Computer First Aid Kit


 

Avast Home Edition Antivirus 4.1.389    04/22/2004
Scan your computer for viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.
OS: Windows (all)
File Size: 7.5MB 


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Publisher: ALWIL Software
Date added: April 22, 2004
Minimum requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Uninstaller included?: Yes

Publisher's Description
Avast Home Edition is free antivirus software for home, non-commercial use. It scans for viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. Avast scans on demand - with skinnable simple interface, during boot time, and on access. It protects e-mail, ICQ, mIRC, Kazaa. It maintains virus chest. True incremental updates (well under 100KB) based on iAVS technology update virus definition at least twice a week. Version 4.1.389 includes improved archive operation, support for Windows XP SP2 Security Center and it's available now in English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, and Spanish languages.

Note: Users should register at the developer's site to obtain the free license key.

 


Vcatch Basic Virus Checker 5.0.20.2
       02/04/2004
Check all incoming files and e-mail messages for viruses and worms.
Automatically updates its virus definitions in your computer once a day
OS: Windows (all)
File Size: 1.29MB



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Publisher: MinuteGroup
Date added: February 4, 2004
Minimum requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Uninstaller included?: Yes

Publisher's Description
Vcatch Basic is virus-protection software that checks all files sent or downloaded to your computer via e-mail, Web mail, instant messaging, and file-sharing applications. VCatch effectively blocks new variants of the latest worms (such as MyDoom), leaving your computer clean and protected. Vcatch Basic automatically updates its virus definitions in your computer once a day, so once you install Vcatch Basic you don't need to do anything else to be constantly protected. In the event that Vcatch Basic detects a virus, the software automatically deletes the file and notifies you. Vcatch Basic uses an advanced malicious-application-detection system, which scans every incoming file for suspicious characteristics using a flexible rules system. This system helps Vcatch block new worms and viruses without any updates. Version 5.0.20.2 fixes minor bugs and includes and improved rules system for better coping with new and sophisticated variant of worms and viruses.

Note: This software is ad-supported and may install components that use your Internet connection to serve ads or track your Web surfing habits.


Avast
Virus Cleaner Tool 1.0.176    03/08/2004
Remove selected viruses and worms from your computer.
OS: Windows (all)
File Size: 315K


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Publisher: ALWIL Software
Date added: March 8, 2004
Minimum requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
Uninstaller included?: No

Publisher's Description

Avast Virus Cleaner is a free tool that completely removes selected viruses and worms from your computer. It stops viruses that are active in memory, disinfects your files, removes virus registry and start-up items, and even deletes the virus-working files.

Version 1.0.176 can handle virus families: - Badtrans - Beagle (aka Bagle) (A-K) - Blaster (A-H) - BugBear (A-B) - Ganda - Klez/Elkern, all variants - MiMail, (A, C, E, I-N, Q, S-U) - Mydoom (A,B,D,F including the Trojan horse) - Nachi/Welchia (A-C) - Netsky (A-F) - Nimda - Opas (aka Opasoft, Opaserv) - Scold - Sircam - Sober - Sobig (B-F) - Swen, incl. UPX variant - Yaha (aka Lentin) all variants.

 

The authors of this tiny, free virus scanner deserve our praise. The list of definitions, although it's confined to about 50 viruses, nevertheless detects the most notorious infections such as Badtrans, Blaster, Bugbear, Ganda, Klez/Elkern, Nimda, Opas, Sircam, Sobig, and Yaha. Avast Virus Cleaner downloads as an executable program, which means you don't have to install it. It scans the memory and the entire hard drive. Although you can't choose specific files or folders to examine, Avast isn't memory-consuming and works quickly. If you haven't already installed a professional virus checker, download


SafeGuard Pop-up Blocker Pro Free Edition 7.71c   03/23/2004
Stop all unwanted pop-ups ads to surf the Internet effectively.
OS: Windows (all)
File Size: 233K


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Publisher: SafeGuard
Date added: March 23, 2004
Minimum requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Uninstaller included?: Yes

Publisher's Description
Stop annoying pop-up ads forever. SafeGuard Pop-up Blocker Pro is a free pop-up destroying application that will let you browse the Web without annoying ads that suddenly pop-up when you visit Web sites. Popup Blocker Pro uses patent-pending pop-up blocking technology to block unwanted pop-up ads and still allow the ones you want. There's no need to adjust proxy settings, or add sites to a list. SafeGuard Pop-up Blocker Pro will not strip Web images or slow your browser. You can allow pop-up windows only when you want them. SafeGuard Pop-up Blocker Pro is not advertising supported, nor does it require registration, and no information is collected from or about product users. Popup Blocker Pro is very small and easy to use. It is complete with full install and uninstall, a complete setup wizard, and online help file, and free unlimited tech support.

Version 7.71c features minor improvements and bug fixes.

CleanMyPC Free Popup Blocker 2.06     04/30/2004
Rid your screen of unwanted pop-up ads and keep useful ones.
OS: Windows (all)
File Size: 146K


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Publisher: CleanMyPC Software
Date added: April 30, 2004
Minimum requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Uninstaller included?: Yes

Publisher's Description
Tired of annoying pop-up ads when surfing the Web? Stop them with CleanMyPC Pop-Up Blocker. The built-in artificial intelligence engine will automatically distinguish between pop-up ads and useful pop-up windows, stopping the unwanted windows while the useful pop-ups from some Web sites will not be affected.

No Cost. No Configuration. No Pop-up. CleanMyPC PopUp Blocker helps you get rid of the annoying pop-ups when you surf Internet and say goodbye to pop-up ads forever.

Version 2.06 contains some minor enhancements and adds a new menu to reset the blocked pop-up count.


Popup PD 2.0  08/07/2003
Block unwanted pop-up ads, junk e-mail spam, and spyware.
OS: Windows (all)
File Size: 4.28MB


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Publisher: Popup PD
Date added: February 13, 2004
Minimum requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Uninstaller included?: Yes

Publisher's Description

 
Make Internet browsing faster, easier, and more fun. Popup PD allows you to search your favorite sites (Google, Amazon, eBay, and Overstock.com) from anywhere on the Web while blocking annoying pop-ups. With a single click, get customer service, shipping and tax information for hundreds of your favorite online and offline merchants. Customize your browser's appearance with over 30 fun designs. Popup PD does not contain any ScumWare/AdWare and can be easily removed directly from the toolbar itself - no need to restart your computer.


Smart Popup Blocker 1.01    09/19/2003
Kill annoying pop-ups and pop-unders and allow benign ones.
OS: Windows (all)
File Size: 1.38MB



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Publisher: Smartsoft Tech
Date added: May 3, 2004
Minimum requirements: Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
Uninstaller included?: Yes

Publisher's Description
Smart Popup Blocker can intelligently block pop-up ads, messenger pop-up spams, speed up Internet Explorer by optimizing settings. It also can clean cookies, guard your default Internet Explorer home page. Smart Popup Blocker resides in the system tray, works as an add-on of the IE browser, and automatically starts when you start up Internet Explorer. This new version features minor improvements and bug fixes.

 

Popup Killer 1.0.1   10/16/2003
Stop annoying pop-up windows that appear while you browse the Web.
OS: Windows (all)
File Size: 1.27MB



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Publisher: Topdownloads Networks
Date added: October 16, 2003
Minimum requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Uninstaller included?: Yes

Publisher's Description
Popup Killer is a small program that can be configured to automatically close previously selected Windows. Since the first public version, the program has evolved from a purely manual application, wherein you had to manually select pop-ups, to an intelligent program that can detect potential pop-ups and close them so quickly that you won't even see them.
 
This free program blocks annoying pop-up windows that appear on your screen when you browse the Web. After a quick install, you open Popup Killer and configure the few settings it has. You can choose to have it launch at Windows start-up and either show or not show the configuration window when starting the program. You can also set it to produce a "boop" sound when blocking a pop-up. The freeware displays the addresses of blocked pop-ups on its main window. Keep in mind that the program is best at blocking English-language pop-ups, so if you visit any Japanese- or Chinese-language sites, you'll see many pop-ups. Even some pop-up windows in English break through from time to time. Considering it's free, though, and that it doesn't appear to sneak in any adware or spyware, Popup Killer is worth a download.


WinPatrol 7.0.1  05/17/2004
Monitor vulnerable areas of your computer or get alerts about new programs. Sniff out worms, adware, spyware, cookies, Trojan horses, and other nasty programs that may attack your computer
OS: Windows (all)
File Size: 782K



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Publisher: BillP Studios
Date added: May 17, 2004
Minimum requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Uninstaller included?: Yes
Limitations: Limited access to WinPatrol Plus online database

Publisher's Description
WinPatrol with Scotty the Windows Watch Dog will sniff out worms, adware, spyware, cookies, Trojan horses, and other nasty programs that may attack your computer. This program puts you back in control of your computer with no need for constant updates. WinPatrol's goal is to help you better understand what programs are running on your computer and to alert you to any new programs added without your permission. Scotty lets you confirm any new programs or add-ons set up to run on your computer.

WinPatrol uses a heuristic approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. Unlike traditional security programs, WinPatrol doesn't scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats. Instead a snapshot is taken of your critical system resources and WinPatrol alerts you to any changes that occur without your knowledge. You'll be warned immediately while others wait to hear about it on the news.

Version 7.0.1 features minor improvements and bug fixes.

 
 This program uses a simple yet effective method of fighting all kinds of malicious programs. It inspects several spots in the Windows system that malware is most likely to alter, including programs launched at start-up, browser helper objects, scheduled tasks, services, and cookies. WinPatrol consumes few resources and doesn't slow your PC. You can set the interval between checkups; the default is every three minutes. If something new installs on your PC, the program notifies you and asks whether you want the newcomer. This won't cure serious infections, but it will save you from annoying adware and malicious sites that hijack your browser home page. WinPatrol's window is not resizable, which makes viewing long lists of cookies or processes unwieldy. You can view full reports in HTML format. The latest version improves cookie handling with Pinky the Squirrel, who eats "cookies with nuts"--that is, cookies that contain user-defined nuggets of text such as ads. Users who install a lot of new software will find the program invaluable.


Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner 1.12
Scan for spyware, adware, Trojan horses, keyloggers, and trackware components.
OS: Windows (all)
File Size: 1.09MB


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Publisher: Kephyr
Date added: November 26, 2003
Minimum requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Uninstaller included?: Yes

Publisher's Description

Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner detects a multitude of spyware, adware, Trojan horses, keyloggers, and trackware components, sources of irritation that many antivirus products do not deal with. The scanning process only takes a fraction of a second and tells you how to uninstall the invasive spyware or puts you in contact with the spyware developer for the most up-to-date and safe uninstall instructions. Spyware and adware often is bundled with software such as Kazaa, Morpheus, Grokster, iMesh, Xolox, and Gnutella, and in many cases it's installed without your knowledge. Some send information about your surfing habits to ad companies, which target you with pop-up ads that fit your preferences. Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner search for Gator, GAIN, Bargain Buddy, CommonName, FlashTrack, IPInsight, nCase, NetRatings, NewDotNet, SaveNow, and WurldMedia.
 
Appealing to gearheads who don't mind getting their hands dirty, Bazooka scans for spyware and offers detailed instructions on how to remove it. However, many people will prefer an application that removes spyware for them. Installation is simple and the application includes an automatic updater for its spyware-reference database. After the lightning-quick scan, you must be online to access instructions on how to remove any spyware that is found. We would like to see an option for downloading all spyware-removal instructions at one time, making a trip online unnecessary. Online-access issues aside, Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner provides a nice, simple solution to keeping those nasty programs out of your hard drive.


Adware Pop-up Stopper 2.0  05/06/2004
Get rid of pop-ups generated by spyware and adware as well as general Net surfing.
OS: Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
File Size: 87K


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Publisher: digital Delivery
Date added: May 6, 2004
Minimum requirements: Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Uninstaller included?: Yes

Publisher's Description
Block all of the pop-up ads you receive from spyware and adware as well as general net surfing. Once downloaded you can stop pop-ups or enable them with just one click of the mouse on the icon at the bottom of your screen. This pop-up blocker stops all pop-ups from reaching you by stopping new instances of Internet explorer from opening. Very simple and powerful. Easily uninstalled just by right clicking on the icon and selecting uninstall


Spyware & Adware Terminator 7.0   05/11/2004
Keep spyware, adware, and trojans off your system.
OS: Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
File Size: 1.29MB



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Publisher: Dr. Cornell Gavriliuc
Date added: May 11, 2004
Minimum requirements: Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Uninstaller included?: Yes

Publisher's Description

The 2-in-1 Spyware & Adware Terminator will search, destroy, and actively monitor your computer, keeping spyware, adware, trojans off your system. Active Monitoring will supervise all your computer activity, and it will notify you if the program or software youíre running contains spyware, adware, Trojans or other Malicious Code. It prevents such malicious code even before it occurs. The software detects and eliminates malicious registry entries. It also blocks various Web bugs, malicious scripts and cookies, ads, privacy intrusive tracking devices, hidden programs, profiling devices. Itís designed to defend yourself against Privacy Invasion, Identity Theft, Online Profiling & more! The software provides a quarantine feature, which enables users to have complete safe management over the detected spyware, adware, trojans etc, protecting the integrity of all programs. It runs minimized in the system tray.