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VASCam Home Security VASCam is a VAS (Video Activity Sensing) application that adds motion detection functionality to any web cam.
VASCam monitors the output of any standard web cam, and records images of any motion it detects. In this way, a web cam is turned into a simple security solution.  More info & Download @ Site
VacuPad v1.5 [198k] W2k/XP FREE http://home.arcor.de/patrizia.sinibaldi/esushi/index.html

{Wipe out data} VacuPad is a dialog-based application for cleaning traces of a user's footprints and temporary system files from Windows. It doesn't do windows, but it does clean "Find files" history, "Find computers" history, URL history, network history, and telnet history; auto-complete forms, auto-complete passwords; most recently used "Run" commands; Recent Documents; temp directory; Recycle Bin; Internet Explorer's cache; cookies, and favorites; RAS autodial; last logon user; and Google bar history. It cleans everything in a single click, so use it with caution - just like any other cleaner program.

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W32.Nimda.A@ (Nimda) Removal Tool Remove the infectious W32.Nimda.A@ (Nimda) virus from your computer.
More info & Download @ Site
Windows Defender

Windows Defender Beta 2

As long as we are on the subject of Microsoft Beta products, we should take a look at Windows Defender Beta 2 release.

We haven't been testing it all that long now but from what we can see thus far there are some interesting options with this program if it makes it to final release. It appears, and I am not sure this is true, that it will be intended to replace the now infamous or should I say famous Microsoft Windows Antispyware Beta.

In a search of the Microsoft website we could not find Microsoft Windows Antispyware beta. However, our advanced search for security betaware did turn up Windows Defender. To all intent and purposes, it appears to this writer that Microsoft Windows Antispyware has gone the way of the Dodo. Pity really, it had some promise. It also appears that Windows Defender will be integrated into Windows One Care also in beta testing.

Noted Problem in our tests:
One thing that seems to support some of the hype floating around the internet these days is that Microsoft is buying up concerns which provide anti-virus and anti-spyware companies left and right. In our tests it seems to find a ton of spyware not caught by Spybot Search and Destroy, Microsoft Windows Antispyware Beta nor Add aware by lavasoft. We wondered, what gives here? Come to find out it had dived deep into our ant virus's Quarantine list and pulled out a bunch of stuff that really wasn't a threat. Of course, we must remember it is in beta testing and not the final release.

To learn more and to download, please see the Windows Defender Homepage.

Windows Memory Diagnostic [640k] W9x/2k/XP FREE http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp

{Test RAM for errors} The utility includes memory tests to test the computer's RAM (random access memory) for errors. If you are experiencing problems while running Windows, you can use the diagnostic to determine whether the problems are caused by failing hardware, such as RAM or the memory system of the motherboard. To run Windows Memory Diagnostic, you must reboot your computer with the disk or CD-ROM on which you installed Windows Memory Diagnostic in the drive. After the reboot, Windows Memory Diagnostic loads and its interface appears. After loading, the first test pass begins, using the default standard test suite, and continues until complete, unless Windows Memory Diagnostic pauses or exits. Once the first test pass is complete, Windows Memory Diagnostic will begin a second test pass using the same settings as before. Windows Memory Diagnostic will continue to run test passes until you exit. I suggest pressing "T" as soon as it starts so it can do the full diagnostic, unless you don't want to do it. I had it do the simple diagnostic and then pressed "T" to do the full, which did the simple ones again. Save time, and go right to the full diagnostic
WinPatrol 

Don't you hate it when you press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and find a dozen mystery programs running you didn't even know were running? WinPatrol gives you greater control over what can run on your machine. You can set it to display additional information about--and approve of--startup programs. You'll also be alerted when something tries to load an IE plug-in or set a cookie. And to get rid of a particularly nasty piece of spyware, you can use the "Delete File on Reboot" feature, so Windows will get rid of it before any other program can protect it or relaunch it. Scotty the Windows Watchdog barks if he spots trouble. Good boy!


WinPatrol 
Author: BillP Studios
Size: 1.05 MB
Operating System(s):Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 9.x
Scotty Icon Download WinPatrol 9.5 FREE!
Wysigot Light v5.024 [2.4M] W98/2k/XP FREE http://www.mywebattack.com/gnomeapp.php?id=106873

Wysigot is an offline/online browser that saves and monitors all the documents you download from the Internet and optionally alerts you if any of them have changed. It provides several tools for capturing, updating, and comparing the stored data as well as a basic search function. The interface is Web-like and easy to use. You can schedule automatic updates for each document (Web site), set alarms for specific pages and be notified if they change, and the program will also highlight the actual changes directly on the page. The downloaded pages can be browsed offline in the same manner, complete with all images, Flash, and so on. Additional features include annotations, safe mode (to exclude ActiveX, Java, etc. from downloading), an option to keep older versions of a page, and more. An optional full version offers enhanced search features, export, and several advanced features

WhoLockMe Explorer Extension v1.04 Beta If you're having problems deleting a file, you might consider using WhoLockMe. The program has a handy Explorer extension, which shows which Windows process is locking the file. One click kills the process (a virus, Trojan, spyware, or in my case, a dialog box enhancer), after which you can delete the tenacious hanger-on.

WhoLockMe Explorer Extension v1.04 Beta
Author: Dr. Hoiby
Price:Free
Operating System(s):Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT
[Download from Author's site WhoLockMe104.zip (22KB)] 
[Download from PcWorld.com]

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X-Cleaner Free v2.2 [340k] W98/2k/XP FREE http://www.mywebattack.com/gnomeapp.php?id=106652

XCleaner is a privacy tool suite that detects and removes installed spyware and adware components, and includes tools to securely delete files, edit the registry, disable startup programs, and more. Additional features include IE home page protection, cookie, cache and history cleaning, built-in password generator, and more. This free version also contains some additional feature options; however, they are disabled and require an upgrade to a full version. The spyware and adware scanning, as well as many cleaning features, however, can be used freely. Yeah, I know. Technically this may not be considered freeware but there are enough free utilities to this program which make it, though not strictly, freeware. If you are such a purest, you are definitely on the wrong Website mate.

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Zero Footprint Crypt v1.4 [2.0M] W9x/2k/XP FREE http://www.mywebattack.com/gnomeapp.php?id=106029

Zero Footprint Crypt can encrypt your files using the powerful Blowfish algorithm. It comes with a built-in viewer for images, movies, sound and support for MP3 tags. The program offers a unique way to view encrypted image files without decrypting them to a file, but to memory instead. In addition to encrypting your files, you can also wipe them from your disk, using multiple overwrites and performing some basic image editing. This is great if used primarily for image encryption, even though the interface takes some getting used to.

zolt Security Monitor v1.1 [601k] W2k/XP FREE {Security utility} zolt Security Monitor is a security tool for guarding a system against attacks from viruses and preventing harm from other malicious software. It combines a background monitor with components that enable you to configure, schedule, run, and manage your own security configuration. It can also intercept malicious software as it arrives in e-mail or is installed by an application, and it works in the background behind a screen saver during idle periods. zolt provides an extra layer of protection against known and unknown vandals. The moment any malicious mobile code attempts hostile activity, zolt traps and terminates the vandal within the zolt filter environment, alerting you to the vandal's activity and allowing you to take appropriate action without risk of damaging mission-critical information.
http://www.zolt.org/zsm/zsmdefault.asp

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