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Networking

Net Monitors
Comm View – Shareware
If you are new to networking, you’ll find CommView extremely useful for understanding how the Internet and your LAN work. Being a network analyzer (also commonly referred to as a packet analyzer, network monitor, or packet sniffer), it captures and decodes network traffic and makes sense of it, allowing you to see what, where, and how information leaves and enters your computer — which is critically important for a secure Internet experience.

Connectify – Freeware
Connect and share anywhere! With Connectify you can wirelessly share that single Internet connection with your phone, tablet, gaming system, and other equally important study tools.
Works on Vista and XP.

DNS Benchmark utility
GRC’s DNS Benchmark performs a detailed analysis and comparison of the operational performance and reliability of any set of up to 200 DNS nameservers (sometimes also called resolvers) at once. When the Benchmark is started in its default configuration, it identifies all DNS nameservers the user’s system is currently configured to use and adds them to its built-in list of publicly available “alternative” nameservers.

inSSIDer – Freeware
Get the best open-source Wi-Fi scanning software – for Free! inSSIDer scans networks within reach of your computer’s Wi-Fi antenna, tracks signal strength over time, and determines their security settings (including whether or not they’re password-protected).

NetStumbler has long been a favorite for this sort of functionality, but it doesn’t work well with Windows 7, Vista or 64-bit XP. inSSIDer, on the other hand, works like a charm on Windows 7, Vista and XP, and it’s open-source to boot.

IP Seizer – Freeware
IP Seizer is a free portable network utility to give you a list of all IP addresses currently in use on your network and what machines and devices are using them. The program gives the hostname, MAC address and workgroup or domain name.

IP Seizer can be run in two different modes, quick and thorough. The quick mode is the normal mode but may miss a few devices. The thorough mode will take longer to complete but will ping all the addresses to see what can be found. This mode should be used when looking for devices such as wireless bridges, switches, network cameras, printers etc.

Once the scan has been completed you can save or print the list by clicking the appropriate buttons on the tool bar.

netsh winsock reset – Resetting Winsock Catalog and Solving Network Problems
netsh winsock reset is a useful command that you can use in Microsoft Windows to reset winsock catalog back to default setting or clean state. You can try this if you are having following Internet access or networking problems but still failing to resolve the problem after trying all other suggestions.

  • Internet or network problem after removing the adware, spyware, virus, worm, trojan horse, etc
  • Loss network connection after installing/uninstalling adware, spyware, antispam, vpn, firewall or other networking programs
  • Unable to access any webpage or can only access some webpages
  • Pop-up error window with network related problem description
  • No network connectivity due to registry errors
  • DNS lookup problem
  • Fail to renew the network adapter’s IP address or other DHCP errors
  • Network connectivity issue with limited or no connections message
  • Other networking problems

If you are using Windows XP, here is the way you can launch command prompt after logging in as administrator.

  1. Go to Start and click Run…
  2. Type cmd.exe and click OK.
  3. Type “netsh winsock reset” in command prompt and hit ENTER button.

If you are using Windows Vista, here is the way you can launch command prompt.

  1. Go to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories
  2. Right-click on Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.
  3. Type “netsh winsock reset” in command prompt and hit ENTER button.

Restart the computer in order to complete the reset, after that test to access your network or Internet again.

NetStumbler – Freeware
For a Swiss Army knife of wireless network diagnostics, “NetStumbler” is saddled with a somewhat unfortunate name. Although it implies a sort of blind luck, NetStumbler is actually most useful for pinpointing details of a wireless network, helping you configure, secure, optimize and discover.

Network Scanner – freeware
Network Scanner is a free multi-threaded IP, NetBIOS and SNMP scanner with a modern interface and several advanced features. It is intended for both system administrators and general users who are interested in computer security. The program pings computers, scans for listening TCP ports and displays which types of resources are shared on the network (including system and hidden).

TCP View – Freeware
TCPView is a Windows program that will show you detailed listings of all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system, including the local and remote addresses and state of TCP connections. On Windows Server 2008, Vista, and XP, TCPView also reports the name of the process that owns the endpoint.

Virtual Router – Freeware
Virtual Router is a free, open source software based router for PCs running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. Using Virtual Router, users can wirelessly share any internet connection (Wifi, LAN, Cable Modem, Dial-up, Cellular, etc.) with any Wifi device (Laptop, Smart Phone, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android Phone, Zune, Netbook, wireless printer, etc.) These devices connect to Virtual Router just like any other access point, and the connection is completely secured using WPA2 (the most secure wireless encryption.)

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Tim - September 23, 2011 at 11:16 pm

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Encryption & Protection Software

Folder Guard – Shareware
With Folder Guard, you can make folders invisible or “read-only”, control access to important system files, prevent unauthorized use of your computer, restrict access to Control Panel and applications, and much more.

KeePass – Freeware
KeePass Password Safe (Classic Edition) is a secure password manager that allows you to store your sensitive login information in an encrypted database. It allows you to organize your entries into categories and offers several ways to conveniently enter your username/password; you can use drag and drop, copy to the clipboard, or create auto-type sequences that can enter the login information with a single click. The program also includes support for TAN passwords and allows you to create TAN lists which automatically expire a password once it has been used. Other features include password generator, auto-lock, database search, import/export, and more. KeePass Password Safe supports a plugin framework that allows you to extend the functionality using various (free) plug-ins. There are also versions available for BlackBerry, SmartPhones and PocketPCs.

RoboForm2Go – Freeware
RoboForm2Go is a secure password manager and form filler. It stores all your login information and can run directly from a USB drive. Once launched, it attaches itself to Internet Explorer (or other IE based browser) and allows you to login to your sites with a single click from the toolbar. When you remove the USB drive from the host computer, no traces of Pass2Go are left behind. The program can also store personal data for automatic form filling or reference (credit card numbers, social security, driver license numbers etc.). Pass2Go uses AES encryption and password protection to secure your data on the USB drive. The auto-login features work in Internet Explorer and IE-based browsers, however you can also access your stored data from the program interface on any computer, regardless of any browser. The free version allows you to store up to 10 logins.

RoboForm – Freeware
RoboForm is a secure password manager that can automatically log you into your web accounts with a single click. The program can automatically learn from a new login, just click the a button to save the current login information – the next time you want to access the site, you can do so with a single click. Your stored logins are securely protected by a master password and AES encryption, so there is no need to remember individual password, or to use insecure passwords in order to remember them more easily.

In addition to secure password storage and automatic logins, RoboForm also includes an automatic form filler, that uses Artificial Intelligence to populate common form fields (name, address etc.) whenever you encounter a web form to fill. Besides the obvious convenience of one-click logins, the program also adds an additional level of security by restricting password entry to matching sites (prevent phishing attacks) and bypassing potential keylogger interception.

PC Security – Shareware
PC Security™ is the ultimate in computer security, offering multiple locking systems for the windows environment and internet. Lock files, monitor programs activities, even detect intruders! PC Security offers flexible and complete password protection, “Drag and Drop” support, plus many other handy features. All together, an incredible security package.

  PGP (Pretty good Privacy) – Freeware
The PGP download wizard lets you download the latest freeware PGP version for your platform, whether you want the international or the US variant. It also shows you where to buy the latest commercial version for your platform and area.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Tim - September 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm

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Firewalls

Comodo Firewall Pro – Freeware

  • Complete protection from Hackers, Spyware, Trojans and Identity theft
  • Host Intrusion Prevention System stops malware from being installed
  • Clean PC Mode registers your current applications then will allow only applications that you approve to be installed on your computer
  • Malware Scan Feature checks your computer for viruses, spyware and trojans before you install Comodo Firewall Pro
  • Free Download. No charges or license fees ever.

PC Tools Firewall Plus- Freeware
A powerful free personal firewall for Windows® that protects your computer by preventing unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer through the Internet or a network. By monitoring applications that connect to the network Firewall Plus can stop Trojans, backdoors, keyloggers and other malware from damaging your computer and stealing your private information.

Privatefirewall – Freeware
Multi-layered endpoint security software protects Windows desktops and servers from malware and unauthorized use. Personal firewall, packet inspection, URL filtering, process monitor, and application/system behavior modeling and anomaly detection components stop hackers, spyware, viruses and other forms of malware before they can cause damage.

Sygate Personal Firewall – Freeware
No longer supported, but still one of my personal favorites due to it’s small size and resource usage. Windows XP only.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Tim - September 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm

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Antivirus Applications

Ad-Aware – Freeware
Ad-Aware gives you the power to combat the cyber threats of today — and tomorrow — with proactive real-time protection, rootkit removal technology, and easy-to-use “set-and-forget” functionality — so that you can use the Internet how, when, and where you want, knowing you’re safe online.

Malware Tips Removal Guide
All our malware removal guides and programs are completely free, and will remove all the malware from your computer.

Please be aware that removing malware is a potentially hazardous undertaking. We advise you to backup your personal files and folders before you start the malware removal process.

Complete Guide to Windows Malware Removal and Prevention
Let’s face it: Malware is pernicious, annoying, and quite often dangerous. If you’ve been poking around on internet-connected computers for a while, there’s a very good chance you’ve gotten at least one of the hundreds of millions of malware floating around. This is even more true if you’re a Windows user. Windows operating systems are running on over 90 percent of all computers currently in use, making them a larger target for cyber criminals and bored internet troublemakers. Check out this Free Malware Removal and Prevention guide for help.

Malwarebytes – Freeware
Malwarebytes products have a proven record of protecting computers by completely removing all forms of malware, including viruses, Trojans, spyware, adware and rootkits.

CWShredder – Freeware
A small utility for removing CoolWebSearch (aka CoolWwwSearch, YouFindAll, White-Pages.ws and a dozen other names). Spybot S&D and Ad-aware tend to forget essential parts of the hijack, so until they update, you can use this to completely remove the hijack.

HiJackThis – Freeware
Report of registry and file settings. Useful in detecting malware

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Tim - at 3:05 pm

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Internet Utilities

Fast Stats – Shareware
FastStats offers a large selection of reports that give you detailed information about the users visiting your web site, the structure of your site, and your web server’s performance.

NetFor2 – Freeware
NetFor2 enables two computers to share the same telephone line, cable or DSL connection without the need for a computer network. You don’t have to install any new hardware in your computers. All you need is a serial cable connecting your two PC’s. You will pay just one ISP subscription fee, one telephone bill, and no concurrent hours cost.

NetSetMan – Freeware
NetSetMan allows you to quickly switch between pre-configured network settings. It is ideal for people on the road who have to constantly connect to different networks and need to update their network settings each time.

RoboGen Le – Freeware
Search engines such as Excite and AltaVista use web spiders, also known as robots, to create the indexes for their search databases. The number of web robots crawling the web is greater than before and it is more important than ever for all web sites to have a properly created and maintained ROBOTS.TXT file.

RouterStats – Freeware
RouterStats monitors both the downstream and upstream Noise Margin and Connection Speed values and plots them on graphs. RouterStats also provides two additional user-defined graphs for monitoring any other two values that may be available on your router’s “stats” page.

Visual Route – Shareware
VisualRoute is a visual, fast, and integrated ping, whois, and traceroute program that automatically analyzes connectivity problems, displaying the results on a World map.

VNC – Freeware
RealVNC provides remote control software which lets you see and interact with desktop applications across any network.

Xenu – Freeware
Xenu’s Link Sleuth (TM) checks Web sites for broken links. Link verification is done on “normal” links, images, frames, plug-ins, backgrounds, local image maps, style sheets, scripts and java applets. It displays a continously updated list of URLs which you can sort by different criteria.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Tim - at 12:29 pm

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Data Transfer

Core FTP – Freeware
This free, secure FTP client gives you a fast, easy, reliable way to update and maintain your website via FTP. It also provides a secure method (via SSL, TLS, or SFTP) to upload / download files to and from FTP servers.

Send To FTP – Freeware
SendTo FTP allows you to upload files from the Windows Explorer right-click menu. It allows you to maintain multiple profiles and quickly send a selected file to the remote FTP server without having to launch your FTP program first. It supports passive transfers, firewall settings, configurable ascii and binary settings and more. A very useful tool for webmasters that want to quickly upload one or more files.

PuTTY – Freeware
PuTTY is an SSH and telnet client, developed originally by Simon Tatham for the Windows platform. PuTTY is open source software that is available with source code and is developed and supported by a group of volunteers.

Teleport Pro – Shareware
Teleport Pro is an all-purpose high-speed tool for getting data from the Internet. Launch up to ten simultaneous retrieval threads, access password-protected sites, filter files by size and type, search for keywords, and much more.

The most fully-featured and robust webspider available, Teleport Pro handles today’s more complex websites flawlessly. Capable of reading HTML 4.0, CSS 2.0, and DHTML, Teleport is the only webspider that really finds all of the files on all of the sites. And with server-side image map exploration, automatic dial-up connecting, Java applet support, variable exploration depths, project scheduling, and relinking abilities, Teleport Pro is quite simply the best there is.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Tim - at 12:04 pm

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Voice & Fax

Google Talk – Freeware
Google Talk works well with Google’s Instant messaging system. It also has the ability to do PC-to-PC phone calls, as well as file transfers from one computer to another. Gmail notifications are also integrated into the system. The PC-to-PC function is free so long as the other user also has Google Talk.

Voicemail is a feature that many users enjoy having and the Google Talk client integrates it into their system. There is an option to leave a voicemail as well as receive them from other users. Group chat is another function where the user can chat with more than one person at a time. Google Talk can also be used with iGoogle as well as media previews.

One of the most innovative Google Talk features is that it can be embedded into a website or blog with a snippet of code that can be found in the user’s account. This makes it easy for webmasters to communicate.

Net 2 Phone – Shareware
Net2Phone allows users to use their multi-media PCs to place calls over the Internet to any regular phone in the world at US rates.

Skype – Free calls for PC to PC
Cheap calls to landlines and mobiles. With Skype you can call phones anywhere in the world for less.

Voipbuster – Freeware
VoipBuster is a free program that uses the latest technology to bring free and high-quality voice communications to people all over the world. When you use the free VoipBuster software, you can call regular phones in various popular destinations for free or call at an incredible low rate to any other phone on the planet.

You can also call all your online friends (pc-to-pc calls) as long as you like, for free.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Tim - at 11:04 am

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Email Clients

POP Peeper – Freeware
A free utility that runs in your Windows task bar and alerts you when you have new email on any of your POP3, Hotmail, MSN or Yahoo accounts. You can also use POP Peeper to read and delete your email. POP Peeper supports HTML email, so you can see your email the same way as you would in your email client.

Thunderbird – Freeware
Thunderbird is a free email application that’s easy to set up and customize – and it’s loaded with great features!

Keep Your Vital Information Organized
Thunderbird features many new enhancements to help you better manage your unruly inbox, and stay informed. Thunderbird scales to the most sophisticated organizational needs while making it easy to find what you need.

Secure and Protect Your Mail
Mozilla has bolstered Thunderbird’s acclaimed security and privacy measures to ensure that your communications and identity remain safe. It’s like having your own security guard online.

Get Your Mail, Your Way
Thunderbird allows you to customize your email to suit your specific needs whether it’s how you search and find messages or listening to music right out of your inbox.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Tim - at 10:47 am

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