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ZoneAlarm 2.1.44

    ZoneAlarm is, without a doubt, one the best firewalls available and it's free for personal use. Here's a short blurb:
"One of the features we liked most was the ability to lock our desktop but still allow certain applications, such as Microsoft Outlook, to work. Other useful features were having predefined security levels -- great for novices -- as well as the Expert tools that allow administrators to configure ZoneAlarm before deployment on a user’s desktop. Combine this with automatic alerts and the ability to see how much traffic is passing through your PC, and you have a very easy-to-use yet powerful tool for protection from the evils of the Internet."
~ From ZDNet's full product Review


LavaSoft's AdAware

    Awesome spyware detection and removal tool. It's free for personal use. A Blurb:

Pull the plug on spyware with this small free tool, which scans for the most common advertising spyware and safely removes it from your system. Currently it detects Aureate, EverAd, OnFlow, TimeSink 5.0, Comet-Cursor, Cydoor, Gator, Web3000, and Flyswat. No installation necessary; only one executable is required. This version adds bug fixes and full Windows NT and 2000 compatability.
~From PC World



    Doubleclick is one of the biggest offenders for putting spyware on your system, but now you can make doubleclick blind as far as your PC is concerned.

Zeroclick2 is a small, simple, free program for users of Windows95, 98, NT and 2000 which allows you to "disconnect doubleclick from the internet" and this in turn prevents their banner ads, their cookies and their tracking of your activities. Zeroclick2 works by causing all referrals to doubleclick from any site to be blocked at your own computer. Zeroclick2 works only with the standard Microsoft winsock for dialup networking, DSL, ISDN and cable modems and does not work with other winsock programs such as AOL(Compuserve), Trumpet Winsock or Twinsock. ZeroClick2 adds new functionality to allow you to choose to block other sites as well.
(And while you're there, check out all the other neat stuff they have!)



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.

The patterns used for overwriting are based on Peter Gutmann's paper "Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory" and they are selected to effectively remove magnetic remnants from the hard drive...  MORE HERE.



Web Washer

Here you will find information on WebWasher® - the intelligent Internet filter and assistant used by 4 million users throughout the world with growing excitement. WebWasher® product sheet as PDF (86 KB)



    Free disk encryption software. Safeguard all your personal data.
Scramdisk is a program that allows the creation and use of virtual encrypted drives. Basically, you create a container file on an existing hard drive which is created with a specific password. This container can then be mounted by the Scramdisk software which creates a new drive letter to represent the drive. The virtual drive can then only be accessed with the correct passphrase. Without the correct passphrase the files on the virtual drive are totally inaccessible.

Once the passphrase has been entered correctly and the drive is mounted the new virtual drive can then be used as a normal drive, files can be saved and retrieved to the drive and you can even install applications onto the encrypted drive.
~ScramDisk Website

Check it out here.


BRAINTREE, MA. July 30, 2001, interMute, Inc., developer of award winning AdSubtract(TM) web-preference software, today announced AdSubtract users have achieved a new milestone in blocking Internet ads. With AdSubtract, Internet users have blocked over five billion Internet advertisements in little over a year, freeing up terabytes of bandwidth and improving the overall Internet experience for both consumer and corporate users. According to a recent report by comScore Networks and Diameter, a division of DoubleClick, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCLK), Internet users worldwide number 296 million, with 128 million in the USA alone. Five billion blocked ads is the equivalent of 17 ads blocked for every Internet user worldwide, or 39 ads blocked per USA user... MORE...



PGP®or Pretty Good Privacy® is a powerful cryptographic product family that enables people to securely exchange messages, and to secure files, disk volumes and network connections with both privacy and strong authentication.

MIT distributes PGP Freeware without cost for personal, non-commercial use. This distribution is done in cooperation with Philip Zimmermann, the original author of PGP, Network Associates, and with RSA Security, which licenses patents and software for one of the public-key encryption technologies on which PGP utilizes.  To see a statement from Phil Zimmermann about the cryptographic integrity of PGP, please click here.




Try Dimension 4,
a really handy utility for synchronizing your computer's clock
with several different sources like the National Bureau of Standards
or the Naval Observatory.
Get Dimension 4 at Thinking Man Software

FREE online virus scan at HouseCall.

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