Thursday, March 31, 2005

Back4Win 4.1 - Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003
(FileSize: 1 mb) [Freeware] ScreenShot

Note: Back4Win is Freeware. Back4WinXP is a Shareware version with more features.

Easy to use Backup program with many features including backup disk spanning to CDR and CDRW. The most critical advantage of Back4Win over other backup software is its reliability. Features include:

* Optionally backup your data as an EXE file that can be expanded on most machines without decompression software.
* Restore from damaged backups, or even spanned backups with missing or damaged disks (directory disk is not needed).
* Backups are labeled with a unique easy-to-find time stamp.
* Variable compression rates to suit different machine specifications (older machines perform faster with lower compression rates)
* Powerful arrangement of backup size - spanning disks, predefined disk size to suit CDR and CDRW media etc.
* And more...

Go to: Back4Win Website

CoolWebShredder 2.14 - Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
(FileSize: 454 kb) [Freeware] ScreenShot

This is an article which details the variants of the browser hijacker known as CoolWebSearch (CWS). In the last few months, the people behind this name have succeeded in becoming (IMHO) an even bigger nuisance than the now infamous Lop.

The difficulty of removing CWS from a user's system has grown from slightly tricky in the first variant to virtually impossible for the latest few. Some of the variants even used methods of hiding and running themselves that had never been used before in any other spyware strains.

The chronological order in which the CWS variants appeared is detailed here, along with the approximate dates when they appeared online. However, since the evil programmers of CWS have released over two dozen versions of their hijacker on the advertising market in such a short time, and are crunching out new ones steadily practically every week, this document might be out of date at times.

The CWShredder tool to remove Coolwebsearch will always be up to date and is updated as fast as possible when new variants emerge.

Go to: CoolWebShredder Webpage

Monday, March 28, 2005

Password Depot 2.1 - Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP
(FileSize: 5.1 mb) [Freeware] ScreenShot

Special Note: Password Depot runs as 30 day trial, then after 30 days goes to Freeware version. You can upgrade to Pro version if you want the added features.

Password Depot is a powerful and user-friendly password manager which helps to manage all your passwords. Features include:

* Best protection of your data due to double encryption witht Rijndael 256! You password list is protected twice: by the List Access key used and by the internal key.
* The integrated password generator creates virtually uncrackable passwords: instead of passwords like "sweetheart" or "John", which can both be cracked in a few minutes, you now use passwords like "g\/:1bmV5T$x_sb}8T4@CN?\A:y:Cwe-k)mUpHiJu:0md7p@
* Friendly and easy-to-use interface, similar to the Windows Explorer, that allows you to navigate the password lists.
* Top bar window for faster and more efficient navigation.
* Auto-complete action that allows you to automatically complete fields on a web page with user name and password.
* Password lists on the internet: Place your encrypted password lists on the Internet and enjoy access to all of them, no matter where you are!

Go to: Password Depot Website

Active Web Reader 2.31 - Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
(FileSize: 1.2 mb) [Freeware] ScreenShot

Active Web Reader is a FREE web feed reader (aggregator). Supports RSS feed formats 0.9x, 1.x and 2.x. Best free reader available. Live update feature keeps you current on technology advancements.

Active Web Reader's intuitive tab based interface makes it easy to view and read your feeds. It is like reading off a web-browser with easy navigation. You can also select from a number of styles to display the feeds and make reading them a pleasure.

Feeds are organized into groups. Update them at a click of a button from the convenience of your desktop. Links to a few select and interesting web feeds comes bundled with Active Web Reader.

Go to: Active Web Reader Website

Friday, March 25, 2005

URL Discombobulator 1.9 - Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP
(FileSize: 990 kb) [Freeware] ScreenShot

Lookup the IP address(es) associated with any valid domain name. Or lookup the domain name associated with any IP address (if the owner of the IP address has added the corresponsing PTR record in the DNS server authoritative for the IP address range). As a bonus, the program generates alternate "shrouded" URLs for any web site, and can display the ASCII Code table.

Go to: URL Discombobulator Webpage

FairStars CD Ripper 1.02 - Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003
(FileSize: 2.2 mb) [Freeware] ScreenShot

Note: If FairStars CD Ripper cannot find CD/DVD driver, please install ASPI first, and you may download it here ASPI Drivers .

FairStars CD Ripper is a powerful software for ripping audio CD tracks to WMA, MP3, OGG, VQF, FLAC, APE and WAV formats files on-the-fly. Free CDDB is supported(Querying & Submiting). It supports normalization when ripping, and also support ID3 tag. FairStars CD Ripper also supports playback with its built-in player. Main Feature . Rips CD to WMA, MP3, OGG, VQF, FLAC, APE and WAV on-the-fly. . Supports automatic volume adjustment(normalization) during ripping. . Supports multiple CD/DVD drivers. . ID3 tag support. . Query and submit CD disc information from/to the freedb(the Internet Compact Disc Database). . Audio Playback control function Support. . Easy-to-use user-friendly interface.

Go to: FairStars CD Ripper Webpage

Monday, March 21, 2005

DVD Decrypter - Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
(FileSize: 878 kb) [Freeware] ScreenShots

DVD Decrypter is a free tool which enables you decrypt and copy a DVD to your PC's hard disk.

From there you can choose to watch them with the likes of PowerDVD and WinDVD or you can re-encode them to MPEG1 (VCD) or DivX.

Advanced functionality can be found in the context menus.

What's New in This Release:

  Added: Support for setting the read speed on AOpen 1648 DVDROM drives.
  Changed: Creation of an MDS file is now only 'forced' when ripping to a FAT32 drive (like how it was in, rather than when also ripping a DL disc. A warning has been added to the 'Create MDS File' option in the settings instead.
  Fixed: 'Layer Information' being shown in ISO Read mode when there was an empty DL disc in the drive - it shouldn't have been!
  Fixed: Hang on some usb/firewire drives (enclosures).
  Fixed: Error on some 'dummy' images mounted in DAEMON Tools - caused by non standard UDF file system.
  Fixed: Start button still being enabled in File mode even when no files were found.
  Fixed: Problem of the burn aborting if 'Lock Volume For Exclusive Access' failed silently with a 'known' error. People who experienced this problem should really just upgrade their IDE drivers.

Go to: DVD Decrypter Website

FileZilla 2.2.12c - Windows 98/NT/Me/2000/XP
(FileSize: 3.2 mb) [Freeware] ScreenShots

FileZilla is a small but powerful FTP client with many features. it includes a site manager to store all your connection details and logins as well as an Explorer style interface that shows the local and remote folders and can be customized independently.

The program offers support for firewalls and proxy connections as well as SSL and Kerberos GSS security. Additional features include keep alive, auto ascii/binary transfer and more. A nice program for beginners and advanced user alike.

Here are some key features of "FileZilla":

  Ability to resume Uploads/Downloads (if the server supports it)
  Custom Commands
  Site Manager with folders
  Keep Alive system
  Timeout detection
  Firewall support
  SOCKS4/5 and HTTP1.1 Proxy support
  SSL secured connections
  SFTP support
  Upload/Download Queue
  Multi-language support
  GSS authentication and encryption using Kerberos

Go to: FileZilla Website

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

MyViewPad 2.0 - Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003
(FileSize: 2.6 mb) [Freeware] ScreenShots

Why users should use this product?
Because it is the best free viewer of digital graphics. Over several years of working on a graphics engine our company created a truly stable, quality product. It is likely that MyViewPad uses the best digital graphics engine that is available on the market. Judge for yourself.

If you haven't noticed anything special, we reached our goal. That means that the program is doing what it is supposed to do - it is showing images.

If your program is so excellent, why is it free?
Some time ago people had to pay for things that are given out for free now. The same trend applies to the programming applications. If you have to pay for a digital graphics viewer, that's called anachronism.

How many file formats are supported by your program?
The answer to this question depends on what you consider a separate format. Some software manufacturers are after a big number. If we use their method of counting file formats, we will end up with over 100 types that we support.

In what ways is MyViewPad better than other viewing programs, leaders of the market, whether free or not?
Not in much except for quality.
MyViewPad can view large images; it can show thousands of images in a row; it can view files with errors and nonstandard formatting, as well as multi-page and animated files.

All of this was tested over and over. We have a huge collection of various digital graphic files that could not be viewed by other programs. These different files came from our customers and were collected over many years. Each such file presented a real challenge for people and that's why we ended up with files that no one could view anywhere else. Of course, you could have a file like that yourself. In this modern age of digital information it's impossible to avoid minor troubles. To keep up with progress means not only updating your anti-virus database. Our tests show that other popular viewers can't view even a half of our file collection. However, we can! And we are happy to tell you about it.

Go to: MyViewPad Website

JPEG Quality Estimator 1.0 - Windows 95/98/NT/Me/2000/XP
(FileSize: 530 kb) [Freeware] ScreenShot

We all know that JPG use lose compression, so anything you save is always in exact terms worse than original. It may not look like because of the way it is compressed but it is. And it is logical that if we later load JPG and then save again the degradation goes of course further.

Right now I can tell you the most degradation will be probably in the first round - from the original to the first JPG. If we load the JPG and save again this time the data are already somehow processed by first round so the degradation won't be as strong as first time. Of course there is quality loss on the second time and if we load and save it again and again we will soon realize the quality loss is adding up.

Loss is adding up but not as many people think - if we use twice 75% first time then 75% second time it doesn't mean that the second round is equal to 55% of original quality (75% of first 75%). There is some loss but far less. So it doesn't work like your taxes.

If we consider all this then it start to be obvious that if we ever need re-save a JPG we should use the same quality settings as a first time. Why not bigger? Because by bigger Q second time we won't gain anything at all! The file is already degraded by first round and these data will not be returned by simply setting higher quality next round. Setting the Q second time higher than first time will just make the JPG bigger, but still worse than the first.

The simple answer is: If you need to load and save a JPEG you should use the same Quality settings as was used on the JPG when it was first created.

We of course assume that we work on the same pixels. If you for example load an image of dog completely repaint it into image of sunflower then of course you can also choose any quality setting you like (and also a doctor). But this isn't the case in 99.9%

Talking now about digital cameras - our main topic: After we make a change on the image from digital camera we should save it with the same Quality settings as it was produced from the raw data inside the camera.

Go to: JPEG Quality Estimator Webpage

Monday, March 14, 2005

Abakt 0.9.0 - Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003
(FileSize: 764 kb) [Freeware] ScreenShot

Abakt is a free backup tool for Windows.

Filter: By name, using wildcards, sets or other advanced masks. Other filters are: attribute, size, age and modification date.

Backup: You can create a standard PKZIP zip archive, a Zip64 archive or call the external tool 7-Zip. And it is possible to simply copy, move or delete the selected files.

Automation: Abakt accepts command line arguments. Use the command line options to feed a Task Scheduler, or in your batch scripts.

Go to: Abakt Website


Bulk Rename Utility - Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
(FileSize: 322 kb) [Freeware] ScreenShots

Bulk Rename Utility is a utility which allows you to easily rename multiple files and directories, based upon flexible criteria. For example, if you have a whole load of files prefixed with "2002", you can quickly rename all these to "2003". Similarly, if you have lots of "html" files then you can quickly rename them all to "htm".
The utility is easy to use and has a small memory ?footprint? so can be left resident without consuming all your memory.

Go to: Bulk Rename Utility Website

Friday, March 11, 2005

SpywareBlaster 3.3 - Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
(FileSize: 2.2 mb) [Freeware] ScreenShot

SpywareBlaster doesn't scan and clean for spyware - it prevents it from ever being installed.
By setting a "kill bit" for spyware ActiveX controls, SpywareBlaster can prevent the installation of any spyware ActiveX controls from a webpage. It does this while not interfering with "friendly" ActiveX controls - so your browser can work correctly and you can have piece of mind!

You won't get any more annoying "Yes/No" boxes popped up, asking you to install a spyware ActiveX control (which can increasingly be found in pop-up ads!). In fact, Internet Explorer will never even download or run the spyware ActiveX control!

Features include:

-Only targets items used by spyware and browser hijackers to embed themselves into your system - so you can get the results that you want: a spyware-free system
-Detects changes and additions - and alerts of both on a restore operation
-Provides a list of changed/added items - so the user has full control over what will be restored
-Covers hundreds of items - including the most popular areas altered by browser hijackers and spyware, as well as many currently un-tapped areas

Go to: SpywareBlaster Website

JPEGCompress 2.5 - Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000/XP
(FileSize: 1.4 mb) [Freeware] ScreenShot

JPEGCompress is an easy to use application designed to help you compress any existing JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG Image with JPEG Compression.
JPEGCompress also supports QuickTime Image formats, allowing you to open and export images into more formats.

JPEGCompress allows you to choose any level of compression and see the results immediately, allowing you to preview your images before saving them. You are also presented with the image's new file size and download time over a range of internet connection types.

What's new in this version:

-QuickTime Image Support
-Batch Processing
-Send to Email Recipients
-Send to FTP Sites
-Internet Explorer Integration
-File Type Associations
-Set as Desktop Wallpaper
-Printing Support
-Numerous bug fixes, interface updates and performance enhancements

Go to: JPEGCompress Website

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

eQit 1.1.080305 - Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
(FileSize: 3.5 mb) [Freeware] Small ScreenShots

eQit is an all-in-one clock, diary, notepad, program launcher and contact database that´s designed to be handy all-the-time. Designed out of a need for something simple, yet comprehensive enough for all those instant tasks like taking a quick note, remembering a phone number or making an appointment, Dockable, re-sizeable and configurable, eQit has taken two years of use to evolve into something we´d like to share - for free.

Go to: eQit Website


EverNote 1.0 - Windows 98/NT/Me/2000/XP
(FileSize: 7.01 mb) [Freeware] ScreenShot

EverNote for Windows is an intuitive note management application that offers you a single place for the easy input, organization and quick retrieval of all types of notes and content clippings.

With EverNote, you can conveniently capture and quickly find typed or handwritten memos; excerpts from Web pages, documents and emails; passwords, phone messages, and to do's; brainstorms, sketches, camera phone snapshots; and more.

EverNote provides a unique approach by storing all different types and formats of notes on an endless, virtual roll of paper. With this innovation, you can quickly find any note by sight - without having to open notes individually - either by a single click on any date in the Time Band, or by using EverNote's handy Accelerator Scroller.

EverNote is currently available for Windows 2000 and higher and will soon be available for smartphones and PDAs.

Here are some key features of "EverNote":

- Links for clipped content: Allows you to easily pull rich content (formatted text, graphics, tables, etc.) into any note from anywhere on the desktop using copy-&-paste or drag-&-drop. What's more, EverNote automatically adds a clickable link back to the source, whether it's from a webpage or an MS Office document.
- Support for multiple note formats: Typed text, Web pages, emails, handwritten notes, images, document clips and digital snapshots.
- Multiple methods for finding notes: EverNote allows you to search for notes visually, by time, by keyword, and by automatic or manual categories. Using the advanced Smartsearch, you can instantly find any notes from thousands, complete with matching note count.
- Intelligent, multiple categories: EverNote assigns categories to notes automatically for easy organization and retrieval, as well as allowing you to manually assign one or multiple categories using a simple drag & drop.
- Advanced handwriting recognition: Recognizes and searches through handwritten notes. Automatically perfects freehand shapes and charts.
- To do's and other note templates: Allows you to easily enter and monitor form-based note "templates" such as to do lists, shopping lists, travel itineraries, expense reports, etc.
- Automatic save: No need to save notes manually -- all notes added to the endless tape are automatically and reliably saved to the EverNote database for you.

Go to: EverNote Website

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Free PDF Reader V1.2 - Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003
(FileSize: 4.6 mb) [Freeware] ScreenShot

eXPert PDF Reader is a free software that lets you view and print pdf documents on windows operating systems.

The reader will also allow modification of existing documents. You may modify document outlines, insert rubber stamps and modify any annotation that has been created from eXPert PDF or any other pdf creation software.

eXPert PDF Reader is the ideal solution for viewing pdf documents. Fast, reliable and skinable gives all you need for been the pdf viewer of your choise.If you need additional pdf editing functionalities you may take a look on what eXPert PDF Editor can offer.

Go to: eXPert PDF Reader Website

3d Traceroute 2.0.2:21 - Windows 2000/XP
(FileSize: 1.27 mb) [Freeware] ScreenShots

Replace all your ugly ping plotters and traceroute programs with a full blown three dimensional traceroute program.

Here are some key features of "3D Traceroute":

  3d traceroute display, multiple graphics modification options
  statistic-window with min, max, average, standard deviation
  Whois query to everything with one click
  history-window with destination ping time
  record and playback: record any trace and playback step by step
  and the browser is already built in.
  3d Traceroute besitzt eine integrierte deutschsprachige Oberfläche.
  Einfach starten, Umschaltung erfolgt automatisch.
  Day and Night trace: Admins beloved toy
  Command-line execution mode. Full replacement for good old buddy tracert.
  passive OS fingerprinting
  Port scanner (knows 3,612 well known ports)
  IP-Range-Scanner (scan from Start-IP to End-IP)
  analyze eMail headers against RBLs
  Connection viewer / TCP, IP, UDP etc. statistics
  HTTP Server Spy
  Atomic Clock Sync
  nslookup (upd and tcp: zone transfer capability)
  ASN inspector
  build in TELNET client
  long period Ping and HTTP monitor
  Low CPU-Usage

Go to: 3d Traceroute Download Page