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WINDOWS SOFTWARE

Here are many popular software programs that I found to be the best in their field. For the most part, all will work in Windows 2000 and XP. Most of them will work in later versions of Windows (some probably in earlier versions too), but I make no guarantees. Clicking on the program name will take you to its homepage (if it has one). If I've listed a version number and size, then you can click on that to download the program file itself. Please note that programs with a (Not Current) notation after their listing are purposely not the current version of the program. This is because I found the current version to be inferior to the version listed here. For the current version, go to the program's homepage.

Please note that I did not write any of the programs listed on this page, so please do not contact me for program support. For program support, contact the program's author (he/she should be mentioned in the program's documentation).

REGISTRATION "PATCHES" - These files will allow you to use many of the shareware programs listed below as if they were the full registered version. The files are not intended to be used as an aid to software piracy, but rather as a tool for allowing users (especially beta testers like me) to evaluate software over a longer period of time or to their fullest extent (it's hard to test out a program if most of its features are locked). If you like a program and plan to keep it, I strongly encouraged you to register it. The author deserves to be paid for his/her work. Most of these files include plain text readme files with a .nfo extension. Open this file in your text editor (such as Notepad) to read important information about the usage of the "patch". Some of the "registration patch" links will point to pages which display adult banners. Unfortunately, there's nothing I can do about this because I don't run these sites. IMPORTANT: BEWARE OF A FILE NAMED "START.EXE" THAT IS OFTEN BUNDLED IN THE ZIP FILES YOU'LL FIND ON THESE SITES. IT'S A VIRUS. IT'S SAFE TO OPEN THE ZIP FILE AND DELETE START.EXE, JUST AS LONG AS YOU DON'T RUN IT. ALL THE OTHER FILES IN THE ZIP SHOULD BE SAFE.

REQUIRED COMPONENTS
If you get an error message from one of the programs listed on this page saying that a particular file is missing (or something like that), you should check out SnapFiles' Missing Files page. If a program says that a .dll file is missing, the most common .dll files can be found at DLL-Files.

WINDOWS UPDATES

It is suggested that you install these in this order, though I don't know if the order really matters.

  1. Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 - internet install (610 Kb + 15 Mb) / full version (132 Mb) - This is the latest service pack for Windows 2000. It includes all the updates from service packs 1-3.
    NOTE: You can order a copy of the full version on a CD from Microsoft, but I should warn you that it is nothing more than a cheap CD-R with the exact same file as the full download, and a few additional files and readmes that are of no use to the average user. Save the $10 and download it yourself and burn it to your own CD-R. I was hoping the Microsoft CD would have contained all of the source files already extracted, so that the installer would not have to put copies on my hard drive (using up 132MB of space) in case Windows needed to replace a corrupt file with the original.

  2. Windows 2000 Update Rollup 1 for Service Pack 4 (31.9 Mb, 9/13/2005). (REQUIRES WINDOWS 2000 SERVICE PACK 4) (Homepage, Download Homepage) The Update Rollup contains:
    -- All security updates produced for Windows 2000 between the time SP4 was released and April 30, 2005, when the contents of the Update Rollup were finalized for testing by Microsoft.
    -- A number of updates that help increase system security and reliability, reduce support costs, and support the current generation of PC hardware.
    No Future Service Packs: Microsoft believes the Update Rollup meets customer needs more effectively and with less disruption than a new service pack, and there will be no Service Pack 5 (SP5) for Windows 2000. SP4 becomes the final service pack for Windows 2000.

  3. Internet Explorer - Ver. 6.0 SP1 - You should not use this "browser" for actual internet web browsing (it's not a browser, it's a giant security hole in Windows). I am *ONLY* listing it on this page because (1) it fixes some security holes in Windows (the same ones it caused in the first place, no doubt), and (2) some of the programs on this page require something more current than the v5.0 that comes with Windows 2000. You also should not use the included Outlook Express e-mail program, as it's another security hole masquerading as a useful program. Follow these directions so that you can download the complete IE, in case you want to save it for future use (or because Microsoft will no longer make a particular version available for download in the future). (This information came from Donny Broome's website, but it can also be found on the Microsoft website)
    1. Download the installer from the "Ver. 6.0 SP1" link above.
    2. Place the downloaded setup file here: C:\Downloads (Create this folder if necessary.)
    3. Click Start | Run and type the command below into the Open field, and then click OK. NOTE: Use the EXACT syntax shown below, including the quotation marks. Copying the text below and pasting it into the Open field is recommended.
                  "C:\Downloads\ie6setup.exe" /c:"ie6wzd.exe /d /s:""#E"
    4. You will be presented with the license agreement dialog box. Choose 'I accept the agreement' and then click Next.
    5. After the setup routine begins, you will be given these two options:
      (a) Choose the operating system(s) that you desire to use Internet Explorer with.
      (b) Choose a location to download the files to.
      NOTE: Size of download will vary: Windows 98 = 19.3 MB, Windows NT = 19.1 MB, Windows 2000/XP = 11.3 MB, Windows ME = 12.7 MB, All Windows Operating Systems = 50.0 MB.
    6. Click the Next button to proceed. If for some reason the download process gets interrupted, you can resume the download process by executing the same command used in the beginning.
    7. Once you've downloaded the setup files for Internet Explorer, you can install Internet Explorer by double-clicking the file named ie6setup.exe located in the download folder. (NOTE: I've noticed that if I'm connected to the internet when I run the install, it still tries to access Microsoft's server, but if I pull the plug on my router, then obviously it can't and it installs fine.) Additionally, the files in this folder can be burned onto a CD and used to install Internet Explorer onto computers with operating systems corresponding to the type of download selected at the beginning of this process.

    You can also download full setup bundles (with all operating system versions) of most versions of Internet Explorer at PlanetMirror (might be German version) and Evolt.

  4. DirectX - Get the "Redist" which is the full package so you don't have to be connected to the internet to install it - the link is at the bottom of the "End User Runtime" download page under "Additional Information" - If you play any sort of games or do anything with graphics, then you'll want to upgrade to the latest version of DirectX.
SECURITY

Normally I won't separate the programs on this page into genres, mostly because some programs are hard to define. However, I made an exception for programs that relate to Windows' security because these are vitally important and should be among the first programs you install on your computer. This section exludes cookie and registry cleaners (and stuff of that nature) as those relate more to privacy and clean-up, and not security. Security links can be found in the Computer Resources section of my Links page.

OFF&ON & RUN ONCE PROGRAMS
These programs turn off & on something in Windows that if left running, usually leaves a security hole that could be exploited. As such, you should only need to run these programs once, to turn off the offending item. Once off, you shouldn't have to run these programs again (unless you find that you need to turn it back on). There might also be other types of programs listed below that, although they don't turn anything off and on, only need to be run once as well.

  • Shoot The Messenger - Windows NT, 2000, and XP hide an Internet server that is running by default. It receives and accepts, among other things, unsolicited network messages that cause pop-up dialog boxes to appear on the desktop. Internet spammers have discovered this and are spraying pop-up spam across the Internet. The Windows Messenger server should never have been running by default, and Microsoft has finally fixed that in Windows 2003, but users of previous Windows need to take responsibility for this themselves. (I DON'T PERSONALLY USE THIS PROGRAM AS I KNOW HOW TO MANUALLY DISABLE THE MESSENGER SERVICE IN WINDOWS' ADMINISTRATOR TOOLS: SERVICES. HOWEVER, FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT AS KNOWLEDGABLE AS ME, I'VE ADDED THIS PROGRAM.)

FIREWALL

  • Filseclab Personal Firewall Professional Edition (aka XFilter) - Protect your PC from unsavory Internet activity. This easy-to-use security utility sets up a personal firewall that's particularly well suited to DSL and cable modem users. A computer with such an always-on connection has a permanent IP address, which makes it especially vulnerable to information theft and other attacks. Not only can you filter all incoming traffic (though the use of rules for individual ports and protocols), but you can filter outgoing traffic as well.
    * NOTE: This program installs some unnecessary junk and an advertisement. At the end of the install, *BEFORE* you press the button to reboot, run my Clean-Up .bat file to remove this junk. (The .bat file is a plain text file, so feel free to open it up in Notepad and see what's being deleted. The default.html file is part of the clean-up process and must be in the same location as the .bat file when you run it.)
    * NOTE: One of the nice things about my clean-up file is that it eliminates an extra piece of software that is installed (and automatically given permission to access the internet!) even if you tell the installer that you don't want it. At the last step of the install you will see this:
    Filseclab (FILMSG.EXE) is an important program of this software, it is used to receive the online messages, check available version, test download speed etc. The online functions need to access Internet, if you do not want it, you can disable the online functions.
    [] Enable Filseclab Messenger's online functions.
    [] I want to sign up now, after complete the sign up, you will get better technology support.

    Even if you uncheck both boxes, the Messenger is installed and automatically given permission to access the internet: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Filseclab\FilMsg.exe (Anytime); via protocol All, Port (all), wants to access Anynet; Port (All) -> Pass." And the reasoning behind why it is allowed access is this: "This program signed by Filseclab, it is trusted."
    * NOTE: Another nice thing about my clean-up file is that it eliminates the "banner ad" on the main window of the program. The ad is made up of the files found here: C:\Program Files\Filseclab\xfilter\online\. You can easily "hide" the ad by editing the html file (I made a new file as part of the clean-up file) and deleting all of the other files in the directory. The firewall programs needs to be exited and restarted in order to see the changes you made.
    * NOTE: One more thing that my clean-up file handles is the deletion of several unnecessary programs (and their associated start menu shortcuts). All of these programs are supposedly used (and installed) by all of Filseclab's products, but there's no need for them (especially with one being added to Windows' StartUp!).
    -- Cabinet Archiver
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Filseclab\CabArc.Exe
    -- Filseclab Software Registration
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Filseclab\CertReg.exe
    -- Filseclab Messenger (ALSO ADDED TO STARTUP MENU FOLDER)
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Filseclab\FilMsg.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Filseclab\FilMsg.dat
    -- Filseclab Signup
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Filseclab\UserReg.exe
    -- Unknown (no start menu icon created for this)
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Filseclab\SimpMsg.exe
    -- Help file that explains what these common files are.
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Filseclab\common.chm

ANTI-VIRUS

  • AntiVir Personal Edition - Ver. 6.32.00.51 (9.0 Mb) A freeware virus scanner and removal tool. It's small, uses up very little system resources, and does the job just as well as the big bloated overpriced offerings from Norton and McAfee.
    NOTE: Use the Eicar test file to test the program's effectiveness on your system.
    NOTE: For information on how to activate AntiVirGuard, read this message from the official support forum.
    NOTE: Do not let notifier.exe access the internet (and if possible delete it?) because it will display an ad for the Pro version. It did this to me once, and I'm sure that it will do it again. When updating via internet, the program will pop up a screen complaining about the notifier not being allowed access, ignore what it says. It's a bunch of lies.

ANTI-SPYWARE

  • SpyBot Search & Destroy - A spyware scanner and removal tool. (alt homepage url)

  • Ad-Aware SE - A spyware scanner and removal tool. To be more precise, it's a program designed to provide advanced protection from known Data-mining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components. (find Pro versions)
    NOTE: The Personal version is free. The Plus and Professional versions cost money. The free version doesn't let you have it run a scan at startup (the Pro version does).
    NOTE: The Plus and Professional versions include Ad-Watch, which is a real time monitor that runs silently in the background, watching for Malware/parasites that try to install on or modify your system. It should be noted that in v1.05 Ad-Watch was absolutely useless! It let all sorts of garbage onto my system that Ad-Aware had to take care of. Hopefully it'll improve in future versions.

OTHER

  • Starter - Allows you to view and manage all the programs that start automatically whenever Windows boots. It lists all the hidden registry entries, as well as the common Startup Folder items. You can choose to safely disable selected entries, edit them or delete them altogether (if you know what you're doing). Expert users can even add their own entries. Plus it lists currently running processes (just like Windows' own Task Manager), and allows you to edit Windows' Services. Nice interface, easy to use, no documentation though (but hardly needed).
APPLICATIONS

  • Advanced Find And Replace - Ver. 2.0 (772 Kb) - Find/Replace multiple lines of text in multiple files (in one directory). It features support for search operators that allow you to specify phrases, words to insist on (+), and words to ignore (-). You can easily apply file-spec, date, and size filters to speed up the search. It also allows you to replace simple or multiline strings. Specify your search-and-replace strings, and then choose the action you'd like to take. You can simply delete the search string, insert text before or after it, or simply replace it. You can apply changes to large groups of files at a time, and use optional confirmation if you need to be more selective. (Not Current) (Registration Patch #1 #2) (alt homepage url #1 #2)

  • Atlantis Word Processor - An excellent word-processing program. Formally known as Atlantis Ocean Mind. (Registration Patch)

  • Batchrun - Lets you create batch files using a graphical interface. In the good old days of DOS .bat files took care of this task. They still do, but they're not exactly user friendly. With Batchrun .brs batch files you can launch any number of programs or dialup connections with just a simple click. You can control the starting process with many properties like priority or run mode and control their behavior a tad. You can even do more than starting programs with the built-in file management functions like Copy, Rename, Makedir, Delete and End Process. Batchrun batch files can be launched from Explorer or placed in StartUp folder or on the Desktop.

  • Cookie Monster - This utility deletes cookies created by the most common browsers: Internet Explorer, SeaMonkey, Mozilla, Netscape and Opera (it can also process any Gecko-based browsers). It also has the option of preserving some cookies from deletion (except for Opera). Useful for people who care about their privacy but don't want to disable or block the cookies (a lot of pages need them to work properly).

  • CopyPath - A Windows Explorer extension that adds Copy Path to Clipboard to the context menu of directories and files. With this extension you can copy the full path to the Windows Clipboard with one mouse click!

  • CopyToXP - A registry tweak to add a useful option to Windows 2000 and XP that allows you to copy or move multiple files to any directory, and even create directories on the fly. The file is in format of a .reg (registry entry) that will add those options to the menu. Just run the .reg file and check your right click menu when you click on a file. Simple but handy!

  • Cuneiform OCR - Ver. 3.1 (2.6 Mb)(german/english) - Windows Twain-compliant OCR program. (Registration Patch) (3.1 specific)

  • Drag And File - Ver. 4.54g [alt url] (1.4 Mb)- The BEST damn file manager around. Kicks File Manager's and Windows Explorer's butts! Among its many features is that it's also an FTP program. The programs works wonderfully on Windows 95/98/ME, and does a passable job on Windows 2000 (unfortunately, there's nothing better). NOTE: The program is now called PowerFile and has gotten a bit bloated. (Registration Patch)

  • DVD Genie - A DVD tweaking and enhancement tool. DVD Genie allows you to modify the region code for popular software-based DVD players such as Software Cinemaster, PowerDVD and WinDVD, and others. It also allows you to tweak these programs with undocumented features to better fit your system. DVD Genie also allows you to select which program runs when a DVD disc is inserted into the drive and contains support for fullscreen zooming on widescreen movies with certain players. IF YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO DO SCREEN CAPTURES FROM WINTHIN WINDVD 2000, YOU NEED THIS PROGRAM (so that you can turn off the "Display Quality Disabled" option). For more information on doing screen captures, see the FAQ.

  • Easy Video Splitter - This program splits AVI and MPEG files into smaller clips. It provides a built-in preview function that allows you to select sections as you view the clip. Extract multiple segments of any size, using the visual editing mode, or automatically have the program cut the AVI or MPEG file into multiple pieces of equal sizes or durations. (Registration Patch)

  • eDexter - This tool replaces images/websites that were blocked by the hosts file with a transparent image.

  • FileGrab - Ver. 1.0 (150 Kb) - When you drop files from Windows Explorer (or any other drag-and-drop capable app) onto the FileGrab window, you get a usable list of filenames rather than the files' contents. You can then save the list to disk, print it, or copy it into the clipboard for pasting into another application.

  • FolderSize - Scans a selected drive or folder and reports the size of all the folders. The size can be viewed in bytes, percentage of total space or as a bar graph. This is a standalone EXE. No installer, DLL's or Registry entries needed (just unzip and run). To get rid of it, simply delete the EXE.

  • Gallery Wizard - Ver. 2.0 (1.1 Mb) - A template based program for creating thumbnail gallery pages for the web. It supports more than a dozen different input formats (but not gif), with the possibilty for creating galleries from several different folders at once. Gallery Wizard renders the gallery pages, thumbnails including various effects (such as Smooth, Sharpen, 3D Border, and Greyscale), and can optionaly also create HTML pages for each image. By using easy to understand HTML template files with various variables, you can create thumbnail galleries that match your existing site design. A personal bonus is that you can use prefixes and/or suffixes in the naming of your thumbnails (most programs only support prefixes).
    PROGRAM NOTES:
    -- It seems that work on the program has stopped as it hasn't been updated since 2003! So it's important to note that the program has a few bugs which have a very slim chance of being fixed. Thankfully they are easily worked around. I've listed them below.
    -- BUG: "Add Directory" doesn't work. You can select the directory, press OK, but no files are added. You can only add files using the "Add Files" button.
    -- BUG: The first thumbnail image in the first set of thumbnails made each time the program is run will look very poor. Each successive set of thumbnails per session, whether of the same images or of different ones, will be done correctly. The only workaround is to just redo the first set of thumbnails each time you run the program.
    -- BUG: On the Source Files page, a selected file doesn't stay selected, which means that you have to keep clicking on it to move it down the list. This isn't a problem when moving a file up the list, but it's a royal pain when moving a file down. In fact, files on the list should be moved via drag and drop, which would make it possible to select a few and move them as a batch to another place on the list.
    -- BUG: The preview images on the Gallery Template page are all speckled. The original jpg preview images aren't speckled. This is just a cosmetic bug.
    -- BUG: In the templates that come with the program, the line LINKEND:= "> should be LINKEND:="> as the extra space could cause broken links in some browsers.
    -- The program remembers the last used settings, including the file list. All of this information is saved in the Windows registry.
    -- In a plain text editor you can create new templates, or edit the templates in the Gallery Wizard \ Templates directory, so that the output html is exactly how you want it. So if you don't see a setting in the program for something, chances are you can set it up via a template. For example:
       * Width then Height, instead of Height then Width (this is the default in the pre-made templates).
       * Not have any ALT text in the html code for the thumbnails.
       * Table options: Align, Border, CellPadding, CellSpacing.
       * Table Row options: Align, Valign.
    -- If you select more Rows than are needed, the program wisely won't create those extra rows. However, it also doesn't create extra cells to fill up an incomplete row.

  • Goldwave - Play, edit and convert many sound formats. (Registration Patch)
    NOTE: To do any batch editing (File -> Batch Processing -> Process -> Add Edit), you MUST first use the Set Marker/Selection edit command. Any edits you add after it will take effect on that mark/selection. If you don't set a marker/selection first (either in batch editing or in the a sound file in the program itself[?]), the edits will affect the beginning of the files or the entire files (depending on what you're doing).
    NOTE: Here are a list of switches you can use when you run the program. You append them to the end of the file path in your shortcut or when you use the Run command (example: C:\GoldWave\GoldWave.exe -config).
    -nosplash - Hides the little splash screen (works in v5.10+), doesn't affect load-up time.
    -config - Goldwave Setup.

  • HyperSnap-DX - An excellent screen capture program that can be configured to work in many different ways. Some of the special features include: the ability to handle the Print Screen key (so you can do screen captures from screen savers), the ability to auto-scroll windows (such as webpages) so that the entire page can be captured, and the ability to capture from DirectX and 3dfx Glide games, and some DVD/Video players. (NOTE: If you don't want the program to periodically connect to the Internet to check for a new version, go into "Help - Check for a New Version" menu and set it to "0" to disable this.) (Not Current) (Registration Patch) (alt homepage url)
    HyperSnap & JPEG Images - HyperSnap-DX is the only program I've found that can create JPG images that contain solid colors (like red) that don't bleed (though Troy Benjamin tells me that Adobe Photoshop can do it too). Open up the original file in Hypersnap and use Save As to save it as a JPG. Use these settings:
    Sub-Format: JPEG File Interchange Format, JFIF 4:4:4 (default)
    Bits Per Pixel: [x] Auto Select Best (default)
    Quality Factor: 100%

    The other alternative is to save the image in the PNG format (most programs can do this, including Paint Shop Pro). The file size will still be a lot smaller than a BMP, but will be somewhat larger than JPG.

  • Image Robot - Ver. 1.21(3.8 Mb) - An automated graphics production program for Web developers and digital image hobbyists. Image Robot frees users from the redundant aspects of digital image production and maintenance. ** NOT A BUG: Because of the way the evaluation version normally works, after the crack/patch is applied, when you are processing files, it will say "file X of 5" no matter how many files there really are (I was processing over 40 files when I first saw this). This is because normally the evaluation version won't allow you to process more than 5 files at a time. NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER BEING MADE. (Registration Patch)

  • InterActual Player - Ver. 2.04.08.0409 (3.9 Mb) - The required player for most/all DVD-ROM content on mainstream DVDs. Although it comes with the DVDs that need it, I prefer to have my own version. This player replaces the PC Friendly player, so you only need to install and use this one player. **NOTE: This player does NOT include a DVD decoder. You must already have a Directshow-compatible DVD decoder/player installed on your computer for this program to function. (I'm providing a direct link to the full program because the site only provides a link to the upgrade, even though the full version is freeware.)

  • JewlLinr - Ver. 2.6 [alt url #1 #2] (706 Kb) - Prints and saves liners for CD Jewel boxes. (Registration Patch) (This program is no longer being made.)

  • LupasRename - A handy utility you can use to perform batch file renaming operations. You can eliminate file names, insert strings before or after file names, or replace file names completely. You can also choose to sequentially rename your files, change file extensions, change case, and perform string substitutions. Plus there are a lot more renaming options, including some specifically for MP3s. You can even add the program to the right-click menu of Windows Explorer.

  • L View Pro - Ver 1.D2 (313 Kb) - View, edit and convert many picture formats inc: JPG, GIF, BMP, PCX and more. You can also acquire images from Twain compliant scanners and do batch conversions. (Not Current) (Registration Patch)

  • MiniTag - Ver. 2.2 Build 38 (47 Kb) - MiniTag allows you to quickly and easily modify your MP3 tags. MP3 tags enable you to store such information as the artist, album, and song names directly within the MP3 file so MP3 players can display them. MiniTag takes a different approach to managing and editing MP3 tags. It lets you quickly apply new tags or change existing ones, as well as view them by simply scrolling down the list of your MP3s. The program allows you to change the song and album titles, artist name, year, genre, and comments. (This program is no longer being made.)

  • MP3 Folders - A program that lets you treat a folder as a playlist for MP3 and WAVE files, with support for displaying and editing ID3v1 MP3 tags and WAVE audio headers. Includes the ability to batch apply ID3v1 MP3 tags to multiple files at once. You also have the ability to manually or randomly set the playlist order.

  • MPEG Suite (aka MPEG Suite 2001) - A MP3 Encoder & Decoder. Has three encoders built in -- it's own, BladeEnc, and Plugger. It's own encoder works really fast and is very flexible with dealing with various wav sample frequencies. It can decode to wav and raw file types. Two versions of the program are automatically installed (delete the one you can't use).

  • Net Transport - Ver. 1.94.282d [with cracked exe] (1.8 Mb) - Ver. 1.90.267 (2.0 Mb) - A multi-threaded download manager that supports the HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP protocols; as well as the MMS and RTSP streaming protocols. It speeds up download times by using multiple connections (if supported by the server) and helps you organize your downloaded files with the built-in file manager. Additional features include support for password authorization, cookies, IE integration, file drop basket, batch downloading, proxy support, modem disconnect and more.
    *NOTE: Version 1.90 is the last non-nagged version, which could be used for free (though technically it's the first shareware version).
    By the way, if you don't like Net Transport, this site lists all of the streaming file download programs and even rates them (though I don't know how accurate their ratings are).

    USAGE NOTES

    • I highly suggest that you just use one transport/thread for each file so that the program doesn't create a file larger than what you've downloaded (thus meaning that you're accurately downloading the file).

    • Net Transport can download via the PNM (pnm://) protocol, but you need to rename the prefix "pnm" to "rtsp" and add site port to URL (PNM default port is 7070). For instance, pnm://www.realserver.com/movie.rm => rtsp://www.realserver.com:7070/movie.rm.

    • The multimedia links on the World Wrestling Entertainment website are in two different formats.
      (Please note, mms://wmsvod.wwe.com links will not work anymore, they need to be changed to http://wmsvod.wwe.com which links to a file on mms://livewms.wwe.com)
      FORMAT #1
      javascript:popwwevideo1('','raw/200505/30flush300','Edge helps Lita flush her wedding ring down the toilet','raw','300');
      This is the old format WWE used for their links. It's still found in old parts of their site, but it isn't used anymore today. This one is really simple to decode. Just take the part after the parenthesis and plug it into this address format:
           mms://livewms.wwe.com/???.wmv
      which gives you this:
           mms://livewms.wwe.com/raw/200505/30flush300.wmv
      Now you paste this url into Net Transport to download the file.

      FORMAT #2
      http://www.wwe.com/content/media/video/webshows/raw_unlimited/2672286/2825432/052906seg5unl
      javascript:wwevideoplayer('/content/media/video/superstars/eddie_guerrero/entrance/eddieentrance')
           (if you have a url in the second format, make it look like the first one)
      This is the current format WWE uses. It's also very simple to deal with, but requires a few additional steps. First, add this text to the end of the link/url:
           ?view=wvx&speed=300&dynwvx=
      which gives you this (but without the line break):
           http://www.wwe.com/content/media/video/webshows/raw_unlimited/
           2672286/2825432/052906seg5unl?view=wvx&speed=300&dynwvx=
      Download this file. It will have either a .wvx or no extension, depending on how you download it (Net Transport gives it no extension). Open up this plain text file in Notepad (or whatever plain text editor you like to you). There isn't much text in it, so you should have no problem finding the url of the file to download. In this case, it's this:
           http://wmsvod.wwe.com/raw/200605/052906seg5unl300.wmv
      This is a plain text file (contrary to it's extension) and not the real video file. Change the http://wmsvod.wwe.com to mms://livewms.wwe.com to get the real url, which is this:
           mms://livewms.wwe.com/raw/200605/052906seg5unl300.wmv
      Paste this url into Net Transport to download the file.
      (For the record, the second format url listed above would have netted you this file: mms://livewms.wwe.com/talent/eddieentrance300.wmv)
      There doesn't appear to be a way to simplfy this process due to the fact that the link url and the actual file url can be vastly different, as seen by the Eddie Guerrero entrance video url above.

    • Video files on the Viacom-owned music sites (MTV, VH1, CMT) use this url format:
      http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/xml/asx/asxgen.jhtml?vid=XXX
      http://www.vh1.com/vspot/xml/asx/asxgen.jhtml?vid=XXX
      http://www.cmt.com/loaded/xml/asx/asxgen.jhtml?vid=XXX
      ALT URLS:
      http://www.mtv.com/global/apps/broadband/xml/asx/asxgen.jhtml?id=XXX
      http://www.vh1.com/global/apps/broadband/xml/asx/asxgen.jhtml?id=XXX
      http://www.cmt.com/global/apps/broadband/xml/asx/asxgen.jhtml?id=XXX
      Replace the XXX with the digits for the video you want to download. All three sites can use the same Video ID numbers as they all point to the same files. Be forewarned, the video file you download may be crippled (and unplayable) thanks to Windows Digital Rights Management (DRM). Here's a music video that ISN'T crippled by DRM:
      Cletus T. Judd - "Breath"
      http://www.cmt.com/global/apps/broadband/xml/asx/asxgen.jhtml?id=26284

  • Notespad - Ver. 8.0 [no install, with English dictionary] (699 Kb) - An excellent replacement for Notepad. Features include: No 32 Kb file limit, edit up to 16 files simultaneously with the use of tabs, word wrap, multiple redo and undo, built in system file editor, spell checking, HTML tag list, and much, much more. The installer doesn't work in Windows 2000 (I got it to work only ONE time), so I have put up the files without the installer. This program is no longer being developed, and the homepage is an archived copy that seesm to work completely.

  • Paint Shop Pro - Ver. 6.02 (14.5 Mb) - A really good image program. (Not Current) (Registration Patch)

  • Perfect Keyboard - Perfect Keyboard automatically replaces keystroke combinations or text with phrases that you define. It will even let you record text macros. Perfect Keyboard doesn't seem to work in some programs. (Registration Patch)

  • PopTray - An E-Mail notification program with many useful features. (alt homepage url)
    NOTE: The rules, white list, and black list all support wildcards (* will match any number of characters, while ? will match any single character). Examples: sp*m will match "spam" or "spaaam"; sp?m will match "spam" or "sp@m", but not "spaam"; *@spam.com will match all users at that domain; using "a*" will run for all where the text start with an "a".

  • PowerArchiver - A very feature-rich archive utility. Too many features to name here. (Registration Patch)

  • Real Producer - Plus ver. 8.5.0.200 (6.4 Mb) - Lets you create Real Audio and Video files. NOTE: This program is now called Helix Producer.

  • RegCleaner - Ver. 4.3.0.780 (541 Kb) - An easy to use registry cleaning tool that is perfect for removing the leftovers of previous software installs as well as other common registry "debris". RegCleaner can detect and remove file types, entries of old software, unused DLL files, unused Shared DLLs and also allows you to uninstall and remove software from the Add/Remove list. In addition, it offers an overview of all programs that start with Windows and the option to remove selected entries. The program also provides a backup features that allows you to undo the changes , in case you run into problems. You can choose to manually select and remove entries or use the automatic cleanup feature, that will scan your system and find obsolete entries automatically. (This program is no longer being made. It has since been replace by a crappy shareware program called RegSupreme - you can't sort by columns, it's awefully slow, plus I don't think it has the "new" and "old" Age notations on the Software page.)

  • Screen Saver Toolbox - This easy to use Toolbox makes Screen Saver creation a breeze. (Registration Patch)

  • SeaMonkey - The best web brower currently available, in my opinion of course. The least you can install is just the browser, which comes with a built-in WYSIWYG HTML editor. You can also install the e-mail/newsgroup component, as well as a few other optional features (like a spell checker). You can even install some "extensions" to add more features to the program. In order to install the following SeaMonkey extensions, "Software Installation" must be enabled in SeaMonkey. Support Forums (Formally known as the Mozilla Application Suite, it can also use Mozilla extensions.)

    BROWSER TESTS:
    * Browser Security Test
    * BrowserSpy
    * Pop-Up Test Page #1
    * Pop-Up Test Page #2

    • PLUGIN: Adobe Flash & Shockwave Players - Browser plugins that allow you to play Flash and Shockwave files, which many websites use as part of their design.

    Adblock Plus - A content filtering plug-in, which is both more robust and more precise than the built-in image blocker. Adblock Plus allows the user to specify filters, which remove unwanted content based on the source-address (blocked content is not downloaded). Just add a few filters. Every time a webpage loads, Adblock Plus will scan through and hide or collapse the elements matching your filters. After you install / restart, an "Adblock Plus" item will be present in the tools-menu. This will launch Adblock Plus' prefs. A selected filter can be edited by double-clicking or pressing 'enter'. To remove it, press 'delete'. New filters can also be added here or directly in the web-page: just right-click an ad and choose the "Adblock" option. (alt homepage) (Use "Element Hiding Helper" listed below for more powerful filtering in AdBlock Plus.)

    Here's a few examples of simple-filtering:
    * Removal of all gif-images: *.gif
    * Removal of all content served from Doubleclick: *.doubleclick.net*
    * Ignoring images from an ad-directory: http://www.example.com/ads/*

    PROGRAM NOTES
    -- Adblock Plus stores its patterns in a separate file located in the "adblockplus" subdirectory" of your SeaMonkey profile directory: C:\Documents and Settings\[...]\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\[...]\adblockplus\patterns.ini
    -- If you don't want the "blockable items" list to be opened in the sidebar, but instead in a window, there's a simple solution. After it opens in the sidebar, press the "detach" link in the upper right corner to have it be a window, then close the sidebar. The next time you reopen the "blockable items" list, it will be as a window and won't invoke the sidebar.
    -- In the upper right of the "blockable items" window, right above the scroll bar is a box with a window & down arrow icon in it. Click on this to hide and show all of the columns for the window. The State column helps in sorting by blocked and unblocked items, and the Filter column shows the filter that is in effect for items that are blocked (the column will be blank for unblocked items). The main AdBlock Plus "Preferences" window also has a "window & down arrow" icon, but the only column hidden by default is Last Hot, which isn't very useful.
    -- If you have "Show Tabs on Flash and Java" turned on, you can move your mouse over an AdBlock tab to see the underlying url. If you right click on it and select "copy link location", it copies that url to the clipboard. So you don't need to open the main AdBlock window and copy it that way.
    -- The "Check Banner Links" option blocks images if they link to sites/objects on your filters list. It only works on pages that are online, not local pages.

    Element Hiding Helper - A companion extension for Adblock Plus meant to make creating element hiding rules easier. You simply select the element you want to be hidden and then choose which attributes of this element should be taken into account when hiding it in future. The element hiding rule is generated and added at the press of a button. This extension will not do anything on its own.

    IE Tab + - View webpages in an Internet Explorer window WITHIN a SeaMonkey/Firefox tab.

    NOTES:
    1. In Edit -> Preferences -> Appearance, "Show Tooltips" MUST be checked in order for this extension to work. Otherwise you won't see the ALT text tooltips.
    2. If an image has both a TITLE and ALT tag, the TITLE text takes precedent.

    Linkification - v1.3.9 modified by me for current SeaMonkey - This extension converts text links into genuine, clickable links. (alt homepage)

    Open Multiple Locations - v0.5 modified by me for current SeaMonkey - This extension adds a "File" menu option to open multiple locations at a time. Just input a list of urls and it'll open them all at once in separate tabs. (A not-quite-as-elegant alternative is to use this webpage to open multiple tabs.)

    User Agent Switcher - v0.7.3 modified by me for current SeaMonkey - This extension adds a menu to switch the user agent of the browser. It is designed to provide functionality similar to the "Browser Identification" feature of Opera and allows configuration of the list of user agents to display in the menu. With this extention you can let a website think you're using another browser, which can be handy in some cases. (alt homepage)

    Note that ver. 0.6.11 is the last version that will store its settings in the browser's prefs.js file. Later versions store their settings in a UserAgentSwitcher subfolder (in the browser's profile folder). Also note that the program *isn't* supposed to retain the user agent after closing - normally or forced. To retain the user agent, go into about:config and set useragentswitcher.reset.onclose to "false" (if not present, add as a new boolean item). It will stay set to a different user agent whether closed normally or forced/crash. Of course, this setting configuration is unsupported. You may experience a bug in SeaMonkey where it will keep the user agent even though the about:config settings is set to true. If you don't want the settings retained, switch it to false then back to true.

  • Side-By-Side - Ver. 2.0 Beta01 (1 Mb) - Side-by-Side lets you compare two directories, zip files, or ftp directories or any combination thereof. The program lets you quickly decipher differences on each side visually and provides single-click copying and deleting of files. Advanced filtering lets you include only files that match multiple wildcards, all files on both sides, only common files, and only different files. Also includes a Visual File Compare window that allows you to easily compare two text files in an elegant but intuitive fashion. Also supports drag/drop client and serving, launching an editor, and many other cool features.
    =======================
    SOME THINGS THAT MIGHT NOT BE TOO APPARENT: To access an FTP directory, right click on the directory browse icon (normally a yellow folder). You MUST end ftp servers with a "/" slash (eg. www.servername.com/). You can also type in the directory in the text box to the right of the browse button (eg. ftp://www.servername.com/ -- note the end slash). Also, the program automatically disconnects from the ftp server when you change to a local directory or zip file. You can see the ftp status by right-clicking on the file name area and selecting the ftp status option from the menu.

  • Snappy Fax 2000 - Ver. 2.11.6.5 [alt url] (2.1 Mb) - Use your scanner and fax modem as a fax machine. Send Faxes, Receive Faxes in the background, send faxes by email, forward received faxes to email accounts, annotate faxes, use your scanner and printer as a copy machine and much more. Adds fax and copy machine functionality to your Windows desktop. With a few mouse clicks you can fax directly from your scanner or make a copy of a paper document right from your scanner. In addition, you can fax from any other Windows application by simply printing to the Snappy Fax printer driVer. Snappy Fax can also receive faxes in the background while you go about your work. It can even forward received faxes to your email account. Snappy Fax can also send fax images as an email attachment or you can set up a "virtual fax" network and send and receive faxes via either email or ftp transfer. Private company "fax networks" can be setup to utilize the internet for faxing requirements thus avoiding long distance telephone charges. (Not Current) (Registration Patch)

  • TabMail - An E-Mail client for sending, receiving and managing your email messages. Used to be shareware, but is now freeware (the Help and Readme.txt files may not have been updated yet to reflect this).

  • TClockEx - Replaces the Windows tray's clock. Allows the display of day of week, month, day of month, year, hour, minute and seconds. Seamless, and highly customizable.
    (one suggestion for CUSTOM FORMAT: "ddd. MMM. dd, yyyy")

  • Teleport Pro - Versatile Web spider. Useful for retrieving a web site in its entirety for offline viewing, mirroring a site, search a webpage for a specific file type or size, and even grabbing web sites linked from a central website. (Registration Patch)
    NOTE: When using the Localize Links option, "tppabs" code with the exact urls where the files are located on the internet will be added to the links coding in the downloaded/saved html files. I asked the technical support team if they can give users an option to NOT have the program add this extra information to the files, for those of us who only plan on downloading a site once and wish for the file to remain as clean and pure as the originals on the internet. Unfortunately, they told me that they won't add this option because (simply put) it would mess up the program for those people who download the same website files again and again (or something to that effect).
    NOTE: Teleport Pro can't tell that www.site.com and site.com are the same site. It *WILL* apparently see that they're the same if you use site.com.

  • Total Recorder - A universal sound recording tool that allows you to record different digital and analog sounds. The resulting sound file can be stored on your hard drive in WAVE format and, if needed, is ready to be put on CD-R. (Registration Patch)

  • TrayManager - Ver. 2.0 (753 Kb) - Lets you control the overabundance of icons in your system tray by creating a submenu for the icons you use less frequently. The original TrayManager worked only in Windows 95&98. Version 2.0 adds support for Windows ME, NT 4.0, and 2000, and a new feature restores the icons in your system tray after a Windows Explorer crash. A simple configuration window lets you choose which icons to place on the TrayManager submenu. Double-click on TrayManager's tray icon to bring up the configuration dialog. Placing the icons you use less often into a submenu helps you find the ones you need more easily. To access the icons in the submenu, right-click on TrayManager's tray icon, and then select the item you want from the list. Right and left clicks on a submenu item work just as they would if the item were still in the system tray.

  • Tweak UI - Adjust your Windows user interface, including menu speed, window animation, and more.

  • Vallen Jpegger - A handy image viewer program that has been especially designed for browsing through large folders with many images. About 40 different image formats are supported like jpg., .bmp, .pcx, .tif, .png., .gif and many more. Original Explorer context menus provide all necessary file management functions like Copy, Move and Delete. Thumbnails of all images in the current directory are created automatically and full scalable print support including print preview for images and thumbnails is also included as well as a slide show mode. Images can be mirrored, rotated and saved. A built-in sound interface allows one to play back MP3, Midi or Wave-files while viewing. It can be used to assign spoken commentaries or sound impressions to specific folders. Besides viewing images and slide shows, you can also use Jpegger to take quick screenshots of your Windows desktop or applications and find duplicate images. Also includes a full featured MP3 Sound Explorer.

  • WfpAdmin - Ver. 2.00 (161 Kb) - Temporarily disable Windows File Protection so that Windows 2000 and XP system files can be replaced. It also has the ability to list protected files and change WFP and SFC settings. Windows File Protection is restored on the next reboot. For more information on Windows File Protection, check out my computer info page. (Registration Patch)
    NOTE #1: The file listed on the website is an installer that downloads the program from the internet. The direct link I've put up is to the actual program itself (msi files are handled by Windows Installer, which comes with Windows 2000).
    NOTE #2: The minimize and close buttons on the top right of the program window do not work. To exit out of the program you must press the Cancel button.

  • WinRescue 2000 - WinRescue backs up the Registry and important configuration files, packs the Registry, troubleshoots problems, provides fivefold protection from system crashes, backs up any and all files that you desire, and much more. (Registration Patch)

  • XanaNews - A Usenet newsgroup reader.

  • Xenu's Link Sleuth - Spidering software that checks web sites (and even your Bookmarks file) for broken links. Link verification is done on "normal" links, images, frames, backgrounds and local image maps. It displays a continously updated list of URLs which you can sort by different criteria. A report can be produced at any time.
MULTIMEDIA CODECS

  • K-Lite Mega Codec Pack (old versions) - These codecs will allow you to play many different video and audio formats on your computer. For a full list of what is in this codec pack, check out the homepage. The K-Lite Mega Codec Pack is a combination of the latest versions of three codec packs: K-Lite Codec Pack Full, QuickTime Alternative, and Real Alternative. It includes three multimedia players: Media Player Classic, BSplayer, and GDivX Zenith (which contains no adware junk, unlike the version available to download elsewhere from the internet). In my opinion, Media Player Classic is the best and the last two are skinnable garbage which are best left uninstalled. QuickTime Alternative will allow you to play QuickTime files (.mov, .qt and other extensions) without having to install QuickTime Player. It also supports QuickTime content that is embedded in webpages. The QuickTime plugins include iPIX and QuickTimeVR. The QuickTime Browser plugin supports Internet Explorer, Opera, SeaMonkey, Mozilla and Netscape. Real Alternative will allow you to play RealMedia files without having to install RealPlayer or RealOne Player. Supported are: RealAudio (.ra .rpm), RealMedia (.rm .ram .rmvb .rpx .smi .smil), RealText (.rt), ReadPix (.rp). It also supports RealMedia content that is embedded in webpages. RealMedia .smi and .smil files are not fully supported, only the first part will usually be played. This is a limitation of the current Media Player Classic. The RealMedia Browser plugin supports Internet Explorer, Opera, SeaMonkey, Mozilla and Netscape. (The 3ivx splitter is what can play .mp4 files.)
    NOTE: If you plan to install this more then once, you should make a silent installation. Personally, I use the default settings, though with all "tools" unchecked and the "check for updates" option at very bottom of next screen unchecked as well.

  • Windows Media Lite - From the same people who bring you the K-Lite Mega Codec Pack. Includes the following:
    * Windows Media codecs
    With these you can play Windows Media files in almost every media player. This is the only component of WML that is also included in the Mega Codec Pack.
    * Windows Media Format runtimes
    Required for playing Windows Media files. It is not needed nor recommended to install this if you have Window Media Player 7/9/10 installed.
    * Windows Media Player core components and IE plugin
    This is specially for those people who have removed Windows Media Player 7/9/10 from Windows, for example using tools like nLite or XPlite. This is also useful for Windows 2000 users who only have WMP 6.4 and don't want to install a newer version. This will only install a few core files of WMP, not the whole player. After installing this (and the Windows Media Format runtimes) you should be able to play Windows Media content in Internet Explorer. It is not needed nor recommended to install this if you already have Window Media Player 7/9/10 installed.
    * Windows Media plugin for Firefox/SeaMonkey/Mozilla/Netscape/Opera
    For playing Windows Media in those browsers. Requires the Windows Media Format runtimes and the Windows Media Player core components to be installed.