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The portable freeware orphanage

#1 Post by Midas »

There are a bunch of perfectly able portable freeware manifestations that for one reason or other have been abandoned, lost or otherwise lack any reputable source from in the Internet at large. Some of them are even present in TPFC's database, but the original poster is nowhere to be found. This topic is meant to provide an easy way to deal with such cases.

The present first post will index further ones in the topic, each one devoted to one (and only one, please) such orphan program. Of course my hope is that, in time, this can become a repository of hard to find information, such as download sources, developers, and usage tips. Please, feel free to add your own entries and I'll try to keep this post updated.

Note: anyone looking for an old program should also take a look at the excellent source list at viewtopic.php?t=25185.

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= C =

CryptNote, by Dariusz Stanislawek (plus other DS freewares: viewtopic.php?p=96778#p96778)

= D =

DriveUse,
dsFileOps,
dsFSR,
dsCrypt,
dsSHA,
DVDSig, by Dariusz Stanislawek (plus other DS freewares: viewtopic.php?p=96778#p96778)

= E =

EDXOR, by Dariusz Stanislawek (plus other DS freewares: viewtopic.php?p=96778#p96778)

= M =

md5hash, by wraithdu[?] (viewtopic.php?p=90604#p90604)

= P =

Passpack, by Dariusz Stanislawek (plus other DS freewares: viewtopic.php?p=96778#p96778)

= S =

ScrapBook, by Eric Nitzsche (viewtopic.php?p=98526#p98526)

= X =

X-Pass, by Weird (viewtopic.php?p=90600#p90600)

abandonware legacy old software application app

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X-Pass v2.2

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X-Pass has no webpage anymore but the (tiny) program states it was coded by Weird (giving it's email adress as weird173[at]yahoo.com).

Last X-Pass known version is v2.2 and user Kea has contributed a download link in the entry's comments (see www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=309#comment30292).

Virustotal gives some high level warnings for X-Pass files ("29/67", see below), but I reckon that given the nature of the program and the content of some of those warnings (e.g., ESET: "Win32/PSWTool.XPass.A potentially unsafe") they're fairly safe to ignore.

'xpass.exe': https://www.virustotal.com/#/file/25d1e ... /detection
'xpass.dll': https://www.virustotal.com/#/file/dc44e ... /detection

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Re: md5hash

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md5hash

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Re: The portable freeware orphanage

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Thanks for contributing, smaragdus. :)

Everyone should keep in mind that even programs that don't have a database entry at TPFC are still eligible to be listed here.

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Re: DS Software enters the orphanage...

#5 Post by Midas »

billon recently informed us (viewtopic.php?p=96746#p96746) of the passing of DS Software homepage, where a load of very tiny but excellent freeware resided (mostly storage and encryption oriented).

Luckily, the Wayback Machine has worked it's magic and DS Software freeware page (and most downloads) is still available at:

web.archive.org/web/20191211120635/http://members.ozemail.com.au /~nulifetv/freezip/freeware/


FTR, here's the full alphabetical list of DS Software programs:

DS Software freeware
Autorun
CDCRC
CryptNote
dsCRC
dsCrypt
dsFSR
dsMD5
dsSFV
dsSHA
dsfok
DIZzy
DSE
DVDsig
DriveUse
EDXOR
FineSplit
FreeZip
PassPack
proFILEr
REBOOTER
SureCrypt
Taskill
WildCrypt

Moreover, some relevant TPFC topics and posts:
On a related note, see also Mixture's extensive list of encryption freeware (viewtopic.php?t=23350).

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Re: The portable freeware orphanage

#6 Post by Midas »

Quick note on one of the lesser known yet most unique tools in the previous post:

The mostly CLI dsfok (AKA DS File Ops Kit) #4b, last released in 2005.

with the DS File Ops Kit you can:

- backup any disk partition, including "live" and "hidden"
- backup entire disk, including "live"
- create an ISO CD-ROM or DVD-ROM image
- create a floppy disk image
- restore a floppy disk image
- save a block of data of any size from any location within a file
- overwrite a block of data of any size at any location within a file
- instantly create a file of any size
- truncate or extend files
- encrypt or decrypt files and directly overwrite them
- scan the volumes of a computer and get detailed infos
- check MD5 signature of a partial or complete data object
- join two files
- scramble a file with the contents of another one (OTP)
- do a bitwise reversion operation on any file
- securely erase files, partitions and disks

EXPERIMENTAL FEATURES
- restore disk partitions
- restore entire disk
(fast sector-level transfer)


FTR, from the included 'readme.txt' in the last release:
CHANGE LOG

#4b
xdl v1.02, faster PRNG, processing timer

#4a
xdl v1.01, new feature: erase file time/date

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Re: ScrapBook

#7 Post by Midas »

OP updated with an entry for Eric Nitzsche's ScrapBook -- which didn't have an official forum topic (now it does), so if you know any reputable sources, post them here...

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Re: The portable freeware orphanage (Scrapbook)

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Re: The portable freeware orphanage

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Thanks, juverax. OP edited to link to your post. :thumbsup:

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Re: The portable freeware orphanage

#10 Post by juverax »

... the download link on https://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=645 has still to be fixed ...

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Re: X-Pass v2.2

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Midas wrote: Last X-Pass known version is v2.2 and user Kea has contributed a download link in the entry's comments (see www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=309#comment30292).
Sadly, Kea's alternative download link no longer works and I was unable to find a download at the Web Archive. So, if you know of any active source, please post it here. :|

(FYI, I did find a X-Pass mention at usefulhandysoftware.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/x-pass/ but the download link is dead.)

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Re: The portable freeware orphanage

#12 Post by juverax »

I found X-Pass v.2.2 at: https://link-4share.com/download/5lg0qg ... 2_rar.html
I could open the RAR and read a couple of text files (the archive is valid! Great!)
I did not load the files to virustotal
I did not run the file

'twas a pain to download the file from 4share .... I had to create a "4share account" .... If you don't want to go thru this ordeal .... I could I email it to s.o. (Midas? Eh?) who would know (maybe?) how to share it with the TPFC community.

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Re: The portable freeware orphanage

#13 Post by joby_toss »

Alternative: Nir Sofer's BulletsPassView.

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Re: X-Pass v2.2

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Midas wrote: Sat Oct 07, 2023 5:39 am Sadly, Kea's alternative download link no longer works and I was unable to find a download at the Web Archive. So, if you know of any active source, please post it here. :|
I have edited the database entry and made my own copy (v2.2) available for local download.

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Re: The portable freeware orphanage

#15 Post by Midas »

Thank you, Andrew. 8)

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