Monthly Disk September 2010



Free Audio Editor 2010 - Ver: 6.9.2

Free Audio Editor is a multi-award winning audio editing software tool. The Free Audio Editor software includes a powerful MP3 editor feature that can edit MP3 as well as WMA, WAV, and OGG files with ease!

If you take time to explore the other features of the application you will find that Free Audio Editor has many powerful tools designed for the professional sound engineer.

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

Spesoft Audio Converter - Ver: 2.3

Spesoft Free Audio Converter is fast, stable, easy yet powerful software that allows you to convert between a large collection of audio file formats.


Also converts various video game music files. Utilises the best and latest audio libraries along with the .NET Framework. Handles corrupt and invalid files with ease, keeping track of failed files and notifying you only when the process is complete. Convert between a wide variety of formats, with options to change sample rate and channels.

NOTE : Whether you like it or not, the program installs Spesoft Toolbar, which can be removed at any time.

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

TagScanner - Ver: 5.1.571

As reviewed by CNET :-

"Digital music is all well and good, but who wants to type in album and artist information for each track? With the free TagScanner, you don't have to. This efficient and powerful tag editor lets you edit metadata automatically as well as by hand, both for individual files and file batches.

The automatic tagging feature is most impressive. Although it can hit up online databases such as FreeDB, Discogs, and Amazon like many other auto-tagging apps, it can also generate tags from file and folder names--something many others can't. It works in the opposite direction, too, generating filenames from tags.

TagScanner has an elegant and orderly interface, and lets you preview filenames before applying changes. The only catch is that you'll need to spend some time learning the program's file- and tag-naming language. However, if you have thousands of music tracks crying out for organisation, that's a small price to pay."

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ X{/ 2003/ Vista/ 2008/ 7

Zortam Mp3 Center - Ver: 2.25

Auto Tagger, ID3 editor, Mp3 Organizer and Normaliser, Lyrics, Cover Finder Zortam Mp3 Center is all-in-one Mp3 applications. It includes Auto Tagger that gets covers, lyrics and other tag information from Zortam database, MP3 Organiser, ID3 Tag Editor, Mp3 Player, CD Ripper, Wav/Mp3, Mp3 Normaliser.

In addition Zortam Mp3 Center will help you synchronise ID3 tags and batch rename files using ID3 info. Zortam Mp3 Center is currently available in 9 languages.

Here are some key features of "Zortam Mp3 Center" :-

  • Auto tag your Mp3 music collection using the Zortam Music Internet Database (ZMLIMD)
  • Mp3 Tagger and MP3 Manager
  • Zortam Mp3 Player with cover arts and lyrics support
  • Organise Mp3 music and edit tags in your audio library with a powerful interface
  • Load 50000 Mp3's and more with the speed of light
  • ID3 Tag Editor (Mp3 Tagger) with separate views for ID3v1 and ID3v2.4 Tags
  • Download song lyrics and download cover arts (Album covers) from the Zortam Music Internet Database using batch processing - iPod and iTunes ready
  • Normalise your Mp3's with Volume Normaliser and set custom volume in dB
  • Rip your CD with CD Ripper and tag your songs in one single step with cover arts(artworks) and lyrics
  • Batch Wav to Mp3 converter and vice versa
  • Print HTML Lyrics book width cover arts
  • Write ID3 Tags from filename
  • Delete ID3 Tags, delete cover arts, delete lyrics (ID3 Tag Remover)
  • Search for duplicate Mp3's
  • Batch file rename using information from ID3 tags(Mp3 Renamer)
  • Write ID3 tags using information from filename
  • All options are supporting batch processing
  • Use mp3 tag lookup using Zortam Music Internet Database for auto tagging

Minimum requirements: Windows all/ DirectX9


DriverBackup - Ver:

This is a simple tool for backing up drivers.

DriverBackup is an easy to use software utility that will back up your drivers. DriverBackup preserves drivers of your hardware peripherals from injury of time, saving important files into a specified directory. So you can use these files to reinstall your peripherals without CD's or Floppies.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Uranium Backup - Ver: 8.3.2 build 4246

Uranium Backup Free is a tool to back up your data on your PC. You can do so by backing it up to local or external drives, network drives, NAS servers, RDX and REV drives, and any other mass storage drive.

It allows you to back up your files multiple times and to unlimited destinations, either by selecting manually or scheduling them. It includes support for AES 256 bit encryption, ZIP 64 compression and e-mail notifications.

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


CDBurnerXP - Ver:

CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVD's, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVD's. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISO's, as well as a multi language interface.

Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.

Key Features :-

  • burn all kinds of discs
  • audio-CDs with or without gaps between tracks
  • burn and create ISO files
  • data verification after burning process
  • create bootable discs
  • multi-language interface
  • bin/nrg to ISO converter, simple cover printing and much more!

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


Auto Wallpaper Fetcher + Changer - Ver:

Download wallpapers from thousands of categories in 2 clicks.

Auto Wallpaper Fetcher + Changer is a simple program that allows you to change your desktop wallpaper with your own pictures or downloading new photos from multiple categories.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Folderico - Ver: RC4

A handy software that allows you to change icons of the chosen folder to any chosen by you.

You can change an icon of any folder, with any method you prefer :-

  • Through context menu with preliminary viewing the image
  • Through dialog, also with preliminary viewing the image

You can choose a icon-theme for context menu.

NOTE : Free for private use only.

Minimum requirements: Windows 7

Moo0 Magnifier - 1.06

Reviewed by CNET staff :-

"Every now and then we find ourselves squinting at a tiny image or too-small text on our computer screen. When you need something to be just a little bit bigger, but don't want to go to the trouble of changing your screen resolution, use Moo0 Magnifier.

This deceptively simple program is a useful tool for quickly and temporarily magnifying what's on your computer screen.

The program doesn't have an interface to speak of; it appears unobtrusively as an icon in the system tray. Users simply access the settings by right-clicking on the icon and select the key that they want to use for magnification from six options. We chose the Control key. Then users simply continue using their computer as usual. When something needs to be enlarged, hit the chosen key, and the screen zooms in on the area where the mouse cursor is for as long as the button is held down. While the program is magnifying, users can pan around the screen using their mouse. Releasing the key takes the screen back to normal. That's really all there is to it. It's a very simple utility, but very useful for both those with poor vision and users who encounter hard-to-see elements every now and then. The program has no Help file, but this is not a significant drawback given its simplicity.

Moo0 Magnifier is free. The program installs politely but leaves a Start menu item and folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program to all users."

NOTE : Unless you opt out, the program will install AutoComplete pro.

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

Mouse Extender - Ver:

The Mouse Extender application was designed to be a utility with shortcuts to programs, folders and system functions (Control panel, Restart and Shutdown).

This program allows you to improve your productivity. It is extremely simple and fully customisable

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

Digital Imaging

PIXresizer - Ver: 2.0.4

PIXresizer is a photo resizing program to easily create web and e-mail friendly versions of your images with reduced file sizes.

The reduced files are saved in a different folder, so your original images are not altered at all. PIXresizer offers several different resizing methods to choose from and can automatically recognize image sizes to calculate the best fit.

In addition, it can convert between image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG and TIFF), rotate images, convert to grayscale and resize multiple images in batch mode. A great companion for webmasters and digital photographers.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Disk Tools

DiskMax - ver: 4.32

Do you know why your computer no longer feels as fast as it did when you first got it? It's because of the accumulation of junk files and other data on your system coupled with inefficient layout of your files. So what can you do about it?

Download DiskMax and run it just once - the difference will be instantly noticeable. Your system will be peppier, applications will launch faster, files will open quicker, games will run better, and you will be much happier. Running DiskMax from time to time is recommended to keep your system in shape.

Even if you are an advanced user, DiskMax will be useful to you since it automates all the tasks required to keep your system clean and fast, leaving you to enjoy the whole new experience!

Feature List :-

  • Automates emptying your recycle bin (if specified), cleaning up of installation remnants, and debugging information.
  • Cleans up every user's History, Temp, Temporary Internet Files, Cookies (if specified), Recently opened documents list, explorer thumbnail cache and windows error reporting logs.
  • Clears out Windows cache, unused legacy cursors (on Vista, if specified), debugging info, internet logs, help centre caches, repair information, DLL caches, Logs, temporary files and windows update roll-back files.
  • Cleans up after Vista SP1/SP2 install (if specified).
  • Removes registry entries for multiple Most Recently Used lists.
  • Clears out Windows Vista event logs (no other application out there does this).
  • Deep scans your hard-disk to remove all files of type log, old, prv, chk, swp, bak, gid, wbk, tmp and dmp. This can be cancelled if you are an advanced user who needs these types of files for immediate troubleshooting.
  • Defragments your HDD(s) - basically rearranges files around so that they can be accessed faster.
  • Displays a log of all the activities performed along with associated time stamps.

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

Passmark DiskCheckup - Ver: 3.0 Build 1007

PassMark DiskCheckupā„¢ allows the user to monitor the SMART attributes of a particular hard disk drive. SMART ( Self Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology ) is an interface between a computer's BIOS (basic input/output system) and the computer hard disk.

It is a feature of the Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics (EIDE) technology that controls access to the hard drive. If S.M.A.R.T is enabled when a computer is set up, the BIOS can receive analytical information from the hard drive and determine whether to send the user a warning message about possible future failure of the hard drive.

SMART monitors elements of possible long term drive failure, such as 'Spin Up Time', the number of start/stops, the number of hours powered on and the hard disk temperature.

DiskCheckup displays the current values of the SMART attributes, along with the Threshold value for that attribute. If any attribute value is close to or below the threshold, the drive is no longer reliable and should be replaced.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7


eM Client - Ver: 2.6.7605.0

eM Client is being developed as a alternative to MS Outlook. It integrates enhanced Calendar interface, Task and Contacts and Instant Messaging that users can simply configure and use.

With eM Client you can easily import your messages and contacts from MS Outlook, Outlook Express, The Bat, and Thunderbird. eM Client will allow full synchronisation with Gmail, Skype, Facebook and many other servers or services.

NOTE :: This program is free for non-commercial use.

Here are some key features of "eM Client":

  • Customisable widgets
  • RSS widget
  • Spell checking
  • Recurring tasks and events
  • Tasks interface
  • Calendar synchronisation with Merak Mail Server
  • Contacts synchronisation with Merak Mail Server
  • Spam folder synchronisation
  • Quarantine synchronisation and reports with Merak Mail Server
  • U3 Flash USB disk support
  • Multiple calendars with colour settings
  • Mail import from .EML (Thunderbird, Tha Bat!, Eudora)
  • Fast Indexed search through e-mail, calendars and contacts
  • IMAP4 support both on-line and off-line
  • SSL support for all protocols
  • Content control allows you to apply rules to trap spam and unwanted mail
  • Complete Contacts/Address book interface
  • HTML/plain text mail format
  • E-mail rules and filters
  • Drag and drop attachments
  • E-mail signatures for each account
  • Requesting read receipt
  • Calendar interface (Day view, Week view, Month view, List view)
  • GroupDAV support
  • Variable layout and adjustable interface
  • Import from MS Outlook and Outlook Express (e-mail and contacts)
  • Drag&drop attachments
  • Automatic on-line update system
  • E-mail sorting (Date, Header, Subject, Label)

Minimum requirements: Windows all/ .NET Framework


FreeZ Online TV - Ver: 1.35

FreeZ Online TV is a program that can receive over 500+ free online channels of daily and live broadcasts from around the world.

There is no need for a PC TV card because the TV channels are streamed through your Internet connection. It allows a watcher to watch directly into TV. You can watch in regular or full-screen mode.

This software comes with automatic TV station updates so it will never be out of date. Download now and get access to live TV and watch TV online anywhere, anytime all from the comfort of your PC.

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

Minimum requirements: Windows all


Soccer - Ver: 1.1.0

This is a 3 man mini soccer game. You can perform tackles, passes and shoots. The difficult part of this game is that you need to use both the mouse and the keyboard to play.

With good skills and judgment you can beat the computer, but the computer is not an easy opponent and will not be so easy to defeat.

Minimum requirements: Windows all/ .NET Framework 2.0

Yea Chess - Ver: 4.12

Yea Chess is a chess game with you versus the computer.

It has a simple interface and powerful and quick artificial intelligence. You can adjust the skill of the computer and save games.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7


3D Canvas - Ver: 8.2 Build 1506

3D Canvas is a real-time, 3D modeling, and animation tool that incorporates a drag-and-drop approach.

Complex models can be constructed from simple 3D primitives or created using 3D Canvas's object-building tools. Creating an animated scene is as simple as positioning the objects within your scene for each point in time in your animation. 3D Canvas will ensure the resulting animation runs smoothly.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Alarm-Clock - Ver: 1.1.27

Alarm-Clock is an easy-to-use application that can help you set-up reminders and simple notifications.

The application also allows you to run any application or system command instead of the alarm.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

BatteryCare - Ver:

BatteryCare is a program created to optimise the usage and performance of the modern laptop's battery.

It monitors the battery's discharge cycles and helps increasing it's autonomy and improving it's lifetime. It features battery's discharge cycles monitoring, complete battery information, and optional statistical remaining time calculation.

NOTE : This program was not tested as a battery driven computer was not available.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Efficient Reminder Free - Ver: 1.61 build 79

Efficient Reminder Free is a professional, elegant and handy appointment, meeting, holiday and event reminder software program.

With it's help, you will be able to catch up with your meetings, amaze your girl when dating her, pay each month's bills in time and prepare for your mum's birthday in time. With its intuitive calendar views of the types Day and Month, you can clearly see every day's events at a glance. You can also check schedules in list view. Before an important event is due, Efficient Reminder can reminder you with various means such as pop-up window or sounds.

The product provides features such as quick find, copy and paste of events and bulk import to save you a lot of time. It also supports various other features such as importing predefined holidays, specifying event labels of different colours, managing events by priority, Recycle Bin and so on.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

TABS2spaces - Ver: 1.0.5

TABS2spaces utility converts tab characters to space characters in text files and on the Clipboard.

The number of space characters can be customised and the program has the ability to convert multiple files all at once. Excellent for converting tab delimited text files produced on a PC that look horrible on a Mac (to name just one of the many uses you can use this utility for).

Here are some key features of "TABS2spaces" :-

  • Converts text on the clipboard
  • Works with single files as well as with multiple files all at once
  • Number of space characters can be customised
  • Clever formatting option to ensure layout consistency

Minimum requirements: Windows all


Classic FTP - Ver: 2.12

Classic FTP is a free FTP client that allows you to upload, download and delete files from a remote server. The interface is designed to look and feel like a traditional FTP client.

It features a "Mirror and Upload" tool to scan a selected local folder and upload any files that do not exist in the selected remote folder.

It also has the ability to synchronise navigation of local folders with remote folders to reduce the risk of uploading to the wrong folder. Classic FTP Supports the file transfer protocol via the Internet, local network and external hard drives.

Here are some key features of "Classic FTP" :-

  • Upload to a web site using file transfer protocol (FTP)
  • Work like a conventional ftp client
  • Visually compare what's on your local drive and what's online
  • Manually download selected files
  • Manually connect and disconnect to site

Minimum requirements: Windows all

ClicksAndWhistles - Ver: 2.7.93

ClicksAndWhistles is a free IRC client that supports multiple "identities", floating or MDI windows, multi-server connection, unicode (utf-8), text and paragraph formatting, customisable colour schemes/themes, background .PNG images and outline/shadow fonts, favourite channels and customisable message strings.

Tip: click on a window's icon to pop-up a menu which contains various settings which are saved for that window.

Here are some key features of "ClicksAndWhistles" :-

  • Support for multiple "identities"
  • Support for multiple server connections
  • Channel favourite list
  • Floating (desktop) and MDI windows
  • Themes, PNG image backgrounds and outline fonts
  • Pop-up and sound event notifications
  • Unicode (UTF-8) support
  • Text formatting support (including coloured and bold/italic/underline fonts)
  • Channel and user logging
  • File transfers (DCC SEND)
  • Customisable message text

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

CometBird - Ver: 3.6.6

The outstanding CometBird Web browser has security, speed and new features that will change the way you use the Web.

Bookmarks Auto-synchroniser makes it easy for you to use a same bookmarks collection anytime and anywhere, thousands of customisation options are available for you to make CometBird at your own style, powerful security and privacy protection techniques produce a clear browsing environment for you, and an intelligent password manager and smart address bar saves your time and improve the web page view speed.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7

E-Rank Booster - Ver: 1.3

E-Rank Booster is a complete software designed to enable you to time out the incredible popularity and visits on your web site from different geographical locations.

With E-Rank Booster you will be able to optimise your keywords, traffic, mail, domain and increase your web site visits in a few clicks.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

Free YouTube Uploader - Ver:

Free YouTube Uploader is the very first PC desktop application to upload video under 1 Gb to YouTube without using the original YouTube web interface.

Real time progress bar indicates progress of uploading. If you often upload videos, this easy to use program will be a good companion for you and save lots of your time.

NOTE : Unless you opt out, this program will install the DVDSoft Toolbar for Internet Explorer, Firefox, change your search engine and your home page.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

inSSIDer - Ver:

From the Producer :-

"Genuine geeks, whether professional or casual, need Wi-Fi tools that help troubleshoot WLAN networks. With inSSIDer, MetaGeek has created a gift that keeps on giving.

Our award-winning, open-source Wi-Fi scanner software, inSSIDer, is an alternative to network scanners like NetStumbler. One big difference: inSSIDer actually works with Windows Vista, Windows 7, and 64-bit PCs.

Did we mention that it's FREE? you can download inSSIDer today for free and level-up your network scanning and troubleshooting capabilities. Once you give inSSIDer a try, please help us spread the word to the farthest reaches of Geekdom by telling your friends about MetaGeek's free Wi-Fi scanner software that works with the current generation of Windows operating systems."

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ WiFi Card

IPNetInfo - Ver: 1.22

As reviewed by CNET.

"Every computer, router, server, and other device that's connected to a computer network has an Internet Protocol (IP) address, a unique sequence of numbers used to distinguish network participants.

Every now and then it's nice to know the name lurking behind the number, whether you're trying to identify the sender of a shady e-mail, a visitor to your Web site, or someone else. IPNetInfo is an easy-to-use tool that quickly delivers all available information about a given IP address. It's nothing fancy, but it's good at what it does.

Using IPNetInfo is quite simple. Users enter one or more IP addresses into a box and click OK. The program quickly retrieves information about each entered address, including the name and address of the ISP and other contact information. The program can also extract information from e-mail headers, helping users to trace the origins of e-mails even when the associated IP address isn't obvious. Users can save this information as an HTML file, choosing either a vertical or horizontal organization that displays IP info for all selected IP addresses. IPNetInfo doesn't have a whole lot of other features, but we like that about it; it's quite intuitive and simple. The program doesn't have a Help file, and though most users likely won't need instructions for using it, those who don't know much about how IP addresses work will want to look elsewhere for information. Overall, we found IPNetInfo to be effective and easy to use.

IPNetInfo is free. It comes as a zip file and is accessible after extraction with no need for installation. We recommend this program to all users."

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

Moo0 ConnectionWatcher - Ver: 1.47

Moo0 ConnectionWatcher lets you watch over any TCP/UDP connection from/to your PC.

Using this software, you may discover which software sends/receives information with whom in detail such as the opponent address, port, total traffic, and duration of the connection.

NOTE : Unless you opt our, this program will install AutoComplete Pro.

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

Network Activity Indicator for Windows 7 - Ver: 1.5

Windows 7 users, do you miss the blue blinking of the small two-monitor icon in the system tray that flashed to show when you there was network activity in Windows Vista?

If so, you'll want to download the small utility Network Activity Indicator for Windows 7. Run it, and you'll see that familiar old blinking icon. There are benefits beyond seeing a familiar icon; the program tells you at a glance whether you are connected to a network, and also can provide useful information about your network connection.

This nifty utility does more than that, though. In fact, Network Activity Indicator for Windows 7 gives you capabilities that the Vista feature didn't have. Hover your mouse over it and you'll see the number of packets you've sent and received. Right-click it to get network statistics that only a techie could love, such as your active open connections, errors received, minimum timeout, and far more.

Will Network Activity Indicator for Windows 7 change the way you use Windows 7? Certainly not. But it's free, and if you like to watch your network activity, it's well worth the download.

Minimum requirements: Windows 7

PingPlotter Freeware - Ver: 1.30

PingPlotter Freeware is a handy and easy to use tool that allows you to trace the desired web address.

It allows you to quickly "trace" the route between you and a target of your choice (a web site, Voice over IP provider, online game server, or similar target), and then continue to collect performance metrics about that route.

Packet loss and latency numbers are available within seconds, and the results are displayed in a graphical format, in addition to text values. This allows you to quickly see if the final destination is performing as you expect, and if it's not, you can see which hop is causing the problems.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

SeaMonkey - Ver: 2.0.6

Web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple - all your Internet needs in one application.

The SeaMonkey project is a community effort to deliver production-quality releases of code derived from the application formerly known as "Mozilla Application Suite". Whereas the main focus of the Mozilla Foundation is on Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird, our group of dedicated volunteers works to ensure that you can have "everything but the kitchen sink" — and have it stable enough for corporate use.

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

SF IE Restorator - Ver: 1.0.0

This is small utility for Troubleshooting Internet Explorer issues. It will Flush DNS, Re-register concern .dll's for Internet Explorer (3 different types 64-Bit, 32 Bit on 64-Bit OS and 32-Bit) Reset IE to Default settings, Reset Winsock.

SF IE Restorator will work with Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7. It will work with other operating system only if you have .NET Frameworks 3.5 installed.

Flush / Review DNS IP:
Most DNS clients cache the results of name resolution requests. This means that the DNS clients will temporarily store the web site names that you have been visiting lately. This process speeds up name resolution if multiple lookups are done to the same address, such as is common when browsing the web. Hence, if you visit second time, the DNS client will already have the name mapped and hence will retrieve the mapping quickly. Sometimes a bad DNS entry will be cached and you will need to either flush the DNS cache to get rid of it.

Re-register IE:
There are collections of routines that are stored until a program uses them. If these files are corrupt or out of date, they can cause problems with your computer. To fix this problem, re-register the .dull files.

Reset IE:
If the problem is caused by damaged or incompatible Internet Explorer settings or add-ons, you can usually resolve the problem by resetting Internet Explorer settings.

Reset Winsock:
Most of the Internet connectivity problems arise out of corrupt Winsock settings. Windows sockets settings may get corrupted due to the installation of a networking software, or perhaps due to Malware infestation. You will be able connect to the Internet, but the packets won't transfer back and forth. Resetting Winsock might fix the issue.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

TCPView - Ver: 3.0

TCPView is a Windows program that will show you detailed listings of all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system, including the remote address and state of TCP connections.

TCPView provides a conveniently presented subset of the Netstat program that ships with Windows NT and Windows 98. You must have Winsock2.

When you start TCPView it will enumerate all active TCP and UDP endpoints, resolving all IP addresses to their domain name versions. You can use a toolbar button or menu item to toggle the display of resolved names. On Windows XP systems, TCPView shows the name of the process that owns each endpoint.

By default, TCPView updates every second, but you can use the Options|Refresh Rate menu item to change the rate. Endpoints that change state from one update to the next are highlighted in yellow; those that are deleted are shown in red, and new endpoints are shown in green.

Minimum requirements: Windows NT/ 2000/ XP/ Vista

Multi Media

Nero DiscSpeed - Ver:

DiscSpeed is an excellent easy-to-use benchmarking tool for testing the operational capabilities of a recorder. As multi-functional tool, Nero DiscSpeed also works for testing the speed of your CD/DVD disc drive as well as testing and benchmarking blanks and burned discs.

It can be configured to run according to your desired results. Results can be viewed either as a graph or as a test log.

Main Features :-

Basic and advanced drive/media tests

  • Bit setting function (book type change)
  • Supports all common disc formats
  • Creates special test discs (data and audio)
  • Graphical display of results, test protocols, and easy import/export function
  • Industry standard benchmarking tool for CD, DVD, and BD drives
  • Graphs transfer rate, CPU usage, and buffer status while creating a disc
  • Simple screen capture

Basic Tests included

  • CPU usage
  • Burst rate
  • Seek/access times
  • Load/eject times
  • Spin-up/spin-down times
  • DAE speed/quality test
  • Quick scan option for quality tests
  • Transfer rate test (read and write)

Advanced Tests Included

  • Overburning test
  • Advanced DAE test (detailed analysis)
  • Disc quality test (C1/C2 and PI/PO/jitter and LDC/BIS)
  • ScanDisc function (file test and surface scan)
  • CD/DVD/BD media manufacturer information
  • Reading mode detection (CAV, CLV, P-CAV, Z-CLV)
  • The quality of each track (Audio CD), chapter (DVD-Video), or file (data disc) is shown

Information Provided

  • Copy-protection
  • Status of disc
  • Manufacturer’s name
  • Binary data and raw data
  • Number of available layers on the disc
  • Disc and book type of the disc in the drive
  • Media Identification Mode (MID) that identifies the disc
  • All possible write/burning speeds for discs in the drive
  • Disc capacity in both MSF(minutes/seconds/frames) and MB
  • Intended use of a disc (audio, data, etc.)

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7


WinPDF - Ver: 2.00 Build 256

Easily create high-quality Adobe PDF files for free with a few mouse clicks.

WinPDF will install a virtual printer named "Easy PDF Creator", which enables users to create PDF files and convert existing documents into PDF format though the print command offering PDF paper size, resolution, orientation, compatibility, fonts embedding, live hyperlink, embedded images, formulas, tables, figures, 40-bit and 128-bit encryption, document metadata, usage control, password protection, automatic output and batch conversion.

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


Hidden Data Detector - Ver: 1.3

Hidden Data Detector is a tool that was designed to find and identify hidden data & metadata in files. Hidden Data Detector can analyse Microsoft Office 2007 documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), / StarOffice documents, JPEG, PNG, and SVG image files, AVI video files, and WAV audio files.

Hidden Data Detector alerts you if document properties, tracked changes, comments, presentation notes, or other types of hidden data & metadata are present in your files. With Hidden Data Detector you can assess the risk of sharing files that contain potentially confidential and private hidden data, and evaluate your need for a comprehensive hidden data removal solution.

Minimum requirements: Windows all/ .NET Framework 2.0

IE PassView - Ver: 1.20

IE PassView is a small password management utility that reveals the passwords stored by Internet Explorer Web browser, and allows you to delete passwords that you don't need anymore.

It supports all versions of Internet Explorer, from version 4.0 and up to 8.0.

For each password that is stored by Internet Explorer, the following information is displayed: Web address, Password Type (AutoComplete, Password-Protected Web Site, or FTP), Storage Location (Registry, Credentials File, or Protected Storage), and the user name/password pair. You can select one or more items from the passwords list and export them into text/html/csv/xml file.

NOTE : For obvious reasons, there are no passwords or user names shown in the example image.

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

My Lockbox - Ver: 2.1

This small, easy-to-use freeware tool efficiently protects a single folder from prying eyes. During install you easily set your protected folder and password.

After that you could get by with never using My Lockbox's options dialog again. A single shortcut opens the program and a click on a tray icon will lock your folder and close the application.

My Lockbox simply hides a folder and all its contents from view. The program protects a single folder whose size is limited only by the space available on your hard drive. You can simply drop files into the protected folder, lock the folder using the handy tray icon, and the files disappear from view. It takes only a few seconds to make basic option changes in the program's multi tabbed options dialog. You can quickly change the folder location in a single step, or the password in two. Altering the option's hot key take only a press of your intended key combination. Setting the program to auto-update is just as easy.

Similar applications often fail when shortcuts open files hidden in the protected folders. That isn't the case with this freeware application. Every user with a desire to create a well hidden folder on their system will find My Lockbox fits their need.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 7

PeerBlock - Ver: 1.0

They're lurking out there - sleazy spyware companies, unscrupulous advertisers, and just people you don't want looking at what your computer is doing. PeerBlock offers part of a solution - low level blocking of packets coming from, or going to, a long list of hosts.

While any decent firewall program will let you block hosts one by one, PeerBlock does a huge amount of the work for you, by providing several frequently-updated lists of host addresses. These are divided into spyware, advertising, education, and peer-to-peer. Those last two might raise some eyebrows. The "Education" list is primarily aimed at those using college networks, who do not want their college monitoring their activity. The "P2P" list is a collection of media companies, who regularly scan people on file sharing networks to find out who is pirating movies and music. While there are often legitimate reasons to want to have such protection, it should be noted that PeerBlock freely admits it doesn't provide total security--and if you are violating your college's or ISP's terms of Internet usage, or engaging in illegal activity, this program (or any similar tool) is not going to keep you safe.

Getting the most out of PeerBlock requires a little bit of technical savvy. Simply letting it run with everything cranked to the max caused quite a few problems with Web sites; many hung due to being unable to talk to many of the advertisers on the site. There is a convenient option to allow any communication on the HTTP ports through, however. Depending on how your computer connects to the Internet and the settings of your firewall and ISP, you may need to tweak some things. Fortunately, PeerBlock has a clean and easy-to-understand interface, as well as a public forum.

It is easy to add new blocklists, or to unblock a particular range of addresses for a short period, or forever.

How much use PeerBlock is to you depends on your security needs and your level of paranoia, justified or otherwise. It is a useful first line of defence against sharing information with people you don't want to share information with, but it's not absolute, and the size and scope of the lists could cause some surprises or odd behaviour, especially if you forget that it's running. I would consider it generally worth trying, if only for the experience of seeing just how many sites are trying to talk to your computer during an average browsing session.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7

Portable TrueCrypt - Ver: 7.0

TrueCrypt is a software designed to protect your important data by encrypting it. It can also maintain an on-the-fly-encrypted volume (data storage device).

Files can be copied to and from a mounted TrueCrypt volume just like they are copied to/from any normal disk (for example, by simple drag-and-drop operations). Files are automatically being decrypted on-the-fly (in memory/RAM) while they are being read or copied from an encrypted TrueCrypt volume.

Similarly, files that are being written or copied to the TrueCrypt volume are automatically being encrypted on-the-fly (right before they are written to the disk) in RAM. Note that this does not mean that the whole file that is to be encrypted/decrypted must be stored in RAM before it can be encrypted/decrypted. There are no extra memory (RAM) requirements for TrueCrypt.

Here are some key features of "Portable TrueCrypt" :-

  • Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.
  • Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive.
  • Encrypts a partition or drive where Windows is installed (pre-boot authentication).
  • Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent.
  • Provides two levels of plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password:
    · 1) Hidden volume (steganography.
    · 2) No TrueCrypt volume can be identified (volumes cannot be distinguished from random data).
  • Encryption algorithms: AES-256, Serpent, and Twofish. Mode of operation: XTS.

Minimum requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7

WinGuard Pro - Ver: 7.1.3

WindowsGuard helps you to password protect your programs, windows and web pages in one easy to use application.

What's more, there is also encrytption for your files and folders. It offers an all-in-one security solution for your computer.

With extra features to lock the boot keys, task keys, software installations and internet access. This is the free edition download, however there is an option to upgrade to the Premium Edition.

Minimum requirements: Windows all


360Amigo System Speedup - Ver:

If you think your PC is slow, help is at hand. 360Amigo System Speedup is a new PC optimisation and error repair utility that dramatically improves the performance of your PC.

360Amigo System Speedup includes a System Cleaner, a System Optimiser, and a wide range of System Tools designed exclusively to boost PC performance. Both beginners and experienced users will enjoy the available features and options and the simple application interface. With the click of a button all common computer errors can be fixed.

How does it do this? In a nutshell, 360Amigo System Speedup offers a Registry Cleaner to detect and remove all bad entries from the PC, it optimises Windows for faster start-up times and stops runaway Processes that may take up all of the processors' cycles. It also includes a Junk Files Cleaner to remove unused files and traces of online activities, such as browser history, cookies, temporary files, logs, invalid links and many more. The best part is that it's small (less than 3Mb), fast and furious (normally taking less than a minute to scan and fix).

Minimum requirements: Windows all

AppCrashView - Ver: 1.07

AppCrashView is a small utility for Windows Vista and Windows 7 that displays the details of all application crashes occurred in your system.

The crashes information is extracted from the files created by the Windows Error Reporting (WER) component of the operating system every time that a crash is occurred. AppCrashView also allows you to easily save the crashes list to text/csv/html/xml file.

Minimum requirements: Windows Vista/ 7

Auslogics System Information - Ver:

Auslogics System Information provides comprehensive and easy to understand information about your system configuration. It can show hardware configuration, video-card information, OS details, list of running processes and other information.

The information can be saved as a file and sent to technical support.

Features :-

  • Detailed Information - Explore detailed information about your hardware, disk drives, video card, processor and memory. Discover more about memory and CPU usage and explore the processes running on your system.
  • Latest Hardware Support - Auslogics System Information is built with the latest hardware and software in mind and will support all new CPUs, HDD drives, video cards and other hardware.
  • Ease of Use - System Information is much easier to use and understand than the built-in Windows system information tool. Visual charts and diagrams will help evaluate the state of your computer.
  • Detailed Reports - Sometimes you need to send detailed information about your computer to technical support. This program can create comprehensive reports in HTML, XML or plain text format.

NOTE : Unless you opt out, this program will install it's own toolbar and change your home page.

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

Auslogics Task Manager - Ver:

Auslogics Task Manager shows how much CPU, RAM, Disk Usage or Internet bandwidth is used by the processes running on your computer. The program will also show you the services and open files; you will be able to see which programs keep which files open.

Auslogics Task Manager will also help help you find trojans that are hiding in the legitimate processes, such as explorer.exe. The standard Windows Task Manager displays only a few applications and processes running on your computer. And it doesn't show Windows services at all, despite the fact that services you never use take up a lot of RAM and can slow down your PC.

Auslogics Task Manager lets you manage applications, processes, Windows services, disk activity, and Internet traffic usage. It also shows overall CPU usage and CPU usage by selected program or process. Managing Windows services has never been easier, as the program provides detailed information about each service.

Auslogics Task Manager is feature rich and has an intuitive interface, which makes it ideal for both novice and experienced users.

NOTE : Unless you opt out, this program will install the Auslogics Toolbar and change your home page.

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

Event Log Explorer - Ver:

Event Log Explorer is a software for viewing, monitoring and analysing events recorded in Security, System, Application and another logs of Windows operating systems.

Thanks to Event Log Explorer, monitoring and analysis of events recorded in Security, System, Application and other logs of Windows operating systems gets much faster and really effective.

Event Log Explorer helps you to quickly browse, find and report on problems, security warnings and all other events that are generated within Windows.

Here are some key features of "Event Log Explorer" :-

  • Multiple-document or tabbed-document user interface depending on user preferences:
    Event Log Explorer provides you with 2 user interface types. Multiple-document interface (MDI) allows you to open unlimited number of event logs and place them all inside the main window of Event Log Explorer.
    Tabbed-document interface (TDI) allows you to open unlimited number of event logs and features the best way of navigation between logs.

  • Favourites computers and their logs are grouped into a tree:
    With Event Log Explorer you can view event logs on different computers. For your convenience you can group your computers in a tree. Then you can simply select the desired event log from the desired computer , and it will be opened immediately.

  • Viewing event logs and event logs files:
    With Event Log Explorer you can open event logs as event log files. To open an event log file, just select File -> Open Log File.

  • Archiving event logs:
    Archiving event logs is very important task. Very large event logs affect system performance, but administrators must be ale to analyzer past events. The appropriate solution is to limit the size of event logs, and backup event logs on regular basis.
    Event Log Explorer allows you to save opened event log as an event log file manually or automatically.

  • Event descriptions and binary data are in the log window:
    Unlike standard Event Viewer, Event Log Explorer allows you to view the description and binary data of each event without additional commands.
    All descriptions are displayed in the Event Description box of log window. You can close this box if you don't need to read event descriptions. You can also display event descriptions in the event list as a column.

  • Event list can be sorted by any column and in any direction:
    Event Log Explorer allows you to sort event list by any column - just click on the column header, and event list will be re-sorted immediately. If you click on the column twice - the event list will be resorted in the backward direction.

  • Advanced filtering by any criteria including event description text:
    · You can easily filters events in the list by any criteria. The criteria are reusable - you can save them as a file and apply for another event logs.

  • Quick Filter feature allows you to filter event log in a couple of mouse clicks:
    It is very easy to filter event log by a single column value. Simply click right mouse button on a cell that will be considered as a filter criteria and you will be prompted to filter on this criteria. E.g. if you click in column "Type" on a cell "Information", you can set a quick filter on Type="Information" criteria.

  • Log loading options to pre-filter event logs:
    You can pre-filter event log when it's opening. This will reduce memory consumption, increase performance and make log view clear.

  • Fast search by any criteria:
    With Event Log Explorer you can easily search for event that meets a certain criteria. Just use View ->Find command to start search. To find a next event that meets this criteria, please use View ->Find Next command.

  • Fast navigation with bookmarks:
    Bookmarks allow you to mark an event in Log View and then you can easily return to this event.

  • Compatibility with well-known event knowledge bases:
    You can get more information about event in the public event knowledge bases. Event Log Explorer supports and Microsoft knowledgeable.

  • Colour coding by Event ID:
    Colour coding allows you to easily distinguish between different events.

  • Sending Event Log to printer:
    Unlike standard Windows Event Viewer, Event Log Explorer can print event logs. Print options let you select from several styles of print.

  • Export log to different formats:
    You can export your event logs to other formats. At the time, Event Log Explorer supports export to HTML, tab-separated and Excel documents.

  • Read damaged EVT files and generate EVT files from event views:
    Event Log Explorer can access EVT files directly (without Event Log API). This allows you to read damaged event logs, read event logs when Event Log service is not available (e.g. in BartPE or other pre installed environment), or generate your own EVT files.
Minimum requirements: Windows NT/ 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 7/ Internet Connection in order to obtain the Free License

Glary Utilities - Ver:

One Click A Day For PC Maintenance, Keeps Any PC Problems Away. With millions of worldwide users, the first-rank & free Glary Utilities is an indispensable friend for your PC, with its 100% safe, thorough & quick cleaning and worry-free restoration.

Glary Utilities is a freeware with registry and disk cleaning, privacy protection, performance accelerator and amazing multifunctional tools. It can fix dogged registry errors, wipe off clutters, optimise internet speed, safeguard confidential files and maintain maximum performance.

The era of PC vexation is dwindling as Glary Utilities arrrives. It is freeware with registry and disk cleaning, privacy protection, performance accelerator and amazing multifunctional tools. It can fix dogged registry errors, wipe off clutters, optimise internet speed, safeguard confidential files and maintain maximum performance.

It is designed for both novice and professionals. User-friendly interface shows clear & detailed directions. For novice, all work can be done with just 1 or 2 clicks, while for professionals, abundant options are available.

To call Glary Utilities helpful would drastically understate the situation. It hopes to become your indispensable friend with its one-stop-shop utilities for optimising and maintaining your PC for best performance. My friend, welcome to have a try for Glary Utilities and have your say!

NOTE : Unless you opt out, this program will install the Ask toolbar and change your default search engine.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 7

Recuva - Ver: 1.38.504

Recuva (pronounced "recover") is a new file recovery tool that will unerase files that you have mistakenly deleted from your computer.

Recuva is fast, small and will even run from a USB drive.

Like all other Piriform products, Recuva is free for both commercial and personal use.

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

SimpleSysInfo - Ver: 2.6

SimpleSysInfo is a program which allows you to retrieve information from your computer. When the information is retrieved you can send it everywhere by simply selecting the email button.

It's possible to print the information and save it to a text file. SimpleSysInfo also supports creating a HTML file which is less hard to read.

Minimum requirements: Windows all

SpeedFan - Ver: 4.41

The main viewing purpose of SpeedFan is to show its user what's really going in their machine. When minimised, a temperature reading is showed on the button right of the desktop. When Speedfan is in an open window you can see a whole lot more. From Fan speed to total voltage, you can view any and all of the current fans.

First of all, you have to identify which temperature sensor is which. SpeedFan strictly adheres to available data sheets for each sensor chip. Please remember that hardware monitors are chips that do have some pins (small connectors) which should be connected to some additional hardware (temperature probes, thermistors or thermocouples) in order to be able to read temperatures.

Only a few hardware monitor chips do label their connectors with "CPU", "System" and the like. Most of them use labels like "Temp1", "Local" or "Remote". The hardware manufacturers connect available pins to different temperature sensors basically according to the physical placement of components on the motherboard.

This means that the same chip, an ITE IT8712F, for example, might be connected to a sensor diode measuring CPU temperature on Temp2 and, on a different hardware, it might be connected on Temp1. If you have a "Local" sensor and a "Remote" labeled one, this usually means that "Local" is the temperature of the monitor chip itself and "Remote" is the temperature read from a "remote" probe.

When you have properly identified which temperature sensor is which, try to lower the speed of each fan and look at reported speed and temperatures. If you do not allow SpeedFan to change any fan speed and set all the speeds too low, then SpeedFan won't be able to avoid overheating.

Here are some key features of "SpeedFan" :-

  • handle almost any number of South Bridges
  • handle almost any number of hardware monitor chips
  • handle almost any number of temperature readings
  • handle almost any number of voltage readings
  • handle almost any number of fan speed readings
  • handle almost any number of PWM's

Minimum requirements: Windows all

System Nucleus - Ver:

System Nucleus is a powerful tool specially designed to help you view, edit and manage system resources and settings, consolidating functionality that normally requires numerous tools into a single interface designed to make these tasks easier than ever.

An emphasis has been placed on batch processing, filtering, and easy visual identification of items using distinctive icons.

Want to stop 2 processes at once? You can do that. Need to uninstall applications? You can do that too. Want to view the process information for a running service, generate a detailed audit of a machine's hardware, software & settings, optimise network performance, and disable those
annoying programs that start every time you login, all from one tool? With System Nucleus, you can do all of that and much, much more.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ .NET Framework 3.5

Unlocker - Ver: 1.9.0

This program will help you to delete files that won't be deleted.

Unlocker helps delete locked files with the following messages like :-

  • Cannot delete file: Access is denied
  • There has been a sharing violation.
  • The source or destination file may be in use.
  • The file is in use by another program or user.
  • Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

NOTE : Unless you opt out, this program will install the QuickStores bar.

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

Vista Start Menu SE - Ver: 3.67

Vista Start Menu SE is a replacement for the standard Windows Start menu that provides a different layout and interface, designed to access all your programs faster without having to go through multiple menu levels.

It displays all programs in a single view and provides cascading menus for other Start Menu entries. The reboot and shutdown options are conveniently placed along the top of the menu and combines the Run and Find dialog along with a Google search search option into a single input field.

Vista Start Menu SE can replace the original Start menu or you can launch it from the system tray. A Pro version with additional features can be purchased.

NOTE : Unless you opt out, the program will install the Tidy Favourites Toolbar.

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

XPad Text Editor - Ver: 4.0 Build 040000

XPad Text Editor is a lightweight yet flexible text editor that will help you quickly and easily open and edit text files.

It has full Unicode support, that lets you create and edit files encoded in UTF-8, UTF-16 and UTF-32. Much more complete than the Windows Notepad, XPad text editor can be a good replacement for it.

Here are some key features of "XPad Text Editor" :-

  • Lightweight application that requires no installation, single executable file with really low memory usage.
  • All menus on-screen.
  • Automatic copy selection to clipboard.
  • Multiple clipboard.
  • 100% Unicode compatible, enables users to load files with chatacters in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, etc. ASCII, UTF-8, UTF-16 Little-Endian, UTF-16 Big-Endian, UTF-32 Little-Endian, with and without BOM (Byte Order Mark).
  • Base64, encoder and decoder.
  • Windows, Linux (Unix) and Macintosh text file support.
  • Tabulation in TABs or Spaces.
  • Open web links, e-mails address or file paths just selecting it.
  • Stay on-top feature.
  • And many other tools like, convert Tabs/Spaces, Uppercase/Lowercase/Namecase, Trim left or right spaces, sort lines, clear blank lines, convert HTML to plain text, clear clipboard, delete/wipe/rename current file, etc.

Minimum requirements: Windows all


GPU Caps Viewer - Ver: 1.8.8

GPU Caps Viewer is an OpenGL graphics card utility for Windows XP and Vista (32/64-bit). This tool offers the following features :-

  • quick view of the graphics configuration (graphics card / GPU type, amount of video memory, drivers version)
  • display of the main OpenGL capabilities (OpenGL version, texture size, number of texture units, etc.)
  • display of OpenCL API support and extensions.
  • display of the OpenGL extensions supported by your graphics card or display of all existing OpenGL extensions no matter what graphics card you have. For each extension, you can open its description web page available at the OpenGL Extension Registry or at NVIDIA's OpenGL Extensions spec. Very handy for graphics developers!
  • display of NVIDIA CUDA level support
  • display of the system configuration: CPU type and speed, amount of system memory, operating system, PhysX version
  • display of the GPU core temperature
  • GPU Burner or Stability Test: allows to overheat the GPU in order to test the graphics card stability. You can start several stress test demos in the same time in order to make your graphics card working to the maximum.
  • list of links related to your graphics card: graphics drivers and graphics cards reviews. These links are regularly updated.
  • full report in text and XML format. This kind of report is useful for developers who needs an outline of the customer graphics system (for support purposes for example).
  • graphics card validation: your graphics card data is sent to oZone3D.Net server and in return you receive a link on the validation web page. You can use that validation in benchmarks or to help graphics applications developers to solve specific problems. See this page for further explanation.

Minimum requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Hamster Free Video Converter - Ver: 1.0

Hamster Free Video Converter is a new brilliant video converter that turns video conversions into fun. It supports MPEG, AVI, FLV, WMV, 3GP, XviD, DivX, MKV, M2TS.

Now you may easily convert video for any DVD player, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Archos, Zune, PSP, HTC, or Nokia in 3 clicks. Blackberry smart phones are also supported. You will like the customisable interface - tune it to your own taste.

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

Tube Explorer Lite - Ver: 3.2 Build 2869

As reviewed by: CNET :-

"We've come across so many faulty video players that it's hard to contain ourselves when we find one that works. This particular one lets you search and download your favourite videos from YouTube, Google, and Yahoo.

Tube Explorer Lite took us by surprise. At first glance, we weren't overly impressed by its user interface. The tabbed, paneled view looked pretty generic. However, the tree-menu style search feature let us quickly drill down and find our favourite videos, and we were also able to search by keyword. It only took a few seconds for each video to download, and we were able to view them directly from the program's interface. It's easy to find the videos you download when you reopen the program. They're saved in their own tab, and you can customize the interface to your liking.

We love that this video player went for function over form. It's not showy by any means, but it just plain works. And for that, we highly recommend it to all users."

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