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12Sep Best Spyware Finder and Blocker

SpyBot Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven’t intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been “hijacked” (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don’t see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there’s no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.

Spybot - Search & Destroy screenshot

Spybot-S&D can also clean usage tracks, an interesting function if you share your computer with other users and don’t want them to see what you have been working on. And for professional users, Spybot-S&D allows you to fix some registry inconsistencies and extended reports.

Spybot-S&D can start in two modes: Easy mode for new users who want just the basic features, and Advanced mode for professional users and those who want more control. Both modes are available in the free version.

Spybot-S&D features:

  • Removal of adware and spyware
  • Removal of dialers
  • Removal of keyloggers
  • Removal of trojans and other baddies
  • Removal of usage tracks
  • Save removal of threats by shredding them
  • Backups of every removed problem
  • Exclude option to ignore specific problems
  • Permanent blocking of threatening ActiveX downloads
  • Permanent blocking of known tracking cookies for IE
  • Permanent blocking of threating downloads in IE
  • Command line parameters to automate tasks
  • Detailed information about problems found
  • Strict criteria to define targets
  • Integrated update function
  • Settings to automate scan, removal and update
  • System reports to locate even unknown threats
  • Skins to adjust interface to the users liking

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29Aug VirtualDub – Best Freeware Video Editing Tool

Have you ever worked with desktop video? Sure, you’ve probably played a few video clips on your monitor.  But have you ever made one yourself?  Used a video capture device?  Wrestled with the software that comes with it?  Felt like the software is a few leagues above or below your level?  Time to try something else.

VirtualDub screenshotVirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit Windows platforms (95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).  It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video.  It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters.  VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.

VirtualDub features:

If your capture device is Video for Windows compatible, then VirtualDub can capture video with it.  But VirtualDub isn’t your average capture program:

  • Fractional frame rates.  Don’t settle for 29 or 30 when you want 29.97.
  • Optimized disk access for more consistent hard disk usage.
  • Create AVI2 (OpenDML) files to break the AVI 2GB barrier and multiple files to break the FAT32 4GB limit.
  • Integrated volume meter and histogram for input level monitoring.
  • Real-time downsizing, noise reduction, and field swapping.
  • Verbose monitoring, including compression levels, CPU usage, and free disk space.
  • Access hidden video formats your capture card may support but not have a setting for, such as 352×480.
  • Keyboard and mouse shortcuts for faster operation.  To capture, just hit F6.
  • Clean interface layout: caption, menu bar, info panel, status bar.


15Aug WinSCP – Freeware SFTP and SCP client for Windows

WinSCP screenshotWinSCP is an open source freeware SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) client for Windows using SSH (Secure Shell). Legacy SCP (Secure Copy Protocol) protocol is also supported. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer. You may read more about SFTP and SCP protocols here.

WinSCP Features:

  • Graphical user interface
  • Translated into several languages
  • Integration with Windows (drag&drop, URL, shortcut icons)
  • All common operations with files
  • Support for SFTP and SCP protocols over SSH-1 and SSH-2
  • Batch file scripting and command-line interface
  • Directory synchronization in several semi or fully automatic ways
  • Integrated text editor
  • Support for SSH password, keyboard-interactive, public key and Kerberos (GSS) authentication
  • Integrates with Pageant (PuTTY authentication agent) for full support of public key authentication
  • Windows Explorer-like and Norton Commander-like interfaces.
  • Optionally stores session information.
  • Optionally supports standalone operation using a configuration file in place of registry entries, suitable for operation from removable media

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15Aug DirGraph – Freeware Graphical Disc Usage Analyser

DirGraph provides a graphical view of the space used by your files and directories. It allows you to navigate around this view – zooming in to see greater detail and zooming out to see the bigger picture.

DirGraph Screenshot

It also supports colour coding its display by file dates, so you can see at a glance how much of the space used is occupied by files that haven’t been accessed for an age [and that should therefore have been committed to back-up storage long ago].

It can be quite interesting to look at your system in this way: for instance did you know your games and mp3 directories was taking that much of you over-all drive space?!! No wonder there wasn’t room to install the latest version of PaceMaker…

DirGraph is free to use and distribute, but if you find it or its code useful, the author would appreciate a small email letting him know if you like it and/or how you use it.


15Aug PC WIZARD – Best Freeware System Information Tool

Till 2004 I’ve used AIDA32 to get full information about computer hardware. But then it was bought by Lavalys, and from december of 2005 the freeware version of Everest Home Edition is discontinued. So sad, because it was most detailed sysinfo tool I’ve seen. But now I’ve found another product, fully freeware! It’s PC WIZARD by CPUID.

PC WIZARD screenshotI’ve found that PC WIZARD is among the most advanced system information programs on the market since 1996. Where was I all these years? PC WIZARD 2006 is a powerful utility designed especially for detection of hardware, but also some more analysis. It’s able to identify a large scale of system components and supports the latest technologies and standards. This tool is periodically updated (usually once per month) in order to provide most accurate results. PC WIZARD 2006 is also an utility designed to analyze and benchmark your computer system. It can analyze and benchmark many kinds of hardware, such as CPU performance, Cache performance, RAM performance, Hard Disk performance, CD/DVD-ROM performance, Removable/FLASH Media performance, Video performance, MP3 compression performance. PC WIZARD 2006 can be distributed freely (ftp, archives, CD-ROMs …).

PC WIZARD includes:

  • Hardware Information
  • System Information
  • System Benchmarks
  • Tools
  • Multi Languages


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