Cool Programs - Freeware and Shareware

Here are some Cool  Utility Programs Mermy
has found while wandering around the internet.

She thought they'd be Cool  to share!
Most are Freeware ..Some are Shareware!

updated: 11 March 2021

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Catagories: Anti-Virus | Archival | Graphics | Text Editing | Browsers | Utilities | Microsoft Necessities | Other Necessities | Shareware
Freeware
  Anti-Virus Programs 'puutin
Name Description Get It
Now
Microsoft
Security Essentials

Win XP-SP2 - Win7

Well, Mermy has used AVG, Avast, & even Spybot Search & Destroy over
the course of several years. They are all good Free Anti-Virus Programs!
But after constatly receiving junk email from these folks to upgrade from
their free version to their fully featured PAY-For-It version, Mermy has
found that Microsoft offers a really good Anti-Virus Protection program that
never tries to sell the user a pricey version. So she had dumped these other
guys for "Microsoft's Security Essentials".

MSE HomePage

Starting with Win 8 and newer, 'Windows Defender' is part of the operating system.
Therefore additional AV programs are no longer required for virus protection!
Save your money to eat out at the "Texas Road House"!

Microft Security Essentials
~12M
Avast Antivirus
Free Home Edition
v18.1.2326
Upgraded

Win XP-SP2 thru Win10

Avast! (Me Matey ...ARRRGHH!) Home Edition is a full-featured antivirus
package designed exclusively for home users and non-commercial use.

(Home Edition not for server platforms).
Home Page: http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download
Avast! Home Edition
71.2M
AVG
v18.1.304

Win 2K - Win7

AVG is an Anti Virus Program that is available is two different working versions:
It is a fully featured Anit-Virus Program!
and
It is available also in a free barebones version for home users.

One has to register the free version for a free registration number after installing.
Don't worry, there are no strings attached!

Home Page: https://www.avg.com/en-us/homepage

AVG Anti-Virus 2012
71.2M
Microsoft's
Malicious Software
Removal Tool
v5.57

Upgraded
14.February.18
This tool, (KB890830), checks your computer for infection by specific,
prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom)
and helps to remove the infection if it is found.
Microsoft releases an updated version of this tool
on the second Tuesday of each month.
( For: Windows; ALL )
MS MSRT v2.5
37.6M
Catagories: Anti-Virus | Archival | Graphics | Text Editing | Browsers | Utilities | Microsoft Necessities | Other Necessities | Shareware
 

 

Archival Programs - ZIP/RAR/LZH/etc. 'puutin
7-Zip
20.00
Upgraded

Windows All

7-Zip is an 'open source' file archiver with a high compression ratio

Packing / Unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM

Unpacking only: AR, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DMG, EXT, FAT,
GPT, HFS, IHEX, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, QCOW2,
RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, UEFI, VDI, VHD, VMDK, WIM, XAR and Z

Home Page: http://www.7-zip.org/

32 Bit
7-Zip 32 bit
1.14M

64 Bit
7-Zip 64 bit
1.38M

LHA
ARJ
ARC
Shell Extensions to add LZH, ARJ, & ARC capabilities to WinZip. Included,
are instructions by Mermaid_Elizabeth and all files needed.
Suggested for the Advanced user of WinZip.
WinZip Extras
267k
PikaPika
3.00E
A Japanese desktop companion for children that has an LZH archive
extraction utility built into it. Mermaid offers it here since some of the
Comic Chat character sites in Japan have their files compressed in the LZH format.

Created by: Hiroma
PikaPika
89k
RarZilla
7.00
Upgraded

Windows All

RarZilla is a Free Unrar utility. It is a fast, easy, and beautiful decompression
tool for RAR-archives that includes instructions in over 50 languages..

Homepage: http://www.philipp-winterberg.de/software/rarzilla_free_unrar.php
RarZilla
1.11M
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Graphics Related Programs 'puutin'
GIMP
GNU IMAGE
MANIPULATION
PROGRAM


2.8.22
March 2018
Win XP-10


2.10.18
February 2020
Win 7+
If you have been wanting to get Photoshop, but can't get yourself to pay all
your hard earned money for the program, then this is the program for you!
GIMP is a serious contender against Photoshop. What's more, it is entriely FREE!
...YES! ...FREE! What's more you can use Photoshop plug-ins in GIMP!
Awesome, huh? So download it, install it, and then have fun!

Forget hunting down cracks and keygens for Photoshop and ending up with
a virus from Russia instead! GIMP is all you need to satisfy your Photoshop dreams!
...And it is Free and Legal!

GIMP: Home Page
GIMP: User Manual
GIMP: Tutorials

ENJOY!

V. 2.8.22
GIMP
Win XP-10
85.4M


|

V. 2.10.18
GIMP
Win 7+
171M



Scott's
Box Shot
Maker
4.0

Win XP-10

Create 3-D box designs. The Scott's Box Shot Maker™ program is a unique
marketing tool and image-editing software that creates a virtual package for
your product. A box shot is a colorful image of the box in which your product
would be packaged if it were on the shelf at a software store. Total Freeware!
Created by TUCOWS founder: Scott Swedorski

Home Page

Merme Note: Mermy used this program to create the box on the ChatCheck page!

Capture
3.27M

EasyCapture
1.2.0
Upgraded

Windows NT through 10

EasyCapture is the perfect replacement to the now obsolete NestSoft "Capture"!
EasyCapture not only works with Vista through Win10, but the control panel is
similar to Capture so that long time users of Capture
will have no problem using EasyCapture.

Created by XYStudio
(Site no longer online) - http://www.xydownload.com/easycapture/

EasyCapture vs Windows Snipping Tool
'EasyCapture' supports: BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, PCX
'Windows Snipping Tool' only supports JPG, PNG ,GIF

 
Capture
2.56 Meg
DeKnop
'The Button'
5.0

Upgraded
DeKnop (Dutch for "The Button") is a graphics editor that is designed to let you
create buttons for your web site without requiring any graphic design experience.

Besides English, the 5.0 installer has availabe
18 other languages to choose from.

Visit the HOMEPAGE (site missing).
V4.3.12
DeKnop 4.3.12
950k
 
V5.0
DeKnop 5.0
1.13M
Just Color Picker
4.6

replaces defunct
eyedropper program

A very cool tool for discovering
the HEX code of a color you may see
and want to duplicate in your coding project!

Click Author's Homepage for more information and help!

Just Color Picker
770k
IrfanView
4.54
Upgraded
All Windows XP - 10
Mermaid uses this terrific graphics program for lightening dark graphics,
resizing graphics to use in the character editor, and for graphic file conversions.
Mermaid thinks this is a 'must have ' tool even if it isn't used for character creating.
(She uses this program and MS Paint to create her webpage graphics).

Home Page -- Other Download Sites
Note: 64 bit version is available on the Authors Website!

32 bit
V4.54
IrfanView 4.54
2.4M

Plugins
Plugins for IrfanView 4.54
16.7M

Photo Print
Calendar Maker
3.00E beta
An Awesome! Totally Free!
Calendar Making Program
from YOKOHAMA
Photo Calendar Maker
2.16M
AgAnims
1.001
4 Oct 03
Microsoft Agent Animation Browser
Allows you to examine and test all the animations
within a selected Microsoft Agent character .ACS file.

One must have MS Agent core and support programs installed for this to work.
[ Get .ACS files Here ]
 
AgAnims
151k
Catagories: Anti-Virus | Archival | Graphics | Text Editing | Browsers | Utilities | Microsoft Necessities | Other Necessities | Shareware
 

 

Text Editing Programs 'puutin

March 2021

doPDF
7.3.388
doPDF sets up as a printer.
When you send an item to it to "print", whether it is a text document or a graphic,
it converts it to a PDF format.
doPDF
4.04M
FontView
1.001
An easy to use font viewer to help quickly locate
that perfect font for your project!
FontView
77k
HexEdit
5.0

Windows All

HexEdit 5.0 is a free binary file editor or hex editor.

Mermy once used 'UltraEdit', but got tired of having to always pay $$$ for upgrades.
Then she found 'HexEdit 3.0F' which performs very much like UltraEdit only FREE!

Author's Home Page: http://www.hexedit.com/
5.0
HexEdit 5.0
5.34M

3.0F
HexEdit 3.0F
4.79M
LibreOffice
6.4.3

Windows, Macintosh
and GNU/Linux

An open source Full Office Suite comparable to Microsoft's Office program
without the price, (LibreOffice is totally Free)!
LibreOffice will also handle Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint files

Included in the suite are six feature-rich applications for all your document
production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.

Local download is 32-bit. [64-bit & Mac versions can be found on LibreOffice.org]

This program is perfect for students or anyone else on a tight budget
who need an Office Suite, but can't afford MS Office!

Author's Home Page: http://www.libreoffice.org/
LibreOffice Download Page

32-bit
LibreOffice
277M

 
32-bit
Help Pack for LibreOffice
2.03M

NotePad+
1.11

By: RogSoft

This was a perfect replacement for Microsoft's Windows Notepad!
It is what the Notepad program should have been! It allows one to save to HTML format.
NotePad+ is auto scrolling (NO annoying Wordwrap issues).
It has no memory limitations like Windows Notepad!
This is the ultimate workhorse text program for all Windows text documents!


RogSoft NotePad+ works on All Windows Versions
Although Mermy is leaving this here for download, she has discovered
that the resident Notepad in Win 7 is much better than this NotePad+.
Microsoft has come a long way to improve Notepad. Rogsoft Notepad+
corrupts Japanese text, whereas Windows 7 Notepad does not!
So ...whatever!
!

Changing “view source” in Firefox and SeaMonkey to use external editor:
In address bar type: about:config
Answer the warning message then proceed to the list.
Scroll down to: view_source.editor.external then double click on it to change the value from false to true.
Now select the next line: view_source.editor.path and add the path to your desired external HTML editor.
Close the program and when you reopen it, you can start using your desired HTML editor when you right click on “View Page Source”!
RogSoft NotePad+
207k
Rainbow Font
2.1
Makes cool rainbow text for your HTML pages!
( In 'copy & paste' HTML Code! )
UPDATE: 1 April 2007 Mermy used a HEX editor on Rainbow Font and
renamed all of the controls from Japanese to English for easier use.
RainbowFont
197k
Rname-it
3.11.D
Rname-it is a file renaming utility specialized for batch process renaming.
It allows the user to select multiple files and rename them all at once.

It is AWESOME!   It is FAST!   It is FREE!
What else do you want? ...GET IT!
Rname-it
108k
XVI32
2.51

Win 95/98/NT/2000/XP

A simple, powerful, but effective HEX editor thats free!
Author's Home Page: http://www.chmaas.handshake.de

Stand Alone Program No Installation Required

XVI32
493k
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Web Browsers 'puutin
Comments
-
Rants

Opinions
-
Mermaid's 2-Cents

There are several browsers one can use for surfing the web! Not all Browsers are created equal!


Worse: The worse browser one can use is "Microsoft's Edge"! It is built on Google Chrome's platform, but Microsoft has embedded into it tons of snoop and track scripts! These not only slow your browsing down, but also null and void any privacy one may think they have!
An academic study found Microsoft’s Edge browser to be the least private, due to it sending device identifiers and web browsing pages to back-end servers.
Microsoft Edge is one of the least private web browsers — even more so than other popular browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox — according to academic researchers.

Bad: Google Chrome is also a tracking and snooping browser! Not as bad as "Edge" but one will notice they get a lot of ads both in the browser and in their e-mail that mirrors their search patterns. While Chrome proves to be a safe web browser, its privacy record is questionable. Google actually collects a disturbingly large amount of data from its users including location, search history and site visits.

Good: Mozilla's Firefox is the continuation of "Netscape". Mozilla does not sell any of your web surfing activity to anyone. However, Mermaid has notice that one's web surfing is stored in the browsers cache.

Better: SeaMonkey is built on the Mozilla Firefox platform. It is a little more secure than Firefox in that whenever one closes the browser, all web activity history is erased. and again no one at Mozilla is tracking nor selling one's web habits.

Best: Tor Browser is also built on Mozilla Firefox platform. It is the most secure browser listed here. In fact it is so private, it may be too much for everyday browsing. It is best used for financial transctions as well as super secure browsing!
Firefox
86.0
Win 7-10

Older versions available for WinXP
&
Vista
The Firefox Browser is the only major browser backed by a not-for-profit (Mozilla) that doesn’t sell your personal data to advertisers while helping you protect your personal information. ...Or so they say, however one has to configure it to delete your history/cache! It certainly is a much more sane choice between Chrome or Edge!

Firefox:
Homepage: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
FAQs: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/faq/

Windows XP and Vista Users:
The "52esr" family [52.9.0esr] will be the last release to run on Windows XP and Vista!
To install Firefox on a Windows XP system, because of Windows restrictions, the user will have to
download and install Firefox 43.0.1 and then update to the 52.9.0esr release.
Please note that 64-bit builds of Firefox are only supported on Windows 7 and higher!

32-bit
DL 32bit
52.3M

 
64-bit
DL 64bit
53.5M

SeaMonkey
2.53.6

Win 7 - 10

Older versions available for WinXP
&
Vista

The SeaMonkey project is a community effort to develop the SeaMonkey all-in-one internet application suite. Such a software suite was previously made popular by Netscape and Mozilla, and the SeaMonkey project continues to develop and deliver high-quality updates as well as new features and improvements to this concept. Containing an Internet browser, email & newsgroup client, HTML editor, IRC chat and web development tools, SeaMonkey is sure to appeal to advanced users, web developers and corporate users.

SeaMonkey's Home Page: https://www.seamonkey-project.org/
Wikipedia's description: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SeaMonkey

Windows XP and Vista Users:
SeaMonkey 2.49.5 [32bit] [64bit] was the last release to run on Windows XP and Vista!

32-bit
DL 32bit
37.6M

 
64-bit
DL 64bit
40.4M

Tor Browser
10.0.12

Windows 2k, Vista, 7-10

Also available for:
OS X
Linux
Android

Tor Browser uses the Tor network to protect your privacy and anonymity.

Using the Tor network has two main properties:
1. Your internet service provider, and anyone watching your connection locally, will not be able to track your internet activity, including the names and addresses of the websites you visit.
2. The operators of the websites and services that you use, and anyone watching them, will see a connection coming from the Tor network instead of your real Internet (IP) address, and will not know who you are unless you explicitly identify yourself.

In addition, Tor Browser is designed to prevent websites from “fingerprinting” or identifying you based on your browser configuration.

By default, Tor Browser does not keep any browsing history. Cookies are only valid for a single session (until Tor Browser is exited or a New Identity is requested).

Tor Project Home Page: https://www.torproject.org/
Tor Browser Download Page

32-bit
DL 32bit
67.6M

 
64-bit
DL 64bit
69.2M

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Other utility programs not yet catagorized 'puutin
CDBurnerXP 4.5.8.6795
CDBurnerXP
4.5.8.7128
Upgraded
Extremely Powerful CD/DVD Burner Program
Totally Freeware!

~ Burns any Data on:
CD-R/CD-RW/DVD+R/DVD-R/DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM/BD/HD-DVD
,
including double layer mediums

~ Burns Audio-CDs from MP3, WAV, OGG, FLAC, WMA, APE, MPC, WV (WavPack) files
~ Burns and creates ISO files!

More Features | Home Page | Download Page

V 4.5.8.7128 for Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server
/Vista/2008/Win7,Win8, Win10 (x86 / x64)

The OLDER download is a fully featured CDBurnerXP Pro 2.2.9
that is for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP

V4.5.8.7128
CDBurnerXP 4.5.8.7128
8.52M

 

Older Pro
V2.2.9

CDBurnerXP Pro 2.2.9
14.3M


Caffeine
1.5

Win 98 - 10

Prevents your PC screen from locking or going to sleep
by simulating a "F15" key stroke once every 59 seconds.

Free Standing Program! No installation required!

HomePage       YouTube Introduction

The back story is that Mermy's "work" computer, which was controlled by the IT department, kept logging her off and requiring her to log back on everytime she left her cubicle. So this fixes that annoying problem! It makes the computer think that someone is there using the keyboard and prevents it from logging off!
Caffeine 1.5
14k
FineSplit
1.05
Splits a file into floppy sized parts and creates a merging batch file to
reassemble the pieces into a copy of the original file. Unlike other file splitters,
it will also permit the user to define the exact size of each separate piece as an option.

Options: Edit the enclosed .INI file to change the default part size, or other settings.
FineSplit
9k
HDCopy
2.104

Win95/98/ME
New Win ???

With HDCopy you can make an identical copy of a hard drive onto another
hard drive. If you buy a new hard drive and don't wish to change your
Windows configuration in any way, you can use HDCopy to copy your
old hard drive completely to the new one (hidden files as well).

Web Page was: http://home.tiscali.de/zdata/mainpage_e.htm
 
HDCopy
89k
Convert
4.1

Win All

Very useful program for all types of unit conversions!
Also a terrific way to keep up in international chat rooms!
If a chatter thinks in Farhenheit and someone says it's 20 degrees C,
then they can convert it quickly to understand!
Requires no instalation! This program is free standing!
Visit the Authors Website for more detailed description!
Metric Converter
153k
Startup Cop
1.010
Allows you to take control
of your Windows Startup string!
Mirrored Help Pages!
Using StartUp Cop is a little less daunting than using MSCONFIG

 
Startup Cop
727k
TeaTimer
1.6
A simple little desktop timer for keeping track of your time!

Free standing program! Does not require installation.
Just unzip file and start using! (-:

TeaTimer
151k

WS_FTPLE
5.08

Win 95 - 10

FTP Client
A must have for uploading one's files to their website.
Free to home and student users
V 5.08 is tried and proven to work in all verisons of Windows.
Mermaid Elizabeth uses this version in Windows 10

NOTE: This free "LE" version program is no longer
available from the WS_FTP folks, so get it here!


ws_ftple508
690k
XSearch
0.23

Win 2K - 7

A stand alone computer search program.
XSearch is a classic search tool without the need of an indexing service.
In addition, it can be used directly without the need of installing, nor configuring!
Finds files that Windows Search has forgotten were on your computer!

Homepage

XSearch
151k
ZAMZAR
Online FILE
conversions
FREE
Convert any file to another format for free!
Have you ever wanted to convert files without the need to download software?
Zamzar is a free online service that converts your
Text, Graphic, or audio files to any other format.
(Mermy uses this service for audio coversions).
Zamzar File Conversions
visit
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Microsoft Necessities 'puutin
Microsoft
VB Runtime
Libraries
&
MORE!
Microsoft Linked resources below:
For Windows 7 Pro: Microsoft "Windows XP Mode"   Technical Help
Allows Windows 7 users to run older apps in "Virtual PC" environment

- - - - -
VB Runtimes: Install to Windows\System folder: XP=Windows\System32
VBRUN60sp6
VB Runtimes (1 thru 5) are not available on Microsoft Download Site!
If you need them, then get them HERE =============>

Other Links:
DirectX9.0c | WMP9:98SE/ME/2000 | WMP10:XP ONLY

Older Daylight Savings Time Patches For:
Windows 98  -   Windows 2000  -  Windows 2003/XP

Local Download
DirectX 9c (9.29.1974) Directx_Jun2010_redist.exe- 95.6M
 
VBRUN100.DLL -extract to C:\windows\system VBRUN200.DLL - extract to C:\windows\system VBRUN300.DLL - extract to C:\windows\system VB40016.DLL & VB40032 - extract to C:\windows\system Msvbvm5.0 - Installation Pack VBRUN6.0sp6 - Installation Pack
Catagories: Anti-Virus | Archival | Graphics | Text Editing | Browsers | Utilities | Microsoft Necessities | Other Necessities | Shareware
 

 

Other Necessities 'puutin
JRE
8u162

14 February 2018

Java Runtime Environment

Oracle's Download Page for other Platform Versions

jre-8u162
61.3M
Un-Install
Flash Player
I M P O R T A N T
After multiple updates, not all of the Flash Player files get updated.
Therefore one ends up with a Flash Player that doesn't work properly.

Adobe created this un-installer when you want
a Fresh-Clean install of the Flash Player

Click Here for More Information

Flash Un-Installer
1.28M
Adobe

Flash Player

Shockwave Player

Get Adobe Flash Player: Version 28.0.0.161

versions as of: 4 July 2017

Get Adobe Shockwave Player: Version 12.3.1.201

Adobe Flash
22.37M

Adobe Shockwave
4.79M

VLC Player
( "All" Media Player )
14 August 19 - ver 3.0.8

NO Computer set-up is complete without the VLC Player!!!

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework
that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs,
and various streaming protocols.

Homepage

Get VLC Player
38.8M

CAT 5
Connector Layout

Are you new to making CAT 5 'ethernet' cables?

Here is a cool cheat sheet Mermy made
to help out those in need:
Includes "cross-over" wiring configuration!

Get RJ45 Help
20.5K
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Shareware
Name Description Get It
Now

GoldWave
64 bit: 6.3.1
32 bit: 5.7.0

GoldWave is a highly rated, professional digital audio editor.
It's fully loaded to do everything from the simplest recording and editing
to the most sophisticated audio processing, restoration, enhancements, and
conversions. This is a terrific tool for creating and editing your
own sound files for use in your favorite Comic Chat rooms.

Home Page
Cost: Free to try ... $15.00 for 1 year - $45 for Lifetime Registration

GoldWave
6.4M
Screen Ruler
3.2
A ruler used on your monitor screen that measures in pixels.
Terrific for graphic creations as well as web page designs.
(Mermaid also uses it in mapping graphics for
making 'clickable zones' on a web page graphic).

Created by MicroFox
Cost: Free to try ... $25.00 to keep

DEMO
Screen Ruler-Trial
68k
TypeItIn
2.9.3
Upgraded
A Macro utility for those who use a lot of macros.
This program works in Comic Chat and supports 50+ macros.

Cost: Free to try ... Professional is $19.95 to keep
"Holy maco 'der Andy!"
TypeItIn
660k
WebGraphics
Optimizer
4.2
An extremely handy graphics compression tool for compressing web page
graphic files. Compressing them will help HTML web pages load faster.

Mermaid_Elizabeth believes this is a 'must have' tool for Webmasters!

Cost: Free to try ... Standard is $39.00 to keep
WebGraphics Optimizer
6.97M

Search
and
Replace
0.0


32 bit and 64 bit
versions
Win: Vista thru 10
If you need to find and replace text, or just find text,
this utility is a must have. It is significantly faster than
other Windows grep-only utilities and does a lot more!
It also will search and replace text inside an .AVB file.
Make sure the replacing word/line length is
the same as the exisitng word/line length!


Created by: Fundoc | Features
Cost: Free to try ... $25 to keep
32 bit
Search and Replace 32 bit
3.8M

64 bit
Search and Replace 64 bit
4.02M

 

The files that are downloadable directly from this site are provided with permissions that are within each
separate license agreement which is attached to the program (or somewhere on the authors original website).
Programs with licenses that do not provide redistribution permissions are linked
to the authors web site page for download instead.

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