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Advanced Onion Router v0.3.0.20

Midas on 11 Jun 2014
  • 10MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Vector

Advanced Onion Router is designed to bypass various barriers with a secure, anonymous Internet connection. The program attempts to circumvent firewalls, website censorship, web tracking tools, and more. Allows user of almost any application that connects to the Internet. Unlike similar clients that require a configurable proxy, AOR is able to "force" a program to use the Tor network.

Note: Instructions for making Tor editions of Opera, Firefox, and Chat are included in the "Help" directory.

Category:
System Requirements: WinAll / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Various Open Source
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch AdvOR.exe.

Optionally, go to the "System" menu in options and check "Try to write to disk less frequently". This is ideal for increasing the life of drives running from flash memory.
Similar/alternative apps: PortableTor
What's new? 2014-04-17 Advanced Onion Router 0.3.0.20
  • corrected: the subdomain was not removed from an .onion address when searching for its rendezvous descriptor (thanks to AyrA for reporting this problem on sf.net)
  • the OpenSSL library was updated to openssl-1.0.1g
  • geoip_c.h was updated with GeoIPCountryWhois.csv released on April 2nd; there are 93477 IP ranges having 102 ranges in the fake "A1" country; 98 ranges were approximated to real countries

2013-12-10 Advanced Onion Router 0.3.0.19a
  • corrected: possible buffer overflow when setting a huge OS version string
  • corrected: when changing the default OS version, a buffer that was not allocated with tor_malloc() was freed with tor_free() (thanks to anonymous for reporting this problem on sf.net)
  • corrected: a generated AS path included some extra nodes that were before the selected path in the AS tree from geoip_as.h
  • the program that imports AS path definitions and generates the geoip_as.h file is now included in the source code archive (as2asm)
  • the AS path tree was updated with latest AS path definitions from cidr-report.org; a few errors were corrected in the AS tree import algorithm
  • geoip_c.h was updated with GeoIPCountryWhois.csv released on December 5th; there are 84715 IP ranges having 114 ranges in the fake "A1" country; 110 ranges were approximated to real countries
  • updated language strings: 1248
Latest comments
webfork on 2013-07-19 02:26

I've tested out several programs and this is still my program of choice for the Tor network. Very lucky to have it.

billon on 2013-12-02 21:56

updated to 0.3.0.19

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JPEG & PNG Stripper v1.5.7.70

webfork on 19 Apr 2014

JPEG & PNG Stripper is a drag-and-drop metadata stripper/cleaner for one or more JPG/JPEG, JFIF and PNG files, saving disk space and protecting privacy. Metadata carries a variety of information about the camera or device used to take the picture, date it was taken, and other data primarily important for photographers. Because metadata increasingly carries more and more information about the pre-cropped original photo and on where the picture was taken (geo-location), metadata can represent a privacy risk. Deleting metadata usually saves between 1 and 10% of the overall file size.

The program includes a "preview only" feature to show how much space image metadata is taking up.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: User profile folder. But given the nature of the application and the small number of settings it exposes, I think it can be accepted as portable.
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Stripper.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: ExifToolGUI
Latest comments
u64 on 2010-06-18 05:49

Smallest images possible without loosing quality.

jpg2jpg.bat
for /R .\ %%1 in (*.jp*) do jpegtran -optimize -perfect -copy none -progressive "%%1" "%%1"
jscl -d -j -n -r -s *.jp*
contig/s *.jp*

png2png.bat
cmd /c "start /b /low /wait cmd /c for /R .\ %%1 in (*.png) do for /L %%j in (1,1,5) do pngout /f%%j "%%1""
deflopt -abdr *
contig/s *.png

Carbonize on 2010-08-29 17:42

Metadata in images is just the same as tags in audio files. They are used to store useful information (OK some of the information is not not that useful to most of us like what camera took the pic). Would be better if this program gave you a list of common metadata and let you tick those you didn't want it to remove.

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PeerBlock v1.2 r693

JohnTHaller on 18 Jan 2014

PeerBlock is an filter that automatically blocks the addresses of organizations and corporations that may harm user privacy while using the Internet and P2P networks. The program also contains a "Block HTTP" feature for use with web browsers that blocks advertisements, sites associated with spyware, and more. PeerBlock is a fork of the popular but inactive PeerGuardian, adding features and fixes as well as Windows Vista/7/8 and 64-bit versions.

Alternatively, Peerblock Portable is stealth and automatically selects the proper Peerblock variant for the current PC.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrative rights
Stealth: ? No. Leaves registry entries: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_IPFILTERDRIVER and HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\IpFilterDriver\Enum
License: GPL and zlib/libpng
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package for your operating system and extract to a folder of your choice. Note that there are four variants: standard WinXP 32-bit & 64-bit, and Vista+ 32-bit and 64-bit
  2. Launch peerblock.exe
  3. When prompted, select types of organizations you would like to block
Similar/alternative apps: SterJo Netstalker
What's new?
  • Port Allow List - The new "Port Settings" tab allows you to unblock ports (incoming and/or outgoing). This means that PeerBlock will not filter any connections from/to those ports. This can for example be used if you're running PeerBlock on a public FTP server, or if you want to ensure that outgoing SMTP mail communications are never blocked. Many thanks to night_stalker_z for his hard work on this feature!
  • First-run Update Message - When you first run PeerBlock after upgrading, you will see a notice explaining why lists are only updating once per week. Hopefully this will help to alleviate people's confusion about this.
  • Better Weekly List-Updating - We've made some improvements that should help ensure that free users continue to get their free weekly list-updates.
  • I-Blocklist Subscription Settings - To make it easier for you to configure PeerBlock to use an I-Blocklist Subscription, new I-Blocklist Username/PIN fields have been added to the bottom of the "Settings 1" tab.
  • Separate Settings Tabs - Instead of having one Settings tab with those silly "Next" and "Prev" buttons on it, we've broken that out into two separate "Settings 1" and "Settings 2" tabs.
  • Improved List-Update Error Handling - We've worked with I-Blocklist, who hosts the vast majority of the lists people use, to create improved error messaging for the various problems that may occur when updating lists. If something occurs during update-checking, the error message displayed should be much more meaningful.
  • Improved List-update Error Window - Should you hit any errors while updating your lists - 429 or otherwise - we will now pop up a more informative error window, along with a button you can click to jump straight to our site to check for more information.
  • Updated Error Windows - If you encounter a catastrophic error, the message that appears will now tell you to go visit peerblock.com/errors. This will redirect you to a forum-post on which the most common error-messages are displayed, to help you figure out what has gone wrong, and what can be done to fix it.
  • (Re)Load Previously Downloaded Lists - Previously, there was a problem where if you disabled and then re-enabled a list in the List Manager, that list wouldn't be reloaded until it successfully downloaded an update. Now, if it can't update that list it will still load the last version you did successfully download.
  • Removal of Windows 2000 Support - Windows 2000 is quite old by now, we hope that nobody's still running it; if you are, you can continue using the previous PeerBlock version. This release does support all Windows variants from Windows XP through to Windows 8.1, including server variants. (But not Windows RT.)
Latest comments
Magibon on 2012-06-11 21:04

hey guys..
im using version 1.0+ (r484) BETA and it leaves 2 keys behind in the registry:

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_IPFILTERDRIVER
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\IpFilterDriver\Enum

not sure about the stable version.

giulia on 2014-01-13 17:04

hi
i guess Magibon is right

Wolfghost on 2014-01-13 21:56

I only get this:

HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU\2\2\0

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TorChat v0.9.9.553

Checker on 5 Aug 2014

TorChat is a basic instant messaging client focused on security and anonymity. Unlike other tools, it requires almost no setup: just share your randomly-generated username (like "bkmworoidjwxz5l") to connect with other TorChat users. These are easily created/discarded to help maintain anonymity.

The program uses the Tor network's hidden services feature to send messages between peers with authentication and encryption based on public key exchange.

Also available for Linux.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GNU GPL v3
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Move files located in bin to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch torchat.exe.
What's new? version 0.9.9.553
  • fix (regression) buddy context menu not working
  • windows: update the bundled tor.exe to current stable version 0.2.2.39

version 0.9.9.552
  • added Italian translation
Latest comments
-.- on 2011-11-12 04:46

sounds interesting to me too... with all the anonymous activity going on though... I'd be a bit suspicious of using this, not because of the privacy issues but because the ISP can still tell you are using this, if police requests info from them on possible people using things like this, could look bad on you :S

but I'd still keep this for us :D like I do with AdvOR :D

webfork on 2011-11-12 20:07

-.-: Generally speaking the more people that use tools like this, the less suspicious it becomes. Additionally, if everyone could trust their information to companies like Google and Facebook that run other chat services, tools like this wouldn't be necessary.

bankr on 2012-06-19 19:50

TorChat author has moved the project page.

+++ Feb-05, 2012: This project has been moved to github https://github.com/prof7bit/TorChat +++
Further development of TorChat will continue at github, effective immediately. I have not yet decided what should happen to this project page and repository here at googlecode, for now I will just leave it as it is and just not update it any longer, I will mark all downloads as deprecated and eventually remove the project page, close the issue tracker and maybe even commit an rm -rf to the svn repository.

May be it is worth to update the links.

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HiddeX v2.5 build 20

Emka on 14 Dec 2013

HiddeX is an easy-to-use security tool that enables hiding any window or program (browser, game, player, etc.) with one click or hotkey. The program instantly hides specified windows from your desktop and taskbar without closing them. Click once to hide and once more to restore all hidden windows. Additionally, the program hides any system tray icons and mutes audio.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch HiddeX.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Clicky Gone Portable
What's new? V 2.5 build 20
  • (New) Hide active window.
  • (New) Added the ability to selectively hide windows.
  • (New) Adaptation of the interface under the enlarged font in the system.
  • (Fixed) Small minor bugs.

V 2.5 build 17
  • Fixed bugs.
Latest comments
@thehop on 2013-09-24 20:02

nice one! - but i prefer (since 1996 to this day) the traytool smarty "Hide-It!" :) http://www.expocenter.com/hideit/

@thehop on 2013-09-24 20:08

PS: The "HiddeX" HotKey & Mouse Options are quite fine! From now on I use both! ;)

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