| This is the area for software and software updates.
This is the area I have found very useful as all the major companies
such as Norton, Sage, Adobe Creative etc. are here as well as companies such as
Agent, On-track (Power desk), Jasc (Paint shop pro) Digital workshop (Power DVD)
etc. This will give you direct access to the update pages and where applicable
the support sites will be on the support pages here>>.||
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plus: Serifs 3D rendering program
that I used for all the text headings on this site. 3DPlus 3 sets new
standards in both ease-of-use and high-end 3D power. Whether you've
created 3D graphics before and want a powerful tool to add extra impact
to your work, or if you've always wanted to try 3D design and have been
put off by the cost and complexity of other high-end 3D applications,
then 3DPlus 3 is for you.
Card file is an excellent address book/database. It is very easy
to use and also has several ready made databases of recipes, tech tips,
sewing information etc. This is a really excellent tool with a small
footprint. Once you use it you will wonder what you ever did without it.
Soft: This OCR scanning software
is the best as it will export the work directly into a word processor
such as Word's scanning
- Adobe: This is the area
to get details on Acrobat Reader, Pagemill, Go-Live etc.
by Lavasoft is an award winning, free multi adware and spyware removal utility, that scans your memory,
registry and hard drives for known adware and spyware components and lets you remove them
Many options like scanning depth or automatic modes can be set
in the preferences menu. Adaware features an easy to use wizard-style
interface, guiding you through the scanning and removal process.
Advanced Uninstaller Pro
Advanced Uninstaller PRO is an
easy to use suite for uninstalling applications and keeping your computer clean,
fast and in its best shape.
The Start-up Manager gives you
control over the programs that are automatically started by Windows. It also contains a powerful registry cleaner, defragmenter and optimizer which will help
you keep your registry fast, clean and easily accessible by all programs. A
registry backup utility is also included. This is much more than an Uninstaller it is an excellent tune up tool as well.
Over the years many other products for
newsgroup reading have
arrived. Most have a prettier interface
but none do the job like Agent.
home of the ATI video boards. The latest software can be downloaded here
so that is why its in this section.
Video tools for viewing FMV files in games like Tomb Raider. It
will do much more than this such as saving in various video formats.
Visit the site to see.
Sound Blaster and all of the family
of software products can be found here.
This software is thought by many to
be the definitive search tool. It will search sever\al engines at once
and the searches can all be categorised and catalogued.
quick search Deskbar is an add-on for the Windows Desktop Taskbar that
lets you launch searches quickly. With dozens of search engines, a calculator,
clock, calendar, and more in one little textbox, it's monster functionality in a
flea-sized GUI is available from the source forge.
X: Microsoft's site for Direct X
has been designed for you,
it gives you the power and control that's needed in today's multi-channel
television environment. Helping you to find
programs of interest when
they are scheduled.
View Plus: Another program I couldn't
do without. Now marketed by Jasc Inc. this program takes over from Windows
Quick View and enables you to view virtually any file format including
Word and Excel.
QuickTime is an excellent way to watch movies. The browser plug in can be automatically
downloaded enabling you to watch Internet movie trailers while on-line.
The desktop file viewer software to watch QuickTime movie files can be
downloaded at this site.
- Real Player: Is
the best known Internet video streaming software. With Windows XP the re
will be a real battle as this comes with a rival system built in. At the
moment though Real Player offers excellent tool for the job. They do have
annoying adverts and try to add software you don't want so be warned!
Documents: Recent Documents 97
enhances the functionality of the "Documents" menu item that
leads off the Start Button in Windows 95 and NT4. This excellent tool
keeps track of all your recent documents and sorts them into categories.
an excellent tool.
Registry Tuner is a great tweaking utility. It
has more than 380 Windows registry settings. Experienced users can
add/modify the base of Windows settings itself. When user change registry he
can see what and where is changed.
is an integrated tool that allows you to open, create, edit, convert, manage, simulate and burn CD/DVD images.
It take the CD image manager as a platform, integrates CD backup, UltraISO / WinISO editor, Daemon-Tools virtual
CD/DVD drive, and Nero-Burning ROM to form the powerful and easy to use CD-R toolbox.
- Search & Destroy can detect and remove spyware of different kinds from your computer. Spyware is a relatively new kind of threat that common anti-virus applications do not yet cover. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you didn't intentionally install, if your browser crashes, or if you browser start page has changed without your knowing, you most probably have spyware. But even if you don't see anything, you may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging that is silently tracking your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile of you that will be sold to advertisement companies. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm in trying to see if something snooped into your computer.
Start Up Organiser is a Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP program that
was developed to provide quick access to all of the programs that are
automatically started when you turn on or logon to your computer.
Using Start-up Organizer, you can inspect, edit, and/or
temporary disable such programs, and make backup configurations.
You may significantly reduce the time required for your system startup disabling programs which you don't need all the time.
Print Folder: Print
and visualize your folders. Find out where your HD space went, or get an
easy to read list of all your MP3 files! V188.8.131.52
Internet Security offers Anonymity when surfing the Internet. Its now Faster than ever.
Now with Pop-up Stop and protection from dangerous web content.
There is also
Steganos file encrypter that not only encrypts, but also hides files within files
(BMP, DIB, VOICE, WAV, ASCII, and HTML files). It’s a
simple, yet powerful program that delivers ultimate protection and security with
a powerful 2048 bit level of encryption. A very good product that does what it says.
Desk: This is a
superb utility that re sets the icons on your desktop after safe mode or
from Toni Arts, is a small program which searches Windows' registry for entries that are pointing nowhere. EasyCleaner also lets you delete all kinds of unnecessary files like temps, backups etc. You can search for duplicate files and you can view some
interesting info about your disk space usage! You are also able to manage star-tup programs, invalid shortcuts and add/remove software list.
is a back up utility for all of the NT/XP registry
Burner (FB) is
a compact yet full-featured CD-R/W burning software package used by
hundreds of thousands of people all over the world! FB
allows users to easily burn custom data, audio or mixed mode CD's. FB
can burn audio tracks from MP3 files with its on the fly decoding
support. FB is shareware. Continued use past 15 days requires
FD Software: Download software for the Fuji digital cameras and
scanners. Fuji digital products home site is here>>
and the main flash path driver site is
is the Windows standard telnet terminal program. It is made by Hilgraeve
and is now up to V5.0
Icons: EasyIcons 98 will allow
you to manage your icons by creating and maintaining icon libraries.
Extract icons from other .exe or .dll type files and edit the icons
and put them back into the same file or save them in a library, or as an
individual .ico(icon) or .bmp(bitmap) file.
Digger: Icon Digger 2000 is a
free utility that lets you extract icons from executable (*.exe), icon
library (*.icl), and dynamic-link library (*.dll) files -- as long as the
files contain them, of course. Browse through an Explorer-like file list,
and whenever Icon Digger finds an icon, it's displayed in a viewing
the ideal tool along for transferring files between computers. The latest
version is fully XP COMPATIBLE and is a very
good tool indeed. The personal help site is called MY Laplink ad it offers
downloads and tech support once you are registered.
- Logitech Software:
is the main site for the excellent keyboards and mice. The latest being
- Task Info:.
is combination of Task Manager and System Information Utility. It visually
monitors different types of System information in Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000.
TaskInfo2000 shows in real time information about all running
processes and threads including ring0 VxD threads. A really excellent tool
UI:: With the Tweak UI 1.33 update,
you can adjust your Windows User Interface, including menu speed, window
animation, and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
XP is a superb set of tools to tweak XP. It includes a clock setting
utility and a Ram booster. Recommended!
Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to obtain anonymity online.
Many are tired of sites and newsgroup bots snatching their email address
to add to spam lists. Email address harvesters often set up sites with
scripts that pull email addresses of those who visit. Whatever the
case is, we can help you achieve the level of privacy desired while you
are online and the peace of mind knowing you control your personal and
- Terrapin FTP:
This really is an excellent FTP client
for downloading and uploading files. It is a must when you have a web
site. They also have an excellent help department and they can be contacted on:
+44 (0) 1423 530 860
- Vivo Active Viewer:
Since Vivo Active was taken over by
Real Networks no development efforts have been made on its products
since 1997 and Real Networks have no plans to develop them further. The
program is still used as a movie file source and the player is therefore
from Connectix was so good Microsoft bought them. It allows several
virtual PC's to run on a host system. They can run Win 98, ME, NT etc all
independently to the main operating system which makes it ideal for test
bed work. There are updates and
here>>and the main
Microsoft site is here>>
VideoReDo is the perfect tool to edit your MPEG2 files. Whether you create digital video by capturing off-the-air programs, convert analog (VHS) tapes, or extract chapters from DVDs, VideoReDo makes fast work of trimming, cutting, and/or joining your MPEG compressed digital images.
I must also report on the superb pre- and after sales support. Every
problem has been answered swiftly and successfully. Support is so
important and this company really does have it.
- MIRC: IRC
Relay Chat) is a virtual meeting place where people from all
over the world can meet and talk; you'll find the whole diversity of
human interests, ideas, and issues here, and you'll be able to
participate in group discussions on one of the many thousands of IRC
channels, or just talk in private to family or friends, wherever they
are in the world. To use IRC you need a small program like mIRC, a
shareware IRC client for Windows, written by Khaled
Mardam-Bey. mIRC is a friendly IRC client that is well equipped
with options and tools. You can download
mIRC here to try it out.
Reg. Clean The Registry Cleaner by the Microsoft Team will check your Windows registry
file for errors and let you clean invalid or outdated entries.
is a registry optimising tool for NT/XP. this also optimises the hives in an
NT-XP registry. The program works by recreating each registry hive "from scratch",
thus removing any slack space that may be left from previously
modified or deleted keys.
Nero Burning ROM is the best friend your recorder could ever
have. Fast, ultra-stable, powerful, and user-friendly. Nero is the complete answer to your recording
needs. Since 1995, Nero's development has been guided by users like you. Now,
with Nero 5.5, the world's premiere recording application has gotten even better!
Medic: This superb little program
monitors your internet connection and gives a visual reading of the
speed. It will also give many other readouts to guarantee a good
connection. The company who produced it (Vital Signs) seem to have now gone.
- News Rover: Is
another good newsnet reader with a very nice interface. I still like
Agent over this but its all down to personal preference.
- Win Amp: One
of two excellent music players. This is the best known and along with...
and Microsoft's Media player you cant want for playing music on your
- Win Zip:
This is THE program zip file
maker and extractor. Excellent and easy to use. It is now the industry
standard. I also like Winrar as a file compressor also covered here.
This is the other excellent zip utility although not as simple
to use as Winzip. It is favored by the newsgroup posters.
- Windows Media:.
of Windows media and the application. A good browsing site. Top rivals to
QuickTime and Real networks.
- Zip Archivers:
When using tools such as WinZip the rely on the archivers to to the actual
compression. One of the oldest is
ARJ Softwre and the
latest release is on their site.
is the best known of the programs as it was probably the first
and its site is here. There is also an excellent source through
FTP at Simtel here>>
Zone Alarm: An excellent Firewall to prevent people from accessing
your computer from outside. A must if you have Broadband.
New Zone Alarm Pro 3.1 doubles your protection with enhanced Ad Blocking and expanded Cookie
Control to speed up your Internet experience and stop Web site spying.
Folder STG: Print and visualize
your folders. Find out where your HD space went, or get an easy to read
list of all your MP3 files. You can filter by name, date and size
to include only the files you want and customize both display and printed
output to your taste. A really useful tool.
Toys: The Microsoft®
Windows® Shell Development Team has put together a set of
productivity tools called Power Toys. If you're a Windows power-user,
go ahead and try them out, but realize these are unsupported tools.
Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about Power Toys.
They are only for Windows 95-98
Paint Shop Pro: This is my favourite paint package. The new Paint
Shop Pro 7 Anniversary Edition celebrates a decade of providing digital
photographers, Web designers, and home and business users with the most
powerful yet easy-to-use tools at an affordable price. The main site is
Jasc Inc. and it has many areas to visit. A superb site for Paint Shop
help is the Paint Shop User Group. This
is an excellent site and gives loads of tips and advice.
Partition Magic: Partition Magic® allows you to create, resize,
merge and convert partitions on your hard drive without destroying data.
Award-winning Partition Magic is the world's leading hard-drive partitioning
software for PC enthusiasts.
Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.
The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you’ll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you’ll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.
The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.
New Dimensions in DVD Interactivity.
With Power-DVD, you will have the ultimate DVD solution to enjoy the
benefits of DVD entertainment on the PC. With its high quality video and
audio playback, as well as its low CPU consumption, Power-DVD has not only
won praise from its growing number of users, but also from the industry
experts as well. The main site for Cyberlink
The update patches are here>>
the original zip program used by winzip and others.
MPEG-1/2 Digital Video and TV Recording Software
Power-VCR II 3.0 Deluxe can turn your PC into a TV and
digital video recording center. It lets you record your favorite TV
programs, via a TV Tuner card and save them in either VCD or DVD quality.
You can also record video from numerous DV and Analog sources. It comes
with numerous advanced features like Instant TV Replay and Multi-Channel
Preview, which will give you total control over the recording process.
Power-VCR II 3.0 Deluxe also comes with Power-DVD.
The update patches are here>>
KILLS SPAM! It is an automatic mail classification tool. Once properly set up and trained, it will scan all email as it arrives and classify it based on your training. You can give it a simple job, like separating out junk e-mail, or a complicated one—like filing mail into a dozen folders. Think of it as a personal assistant for your inbox.
and full Erasure tools|
Copy Pro is a fully automatic and professional recovery tool
that can be used to recover documents, images, applications, and
data from corrupted media, such as floppy disks, CD-ROM's, CD-R's,
CD-RW's, and DVD's.
Wipe is a really excellent tool for file erasure. This is
activated by a left mouse click and really does wipe files. Using Final
Data Recovery no usable files were found. A Recommended tool!
Bad Copy Pro can help you recover data from
damaged floppy disks, CD-ROM's, CD-R's, CD-RW's, and DVD's.
Recover inaccessible data on floppy disks, CD-ROM's, CD-R's, CD-RW's,
Recover lost images or photos on digital media.
Recover deleted files.
Recover files lost due to quick
formatting. This is a good program for the single purpose.
Eliminator: False advertising has duped many consumers into
buying cheap worthless imitation software - "disk-washer-erasers"
that do not work. You don't have to take risks, make sure you
accept only the authentic, original Evidence Eliminator™ and be
sure you are both 100% safe and secure! There is an excellent review and
installation guide here>>
and full Erasure tools
is designed to completely eliminate sensitive data from your
computer. It goes beyond U.S. Department of Defence security standards,
wiping the files beyond recovery, scrambling name and dates and removing
all traces of it from your disk. Eraser can also completely destroy any
data from previously deleted files that might still be accessible on
your disk (in the Recycle Bin or in unused disk areas). Other features
include support for custom privacy needs, user-defined erasure methods,
command-line parameters, integration with Windows Explorer, and password
protection. Also available and recommended are
East Tec Format Secure which is a Windows
based format tool and East Tec Sanitizer
which is a DOS based format tool.
Final Data Recovery USA
Virtually every computer is vulnerable to data loss. The FinalData 2.0 family of
products can be the difference between a potentially crippling disaster and a
minor inconvenience. FinalData 2.0 empowers users with the ability to recover
lost data on their own, and in private-whether the loss is due to accident,
equipment problems, or intentional acts like virus attacks. even accidental
Rescue Plus was my program of choice until I found Final Data.
This program really does find and can recover just about everything that
you have deleted on your computer. The list retrieved can be saved but
not searched which is a draw back. Also it doesn't sort the found items
as Final Data does. Its a great program but is beaten by Final Data.
This is a really superb set of programs. Those deleted data found spanned several years and
I was amazed that other so-called deletion programs were not as good as they claimed.
Download demo here>>
Data Recovery UK offers slightly different packages but its
the same great software with the same excellent results. Orbit the UK
software house also supplies
Final Eraser to cleanup those files and folders.
by Headlite Software offer an excellent way to download files where
the main servers are busy.
It is an anonymous URL sharing and file searching service. Searching and sharing
can be automatically done for users of GetRight to help find more mirrors for
your downloads. FileMirrors is for searching for files like EXE or ZIP
files--not web pages, images, music, etc. (Google is the best place to go for generic
searching.) More About File Mirrors here.
has been running for nearly THREE years. It offers information and links to get the software you need quickly.
The Nero site is particularly good
and is here>>.