Sandboxie

Tired of dealing with rogue software, spyware and malware? Spent too many hours removing unsolicited software? Worried about clicking unfamiliar Web links?

if your answer is yes, I’ve a solution for you! a very tiny and lightweight program called “Sandboxie“.

Introducing Sandboxie

Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.

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The red arrows indicate changes flowing from a running program into your computer. The box labeled Hard disk (no sandbox) shows changes by a program running normally. The box labeled Hard disk (with sandbox) shows changes by a program running under Sandboxie. The animation illustrates that Sandboxie is able to intercept the changes and isolate them within a sandbox, depicted as a yellow rectangle. It also illustrates that grouping the changes together makes it easy to delete all of them at once.

Benefits of the Isolated Sandbox

  • Secure Web Browsing: Running your Web browser under the protection of Sandboxie means that all malicious software downloaded by the browser is trapped in the sandbox and can be discarded trivially.
  • Enhanced Privacy: Browsing history, cookies, and cached temporary files collected while Web browsing stay in the sandbox and don’t leak into Windows.
  • Secure E-mail: Viruses and other malicious software that might be hiding in your email can’t break out of the sandbox and can’t infect your real system.
  • Windows Stays Lean: Prevent wear-and-tear in Windows by installing software into an isolated sandbox.

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Known Conflicts

There are some known conflicts between Sandboxie and other softwares, most of them can be easily resolved, see more information here.

Download

  • You can download latest version of Sandboxie from Here.
  • To read latest changes in Sandboxie, Click Here.

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Mozilla Firefox

Firefox LogoThe Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.

Description

User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the “Awesome Bar,” learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.

Performance: Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.

Security Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.

Customization: Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.

List of Add-ons suggested by me:

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Download from: Mozilla Website

Thunderbird

thunderbirdMozilla Thunderbird is a great email client from the same people who brought you the Firefox browser.

Thunderbird gives you IMAP/POP support, a built-in RSS reader, support for HTML mail, powerful quick search, saved search folders, advanced message filtering, message grouping, labels, return receipts, smart address book LDAP address completion, import tools, and the ability to manage multiple e-mail and newsgroup accounts.

Features

  • Easier to Get Started
  • Tabs and Search
  • Customize Your Email Experience
  • Secure and Protect Your Email

Add-ons

Mozilla Thunderbird support so many different add-ons and it’s capable of updating them automatically. Using right add-ons you can have very unique features in Thunderbird, like Auto Sync of your address book with your Google Contacts and many more.
My recommended add-ons:

  • Zindus: Sync Personal Address Book or another address book with Google. Manage your Gmail contacts from Thunderbird. And vice-versa.
  • Lightning: Organize your schedule and life’s important events in a calendar that’s  fully integrated with your Thunderbird email.  Manage multiple  calendars, create your daily to do list, invite friends to events, and  subscribe to public calendars. You can configure this add-on to work with your Google Calendar.

External Link

Official Website: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird

Google Chrome

new-chrome-logoThe web browser is arguably the most important piece of software on your computer. You spend much of your time online inside a browser: When you search, chat, email, shop, bank, read the news, and watch videos online, you often do all this using a browser.

Why use Google Chrome?

Speed

Chrome is designed to be fast in every possible way: It’s quick to start up from your desktop, loads web pages in a snap, and runs complex web applications fast.

Simplicity

Chrome’s browser window is streamlined, clean and simple.
Chrome also includes features that are designed for efficiency and ease of use. For example, you can search and navigate from the same box, and arrange tabs however you wish — quickly and easily.

Security

Chrome is designed to keep you safer and more secure on the web with built-in malware and phishing protection, autoupdates to make sure the browser is up-to-date with the latest security updates, and more.

And more features

Chrome has many useful features built in, including extensions, translation in the browser, themes, and more.

List of extensions recommended by me:

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Online Installer: Download
Standalone Installer: Download
System-wide install (All Users): Download

Norton Internet Security

Norton Internet Security, developed by Symantec Corporation, is a computer program that provides malware prevention and removal during subscription period and uses signatures and heuristics to identify viruses. Other features include a personal firewall, email spam filtering, and phishing protection.

True to you

Protect your personal information with Norton Identity Safe.

  • Remembers, secures and automatically enters your user names and passwords for you
  • Prevents clickjacking and enables unique, strong passwords for your accounts

Total defense

Detect and eliminate threats before they ever reach your PC.

  • Blocks dangerous websites and phishing scams
  • Scans Facebook and social networks for unsafe downloads and suspicious links
  • Helps protect your kids from inappropriate websites and content

Goodbye viruses

Share and download without getting, or passing, viruses.

  • Scans downloads for viruses and eliminates them through advanced antivirus technology
  • Protects you from viruses that haven’t even been invented yet with live, 24×7 threat monitoring and exclusive SONAR technology
  • Targets and removes infections that less sophisticated products miss

Faster, smarter, simpler

Enjoy the most efficient scanning and protection available in the industry.

  • Installs most updates automatically, requiring no action from you
  • Gives you top-ranked performance for ultra-fast browsing and threat detection
  • Maximizes your performance by only scanning when you’re not using your PC

Cloud 9

Experience the convenient combination of cloud-based controls and top-notch Norton service.

  • Updates, renews or installs Norton Internet Security on additional PCs without a CD
  • Works from anywhere over the internet
  • Provides 24×7 expert support via phone, live chat or online

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Download

Download from: Norton.com

Buy it

Visit official website for price and available options: norton.com/internet-security

Panda Cloud Antivirus

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Panda Cloud Antivirus protects you while you browse, play or work and you won’t even notice it. It is extremely light as all the work is done in the cloud.

Panda Cloud Antivirus provides you with the fastest protection against the newest viruses thanks to its cloud-scanning from PandaLabs’ servers.

Panda Cloud Antivirus is truly install and forget. Don’t worry about updates, configuration or complicated decisions ever again.

 

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PDFCreator

pdfforge_logo_flammePDFCreator is a free tool to create PDF files from nearly any Windows application.

Key Features

  • Create PDFs from any program that is able to print
  • Security: Encrypt PDFs and protect them from being opened, printed etc
  • Digitally sign your PDFs to ensure that you are the author and the file has not been modified
  • Create PDF/A files for long term archives
  • Send generated files via eMail
  • Create more than just PDFs: PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, PS, EPS
  • AutoSave files to folders and filenames based on Tags like Username, Computername, Date, Time etc.
  • Merge multiple files into one PDF
  • Easy Install: Just say what you want and everything is installed
  • Terminal Server: PDFCreator also runs on Terminal Servers without problems
  • And the best: PDFCreator is free, even for commercial use! It is Open Source and released under the Terms of the GNU General Public License.
  • Supports Windows Vista and Windows 7

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Pidgin

logo_pidginPidgin is an easy to use and free chat client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk, and more chat networks all at once.

About Pidgin

Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time.

Pidgin runs on Windows, Linux, and other UNIX operating systems. Looking for Pidgin for OS X? Try Adium!

Pidgin is compatible with the following chat networks out of the box: AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MXit, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr. It can support many more with plugins.

Pidgin supports many features of these chat networks, such as file transfers, away messages, buddy icons, custom smilies, and typing notifications. Numerous plugins also extend Pidgin’s functionality above and beyond the standard features.

Pidgin integrates with the system tray on Windows, GNOME2, KDE 3, and KDE 4.

Pidgin is under constant development. Releases are usually frequent and driven by user contributions, such as bug reports and patches.

Pidgin is free and contains no ads. All our code is open source and licensed under the GNU General Public License. This means you can get Pidgin’s underlying code and modify it to suit your needs, as long as you publish the changes you make for everyone to benefit from as well.

Supported chat networks

  • AIM
  • Bonjour
  • Gadu-Gadu
  • Google Talk
  • Groupwise
  • ICQ
  • IRC
  • MSN
  • MXit
  • MySpaceIM
  • QQ
  • SILC
  • SIMPLE
  • Sametime
  • XMPP
  • Yahoo!
  • Zephyr

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Snipping Tool

You can use Snipping Tool to capture a screen shot, or snip, of any object on your screen, and then annotate, save, or share the image.

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You can capture any of the following types of snips:

  • Free-form Snip. Draw a free-form shape around an object.
  • Rectangular Snip. Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
  • Window Snip. Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.
  • Full-screen Snip. Capture the entire screen.

After you capture a snip, it’s automatically copied to the Clipboard and the mark-up window. From the mark-up window, you can annotate, save, or share the snip. The following procedures explain how to use Snipping Tool.

To capture a snip

  1. Open Snipping Tool by clicking the Start button start-s. In the search box, type Snipping Tool, and then, in the list of results, click Snipping Tool.
  2. Click the arrow next to the New button, select Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip,Window Snip, or Full-screen Snip from the list, and then select the area of your screen that you want to capture.

 

To capture a snip of a menu

If you want to capture a snip of a menu, such as the Start menu, follow these steps:

  1. Open Snipping Tool by clicking the Start button start-s. In the search box, type Snipping Tool, and then, in the list of results, click Snipping Tool.
  2. After you open Snipping Tool, press Esc, and then open the menu that you want to capture.
  3. Press Ctrl+PrtScn.
  4. Click the arrow next to the New button, select Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip,Window Snip, or Full-screen Snip from the list, and then select the area of your screen that you want to capture.

 

To annotate a snip

  • After you capture a snip, you can write and draw on or around the snip in the mark-up window.

 

To save a snip

  1. After you capture a snip, click the Save Snip button in the mark-up window.
  2. In the Save As dialog box, enter a name for the snip, choose a location where to save the snip, and then click Save.

 

To share a snip

  • After you capture a snip, click the arrow on the Send Snip button, and then select an option from the list.

TeamViewer

TeamViewer is a proprietary computer software package for remote control, desktop sharing, and file transfer between computers. The software operates with the Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, and Android operating systems. It is possible to access a machine running TeamViewer with a web browser. While the main focus of the application is remote control of computers, collaboration and presentation features are included.

TeamViewer GmbH was founded in 2005 in Uhingen, Germany.

Features

Remote control / Support

  • Instant remote support – no need for any installation on the client side
  • Remote maintenance – 24/7 access to remote computers and servers
  • Remote access – access your data and applications – anytime, anywhere
  • Home office – access your office computer from home

Meetings / Presentations

  • Online meetings – have up to 25 participants
  • Presentations – boost your sales potential
  • Training session – cut costs by conducting training online
  • Team work – collaborate online on documents in real-time

Security

TeamViewer uses RSA private/public key exchange and AES (256-bit) session encoding. But since it uses a username and password as the only security measure, it is vulnerable to phishing, etc.
In the default configuration, TeamViewer uses one of the servers of TeamViewer.com to handle the connection and the routing of traffic between the local client and the remote host machine, so all the traffic between the two sides goes through a third party’s server.

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