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Our Software Recommendations

Here are links to some very useful software and other stuff that you can download and utilize to help make your computing experiences more efficient. And yes, I do use most of these utilities myself.

Our Recommended Links to On Line Resource Materials

Unless otherwise noted, most of these programs are free. A few are shareware, which means you will be asked to pay the developer a minimal price via online donation at the conclusion of a suitable evaluation period (usually 30 days). A small selection of other programs are provided at a minimal cost. The software programs listed below appear in alphabetical order by name within their respective categories. We extend no warranty for merchantability or fitness of purpose for any of this software. Use it at your own risk. If you know of a free or inexpensive program or utility that's not listed below but that should be recommended here, email me and I'll check it out. If it's as good as you say it is, I'll list it here...


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One of the most user-friendly free suites of programs available for the Windows operating system. The ALTools suite includes, as separate downloads, the following powerful programs, all of which are free for private personal use:

Click Here to Download ALZip FreeA ZIP archive program

Click Here to Download ALShow FreeA movie player, including all sorts of CODECS!

Click Here to Download ALSee FreeA photo display and editing program

Click Here to Download ALSong FreeA music player program

Click Here to Download ALPass FreeA password management program

Click Here to Download ALFTP FreeAn FTP program


Browsers, FTP Programs, and Search Engines

FileZilla is a powerful FTP-client for Windows 9x, ME, NT4, 2000 and XP. It has been designed for ease of use and with support for as many features as possible, while still being fast and reliable. (See FileZilla history for more information) And it's free.

HTTrack is a free, open source browser that allows you to download an entire World Wide Web site from the Internet to your computer so you can view the site off line. It recursively builds all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer.

Think of SWANsurf, a SWANsat co-branded edition of XeroBank's anonymous browser, as the free Firefox browser with an attitude... Anonymous surfing that disguises your IP address. It's even more secure than Firefox. Based on the open source Firefox browser, from the folk at Mozilla, SWANsat's co-branded edition of XeroBank's browser blows the doors off of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, in our opinion. It's secure and flexible. And it's free.

Download SWANsurf for free!

WinSCP is an open source SFTP client for Windows. Its main function is the secure file transfer between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this, WinSCP offers basic file manager functionality. It uses Secure Shell (SSH) and supports, in addition to Secure FTP, also legacy SCP protocol

Official SWANsat Beneficiary

But then again, if you sign up for a SWANsat email account at mySWANmail, you won't need Thunderbird—or any other email client, for that matter!. Instead, you can create, send, and receive 128-bit secure socket layer encrypted email for only USD$20 a year (non-USA subscribers slightly higher). You'll get an absolutely secure email service with 250 Megs of storage and your own web page as a precursor to SWANsat's high powered telecommunications service planned for delivery starting early 2010.

The open source Thunderbird email client from the folk at Mozilla blows the doors off of Microsoft's Outlook Express and Outlook, in our opinion. It's secure and flexible. And it's free.

Yahoo! Desktop search engine will find anything on your computer, search Yahoo! instant messages, view results instantly, and is compatible with Outlook, Outlook Express, and Thunderbird email. Search for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, text, HTML, ZIP and over 300 other file types.

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Data Recovery and Deletion Tools

This remarkable suite of freeware products is published by Convar as a public service to the computing community. Six free programs are downloadable separately from the PC Inspector web site. Here's a short description of each one:

 

PC INSPECTOR FILE RECOVERY does data recovery on a file-by-file basis. Finds partitions, even if boot sector or FAT has been erased or damaged.

 

PC INSPECTOR SMART RECOVERY does data recovery for Flash Card™, Smart Media™, SONY Memory Stick™, IBM™ Micro Drive, Multimedia Card, Secure Digital Card, or any other data carrier for digital cameras.

 

PC INSPECTOR E-MAXX does mass data deletion from hard drives at high speed mode—up to 3.3GB per minute! Can be started from a boot diskette, and deletes using strict US DOD MIL specs.

 

PC INSPECTOR CLONE MAXX copies hard drives at high speed mode—up to 3.3GB per minute! Can be started from a boot diskette.

 

PC INSPECTOR TASK MANAGER conveniently starts programs at specific times or intervals.

 

PC INSPECTOR FS GUARD monitors services and directories in the background, and can independently send notifications via email if the contents of a directory or folder are changed.

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Online Banking and Wire Transfer Services

Official SWANsat Beneficiary

Okay, we admit it. We don't know of any online internet banking service that we really like. So while we're getting ready to launch our  SWANsat high powered telecommunications service in early 2010, we've decided to offer all mySWANmail users a free online banking service through the mySWANbank in affiliation with SWANsat affiliate Banque de Commerce Internationale (now in organization).  

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Internet Communications and VoIP

Chikka facilitates computer-to-cell phone text messages. Chikka is user-friendly, inter-operable, and device- and platform-agnostic.

Click here to download the software described to your right.

Download and install the free Skype Internet telephony program so you can call other people on their computers or phones for free all over the world.

Yahoo Messenger allows you to communicate via chat text, voice, or video for free, from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world, over the internet. Yeah, I know about ICQ, AOL's IM and MSN's Instant Messenger, but I like this one better.

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Computer Security Utilities

Nick Payne's Cryptext password-encrypts files, installing as an extension on the right-click pop-up menu that displays options to encrypt or decrypt files using a combination of SHA-1 and RC4 with a 160-bit key. The program also generates a salt value for each file to ensure that no two files are encrypted with the same key stream.

Click here to download a free copy of v3.4 of Cryptext from our web site.

SecurStar's DriveCrypt securely and easily protects notebooks and desktop computers. As data is read from the hard disk, DriveCrypt automatically decrypts the data before it is loaded into memory.

Download specifications document for DriveCrypt in Adobe Acrobat PDF format

SecurStar's DriveCrypt Plus Pack can encrypt your operating system, hiding it from snoopers behind a facade operating system that appears real but that conceals your valuable files.

Download specifications document for DriveCrypt Plus Pack in Adobe Acrobat PDF format

These two program are NOT shareware.

Eraser is an advanced security tool (for Windows), which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Works with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP and DOS. Eraser source code is released under GNU General Public License.

Kerio Personal Firewall (KPF) helps control how your computer exchanges data with other computers on the Internet or local network. Kerio Personal Firewall is designed to protect any Windows PC that is connected to the Internet using DSL, cable, dial-up, ISDN, WiFi or satellite modems.

Microsoft Private Folder is Microsoft's own free encryption utility for Microsoft XP operating systems. Won't work on anything lesser. Yeah, I know. 'Nuff said. At least it's free.... The links to the left and above will send you to a verification page to test if your Microsoft product is genuine. So why not just upgrade to Ubuntu Linux instead? Come to think of it, if you're an English language user, just click here to download v1.0 from our mirror site.

Sure Delete offers two utilities that do more than deleting file references on your computer—the program actually destroys the data itself, making the data irretrievable. The process is virtually effortless. Sure Delete offers a wizard-style interface that guides you through the process of deleting files. Supports the FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS disk formats.

True Crypt is free open-source disk encryption software for Windows XP/2000/2003 and Linux. Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk. Encrypts an entire hard disk partition or a device, such as USB flash drive. Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent. Provides two levels of plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password:

The free WIZcleaner program can reclaim wasted disk space, remove obsolete registry streams left by many setup programs, clean tracks left (silently or not) from your Internet browsing, and protect your privacy by cleaning up all unwanted history data on your computer.

ZoneAlarm is an alternate to Kerio's Firewall. It protects from worms, hackers, and other things that go bump in the night. This link is to their free program for individual users.

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Free Alternatives to Microsoft Stuff

OpenOffice.org is both a multi-platform and multi-lingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute. The free and open source OpenOffice program is fully compatible with Microsoft Word™, Excel™, and PowerPoint™.

Click here to download

The Open CD project distributes free high quality Open Source software for Windows, including the OpenOffice suite described above.

Free to use on multiple computers and okay to make copies for your friends. This software is free and distributed under an Open Source License (OSI approved), which allows you to freely use and distribute it. You may even change the programs using the source code and distribute your own modified versions, provided you make source code available and give credit to past contributors!

Ubuntu Linux is a complete (and completely free!) Linux-based operating system. It comes with both community and professional support, built on the philosophy that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.

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Virus, Spam, and Spyware Filters

The free (for personal use) Ad-aware provides advanced protection from known Data-mining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is a free anti-virus protection tool developed by GRISOFT for home use. It's available free both in Microsoft Windows (Vista compatible) and Linux editions.

AVG Anti-Spyware Free is a free anti-Spyware protection tool developed by GRISOFT for home use. It's available free both in Microsoft Windows (Vista compatible) and Linux editions.

Microsoft Defender is Microsoft's own Anti-spyware system. Yeah, I know. 'Nuff said. At least it's free....

Rootkits are software tools used to hide Trojans, viruses and other malware from your anti-virus scanner and other security products F-Secure BlackLight detects these hidden objects and offers to remove them. It examines your system at a deep level, enabling detection of objects that are hidden from the user and other security software.

Click here to download a free beta copy.

Ram Optimizer optimizes your memory (ram) using this lean program. Avoid application crashes due to low memory. This program monitors your memory, and frees up ram if it falls below a certain minimum. It consumes little memory (the lowest when compared to other such programs available on the net). You can configure it to free memory automatically or manually.

Sophos Anti-Rootkit finds and removes Trojans or technology used to hide the presence of a malicious object (process, file, registry key, network port) from the computer user or administrator. Sophos Anti-Rootkit provides an extra layer of detection by safely and reliably detecting and removing any rootkit that might already have secreted itself onto your system.

Spybot Search and Destroy is arguably one of the best all around free spy ware removal programs. I recommend you run this program every time you use the internet. Every time.

Click here to download a free copy of the latest edition of Spybot from the Security-Related web site.

SpywareBlaster is a monitor that's designed to prevent an initial infection. It provides active protection for Internet Explorer users against thousands of malevolent products that use ActiveX  based exploits and offers defenses against hostile sites and unwanted cookies as well. It can be used with Firefox, even though Firefox doesn't need to be protected against ActiveX exploits.

Click here to download.

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General Utilities

You'll need the latest edition of the free Acrobat PDF Reader to view PDF files.

AIDA32 as an alternative to Belarc Advisor (see two items below).  AIDA32 performs diagnostics and benchmarking on Win32 platforms. It extracts details of all components of the PC. It can display information on the screen, print it, or save it to file in various formats like HTML, CSV or XML. For corporate users, AIDA32 offers command-line switches, network audit and audit statistics, remote system information and network management.

AM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in your Browser Bookmarks. If a Bookmark has become unavailable you can verify it in the internal preview and delete it from your Browser. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks. It works with Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla and Firefox.

The Belarc Advisor creates a comprehensive description of just about everything there is to know about your computer system and then displays it in HTML format in in your browser. Use it to display a list of fixes that Microsoft has installed on your computer, along with a list of every single license for software that you're running as well as a list of software installed as well as their version numbers. The Belarc Advisor is free for personal use.

BitTorrent is a free speech tool. You have something terrific to publish that many people would like to have. But the more popular your file becomes, the more you are punished by soaring bandwidth costs. If your file becomes phenomenally successful and a flash crowd of hundreds or thousands try to get it at once, your server simply crashes and no one gets it. The free BitTorrent program addresses all of these problems.

Dave's Quick Search Bar adds a superman-sized search bar to your task bar (the little window at the bottom of your screen that contains the Windows START key). Very useful. And free.

EasyCleaner is a small program which searches Windows' registry for entries that are pointing nowhere. EasyCleaner also lets you delete all kinds of unnecessary files like temps, backups etc. You can search for duplicate files and you can view info about your disk space usage! You are also able to manage startup programs, invalid shortcuts and add/remove software list.

Editpad Lite is, arguably, one of the finest free replacements for the Microsoft Notepad.exe program. EditPad Lite is a general-purpose text editor, designed to be small and compact, yet offer all the functionality you expect from a basic text editor. EditPad Lite works with Windows 95, NT4, 98, 2000, ME and XP. The Linux version is available separately.

Explorer x2Lite is, arguably, the finest free file manager available anywhere on the net.

File Splitter does just what it says: It splits files so you can put them on floppy disks, CD's, or even DVD's.

CLICK HERE to download File Splitter from this web site instead of having to visit the File Splitter web site.

Click here to download what's described to the right.

Power Archiver is one of the most sophisticated archiving utilities available anywhere at any price. It's a must have download.

Remote Administrator is a shareware remote control program that enables you to work on a remote computer from your own computer. You see the remote computer screen in a window on your desktop or on the full screen of your computer and can run it from your computer. You can also use this program to transfer files from one computer to another.

What's Running helps you investigate what applications, processes, services, modules, drivers and IP connections are running on your computer and see extensive system information in a simple graphical user interface. Let's you: (1) explore processes, services, modules, IP-connections, and drivers; (2) control your system by starting and stopping services and processes; and (3) configure your startup programs easily. Free for private use. USD$25.00 fee for commercial use.

Planning to talk to folk all around the world? You'll probably need a decent world clock to use on your computer. That way you won't wake up your friends in different time zones around the world because you forgot that it's 3:00am in the morning where they live while it's only 2:00 in the afternoon where you are! The best computer world clock that I've been able to find is Pawprint's World Time clock. And yes, it's totally free.

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Audio, Image, and MP3 Utilities

Audacity is a free open source program for editing sound recordings.

dBpowerAMP rips from Audio CDs  in a multitude of formats. Convert from one format to another. Just about every audio type is supported: mp3, mp4, Windows Media Audio (wma), Ogg Vorbis, AAC, Monkeys Audio, FLAC and many others,

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.

Godfather is, arguably, one of the finest free organizers for all types of computer audio files: mp3, ogg, mpc, ape, flac, aac, apl, wv, mp4, ofr, and spx files are supported.

Irfanview is the classic free Windows-compatible image viewer. Dozens of image formats are supported, including the difficult-to-find EPS (encapsulated PostScript) format.

Vorbis Ogg is an audio compression format roughly comparable to other formats used to store and play digital music, such as MP3, VQF, AAC, and other digital audio formats. It is different from these other formats because it is completely free, open, and unpatented.

Picasa helps you instantly find, edit and share pictures on your PC. Picasa automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. Picasa puts one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. You can email, print photos, make gift CDs, and even post pictures on your own weblog.

Gadwin's PrintScreen prints screen shots instantly, and you can copy the capture to the clipboard, save it to a specific folder, or even send it through e-mail. You can perform full screen captures, or only capture a specific window.  There are also six different image formats to choose from, and each one can be resized.

Read Please is a developer of award-winning text-to-speech software for Windows® based operating systems. Both free and fee-based text readers are available from this vendor.

Real Player is a free MP3 player utility.

Vueprint quickly and efficiently allows you to view, print, crop images, convert image formats, reduce the size of images for e-mail, and browse through large collections of images by pressing the space bar and backspace key. This program is not freeware, but it's very inexpensive.

WINAMP is a free MP3 player utility.

XNView lets you view more than 400 image file formats and convert them from one format to another. Clicking on the link downloads the complete version as a standalone EXE file, including all add-ins.

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Bible Study Utilities

The Bible Tool is a free, evolving open source tool for exploring the Bible and related texts online created by CrossWire Bible Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the United Bible Societies as the first in a number of coming Bible engagement tools using an XML standard called OSIS.

CrossWire Bible Society's free Bible software project is a cross-platform open-source tool covered by the GNU General Public License that allows programmers and Bible societies to write new Bible software more quickly and easily.

E-sword is arguably the finest free electronic Bible software ever published. There's also a version available for use with Mobile PC devices.

Okay, the International Standard Version Bible isn't software, or a utility for that matter. But you can download a free copy of the ISV New Testament or of the ISV Old Testament Sampler by clicking on the image below.

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Sonic Light provides comprehensive Bible Study Notes and Bible Study Commentaries that can be viewed on-line, printed, or downloaded—all freely available. We now have over 7,000 pages of Bible study resources on all 66 books of the Bible!

All trademarks listed above, together with the contents of the linked sites listed above, remain the property of their respective owners. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INTERNATIONALLY.

Links to On Line Resource Materials

General Bible Resources

50 Versions of the Bible (multiple foreign languages)

715 Bible Reference Resources

Amazing Bible Reference Library

Bible Gateway.com

Bibles.net Study Resource

Christian Answers.net

Christianity Today.com Bible and References

Crosswalk.com

Christian Classics - Ethereal Library

Encylopedia of Christianity

Extensive Reference Tool Library

Heartlight Bible Resources

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Lambert Dolphin's Research Links

Lambert Dolphin's Resource Links

Olive Tree Bible Version Tools

Southern Baptist Lifeway Bible Library

Torrey's Extensive Biblical Studies Resource

Yale Divinity Library

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History Resources

American Bible Society

Best of History Resources

Bible Archaeology Resources

Bible History Collection

Biblical Chronology Resource

Biblical History Resources from University of Dallas

Bible History Timeline

Bible Map Collection

Brief History of Israel

Cross Search Bible History Resources

Dead Sea Scrolls

Fox's Book of Martyrs

History of the English Bible

Institute for Biblical and Scientific Studies

Reference Books (Spurgeon, Finney, Torrey, Wesley, Nave, etc.)

Schoyen Collection of Manuscripts

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Greek and Hebrew Resources

Crosswalk.com Greek and Hebrew

Greek New Testament Gateway

Greek Bible Downloads (multiple manuscripts)

Mechon Mamre (Hebrew Bible web site)

Microsoft Greek and Hebrew Fonts Downloads

Online Greek Bible

Strong's Concordance with Hebrew and Greek Lexicon

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Graphical Bible Resources

Bible Lands Visual Tour

Bible Map Collection

Graphical Bible History Charts

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Contents of this site Copyright © 1999-2014 by William P. Welty, Ph.D. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INTERNATIONALLY. All trademarks and contents of linked sites remain the property of their respective owners. All emails received become our property and may be posted here at any time. This site was last modified on Saturday, February 15, 2014 18:22 -0800.