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Tor Browser v8.0.7 Updated

billon on 19 Mar 2019
  • 121MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Mar 2019
  • Suggested by M@tty

Tor Browser enables secure, anonymous web access to help bypass various forms of censorship and tracking. It includes the Vidalia Tor client along with Firefox ESR, as well as a variety of configuration changes including the NoScript and HTTPS Everywhere add-ons to enhance privacy. The official browser bundle from the makers of Tor.

Note that the Tor site has some additional precautions that careful users may wish to follow.

Functional in 64-bit. Cross-platform with clients available for Mac and Linux.

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: Open Source (including GPL and MPL)
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer, launch, and extract a folder of your choice
  2. Launch Start Tor Browser.exe and answer a few quick questions about your connection
  3. When prompted, uncheck the option to add items to your Desktop or Start Menu
Similar/alternative apps: Advanced Onion Router
What's new? See:
https://blog.torproject.org/
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ronbo on 2015-06-16 13:40

Version 4.5.2 available.

smaragdus on 2015-09-05 03:36

I needed to connect to an onion site and downloaded the latest version (5.0.2) but Australis makes Tor Browser absolutely terrible and unusable- I do not want to install heaps of add-ons just to restore features the Mozilla idiots removed. I had an earlier version of Tor Browser (3.6.0- before the advent of the abominable Australis) but the perpetual blinking of the Tor button urging for update is unbearable and cannot be disabled. It can be removed from the tool-bar but this way one cannot acquire new identities.

rbon on 2018-09-22 16:46

Starting from version 8.0 Tor project builds both version of TorBrowser: 32 bit and 64 bit.
- TorBrowser page: https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html
- TorBrowser repository: https://dist.torproject.org/torbrowser/8.0.1/
So You can add on description the link for download 64 bit version 'torbrowser-install-win64-8.0.1_en-US.exe'

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RetroShare v0.6.5 Updated

billon on 12 Feb 2019
  • 49MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 11 Feb 2019
  • Suggested by lautrepay

RetroShare is a feature-rich communications platform for small groups of users with a focus on privacy. The program includes an exclusive and secure toolset for instant messaging, chat rooms, forums, direct messages (e-mail), file server, VoIP, channels for distributing content and link exchange. It functions as an open, distributed alternative to many commercial groupware programs.

Additional features include RSS feed reader, status messages (away/busy), different modes for low traffic, transfer and disk space limits, plugins, skins and much more. Cross-platform (Mac, Linux, BSD).

Great for small businesses, groups, and a safer alternative to most file sharing methods. Networks can be small or large, but communications between users are limited by default to friends and friends-of-friends, with more specific controls available.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract: Download the "Portable" 7z package and extract (using a program like PeaExtractor) to a folder of your choice. Launch RetroShare.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: qTox, Brosix
What's new? See:
https://retroshareteam.wordpress.com/
Latest comments
ozziguy on 2017-03-14 10:16

v0.6.2 QT5 does not run on xp because QT5 does not support xp anymore

XP users must use the accompanying v0.6.2 QT4 version

ozziguy on 2017-03-14 10:17

Forgot to mention the portable version is now chosen from the installer

webfork on 2017-03-17 23:00

@ozziguy: Looks like they're still offering the portable 7zip version, and it's 20% smaller. I'll go ahead and list both. Thanks for the note.

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DriveCleanup v1.6.0 Updated

billon on 10 Feb 2019
  • 96KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Feb 2019
  • Suggested by guinness

DriveCleanup removes all currently non present "Storage Volumes", "Disk", "CDROM", "Floppy" USB drives and their USB devices from the device tree. Furthermore it removes orphaned registry items related to these device types. Both are not removed by similar programs on the site and take up space on the registry, eventually slow down a computer over time.

To preview program actions, start with argument -T (test mode).

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch DriveCleanup.exe either in the Win32 folder or x64 folder for a 64-bit OS
Similar/alternative apps: USB Oblivion
What's new? See:
https://www.uwe-sieber.de/drivetools_e.html#drivecleanup
Latest comments
TP109 on 2011-06-18 02:02

Useful app. Cleaned up over 75 obsolete entries on a laptop.

Emka on 2015-04-22 17:38

v1.0.0 out

Checker on 2015-04-22 19:21

@ Emka: Thanks ... and updated ;)

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Crypto Notepad v1.4.0 Updated

billon on 1 Feb 2019
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Jan 2019
  • Suggested by smaragdus

Crypto Notepad is a simple, notepad-like text editor that encrypts saved files. Other features include font and color customization, word wrap, shortcut keys, and auto-lock on minimize. You can press the lock icon to hide information without closing the application (will switch to a password prompt).

Utilizes the AES encryption algorithm with available 128, 192, and 256 key sizes.

Category:
System Requirements: Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: MIT License
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Crypto Notepad.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: fSekrit, Steganos LockNote
What's new? See:
https://github.com/Crypto-Notepad/Crypto-Notepad/wiki/Release-Notes
Latest comments
Hawk on 2017-02-13 14:20

Don't have tabs?

webfork on 2017-02-13 22:52

@Hawk: no but feel free to request that feature on the github site. Author is fairly responsive.

vmars316 on 2018-12-20 14:40

Couldn't open zip file , had to use 7z .

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ChromeHistoryView v1.36 Updated

billon on 28 Dec 2018
  • 206KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 Dec 2018
  • Suggested by guinness

ChromeHistoryView reads the history data file of Google Chrome-based Web browsers and displays the list of all visited Web pages in the last days. For each visited Web page, the following information is displayed: URL, Title, Visit Date/Time, Number of visits, number of times that the user typed this address (Typed Count), Referrer and Visit ID.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ChromeHistoryView.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: BrowsingHistoryView
What's new?
  • Added 'Add Header Line To CSV/Tab-Delimited File' option (turned on by default).
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__philippe on 2017-03-15 12:28

ChromeHistoryView v1.30 realeased 14-MAR-2017

Changelog: Version 1.30
   "Added new columns: 'Transition Type' and 'Transition Qualifiers'."
   "You can read about the meaning of these fields here and here."

Since the Readme.txt file "here and here" pointers lead to...never-never land,
(and the equivalent *.chm help file entry generates some obscure error message)
the following real pointers might perhaps be more helpful in clarifying the added fields gist :

Transition Types explained:
https://developer.chrome.com/extensions/history

Transition Qualifiers explained:
https://developer.chrome.com/extensions/webNavigation

(Thanks @billon who obligingly provided alternative pointers in the What's new entry...;-)

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