FREEWARE & some paidware programs I’ve Used and Use


This is an easy way to tell my friends the programs that I use, I consider good programs, and which may make computing simpler and safer.  Non-friends can benefit from my amateur expertise.  I recommend some sites for information about configuring, maintaining, and securing Windows XP systems (some include info on that dog Vista).  You will note that I have bought* only about a dozen programs and the rest are freeware.

The essential programs  ERUNT, MozyHome, Online Armor, NOD32, Maxtor OneTouch, Sandboxie, Trojan Remover, SpywareBlaster, Password Safe, PGP Desktop, and Mozilla Firefox are important because in some way each add a layer of protection to my system. The router is the second layer; the first layer is whatever filtering the ISP does for malware and hack attacks. Get a router with NAT and SPI firewall. You see below what I have, but D-LInk and NetGear also make some good routers.

paidware*

freeware

Much of this post  a repeat of the previous post. I wanted to place the diagnostic, information, and testing site links closer to  the top. Although I am a bit geeky on this, I am still very much an average end user.  And I am poor, so most of the programs here are freeware. Some of the programs come in paid and free versions.   Peace.

 

If you suspect that a file may be malware even though your present security programs did not detect them as such, you can upload the file to these scanning sites. They use multiple scanning engines.

Virus Total http://www.virustotal.com/
Jotti’s Malware Scan http://virusscan.jotti.org/

Test your firewall and browsers on these sites:
https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

http://www.pcpitstop.com/pcpitstop/default.asp

http://www.pcflank.com/

http://bcheck.scanit.be/bcheck/index.php

Check the evaluation of antivirus programs here:
http://www.av-comparatives.org/

Check firewall evaluations here:
http://www.matousec.com/projects/firewall-challenge/results.php

Check these pages for information on configuring XP Professional, some settings also apply to Home too, and other sites for security information, and security programs.

Optimize XP – good site for the novice
http://home.comcast.net/~SupportCD/OptimizeXP.html

Black Viper – good advice about how to configure XP and Vista for security
http://www.blackviper.com/

Gizmo’s TechSupportAlert (He produces a free internet publication and paid. Subscribe to one.) He lists the best free programs in all categories. You can populate your computer with all freeware if you wish.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/dr/

The Elder Geek on Windows XP
http://theeldergeek.com/index.htm

Spyware Warrior
http://www.spywarewarrior.com/

Eric Howes’  Privacy & Security Page on Spyware Warrior
http://www.spywarewarrior.com/uiuc/main-nf.htm
Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites
http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm

 

 

Linksys WRT54G2 v1 Wireless Router * – You can find this at your local computer store, Circuit City, Best Buy (avoid their Geek Squad), or the like.

Other programs that I use:

BACKUP::
CDBurnerXP  http://cdburnerxp.se/download?latest
ERUNT      http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
Maxtor OneTouch*   http://www.seagate.com/maxtor/
MozBackup   http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com
MozyHome* http://mozy.com/home
WinRAR*  http://www.rarsoft.com/
WinZip*    http://www.winzip.com/index.htm

BROWSERS & MAIL:
BrowserTraySwitch – easy switch of multiple browsers  http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/browsertray/index.html
Flock   http://flock.com/
K-Meleon   http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net/
Mozilla Firefox           http://www.mozilla.org/
Mozilla Thunderbird  
http://www.mozilla.org/
Windows Live Mail   http://get.live.com/wl/all
Windows Live Messenger 
http://get.live.com/wl/all
Internet Explorer 7   http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/ie/default.mspx
Opera   http://www.opera.com/

Mozilla Firefox is my default, but I can change defaults with a couple of clicks using BrowserTraySwitch. I use Flock, a social network browser for Facebook,Flickr, YouTube, and other social and photo sites. The other browser have different uses and with homepages that reflect their use. I have nine email addresses that I download into Mozilla Thunderbird and three more are downloaded to Windows Live Mail, but I leave one other as webmail. I use the Lightning addon for Mozilla Thunderbird which adds calendar function to it.

DEFENCE:
Brain:
IMPORTANT,  READ THIS FIRST ONE.
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid14_gci531120,00.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_brain
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/interactives/organs/brainmap/
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/brain/
http://www.transhumanist.com/volume1/moravec.htm
http://www.learner.org/discoveringpsychology/brain/

Eset NOD32 Antivirus*   http://www.eset.com/
Gmer        http://antirootkit.com/software/index.htm
IceSword  
http://antirootkit.com/software/index.htm
Online Armor*  http://www.tallemu.com/
Sandboxie*   http://www.sandboxie.com/
Spybot Search & Destroy  http://www.safer-networking.org/index2.html
SpywareBlaster    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Trojan Remover*  http://www.simplysup.com/
ewido antispyware microscanner   http://www.ewido.net/en/onlinescan/
Rootkit Unhooker  
http://antirootkit.com/software/index.htm
RootkitRevealer   http://antirootkit.com/software/index.htm
Sophos Anti-Rootkit   http://antirootkit.com/software/index.htm

DIAGNOSTIC:
Belarc Advisor   http://www.belarc.com/free_download.htmlDrive Spacio
ProcessExplorer   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx
Secunia PSI   https://psi.secunia.com/
System Info for Windows  http://www.gtopala.com/

ENCRYPTION:
KeyScrambler – for Mozilla Firefox – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3383
Password Safe   http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/
PGP Desktop*   http://www.pgp.com/

INTELLIGENCE:   
Port Explorer* – I do not place link here, the vendor is dodgy, so download and buy are your own peril. I got it before the dodginess. But there two freeware alternatives that I would use if I hadn’t bought PE.

TCPView for Windows v2.53

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897437.aspx

CurrPorts v1.36 – View Opened TCP/IP ports / connections

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html


Weather Watcher    http://www.singerscreations.com/Free-Software.asp
WinPcap – Needed with SmartSniff – http://www.winpcap.org/
FastResolver   http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/fastresolver.html
ID Serve   http://www.grc.com/id/idserve.htm
IPNetInfo   http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html
NetScan   http://www.download3k.com/SoftPerfect-Network-Scanner/Download-Free-netscan.exe.html
SmartSniff   http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/smsniff.html

OFFICE:
Calendar Magic   http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,944-order,1-page,1-c,alldownloads/description.html
Copernic Desktop Search   http://www.copernic.com/
DS Clock   http://www.dualitysoft.com/dsclock/
Foxit Reader -Download and install instead of Adobe Acrobat Reader, it uses fewer resources – http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php
Kompozer   http://www.kompozer.net/
MoffSoft FreeCalc   http://www.moffsoft.com/freecalc.htm
PDF reDirect*   http://www.exp-systems.com/
Rough Draft – dont work in an office use this one, especially writers and works with Mobysaurus and WordWeb- http://www.salsbury.f2s.com/
Windows Live Photo Gallery  
http://get.live.com/wl/all
Windows Live Writer   http://get.live.com/wl/all
Convert   http://joshmadison.com/article/convert-for-windows
Mobysaurus Thesaurus   http://www.mobysaurus.com/
WordWeb Pro*   http://wordweb.info/

TOOLS:
CCleaner   http://www.ccleaner.com/
Diskeeper Lite ver.9  http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-disk-de-fragmenter.htm
JV 16 Power Tools 2008*   http://www.macecraft.com/jv16powertools2008/
Logitech ITouch*  http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboards/&cl=us,en
Logitech MouseWare* http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboards/&cl=us,en
PC Pitstop Optimize* http://www.pcpitstop.com/
WinRoll   http://www.palma.com.au/winroll/
autoruns   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
Dial-a-fix   http://wiki.lunarsoft.net/wiki/Dial-a-fix
PageDefrag   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897426.aspx
ProcX   http://www.ghostsecurity.com/procx/
xpdite   http://www.grc.com/xpdite/xpdite.htm
XPlite*  http://www.litepc.com/


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