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[Introduction]
[Main advice]
["Non software" pointers]
[The lore of tools]
Searching Tools
Tools (& hints, & suggestions)
that new and old ~S~ may find useful
[searchtools] & [ferrets]
[Browsers (Opera)]
[images tools] [sound tools]
[banner killers]
[other tools] [Codebars]
[Password busters]
[Port listeners, pingers & tracerouters]
[firewalls & proxies]
[Memory readers] [Hiders]


Introduction to the web searching tools

This "internet searching tools" page loads more than 70.000 bytes, but as you'll soon realize they are worth loading in gold. My tools page is not only a "swiss blades" repository for newbies that begin to grasp our powerful reversers' and seekers' lore... the tools I have gathered on this page should be useful as well for any powerful one that happens to be "lost on an alien computer"... miles from home, and without his trusted own-made CDs.
This happens to me often enough, hence I found myself this page quite useful more than once
 :-)

You'll find here (I hope) all the necessary tools to survive, secure your current box, AND reverse everything in sight, and then some.
There are tools here, that will even allow you to retaliate and strike back, should anyone dare to annoy you!
This section will always be "in fieri", yet there's no other section of my site that you should peruse as thoroughly as this one...

Note that there are NO CRACKED applications whatsoever here (nor anywhere else on my sites). All software is in pristine, original, uncracked conditions.
I wonder why should anyone publish or distribute cracked programs: their protections - as far as they are protected at all - are so stupid that anyone with eggplant intelligence could crack them "on the fly" in three seconds flat... as I show here for some pitiful cases.

Moreover: the complete and regged full versions of any software program are so easy to find on the web that it is a shame.

Another intent of mine, on this page, is to demonstrate that you DO NOT need the most recent version of a given software... far from it: you may in most cases use a old dos program instead of the most recent frilly windoze "xp" application, with the advantage (if you use such "older" applications) that you'll at least be sure that the program you use are not trojaning your data somewhere in the background everytime you connect to the web!


Main advice of this "Tools" section

DO NOT UPDATE YOUR SOFTWARE IF YOU CAN AVOID IT!...
...unless you know pretty well how to reverse - and modify - it!
As a (simplistic) rule: the older your version, the less likely it is that it will [malbehave] and spy on you...


You want a typical example? WINAMP, the mp3 player. You should use previous versions, for instance version 2.91 (see below)
All more recent versions, from version 3 onward, hog your resources a lot and are spyware (I.e.: send your data back to mama).


"Non software" tools pointers

[Archies & FTP]: Tools for seekers.
[Iefaf's ITool-Box]: Proxying, Stalking, Connecting, Securing
[Translation services and other Linguistic aids]: Translation services, very useful for seekers.

The lore of tools
(and the simplcity of tools registering)

How to find any tool: first of all you better know the [exact name] of your target, or, even better, of the zipped file of your target (knowing names is quite an advantage, eh). Do not limit yourself to zip and try a search for *.rar files as well. Do not forget *.lha, *.arj and *.ace files either, duh.
Lacking the exact name, try to guess it :-)  If you don't manage to guess it, try to find it nevertheless applying some synecdochical searching tactiques :-) Should you still have problems finding your target, and should you have (probably wrongly) concluded that it does not seem to be anywhere on Internet, check if it did maybe exist BEFORE on the web.

Once you have found (or inferred, or guessed) the name of your target, either you use a
[archie & ftp-search] or you search google/fast/teoma/alta with something like +target_name +download nfo of course you could also search for +target_name +crack* +serial* nfo nor +target_name (+warez OR +appz) nfo. Alternatively you can use some underground, usenet and irc-related search techniques, but be warned that some of this could be deemed "illegal" in some cast-away copyright-bigot places.
Anyway, when seeking on such paths, you may enjoy the knowledge you'll gather on our Webbits & Rabbits section...

But normally things are incredibly easy (and that's mostly because the programmers do not know how to protect their software): let's, for instance, imagine that you are interested in a specific application, let's say teleport pro version 1.28. In that case you could simply search for +"teleport pro 1.28" +serial -"click on" -tits in order to quickly find a ready made serial number (avoiding most commercial and porn sites) and register your copy. This is less fun - and waay less instructive- than cracking your appz yourself, but gets the mustard cut nevertheless if you are in a hurry... the dark side of the evil power of knowing how to search, I guess.

Yet, before you ask: YES, your ISP, your "free" search engine and your friendly neighbours all do actively monitor your searches... that's the reason you should 1) use some of the tools you'll find in this page... opera, proxomitron, a good firewall, ipticker... and, by all means, learn some
[anonymity lore] basic as soon as you find some time...
As usual: any comment, addition, suggestion or correction to this page is welcome

Search tools

Searching inside your own harddisks
and
Fetching entire sites


Forgetting where the hell did you put that file... admittedly embarassing for 'real' searchers :-)

File finders

FF.zip ~ 5715 bytes
Use this old, useful program. NEVER use the "start/search" function in windows xp, which silently connects on port 80 to sa.windows.com (207.46.248.249) in order to deliver to the ugly microsoft's minions your IP and what you are searching for on your own harddisk. Start/search - in Windows XP - is MALWARE eo ipso.



agentran.zip ~ 787735 bytes ~ Agent Ransack, by David Vest, is the freeware version of File Locator Pro
Agent Ransack is a tool for finding files and information on your hard drive fast and efficiently. When searching the contents of files Agent Ransack also displays the text found.
Users can then quickly browse the results without having to separately open each file.
The regular expression 'search' would match any string containing 'search'.
So if you wanted to find a file with the letters 'teoma' in it the regular expression would simply be 'teoma'.
To find a file that begins with 'Dear' or 'Yesterday' followed at some point by 'Document' or 'Documents' followed at some point by a number and has a '.txt' extension the expression would be: '^(Dear|Yesterday).*Documents?.*[0-9]+.*\.txt$'
You can test your regular expressions, before searching, through an ad hoc Test->Regular expression menu option
Use this useful program. NEVER use the "start/search" function in windows xp, which silently connects on port 80 to sa.windows.com (207.46.248.249) in order to deliver to the ugly microsoft's minions your IP and what you are searching for on your own harddisk. Start/search - in Windows XP - is MALWARE eo ipso.


File Greppers

See also Agent Ransack above, which is a good grepper.
grep.zip ~ 4624 bytes grep.zip ~ 7023 bytes grep.com
[Turbogrep version 3 by Borland, 1992]
Most useful tool, must have on your harddisk
grep20dw.zip ~ 202064 bytes grep20dw.zip
[grep for Windows 95/98/NT, version 20d by Tim Charron 1998]
Most useful tool, must have on your harddisk comes WITH SOURCE code (Gnu)
grep32.zip ~ 610381 bytes grep32.zip
[Windows grep 2.2. 95/98/2000/NT, by Huw Millington 2000]
Code is a tag overbloated and slow, but, hey, it does not choke on windoze's temp and swap files! Works quite well inside executables (be warned, though, it fail eventual matches on the 256 boundaries)
Site Greppers

Teleport Pro
teleport128.zip ~ 1670460 bytes ~ Teleport Pro, version 1.28, 1997

See the following essays (regarding the bad habits of version 1.29):
Teleport Pro 1.29, malware galore by Faulpelz, May 2000
Delving deeper into Teleport Pro 1.29 by Noos, October 2000
Teleport Pro V1.29 (Build 1107) by Faulpelz, January 2001
Stringers

strings.zip ~ 9272 bytes strings.zip ~ 17413 bytes strings.exe
[strings ver 1 by myself :-]
Most useful tool, find printable strings in any binary file, must have on your harddisk
bintscan.zip ~ 84730 bytes bintscan.zip
[binary text scan!]
Most useful tool, find strings without leaving windoze
Searching elsewhere
Most useful tools when you happen to find, somewhere on the web, say an oreilly books "depot" :-)


All-purpose Fetchers

wget1531.zip ~ 106681 bytes strings.zip
[wget ver 1.5.3.1 GNU license]
Most useful fetcher (non interactive network retriever), must have for speedy mass-downloads

"Nothing, NOTHING, beats wget. Nothing." (A+heist, explaining in his Leipziger workshop some web-tools)


Searching the web with ready-made bots
Ok, this is admittedly embarassing for 'real' searchers
(coz you should write your bots yourself instead of using commercial crap, that moreover is often enough "advertisement infested"... well, at least we can easily "take care" of this last annoying habit :-)

the "ferrets"

ferre302.zip ~ 503833 bytes ferre302.zip ~ 1134088 bytes webfer~1.exe
web ferret, version 3.02, queries popular search engines, astounding useful results at times. Disabling its awful "advertfeature" it's a real & easy pleasure. See for instance how you can "clean" on the fly this bot on my Milan workshop papers, or a more deeper analysis in this essay.

copernic.zip ~ 2716185 bytes copernic.zip ~ Copernic 2000, french version.
Good bot, even if heavily commercial oriented and advertisement banners infested (see +Tsehp's essays in my anti advertisement section). +Tsehp demonstrated the utter banality of the advertisement removal procedure for Copernic 2000/4.5... this gives us the possibility to effectuate a simple - and eyes' soothing - "single byte shoot":
CopernicSvr.exe
:54BB5B E814E9F8FF   call 4DA474
:54BB60 E88730F2FF   call 46EBEC  ;are we allowed to showe ads into your eyes?
:54BB65 84C0         test al, al  ;ax is not zero? Ahah! Eat ads, poor luser!
:54BB67 0F8599000000 jne 54BC06   ;0F84... (je 54BC06 would sooth your eyeballs ;-) 
:54BB6D A1B8785700   mov eax, dword ptr [5778B8]
:54BB72 80780C00     cmp byte ptr [eax+0C], 00

But we have [our own bots] as well...

Check also [mysearch.zip]: ~ 20233 bytes A search bot in Visual Basic by Shoki (see [shokiwcd.htm])
Browsers
Either you know why you should use these tools, or you search & learn, or just try and understand :-)
"Probieren geht über studieren"


Opera

disassemblers
     [Opera] ~ the ultimate browser for searchers.
An incredible tool: your sword on the web!

Also check the ad hoc Tutti all'opera page!

Older versions
[version 3.0] [version 3.2] [version 3.6] [version 5.1] [version 6.5]
Version you should use
[version 7.23]


Usually the most recent version is NOT the best one to use. But this case is an exception


As you can read in depth on the ad hoc page, one of the most important things is that Opera has a very convenient no-images icon that allows you to stop on the fly all images loading from any site you are visiting. Not a minor feat in a Web that, as you will already have realized, is an Ocean of knowledge... about two centimeters deep. Most sites just overload visitors with completely useless graphical frills: having a browser able to stop them "on the fly" is a very useful weapon that you will need again and again. Note also how the development of both the M$IE and the Netscape browsersaurii went to great lengths to AVOID you having the possibility to turn off images (and hence advertisements).
But there's more: Opera has even various 'anti-popup' function BUILT INSIDE IT: have a look at file ~ preferences ~ windows... see the checkbox for 'allow documents to create windows? Well... uncheck it! What are you waiting for? :-)
You think I have finished with the advantages that Opera offers? Nossir...try this other one: file ~ preferences ~ multimedia... see the checkbox 'enable animation GIF images'? Well... uncheck it! Yep, believe or not: you can selectively kill those useless animated gifs that nobody in his right mind would ever 'prefer' to load! :-)
Of course you can download hic et nunc Opera for LINUX Opera for LINUX as well...

Did I mention that Opera's code is 30 times smaller than M$IE or Netscrape?

Opera version 3.0: [opera30.zip] : 1164852 bytes, the ultimate browser for real searchers, point ą la ligne.
This demoversion (30 days protection) is complete and of course not cracked.
(Not that it would be difficult to find a valid serial, duh).

Opera version 3.2: [opera32.zip] : 1166787 bytes, the ultimate browser for real searchers, point ą la ligne.
This demoversion (30 days protection) is complete and of course not cracked.
Opera version 3.6: [opera36.zip] : 1330017 bytes, the ultimate browser for real searchers, point ą la ligne.
This demoversion (30 days protection) has an "improved" protection scheme which is unfortunately still way too easy to crack, see my [Tutti all'opera!] page (I believe that the programmers at Opera should learn [some better tricks] to protect their valuable software).
Opera version 5.1: [opera510.exe] : 2288192 bytes zipped selfexecutable, the ultimate browser for real searchers, point ą la ligne.
This freeversion has a crappish advertisement banner that will disappear when you register. See also my [paris slide] on removing banners from Opera 5.0 trough the 'Procustian' approach.

Opera version 6.5: [ow32enen605.exe] : 3588280 bytes zipped selfexecutable (build 1140), the ultimate browser for real searchers, point ą la ligne.
This freeversion has a crappish advertisement banner that will disappear when you register. See my tutti all'opera page for more info.

Ta-daaa!


Opera version 7.23: [ow32en-GBen-GB723.exe] : 3525491 bytes zipped (less than the previous versions!) selfexecutable, the ultimate browser for real searchers, point ą la ligne.
This freeversion has a crappish advertisement banner that will disappear when you register or find a serial on the web. See my tutti all'opera page for more info.
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By all means, use Opera together with Proxomitron: cosmic power for your seeking trips!



Lynx

Lynx: [lynxy.zip] : 683992 bytes, ported from unix, works in a dos box, very quick, try the non graphical way of quick browsing.

Lynx has some SERIOUS security problems (less than M$IE, anyway) - as you will learn searching the web - but remains VERY quick, so consider the trade off risk/speed

Images retrieval tools

Pictureagent

Pictureagent [pa27.zip] : 2716159 bytes, version 2.7
Fundamental tool for usenet image retrieval, 'protected' with one of the stupidest protection you can find around: the program carries a long hardcoded list of invalid names (probably people that did spread their registration codes on usenet) and cracker names like "hans die wurst", "donald ibarra", "escom/core", "iceman [ucf]" and so on, followed by this silly codesnippet:
:41596D 8B442430           mov eax, dword ptr [esp+30]
:415971 3BF8               cmp edi, eax
:415973 757A               jne 4159EF  ;bad_guy_exit
:415975 85FF               test edi, edi
:415977 7476               je 4159EF   ;bad_guy_exit
:415979 83F801             cmp eax, 1
:41597C 7C71               jl 4159EF   ;bad_guy_exit
:41597E 8D4C2410           lea ecx, dword ptr [esp+10]
:415982 C644242400         mov [esp+24], 0
and, ahem, you actually might want to 'nop' the 4159ef 'bad guy' locations :-)
When will programmers learn [some better tricks] to protect their software?

VLC, by VideoLAN: http://www.videolan.org/


VLC is a cross-plaform multimedia player which can be used to read the stream from the network or display video read locally on the computer under all operating systems. Here the windows version 0.7.0.: [VideoLAN070.zip] 5.116.711 bytes
The VideoLAN french project targets multimedia streaming of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and DivX files, DVDs, digital satellite channels, digital terrestial television channels and live videos on a high-bandwidth IPv4 or IPv6 network in unicast or multicast under many OSes.

VideoLAN is free software, and is released under the GNU General Public License.

Images de-watermarking tools


JPG

JPG Cleaner v2.6 [jpgcln26.zip] : 291108 bytes, version 2.6
JPG Cleaner is a Fundamental tool for image cleaning purposes, by Rainbow Software Programs: JPG Cleaner is a simple but powerful utility for cleaning JPG files from anything that is not picture data. Commonly used programs such as Adobe Photoshop write tons of additional information into JPG files, crap that isn't needed at all in oredr to display correctly the picture.
Texts such as "File written by Adobe Photoshop, Creator: PolyView® Version 3.32 by Polybytes, LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01 and all sort of preposterous crap will be eo ipso eliminated. Good riddance!
Also gets rid od picture previews (sometimes even bigger than main JPG data!)
And of all that useless color Management data

These data may (may!) be useul only when opening those files inside the program that created them.
Yet any other programs, such as any Internet Browser just skip such data, hence all this uselss crap is downloaded and then again thrown away!
Always use this program when publishing JPG files on the Internet: your JPG files will be smaller (should they contain non-picture data) with NO QUALITY LOSS whasoever.


GIF

Gif Cleaner v2.6d [gc26inst.rar] : 400592 bytes, version 1.1
The FILE menu includes:

Remove Comments
Remove Extraneous Data
Show Embedded Comments
Output Comments to File and Set Display Time
The Remove Comments
Remove Extraneous Data
Show Embedded Comments
Show Images items are toggle menu items

*** Important Note ***
GifClean32 will NOT modify any graphics in the GIF file. This means if you can see it, then it will be untouched. Comments are not displayed when viewing gif files via your browser or gif viewing utility. They are there for "record keeping purposes" or to identify the author, vendor, etc.

Sound tools


Winamp full, version 2.91 [winamp291_full_noaod.zip] : 2293474 bytes
Winamp version 2.91 "No AOL on desktop" Fundamental tool, here in its full zenith, pre its version 3 nadir. All subsequent versions are resources hoggers and/or overbloated crap and/or send your private data back to mama.

Total recorder [totrec22.zip] : 906191 bytes
Fundamental tool for sound streams capture, dead easy to crack, see fu_softi.htm

Other tools


[Credit card generators] [Password busters] [Port listeners, pingers and tracerouters]
[Languages & useful books]
[Checkers, sniffers, whistles] [URL obfuscators] [Email IP address spoofers] [Software customizers]
[Corporate countermeasures]
Credit card generators
Only to screw commercial porn-sites... Should NEVER be used for something illegal, never! Btw: I have found that Eurocard/Mastercard numbers with expirations 4-5 months ahead of the actual date work best...

cmaster4.zip ~ 99792 bytes ccmaker.zip
[When people want data, we gently give them some data: everybody is happy]
Most useful tool, must have when somebody on the web asks for a creditcard number in order to "verify" things...
ccmaker.zip ~ 7201 bytes ccmaker.zip
[When people want data, we gently give them some data: everybody is happy]
Most useful tool, must have when somebody on the web asks for a creditcard number in order to "verify" things...

Password busters


Very important to gain access to data-bases that do not collaborate, should you have lost your own password... As you'll quickly learn, a good entry (combo) list speeds things up... and a good proxy list will keep you alive!
(See Passwords lore)



wwwhack.zip ~ 210391 bytes wwwhack.zip
[When fred ~ fred doesn't work, but you need to gain access nevertheless]
Most useful tool, must have when somebody dares denying you access somewhere... the timelimiting functions are easy to disable.
Careful when using more recent versions! They malbehave: connect with servers on your lan, sniff and send data around in the background!


"Hi Fravia, I was on the tools page and downloaded a tool called wwwhack.zip; this tool expires December 31, 2000. However I ran the software using 'Date Cracker 2000' (zipped/dc200exe.zip) and used a simulated run date of 'December 31, 2000'... WWWHack works great, now.
I beleive this tip will be helpful to other readers
"
(Neil)

ares.zip ~ 1598100 bytes ares.zip
[When fred ~ fred doesn't work, but you need to gain access nevertheless]
Most useful tool, must have when somebody dares denying you access somewhere... remember to save your proxy list as "proxy.ini" inside ares' working subdirectory. Do not use hostnames in your proxy lists, just numeric IPs!
Use a good combo username/password list!
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accessdiver43.zip ~ 1641805 bytes accessdiver43.zip version 4.3
[When fred ~ fred doesn't work, but you need to gain access nevertheless]
Most useful tool, must have when somebody dares denying you access somewhere. Worth experimenting with, eheh

goldeneye.zip ~ 650352 bytes goldeneye.zip version 1.0
[When fred ~ fred doesn't work, but you need to gain access nevertheless]
Most useful tool, must have when somebody dares denying you access somewhere. Worth experimenting with, eheh. Do not forget to set the speed slider to a significant digit: default zero won't work, duh
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apdfprp.zip ~ 738241 bytes Advanced PDF Password Recovery Pro 2.12
[When those annoying pdf-files dare to confront you]
Decrypt protected Adobe Acrobat PDF files, which have "user" and/or "owner" passwords set, preventing the file from opening or editing, printing, selecting text and graphics etc.
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Port listeners, pingers & tracerouters

Very important to discover who is listening where

netmon09.zip ~ 256655 bytes netmon09.zip
[Let's log all covert activities]
Netmonitor, version0 .9: useful tool, log everything that listens
inzider.zip ~ 210391 bytes inzider.zip
[Who is listening where?]
Inzider, version 1.2: useful tool, must have if you fear someone may be listening on your ports į la BO...
netlab.zip ~ 228735 bytes netlab.zip
[Swiss pinging knife]
Netlab, version 1.35, by Alexander Danileiko (1997): useful tool, must have for pinging, tracerouting and port-listening...
Netlab, upon starting, contacts the time server at 198.83.19.241 through port 37
nc11nt.zip ~ 96561 bytes netcat.zip
[the Swiss Army Knife of TCP/IP]
Netcat, version 1.10, by Hobbit: useful tool, must have tool! See Angela Zaharia's essay
A simple example of using Netcat is to pull down a web page from a web server.
With Netcat you get to see the full HTTP header so you can see which web server a particular site is running.

ipticker.zip ~ 29212 bytes IPTICKER (For windoze 2k & XP only)
[Monitor ALL your Internet connections]
ipTicker is a diagnostic tool that detects and measures IP (internet protocol) traffic to and from your PC. It listens to all ports and reports the activities centrally on its screen in real time.
By http://www.soft-trek.com.au. Very useful tool, small, not intrusive, powerful. But *very badly* protected:
:4039BE E833DFFFFF    call 4018F6
:4039C3 85C0          test eax, eax
:4039C5 7512          jne 4039D9	; jne "good guy"    	
:4039C7 6824D34000    push 40D324    	; --> "ipTicker v1.6 (U N R E G I S T E R E D   V E R S I O N)" 
So if somebody wants to be a "good guy" he just modifies the ONE byte in blue above, turning that jump if not equal into a jump if equal instruction...
I believe that the programmers at soft-trek should learn [some better tricks] to protect their software.


ethereal092.zip ~ 7089400 bytes, ethereal092.zip
ETHEREAL! (Version 0.92) eh :-) The best Network protocol analyzer. Trace everything, investigate, check what's going on! CATCH spywares REDHANDED!

(October 2006) Ethereal changed its name to WIRESHARK!
wireshark is the new name of the fantastic Ethereal protocol sniffer.
This is a very powerful tool to check what's really going on 'behind the scene' everytime you connect to a server on the web. Power knwoledge for anyone interested in having power knowledge.
"Wireshark was written by an international group of networking experts, and is an example of the power of open source. It runs on Windows, Linux, UNIX, and other platforms"

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Checkers, sniffers, whistles
Know what's going on inside a windoze box

winsight.zip ~ 165169 bytes winsight.zip
[Whoa! All those programs are running on my pc?]
winsight, version 2.05: useful Borland's tool, have a look, lotta windows eh :-) Trace messages, investigate, check what's going on!
belarcadvisor.zip ~ 606129 bytes BELARC ADVISOR!
Will show, on a html page, EVERYTHING that has been installed on the box where you are using it, with serial numbers :-)
Yep, System serial number, "Software LIcenses" like Microsoft XP's serial, Network Card MAC Address, and so on. Didactically important tool as well, coz it shows you all the data that windoze leaks around.
regrun2.zip ~ 831086 bytes regrun2.zip
[Clear all misteries for windoze's configuration and all sort of start up wonders]
Regrun2, version 2.25: an useful tool to explore, check or change your configuration files, have a look. Trace, investigate, check what's going on with this good tool!
An incredibly simple protection scheme: the serial number routine is calculated from a name / email message combination that accepts one letter names as well (very bad protectetiquette!) and shifts 0xF downwards based on the emailaddress (let's say for instance that "a" at [email protected] is 349120 and "b" at [email protected] is 349104, you'll guess that "c" will be 349088, and so on :-) I believe that the programmers at Greatis should learn [some better tricks] to protect their software.


regcle34.zip ~ 251475 bytes regcle34.zip
RegCleaner, by Jouni Vuorio, a GREAT tool. Freeware. Does MUCH MORE than those expensive 'automatic' registry cleaners. Try it! Search for "gator" and "cmesys" on your own system, and you may have some surprises...
Inter alia it automatically removes all kinds of junk from the registry. Corrupted data is also removed from the registry. I say "inter alia" because this tool can have different uses as well, as Vuorio points out:
"Say you've accidentally destroyed a nice shareware program what has a 30-day trial period. Later on, when you notice that it's been destroyed, you try reinstalling it, only to find out that you can't, because the program thinks that you're just trying to get another 30 days. If you first remove the program's registry entries, however, you may very well be able to reinstall the software and recover your trial period again."
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URL obfuscators
If you want (to hope) that your sysads don't know where you are surfing :-)

unfrozen3.zip ~ 62543 bytes unfrozen3.zip
[A pleasure to play with, create synonyms for your preferred URLs]
Unfrozen3, by Glow Armageddon (glow(at)w3(point)to), beautiful small tool to obfuscate the URLs you are browsing to. "Hostname converter", must have for all those that prefer not to leak too explicit loggings... see PCHelp's essay How to Obscure Any URL for some explanations.
Check also [son_33_1.htm]: Javascript obscure conversion by sonofsamiam, part of the [obscure.htm] section
Check also [urlcalc.zip]: ~ 43844 bytes Dotted decimal IP conversion to other valid bases & Reverse obfuscation of a URL by Shoki (see [shokiwcd.htm])
and de-obfuscators :-)
[Sourcerer version 1]: ~ 30870 bytes, This is version 1.0 of this javascript decrypter, the sources are included
by Mordred Magic tool for seekers
Email IP address spoofers
If you wish to maintain a certain degree of anonymity with your friends :-)

euthan.zip ~ 176108 bytes euthan.zip
[The tools of the evil spammers can be of some use for the sons of the light]
Euthanasia, an old email bomber program that works great for just sending emails: spoofs the IP address as well as the return address and x-mailer (unfortunately it only works with certain smtp relays: some reveal the real address anyway: check it and find a relay that work before using). Thanks malan!
Software customizers
If you wish to kill ads, tweak whatever or re-enable some grayed options

customiz.zip ~ 653537 bytes customiz.zip
[The customizer per anthonomasia, version 1.10]
You'll find this even more useful than poledit when your system administrator or your software programmer has chosen to 'disable' some options... :-)
See for instance how you can modify on the fly the webferret bot in this essay. See also another interesting use of the customizer (tweaking EULAs) in this [conference of mine]

customiz.exe ~ 692224 bytes: this is customiz.zip version 1.10 autoextracting as exe
very useful when you need to perform some quick tweakings from -say- a web-café ;-)

customiz.jpg ~ 653537 bytes: this is customiz.zip version 1.10 masqueraded as a jpg
This is the old "anti-corporate" *.jpg trick. Just click right onto it and choose save as, it will work even if you are in a corporate cage where evil sysads have disabled zip and exe downloading ;-)



cust115.zip ~ 272528 bytes: cust115.zip
[The customizer per anthonomasia, version 1.15]
A ridicolous time check protection... any kid could set all FOUR occurrences of 000007D1 (if you have installed it in 2001) to -say- 00000BB9 with the result that the program will expire in 3001. (And if that's not enough... set all four to 00000FA1 :-) Maybe the good people at wanga should learn [some better tricks] to protect this most useful appz.
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Corporate countermeasures
Escape the censorship dictatures!

httport.zip ~ 382426 bytes httport.zip
[TCP/IP through HTTP tunneling client by Dmitry Dvoinikov]
You'll find this quite useful if you'r blocked by a proxy... see all necessary instructions here: [httport.htm]  
stego.htm
Steganography
Where you will find various tools to embed your data in various kind of covers (images, sounds, files)

Codebars


codebar.zip ~ 50488 bytes codebar.zip (CODEBAR!)
[ole +ORC explained how important this is]
Old, small, useful.

Banner Killers


I liked Whitmore's answer on Usenet, some time ago, to a commercial zombie that accused users of 'stealing' when browsing with our beloved killerads on, this text has been slightly modified:

"Banner ads are really silly. Lately some bastards advertisers have begonnen to take note and 'penalize' people using junkbuster and other banner killing software. What their defense of this criminal attitude boils down to is that commercial webmasters incur business expenses, and are responsible for finding a business model that at least covers those expenses. Customers don't care if they cover their expenses, they just want (x) and are willing to pay (n) to get it. If you offer (x) for free, it's not stealing if people take it without being forced to read ads -- remember, they're not concerned with advertisers' costs, they just want their own expense to be (n) or less (where (n) is assumed to be positive, thus zero -- free -- is less than (n)). If advertisers don't cover their expenses, that's a problem with their business model, not consumer behavior. If they had content that is worth an "admission" (a very big if in my experience) then go ahead and charge one! If they can't, then they'd better find a better business model. Expecting unusual behavior and giving the lack of that behavior such negative (and illogical and inappropriate) label like "stealing" is not going to serve them in the long run."

Of course the junkbuster and proxomitron methods, that are described elsewhere on my site, are pretty effective per se.

Two Opera's [ plug-ins]!
[http://www.intermute.com/] Intermute
[http://www.webwasher.com/] Webwasher, fairly easy to set up, and does away with unwanted advertising, and other forms of annoying behavior from webpages.
[ao201.zip] Adsoff! 144919 bytes, original location: http://www.intercantech.com, easy to crack... but you should buy this appz, it deserves it.
[aaw562.zip] AD AWARE! (Version 5.0 = 5.62) 849144 bytes, original location: http://www.lavasoftUSA.com/, very useful to nuke spywares.
Languages & useful books



[http://www.oreilly.com/openbook/] O'Reilly English Language Online Books

PERL

[Perl] Sams Teach Yourself Perl 5 in 21 Days
[ksoze_ps.htm] Ksoze's "Running Perl Scripts"
[kso_kps0.htm]: ksoze perl shell v0.0 (a small/simple perl shell, good for testing & learning purposes, obviously fully commented and portable)
[Perl to exe] 1.077.535 ytes. Perl2Exe is a command line utility for converting Perl scripts to executable files.

REBOL

[rebol031.zip] 129961 bytes     (see the bots section)

PHP

[A laboratory for PHP experiments] by Laurent & DQ, (on my Swiss mirror)

The Handbook of Applied Cryptography

[The Handbook of Applied Cryptography] by Menezes, van Oorschot & Vanstone


Powerful firewalls for windoze & proxies

(the best firewall for windoze is unfortunately a commercial one: Sygate Personal Firewall Pro, go grab its version 5.1 on the deep deep web :-)

[consl26.zip] 914258 bytes: Conseal PC Firewall for windoze 9x, Version 2.6
You'll enjoy the power and knowledge!
[fo-b2145] ~ [fo-b25ci]
BlackIce, one of the best personal firewalls around (the best one is Sygate, go grab it)
Good old Fosi seems to have spread it all over the web.



A possible alternative is ZoneLabs Zone Alarm (Free edition) http://www.zonelabs.com


A possible alternative is Tiny Personal Firewall (free for personal use) at http://www.webmasterfree.com/tpfw.html


[mproxy05.zip] 145807 bytes
MultiProxy is a multifunctional personal proxy server you can install to protect your privacy by dynamically connecting to non-transparent anonimizing public proxy servers only. You can also test a list of proxy servers and sort them by connection speed and level of anonimity.
For a couple of interesting lists see [pxylist1.txt] & [pxylist2.txt]

OUR_FRIEND_PROXOMITRON!
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Scott Lemmon, Proxomitron Author, passed away at the age of 36 on May 1st 2004 :-(


ProxN44.zip ~ 1141224 bytes proxo.zip (PROXOMITRON! Version Naoko-4.4)
[there is no need to explain how important this little thing is - complete documentation inside]

ProxN45j.zip ~ 1136575 bytes proxo.zip (PROXOMITRON! June Version)
[there is no need to explain how important this little thing is - complete documentation inside]

Older version: proxo.zip ~ 873971 bytes proxo.zip (PROXOMITRON! Version Naoko-3)


If you never used it, you'll find this so useful that you'll wonder how comes you never used it before :-)


Check Oncle Faf goes inside proxomitron

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How to input multiple proxies on the fly in Proxomitron, by -Bone Digger
Copy your proxy list to your clipboard. Click the Proxy button on the Proxomitron Main Window. Click the Add button on the "External Proxy Selector" window. Right Click in the "Enter New Proxy server" text box. Choose Paste from the right click menu. All unique proxies (i.e. those not already listed) from your clipboard will be added.
OR
open the default.cfg file in a text editor. Scroll to the [Proxies] section at the bottom. Leave a full empty line below the "OpenLog = TRUE" and "Count = 1" line and paste or input your proxies one per line.
You'll find various proxy lists here and one ready to be pasted inside proxomitron here
By all means, use Proxomitron together with Opera: cosmic power for your seeking trips!

Our friend Proximodo?

A possible new alternative to proxomitron (still in early development stage) could be proximodo, by Antony Boucher.

"Basically, Proximodo is a clone of a great piece of software called The Proxomitron, developed by Scott R. Lemmon. Now that for sad reasons Proxomitron is unmaintained, I started this project to carry on the idea. Though a few Proxomitron features are still missing in Proximodo (mainly SSL support) the essential is already there: 100% of Proxomitron filters will run under Proximodo (plus there is a menu to import your custom Proxomitron filters). Proximodo currently comes with default Proxomitron filters, which can do quite a lot of different things. But you can write your own filters, using a powerful syntax that, despite its seeming complexity, is quite easy to use and master."



Antivirus


Grisoft AVG Anti-virus (Free edition) http://www.grisoft.com
Memory readers


[w32gwiz.zip], ver 1.01 493706 bytes, by Vitaly (VitalyATATATTAODOTDOTDOTde)

"Win32 Game Wizard permits the user to modify the games so that they can be much easier finished. It allows the user to customize games. It removes protection, adds infinite lives, infinite weapons, etc."


[MemRead_BIN.zip] 133734 bytes, by ivo andonov (iDOTDOTDOTandonovATATATgallup-bbssDOTDOTDOTcom)
Let's see, ahem, if you undertand WHY the following could be quite useful... remember old dos SICE 'snappings'? :-)

Stego-Hiders


[hip20.zip], ver 2.0, 375501 bytes, by Davi Tassinari de Figueiredo (davitfATATATusaDOTDOTDOTnet)

A wondrous tool for file-hiding purposes, allows you to conceal files inside bitmaps, using a password. This program version was published in may 2001.
Since Davi gives you the source code (260334 bytes) as well, you can apply slight modifications: no echelon will ever be able to fech you on the fly (unless they have you as a target).
This version is quite fast and relatively safe. This is a DOS/Windows interface, a Linux one will eventually appear.

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(c) III Millennium: [fravia+], all rights reserved









Finally...
Cosmic and Tactical depths

Finally, since you are on my main "download" page, some old gems, just in order to grasp how insignificant "we and our worries" are, and how important it is to AVOID taking ourself too much seriously.

First take a look at the real small place our galaxy has in the universe, through
[this wondrous program], that every father should show to his kids in "relativising" awe... funny isn't it?
Mortals are at the same time nothing of relevance and yet they have so much to give...

What? You still have a lot of time to waste? Learn for free some strategy (and delve into such tactical depths)... and of course, while playing, do not forget to apply some sound theory to your virtual soldiers! :-)