– secure file deletion
Eraser is a secure file deletion tool that allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with sophisticated patterns (Gutman, USDoD and others). You can simply drag and drop files and/or folders onto the on-demand eraser, use the convenient Windows Explorer right-click extension or use the built-in scheduler for automated wiping of unused disk space, browser cache files etc. Easy to use and secure!
Download: Eraser 5.86a
Startup Delayer 2.5.138
– delay the startup of programs
Startup Delayer allows you to configure which programs to start first and which ones to delay when your computer is rebooted. You can set a custom delay for each one, even drag the visual display graph which shows you exactly how your programs are starting and allows you to easily modify the order or adjust delay times.
Download: Startup Delayer 2.5.138
Avira AntiVir Personal 126.96.36.1994
– anti-virus scanner
Avira AntiVir Personal offers the effective protection against computer viruses for the individual and private use on a single PC-workstation. It detects and removes more than 50,000 viruses and an Internet-Update Wizard for easy updating. The built in resident Virus Guard serves to monitor file movements automatically, for example when downloading files from the internet. Heuristic scanning protects Protection against previously unknown macro viruses. Note: This free version brings up a daily nag screen that advertises the Professional versions which are available from the company.
Download: Avira AntiVir Personal 188.8.131.524
TrendMicro HijackThis 2.0.2
– investigate browser add-ons
TrendMicro HijackThis is a tool, that lists all installed browser add-on, buttons, startup items and allows you to inspect, and optionally remove selected items. The program can create a backup of your original settings and also ignore selected items. Additional features include a startup list report, hosts file manager, uninstall manager and some other tools. Intended for advanced users.
Download: TrendMicro HijackThis 2.0.2
Access Manager 2.1.58
– password manager
Access Manager provides fast, easy and secure storage for all your passwords. You can organize passwords into types and categories for easy access and keep notes, web site links and e-mail addresses with each password. Email addresses or web site URLs can be automatically launched from within the program. The program is easy to use and uses a clean MS Outlook style interface and can be protected with a master password. Also included is an option to generate random passwords, search functions, printing of password lists and more. Free for personal use.
Download: Access Manager 2.1.58
Windows CleanUp! 4.5.2
– clean-up junk files
Windows CleanUp! is an easy to use privacy cleaner that can remove traces of your Internet activity as well as delete a variety of junk files that accumulate over time and litter your hard drive. It offers 4 levels of cleaning, the maximum level is designed for the case that you are selling your PC and want to thoroughly eliminate all personal references, including your IE Favorites. The program can also clean custom directory locations and optionally wipe the deleted files, so they cannot be recovered.
Download: Windows CleanUp! 4.5.2
The Vault 0.9.4.13
– store files in a secure vault
The Vault enables you to store files and folders in a password protected and encrypted database (vault), out of sight and inaccessible by other users. You can create multiple vaults with virtual folders to organize your files, add new files via drag and drop, launch files from within the vault, and also extract or delete items as needed. The program and vault contents can optionally be transferred to a USB drive. Supports Blowfish, Rijndael, Serpent and Twofish encryption algorithms.
Download: The Vault 0.9.4.13
Norman Malware Cleaner 2009.06.16
– virus and malware removal tool
Norman Malware Cleaner is a standalone virus and malware removal tool that can detect and remove specific malicious software (malware) from your PC. The program does not require installation and does not provide proactive protection from future infections. It is designed to clean a computer that has already been infected.
Download: Norman Malware Cleaner 2009.06.16
– prevent installation of malware
SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of many so-called spyware, adware and malware programs by disabling the CLSIDs of popular spyware ActiveX controls, and also prevents the installation of any of them via a webpage. This allows you to run Internet Explorer with Active-X enabled, but it will never download or even prompt you for any of the known ActiveX controls. All other Active-X controls or plug-ins will work fine. The SpywareBlaster database contains information on these known spyware Active-X controls and can be updated with the click of a button. The application windows displays a list of all controls that it is able to detect (this is not a list of what was found on your computer). The program cannot detect if you have any of the known objects already installed, but if you do, they will be disabled. The program also allows you to take a snapshot of your computer (certain settings) in its clean state and later revert many changes made by spyware and browser hijackers.
Download: SpywareBlaster 4.2
– portable password manager
RoboForm2Go is a secure password manager and form filler. It stores all your login information and can run directly from a USB drive. Once launched, it attaches itself to Internet Explorer (or other IE based browser) and allows you to login to your sites with a single click from the toolbar. When you remove the USB drive from the host computer, no traces of Pass2Go are left behind. The program can also store personal data for automatic form filling or reference (credit card numbers, social security, driver license numbers etc.). Pass2Go uses AES encryption and password protection to secure your data on the USB drive. The auto-login features work in Internet Explorer and IE-based browsers, however you can also access your stored data from the program interface on any computer, regardless of any browser. The free version allows you to store up to 10 logins.
Download: RoboForm2Go 6.9.95
RISING Antivirus Free Edition 2009 21.22.30
– antivirus program
RISING Antivirus Free Edition is a full-featured antivirus program that protects your computers against all types of viruses, Trojans, Worms, Rootkits and other malicious programs. It offers real-time protection, email scanning (POP3/SMTP), automatic updates, scheduled scans and all others standard features, as well as a set of advanced system protection tools that monitor for system changes, suspicious application behavior and other potential issues. The free version offers the same level of protection as the commercial version but does not include a firewall.
Download: RISING Antivirus Free Edition 2009 21.22.30
Comodo Internet Security 3.9.95478.509
– personal firewall and antivirus
Comodo Internet Security (formerly Comodo Firewall) combines Comodo AntiVirus with a personal firewall that filters ingoing and outgoing traffic on your computer. It alerts you of any applications that attempts to connect to the Internet and allows you to permanently or temporarily allow or block the connection. Advanced users can customize the application and TCP/IP rules based on IP address, protocol and destination port, however this is not required unless you have a reason to customize the rules. In addition to application behavior and network connections, Comodo Firewall also monitors components (dll files etc.) that initiate network connections, as well as parent processes and modifications to executables (checksum verification). Other features include attack prevention (port scanning, flooding), adjustable security levels, trusted networks, activity log and more. The firewall and antivirus features can be installed individually, you do not have to install both.
Download: Comodo Internet Security 3.9.95478.509
– personal firewall
ZoneAlarm provides essential protection for Internet users. Combining the safety of a dynamic firewall with total control over applications Internet use, ZoneAlarm gives rock-solid protection against thieves and vandals. ZoneAlarm makes ironclad Internet security easy-to-use. ZoneAlarm gives you control over the door to your computer. With Stealth Mode enabled, ZoneAlarm`s Firewall renders your computer invisible to the Internet and potential intruders. If you can t be seen, you can t be attacked. Because you tell ZoneAlarm how you use your computer, the firewall only allows traffic that you understand and initiate. ZoneAlarm s firewall provides the ultimate intrusion security for your personal computer. ZoneAlarm also introduces MailSafe which enables users of ZoneAlarm to detect and control Visual Basic Script attachments to emails they receive while ZoneAlarm is running. Free for personal and non-profit use.
Download: ZoneAlarm 8.0.298.000