Useful utilities ...

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  1. HardwareHeaven

    HardwareHeaven Administrator Staff Member

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    I thought I would start a thread for the members to share their most loved utilities for windows which makes their lives alot easier and hopefully some of us will get to try some great programs we have never seen before.

    ill start the ball rolling with one of my favs, an email utility with many functions that checks on the mail server, not on your PC, with the following feature list


    Mailwasher
    http://www.mailwasher.net

    Bounce back unwanted e-mails so it looks as if your email address is not valid. This will make the sender think your address is no longer active so your name can be removed from their list. This unique feature is great for privacy and it couldn’t be simpler!
    Delete unwanted e-mails before you download them. You’ll be able to see who the email is from, the subject, and the attachment. This will enable you to decide if you want to delete the email or keep it. A great way to stop viruses or large attachments.

    Status. MailWasher analyses each email as it arrives and warns you if it is suspected junk mail or a virus by heuristic checking and filtering. The standard status categories are - Normal, Virus, Possibly virus, Possibly spam, Probably spam, Chain letter, Blacklisted, Blacklisted by (ORDB, Spam Cop etc).

    Blacklist. Any e-mails you bounce back get their senders details put on the blacklist for easy removal if they come back. You can even set it to automatically bounce and delete blacklisted e-mails, or whole domains off the server. Plus, MailWasher can use external blacklists such as ORDB, Spam Cop, VISI or you can specify your own.

    Friends List. Add your friends email addresses to MailWasher and they will always be recognised. You can even hide your friends from the screen so the spam is easy to recognise.

    Preview. You can preview the message in your email to see what the sender has to say before downloading it. Just double click on the message.

    Filtering. Effective filtering to automatically spot spam, plus it uses a customisable list of blacklisted e-mail senders and/or regular expressions to filter out potential spammer addresses and messages.

    It’s free. That’s right, you can keep on using this program and it won’t expire. You are offered the chance to register MailWasher and pay a price you think it is worth. Think of this payment as a tip - so please contribute something. This payment will help with the continued development of MailWasher and allow me to make a living. This payment can be as low as $3 or as high as you wish. If you find MailWasher useful and continue to use it, please register. As an incentive, our own advert on the software will be removed, you will receive a guide on getting the most out of MailWasher and combating spam, free upgrades for life, and a contribution of at least $20 will allow you to access our support desk.

    Unlimited email accounts. You can have as many email accounts as you want to check. It does not support web based accounts such as Hotmail and AOL at this time, but support for these is coming.

    Email overlay. New messages will come in and will reside in the screen until processed.

    Fast download of message headers, we have clocked speeds of 25 email message headers per second.

    Simplicity. No flashy gimmicks, so easy to use that you won’t feel like you have to learn a whole new program. In fact it has the familiar look and feel of Outlook Express. It's as easy as 1,2,3. Just check mail, mark for deletion/bounce, then process mail. Plus, MailWasher is only one file, and it won't distribute loads of other files all over your hard drive.

    Tell others. This feature allows you to tell others about MailWasher. It sends a short message to friends you nominate to tell them about MailWasher, its features and where they can download it.

    Other features: Check mail at different intervals. Don’t check mail at certain times. Play a sound when an email arrives, or be notified visually. Email log. Comprehensive help documentation on this site.

    This program is so simple to use, just leave it going and process your mail when you want to.
     
  2. kinetic

    kinetic Well-Known Member

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    Sounds pretty good Zardon! By the way, are those your own words? If so you'd make an excellent salesman. ;)
     
  3. digitalwanderer

    digitalwanderer Colour Commentator

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    I'll give it a try!

    The wife actually used our homebox when looking on line about refinancing our house...I've been getting 15-40 e-mails a day since! (5 years! I made it 5 years without any spam on that box until then...) I'll think on my contribution to this thread, there's just SO many good ones!
     
  4. HardwareHeaven

    HardwareHeaven Administrator Staff Member

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    well no actually I just copied and pasted it from his webpage, as he describes it very well himself, but guys I CANT recommend a program more than this, ive been using it for years ... the bounce email back feature is simply amazing it kills so much spam and also can tell people you dont want emailing you anymore to STOP emailing you, as your email is no longer valid !

    works a treat.
     
  5. kinetic

    kinetic Well-Known Member

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    Enough! I'll download it immediately! ;)
     
  6. kinetic

    kinetic Well-Known Member

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    Zardon, are you using the beta version?
     
  7. HardwareHeaven

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    no im using V1.32 (and yes I paid him some money years ago for it :) )
     
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    Internet Download Manager

    For those of us that are not yet on a fat broadband pipe a download manager is a must. Sadly most are bloated pieces of crap which introduce gain software and other spyware when you use them. I recently found this gem, the Internet Download Manager to be IMHO one of the very best avaliable. Here is a blurb from it's homepage at http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/ :


    "Internet Download Manager (IDM) is a tool to download files faster, resume and schedule downloads. Internet Download Manager can increase download speeds by up to 500 percent and will give you all power to handle your downloads. Comprehensive error recovery and resume capability will restart broken or interrupted downloads due to lost connections, network problems, computer shutdown, or even an unexpected power shutoff. Simple graphic user interface makes IDM application user friendly and easy to use.


    Internet Download Manager has a smart download logic accelerator that features intelligent dynamic file segmentation and safe multipart downloading technology to accelerate your downloads. Unlike other download accelerators and managers that segment files before downloading starts, Internet Download Manager segments downloaded files dynamically during download process. Internet Download Manager reuses available connections without additional connect and login stages to achieve better acceleration performance.

    Internet Download Manager supports proxy servers, ftp and http protocols, firewalls, file redirects, cookies, directories with authorization and a large number of directory listing formats.

    IDM can take over downloads from Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla and Netscape for any file types of your choice, making the whole process easier. It shows its own download dialog where you gain additional control over your downloads.

    The latest version includes advanced scheduler, download queue, full drag and drop support, mp3 audio, mpeg, mpg, dvd and avi movies content inspection, virus checking, dial-up enhancements, import/export of download lists, extraction and accelerated downloading of audio data streams and a wealth of other improvements and bug fixes."



    It does everything I need it to do and is stable. Unlike most download mangers this is shareware and it costs $24.95 to register, but in the long run I would rather pay then put up with the spyware.
     
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    Tweaking XP

    I do not know if this qualifies as an app, but it is a site that I use to help tweak my system.

    http://www.tweakhound.com/supertweaks1.htm

    It provides a wealth of information, and it is free, just a word of warning from experience, do not attempt to adjust any register settings unless you are sure of what the outcome will be. Some of these tweaks are easy to muck up, and the result will be a hosed system, be warned.

    Having said that most people will find something of use, and be able to apply it.

    It will also provide links to other great sites, and tweaks which can be invaluable, helpful and a real performance boost.

    Go and read, assimilate and put into practice.

    They are all free, please do not link to a particular item but to the main page.


    Bill
     
  10. WyreTheWolf

    WyreTheWolf Wolfish Bastard

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    My two cents.

    Star Downloader:

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    I have used this download accelerator/manager for over a year, and I love it. The simple fact of the matter is that it is free, works as well as any other manager I have ever used, and has absolutly no bloat at all. :) Gots to love that.


    Star Downloader is a download accelerator that can increase download speeds by up to 400 percent. Unlike similar applications, it is completely free. It does not contain any banner ads or spy-ware.

    The acceleration is achieved by splitting the file being downloaded into several parts and downloading these parts at the same time. Download speeds are further increased by downloading the file from the fastest mirror sites.

    You may automatically resume broken downloads if your connection is lost or if your computer accidently shuts down. With the scheduler, you may download files at certain times of the day. Star Downloader may also automatically connect to your ISP and hangup upon completion of downloads.

    An integrated unzipping utility can automatically unzip and install downloaded files. Star Downloader also integrates with your antivirus program to automatically scan files upon completion of the download.

    Star Downloader supports FTP and HTTP. Proxy is also supported.
     
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    WhereIsIt

    This is a great cd catalogue program for those of you that collect stuff online:

    Snippage:

    WhereIsIt can be used to handle any kind of data, including downloaded programs, magazine CD-ROMs, music collections like MP3s or audio CDs, graphics collections, document backups, etc. WhereIsIt can handle lots of them, too, a couple hundreds or thousands disks in a catalog is nothing unusual, yet catalogs remain reasonably small, single-filed and easy to transfer or send to other users. You can also create more than one catalog, and at any time open and work with as many catalogs at once as needed.

    WhereIsIt Website
     
  12. e-Seeker

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    - DVD Genie

    - StyleXP

    - ACDSee

    - AutoPlay Media Studio (Util or not...)

    - Microangelo

    - HTTP Tunnel


    Note - missing links; going to bed, too tired...
     
  13. Kelsenellenelvian

    Kelsenellenelvian Master of my own Destiny

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    The google search toolbar add-in!!! Can't live without it.
     
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    Kelsenellenelvian Master of my own Destiny

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    brc64 Zeeky H. Bomb

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    Now that I've regained my copy and paste ability, here's a list of utilities (freeware and shareware) that I posted at Rage3D a while back, with a few more added.

    MP3Gain - Freeware
    MP3 utility
    http://www.geocities.com/mp3gain/

    (taken from the website)
    MP3Gain analyzes and adjusts mp3 files so that they have the same volume. It does not just do peak normalization, as many normalizers do. Instead, it does some statistical analysis to determine how loud the file actually sounds to the human ear. Also, the changes MP3Gain makes are completely lossless. There is no quality lost in the change because the program adjusts the mp3 file directly, without decoding and re-encoding.
    (note: MP3Gain can only alter files in MP3 format.. WMA files aren't recognized)


    VirtuaWin - Freeware
    Virtual Desktop Software
    http://w1.457.telia.com/~u45706979/

    Allows up to 9 virtual deskops in either a linear or 2D fashion. Very small, uses very little system resources, and is extremely customizable. Once you try virtual desktops, there's no going back.


    POW! - Freeware
    Popup killer
    http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/pow.htm

    Small program that runs in your system tray. Unlike most popup killers, you have to configure this one yourself. When a popup appears that you don't like, open the program (2 clicks on the systray icon), and select the title of the window you want gone. The next time that window appears, it will be automatically closed. Simple, yet effective. Over time, you'll see less and less popups, and since you decide which ones to kill, you don't run the risk of accidentally killing a legitamite popup window.

    AnalogX has a ton of other really great freeware, but POW! is the only program I personally use. Check it out, and you might find something else you really like. http://www.analogx.com/contents/download.htm


    SneakyAmp - Freeware
    Winamp plugin
    http://www.execpc.com/~zor/SneakyAmp/

    This is a Winamp plugin that allows you to control Winamp from within any program by using the keyboard. Great for when you're playing full screen videogame while listening to your MP3s.


    Startup Control Panel - Freeware
    Startup Editor
    http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml

    Ever use Microsoft's "MSCONFIG" program to edit your system's startup? Well, this is similar, but with an incredibly clean and simple interface. Works on all versions of Windows. It is available as both a standalone program and as a control panel addon.


    StyleXP - Shareware ($19.95)
    WindowsXP "theme" software
    http://www.tgtsoft.com/

    I'm not really sure what to call it. Basically, it allows you far more options for themes than XP currently has. There's "blue", and "olive", and "silver", but that's about it. This program opens up Windows to vastly different styles, many of which can be found at places like http://www.themexp.org. This is similar to skins, but, different. Hard to explain.


    DetachXP - Freeware
    "Patch" for Outlook XP
    http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,19240,00.asp

    Anybody who's used Microsoft Outlook 2002 (aka Outlook XP) has probably noticed that if somebody sends you an EXE (or any of several other different file types), you had no way of accessing it. Microsoft considers this a security feature, but they included no way of disabling it. DetachXP makes a registry change that allows you to access these files, with different levels of security.


    Download Accelerator Plus - Shareware/Adware ($29.95)
    Download accelerator and manager
    http://www.speedbit.com/

    A must have for people on broadband connections. It can increase download speeds by as much as 3 times what you normally get (I've seen it happen). It's also a download manager, and it keeps track of everything you've downloaded with it, so you can go back and find something you downloaded and then deleted and forgot about. Downloads have a small banner ad at the top of the window, but you can easily minimize that.


    SmartFTP - Freeware
    FTP client
    http://www.smartftp.com

    Out of all the FTP clients I've ever used, this is easily the best one. And it's FREE! Nice, clean interface, packed full of features, and did I mention it's free?


    IrfanView - Freeware
    Graphic Viewer
    http://www.irfanview.com/

    IrfanView is one of the best programs utilities I have. Not only can it open a wide variety of image (and video) files, but it can also easily convert image formats (BMP to JPG, for example). I use IrfanView to resize (and sometimes rotate) all of my digital camera photos, as well as to compress screenshots I take.


    AIM+ - Freeware
    Add-on for AOL Instant Messenger
    http://www.big-o-software.com/

    AIM+ is so cool. It gets rid of all the advertisements, keeps a log of your conversations (if you want it to), allows you to run multiple instances of AIM at one time, has transparency effects, and even more features are planned for the next version. AIM+ is what AIM should have been to begin with. Note: As of this post, AIM+ does not currently work with AIM 5 or greater. An update is in the works.


    Folding@Home - Freeware
    Distributed Computing project
    http://folding.stanford.edu/

    F@H is difficult to describe. It is a distributed computing project that gives researches valuable information regarding how proteins "fold". This can lead to a better understanding of proteins, and potential medical breakthroughs. Unlike SETI@Home, this project has been proven to be effective. The client runs in the background (or on a screensaver if you so prefer) and is configured such that it ONLY uses idle CPU cycles. If you're playing a game, the client effectively shuts down until you're done.


    That's all I've got for now. Is that enough? :p

    - Me
     
  17. dai

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    i have been getting over 100 emails a day from hotmail all unsolicited,so i have downloaded the beta version thanks for the link.
    i find web ferret very useful program from ferret soft. freeware
     
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    wdrtw

    XMPlay

    un4seen.com

    The BEST all media player (except midi, but! it is the best choice for mod and it...which are way better than midi anyway), small memory footprint (doesn't even register in rambooster), and only a few hundred KB. Based on a revised, un-buggy version of Winamp 2.8, so you can use most plugins from Winamp, yet none of the crap associated with wincrap!

    Sonic Foundry Soundforge

    no link, sorry

    The BEST media editor, edits mp3s, wmas, oggs, and wav without decoding the files...so cool.

    JASC Paintshop Pro

    can't remember the link

    The cheaper photoshop...only thing it lacks is...I don't even know! it's awesome!

    Panda Antivirus

    again, dunno the link

    Small antivirus proggy that's free and can stop IE exploits and viruses not in it's database without any performance hit.

    Motherboard Monitor 5

    Need I say anything about this one?
     
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    Sourcer_2002 BANNED

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    Re: wdrtw



    you have an Audigy and you still think mod is better than midi???

    have you even used the soundfont features of your card?? if not, use them! midi quality when paired up with proper soundfonts clobbers mod files!
     

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