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FileFriend

#1 Post by smaragdus » Sun May 22, 2016 2:14 pm

FileFriend synopsis
FileFriend is a file manipulation program which offers four modules- file splitter (Split), file joiner (Join), file and directory encryption tool (Encrypt) and steganography tool (JPK), which can hide files inside images (JPEG).

FileFriend features:
1. Split a large file into smaller subfiles, or join subfiles to reconstruct the original file.
2. Encrypt or decrypt files and directories.
3. Hide files in a JPEG file, or extract files hidden in a JPEG file.
FileFriend links:
http://www.filefriend.net/ - FileFriend web-site
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/filefriend.html - FileFriend at MajorGeeks
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/filefriend.html - FileFriend at SnapFiles
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Fil ... iend.shtml - FileFriend at Softpedia

FileFriend screen-shots:
- FileFriend - splitting files:
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- FileFriend - joining files:
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- FileFriend - encrypting files:
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- FileFriend - hiding files:
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FileFriend portable:
FileFriend is portable and stealth- it doesn't seem to save any settings- download the ZIP archive (FileFriend.zip), extract to a folder of your choice and run the executable file (FileFriend.exe).

FileFriend license:
FileFriend is freeware but the license is not specified.

FileFriend note:
- Both the splitter and joiner are lightning fast.
- Encryption doesn't append any extension to the encrypted file- when encrypted the file simply cannot be opened.
- When a whole directory is encrypted after the encryption the directory is accessible but the files inside it cannot be opened.
- Two encryption methods are provided- FC1 and FC2- FC1 is deprecated and should only be used to decrypt files encrypted with FileFriend versions 1.1.2 or earlier, while FC2 has been introduced in version 1.1.3 and is the recommended one.
- The steganography tool can be useful for sending of executable files as attachments via web-mail services which don't allow sending of EXE files.
- Be careful with the encryption and the steganography tool, losing the password means that the encrypted and hidden files are virtually lost.

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Re: FileFriend

#2 Post by webfork » Mon May 30, 2016 5:11 pm

Very interesting. I’ll try to check that out sometime soon.

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Re: FileFriend

#3 Post by webfork » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:34 pm

A new version came out today but unfortunately ...
smaragdus wrote:FileFriend is freeware but the license is not specified.
Softpedia is listing it as adware now: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Fil ... iend.shtml

Here's a look at the ads (red box and yellow highlighting added):

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Re: FileFriend 1.1.6.0

#4 Post by smaragdus » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:02 am

If I knew that FileFriend would become adware, I would have never reviewed it here. The change log:
Version 1.1.6, 02/26/2017
  • Improved JPK: hide files.
  • Improved progress dialog showing long file path names.
does not contain any information about the advertisements that have been added. The worst about the advertisement FileFriend version 1.1.6.0 shows is that it is a direct download link. I have already expressed my disgust to the developer. I have the last clean version of FileFriend - 1.1.5.0, if someone needs it I can upload it.

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Re: FileFriend

#5 Post by webfork » Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:58 am

If I knew that FileFriend would become adware, I would have never reviewed it here. The change log
I'm usually okay with the developer advertising their own work (we have a few programs on the site that do that), but this one in particular annoys me because:

1. It sticks out and makes an already very large interface even bigger

2. It looks as if these ads could easily get replaced by standard ads

3. The animation

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Re: FileFriend 1.1.6.0 - clean

#6 Post by smaragdus » Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:04 am

The developer of FileFriend responded to my complaint about the banner with a very friendly message that he just wanted to let people know about another tool he had developed (DoggyFtp). He also removed the banner from FileFriend so version 1.1.6.0 is now clean of any kind of advertisement. If he permits me I would also like to quote a line from his reply.

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Re: FileFriend 1.1.7.0

#7 Post by smaragdus » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:30 am

FileFriend at version 1.1.7.0, changes:
Version 1.1.7, 03/05/2017
  • The link "Download newer version" was replaced with "A new version is available. Go to the website and have a look."
  • Clicking the link opens the webpage for this program instead of starts a download directly.
Softpedia listed this version as freeware, not adware.

I am sure that the developer didn't have any malicious intents and as he permitted me to quote his message I will do it to clarify the situation:
I worked on FF for countless hours without ever thinking of getting paid, I shared it with others on my website in the hope some one
may find it useful and like it just as I do.
In the course of working on FF, I found the FTP client I was using not working sometimes, so I developed DoggyFtp and I have since used only DF for my FTP tasks.
I also hoped people get to know DF and find it useful, so I let FF show a message telling people DF is now available.
I was a little bit depressed by your words, but I love programming, I'll keep working on new programs and share them with people.I believe they render my value to this great world.
Thank you for complaining, you let me know what people like and dislike.
I turned off the message about DF on FF, hope this can make you guys happy.
Another quotation from the next message:
I guarantee that future versions of FF will not have an ads banner.
I plan to make at least 2 adjustments to FF:
1. Remove the bottom region previously reserved for ads,thus making the dialog a little smaller.I had not thought much about ads banner being annoying before you complained about it.Now I realize that it IS annoying.
2. "Download newer version", which starts a direct download after being clicked, will be replaced with "Newer version is available", which opens the website only after being click. As it was mentioned that direct download is not so welcome.
I am sure the developer is sincere and well-intentioned but I have discovered that FileFriend writes to Windows registry:

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HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\FileFriend.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Applications\FileFriend.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\FileFriend.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\FileFriend.exe

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