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Free and useful software to download and install (3)NOTE: I have no dealings at all with the marketing of any of the products mentioned below (other than as an end-user) and the recommendations are provided as a public service. In short, I've nothing to sell. Only those programs that are free (or at least have a free version) are included. Many of the sites will ask for your email. If you do not wish to be overwhelmed by spam mail may I suggest that you create an email account with either Yahoo, Outlook or Gmail just for this purpose.
How would you like to have a drive (ok, it's just a virtual drive called F: or G: or Z: and is nothing like the C: or D: drives that you might already have) where you can keep all your personal or confidential files or pictures from other people's prying eyes? What a boon this will be to many. Besides it's free and so easy to use. It is called Cryptainer LE. Go to the site to learn more about it.
For a mysterious reason (as so often happens with Microsoft's OS) you just can't open your Word file anymore. One thing you can do in such a case (apart from tearing your hair out) is to install Word Viewer and try to read it from there.
Incidentally if someone sent you an .swf file (such files are created with Macromedia's Flash player) and you don't have the Flash 4 plug-in to play it what you can do is to download this little program called SWF Opener. Once installed you will be able to open the .swf file and see the animations.
But if it is a photo file that you cannot open then you'll need Irfanview
You know that when you delete a file it is not lost forever because it goes to the Recycle Bin. If ever you change your mind you can always go there to recover it. But what happens when your Recycle Bin has been emptied. Is it lost forever or can it still be recovered? Well thanks to this little program it can still be recovered (the chances are better when you have not been using your computer after that, so keep your fingers crossed). To download it go here for File Recovery.
A similar program is called Restoration. Incidentally you can also recover deleted files from your USB memory stick with this program. In fact it also works the other way round i.e. it makes sure it will be impossible to restore any of your deleted files that you consider confidential or embarrassing if anyone should get their hands on. How does it do this? It simply overwrites deleted files that are still on the hard disk with random, meaningless data making them unreadable to the police. I've known of a few such "full-time" shredders but to my knowledge none of them is free so I will not mention them here.
The following program is of particular interest to webmasters as it helps to elucidate your HTML script. As its name implies it's quite similar to Notepad but it has many more functions (such as putting the tags in color) so you'll be able to see what went wrong if your HTML file doesn't open. It's called Notepad++ .
Google has just made available to the cyber public a program that will enable you to search a file in your computer (whether it's created with Notepad, Word, Excel or Powerpoint) the same way as you do in internet. But it can only work if your computer runs on Windows XP or Windows 2000 Service Pack 3. Besides files it can also search all your e-mails in Outlook Express or the sites you have viewed under Internet Explorer. I have just installed it and am completely overwhelmed by the thoroughness of its search! This software is called Google Desktop Search and is free at the moment. (Warning: Before you install this make sure there is no sensitive file in your computer that you don't want a third party to look into or you could be in deep trouble!).
You might, like me, not want to use it as it smacks of spying but it's good to know that such a thing exists. I'm talking about this DidTheyReadIt site. When you install their program (free trial period for 10 messages), every e-mail that you send is invisibly tracked without alerting the recipient. But when the recipient reads your message, you will immediately receive information on when, exactly, your email was opened and for how long it remained opened. Well, you have been warned, better not lie about not having read the emails you received!
If you are on the broadband (ADSL or cable connection) and you do telephone friends around the world you must simply install Skype (it rhymes with "type" or "pipe"). I have tried it and it works perfectly. The only problem (if you can call it one) is that your friend should also install the same software for it to work. After that each of you will need a PC headset (preferably one that has a built-in microphone). You will plug this to the microphone jack at the back of your PC and the other one to the speaker jack (if it doesn't work try reversing the two places). Your friend will have to do the same. That's all there is to it. But make sure your friend knows what time you will be calling so he or she will be in front of the PC with the headset and with Skype active. Just imagine you can now talk the whole day to your friend at the other end of the world without having to pay a single cent (nor will he)! Yes, this program is completely free though you have to register first in order to be able to make use of it (you don't have to give all your personal details though for the profile). Oh, by the way even if your friend has not got Skype installed you can still use your Skype to phone him (not free this time) but at a much cheaper rate than the usual telecom services.
If for whatever reason you do not wish to use Skype there is another site which offers the same type of service. It is VoipStunt, the other free calls company.
If you are a webmaster you'll be interested in the following program. It checks for broken links in your site saving you the trouble of checking them one by one. It's called Xenu Link Sleuth and when you have nearly 4,000 links (as in my site) you will appreciate it even more.
If you are going to be able to listen to audio files with the .ram or .rm extension you will need to have RealOne Player installed on your system. You can download it for free here.
For easy uploading of files from your hard disk to your server: WS_FTP. I don't know about you but I personally prefer the old version WS_FTP95 which you can download from this site.
For the easy conversion of .wav files to .mp3 files or from .mp3 files to .wav or .wma files (in order to be able to burn your own CD song albums) download this free program Free Mp3 Wma Converter. Make sure you click on "Free Mp3 Wma Converter" as it has a number of other software that is not free. It also works the other way round i.e. if you need to convert .wma files to .mp3 in order to be able to listen to them in your .mp3 player.
A similar program that is also free is dBpowerAMP . Click to download.
Similar types of program are: mp32wav and CDex.
For movies and other bigger files the place to go is BitTorrent. Forget about this if you don't have a broadband connection.
WARNING: With so much talk about court prosecutions going on, use all the above peer-to-peer programs at your own risk!
If you need to rename a file you know that all you have to do is to right-click on the file's name then click on Rename. But what happens if you need to rename 50 or more files or change all the extensions from .htm to .html? It's going to be a real hassle! This is where the Ant Renamer comes in very handy.
If you are looking for a software that enables your hard disk to return to the state it was in at any time in the recent past (i.e. before your computer got into trouble), Norton GoBack will do the job. It can also recover deleted or overwritten files, even those emptied from the Recycle Bin. However it is not free. But if your OS is Windows XP you don't have to go to pay for this service. You can restore your PC to its previous state when everything was working perfectly by going to Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Restore - Restore my computer to an earlier time - Next then choose your restore point.
To prevent getting viruses through e-mail or when downloading .mp3 and other files : VCatch
As I mentioned above my own preference for a good anti-virus (that is also free) is from Grisoft. However, if you would like to try another anti-virus there is AVAST which can be downloaded free for personal use only.
But even if you have no anti-virus program right now or if the one you have is out of date you can have an on-the-spot scanning of your hard disk by going to Secuser.
A similar type of product which is equally good (and equally free) is Ad-Aware. It has now an Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition which is even better as you will not only be protected from known content, but will also have advanced protection against many of their unknown variants. In my own case I use not one but both the above programmes (Spybot and Ad-Aware) because quite often one of the two programs misses out what the other finds and vice-versa so it's necessary to run one after the other.
TrendMicro's HijackThis is a tool that lists all startup items and default start pages. It will allow you to inspect and remove (by checking) selected items.
What? Still having problems after trying the above three programs? Well try this one then: CCleaner (the first C stands for Crap)
For faster downloading (it splits big files into parts then downloads them simultaneously), try Star Downloader which can also resume broken downloads - a great relief if the connection is lost when the file is already 99% completed!
To break a big file (more than 1.4 Mb) into smaller ones in order to copy them to your floppy disks: Filesplit
Are you receiving lots of spam or junk mail? Are you receiving lots of e-mail with files attached from people you don't know? Then you must absolutely install this wonderful little program. It's called MailWasher and it's free. It can bounce back unwanted e-mails so it looks as if your email address is not valid. It can also delete unwanted e-mails from your server before you download them. The man behind it is Nick Bolton, a New Zealander. COOL!!!
Have you saved all your e-mails from Outlook Express in a CD Rom only to find that you are not able to re-read them as they carried the extension .dbx? Download this little program OutLookExpressExtraction.zip created by a French programmer by the name of Macallan and you will be able to recuperate all your old e-mails. AWESOME!!!
Many crackers or hackers (click here to see the difference) will install a "backdoor" which allows the cracker to "remote control" your computer over the internet. To prevent this from happening, especially if you are connected to Internet on the broadband (ADSL, cable modem, etc.) for hours on end, it is indispensable to install a firewall. One of the best is called ZoneAlarm by Zone Labs. You can download the Basic Version for free here.
If you have unlimited access to your Internet connection why not turn your PC into an international radio station to provide you with continuous music or up-to-the-minute news while you surf? You won't realize how simple and effective it is till you download Viddi Radio Player and see (or rather hear) it for yourself!
Where your antivirus is helpless in the face of an attack by a "trojan horse" (a program that appears desirable eg. when you download a free game but which actually contains something harmful such as a little program that erases every file in that directory) you have to resort to a program such as Trojan Remover. You can download a free evaluation copy here but it's only good for 30 days - enough to let you get rid of the trojan worm?
If you can't afford to pay after the trial period is over but are still bugged by a trojan horse you could try a similar program with much the same functions. It's called Tauscan and is also good for a 30-day trial period.
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