Lizard's Locker


Lizard Since a lot of peeps are always asking about pop ups, web space, mail programs, spam blockers and stuff, Mr Lizard has gathered a list of useful utilities and resources for your delectation. I can vouch for most of them, but as I don't want my short lizard life to be hell, here's the disclaimer: use these at your own peril and please don't give me grief if you get any problems. I can only say that there are some useful programs here.

Anti-virus and Spyware

** NOTE ** Please remember never to open e-mail attachments that may contain potentially dodgy executables (.exe .scr .pif .bat etc.) unless you're absolutely sure of their source. The benefits of a good and (particularly important), regularly updated, virus scanner combined with good firewall/intrusion detection software cannot be overstated. Finally, remember that if you do receive a virus, that these will more often than not spoof the names of innocent parties in their "from address" and so do not normally indicate the actual source of the virus.

  • AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition - Extremely popular antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows. New
  • BitDefender AntiVirus - Free.
  • Symantec Security Test - Test your computer's exposure to online security threats and learn how to make your computer more secure. New
  • Trend Micro HouseCall - Free online virus scan. New
  • AntiVir Personal Edition - Easy-to-use freeware antivirus utility detects over 70,000 viruses. Includes a resident monitor and desktop program.
  • Shields Up! - The Internet's quickest, most popular, reliable and trusted, free Internet security checkup and information service.
  • Leak Test - Ensure that your PC's personal firewall can not be easily fooled by malicious "Trojan" programs or viruses.
  • CA Global Security Advisor - The place to check for current information on global threats that is researched and published via a network of rapid response centers around the world. New
  • Prevx CSI - Use Prevx CSI free PC check to find rootkit, spyware, trojan, virus and malware infections on your PC. New
  • Ad-Aware - Providing advanced protection from known Data-mining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components.
  • Spybot - Free spyware removal utility.
  • WinPatrol - Free utility to sniff out malicious "mysteryware".

E-mail - free

E-mail utilities

  • K9 - K9 is an e-mail filtering application that works in conjunction with your regular POP3 e-mail program and automatically classifies incoming e-mails as spam (junk e-mail) or non-spam.
  • MailWasher - Get rid of spam.
  • MSGTAG - MessageTag - Tells you if your mail has been read.
  • Spamihilator - Spamihilator works between your e-mail client and the Internet and examines every incoming e-mail. Useless spam mails (junk) will be filtered out.
  • SPAMfighter - SPAMfighter is a free plug-in for Outlook and Outlook Express that automatically and efficiently blocks spam.
  • SpamWasher - Stop spam e-mail before it gets to your inbox. Demo version available.
  • Spamnix - Spamnix is a highly effective spam-blocker integrated directly into the Eudora user interface. Works for free with nag box.
  • PopMan - PopMan is a freeware POP3 manager. It can be used to list all e-mails received on your incoming mail server without having to load these mails completely. Unwanted e-mails can be deleted directly from the server.

Graphics

  • 20/20 - Professional quality image editing tool with heaps of special effects filters. 20/20 is an image viewer, screen capture and annotation application. New
  • IrfanView - IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista.

Help and diagnostics

  • Smart Defrag - Free Fast Furious Funky De Frag. Designed for Windows Vista™, XP, and 2000. New
  • Auditmypc.com - Firewall test, port scan and privacy test along with comprehensive information.
  • Trend Micro - Free Tools and Services. New
  • PC Pitstop - Free computer checkup and diagnostics can help you detect and fix many common PC problems.
  • Suggest A Fix - Popular, well-organized site offering support on many topics, from Windows to computer hardware issues.
  • Protonic - Free service staffed by a community of over 1,110 volunteers to help users with their tech problems.
  • Computer Hope - A collection of free services that allows any user to access its database of extensive free computer related information.
  • Startup Inspector for Windows - Startup Inspector for Windows is a Windows™ platform software that helps Windows™ user to manage Windows™ startup applications.

Internet access

  • Aardvaak - Free, well almost.
  • Net4Nowt - UK Internet Service Provider(ISP) directory with news, reviews, articles and general ISP information.

Miscellaneous

  • Pocket KillBox - KillBox is a tool to delete in-use files. If the file is running, KillBox will attempt to end the process (close the running file) and delete it. For more difficult files that have loaded .dll's or are services, Delete on Reboot will use the native Windows function of deleting or replacing in-use files. New
  • HJ-Split - Freeware multi-platform file splitters. New
  • BoilSoft - Video file conversion and join/split utilities. Free trial versions available.
  • coverXP - Freeware which makes printing out CD/DVD/video/minidisc covers to the correct size an absolute cinch.
  • FILExt - FILExt is a detailed database of file extensions and programs that use them.
  • http://www.dll-files.com/ - Here you will find the most common files that may be missing or corrupted on your computer. Free.
  • Zip It Fast! - Free zip file utility.
  • Driver Guide - Massive database archive of drivers and resources that is by far the largest and most comprehensive on the Web.
  • Driver Files - Device driver Resource. Completely Free. No registration or annual fee required.
  • PrintFolders - It can save a list of files and folders into a plain-text (TXT) or HTML file. It can be used to catalogue MP3 music, photos, software and anything else with a single click of mouse.
  • Online Conversion - Convert just about anything to anything else. Over 5,000 units, and 50,000 conversions.
  • SnipURL - Website URLs are long and difficult to remember. SnipURL allows you to "snip" your long URLs into small, friendly and persistent links for sharing and remembering.
  • Webopedia: Online Computer Dictionary - The only online dictionary and search engine you need for computer and Internet technology definitions.

Newsgroup utilities

Pop-up stoppers

Removal utilities

  • EasyCleaner - A small program which searches the Windows registry for entries that are pointing nowhere. EasyCleaner also lets you delete all kinds of unnecessary files such as temps and backups. New
  • Disk Cleaner - Disk Cleaner is a free open source tool to quickly and easily clean your hard disk of temporary files like those in the system temporary folder, Internet Explorer Cache, Cookies folder and Recycle Bin.
  • Jetico BCWipePD - A file wipe facility.
  • UninstallAbility - Ensures that you will always be able to uninstall unnecessary or unwanted programs from your computer including adware and spyware.
  • Webroot Window Washer
  • Wizard Industries Sure Delete - Powerful free disk cleaning program.

Web browser utilities

  • Avant Browser - Internet explorer plug-in which provides a tabbed interface, a built-in pop-up killer and all manner of nifty user enhancements. It sits on top of your existing browser, leaving all of your existing configurations/favourites intact.
  • Browser Hijack Blaster - Browser Hijack Blaster protects your system from browser hijackers and spyware that alters your Internet Explorer settings.

Web building tools

Web space - free


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