Version 2.6b
by The Riddler
ther1ddler@fuckMicrosoft.com
November 3, 2001
(v2.0 finished May 16, 2001; v1.0 finished June 11, 2000)

Written with Windows 9x in mind, but not limited to.

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There are folders on your computer that Microsoft has tried hard to keep secret. Within these folders you will find two major things: Microsoft Internet Explorer has not been clearing your browsing history after you have instructed it to do so, and Microsoft’s Outlook Express has not been deleting your e-mail correspondence after you’ve erased them from your Deleted Items bin. (This also includes all incoming and outgoing file attachments.) And believe me, that’s not even the half of it.

When I say these files are hidden well, I really mean it. If you don’t have any knowledge of DOS then don’t plan on finding these files on your own. I say this because these files/folders won’t be displayed in Windows Explorer at all — only DOS. (Even after you have enabled Windows Explorer to “show all files.”) And to top it off, the only way to find them in DOS is if you knew the exact location of them. Basically, what I’m saying is if you didn’t know the files existed then the chances of you running across them is slim to slimmer.

It’s interesting to note that Microsoft does not explain this behavior adequately at all. Just try searching on microsoft.com.

FORWARD:
I know there are some people out there that are already aware of some of the things I mention. I also know that most people are not. The purpose of this tutorial is teach people what is really going on with Microsoft’s products and how to take control of their privacy again. This tutorial was written by me, so if you see a mistake somewhere then it is my mistake, and I apologize. 

Thanks for reading. 

INDEX

1. DEFINITIONS
1.1) Acronyms

2. SEEING IS BELIEVING
3. HOW TO ERASE THE FILES ASAP
3.1) If You Have Ever Used Microsoft Internet Explorer
3.2) Clearing Your Registry
3.3) Slack files
3.4) Keeping Microsoft’s Products
4. STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE THROUGH YOUR HIDDEN FILES (For the savvy.)
5. HOW MICROSOFT DOES IT
6. +S MEANS [S]ECRET NOT [S]YSTEM
6. A LOOK AT OUTLOOK
8. THE TRUTH ABOUT FIND FAST
8.1) Removing Find Fast
9. CONTACT INFORMATION AN PGP BLOCKS
9.1) Recommended reading
10. SPECIAL THANKS
11. REFERENCES

Coming in Version 3.0:
pstores.exe
Related Windows Tricks.
Looking back on the NSA-Key.
What’s with those Outlook Express .dbx files?
Windows 2000 support.

1. DEFINITIONS

Well, the best definition I have been able to come up with is the following:

I) A “really hidden” file/folder is one that cannot be seen in Windows Explorer after enabling it to “show all files,” and cannot be seen in MS-DOS after receiving a proper directory listing from root.
a) There is at least one workaround to enable Windows Explorer to see them.
b) There is at least one workaround to enable MS-DOS to see them.

II) Distinguishes “really hidden” file/folders from just plain +h[idden] ones, such as your “MSDOS.SYS” or “Sysbckup” folder.

III) Distinguishes from certain “other” intended hidden files, such as a file with a name of “°ƒë‹x¥.”

(Interesting to note that Microsoft has disabled the “Find: Files or Folders” from searching through one of these folders.)

1.1. ACRONYMS

DOS = Disk Operating System, or MS-DOS
MSIE = Microsoft Internet Explorer
TIF = Temporary Internet Files (folder)
HD = Hard Drive
OS = Operating System
FYI = For Your Information

2. SEEING IS BELIEVING

No. Enabling Windows Explorer to “show all files” does not show the files in mention. No. DOS does not list the files after receiving a proper directory listing from root. And yes. Microsoft intentionally disabled the “Find” utility from searching through one of the folders.

Oh, but that’s not all.

Just from one of these files I would be able to tell you which web sites you previously visited, what types of things you search for in search engines, and probably gather your ethnicity, religion, and sexual preference. Needless to say one can build quite a profile on you from these files. It has the potential to expose and humiliate — putting your marriage, friendship, and corporation at risk. Here’s one good example of the forensic capabilities.

“I’ve been reading your article as I have a problem with an employee of mine. He has been using the work’s PC for the internet and using it to chat and look at porn sites. He was then deleting the cookies and history in order to cover his tracks. A friend of mine pointed me in the direction of this site and your article. I have found it to be incredibly useful . . .”

— Concerned Boss, 8/24/01

One more thing. They contain your browsing history at ALL times. Even after you have instructed Microsoft Internet Explorer to clear your history/cache. And so the saying goes, “seeing is believing.”

To see for yourself simply do as you would normally do to clear your browsing history. Go to Internet Options under your Control Panel. Click on the [Clear History] and [Delete Files] buttons. (Make sure to include all offline content.)

So, has your browsing history been cleared? One would think so.

Skipping the to chase here. These are the names and locations of the “really hidden files”:

c:windowshistoryhistory.ie5index.dat
c:windowstempor~1content.ie5index.dat

If you have upgraded MSIE several times, they might have alternative names of mm256.dat and mm2048.dat, and may also be located here:

c:windowstempor~1
c:windowshistory

Not to mention the other alternative locations under:

c:windowsprofiles%user%…
c:windowsapplication data…
c:windowslocal settings…
c:windowstemp…
c:temp…

(or as defined in your autoexec.bat.)

FYI, there are a couple other index.dat files that get hidden as well, but they are seemingly not very important. See if you can find them.

3.0. HOW TO ERASE THE FILES ASAP

Step by step information on how to erase these files as soon as possible. This section is recommended for the non-savvy. Further explanation can be found in Section 4.0. Please note that following these next steps will erase all your cache files, all your cookie files. If you use the offline content feature with MSIE, following these next steps will remove this as well. It will not erase your bookmarks.

3.1. IF YOU HAVE EVER USED MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER

1) Shut your computer down, and turn it back on. 2) While your computer is booting keep pressing the [F8] key until you are given an option screen.
3) Choose “Command Prompt Only” (This will take you to true DOS mode.) Windows ME users must use a boot disk to get into real DOS mode.
4) When your computer is done booting, you will have a C:> followed by a blinking cursor. Type this in, hitting enter after each line. (Obviously, don’t type the comments in parentheses.)

C:WINDOWSSMARTDRV (Loads smartdrive to speed things up.)
CD
DELTREE/Y TEMP (This line removes temporary files.)
CD WINDOWS
DELTREE/Y COOKIES (This line removes cookies.)
DELTREE/Y TEMP (This removes temporary files.)
DELTREE/Y HISTORY (This line removes your browsing history.)
DELTREE/Y TEMPOR~1 (This line removes your internet cache.)

(If that last line doesn’t work, then type this:)

CDWINDOWSAPPLIC~1
DELTREE/Y TEMPOR~1

(If that didn’t work, then type this:)

CDWINDOWSLOCALS~1
DELTREE/Y TEMPOR~1
(If this still does not work, and you are sure you are using MSIE 5.x, then please e-mail me. If you have profiles turned on, then it is likely located under windowsprofiles%user%, while older versions of MSIE keep them under windowscontent.)

This last one will take a ridiculous amount of time to process. The reason it takes so incredibly long is because there is a ton of (semi-) useless cache stored on your HD.

5) Immediately stop using Microsoft Internet Explorer and go with any of the alternative browsers out there (e.g., Netscape 4.7x from netscape.com, Mozilla from mozilla.org, or Opera from opera.com).

FYI, Windows re-creates the index.dat files automatically when you reboot your machine, so don’t be surprised when you see them again. They should at least be cleared of your browsing history.

3.2. CLEARING YOUR REGISTRY

It was once believed that the registry is the central database of Windows that stores and maintains the OS configuration information. Well, this is wrong. Apparently, it also maintains a bunch of other information that has absolutely nothing to do with the configuration. I won’t get into the other stuff, but for one, your typed URLs are stored in the registry.

HKEY_USERS/Default/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/TypedURLs/
HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/TypedURLs/

These “Typed URLs” come from MSIE’s autocomplete feature. It records all URLs that you’ve typed in manually in order to save you some time filling out the address field. By typing “ama” the autocomplete feature might bring up “amazon.com” for you. Although I find it annoying, some people prefer this feature. One thing is for sure, however — it’s an obvious privacy risk. You wouldn’t want a guest to type “ama” and have it autocomplete to “amateurmudwrestlers.com,” would you?

3.3. SLACK FILES

As you may already know, deleting files only deletes the references to them. They are in fact still sitting there on your HD and can still be recovered by a very motivated person.

BCWipe is a nice program that will clear these files.
For you DOS buffs, there’s a freeware file wiper on simtel.net that I use.
If you are using PGP, there is a “Freespace Wipe” option under PGPtools.
The newer versions of Norton Utilities have a nice file wiping utility.
You might want to check out Evidence Eliminator’s 30 day trial. This is probably the best program as far as your privacy goes.

3.4. KEEPING MICROSOFT’S PRODUCTS

If your work environment forces you to use Microsoft Internet Explorer, then I strongly recommend that you talk your boss into checking out one of these programs:

PurgeIE
Cache and Cookie Cleaner for IE
TARGET=”new-window”>Anonymizer Window Washer

These programs automate the process for you, and is a better alternative to adding ‘deltree/y’ lines to your autoexec.

And if your work environment forces you to use Outlook or Outlook Express, then you should get in the habit of compacting your mailboxes.

You can do this by going to File > Folder > Compact All if you have Outlook Express, or Tools > Options > Other tab > [Auto Archive] if you have Outlook. Make sure to set things up here.

4.0. STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE THROUGH YOUR HIDDEN FILES

This next section is intended for the savvy user.

The most important files to be paying attention to are your “index.dat” files. These are database files that reference your history, cache and cookies. The first thing you should know is that the index.dat files is that they don’t exist in less you know they do. They second thing you should know about them is that some will *not* get cleared after deleting your history and cache.

The result: A log of your browsing history hidden away on your computer after you thought you cleared it.

To view these files, follow these steps:

In MSIE 5.x, you can skip this first step by opening MSIE and going to Tools > Internet Options > [Settings] > [View Files]. Now write down the names of your alphanumeric folders on a piece of paper. If you can’t see any alphanumeric folders then start with step 1 here:

1) First, drop to a DOS box and type this at prompt (in all lower-case). It will bring up Windows Explorer under the correct directory.

c:windowsexplorer /e,c:windowstempor~1content.ie5

You see all those alphanumeric names listed under “content.ie5?” (left-hand side.) That’s Microsoft’s idea of making this project as hard as possible. Actually, these are your alphanumeric folders that was created to keep your cache. Write these names down on a piece of paper. (They should look something like this: 6YQ2GSWF, QRM7KL3F, U7YHQKI4, 7YMZ516U, etc.) If you click on any of the alphanumeric folders then nothing will be displayed. Not because there aren’t any files here, but because Windows Explorer has lied to you. If you want to view the contents of these alphanumeric folders you will have to do so in DOS. (Actually, this is not always true. Sometimes Windows Explorer will display the contents of these folders — but mostly it won’t. I can’t explain this.)

2) Then you must restart in MS-DOS mode. (Start > Shutdown > Restart in MS-DOS mode. ME users use a bootdisk.)

Note that you must restart to DOS because windows has locked down some of the files and they can only be accessed in real DOS mode.

3) Type this in at prompt:

CDWINDOWSTEMPOR~1CONTENT.IE5
CD %alphanumeric%

(replace the “%alphanumeric%” with the first name that you just wrote down.)

DIR/P

The cache files you are now looking at are directly responsible for the mysterious erosion of HD space you may have been noticing. One thing particularly interesting is the ability to view some your old e-mail if you happen to have a Hotmail account. (Oddly, I’ve only been able to retreive Hotmail e-mail, and not e-mail from my other web-based e-mail accounts. Send me your experiences with this.) To see them for yourself you must first copy them into another directory and THEN open them with your browser. Don’t ask me why this works.

A note about these files: These are your cache files that help speed up your internet browsing. It is quite normal to use this cache system, as every major browser does. On the other hand. It isn’t normal for some cache files to be left behind after you have instructed your browser to erase it.

5) Type this in:

CDWINDOWSTEMPOR~1CONTENT.IE5
EDIT /75 INDEX.DAT

You will be brought to a blue screen with a bunch of binary.

6) Press and hold the [Page Down] button until you start seeing lists of URLs. These are all the sites that you’ve ever visited as well as a brief description of each. You’ll notice it records everything you’ve searched for in a search engine in plain text, in addition to the URL.

7) When you get done searching around you can go to File > Exit. If you don’t have mouse support in DOS then use the [ALT] and arrow keys.

8) Next you’ll probably want to erase these files by typing this:

C:WINDOWSSMARTDRV
CDWINDOWS
DELTREE/Y TEMPOR~1

(replace “cdwindows” with the location of your TIF folder if different.)

This will take a seriously long time to process. Even with Smartdrive loaded.

9) Then check out the contents of your History folder by typing this:

CDWINDOWSHISTORYHISTORY.IE5
EDIT /75 INDEX.DAT

You will be brought to a blue screen with more binary.

10) Press and hold the [Page Down] button until you start seeing lists of URLS again.

This is another database of the sites you’ve visited.

11) And if you’re still with me, type this:

CDWINDOWSHISTORY

12) If you see any mmXXXX.dat files here then check them out (and delete them.) Then:

CDWINDOWSHISTORYHISTORY.IE5
CD MSHIST~1
EDIT /75 INDEX.DAT

More URLs from your internet history. Note, there are probably other mshist~x folders here so you can repeat these steps for every occurence if you please.

13) By now, you’ll probably want to type in this:

CDWINDOWS
DELTREE/Y HISTORY


5.0. HOW MICROSOFT DOES IT

How does Microsoft make these folders/files invisible to DOS?

The only thing Microsoft had to do to make the folders/files invisible to a directory listing is to set them +s[ystem]. That’s it. As soon as the dir/s command hits a system folder, it renders the command useless (unlike normal folders.) A more detailed explanation is given in Section 6.

So how does Microsoft make these folders/files invisible to Windows Explorer?

The “desktop.ini” is a standard text file that can be added to any folder to customize certain aspects of the folder’s behavior. In these cases, Microsoft utilized the desktop.ini file to make these files invisible. Invisible to Windows Explorer and even to the “Find: Files or Folders” utility (so you wouldn’t be able to perform searches in these folders!) All that Microsoft had to do was create a desktop.ini file with certain CLSID tags and the folders would disappear like magic.

To show you exactly what’s going on:

Found in the c:windowstemporary internet filesdesktop.ini and the c:windowstemporary internet filescontent.ie5desktop.ini is this text:

[.ShellClassInfo]
UICLSID={7BD29E00-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933}

Found in the c:windowshistorydesktop.ini and the c:windowshistoryhistory.ie5desktop.ini is this text:

[.ShellClassInfo]
UICLSID={7BD29E00-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933}
CLSID={FF393560-C2A7-11CF-BFF4-444553540000}

The UICLSID line cloaks the folder in Windows Explorer. The CLSID line disables the “Find” utility from searching through the folder. (Additionally, it gives a folder the appearance of the “History” folder.)

To see for yourself, you can simply erase the desktop.ini files. You’ll see that it will instantly give Windows Explorer proper viewing functionality again, and the “Find” utility proper searching capabilities again. Problem solved right? Actually, no. As it turns out, the desktop.ini files get reconstructed every single time you restart your computer. Nice one, Slick.

Luckily there is a loophole which will keep Windows from hiding these folders. You can manually edit the desktop.ini’s and remove everything except for the “[.ShellClassInfo]” line. This will trick windows into thinking they have still covered their tracks, and wininet won’t think to reconstruct them.

I can’t stress how ridiculous it is that Windows actually makes sure the files are hidden on every single boot. No other files or folders get this kind of special treatment. So what’s the agenda here?

6.0. +S MEANS [S]ECRET NOT [S]YSTEM

Executing the “dir/a/s” command from root should be the correct command to display all files in all subdirectories in DOS. However, doing so will not display the index.dat files. This is because when DOS tries to get a list of the subdirectories of any +s[ystem] directory it hits a brick wall. No files or folders will be listed within any system directory. Not only does this defeat the whole purpose of the “/s” switch in the first place, but I’d say it looks like Microsoft took extra precautions to keep people from finding the files. Remember, the only thing you need to do to obscure a file in DOS is to mark the parent directories as +s[ystem].

I was told by a few people that this was due to a very old DOS bug that dates back many years. Fine. I can accept that. A bug it is.

But, would you consider your Temporary Internet Files to be “system files?” It would seem that your TIF folder appears to be marked +s[ystem] for no good reason at all. Just because. Same with your history folder. You may not agree, but I tend to think that Microsoft marked the folders as +s[ystem] solely to hide any directory recursal from DOS.

In case you didn’t understand, here’s a small experiment that will show you what I mean.

Since the content.ie5 and history.ie5 subfolders are both located within a +s[ystem] folder, we will run the experiment with them. The proper command to locate them should be this:

CD
DIR *.IE5 /as/s

The problem is that you will receive a “No files found” error message.

Since we already know there is a content.ie5 subfolder located here, why is it giving me the “no files found” message?

But there is a way to get around this brick wall. That is, once you are inside the system directory, then it no longer has an effect on the dir listings. For example, if you enter the system folder first, and THEN try to find any +s[ystem] directories you can see them just fine:

CDWINDOWSTEMPOR~1
DIR *.IE5 /as/s

1 folder(s) found.

Now you will get a “1 folder(s) found.” message. (But only after you knew the exact location.)

In other words, if you didn’t know the files existed then finding them would be almost impossible.

And, by the way, to see the “bug” in progress:

CD
DIR *.IE5 /a/s

It will echo “no files found.”

Now, just take away the system attributes from the parent directory…

CDWINDOWS
ATTRIB -S TEMPOR~1

And retry the test:

CD
DIR *.IE5 /a/s

It will echo “1 folder(s) found.”

7.0 A LOOK AT OUTLOOK EXPRESS

Would you think twice about what you said if you knew it was being recorded? E-mail correspondence leaves a permanent record of everything you’ve said — even after you’ve told Outlook to erase it. You are given a false sense of security sense you’ve erased it twice, so surely it must be gone. The first time Outlook simply moves it to your “Deleted Items” folder. The second time you erase it Outlook simply “pretends” it is gone. The truth is your messages are still being retained in the database files on your hard drive. (As are your e-mail attachments.)

For earlier versions of Outlook Express, they will be located in either of the following folders:

c:program filesinternet mail and news%user%mail*.mbx
c:windowsapplication datamicrosoftoutlookmail*.mbx

At this point you have two choices:

a) Get in the habit of compacting your folders all the time.
b) Backup, print out, or import the data into another e-mail client such as Eudora and then delete the mbx files (and thus all your e-mail correspondence) by typing this:

cdwindowsintern~1%user%mail
deltree/y mail

or

cdwindowsapplic~1micros~1outloo~1
deltree/y mail

(Typing in the above commands will kill all your e-mail correspondence. Do not follow those steps in less you have already backed up your e-mail and address book!)

If you have a newer version of Outlook or Outlook Express, the databases are located elsewhere. Look for .dbx and .pst file extensions. These databases are five times as creepy, and I strongly recommend you take at the files.

Just from my outbox.dbx file I was able to view some of my old browsing history, bring up previously-visited websites in html format, and even read ancient e-mail from my Eudora client (read: EUDORA).

Again, don’t take my word for it. See for yourself and THEN tell me what you think “Slick Willy” is up to here.

8. THE TRUTH ABOUT FIND FAST

Have you ever wondered what that “Find Fast” program was under your control panel? Here’s a hint: It has absolutely nothing to do with the “Find” utility located under the [Start] menu. Just to clear up any confusion before going on, Oblivion adequately explains Find Fast here:

“In any version of Word after 95, choose File Open and you’ll get the Office App Open dialog. Instead of just a space for the file name, there are text boxes for file name, files of type, text or property & last modified. These are search criteria you can use to find one or more files. There is also an “Advanced” button that opens a dedicated search dialog with more options. When you use either of these dialogs to perform a search, that search process uses the indexes built by Find Fast.”

But what would you say if I told you that Find Fast was scanning every single file on your hard drive? Did you know that in Office 95, the Find Fast Indexer had an “exclusion list” comprised of .exe, .swp, .dll and other extensions, but the feature was eliminated? If you were a programmer would you program Find Fast to index every single file, or just the ones with Office extensions?

FYI, If you have ever had problems with scandisk or defrag restarting due to disk writes, it is because Find Fast was indexing your hard drive in the background. It loads every time you start your computer up.

Now here is a good example of the lengths Microsoft has gone through to keep people from finding out Find Fast is constantly scanning and indexing their hard drives. (Always good to have an alibi.) Here’s a snippet taken from microsoft.com:

“When you specify the type of documents to index in the Create Index dialog box, Find Fast includes the document types that are listed in the following table.
Doc Type File Name Extension
Microsoft Office files All the Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Web documents PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Word document types listed in this table. Microsoft Binder (.odb, .obt) and Microsoft Access (.mdb) files. Note that in .mdb files, only document properties are indexed.
Microsoft Excel workbooks .xl* files
Microsoft PowerPoint files .ppt (presentation), .pot (template), .pps (auto-running presentation) files
Microsoft Project files .mpp, .mpw, .mpt, .mpx, .mpd files
Microsoft Word documents .doc (document), .dot (template), .ht* (Hypertext Markup Language document), .txt (text file), .rtf (Rich Text Format) files
All files *.* files

Did you get that last part? “All files?” Find Fast indexes Office Documents, Web documents, Word Documents, Power Point files, Project files, and — oh, I forgot — EVERY SINGLE other file on your computer.

Actually, the good news is that this isn’t necessarily true. In another statement, Microsoft claims that if Find Fast deems the file “unreadable” then the file will not be included in the index. For example, your command.com probably wouldn’t get indexed because it doesn’t have a lot of plain text — mostly binary.

But back to the bad news. Every single file that has legible text is going to be included in the Find Fast database. Do you understand the implication here? All text saved to your hard drive is indexed. The forensic capabilities are enormous, folks. Don’t forget that “all text” also means previously visited webpages from your cache. See for yourself. Open up a DOS window and type:

CD
DIR FF*.* /AH (This will bring up a listing of the Find Fast databases.)

EDIT /75 %ff% (insert %ff% with any of the names that were listed.)

Notice the incredible amount of disk accesses to your cache and history folders? Why do we need two indexes?

8.1. REMOVING THE FIND FAST PROGRAM

You can remove Find Fast using your Office CD, but I recommend you do it manually.

1) Reboot your computer in MS-DOS Mode.
2) Delete the FindFast.CPL file from c:windowssystem
3) Delete the shortcut (.lnk) under c:windowsstart menuprogramsstartup
4) Delete the FindFast.EXE file from c:progra~1micros~1office 5) It’s important to delete the find fast databases (c:ff*.*). 6) You can also safely delete FFNT.exe, FFSetup.dll, FFService.dll, and FFast_bb.dll if you have them.

Feel free to check out the ffastlog.txt (which is the Find Fast error log). It’s a +h[idden] file under c:windowssystem.

9. CONTACT INFO AND PGP BLOCKS

This tutorial is being updated all the time. If you have any useful input, or if you see a mistake somewhere, then please e-mail me so I can compile it into future versions. You will be able to find the most recent version of this tutorial at Microsuck.com. I am not directly affiliated with the site.

My e-mail address is located at the end of this note. Please let me know where you heard about this tutorial in your message. If you have something important to say to me, then please use encryption. My public key blocks are located below. Be suspicious if you send me an encrypted message but never get a reply.

Thanks for reading.

— The Riddler
e-mail: ther1ddler@fuckMicrosoft.com

My PGP 2.6.3 Block:

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My GPG 1.0.6 Block:

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My PGP 6.5.8 Block (patched ADK bug):
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9.1. RECOMMENDED READING

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/18002.html
http://www.findarticles.com/m0CGN/3741/55695355/p1/article.jhtml
http://www.mobtown.org/news/archive/msg00492.html
http://194.159.40.109/05069801.htm
http://www.yarbles.demon.co.uk/mssniff.html
http://www.macintouch.com/o98security.html
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/archive/3079.html
http://www.fsm.nl/ward/
http://slashdot.org
http://www.peacefire.org
http://stopcarnivore.org
http://nomorefakenews.com
http://grc.com/steve.htm#project-x

10. SPECIAL THANKS (and no thanks)

This version I want to give special thanks to Concerned Boss, Oblivion, and the F-Prot virus scanner.

I also want to take this time to show my dissatisfaction to the New Zealand Herald. Although partly flattering, it was more disgusting to see a newspaper try to take credit for my work.

11. REFERENCES

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q137/1/13.asp
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q136/3/86.asp
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q169/5/31.ASP
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q141/0/12.asp
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q205/2/89.ASP
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q166/3/02.ASP
http://www.insecure.org/sploits/Internet.explorer.web.usage.logs.html
http://www.parascope.com/cgi-bin/psforum.pl/topic=matrix&disc;=514&mmark;=all
http://www.hackers.com/bulletin/
http://slashdot.org/articles/00/05/11/173257.shtml
http://peacefire.org/

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http://fuckmicrosoft.com/content/ms-hidden-files.shtml

Watched Chak De today.

Without any doubt, its one of the best movies to hit the big screen in recent times.
One of the very few Indian movies that I liked. Truly the best…in every way imaginable.
Story, acting, message, dialogue, emotions, pace..everything is top-notch.

Rest of this post will contain spoilers about the movie, so in case you haven’t watched the movie yet, get your lazy ass off chair, bed whatever and go and watch that movie. Its the best that you’ll ever get from bollywood. Period.
Go go.

 The main reason for liking this movie is its very nice way of presenting all the intended messages, emotions etc. to the viewrs.
 Nationalism, girl power, male chauvinism, bureaucratic crap, personal egos, …everything that this movie potrays is the best that you’ll ever see.
No chest thumping patriotism, no”naari-shakti” lectures, nothing…nothing stupid.
Still, the message is very clear.
Every actor gives his/her 100% in this movie
Shahrukh KHan is superb… so is the rest of the cast.

HOCKEY TEAM IN THE MOVIE

I’d give this movie 5 points out of 5..but I think it’ll have to do with 4 and a half
2 reasons

1)Soundtrack isnt very good
I mean its OK, good in parts but just about average

2) Manipuri girls    :*)
The best looking lot in the movie, theres too litttle of them. :(


These are the girls am talking about. :)

One bad thing happene though..only time National Anthem was played in the movie…nobody stood up except a handful.

A&^%$$$^%&*
CH*&*(&
M*(&*(^(&*^%#$
B*&^*&^%%^
(*&^%^&%^&%$$#

You’d think its Independence Day..atleast they’ll show some respect, but no.
They kept shouting, whisteling through out the movie but nobody bothered to stand up to their National Anthem
Idiots
:x

this fucking moronic population deserves to be shot in the ass

Details about the movie

Heres the text from Wikipedia

The Film is loosely based on true story of Indian Hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi. Negi was the unfortunate goalkeeper of the Indian Hockey Team which lost 7-1 to Pakistan in Asian Games Hockey Final, back in 1982. Though the loss was engineered by faults of the entire team, Negi the goalkeeper was dubbed the villain, and was even tagged as a traitor. Such accuasations brought about an untimely End of Negi’s international career. Negi redeemed his lost glory 16 years later, when he coached the Indian Men’s Hockey team in Bangkok Asian Games 1998, where the team fetched Gold medal. He replicated the success with Indian Women’s Hockey Team as well in Manchester Commonwealth Games of 2002. Mir Ranjan Negi was hired as the Technical Advisor by Aditya Chopra. Shamita Shetty’s name features in the opening credits of the film. She trained both Shah Rukh and the female actors who portrayed Hockey players. Shah Rukh Khan plays the role of coach Kabir Khan, who guides the Indian Women’s Hockey Team to win Hockey World Championship.

The film starts with a Hockey match. Captain Kabir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) misses a goal at the end of the match which causes the team to lose the game. The Indian media make out that Kabir Khan was responsible. Seven years later, Kabir returns with a proposal to coach the Indian Women’s Hockey team. The Hockey Association members re-buff his proposal and declare that they will not help him in his cause. Kabir takes the challenge and goes to the National Hockey Camp where he is introduced to the 16 young girls who played for their respective states. Kabir starts coaching them with a dream that the team will win the Hockey World Cup for India and he will finally be free of any conviction put against him.

Some members of the team resent him but he finally gets through to them. The team rally and convince the Association to go for the World Cup held in Australia who also happen to be the defending champions. In their first match, they lose to the defending champions but slowly the team grow momentum and start winning matches. Finally the team gets to the final and they beat Australia in a tie-breaker.

The players and Kabir are ecstatic at their victory and are welcomed back as heroes. More importantly, Kabir returns to his home after seven years where the residents greet him with love and affection.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chak_De_India

 This is the original stuff, this movie is based upon

Manchester, August 3
Capping their giant-killing spree, India overcame a stiff resistance from England in a high-tension final here today to win their first-ever gold medal in the women’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games.

The 3-2 victory came via the golden goal when the livewire forward Mamata Kharab struck in the dying moments of the first half of extra-time after both sides were locked 2-2 in regulation time.

This was the second golden goal victory for the Indians in this competition after their dramatic 4-3 victory against South Africa in the play-off for the semi-finals.

This match too had its share of drama as the golden goal, off a penalty corner, was initially disallowed by referee Ashton Lucy of Australia on the grounds that it was scored after the hooter for the end of the first half of extra time went off.

But the decision was changed after discussions between the two field umpires who ruled that the ball had not gone out of the circle after the penalty corner was taken and according to rules play was still on even after the end of time.

Though England dominated the initial stages of the first half, India shot into the lead against the run of play when Mamata Kharab scored off a penalty corner in the 21st minute. Sita Gossain made it 2-0 nine minutes later.

England fought back in the dying moments of the first half and reduced the margin just a minute before the breather through a controversial field goal by skipper Sarah Blanks.

ORIGINAL INDIAN WOMEN’S HOCKEY TEAM CELEBRATING AFTER THEIR WIN

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2002/20020804/sports.htm#14


Copy the following text in notepad and save it as “filename.reg
Name it anything you want, just make sure that the extension is .reg

Now run the saved file by double-clicking it.
Simple

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareYahoopager]
“Tabbed IM”=dword:00000001

To turn off this, repaet the above procedure with this text

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareYahoopager]
“Tabbed IM”=dword:00000000

Works in Yahoo Messsenger Version 8.1

Darkness, she called out to him.
“Join my ranks” she said.
“I am the only one who dares
to live among the whispering dead.
Charlatans shall hint ever so often
at that so-called light.
They’ll take you round and round in circles,
My pretty child, Do hold on tight.
They shall induce a fear of me
in your heart unsuspecting.
And you shall fear and loathe me more
for time and times unending.”
He asked her still, “But why, my lady.
Why do they hate you so?”
She told him, “Child, don’t you realize,
I am their most formidable foe.
I’m always there, Shall always be,
No matter where their sight does reach.
Insecure they feel, of my rule,
Against me they shall always preach.”
He walked aside her for a few more steps,
She intrigued his wildest thoughts.
“You amaze me, Darkness, yes you do,
It was you whom I always sought.”
She laughed her intoxicating laugh.
He was drawn to her yet more strongly,
“No, my child, you it’s light you seek,
You interpreted a tad too wrongly.”
She stood up and started to walk,
He begged for her to stay.
And yet, she laughed again and said,
“I’m sorry but I have to go away.”
Tears, they welled in his eyes,
“Darkness, you are my sole companion.”
She smiled, She beamed. “If it is so,
Nothing shall impede our re-union.”
Just then, a gleam, it pierced her heart,
She was gone in a whiff of light.
For a moment he stood their blinded, sad,
And then illumination hit his sight.
He saw the rainbows, and the streams,
He saw the mountains looming,
He stared, awe-struck, at all the marvels,
At wonders he was swooning.
Darkness, she stood at a distance, afar,
She watched him amused and smirked,
She watched him as he unraveled unknowns,
As her love from his heart he shirked.
“Another fell prey to the trap”, she thought,
“But he, I felt , he would defy.
Seeking the illusion they call light,
prematurely he wouldn’t die”.
She sighed and thought, what could she do,
He’d brought it upon on himself,
“I did warn him, he chose not to heed,
I shall not torment myself”
She wandered aimlessly on the meadows,
She adorned the rivers so gracefully,
While in the interim, her past admirer,
He missed her, longed for her ruefully.
Now he realized who he was,
darkness for him was life,
he yearned for her and her alone,
He was engulfed in strife.
The colorful sights, didn’t allure him now,
Nor did the pristine light,
He wanted her to come back to him,
Without her, he had no might.
She was so vital for his existence,
He could shine only with her around.
He called out to her, He pleaded for her,
His voice did just resound.
“With you I’m perceptible, darkness,
I do need you to live.
Without you I have no identity,
Legitimacy to me you give.”
He looked into every crevasse and cliff,
“She must be somewhere, I’m certain”.
And yet it was light, just light it was.
No darkness had it curtained.
The faithful friend she was, darkness,
She came for him at last.
“I love you, Darkness, I really do,
Without you I’m left aghast ”.
It was when you were gone, when I did see,
How imperative you were for my being.
You shall leave me again, for it is the law,
Yet your return I shall be seeing.”
Darkness embraced him, he shone again,
Till time did shift more sand.
“My name is Lucifer, My lovely lady,
Taint me and take my hand.”

Written by a friend..Shambhavi.
A master piece. :)
He he

Don’t you copy it without permission. I’ll sue you. :P

This is just copy-paste of my thread in Chillstation.org and UnderGroundIndians.net
Its nice :)
heres how it goes

I now know that board code doesnt work in Blogger :|. DOn’t expect me to fix it up
I just copied the code from those forums in editing mode.
If you want, look up the post in proper formatting in following 2 links

http://www.chillstation.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=1408

http://undergroundindians.net/modules.php?name=Forums&file;=viewtopic&t;=334&sid;=e0f785ef5d9b341efe054fb394bba3ee

Its been a long time. I’ve been thinking of starting a topic where only free software will be posted.
We need and use dozens of software. But not each one of them is free. Many are paid versions that need some serial, activation etc for full use.

That requires money. Since most of us don’t have that kind of money and still need to use the software, we use cracked versions. Many times, that causes virus, trojan attacks etc. Apart from that I feel its not fair on our part to deny programmers their due by stealing their hard work, when we have alternative.

Almost every paid software on this planet has some free alternative, that works as good if not better than the paid one. You can use it anyway you want without any need for serial, cracks whatever.
Sounds good! Doesn’t it?

So this thread deals with that need. Only top quality, free software will be posted. Enjoy

[b]Google Earth – 3D Earth browser
[/b]
[i]Zoom from space to street level — tour the world
Find maps, driving directions, hotels, restaurants, and more

[/i][b]Picasa – Photo organizer
[/b][i]
Find, edit, and share your photos in seconds
Easily remove red eye and fix photos

[/i][b]Google Photos Screensaver – Photo screensaver
[/b][i]
Display photos from your PC and photo sharing sites
Watch cinematic slideshows

[b]Google Desktop – Desktop companion
[/b]
Find all your email, files, web history, and more
Get all your personalized info in one place with Sidebar

[b]Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer – Search toolbar
[/b]
Search from any web page and autofill forms
Block annoying pop-ups

[/i][i]

[b]Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar – Web browser
Mozilla Corporation
[/b]
Browse the web quickly and securely
Switch between pages quickly with tabbed browsing

[b]Adobe Reader – PDF reader
Adobe Systems
[/b]
View, print, and search PDF files via a redesigned interface
Secure your documents and collaborate via online, real-time meetings

[b]Spyware Doctor Starter Edition – Antispyware utility
PC Tools
[/b]
Detects and removes spyware, adware, trojans and keyloggers
Includes Smart Updates and scheduling to protect your PC

[b]Norton Security Scan – Security utility
Symantec
[/b]
Detects and eliminates viruses and internet worms
Free detection updates and scheduled scanning

[b]
Google Talk – Voice and IM application[/b]

Connect with your friends via IM or free voice calls
Send and receive files and voice messages easily and quickly

[b]RealPlayer – Media player
[/b]
Play popular media formats, organize music and videos
Transfer music to iPod and other portable media players

[b]
GalleryPlayer HD Images – Images[/b]

High-quality artwork and photos
Perfect for your screensaver or desktop

[b]RealPlayer – Media player
[/b]
Play popular media formats, organize music and videos
Transfer music to iPod and other portable media players

[b]GalleryPlayer HD Images – Images
[/b]
High-quality artwork and photos
Perfect for your screensaver or desktop

[b]Skype – Voice, video and chat

[/b]
Make free voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype
Call landlines and mobile phones at pretty low rates

[b]Google Video Player – Video player
[/b]
Play videos purchased and downloaded through the Google Video website

[/i]

[i]
[/i]

Too download all or some of these, best speed and fully checked against virus and other malware..go to this link

[code]http://pack.google.com/intl/en/pack_installer.html?hl=en≷=us&utm;_source=en_US-et-more&utm;_medium=et&utm;_campaign=en_US[/code]

Yeah..its [u]GOOGLE[/u] :D
And best of all, they are all free. you don’t have to pay a penny to either download or install them.

One of the best freeware antivirus solutions,[b] AVAST[/b] has been around since 1998. All you need to use this software is to provide a email address to get a key. After that, you can use it, update and upgrade to commercial version if you like.
avast! Home Edition is now free of charge for HOME users for NON-COMMERCIAL use. If you are not a home user, or you use your computer for profit, the avast! Home Edition is not licensed for such use, and you are asked to use the commercial version – avast! Professional Edition.

To use the Home Edition, you should register it, however, after initial installation you have 60 days to trial the product (as with all avast! antivirus products) before you must complete registration. The registration process is very easy, and will take you only a couple of minutes.

All the setup packages are in the form of self-extracting executables and are digitally signed by ALWIL Software.

[b]CNET Download.com 5 star rating[/b]
CNET Download.com has awarded avast! Home Edition the coveted five star rating.

[code]www.avast.com[/code]

[code]http://www.download.com/Avast-Home-Edition/3000-2239-10019223.html?part=dl-AvastHome&subj;=dl&tag;=button[/code]

[b] Gom Player[/b] is a FREE media player with popular audio & video codecs built-in.
No need to install codecs separately!
Try one of your broken AVI files or one of the files that is being downloaded with GOM.
[img]http://www.gomplayer.com/img/whatisgom_img.gif[/img]
[b]GOM Player Features[/b]

[b]Codec Finder[/b]
GOM Player includes many codecs (XviD, DivX, FLV1, AC3, OGG, MP4, H263 and more) so you won’t need to install separate codecs for most videos. For those videos that require a separate codec, GOM Player will find one and direct you to a place where you can download open source version of the codec. That way, you won’t get stuck with unnecessary codecs on your system.

[b]Play Broken AVI Files (Patented)[/b]
AVI files can’t be played if the index is broken, or the file isn’t completely downloaded. This is because index is located at the end of the file. GOM Player’s patented technology enables users to view files with broken index or that are still being downloaded.

[b]Powerful Subtitle Support[/b]
GOM Player supports SMI, SRT, RT, SUB(with IDX) files for subtitle. You can specify margin, location, size, resolution, font and others. You can also enable shadow, view ASF files with subtitle, karaoke subtitle mode. You can even synchronize subtitle and video if there’s any mismatch.

[b]Convenient Playlist[/b]
GOM Player supports playlist formats such as M3U, PLS, ASX. You can include different media types on a playlist. Also, it also lets you edit playlists for different media types. It’s easy to create and edit your own multimedia playlist with GOM Player.

[b]Support Different Media Types[/b]
Along with different media format such as AVI, MPG, MPEG and DAT, GOM Player also supports streaming Windows media format (WMV, ASF, ASX). You can also watch DVD-quality videos with 5.1 channel audio output.

[b]Screen Capture[/b]
Screen capture allows you to take a screenshot of your video directly from GOM Player. Using the Burst Capture feature, you can take continuous screenshots upto 999 shots.

[b]Advanced Features[/b]
There are other endless number of advanced features. Customize brightness, contrast and saturation. Sharpen and add noise to your video. Try audio equalizer. Repeat a section of your video with our A-B Repeat feature. Fast forward/rewind a few seconds using left/right keys. There are even more for you to discover!

[url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://www.gomplayer.com/”][b]Gom Player[/b][/url]
[url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://www.download.com/GOM-Media-Player/3000-2139-10551786.html?part=dl-GOMMediaP&subj;=dl&tag;=button”]Download Gomplayer 2.1.3.3413 (4.08 MB)[/url]

CCleaner is a [b]freeware[/b] system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)

[b]Cleans the following[/b]

[b]Internet Explorer[/b]
Temporary files, URL history, cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat.
[b]Firefox[/b]
Temporary files, URL history, cookies, download history.
[b]Opera[/b]
Temporary files, URL history, cookies.
[b]Windows[/b]
Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.
[b]Registry cleaner[/b]
Advanced features to remove unused and old entries, including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more… also comes with a comprehensive backup feature.
[b]Third-party applications[/b]
Removes temp files and recent file lists (MRUs) from many apps including Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, MS Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and many more…
[b]100% Spyware FREE[/b]
This software does NOT contain any Spyware, Adware or Viruses.

[url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://www.ccleaner.com/”][b]CCleaner[/b][/url]
[url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://download.piriform.com/ccsetup139.exe”][b]Download CCleaner[/b] [b]1.39.502 (2.6MB)[/b][/url]

[b][img]http://www.getpaint.net/images/Logo3.png[/img]
Paint.NET[/b] is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows XP or 2000.

Paint.NET is jointly developed at Washington State University with additional help from Microsoft, and is meant to be a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with all Windows operating systems.Paint.NET is a photo editor and manipulation software.

The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with GDI+ extensions.

Paint.NET has many of the powerful features that expensive commercial applications have, including the ability to use layers.

This is the second semester that Paint.NET has been a project at Washington State University, and we have the goal of adding as much functionality as expensive commercial applications provide, but of course, for free!

In the spirit of all this freedom, we welcome any suggestions, as well as provide the source code free of charge for anyone who wishes to tinker with it.

[b]Here are some key features of “Paint NET”:[/b]

[b]· Simple, intuitive user interface[/b]
Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. It is also designed to be immediately familiar to users of the original MS Paint software that comes with Windows.

[b]· Layers[/b]
Usually only found on expensive or complicated professional software, layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience. You may think of them as a stack of transparency slides that, when viewed together at the same time, form one image.

[b]· Powerful Tools[/b]
Paint.NET includes simple tools for drawing shapes, including an easy-to-use curve tool for drawing splines or Bezier curves. The Gradient tool, new for 3.0, has been cited as a huge improvement over similar tools provided by other software. The facilities for creating and working with selections is powerful, yet still simple enough to be picked up quickly. Other powerful tools include the Magic Wand for selecting regions of similar color, and the Clone Stamp for copying or erasing portions of an image. There is also a simple text editor, a tool for zooming, and a Recolor tool.

[b]· Unlimited History[/b]
Everybody makes mistakes, and everybody changes their mind. To accommodate this, every action you perform on an image is recorded in the History window and may be undone. Once you’ve undone an action, you can also redo it. The length of the history is only limited by available disk space.

[b]· Special Effects[/b]
Many special effects are included for perfecting your images. Everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing are included. Also included is our unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting.

Adjustments are also included which help you tweak an image’s brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, curves, and levels. You can also convert an image to black and white, or sepia-toned.

[b]· Open Source and Free[/b]
Paint.NET is provided free-of-charge, and the source code (all 133,000 lines of it) is also available for free under generous licensing terms. The bulk of Paint.NET is written in C#, with only a small amount of code related to setup and shell-integration written in C++
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[b][size=2][url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://www.getpaint.net/redirect/tutorials.html”]Tutorials[/url][/size][/b]

[b][size=2][url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://www.getpaint.net/redirect/plugins.html”]Plugins[/url][/size][/b]

[size=2][url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://www.getpaint.net/”][b]Paint.Net[/b][/url]

[b][url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://www.getpaint.net/files/zip/PaintDotNet_3_05.zip”]Download[/url][/b]
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Here is my contribution::

It covers all the softwares that you will ever need and its all free….that’s the way to go. And yes there are alternatives to all of them with detailed explanation. One of the best recognized site.

[code]http://www.techsupportalert.com/best_46_free_utilities.htm[/code]

[code]http://www.techsupportalert.com/more/extended.htm[/code] 46-103

1 Best Free Web Browser
2 Best Free Anti-Virus Software
3 Best Free Adware/Spyware/Scumware Remover
4 Best Free Browser Protection Utility
5 Best Free Firewall
6 Best Free Trojan Scanner/Trojan Remover
7 Best Free Rootkit Scanner/Remover
8 Best Free Intrusion Detection Utility
9 Best Free Anonymous Surfing Service
10 Best Free Software Suite
11 Best Free File Manager
12 Best Free Email Client
13 Best Free Web Mail Accessory
14 Best Free Clipboard Replacement Utility
15 Best Free HTML Editor
16 Best Free Spam Filter for the Average User
17 Best Free Spam Filter for Experienced Users
18 Best Free Popup Stopper
19 Best Free Desktop Search Utility
20 Best Free Digital Image Viewer
21 Best Free Digital Editor
22 Best Free Digital Photo Organizer
23 Best Free Notepad Replacement
24 Best File Archiver/Zip Utility
25 Best Free Hotkey Utility
26 Best Free Registry Cleaner
27 Best Free BitTorrent Client
28 Best Free FTP Client
29 Best Free Bookmark Cleaner
30 Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility
31 Best Free Screen Capture Utility
32 Best Free Search Toolbar
33 Best Free Download Manager
34 Best Free Web Site Ripper
35 Best Free Download/Upload Meter
36 Best Free TCP Settings Tweaker
37 Best Free File Cleaner
38 Best Free Resource Meter
39 Best Free Sticky Notes Utility
40 Best Free Secure Erase Utility
41 Best Free Registry Editor
42 Best Free Process Viewer
43 Best Free System Information Utility
44 Best Free Search and Replace Utility
45 Best Free Outliner

[url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://www.techsupportalert.com/more/extended.htm”] 46-103 [/url]

46 Best Free Rename Utility
47 Best Free Digital Image Stitcher
48 Best Free PDF Writer
49 Best Free File Comparison Utility
50 Best Free Paint Program
51 Best Free Time Correction Utility
52 Best Free Startup Manager
53 Best Free Wi-Fi Network Finder Utility
54 Best Free NFO Viewer
55 Best Free Data Recovery Utility
56 Best Free Remote Access Software
57 Best Free PIM
58 Best Free Windows Driver Backup
59 Best Free Program Un-installer
60 Best Free Internet Accelerator
61 Best Free Windows Toolbar Backup
62 Best Free Encryption Utility for Personal Use
63 Best Free CD Catalogue Organizer
64 Best Free File Encryption Utility
65 Best Free Drive Encryption Utility
66 Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader
67 Best Free Disk De-fragmenter
68 Best Free Dictionary/Thesaurus Utility
69 Best Free Spell-Checker
70 Best Free Audio Editing Software
71 Best Free Web Form Filler/Password Manager
72 Best Free File Un-delete Utility
73 Best Free Outlook Express Backup
74 Best Free Outlook Add-in
75 Best Free Timesheet Program
76 Best Free CD Recovery Utility
77 Best Free Application Minimizer
78 Best Free Parental Filter
79 Best Free Route Tracer
80 Best Free Browser Scrubber
81 Best Free Instant Messaging Client
82 Best Free Video Editor
83 Best Free CD Ripper
84 Best Free Video Conversion Program
85 Best Free Reminder/To-Do Program
86 Best Free CD Burning Software
87 Best Free Notes Organizer
88 Best Free Virtual Desktop Manager
89 Best Free Duplicate File Detector
90 Best Free Program Launcher
91 Best Free Streaming Media Recorder
92 Best Free Backup Program
93 Best Homebrew Beer Software
94 Best Free Boilerplate Text Manager
95 Best Free Drive Imaging Program
96 Best Free RSS Reader/Aggregator
97 Best Free Project Manager
98 Best Free Memory Testing Utility
99 Best Free Software Cataloging Utility
100 Best Free Web Site Link Checker
101 Best Free Internet Business Guide
102 Best Free Program Scheduler
103 Best Free Tray Clock Replacement

Enjoy!!!

[b]Thumbnail preview sofware: Visual Tooltip and Visual Task Tips[/b]
[b]
Visual Task Tips[/b]

[img]http://www.visualtasktips.com/img/before-after.jpg[/img]

Visual Task Tips is a lightweight shell enhancement utility. It provides thumbnail preview image for each task in the Windows Taskbar, as seen in the upcoming Microsoft Windows Vista.
[b] Simple[/b]

Visual Task Tips is a simple utility. Just download and install it.
[b] Useful[/b]

By using Visual Task Tips you can significantly increase your productivity.
[b] Free[/b]

Visual Task Tips is absolutely free for non-commercial use.

NOTE: Windows XP is required to run Visual Task Tips.
Version: 2.1
Size:69KB
[url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://www.visualtasktips.com/downloadzip.php”]Download[/url]
[url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://www.visualtasktips.com/”]More Information[/url]

[b]Visual Tooltip
[/b] Visual Tooltip makes it possible to show a thumbnail of a window by putting the mouse cursor over a button of the taskbar

[img]http://chsalmon.club.fr/apercu.jpg[/img]

The thumbnails can be moved anywhere on the desktop

[img]http://chsalmon.club.fr/apercuStick.jpg[/img]

The thumbnails can be added in a “dock bar”

[img]http://chsalmon.club.fr/barre.jpg[/img]

The thumbnails can have various rotations ( from 0 to 80 degree ) ( CTRL
key + mouse move on dock or on thumbnails, without clicking )

[img]http://chsalmon.club.fr/barre3.jpg[/img]

The dock bar can accept all window’s thumbnails.
The tray icons can be added automatically.
The dock bar can replace the taskbar.

[img]http://chsalmon.club.fr/barre4.jpg[/img]

Then, add your shortcut to the dock.

[img]http://chsalmon.club.fr/VisualtooltipDockSmall.jpg[/img]

[i][b]Windows XP/Vista only
[/b][/i][i][b]Version 2.2
Size:400KB
[/b][/i][url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://chsalmon.club.fr/fichiers/V2/VisualTooltip22.zip”]Download[/url]
[u][url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://chsalmon.club.fr/index.php?en”]More Information[/url][/u]

[u][b][size=4][color=”#4169e1″]GIMP[/color][/size][/b][/u]

Now this is the [i]PHOTOSHOP[/i] of open source software.
[b]GIMP[/b] is the [b]GNU Image Manipulation Program[/b]. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
It works on Winows, Unix, Linux and Mac OS too. ;)

From  now on, you can kiss your bloated installation of photoshop and cracks for main program and all the associated plugins good bye.
Its worth a shot folks. Try it.
[u]

GIMP for Windows[/u]

[code]http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html[/code]

GIMP 2.2.14 is now available at[code]ftp://ftp.gimp.org/pub/gimp/v2.2/[/code]. You may want to read the Release Notes for GIMP 2.2.

GAP (the GIMP Animation Package) for 2.2 is available at [code]ftp://ftp.gimp.org/pub/gimp/plug-ins/v2.2/gap.[/code]

GIMP Freetype for 2.0 is available at [code]ftp://ftp.gimp.org/pub/gimp/plug-ins/v2.0/freetype.[/code]

GIMP help files are available at[code]ftp://ftp.gimp.org/pub/gimp/help/.[/code]

GIMP Perl for 2.0 is available at [code]ftp://ftp.gimp.org/pub/gimp/plug-ins/v2.0/perl/.[/code]

[b][size=4]IRFANVIEW[/size][/b][b][size=4]

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IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista.

It is trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals.

IrfanView is trying to create new and/or interesting features in its own way, unlike some other graphic viewers, whose whole “creativity” is based on feature cloning, stealing of ideas and whole dialogs from ACDSee and/or IrfanView! (for example: XnView has been stealing/cloning features and whole dialogs from IrfanView, for 7+ years).

IrfanView was the first Windows graphic viewer WORLDWIDE with Multiple (animated) GIF support.
One of the first graphic viewers WORLDWIDE with Multipage TIF support.
The first graphic viewer WORLDWIDE with Multiple ICO support.
[i][b]
[/b][/i][b]

[u]Some IrfanView features:[/u][/b][i][b]
[/b][/i][b]
[/b]

[i]Many supported file formats (click here the list of formats)
Multi language support
Thumbnail/preview option
Toolbar skins option
Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
Fast directory view (moving through directory)
Batch conversion (with image processing)
Multipage TIF editing
File search
Email option
Multimedia player
Print option
Change color depth
Scan (batch scan) support
Cut/crop
IPTC editing
Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
Capturing
Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
Lossless JPG rotation
Many hotkeys
Many command line options
Many PlugIns
Only one EXE-File, no DLLs, no Shareware messages like “I Agree” or “Evaluation expired”
No registry changes without user action/permission!
and much much more[/i]

[i][u]DOWNLOADS[/u][/i]
[code]http://www.tucows.com/preview/194967

http://www.download.com/IrfanView/3000-2192-10021962.html?part=dl-IrfanView&subj;=dl&tag;=button[/code]

[i][u]PLUGINS[/u][/i]

[code]http://www.techspot.com/download299.html
http://www.aeicomputertech.com/download.htm
http://pc-intern.com/downloads-4433.html[/code]

[i][b][size=4][u]IsoBuster[/u][/size][/b][/i]

The Ultimate CD/DVD and BD/HD DVD data recovery software !
Rescue lost files from a bad or trashed CD or DVD or a Blu Ray disc (e.g. BD or HD DVD) ! Save important documents, precious pictures or video from the family, your only system backup, …
IsoBuster can do it all !

One tool, supporting all formats, for only one very democratic price.

No accumulated cost if you need more than one type media supported. IsoBuster is a highly specialized yet easy to use optical media data recovery tool. It supports all optical disc formats and all common optical disc file-systems. Start up IsoBuster, Insert a disc, select the drive (if not selected already) and let IsoBuster mount the media. IsoBuster immediately shows you all the tracks and sessions located on the media, combined with all file-systems that are present. This way you get easy access, just like explorer, to all the files and folders per file-system. Instead of being limited to one file-system that the OS picks for you, you have access to “the complete picture”. Access data from older sessions, access data that your OS (e.g. Windows) does not see or hides from you etc.

[i]DOWNLOAD[/i]
[code]http://www.isobuster.com/dl.php?v=1&l;=0
http://www.isobuster.com/dl.php?v=1&l;=3
http://www.isobuster.com/dl.php?v=1&l;=2
http://www.isobuster.com/dl.php?v=1&l;=4
http://www.isobuster.com/dl.php?v=1&l;=1[/code]

[b][u][size=4][color=”#808000″]WORDWEB

[/color][/size][/u][/b][size=4][color=”#808000″]
[/color][/size][color=”#000080″][size=4]WordWeb is a quick and powerful international English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows. It can be used to look up words from almost any program, showing definitions, synonyms and related words. It includes pronunciations and usage examples, and has helpful spelling and sounds-like links.

Wordweb is a feature rich software that does much more that a paper dictionary or thesaurus. WordWeb is truly a Word Web – each set of synonyms is linked to other related sets. Look up “tree”, click on the “Types” tab and you’ll have a list of different types of tree. Click on “Part of” and WordWeb will tell you that a tree can be part of a “forest” or “wood”.[/size][/color][size=4][color=”#808000″]

[/color][/size][size=4][color=”#556b2f”][code]http://wordweb.info/cgi-bin/geoip/wordweb.exe[/code][/color][/size][color=”#808000″][size=4]

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[/size][size=4][color=”#808000″]
[/color][/size][b][size=4][color=”#808000″]

[/color][/size][/b][b][u][size=4][color=”#808000″]

 [/color][/size][/u][/b] :rolleyes: [b][u][size=4][color=”#808000″]

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[b][u]EVIl Lyrics[/u][/b]

[b]Automatically searches
for lyrics as your song is
played in your player

:: searches over 15,000,000 lyrics »»
:: karaoke: create & share timestamps »»
:: stores lyrics for offline viewing»»
:: translates lyrics
:: allows searching for guitar chords,
     AMG profiles, album covers arts, posters etc.
:: Only 800 kB installation file[/b]
[b]::FREEE[/b]

[b][u]SUPPORTS[/u]

Winamp
WMP 9
iTunes
MusicMatch
Foobar
MediaMonkey
Real Player
QCD
Y!Music
XMPlay
AlbumPlay[/b]

DOWNLOAD
[code]http://www.evillabs.sk/evillyrics/evillyrics.zip

or
http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/EvilLyrics/1052149889/1[/code]

[i][b]Bloodshed Dev-C++ is a full-featured Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the C/C++ programming language. It uses Mingw port of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) as it’s compiler. Dev-C++ can also be used in combination with Cygwin or any other GCC based compiler.
[/b][/i]
[u][i]Features are :[/i][/u]

[i]- Support GCC-based compilers
– Integrated debugging (using GDB)
– Project Manager
– Customizable syntax highlighting editor
– Class Browser
– Code Completion
– Function listing
– Profiling support
– Quickly create Windows, console, static libraries and DLLs
– Support of templates for creating your own project types
– Makefile creation
– Edit and compile Resource files
– Tool Manager
– Print s[u][/u]upport
– Find and replace facilities
– CVS support
[/i]
[i][u]Source code[/u] : [/i]Delphi 6 Source code of Dev-C++ is available for free under the GNU General Public License (GPL)

[b][u]Authors[/u] :[/b] Colin Laplace, Mike Berg, Hongli Lai : Development
Mingw compiler: Mumit Khan, Jan Jaap van der Heidjen, Colin Hendrix and GNU coders.

[b][u]System : [/u][/b]Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
[u][b]
Status [/b][/u]: Free Software (under the GNU General Public License)

[code]http://www.bloodshed.net/devcpp.html[/code]

[b]
Dev-C++ 5.0 beta 9.2 (4.9.9.2) (9.0 MB) with Mingw/GCC 3.4.2
Dev-C++ version 4.9.9.2, includes full Mingw compiler system with GCC 3.4.2 and GDB 5.2.1[/b]

[code]http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/dev-cpp/devcpp-4.9.9.2_setup.exe[/code]

[b]Dev-C++ 5.0 beta 9.2 (4.9.9.2), executable only (2.4 MB)
Dev-C++ version 4.9.9.2, without Mingw compiler system and GDB. Get this one if you already have a previous Dev-C++ beta or already a compiler.[/b]
[code]http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/dev-cpp/devcpp-4.9.9.2_nomingw_setup.exe[/code]

[b]Dev-C++ 5.0 beta 9.2 (4.9.9.2), source code (1.6 MB)
Dev-C++ version 4.9.9.2 source code for Delphi.[/b]

[code]http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/dev-cpp/devcpp-4.9.9.2-src.zip[/code]

[b]DAEMON Tools is an advanced application for Microsoft Windows which provides THE best optical media emulation in the industry.DAEMON Tools enabling you to use your CD/DVD images as if they were already burned to CD/DVD.
!! THIS VERSION SUPPORTS 32BIT OS (Microsoft Windows XP, Windows2003, Windows 2000, VISTA) ONLY !!

DAEMON Tools is a virtual cd/dvd-rom emulator and is able to emulate nearly all known copy protections on the market today.

The application mounts ISO images to a virtual drive without having to burn them to a CD.

It is a further development of Generic Safedisc emulator and incorporates all its features. This program allows running Backup Copies of SafeDisc (C-Dilla), Securom, Laserlock, CDCOPS, StarForce and Protect CD (and many others) protected games. Daemon Tools also includes a Virtual DVDROM drive (Generic DVD-ROM) enabling you to use your CD images as if they were already burned to CD. DAEMON Tools works under Windows9x/ME/NT/2000/XP with all types of CD/DVDROM drives (IDE/SCSI) and supports nearly any CD protection.

DAEMON Tools supports the following image files:
cue/bin
iso
ccd (CloneCD)
bwt (Blindwrite)
mds (Media Descriptor File)
cdi (Discjuggler)
nrg (Nero)
pdi (Instant CD/DVD)
b5t (BlindWrite 5)

[/b]
[i]This version has an option to install client-side software applications (DAEMON Tools Searchbar and Save Now) that deliver a limited number of behaviorally targeted and contextually relevant coupons, ads and comparative shopping results directly to consumers desktops – without compromising the privacy, security or smooth functioning of peoples computers! No URL hijacking or redirects! In order to support FREE distribution of DAEMON Tools we highly encourage you at least to try out this optional software! (you can remove it anytime later when you wish: via Control Panel-> Add/Remove Programs)[/i]

[i][b]MD5-Checksum: 473C6FC92E4FEEDDB691ECED0DDF4BE2

[/b][/i]
Link:

[code]http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/download.php?mode=Download&id;=81

or

http://disc-tools.com/download/daemon+sptd+md5sum

or

http://disk-tools.com/download/daemon+sptd+md5sum[/code]

[b]64 Bit Version

[/code]
[url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/download.php?mode=Download&id;=83″]http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/download.p…nload&id;=83[/url]

or
[url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://disc-tools.com/download/daemon+sptd+md5sum”]http://disc-tools.com/download/daemon+sptd+md5sum[/url]

or
[url=”http://www.chillstation.org/forum/se_redirect.php?url=http://disk-tools.com/download/daemon+sptd+md5sum”]http://disk-tools.com/download/daemon+sptd+md5sum[/url]

[/code]
[/b]

2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th posts were by John Cena and Knight in Chillstation

I’ll update this post whenever I add more stuff there.