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PocketPC Utils

Outlook Utils

= You may have to register with the site or fill out a form.
= Direct Download, no questions or forms to fill out.

MSN Premiem 9.0 ~ This is for paid MSN members only, won't work for you free-loaders...

Internet Explorer ~ Becoming the industry standard complete with lawsuits

FireFox ~ The new kid on the block browser.

Mozilla ~ Mozilla is an open-source web browser, designed for standards compliance, performance and portability.

Netscape ~ Now owned by America Online. Comes complete with a full set of annoying popup ads

Opera ~ Alternative web browser to the above two

Java Plugin ~ Download this to ensure that your web browsing experience with Java is uneventful...

Microsoft Related

Office Online File Converters and Viewers

Office trial software

Office 2003/XP Add-in: Remove Hidden Data
With this add-in you can permanently remove hidden data and collaboration data, such as change tracking and comments, from Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint files.



AutoWhat - Let's you edit your AutoComplete fields in Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer's AutoComplete does a nice job of filling in Web forms, but it doesn't let you edit the entries stored there. This utility lets you view the values stored for each field name, delete incorrect ones, and pre-load the system with additional values. To download and use it, you need to be a subscriber to the PC Magazine utility library.
Download AutoWhat

RegMon - Restore files which are deleted from the recycle bin by mistake.
Regmon is a Registry monitoring utility that will show you which applications are accessing your Registry, which keys they are accessing, and the Registry data that they are reading and writing - all in real-time. This advanced utility takes you one step beyond what static Registry tools can do, to let you see and understand exactly how programs use the Registry. With static tools you might be able to see what Registry values and keys changed. With Regmon you'll see how the values and keys changed..

Restore files which are deleted from the recycle bin by mistake.
Restore files which are deleted from the recycle bin or deleted while holding down the Shift key by mistake.
Conversely, this program has another function that makes it almost impossible to restore all deleted files.
You can use it after deletion of confidential documents, embarrassing files and so on.

System Security Suite ~ System Security Suite (3S) is the program to remove internet tracks and junk files from your computer. It allows you to delete Cookies, clear Internet Explorer Cache, delete index.dat Files, clear Typed URLs, Windows Temp Folder and much more.

Boot Log Analyser ~ Have you ever wondered about the what, how, and who of the C:\bootlog file is? This cute little util will tell you. It ran it on my system at home and found it quite interesting.[ME|98|95]

Windows XP Upgrade Advisor ~ Think your system can run Windows XP? Think again. Download MS's upgrade advisor and see for yourself. You may be surprized.

Windows XP Setup Boot Diskette ~ The minds at Microsoft think everyone has a bootable CD-ROM to do the XP install, but some computers (like a Dell Dimension 8100) don't.
There are 4 flavors;

Original Windows XP Home Setup Disk
Original Windows XP Professional Setup Disk
Service Pack 1 Windows XP Home Setup Disk
Service Pack 1 Windows XP Professional Setup Disk

98Lite ~ Don't like all that junk that comes loaded with Windows? You can use 98lite to run just the bare bones if you want.

PopupStopper ~ The best FREE stand alone Popup Stopper. The paid version is even better. I highly recommend it. Take note; using PopupStopper will disable Quickbooks backup giving you a "Invalid Drive" error.

Aida32 ~ One of the most comprehensive hardware reporting and analysis tools on the market today.

Norton Ghost ~ My Personal Favorite
Make exact image of your hard drive for later restore. Great for backup and a must for any computer user. I use this program for all my clients and it's saved my hiney many a time.

Norton Internet Security 2003 with Anti-Virus 60 day trial software ~ My Personal Favorite

Nero Burning ROM ~ My Personal Favorite
An all in one CD burning package that allows you to make data CD's.

CloneCD ~ CloneCD is a powerful CD-Copy program. It writes in Raw mode, which
allows it to have total control on the data written.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Have you ever wanted to know what other computers your information packets go through on the internet? Or maybe your connection seems a little bit slow, and you'd like to know where the slowdown's happening... These and many other questions can be answered by AnalogX HyperTrace is a GUI version of traceroute, which shows you the route that information travels from your machine to another machine on the internet.


Graphic Editors and Manipulators

Microsoft DirectX for games and accelerated graphics (if that link is not satisfactory, try this)

CompuPic ~ CompuPic Digital Content Manager is suited for both novice and professional image and media enthusiasts. It supports more than 40 formats, including JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, PSD, clip art, font, video, sound, animated GIF, and more. Locate your image files via thumbnails, an animated preview screen, and keyword searches. Then view images at full-screen size; drag and drop, copy, move, rename, and delete files straight from the interface; or create catalogs with headers, footers, and image backgrounds. Make pictures look professional with CompuPic's WYSIWYG editing and printing capabilities: batch-convert, crop, resize, rotate, color-correct, and reduce red-eye on scanned and digitally captured images; set transparency color; and add borders, effects, text, and comic-style talk bubbles. You can also create slide show presentations with sound (and even with animated GIFs), wallpaper your desktop, and play media files. CompuPic 5.1 now features the ability to send postcards from CompuPic using AmazingMail; interface improvements; a new sound effects option; and much more.



Quicktime ~ If you surf the web a lot then its inevitable that you'll run across a Quicktime file. You'll need this to play the file.

MacroMedia ~ Shockwave Player, MacroMedia PLayer and more available here.


Audio, Music, Sound

iTunes by Apple Computer - My Personal Favorite
Try this first and if it doesn't work...
then this one >

Microsoft Windows Media Player


Updates & Patches

Quickbooks - Upgrades and Patches

Microsoft Updates - Latest driver updates for all their software and hardware Outlook, Explorer, Works and more.

Microsoft Office - Download center for all kinds of utils, templates, addons you name it.

Security Utilities

Spybot - My Personal Favorite
According to many security experts, this is one of the best Spyware search and destroy tools you can get.
I ran this and mistook the disclaimer at the end of installing Spybot that it was installing adware. It doesn't. I encourage you to download and support Patrick Kolla, the maker of Spybot.

BHODemon - If you want to keep an eye on the BHOs that have found their way onto your system, this is a program for you. BHOs are software meant to enhance the capabilities of IE, but they can be misused. BHODemon looks through your registry for BHOs and presents you with a list of all it finds. Highlight an item and click on the “details” button to learn more about it.

Ad-aware - My second choice when it comes to Spyware. Adaware is a great little (free for now) program that searches your hard drive for these little programs that like to watch where you go on the net. Generally, Spyware doesn't steal any information, they just watch where you go and what you do. Adaware is a bit more attractive and easier to use but many claim that Spybot is more robust.

Spyware Blaster - SpywareBlaster doesn't scan and clean for spyware - it prevents it from ever being installed.

IE-SpyAd - IE-SPYAD is a Registry file (IE-ADS.REG) that adds a long list of known advertisers, marketers, and crapware pushers to the Restricted sites zone of Internet Explorer. Once IE-ADS.REG is "merged" into your Registry, most direct marketers and crapware pushers will not be able to resort to their usual "tricks" (e.g., cookies, scripts, popups, et al) in order to monitor and track your behavior while you surf the Net.

ZoneAlarm - Keep your digital subscriber line or cable modem connection secure. This dynamic firewall helps keep your PC safe from hackers by providing total control over which applications can use the Internet. You can block uninitiated and unwanted traffic while your PC is unattended.,1458,7228,00.html

Norton Internet Security - Keep your digital subscriber line or cable modem connection secure. This dynamic firewall helps keep your PC safe from hackers by providing total control over which applications can use the Internet. You can block uninitiated and unwanted traffic while your PC is unattended.,1458,7228,00.html

While Ad-aware and Spybot Search & Destroy are among the most popular free spyware-fighting programs, they’re not the only ones. Here are some others that may be useful to you.

Grab Bag

AOL FTP Site - You can get AOL 8.0 here and other stuff...

Performance Test - My Personal Favorite
Get an objective benchmark for your PC through a variety of different speed tests, and then compare the results to those of other computers. The benchmark results are presented as easy-to-read bar charts. High-resolution timers for the tests are accurate to approximately 1 millionth of a second on most PCs

Hot CPU Tester - What do you do when you're convinced that something's gone haywire in your system, but you don't know what? Try this free system stability tool: It tests the CPU and virtually all parts of the motherboard for errors. An advanced user who wants to run a CPU at a higher frequency than it was designed for can also use this utility to determine whether the system is stable. The program features a crash and error detector, assembly-level coding for the main procedures, and support for multiple threads with high priority level. This new version has been fully rewritten to include Windows NT/2000 support, multiple-processor system support, and modules for MMX and SSE instruction sets.

WinAmp - Listen to high-quality digital music with this popular--and free--utility, which supports an array of formats, including MP3, CD, WMA, Audiosoft, Mjuice, and MOD. It offers a skinnable interface, and supports audio/visual plug-ins so you can create multimedia effects. With its extensive customization options, you can create hot-keys for quick file loading; utilize keyboard shortcuts; and create multiple playlists. Version 2.62 includes WinAmp Visualization Studio updates, Installer bitmap updates, and bug fixes.

WinZip - This popular utility lets you create compressed file archives. The recently released beta adds a number of bells and whistles, including the ability to update Zip files from a Wizard and attach zipped documents to e-mail messages. It also helps you install desktop themes and screen savers.

NetMon - A replacement for the LIGHTS applet that appears as a modem with flashing lights on the Windows 95 system tray (on the taskbar). This applet collects and stores data about the throughput of your internet connection. This information can be viewed by double clicking on the modem icon.,1495,3181+netmon11+zip,00.html

PartKill - My Personal Favorite
This little baby when copied over to a bootable DOS diskette will erase and or kill any and all partitions on the hard drive.

CPU Stability Test - This benchmarking utility helps you tune up your PC by running multithreaded tests of your CPU. It supports multiprocessor systems, and offers error and CRC checking.,2087,7146,00.html

ZDnet Downloads Page - I highly recommend this page for hunting down programs to help you with your daily computing needs

Media Player - Used for playing all types of media from the internet. MP3, videos, etc.

MobyDock - Its like having the Apple OS on your PC! Well almost. Its a navigation bar that looks just like the one on Apple's OS X operating system.

Data Recovery Sites & Tools
Many different types of data recovery tools available for a price.

Restore files which are deleted from the recycle bin by mistake.
Restore files which are deleted from the recycle bin by mistake. Conversely, delete files completely. [OS] Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP. Freeware. [Author] Brian Kato...

Spyware Applications

While Ad-aware and Spybot Search & Destroy are among the most popular free spyware-fighting programs, they’re not the only ones. Here are some others that may be useful to you.

SpywareGuard - Models itself after antivirus programs. It scans files before you open them and warns you if it detects known spyware.

HijackThis - Helps you detect and remove likely browser hijacking programs. Rather than looking for specific programs, it seeks indications of hijacker methods coded into software.

RegFreeze - RegFreeze is an anti-spyware and anti-adware solution that monitors your system and prevents changes to your browser and system startup settings. It prevents your home page from being changed, as we ...

Keylogger Hunter - Scans your system for software that records your keystrokes. It won’t catch them all, but it catches a lot of them.

KL-Detector - Determines whether you have a keylogger running on your computer by finding the logs of keystrokes. It will find the evidence of any keylogger, but if a log is found, you’ll have to search out and delete the keylogger program manually.

SpywareBlaster - Keeps a database of known spyware ActiveX controls and zaps them before they get a chance to download. It can even block the cookies that help Web sites track your Web use.
Website Link

X-Cleaner Free - Suite of privacy programs, including tools to clear away cookies, clean your Internet cache, scan for spyware packages, and shred files.

SpySites - Automatically puts its database of known spyware-delivering Web sites into Microsoft Internet Explorer’s Restricted Zone so that you can easily apply higher security settings for them without having to raise your general security higher than necessary.

Top Downloads  

Here are my favorite Downloads that no PC user should be without. Please feel free to try out these programs and opt in for the paid versions as the creators are truly deserving.

Spybot - Acclaimed as the best Spyware removal tool today. Download this program.

Adaware - I cant decide which is better, Adaware or Spybot for cleaning out the SpyCrap thats out there.
(2.5mb) Website

WinPatrol - Woof! One of my personal favorites. WinPatrol or as I call it, the little dog, sits in wait at the door sniffing out anything that messes with your most important setting in Windows and alerts you when somethings up.

Zone Alarm - If you have a hardware firewall or not, you need this great FREE firewall package to keep you safe from the hacks and script kids.

BootVis - A cool util (by Microsoft) that can help you speed up your bootup and shutdown speeds of your Windows PC. Be aware that this utility CAN screw up your system so make sure you backup and/or ghost your system before using it! I warned you!.

Acrobat - Nobody can do without this software program.

WinRAR - The best compression software program on the market (IMHO).

Panorama - Windows background changer. Rotates your wallpaper using your own library of pictures. Really nice.

PerfTest - PassMarks Performance test benchmark software. Compare how fast your PC is to your friends.

Sun Java - A direct link to the most downloaded addons for Java.

Sun Java Manual Install - If you're like me and dont trust or like web based installs, you can go here and download the package that lets you install it when you like and where you like.


Download Warnings  

Beware of the following software programs. They install payloads and/or Trojan Horse software on your computer. Don't Download use them!

Gator - The king of Spyware software. It invades a computer like the black plague. Extremely hard to remove. You need to download and use Ad-aware and a registry cleaner to fix it.

Kazaa - Music sharing software that loads payload advertising software. If you wanna trade songs, buy a CD and rip it to your PC, then trade with you friends.
Take note; you CAN get an infection from downloaded music files. I've seen this on my clients computers. You think you're downloading a MP3 and then when you click on it, it'll crash your system. Beware kids.


Outlook PST Fixers

First of all, let me pay homage to the ultimate Outlook guru, Sue Mosher of SlipStick Systems. Sue sold SlipStick to CDOlive in Jan 04 and they are carrying on the fine tradition of helping people with Outlook.


iHex - A super cool hex editor that can be used to fix a broken Outlook PST file. Eugene McCarthy of FAO Headquarters in Rome recommends for simple Scanpst repairs, Eugene recommends changing the first byte of the PST file from hex 21 to 00, save the file and then run ScanPST to see if it'll repair the file. This works most of the time.