Useful Software that I use (or have used) (by Sanjeev)

KEY PURPOSE

Name of software 

What it does

What does it cost?

How good is it? (out of 5)

Comments

REMINDER

Yahoo calendar

E-mail reminder service 

FREE

4

Can’t handle 5-6 week repetitions

EXTRACT FILES

Extractnow

Extract files

FREE

4

To extract multiple compressed files. Supports ZIP, RAR, ACE, SIT.

KEEPING COMPUTER WELL TUNED

Free Windows Registry Repair 1.1

To fix Windows registry

FREE

Doubtful – perhaps over-does things. Used with something more reliable is perhaps a better deal. 

 

Error Nuker

Registry checker

Paid something I forget now

2

Not as good as I expected. Indeed quite hopeless

 

Ad-Aware SE Personal

To get rid of adware

FREE

5

 

 

Spybot - Search & Destroy

To get rid of sypware

FREE

5

 

 

Atomic clock sync

Sync computer

FREE

5

 

MANAGING WIRELESS ROUTER

TCPoptimiser

To fix problems with wireless routers

FREE

 

DATA SECURITY

AxCrypt (encrypts files)

To encrypt a to-do list or other files 

FREE

5

 

 

Crypditor

Self-encrypted file – can be used as master password file

FREE

5

Very useful to put in the master info on one’s passwords or other financial affairs. The master key to unlock the password agent file. Should be physically kept separate from the password agent files.

 

Password Agent

Organises all passwords into an encrypted database

US$ 25

5

Outstanding ease and flexibility. THE MOST USEFUL SOFWARE I HAVE BOUGHT SO FAR!

 

Microsoft Private Folder 1.0 (rar file – unpack with

Create a private folder

FREE

5

 

 

Free hide folder

Create an invisible folder

FREE

5

Have uninstalled in favour of Microsoft private folder but keep in this list

 

Sure Delete

Full erase of files

FREE

?

 

 

12Ghosts wash (to be evaluated)

 

FREE

?

 

STORING DATA ONLINE

DriveHQFree 1GB storage and 406 MB download bytes per month.

To store key data files on a secure online server

FREE

3 – VMN much better

Very user friendly (along with software to synchronise files from hard disk) - need to monitor that downloads don’t exceed quota

 

VMN

 

FREE

5

OUTSTANDING. Went down for 3 days in August 2008 but vmn then sent mail apologizing. I propose to stick to them.

 

Inbox – 5 GB but file upload limits are small; you have to upload one at a time and download one at a time. No FTP support

 

FREE

2 – DO NOT USE

Their account is deleted automatically after a few months as well. Very unreliable concept. Ignore.

 

Mozy – seems to be a decent idea of automatic synchronization of particular folders. DOWNSIDE: No FTP therefore very difficult to upload from work.

 

 

FREE

3

 

 

My Drive. ch NO FTP

 

FREE

2

Not impressed

 

Yahoo briefcase

To store key data files on a secure online server

FREE

1

What was once state of the art in 1999 when I first started using it is now primitive in comparison to alternative offerings.  Often can’t get into sub-directories. No longer use actively.

MANAGING LIST OF CONTACTS

Essential PIM Pro

Organizer of names of contacts, and details.

AUD 45

5

Outstanding features – can potentially last a lifetime – NEED TO START USING IT!

PERSONALISED MAILING SOFTWARE

Sendblaster free (100 addresses at a time)

 

 

4

 

Very useful. MY NOTES ON HOW TO USE IT

PREVENTING OVERUSE OF COMPUTER BY CHILDREN

Shutdown monster

Forces children off the computer at a pre-determined time

FREE

5

Very convenient.

 

 Freeware websites

http://freeware.intrastar.net/

http://www.dirfile.com/

http://www.onlythebestfreeware.com/

 

 

4

4

Free phone calls: Jajah.com Outstanding internet phone system

5