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Fresh WebSuction – Free Offline Browser

imageOffline browsers are pretty cool applications – they can give you just a little more control over the Internet.

With an offline browser you can download websites ,or parts of a website, store locally, and then view the saved site at your convenience, while offline. If you’re on a dial-up Internet connection, you can add cost saving to the convenience factor – once the site is downloaded, you can disconnect.

Fresh WebMaster, the developers of the highly recommended Fresh UI Windows tweaking application, have just released Fresh WebSuction, a free offline browser application that’s worth considering if offline browsing is your thing.

The user interface is simply, and straightforward, as the screen capture illustrates:

Create a new project by clicking the “New” button on tool bar or choose “File |New Project” from the main menu.

Enter the URL in the address field and change the Project Name and Level setting if necessary, all other Properties information will be set by default.

Click the Run Now button, to start the download.

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That’s it!

image To view the downloaded files offline:

Open the application.

From the Project Content tree select the file that you want to view and double-click it, or right-click then select “Open”.

Or, from Download List tab right-click on any file then select “Open”.

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The screen capture below, shows the results of opening “Test 2”, for offline viewing.

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Fast facts:

Download and save an entire Website.

Download and save particular sections of a Website.

Download up to 50 files simultaneously, thus large amounts of information can be retrieved in very little time.

View saved web content offline.

File types: HTML, Images,Audio,Video,Documents,Archived,User-defined and others.

File extensions : htm, html, shtm, shtml, htms, htmlx, asp, pl, stm, stml,idc, htx, xsp, xml, cfm, cgi, htmp, php, php3, nsf, jsp, aspx.

System requirements: Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, Me

Download at: Fresh WebMaster (registration required).

Are you into Linux? If you are, then checkout Webhttrack, a free (GPL), easy-to-use offline browser utility.

Note: You can of course, save individual web pages for offline viewing, by using the File – Save Page As function, in your Browser.

As an alternative, if you’re a Firefox user, you might consider ScrapBook, a Firefox addon which is designed to save both web pages, and sites.

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Microsoft Pulls the Plug on Office 2000. How Will This Affect Your System Security?

Guest writer Rick Robinette, one of my favorite Blogging buddies, explains why MS Office 2000 is poised to become a security risk.

You have heard it here, and on other blogs associated with “What’s On My PC…”“Keep your software up-to-date!” (to protect yourself from potential security vulnerabilities, or weaknesses).

But, what do you do when the software maker stops supporting a specific product version? The common sense approach is to upgrade; however, in some cases where economics (cost to upgrade) becomes a factor, the user will stick with the version that has economically worked for them.  A good example of this scenario are the people still using Microsoft Office 2000.

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I really do not know what the numbers of actual users (or businesses) are, but if you are a Microsoft Office 2000 user, be warned that the lifecycle for Microsoft Office 2000 comes to an end on July 14, 2009.

Microsoft initially retired “Mainstream Support” for Office 2000 in mid-2004; however, extended support (for critical updates, patches, and fixes) continue to be available until July 14, 2009.

To put this in perspective:

Office 2000 has been patched 15 times so far this year alone, 12 of which were labeled “critical,” Microsoft’s most serious threat ranking.

Just last week, Microsoft patched 10 bugs in PowerPoint 2000, the presentation maker in Office 2000.

[ Source: Computerworld ]

If you are connected to the internet (or any network for that matter) and are still using Office 2000, after July 14th, 2009, then you are at risk of being targeted for any future potential security vulnerabilities (i.e. hijacking).

In a sense, Microsoft Office 2000 will become a security vulnerability in itself and a potential avenue for bot infections, etc. It is advisable that you upgrade to a newer version of Microsoft Office, prior to July 14, 2009, to protect yourself and other users.

Free alternatives exist to replace Microsoft Office; perhaps the most popular is the outstanding open source application Open Office 3.1. Many software application reviewers consider Open Office to be the equal of MS Office in most respects.

For information on this excellent free suite of office tools, checkout OpenOffice.org for information and download links.

This is a guest post by Rick Robinette, who brings a background as a security/police officer professional, and as an information technology specialist to the Blogging world.

Why not pay a visit to Rick’s site at What’s On My PC. Like me, you’re sure to become a frequent visitor.

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Get Your Priorities Right with Free Prio Software

Microsoft likes to describe Windows Task Manager as a tool which allows a user to start programs, to start or to end processes, and to view a dynamic display of a computer’s performance. Additional selective information on running applications, performance, local area connections, and on users, is also available.

While it’s true that Task Manager can handle these tasks, in my view, it still remains a barely adequate tool. It does provide the user with some usable information, but it falls far short of providing you with the information that you really need.

Recognizing the limitations imposed by Task Manager, independent developers have developed a host of add-ons to improve its functionality. A number that we have reviewed and recommended on this site include, ProcessQuickLink 2, a small application, from Uniblue Systems, Security Process Explorer from Glarysoft, the developer of the powerful, free system tool Glary Utilities, and System Explorer from the Mister Group.

One that escaped my attention to this point however, is Prio, a free add-on developed by O&K. Kudos to fellow geek TechPaul over at Tech for Everyone, for recommending this useful application.

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Fast facts:

Save the priority of each process.

Obtain detailed information about the process in the list of running processes.

View services hosted by processes.

Quick access to system services control.

Detect the full path to an executable file.

Analyze the current TCP/IP connections.

Identifies processes without a valid digital signature.

Operating System requirements:

NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

Hardware requirements:

Processor: 500 MHz

Memory: 128 MB

Download at: Softonic

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File and Folder Encryption – Download Free EncryptOnClick

Financial data and other privileged information on a computer can easily be subject to intrusive viewing by those not authorized to do so.

Not many of us, it seems, bothers to lock our computers while we’re temporarily away from the machine creating a perfect opportunity for others to peek at our most sensitive and confidential files.

Quick tip: Press the Windows Key + L which, in Windows XP or Windows Vista, will lock your computer by displaying the Profile screen. When you click on your icon and type your password, you again have access to the PC.

Of course, it is not only those with physical access that can probe a computer for sensitive and confidential information. Internet malware attack statistics show, more and more, that this type of information is targeted by hackers/information thieves, for the purpose of identity theft.

Can it happen to you? The short answer is – you can count on an attempt. The reality is; there is no such thing as a totally secured internet connected computer. All internet connected computers are subject to attack.

To reduce, or eliminate, the security threat of sensitive data exposure, the most prudent course of action is data encryption. Essentially, data encryption is a secure process for keeping your sensitive and confidential information private. It is a process by which bits of data are mathematically jumbled with a password-key. The Encryption process makes the data unreadable unless, or until decrypted.

EncryptOnClick is a free program that lets you securely encrypt and decrypt files. The program is very simple to use, and features military grade 256-bit AES encryption. After you have launched the application, simply select the target file/folder you want to encrypt. Following the easy interface, type a password for that file/folder which will then be encrypted. To open the encrypted file/folder at a later date, you must type the correct password.

Quick facts:

A very secure encryption and decryption method is used (256-bit AES encryption).

Files are both compressed & encrypted, which results in a smaller file.

Password protected.

Will encrypt single files or all files in a folder.

Very simple to use interface.

Can be used on a USB key.

Fully Unicode enabled so filenames in any language can be encrypted.

OnClick will encrypt, decrypt, compress, and uncompress files which can also be opened and decrypted using third party programs like WinZip 9 (provided the correct password is used).

Will detect if you’re decrypting a file that is in a temporary folder, and if so will prompt you to see if you would like to decrypt it into a different folder.

Command line parameters can be used.

Complete help file.

Free technical support, online forums, knowledge base, and FAQs at 2BrightSparks

Tip: Use on a USB key by copying the files EncryptOnClick.exe, EncryptOnClick.exe manifest, ExceedZip.dll to a named folder on the USB key.

Tip: If you need more encryption power checkout the review and download link for TrueCrypt on this Blog.

System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP

Download at: Download.com

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Free EncryptOnClick – Simple, Secure, File/Folder Encryption

Financial data and other privileged information on a computer can easily be subject to intrusive viewing by those not authorized to do so.

Not many of us, it seems, bothers to lock our computers while we’re temporarily away from the machine creating a perfect opportunity for others to peek at our most sensitive and confidential files.

Quick tip: Press the Windows Key + L which, in Windows XP or Windows Vista, will lock your computer by displaying the Profile screen. When you click on your icon and type your password, you again have access to the PC.

Of course, it is not only those with physical access that can probe a computer for sensitive and confidential information. Internet malware attack statistics show, more and more, that this type of information is targeted by hackers/information thieves, for the purpose of identity theft.

Can it happen to you? The short answer is – you can count on an attempt. The reality is; there is no such thing as a totally secured internet connected computer. All internet connected computers are subject to attack.

To reduce, or eliminate, the security threat of sensitive data exposure, the most prudent course of action is data encryption. Essentially, data encryption is a secure process for keeping your sensitive and confidential information private. It is a process by which bits of data are mathematically jumbled with a password-key. The Encryption process makes the data unreadable unless, or until decrypted.

EncryptOnClick is a free program that lets you securely encrypt and decrypt files. The program is very simple to use, and features military grade 256-bit AES encryption. After you have launched the application, simply select the target file/folder you want to encrypt. Following the easy interface, type a password for that file/folder which will then be encrypted. To open the encrypted file/folder at a later date, you must type the correct password.

Quick facts:

  • A very secure encryption and decryption method is used (256-bit AES encryption).
  • Files are both compressed & encrypted, which results in a smaller file.
  • Password protected.
  • Will encrypt single files or all files in a folder.
  • Very simple to use interface.
  • Can be used on a USB key.
  • Fully Unicode enabled so filenames in any language can be encrypted.
  • OnClick will encrypt, decrypt, compress, and uncompress files which can also be opened and decrypted using third party programs like WinZip 9 (provided the correct password is used).
  • Will detect if you’re decrypting a file that is in a temporary folder, and if so will prompt you to see if you would like to decrypt it into a different folder.
  • Command line parameters can be used.
  • Complete help file.

Free technical support, online forums, knowledge base, and FAQs at 2BrightSparks

Tip: Use on a USB key by copying the files EncryptOnClick.exe, EncryptOnClick.exe manifest, ExceedZip.dll to a named folder on the USB key.

Tip: If you need more encryption power checkout the review and download link for TrueCrypt on this Blog.

System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP

Download at: Download.com

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My Lockbox Freeware – Hide Your Computer’s Private Files

Why would you need to conceal files on your computer; after all you have nothing to hide do you? Well if you’re like the rest of us, it’s almost certain that you do have something to hide.

At a minimum, it would be sensible to conceal files that contain financial data and other confidential information that you don’t want anyone else to have access to.

Confidentially of course may not be the only reason you may have to conceal files. On a shared computer for example, it may be prudent to conceal particular files to ensure that they are not subject to accidental erasure. In fact, you may have many personal reasons to mask particular files on your machine.

My Lockbox is a freeware software application that allows you to do just that, and then password protect those files on your computer. Other users will not have access to these files, nor will they be able to accidentally, or otherwise, view them or manipulate them in any way.

The protected folder (lockbox) is hidden from all other users and applications on your computer; including the Administrator and the System. The lockbox (protected folder), is impossible to access not only from the local computer, but also from the Internet.

Files that contain financial data and other confidential information continue to be targeted by hackers/information thieves, for the purpose of identity theft. The reality is; there is no such thing as a totally secured internet connected computer; all internet connected computers are subject to attack and penetration.

Masking files that contain financial data and confidential information, in my view, is not only sensible and prudent but given the nature of the current state of Internet security, it is an absolute necessity.

Following the on-screen instructions makes this program extremely easy to setup and use. The lockbox location, password, and parameters are configured during the easy setup procedure.

After the setup is completed, the lockbox will be hidden and locked until you, as the user, enter the valid password. My Lockbox Control Panel allows you easily change basic lockbox parameters: lockbox location, protection status, and password.

The program is effective, easy to use and best of all – it’s free.

Quick facts:

  • Very easy to use
  • Almost any folder on your computer can be password protected
  • Instant protection – no file scrambling
  • Lockbox folder is inaccessible even by the system administrators
  • Lockbox folder is inaccessible both locally and remotely
  • Lockbox folder can be protected in Windows safe mode
  • Hotkeys support – you can popup the Control Panel with a keystroke
  • Skinned user interface
  • Freeware

System Requirements: Windows 2000, XP, 2003 Server, Vista

Download at: Download.com

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