quick and easy solution to remind you for an upcoming event.

Easy Timer is the right choice if you prefer a simple program to a complex one. It doesn't need an installation, is powerful but easy to understand and best of all:

Minimum requirements: XP/ Vista/ 7

Mazio - Ver: 1.2.1

Take snapshots of your desktop in a matter of seconds. Using the intuitive software Mazio, users will be able to easily take snapshots of their desktop, regardless of their computer skills.

Mazio is a screenshot grabber, allowing fast and easy annotations of the screenshots and instant uploads to many types of web-based image repositories.

Minimum requirements: Windows all/ .NET Framework 2.0

NoteFly - Ver: 2.0.0

NoteFly is a small and easy to use program that allows you to take notes right on your desktop. NoteFly will enable you to create lists in a note for example your shopping list. Make things that are important bold or underline them just like in a office suit.

Here are some key features of "NoteFly":-

  • Change colour of notes.
  • Make note stick on top.
  • Make notes transparent.
  • Create e-mail of note.
  • Resize notes how big or small you want it.
  • Some syntax highlight for notes that have code.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ .NET Framework 2.0

Digital Imaging

Chasys Draw IES - Ver: 3.66.02

Chasys Draw IES (formerly Chasys Draw Artist) is a suite of applications including a layer-based image editor with animation, vista-style icon support and super-resolution via image stacking (Chasys Draw IES Artist), a multi-threaded image file converter (Chasys Draw IES Converter) and a fast image viewer (Chasys Draw IES Viewer).

Chasys Draw IES application was designed to be a drawing program like no other. Chasys Draw IES Artist is the main image editor and paint program in the IES suite. It's also the parent application from with the rest of the suite evolved. Chasys Draw

IES Artist was initially designed for painting images that look real enough to easily pass for photos. As a field of study, image editing has come a long way, with new ideas coming up and even rendering irrelevant traditional methods that are considered industry standards. Unfortunately, most image editors still stick to tradition.

In designing Chasys Draw IES Artist, the main intention was to address this need; to provide you with an image editor with all the new ideas and none of the old. As the application evolved, photo-editing features were added, as were animation and stacking. Chasys Draw IES Artist has over time grown into a powerful image editor that takes a radically different approach to image editing, resulting in distinctive character, speed and output quality.

Features:-

  • Fast JpDRAW2 graphics engine for high speed image manipulation
  • Easy-to-use task-oriented user interface with auto-save
  • Internal error handling and logging for reliability and stability
  • In-built installer and uninstaller for easy re-installation and removal
  • Supports a very wide range of image file formats
  • GraphAsm programming support for adding custom effects
  • Convolution matrix support for filter extension
  • Plug-in support for extending functionality and compatibility
  • Create and modify sprites with full alpha channels
  • Blue-Screen effects in three different modes
  • Alpha channel enhancement and adjustment
  • Advanced sprite creation tools
  • Translucency / transparency based special effects
  • In-built screen capture, smart-dithering and image enhancement
  • Icon creation and extraction from programs, DLL's, icon libraries, etc.
  • Password protection of images using in-built data encryption engine

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Hugin - Ver: 2011.0.0

With Hugin you can assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more.

Hugin supports most pano tools features and contains a powerful control point picker. Similar to the Windows programs PTAssembler and PTGui.

With Hugin you can assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

PicPick - Ver: 3.0.5

PicPick is user friendly and full of features for creating your image, suitable for software developers, graphic designers and home users.

It is an all-in-one program that provides full-featured screen capture tool, intuitive image editor, colour picker, colour palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair and even whiteboard. It has not only everything what you need, but it loads fast, sits quietly in the system tray until needed.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Disk Tools

CheckDisk - Ver: 1.3

A powerful tool for searching and repairing disk errors. CheckDisk is quite similar to the ScanDisk tool or chkdsk.exe, supplied with the Windows operating systems.

You can select either standard or full tests. The full test additionally performs a sector check. It is capable of finding bad sectors on your disk and marking them as such. CheckDisk will work with HDD's (including SCSI and RAID), removable media and CDs.

NOTE : Some anti virus and anti spyware programs flag CheckDisk as being infected/malware, although the application is perfectly safe and does not pose a threat to your system. This is called a 'false positive'. The term false positive is used when anti virus software wrongly classifies an innocuous ( inoffensive ) file as a virus. The incorrect detection may be due to heuristics or to an incorrect virus signature in a database. [Similar problems can occur with anti trojan or anti spyware software.]

Minimum requirements: Windows all

SpaceSniffer - Ver: 1.1.3.1

SpaceSniffer analyses a selected hard drive and presents you with a dynamic disk map that makes it easy to spot files and folder that take up most of your space.

You can review the map in real-time while the application is scanning, and any changes made (e.g file deletions, renames, new files added) during the scan are automatically reflected without the need to rescan.

Right-clicking on a file or folder brings up the standard Windows Explorer context menu. Other features include folder tagging, folder name filtering, custom file classes (define your own colours for file groups), support for NTFS Alternate Data Streams, folder zoom and more. Portable, no installation required.

A comprehensive user manual is supplied.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7

E-book Software

PdfMasher - Ver: 0.6.1

A tool to convert PDF files containing text in ready - for - e-book HTML files. Most ebook readers support PDF files natively, but it's often a real pain to read those documents because we don't have font size control over the document like we have with native ebooks.

In many cases, we have to use the zooming feature and it's just a pain. Another drawback of PDF's on ebook readers is that annotations are not supported.

PdfMasher asks the user about the role of each piece of text, and does it in an efficient manner.

Your PDF has a header on each page and you don't want them to litter your text? Sort text elements by Y-position (thus grouping them all together), shift select the elements and flag them as ignored. They will not appear on your final HTML.'

Your PDF has footnotes on many pages? Sort your elements by text content (thus grouping all elements with the text starting with a number together) and flag them as footnotes. They will be moved to the end of the document, and PdfMasher will try to create hyperlinks to footnote references.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Email

eM Client - Ver: 3.0.10206

eM Client integrates E-mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and much more. eM Client delivers the most comprehensive calendar interfaces on the market, giving users the ability to simultaneously view multiple calendars from multiple sources.

eM Client is optimised to fully synchronise with Gmail or any other mail server. eM Client supports full import from MS Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail or Thunderbird. You can backup or synchronise all your e-mails, contacts, calendars and tasks on-line or to any mobile device using Active Sync.


Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

POP Peeper - Ver: 3.8

POP Peeper is an email notifier that runs in your Windows task bar and alerts you when you have new email on your POP3, IMAP (with IDLE support), Hotmail\MSN\LiveMail, Yahoo, GMail, MyWay, Excite, iWon, Lycos.com, RediffMail, Juno and NetZero accounts.

IMAP supports allows you to access AOL, AIM, Netscape and other services. Send mail directly from POP Peeper and use the address book to email your frequently used contacts. POP Peeper allows you to view messages using HTML or you can choose to safely view all messages in rich or plain text. Several options are available that will decrease or eliminate the risks of reading your email (viruses, javascript, webbugs, etc). POP Peeper can be run from a portable device and can be password protected. Many notification options are available to indicate when new mail has arrived, such as sound alerts (configurable for each account), flashing scroll lock, skinnable popup notifier, customised screensaver and more.

Primary Features:-

  • Easy Setup - accounts are imported from your existing email client(s)
  • Supports POP3, IMAP (including GMail, AOL, AIM, Netscape, FastMail, mail.com, etc), SMTP, GMail, Hotmail\MSN\LiveMail, Yahoo, MyWay, Excite, iWon, Lycos.com, RediffMail, Juno, NetZero
  • IDLE is supported for IMAP accounts which allows instant notification when new mail arrives in your inbox
  • Support for RSS feeds is available with purchase of the Premium Add-on Pack
  • Read, delete, print and reply to Email without opening your email client
  • Send email directly from POP Peeper
  • SSL support for POP3, IMAP and SMTP
  • HTML email support
  • Password protection
  • Address book
  • Options to protect you from messages that contain viruses and web bugs
  • Send, save and open file attachments
  • Run POP Peeper off your portable storage device
  • No account limit -- notifies you of an unlimited number of accounts
  • Many ways to receive new mail notification: skinnable desktop alerts, audio, flashing scroll lock LED and more
  • Specify how often all accounts are checked for new mail or set individual intervals for each account
  • Extensive help with useful tips and information

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7

SPAMfighter - Ver: 7.3.64

If you are looking for an Outlook or Outlook Express tool to remove spam and phishing emails from your inbox, look no further. SPAMfighter is the tool you are looking for. Simple, reliable and efficient.

A lot of anti-spam products rely on filters and other rule-based technologies, but spammers work every day to get around these filters. What works one day, doesn't work the next. SPAMfighter uses a very different strategy. SPAMfighter harnesses the power of a very large community of people who instantly report any spam or phishing messages they receive. Once several people have reported the same email, it is automatically filtered for the rest of the community. In this way, very few people in the community will ever see the spam or phishing email.

In addition, a lot of spam and phishing emails are filtered out before they ever reach the community, but the way we do that is secret and not something we will give away. The spammers might be reading about us as well ;-). If you use SPAMfighter, you will stop receiving spam instantly, and if by chance you do receive a spam message, you get the satisfaction of reporting it and removing it for all other community members with a single click. Join the more than 3.7 million SPAMfighters across the globe that have a clean inbox. SPAMfighter is currently available in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Italian, Greek, Suomi, Bulgarian, and Danish

Limitations: You get SPAMfighter Pro one month for free. After that you automatically get the 100% free SPAMfighter Standard for private use as long as you want. The free version however, will tag the bottom of each of your outgoing e-mails with a "Protected by SpamFighter" footer.

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

Games

GameSave Manager - Ver: 2.3 (Build 693)

GameSave Manager - Ver: 2.3 (Build 693) Perhaps you have been victim of file corruption which also victimised your gamesaves? Maybe you just wish to transfer your gamesave(s) to your new machine, or to take with you to a friend's?

With GameSave Manager, you can easily backup, restore and transfer your gamesave(s).

No longer do you need to manually track through all of the those different directories to backup/restore/transfer your gamesaves, making it great for those who like to share gamesave progress with friends/family, format frequently, paranoid about data loss, etc...

Features:-

  • No catch, no adware, no spyware... Just 100% free.
  • No dependences
  • GameSave Manager doesn't need things like .NET Framework installed to run.
  • Attractive yet easy to use GUI
  • The GUI (Graphical User Interface) was designed around navigation and ease of use. Ontop of that, it looks quite pretty.
  • Built-in Update Checker
  • Completely optional: Check for Program (and Database) updates upon Program Startup.
  • Regular Database Updates
  • The "Officially Supported Games" database is forever growing, thus it's always being updated.
  • This database is based upon the community's feedback.
  • FTP Support
  • Automatically upload your backups to your own private FTP Server upon their creation.
  • 7-Zip Support
  • Enable 7-Zip support for theoretically shorter backup times.
  • Backup Validation
  • Checks if the specified Backup Archive can be restored without issue by running tests and caching each gamesave.
  • This feature runs by default upon a Backup Archive being created.
  • DropBox Support
  • Automatically backup your gamesaves to your "DropBox Sync Directory", allowing you to store your backups effortlessly in your DropBox Account.
  • Sync & Link
  • Move your gamesaves to your "DropBox Sync Directory", while creating NTFS Junctions in their original place allowing for true "on-the-cloud" gamesaves.
  • Haven't got DropBox? Then move your gamesaves to one directory on your system for easier access.
  • Scheduled Tasks
  • Setup automated backups to run at whatever day / time you wish.
  • Custom Gamesave Entries
  • Got a game that's not supported? Simply add them yourself via "Custom Gamesave Entries".
  • Steam Spreader
  • Got an SSD? Running out of space on your Steam Partition?
  • Use "Steam Spreader" to move entire Steam-purchased games onto other partitions and drives (on a per game basis) while creating NTFS Junctions to their new locations, allowing you to get the max out of your SSD with your favourite game(s).
  • Dynamic Restoring
  • GameSave Manager dynamically detects restore paths, allowing you to restore gamesaves on your PC even if you've installed the games in a different directory / drive than before.
  • Transfer gamesaves
  • Quickly and easily share gamesaves with friends and family.
  • Highly Customisable
  • Loads of Program Settings you can adjust, allowing you to configure GameSave Manager to your own specific needs.
  • Separate Archives
  • Optionally create separate Backup Archives for each gamesave selected.
  • Backup upon change
  • Only create a new backup when/if the gamesave has been modified since the last backup (only works with "Create separate archives").

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Rubik's Cube - Ver: 3.1

The Rubik's Cube application was designed to be a 3D Rubik's cube simulator that allows you to solve a range of cube sizes from 2x2x2 to 50x50x50.

There are several options that let you change the size of the cube and the colours of the faces. You can save a partially solved cubed to be continued at a later time.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Home/Office

Free Ringtone Maker - Ver: 2.1

Free Ringtone Maker is an extremely simple and handy Windows software for making your own free ringtones.

Make Your Own Ringtones in 3 Easy Steps.

Step 1: Pick a Song
To make your own free ringtones, just click button "Choose a Song from My Computer".

Step 2: Cut Out the Best Part
In this step, you´ll select the best part of the song for your ringtone. Just drag the sliders to set the start and end point of the selection.

You can pre-listen the ringtone using the player buttons. You can also add some fade-in and fade-out effects to your ringtone.

Step 3: Get the Ringtone!
Just click button Save Ringtone to My Computer. Then you can choose a location to save your ringtone file.

When the ringtone file is saved, you can locate it by clicking button Locate in Windows Explorer, or start to create a new ringtone by clicking button Make a New Ringtone.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Google Earth - Ver: 6.1.0.4738

With Google Earth you can explore the earth from above! Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.

Google Earth puts a planet's worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. View exotic locales like Maui and Paris as well as points of interest such as local restaurants, hospitals, schools, and more.

Features:-

  • Navigation controls - Look around, move and zoom into any location
  • Sun and shadows - View animated shadows as they move across the landscape
  • 3D buildings - View hundreds of photo-realistic new buildings in many of the world's cities
  • Imagery date information
  • Support for new language versions
  • Flash videos in placemark balloons
  • Fly from space to your neighbourhood. Type in an address and zoom right in.
  • Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions.
  • Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings.
  • Save and share your searches and favourites. Even add your own annotations.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Yapbam - Ver: 0.9.2

can easily import your bank transactions from your previous account manager or from your bank online statements to Yapbam. It helps you to quickly enter your transactions with its entry wizard. It automatically generates your periodical transactions (salary, taxes, etc...)

Yapbam builds your account's balance history and throws alerts when it becomes negative. The program creates instantaneously budget view and category-wise charts of your expenses.

At last, Yapbam provide you with a currency converter connected through the Internet to the official ECB (European Central Bank) rates.

Yapbam is an easy-to-use, handy personal bank account manager.

Licence: Free
Minimum requirements: Windows all/ Java

Internet

Avarice - Ver: 1.7

Avarice is a free program that allows you to download just about anything. Based on Bottler, Avarice is a fully multi-server IRC client that allows for simplified XDCC access.

All around the world, hundreds of IRC (Internet Relay Chat) servers are awaiting your connection. These servers have thousands of channels with millions of users.

Many of these channels are used to transfer files. With an IRC client, you can join one of these servers and monitor their channels for files to download.

With Avarice, you can join all of the servers and have it watch the channels for you. When it finds a downloadable file, it adds it to a list.

All you have to do is click on the file you want to download from the list. It's as easy as it gets.

Unlike other file distribution methods, like BitTorrent, Avarice will give you the maximum speed right away - without using all of your upload speed.

Avarice is quite simply the best XDCC client available. Quit wasting time and money on software like IRC-Ork, XDCC Catcher, and XDCC Klipper.

Avarice provides maximum offers using the best bot detection and the best anti-ban technology available.

Avarice also supports the large file sizes ( >2GB files ) that other clients don't, so you can actually download all of the files that you find.

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

Chromium - Ver: 16.0.890.0

Chromium is an open source web browser that was designed in order to provide for all users a safer, faster, and more stable way to experience the web.

In the long term, we think of Chromium as a tabbed window manager or shell for the web rather than a browser application. We avoid putting things into our UI in the same way you would hope that Apple and Microsoft would avoid putting things into the standard window frames of applications on their operating systems.

The tab is our equivalent of a desktop application's title bar; the frame containing the tabs is a convenient mechanism for managing groups of those applications. In future, there may be other tab types that do not host the normal browser toolbar.

Enhanced functionality through HTML 5: offline modes, background processing, notifications, and more.
Better access points and discovery: On Chromium-based browsers, we've addressed the access point issue by allowing applications to install shortcuts on your desktop.

While the tab bar is sufficient to access existing tabs, we are creating a new primary access point that provides a list of frequently used applications and tools.
Search as a primary form of navigation
Chromium's address bar and the Quick Search Box have simplified the way you access personal content and the web.

While we're not a natively-themed application, we do wish to fit within the operating system so that our app doesn't look out of place. This affects our choices of:-

  • interface icons
  • colour
  • perceived depth, thickness
  • border shape, width and styling
  • font choice
  • blurriness - Windows tends to be more bitmappy than OS X, preferring to align everything along pixel boundaries

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

DomainHostingView - Ver: 1.05

DomainHostingView is a utility for Windows that collects extensive information about a domain by using a series of DNS and WHOIS queries, and generates HTML report that can be displayed in any Web browser.

The information displayed by the report of DomainHostingView includes: the hosting company or data centre that hosts the Web server, mail server, and domain name server (DNS) of the specified domain, the created/changed/expire date of the domain, domain owner, domain registrar that registered the domain, list of all DNS records, and more...

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

NetBalancer - Ver: 4.6

Browse and do any internet activity comfortably even when your download manager or torrent client downloads huge files from internet - just lower their network priority with NetBalancer.

NetBalancer is an internet traffic control and monitoring tool designed for Windows XP/2003/Vista/Win7 (except Vista/Win7 x64 - they will be supported in a next version).

You can use NetBalancer to set download/upload transfer rate priority for any applications and monitor their internet traffic.

Applications with a higher network priority will gain more traffic bandwidth than those with a lower one.

The most important features of NetBalancer are set download and upload network priority for any process.

Currently supported priorities are:-

  • High priority
  • Normal priority
  • Low priority
  • Block traffic
  • Ignore traffic
  • Limit traffic
  • Set download and upload speed limits for a process
  • Show all system processes with their in and out network traffic speed
  • Show current connection for any process
  • Show downloaded and uploaded traffic for any process since NetBlancer's start
  • View overall system traffic as a graph
  • Show last 15 seconds traffic in system tray
  • Fine tune priorities (see Level Severity setting).

Also NetBalancer has a menu option "Request a Feature". Using it, a user can notify us of a feature that he/she would like to see implemented. We value feedback and strongly consider implementing each request.

The main difference between NetBalancer and other traffic shaping software is that NetBalancer works with priorities, so applications with low priority won't be limited if other high priority applications don't use network.

Limitations: The Free version is limited to 5 process priorities/limits at a time.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

PortScan - Ver: 1.19

Find all active devices on your network. Discover the ip address and available services for each network device.

Scan Ports
PortScan shows all open ports and additional information like host name, MAC address, HTTP, SMB, FTP, iSCSI, SMTP and SNMP services. Up to 100 threads are used for scaning large ip address ranges.

Search Devices
You can search for UPnP enabled devices, Bonjour services, Netgear router, Samsung printer and Freecom network devices. So you can find them even if you don't know the ip address.

Ping Devices
Ping any computer with 3 standard sized ping packets, with 3 different sizes, each 10 times or ping the computer continuously.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Simple Port Forwarding - Ver: 3.2.5

Simple Port Forwarding works with WebPages and not directly with your router. Making it a safe program to use. Its no different than using Firefox, IE or any other browser to setup port forwarding yourself.

The program works by automating the process for you. So whether you don't understand how to forward ports, or your simply looking for an easier way to forward ports then this program is for you.

It's port forwarding made simple.

The main interface of the program is small and clean. Giving options of seeing what is going to be forwarded to the router and how many entries and ports it will use in the process. You have the ability to save your list and send it to another user of the program. An example would be, lets say you have a family member who lives far from you and doesn't really understand port forwarding, so instead of spending a lot of time over the phone walking them through it you can simply have them use the program and have them load the list and update their router, then your all done. Now that's a time saver.

The program has a large database of known ports for over 700+ games and programs, so finding the port you need is made a little easier.
The program will also remember custom applications you put in, so you don't have to reenter them. The program remembers the last IP address you use to forward to, this helps not having to set it every time you load new ports!

The program has many extra tools, such as a tool to set your IP to static or back to DHCP. When port forwarding the router forwards to an IP address. When DHCP is enabled your IP address can change and thus breaking the port forwarding. By setting your IP to static it never changes. I added this tool to make setting a static IP as easy as possible for people instead of manually doing it on there systems (Which if a person has never done it before can be a little intimidating). The Program also makes adding the ports to the windows firewall as easy as a few clicks! Once you have your ports forwarded you can then test to see if they can be accessed right from with in the program using the built in port tester.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

SoftPerfect Network Scanner - Ver: 5.2.2

SoftPerfect Network Scanner is a free multi-threaded IP, NetBIOS and SNMP scanner with a modern interface and several advanced features. It is intended for both system administrators and general users who are interested in computer security. The program pings computers, scans for listening TCP ports and displays which types of resources are shared on the network (including system and hidden).

In addition, it allows you to mount shared folders as network drives, browse them using Windows Explorer, filter the results list and more. SoftPerfect Network Scanner can also check for a user-defined port and report back if one is open. It can also resolve host names and auto-detect your local and external IP range. It supports remote shutdown and Wake-On-LAN.

Features:-

  • Pings computers.
  • Does not require administrative privileges.
  • Detects hardware (MAC) addresses even across routers.
  • Detects hidden shared folders (normally invisible on the network) and write accessible hares.
  • Detects your internal and external IP addresses.
  • Scans for listening TCP ports and SNMP services.
  • Retrieves currently logged-on users.
  • You can mount and explore network resources.
  • Can launch external third party applications.
  • Exports results to HTML, XML, CSV and TXT
  • Supports Wake-On-LAN, remote shutdown and sending network messages.
  • Retrieves potentially any information via WMI.
  • It is absolutely free, requires no installation, and does not contain any adware/spyware/malware.

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

SunDance - Ver: 0.9.3.5

Sundance is a small web browser based on Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Its features include very clean user interface, left and right navigation buttons, RSS, transparent forms, quick web search, classic and compact view, and wysiwyg page designer.

Features:-

  • · very clean user interface
  • · redirect
  • · RSS reader
  • · scrolling RSS
  • · transparent forms
  • · quick web search
  • · without address bar
  • · wysiwyg page designer
  • · changeable user agent string

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Vuze - Ver: 4.6.0.4

Vuze (formerly Azureus) is a free BitTorrent client used to transfer files via the BitTorrent protocol. Vuze is written in Java, and uses the Azureus Engine.

Vuze offers multiple torrent downloads, queuing/priority systems (on torrents and files), start/stop seeding options and instant access to numerous pieces of information about your torrents.

In addition to bittorrenting, Vuze allows you to view, publish and share original DVD and HD quality video content. You can see content through channels and categories containing TV shows, music videos, movies, video games and others.

If you publish your own original content through Vuze, you can charge for it and make money.

Please note: You must have Java installed to be able to run Vuze.

NOTE - Unless you opt out, the program will install Bing and your home page. Later in the install process you will be asked if you want to download multiplayer games.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7

Multi Media

Bombono DVD - Ver: 1.03

Bombono DVD is a DVD authoring program for Linux and Windows. It is made easy to use and has nice and clean GUI (Gtk).

Features:-

  • Excellent video viewer: Timeline and Monitor
  • Real WYSIWYG Menu Editor with live thumbnails
  • Comfortable Drag-n-Drop support
  • Transcoding, if necessary (from AVI/MKV/MOV/MPEG4...)
  • Motion menus
  • Subtitles support
  • You can author to folder, make ISO-image or burn directly to DVD
  • Re-authoring: you can import video from DVD discs
  • Bombono DVD is Open Source software and freely distributed under GPL license.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

EMDB

EMDB is a small utility to keep track of your DVD collection. With an automatic import from the database of IMDB, export to cs, text or complete website, thumbnail cover preview, a loan tracker, search function and multi-language user interface. EMDB is written in C++ using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and doesn't need a .NET framework or any other external libraries. And best of all... it's free!

EMDB is available in several languages: English, Dutch, Danish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Hungarian Croatian, Swedish, Greek, Catalan, Czech, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Finnish, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Serbian, Slovenian, Arabic and Portuguese (Brazil) translations are included in the setup.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Just Colour Picker - Ver: 2.6

A free colour picker and colour-editing tool for web designers, photographers, graphic designers and digital artists. Features five formats of colour values: HTML, RGB, HEX, HSB/HSV, and HSL; averaged colour sampling for easy handling of colour noise; 3x, 9x and 15x magnifier provides great precision; colour lists to save and reuse picked colours; user's comments and notes for each picked colour; Red-Green-Blue (RGB) and Red-Yellow-Blue (RYB) colour wheels with marked triads and complementary colours; two harmonious colour finders (with this feature you can quickly find a good combination of colours, for example, for your web site.

Simply choose the primary colour of your design, and the colour picker will offer colours harmoniously matching with it); RGB and HSV colour editors to adjust and edit picked colours; gradient transition between two latest-picked colours to allow you to pick a colour from a wide range of hues between the chosen colours; optional stay-on-top behaviour; user-defined hotkey to capture colour info (Alt+X by default); copying the colour code or its selected part to the clipboard just by one button click; conversion of HTML, HEX or RGB colour codes into corresponding colours.

Multilingual interface: Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai and Turkish.

In addition, the Just Colour Picker is a portable program and can be run directly from a USB stick with no installation required. Easy-to-use and highly functional tool for anyone working with colour.

NOTE : Unless you opt out, the Babylon toolbar etc., will be installed.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

PotPlayer - Ver: 1.5.29332

PotPlayer is a comprehensive video and audio player, that also supports TV channels, subtitles and skins. PotPlayer is a much improved/faster version of KMP, including ffdshow and some other stuff to connect to a Korean-only video/chat network.

It supports seamless playback(up to 1000 -one thousand- AVI/WMV/MKV/MPG files at once, mixed containers are allowed), auto-resume on the last 200 opened files, has fully configurable XML skin files and also a D3D exclusive mode.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

P D F

DigiSigner - Ver: 2.1.2

View and digitally sign PDF documents. DigiSigner is a tiny PDF viewer tool to digitally sign your PDF documents and verify signatures.

DigiSigner will prove to be an ideal solution for signing your PDF invoices as well as business contracts.

Here are some key features of "DigiSigner":-

  • DigiSigner is a normal PDF viewer so you can always open and inspect the document you are going to sign. Using your mouse you can easily place the signature wherever you want in the document.
  • DigiSigner produces completely Adobe Reader compliant digital signatures, which can be verified in Adobe Reader and vice versa.
  • You can create invisible and professionally looking visible signatures with DigiSigner.
  • Key stores can be easily added or removed and DigiSigner always memorises all the changes you made.
  • DigiSigner shows and verifies existing digital signature in the document. It is as easy as clicking on them.
  • DigiSigner lets you quickly open PDF documents using right-click mouse menu.
  • You can simultaneously open and sign as many PDF's as you want.

Minimum requirements: Windows all/ Java Runtime Environment 1.6

Programming

Programmer's Notepad - Ver: 2.3.4.2350

Programmer's Notepad is a very powerful text editor featuring syntax highlighting, project management, a great UI and much more.

Features:-

  • Bookmarks (both numbered and plain)
  • Code Folding/Outlining
  • Docking tool windows - much better than those in version 1
  • Excellent external tool support with user-configurable output matching - click on errors and warnings to jump right to the place in the file where they were generated
  • Export to HTML (using CSS) and RTF
  • File association manager
  • In-file method/definition navigation (using Ctags)
  • No limit on file size (although large files may take a while to load)
  • Non fixed-width font support
  • Projects and Project Groups with multi-level folders and file system mirroring
  • Quick Search toolbar with links to Google and Google Groups
  • Regular expression search and replace
  • Support for unicode files
  • Support for windows, unix and macintosh file formats
  • Syntax highlighting for many languages through "schemes".
  • Tabbed MDI interface
  • Text Clips
  • Unlimited number of schemes supported, powerful syntax highlighting supporting both user-defined and built-in schemes
  • User-defined schemes (XML)
  • Word-wrappinp

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7

SciTE - Ver: 2.2.9

The author's description follows:-

"SciTE is a SCIntilla based Text Editor. Originally built to demonstrate Scintilla, it has grown to be a generally useful editor with facilities for building and running programs.

It is best used for jobs with simple configurations - I use it for building test and demonstration programs as well as SciTE and Scintilla, themselves.

Development of Scintilla started as an effort to improve the text editor in PythonWin. After being frustrated by problems in the Richedit control used by PythonWin, it looked like the best way forward was to write a new edit control. The biggest problem with Richedit and other similar controls is that they treat styling changes as important persistent changes to the document so they are saved into the undo stack and set the document's dirty flag. For source code, styling should not be persisted as it can be mechanically recreated.

Scintilla is a free source code editing component. It comes with complete source code and a license that permits use in any free project or commercial product.

As well as features found in standard text editing components, Scintilla includes features especially useful when editing and debugging source code. These include support for syntax styling, error indicators, code completion and call tips. The selection margin can contain markers like those used in debuggers to indicate breakpoints and the current line. Styling choices are more open than with many editors, allowing the use of proportional fonts, bold and italics, multiple foreground and background colours and multiple fonts."

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Security

Active KillDisk - Ver: 5.5.0

Active KillDisk is a quality security application that destroys data permanently from any computer that can be started using a DOS bootable floppy disk, USB Flash or CD-ROM.

Access to the drive's data is made on the physical level via the Basic Input-Output Subsystem (BIOS), bypassing the operating systems logical drive structure organisation. Regardless of the operating system, file systems or type of machine, this utility can destroy all data on all storage devices.

Thus it does not matter operating systems and file systems located on the machine, it can be DOS, Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT/2000/2003/XP, Linux, Unix for PC. Active KillDisk Professional conforms to US Department of Defense clearing and sanitising standard DoD 5220.22-M. You can be sure that once you wipe a disk with Active KillDisk, sensitive information is destroyed forever.

Limitations: Supports One Pass Zeros method only. A full featured, registered version is available for $29.95.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

AppCleaner - Ver: 1.5

AppCleaner is UpdateStar's lean and powerful freeware to find and delete obsolete data and files on your computer. It protects your privacy and optimises computer performance and security. It is small and easy to download, plus it is free of adware.

It removes files on your computer including temporary files, history, cookies, internet logs and many more. Try it and you will see how easy it is to keep your computer in shape. AppCleaner frees disk space and optimises your computer's performance. It additionally cleans up the Registry and removes unused and old entries.

Features:-

Cleans Internet Browsers:

AppCleaner cleans your computer for an optimised system and better privacy. It finds obsolete data and files and removes them from your system. This frees up disk space and optimisers overall performance. AppCleaner helps with privacy issues and cleans up Internet browser related obsolete data such as browsing histories, cookies etc. It contains no spyware, adware and installs no toolbar or other crapware you do not want on your computer. It is clean and it cleans your computer!

Cleans Windows and the Registry:

AppCleaner removes Windows related obsolete data and files and also includes an advanced registry cleaner, which removes many kinds of unused and old entries from the Registry.

Cleans Third-Party Software:

And it gets better every day, as we add more third-party cleaning definitions on a regular basis.

Manage software :

Uninstall and software startup management

Cleans hard disk free space:

Wipe free space with different deletion method to choose from

Minimum requirements: Windows Vista/ 7

EULAlyzer - Ver: 2.1

EULAlyzer can analyse license agreements in seconds, and provide a detailed listing of potentially interesting words and phrases. Discover if the software you're about to install displays pop-up ads, transmits personally identifiable information, uses unique identifiers to track you, or much much more.

Features:-

  • Discover potentially hidden behaviour about the software you're going to install
  • Pick up on things you missed when reading license agreements
  • Keep a saved database of the license agreements you view
  • Instant results - super-fast analysis in just a second

EULA Research Center, which optionally allows users to anonymously submit license agreements they scan to help us to further improve the program, everyone can be a part of the effort to make something that used to be so tedious, so easy.

When installing software, never just click past the license agreement. Pop it into EULAlyzer, and EULAlyze it!

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Moo0 FileShredder - Ver: 1.17

As reviewed by CNET:-

"Most PC users have probably heard that the Recycle Bin doesn't really delete files, at least not right away, and even long-deleted files can be recovered from your hard disk, if you rely on Windows to follow through when you tell it to delete something.

"Delete" should mean "outta here," not "Level 1 Wipe" or whatever. But drag and drop files into Moo0 FileShredder, and it will zap them using one of four algorithms until they are completely unrecoverable.

FileShredder's "Drop Box" interface is a small dialog that we could drag around the desktop as well as resize by grabbing and dragging its corners. Its View menu offers various check box options like Keep on Top and Easy Drag, and we could select from a huge list of languages as well as translate more from the Language menu. Other than that, there's just the Drop Box and the Method selector. The software's Web page offered plenty of assistance, but FileShredder explains itself very clearly indeed in the Method list's four levels: Shred Once (Normally Unrecoverable); Extra Carefully (Even More Secure); Into Ashes (Extremely Secure); and Vaporise (Vanish It!). The software also offers a Detailed Description interface with more data on each algorithm.

How does it work? Just great, even with folders too large for the Recycle Bin to swallow. Should you care if your deleted files are recoverable? Well, do you care if people sift through your trash for bank statements and other highly personal stuff? It's just plain common sense. If you think you might need something later or don't care how long it hangs around, throw it in the Recycle Bin; that's why it's called the "Recycle Bin," not "The Incinerator." If you want it gone from your system, set FileShredder to max level and take out the trash."

NOTE : Unless you opt out, the Babylon toolbar will be installed, and later in the install, unless you opt out again, Complitly will also be installed.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Windows Firewall Notifier - Ver: 1.3.0

Windows Firewall Notifier extends the default Windows embedded firewall behaviour, allowing it to handle outgoing connections.

This application only uses existing Windows features, enabling some of them when first launched:-

  • Enables the Windows embedded firewall
  • Sets the firewall to block both inbound and outbound connections for which no rule exists
  • Enables the default Windows firewall inbound connection notification
  • Enables the Windows firewall outbound connections logging (disabled by default)
  • Creates a scheduled task linked to the Windows firewall event log entries, allowing Windows Firewall

Notifier to be launched when needed only

Once enabled (after a first launch), the application will show a notification balloon when an application attempts an outgoing connection while not being allowed to do so. A click on the notification will display a dialog box, allowing the user to:-

  • Temporary allow the application
  • create a rule for the application, so that it will always be able to connect

  • Block the application once only, after what other notifications may (will) appear

  • Always block the application (no notification will therefore be displayed afterwards)

Minimum requirements: Windows Vista/ 7

WinMend Folder Hidden - Ver: 1.4.5.3

WinMend Folder Hidden is a file / folder hiding tool. While ensuring the absolute system safety, this application can quickly hide files and folders on local partitions and/or on removable devices.

The hidden files / folders will be safely hidden whether the drive is accessed in another operating system on the same computer or reinstalled on another computer.

You can set a password for this application. Hidden data can be displayed and unhidden only when the user enters the valid password. The data is completely invisible to other programs or on other operating systems.

Features:-

The hiding technology will never damage any file data. It is safe and reliable.
High-Speed Hiding and Unhiding:

Whether it’s a file of dozens of GB, or a folder containing a lot of files, the file or the folder can be hidden and unhidden instantly.

Removable Drives Are Supported:-

Files and folders on removable drives such as USB drives hidden by WinMend Folder Hidden are invisible not only in the computer where the hiding was completed, but in any computer.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Utilities

BlueScreenView - Ver: 1.40

BlueScreenView scans all your minidump files created during 'blue screen of death' crashes, and displays the information about all crashes in one table. For each crash, BlueScreenView displays the minidump filename, the date/time of the crash, the basic crash information displayed in the blue screen (Bug Check Code and 4 parameters), and the details of the driver or module that possibly caused the crash (filename, product name, file description, and file version).

For each crash displayed in the upper pane, you can view the details of the device drivers loaded during the crash in the lower pane. BlueScreenView also mark the drivers that their addresses found in the crash stack, so you can easily locate the suspected drivers that possibly caused the crash.

Features:-

  • Automatically scans your current minidump folder and displays the list of all crash dumps, including crash dump date/time and crash details.
  • Allows you to view a blue screen which is very similar to the one the Windows displayed during the crash.
  • BlueScreenView enumerates the memory addresses inside the stack of the crash, and find all drivers/modules that might be involved in the crash.
  • BlueScreenView also allows you to work with another instance of Windows, simply by choosing the right minidump folder (In Advanced Options).
  • BlueScreenView automatically locate the drivers appeared in the crash dump, and extract their version resource information, including product name, file version, company, and file description.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

DriverIdentifier - Ver: 3.4

This program will scan your PC for outdated drivers. DirverIdentifier will scan your hardware using a unique technology. It will indicate the name of the manufacturer and version of your drivers.

DriverIdentifier has huge database of drivers from all hardware manufacturers. It will give you the most updated drivers for your machine.

Here are some key features of "DriverIdentifier":-

Automated drivers installation:
· The program installs all required drivers to any computer in just about 5 minutes.

Saves Time and money:
· No more wasting time looking for drivers; all required drivers will be installed by making only a few clicks.

Any drivers for any computer:
· Simplifies downloading new drivers from the Internet.

Drivers update capability:
· Updates previously installed drivers to their latest versions.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ + 64/ 7 + 64

Duplicate Cleaner - Ver: 2.1

Find and delete duplicate files, mp3s, photos, old documents and much more. This fully featured program will work at home or in a networked environment. Best of all Duplicate Cleaner is freeware, meaning you get the full program and it doesn't cost a thing!

Features:-

  • Find Duplicate Files by content, fast!
  • Cleaner hard drives means faster performance
  • Fast Scanning and accurate duplicate comparison (Uses the MD5 Hash algorithm)
  • Deep scans music - locate duplicate music formats (MP3, iTunes, etc)
  • Flexible search parameters
  • Intelligent Selection Assistant
  • Search home or networked drives
  • Search multiple locations
  • Export / Import results in CSV format
  • View Path,Size and Date of files
  • Large, resizable list window
  • Image preview window
  • Delete duplicate files to the Recycle bin
  • Move dupe files to a new location
  • Turn duplicate file into hard links (NTFS file systems only)
  • Protection for Windows and system files
  • Supports multiple languages
  • No Spyware, Adware or any other rubbish
  • Free!

Duplicate cleaner is a useful program to help you organise the contents of your home hard drive or corporate network.

You'd be surprised just how many redundant or duplicate files you could find forgotten in an obscure documents folder. Duplicate Cleaner will deep scan for all types of files - photos, music, films/video, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, text files - you name it, if it appears twice on your computer then Duplicate Cleaner will find it. Once these files are found you are provided with helper tools to enable you to select which copies to delete or move. These files can be deleted to the recycle bin, moved into an archive elsewhere, or replaced with hard links.

Online documentation is available.

NOTE - The installer of the program will install the Ask toolbar by default. You have to remove the tick to keep this off your machine.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7

Exact Duplicate Finder - Ver: 0.9.6.7

Find and delete identical files with this tool. Exact Duplicate Finder is a simple, handy application designed to help you delete identical files fast and easy.

This tool offers users a simple yet powerful interface the files are grouped by location and number of occurrences.

Also the Byte-by-Byte file comparison is guaranteed to always give the correct results and the system files and folders are protected so you don't accidentally delete important files.

Minimum requirements: Windows all/ . Net Framework 2.0 or higher

FreeUndelete - ver: 2.1.36867.1

FreeUndelete restores deleted files, including those removed from Windows Recycle Bin. In case of accidental removal of files on a NTFS (1.0 and 2.0) (default for Windows Vista, XP, 2000 and NT), FAT32, FAT16 or FAT12 file systems this is the utility to help.

Supported file systems:
NTFS 1.0, NTFS 2.0, FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32

The recovered files are saved into a new user-selected location to prevent overwriting the deleted files on the original media.

Features:-

  • File systems supported: NTFS 1.0, NTFS 2.0, FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32
  • Operating systems supported: Windows XP, 2000, NT 4 (SP2 or higher required), Windows 2003 Server
  • Easy to use, no special user skills required
  • Full install/uninstall support

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

HelpNDoc - Ver: 3.0.1.14

HelpNDoc provides a clear and efficient interface to build the most amazing CHM help files, WEB based documentation, PDF and Word documents from a single source without worrying about the inner working of help file generation.

You just have to enter or import your documentation in the built-in word processor and hit the
"Compile" button to obtain a fully functional help file which looks exactly as you designed it. Forget about bloated user interfaces and incomprehensible tools. HelpNDoc has been engineered to provide the most advanced functionalities in their simplest form: creating and maintain html help files, Word and PDF documentation is usually a painful process but thanks to HelpNDoc you may surprise yourself enjoying it!

You know how to use your favourite word processor? Then you already know how to use HelpNDoc: it's that easy! Add to that many powerful features such as live spell checking in a fully WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) environment and you'll begin to imagine how fast and easy it will be for you to create your next help file and how professional it will look like. It's time to stop paying for overpriced and useless tools!

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7

iPhone Explorer - Ver: 0.9.28.1

With the iPhone Explorer can you look into the file system of your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and down- and upload files by USB connection, regardless of file format. Within this function can use your iPhone/iPad/iPod as "external disk".

The program supports also a direct access to the photos, emails, SMS, videos directories of the iPhone. Herewith can you photos, emails, SMS, videos and all other files easily and simple copy to the computer. The same function is also available for videos, music (from iPod-App) and ringtones. The highlight of the iPhone Explorer yet is the creating of own ringtones with the ringtone editor from MP3, WAV, AIFF and M4A audio file formats. To this can you copy audio titles from the device music archive or from local computer. However the song length is not limited to 32 seconds as iTunes.

Supported iTunes and device versions:-
  • iTunes 10
  • iPad
  • iPad 2
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 2G
  • iPod Touch
  • Apple iOS 3.1.x and up to 4.3.1 firmware devices

Minimum requirements: Windows: XP/ Vista/ 7

PasteCopy.NET - Ver: 0.9.8.10

PasteCopy.NET is a free portable Windows Clipboard Manager with multilingual support. It's fully automated and has a (auto-) re sizable preview pane.

PasteCopy.NET enlarges the capacity of Windows Clipboard and lets you organise csv (Comma separated values), html, rtf (Rich Text Format), text, unicode- text & images into customisable categories. The supported formats can be previewed and copied to Windows Clipboard with a mouse-click, or by keyboard navigation. PasteCopy.NET is a portable* freeware tool and can run from a USB memory stick.

Features:-

  • Portable freeware tool
  • Multilingual support
  • Auto- Copy & Paste Windows Clipboard
  • Convert rtf to txt (-automatically)
  • Convert html to rtf or txt (-automatically)
  • (Auto-) resizable/hide preview
  • Mouse-hover/keystroke preview
  • Clipboard-content preview in System Tray
  • Export and print function

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Process Hacker - Ver: 2.22

Process Hacker is an application which helps users to view and manage the processes and their threads, modules and memory from their computers.

Here are some key features of Process Hacker:-
  • A simple, customisable tree view with highlighting showing you the processes running on your computer.
  • Detailed performance graphs.
  • A complete list of services and full control over them (start, stop, pause, resume and delete).
  • A list of network connections.
  • Comprehensive information for all processes: full process performance history, thread listing and stacks with dbghelp symbols, token information, module and mapped file information, virtual memory map, environment variables, handles, ...
  • Full control over all processes1, even processes protected by rootkits or security software. Its kernel-mode driver has unique abilities which allows it to terminate, suspend and resume all processes and threads, including software like IceSword, avast! anti-virus, AVG Antivirus, COMODO Internet Security, etc. (just to name a few).
  • Find hidden processes and terminate them. Process Hacker detects processes hidden by simple rootkits such as Hacker Defender and FU.
  • Easy DLL injection and unloading2 - simply right-click a process and select "Inject DLL" to inject and right-click a module and select "Unload" to unload!
  • Many more features...

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

SIW (System Info) - Ver: 2011.09.16

SIW is a system information tool, that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings.

It includes detailed specs for CPU, Network, TCP/IP, Memory, Hardware, Users, Network Shares, and more, as well as real-time monitors for CPU, Memory and network traffic. SIW also displays currently active network connections, installed codecs, connected MS SQL and Oracle database servers (if any) and more. A standalone tool that does not require installation.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Tweaking.com - Windows Repair - Ver: 1.1.0

Tweaking.com - Windows Repair is an all-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including registry errors and file permissions as well as issues with Internet Explorer, Windows Update, Windows Firewall and more.

Malware and installed programs can modify your default settings. With Tweaking.com - Windows Repair you can restore Windows original settings.

Tweaking.com - Windows Repair can do the following:-

  • Reset Registry Permissions
  • Reset File Permissions
  • Register System Files
  • Repair WMI
  • Repair Windows Firewall
  • Repair Internet Explorer
  • Repair MDAC & MS Jet
  • Repair Hosts File
  • Remove Policies Set By Infections
  • Repair Icons
  • Repair Winsock & DNS Cache
  • Remove Temp Files
  • Repair Proxy Settings
  • Unhide Non System Files
  • Repair Windows Updates
  • and more...

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

WinCrashReport - Ver: 1.00

WinCrashReport provides an alternative to the built-in crash reporting program of Windows operating system. When application crashes in your system and Windows displays the internal crash window of the operating system, you can run WinCrashReport, and get extensive report about the crashed application.

The crash report of WinCrashReport is displayed as simple text or in HTML, and includes the following information: Crash memory address, Exception code, Exception description, Strings found in the stack, call stack, processor registers, modules list, threads list, and more...

System Requirements And Limitations:-

This utility work on any version of Windows, starting from Windows 2000 and up to Windows 7/2008. Currently, it can only inspect 32-bit crashed applications. Support for crashed x64 application will probably be added in future versions.

On Windows 7/2008/Vista: If the crashed application is running with administrator privilege, you must execute WinCrashReport with 'Run As Administrator' in order to get the crash report about this application.

In some circumstances, a program may crash without displaying any crash window (The program simply disappears from the screen), in these cases, WinCrashReport won't be able the create a crash report.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ 2003/ vista/ 2008/ 7

Video

DVDVideoSoft Free Video Dub - Ver: 1.8.12.908

The fastest way to edit AVI (DivX, Xvid, MPEG 4), MPEG 1 and 2 video! Free Video Dub is a free video editing software which lets you delete unwanted parts from video files without re-encoding.

And "without re-encoding" means without loosing original quality!!! This is lossless video editing, which is very fast.

Supports many MPEG files: MPEG 1, MPEG 2 and even MPEG 4 AVI, MOV, MP4 (MPEG 4), M4V, MPG and FLV files including DivX and XviD.

NOTE: Unless you opt out, this program will install its own toolbar, change your default search and your home page.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Free Video to MP3 Converter - Ver: 4.3.3

Free Video to MP3 Converter can extract audio from video files to MP3 and WAV Lossless Audio. You can save audio in high, standard and economy quality.

Input video file formats: *.avi, *.ivf, *.div, *.divx, *.ogv, *.mpg, *.mpeg, *.mpe, *.mp4, *.m4v, *.wmv, *.asf, *.mov, *.qt, *.ts, *.mts, *.m2t, *.m2ts, *.mod, *.tod, *.3gp2, *.3gpp, *.3gp, *.3g2, *.dvr-ms, *.vro, *.flv, *f4v, *.amv, *.rm, *.rmm, *.rv, *.rmvb, *.mkv. Free Video to MP3 Converter automatically fills the title tag and the artwork, taking a snapshot from the middle of video, which can be seen in iTunes, Winamp or just a Windows Explorer folder.

NOTE : Unless you opt out, the Ask toolbar etc., will be installed.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Free YouTube to MP3 Converter - Ver: 3.10.9

From CNet :-

"The minor quibbles we have with Free YouTube to MP3 Converter have nothing to do with its functionality. This effective freeware is ready to go right out of the box, but can be easily customised by the user.

No effort has been made to dress up the program's utilitarian interface, which consists of seven large buttons, a few fields, and a drop-down menu. A plain text box advises users to paste URL's in the field, and this is all the onscreen guidance you'll need. Once you see the video title in the field, you click Download and the program goes to work. The process wasn't lightening quick, but considering the size of some of our test files, it wasn't bad. Converted files played without a hitch.

The beauty of this converter lies in its simple set up. By default, converted files are saved into the program's folder in My Documents, and they retain the name of the source video. The files are saved as MP3s, normal quality. These settings are easily changed, though, with quick-access buttons and a drop-down menu. The most work a user might have to do is fill out the fields in the optional Tags fields for artist, title, track, and other information.

Sadly, the program doesn't integrate with your browser, but you can opt to have it automatically pick up URL's from the clipboard, which eliminates one step from the cutting and pasting process. It also installs the Ask.com Toolbar and resets your home page to the Ask.com Web site by default, so if you don't want these extras, you'll have to uncheck some boxes during the installation process. These inconveniences are offset by the fact that this program is not only effective, it also costs nothing to use. We highly recommend Free YouTube to MP3 Converter for any user."

NOTE : Unless you opt out, the program will install it's own toolbar etc.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Satsuki Decoder Pack - Ver: 4.3.0.14

The goal of this pack is to decode all types of videos from your PC. Satsuki Decoder Pack contains video and audio decoders, automatically installable/uninstallable for Windows.

The goal of this pack is to decode all types of videos from your PC. This pack doesn't contain codecs, only decoders and filters, that take less place and avoid the conflicts.

The pack in now split into 3 files, the main pack, a wm module and a
quicktime module. As explained on the decoder pack page, you need the wm module only if you don't have Windows Media Player or more installed.

You also need the QuickTime module only if you don't have quicktime nor
itunes installed.

It make the main decoder pack smaller and will avoid to download the files you don't need.

Suported formats:-

  • mpeg 4
  • real media
  • mp1, mp2, mp3
  • ac3
  • ape
  • ofr/ofs
  • flac
  • aac/mp4
  • ogg/ogm
  • mkv
  • dvd
  • xcd
  • wmv 7/8
  • vp6
  • mpc
  • XVD
  • h264

Here are some key features of "Satsuki Decoder Pack":-

  • Video player - Media Player Classic
  • Mpeg4 Decoder - FFdshow
  • Real Media Decoder - Realmediasplitter , HFE2
  • Windows Media 7/8 Decoder (FFdshow)
  • Mpeg2/DVD Decoder - Fraunhofer mpeg2 video/audio
  • VP6 Decoder - VP6dec
  • VP3 Decoder - VP3vfw
  • H264 Decoder - FFdshow
  • XVD Decoder - Audio, Video, splitter
  • VSFilter
  • AC3/DTS Decoder - FFdshow
  • AAC/AAC+ Decoder - CoreAAC
  • OGM Decoder - FFdshow, OggSplitter
  • MP2/MP3 - FFdshow
  • MPC Decoder - RLMPCdec
  • APE Decoder - RLAPEdec
  • OFR Decoder - RLOFRdec
  • Flac Decoder - FFdshow
  • AVI Decoder - AVIsplitter
  • MP4 Decoder - 3ivxSplitter
  • MKV Decoder - MkvSplitter
  • XCDA Decoder - XCDA Reader

Minimum requirements: Windows all