Free Disk Space Analyzer – O&O DiskStat – Limited Time Offer

folder-check-icon[Windows Only] I recently saw an offer for a 1 Terabyte hard disk for around $120. The price of storage space keeps getting better and better. Once you start filling up huge disks, you need a way to figure out what stuff belongs on them and what you need to send to the trash.

There are dozens of disk management solutions out there and many of them are free. However, sometimes you get what you pay for. O&O Software is giving away copies of their O&O DiskStat program. It’s normally priced at $30 USD. In this case, you are getting much more than what you pay for.

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Quote from O&O Software:

O&O DiskStat is a high-power tool for analyzing the used disk space on your storage volumes. With an easy-to-use interface based on the design of the Windows Explorer, you can take a closer look at the file and folder structure of your internal and external drives. Through intuitive and beautiful graphical representations you will find out which files, file types and folders are taking up the most space.

A few of the features:
* Analysis of the File System Structure
* Supports Internal and External Drives
* Windows Explorer Look & Feel
* Support of 64-bit Systems
* Windows Vista/7 Compatibility

Sign up for a free license of O&O DiskStat (requires an email address)

How to Find Out Who Is Spying On You

spying-on-you[Windows Only] Today, I found out that my computer at work had a trojan infection. Most of my co-workers would never have noticed the bug, but a little luck and the right tools made my discovery possible. Since I discovered the infection early, I was able to quickly  remove the malware. Do you know if evil computers are connecting to your PC? If you really want to find out, I recommend that you try two utilities from NirSoft.

Download and Install:
CurrPorts and IPNetInfo are both portable applications that are offered as ZIP files. You can unpack these ZIP files anywhere on your hard drive or even onto a flash drive to use them. CurrPorts and IPNetInfo work best if you put the files from both programs into the same folder. After I downloaded and unpacked them,   I ended up with the following files in my CPorts folder.

currports-file-list

Run CurrPorts:
You can run CurrPorts by launching the cports.exe file. It will scan your computer and display a list of processes on your PC that are using the network and internet connections. The list contains the following columns of information on each connection.

Process Name *
Process ID
Protocol
Local Port
Local Port Name
Local Address
Remote Port
Remote Port Name
Remote Address *
Remote Host Name
State
Process Path *
Product Name
File Description
File Version
Company
Process Created On
User Name
Process Services
Process Attributes
Added On
Module Filename
Remote IP Country
Window Title

Search the information:
The most important columns to pay attention to are the columns described below.

Process Name is the name of the program or service on your PC that is making the connection.

Process Path tells you where the program or service is located on your hard drive. It’s important to know this location if you suspect that you have a spyware, virus or trojan infection.

Remote Address is a set of numbers that is often called the “IP Address”. This address is needed to identify the computers connected to you by the internet.

Many of the connections you’ll see won’t even have a remote address and you don’t have to pay as much attention to them. In order to unclutter the list and concentrate on the remote IP addresses, you can use the Options menu and uncheck the item labeled “Display Items without Remote Address“.

currports-display-options

Identify WHO IS connecting:
Now that you have some IP addresses displayed, you can find out more about them by using NifSoft’s IPNetInfo utility. When you right click on any remote address shown in CurrPorts, you can find out more about it by choosing the IPNetInfo option. IPNetInfo will pop up and give you the WHOIS information if it’s able to.

currports-with-ipnetinfo

Here’s an example of the WHOIS info for a Google page in Internet Explorer.

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IPNetInfo.exe can be run all by itself by launching the ipnetinfo.exe file. When it’s running this way, you will have to paste in the IP Addresses manually to initiate WHOIS searches.

Stop the Spies:
Once you’ve identified all the owners of those remote IP addresses, you should have a better idea about who they are. You can usually find out more about them by using the company name in an internet search. If you are still suspicious that the IP addresses you are seeing are from the bad guys, you can check in several places to find out if they are on a watch list. I recommend that you search for malicious addresses at hpHosts. Just paste the remote IP address into the search box.

If you’ve identified a connection you don’t want, you can right click on entries in CurrPorts and either “Close” the connection or “Kill” the process on your PC. If you have a process running on your machine that continues to connect to IPs that are suspect, you should probably save an HTML report as shown below, then run an Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware scan. I recommend using MalwareBytes or one of the other good free spyware removers. If that doesn’t do the trick, get some help from one of the Anti-Spyware forums. I always visit Temerc.com‘s forums when I need help.

If you wish to ask me about some of your remote connections, you can select one or more items in CurrPorts, click on “View” > “HTML Report – Selected Items”. When the report pops into your web browser, you can copy and paste the information into the comments below this article. You can also save the report from your browser using the File > Save menu.

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Have a good day and surf safely!

The Safest Search Engine on the Web

I would like to nominate WOT-SurfCanyon as the safest search site on the web. This might be debatable, because there are a few dedicated search engines for children. However, kid-safe searches will not show you search results that any curious adult will want to see.

I define safe searching for adults, as being able to see everything, and yet be protected against sites that deliver malware, trojans and spyware. If you follow my definition, the WOT-SurfCanyon site is a search service that you may want to use.

Here’s a look at some search results for the most dangerous item you can search for, screensavers.

surfcanyon-wot-search

Please notice that there is a little green circle next to each search result. This is due to the WOT (Web of Trust) service that SurfCanyon is partnered with. If those circles are yellow or red, the search result is either risky or dangerous for different reasons.

There are two options at the top of the search results page which exclude certain results by default. Un-checking the check-boxes will allow you to see those results.

surfcanyon-exclusions

SurfCanyon also includes an icon next to each search result. The SurfCanyon icon looks like a little target with a blue arrow in the bulls-eye.

surfcanyon-bullseye

Clicking on the SurfCanyon bulls-eye will show you recommended search results based on the result you’ve chosen. This is a very nice feature, but I have not found it as useful as the WOT icon. Clicking on the WOT icon will give you more details about the website behind that search result.

I recently wrote about the WOT addon for Firefox, IE and Chrome browsers. It provides this safe search feature, but it does require that you use the addon. If you don’t want to install an addon to your web browser, the WOT-SurfCanyon search is exactly what you need to stay safe.

Sometime soon, I’ll tell you how to set SurfCanyon-WOT as your default search engine in Firefox, IE, Chrome and Opera. Until then, search safely!

Safe Surfing and Email with Web of Trust

wot-icon[Windows, Mac, Linux] Web of Trust (WOT) is an addon or extension that identifies risky or dangerous links and websites while you are using your web browser. This addon is available for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers. There is also a bookmarklet for Browsers such as Opera and Safari.

Here’s what the WOT website says about their product:

Protect yourself from online scams, sites with adult content, spam and other Internet threats. The WOT community has rated millions of websites so you can search, shop online and surf for fun without worrying.

When the WOT addon is installed in a web browser, it displays safety information about web sites in two different ways.

First, there will be a WOT icon at the top of the browser next to the address bar. It will be colored green, yellow or red to show you the general rating of the web page you are currently viewing.

wot-ratings

If you click on this icon, you’ll be able to see more details about the ratings.

wot-ratings-for-techiebuzz

The detailed ratings are broken down into four categories: Trustworthiness, Vendor Reliability, Privacy and Child Safety. As you can see, Techie Buzz is a winner in all four areas.

The second way that WOT displays it’s ratings is while you are searching at one of the popular web search engines. Ratings are shown for Google, Yahoo, Ask, Bing and Froogle.

wot-in-google

As you can see, there is a colored icon next to each search result. Clicking on the icons there also gives you more detailed information about each site. You won’t have to worry if it’s safe to click on search results once you have WOT installed.

Some online email services are also covered by the link identification from WOT. Here’s what my Gmail looks like in Firefox. This also seems to work in Yahoo Mail, Live Mail and AOL Mail.

wot-in-gmail

The WOT addon will make your online email far safer to use.

Downloads:

Download the WOT addons for Firefox, IE and Chrome

The WOT Bookmarklet for Opera and Safari

For those who don’t wish to install anything at all in their browser, I’ve found an online search engine which uses WOT to rate the search results.

Safe Search:

Try SurfCanyon’s WOT Search

Techie Buzz Verdict:

There are several other services that offer similar addons or toolbars to make surfing more safe. WOT is my favorite and it supports the widest range of web browsers.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5

Block Flash Animations in Google Chrome Browser

Today, I decided to look for a Flash blocking extension for the Chrome web browser. One of the web sites that I visit frequently had decided to add a very loud flash advertisement. I couldn’t turn it off or ignore it.

I went to the Chrome Extension Gallery and I found a very good flash blocking extension. It’s called FlashBlock.

flashblock-ext-gallery

Go here to install FlashBlock

How does it work?

Once installed, Flash animations will show as a grayed out icon in your browser window. To view them, just click on them once.

FlashBlocked

You’ll also see a little Flash icon up in the browser’s address bar. You can click on the little icon to add sites to a list of sites that you don’t want to block Flash on.

flashblock-allow

The Chrome web browser is now my default web browser. I made the decision based on speed and also on security. Take a look at Chinmoy’s post here about the Pwn2Own contest, in which Google Chrome was the only browser that was not hacked. Since Adobe Flash is a big source of security exploits, blocking all Flash by default is also a good security measure.

Are you using some other web browser?

You will be ready to surf faster and safer by using a Flash blocking addon. I’m guessing that you won’t miss Flash on most websites.

See also:

Freeware Fridays | Top Tools Of the Week #3

no-cost-freewareIn case you haven’t seen them, here are the most recent posts in our Freeware category. We hope you enjoy reading about these freebies, and hopefully you’ll find a keeper in the mix.

Display Multiple Time Zones in the XP System Tray

Windows Vista and Windows 7 allow you to quickly see the time for cities all over the world. I will show you how to add the same feature to Windows XP.

Download Hulu Videos Using Stream Transport

Download Hulu Videos: You can download videos from Hulu, with Stream Transport a Hulu Video Downloader. You can also download videos from YouTube, Google Video, MySpace, Yahoo! Video, CBS, MTV, Megavideo, Photobucket, Dailymotion, Veoh and Demand Five

100,000 People Are Now Using Immunet Protect AntiVirus

This afternoon when I booted up my netbook, I noticed that Immunet Protect now has over 100,000 users. Is that a big deal?

Recover Gigabytes of Lost Space With DiskMax

Are you running out of space? Try DiskMax – a freeware disk cleaner, which effortlessly recovers gigabytes of lost storage space.

Windows Live Wave 4 Leaked, Reviews

Download Windows Live Wave 4 leaked version on the internet for downloads. You can download Wave 4 thorugh torrent sites and other websites. Live Wave 4 downloads contains Windows Live Mail, Live Writer, Live Photo Gallery, Live Movie Maker and more.

How to Flip and Rotate Videos Which are Shot at a Wrong Angle

You can flip and rotate videos which are shot at a wrong angle using this free utility. The videos can be rotated to 90, 180 and 270 degrees and can be flipped both horizontally and vertically.

New Free Virus Removal Tool from McAfee Fake Alert Stinger

There are two versions of McAfee Stinger now. Both are very good, there’s no reason not to use both of them when you need to clean up an infected PC

Tiny but Full Featured MP3 Player STP

STP is a small but full featured mp3 player for Windows. There are no fancy skins or visualizations, but this is a player that you can take with you anywhere.

Do you have any suggestions for us? Do you have any requests for free software? Be sure to comment below.

Tiny but Full Featured MP3 Player – STP

[Windows Only]  STP, short for “SysTrayPlay”, is an MP3 player made in Russia by Youri Strous.

This tiny music player is contained in a single executable file about 200k in size. Despite the small size, STP has everything you need to easily listen to and manage your MP3 collection. It’s designed to stay out of your way and provide music while you are busy doing other things on your PC.

Installation and first use:
This program is offered as a ZIP file collection. Since STP is a single EXE file, you can unzip and place the STP.EXE file anywhere on your hard drive. As far as I can tell it’s completely portable and you should be able to use it from a flash drive or any other media.

Once you launch it, you’ll see the STP icon in your system tray. It will save it’s own settings in an STP.INI file after it’s started.

stp_systray_icon

A right single click on the STP icon reveals all the settings, controls and options. Normal left single mouse clicks will pause and play the current song. You can assign other functions to both right and left double and triple clicks of the mouse.

stp_menu

Using the STP minibar:
Under the Windows menu, STP can be set to display a “minibar” interface that many people will recognize as common in music players. The minibar can be dragged around on the screen by grabbing the dark grey rectangle on the right end.

stp_minibar

The minibar also displays the standard Play, Pause, Stop, Forward and Backward buttons. The next “now playing” field is active and clicking on it will cause the player to jump to different portions of the song almost instantly. The next field shows the volume as a percentage. Clicking on the volume field allows you to change the volume up and down.

After the volume field, you can see that there are 5 letters displayed. Clicking on the letters “I E P T A” provides quick access to many of the often used player functions.

I – brings up up “MP3 Info” on the currently playing song where you can also edit the ID3 tags.

stp_mp3_info

E – launches the built in “Equalizer” which allows you to adjust the sound frequencies and save or load EQ settings.

stp_equalizer

P – displays a playlist which can be saved as M3U or PLS files. MP3 files can be dragged and dropped on the playlist and once there, they can be re-ordered by dragging them up or down in the list. Playlists can also be searched by typing in the “Find Track” field at the top of the playlist.

stp_playlist

T – shows the “Tracks” menus which I’d say should really be called the “Folders” because it allows you to see all the music folders that your current playlist is using.

A – shows “Album” menu with the current music folder and the songs in it.

That basically covers using the “minibar” interface. I prefer using only the systray icon along with some custom hotkeys.

Using Hotkeys instead of the minibar:
You can set your own custom hotkeys in STP by going to the Settings / Advanced menu. You’ll find lots of other goodies in this settings menu, but let’s focus on the hotkeys which can be accessed by hitting the “Hotkeys” button at the bottom.

stp_adv_setting

Almost every function of STP can be accessed by hotkeys that you can define.

stp_hotkeys

As you can see, I only use a few of the hotkeys such as Play/Pause, Prev/Next and Volume. Those alone are enough to keep me from having to click open any other menus while using STP.

STP Home page: http://stp.byteact.com/

The only other MP3 player that I like as much as STP, is Foobar. Keshav, my friend and co-author here at Techie-Buzz, has written several posts about Foobar. It’s a well supported MP3 player with plenty of skins and plugins.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

techiebuzzrecommendedsoftware1 There are very few MP3 players that are smaller than STP and I’d give it 5 points for cramming in all of it’s features in such a small and completely portable package. However, I have to take one point back because the author is no longer actively developing this application. The source code is available for this application. Does anyone need a coding project?

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5

New Free Virus Removal Tool from McAfee – Fake Alert Stinger

flying_wasp [Windows Only] McAfee is well known for it’s antivirus software, and you usually have to pay for their protection. They offer the free Stinger tool to help people clean out PCs that have been crippled by virus and trojan attacks.

fake-alert-scanner

There is no installation required. Just download it and run it. It works on all Windows PCs as far as I know.

I normally download a fresh copy of Stinger onto a USB flash drive or CD before I go off to help my friends with bug problems.

In addition to the standard Stinger, there’s a new version of Stinger out now called FakeAlert Stinger. It’s designed to specifically target multiple varieties of the FakeAlert trojans, such as, Kryptik, AVP Security, Fakespypro, Winwebsec, Antivirus Soft and XPSpy.

FakeAlert applications are a form of ScareWare that pop up fake warnings which attempt to trick you into running their scans and buying their premium products. It’s a huge money-making scam that’s been very effective against new PC users.

Download McAfee Stinger and FakeAlert Stinger

Notes: There are many other antivirus and anti-malware tools that can help you clean up an infected PC. Last year, Keith wrote about an application which will Remove Fake Antivirus from Your System. If all else fails and the PC is really trashed, I’ve got an article describing how to Run AntiVirus on a PC That Will Not Boot.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

techiebuzzrecommendedsoftware1 There are two versions of McAfee Stinger. Both are very good, and there’s no reason not to use both of them when you need to clean up an infected PC. I have used Stinger for years and I’ve never had an issue with it. I only wish it was Open Source, so that more people could contribute to it’s effectiveness.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Display Weather Reports in Your Web Browser with AniWeather

mostly-sunny The other day I went looking for a good weather reporting tool for the Chrome web browser. I remembered using an addon named AniWeather in Firefox and wondered if there was a similar extension for Chrome. I was amazed to find that AniWeather is now available in Google’s Chrome web browser.

Once you have AniWeather set up, you’ll be able to see the current outside temperature in a little icon next to the address bar.

aniweather-icon

Clicking on the icon displays a very nice looking animated weather report.

aniweather

You’ll discover that there are tons of options for the display of the weather and it even allows you to set multiple locations. The actual weather data is pulled from the famous weather.com website, and you can use links in the AniWeather report to see more information at weather.com.

You can find this cool extension in the Chrome Extensions Gallery or at the author’s website, AniWeather.com. The Firefox addon is available at the author’s website and the Firefox Addons gallery.

For those of you using Internet Explorer, the closest thing to this extension is the Weather Channel Toolbar. It’s good but not nearly as nice as the Firefox and Chrome addons.

weather-com-toolbar-ie

For Opera web browser, there are several widgets that display weather. I haven’t looked closely, but so far I haven’t seen any that display reports inside the browser.

Now you can check the weather while you are surfing the net. The problem you’ll have is pulling yourself away to take advantage of the sunny days.

Be sure to take a look at all of the other Chrome Extensions and Firefox Addons we’ve written about.

100,000 People Are Now Using Immunet Protect AntiVirus

Is 100,000 a big number by the standards of the Internet? No, it’s not. However, the people at Immunet might disagree. To them, this is very likely a much anticipated milestone.

My fellow author Tehseen first wrote about the Immunet Protect service in August of last year. At the time, only a few thousand people were using it. Immunet is a cloud (internet based) service that is constantly connected and stays up to date against the most recent bugs. Here’s what Immunet says about it:

Imagine for a moment that you could leverage the computers of your friends, family and a worldwide global community to harness their collective security. Every time someone in this collective community encounters a threat everyone else in the community gains protection from that same threat in real time.

I recently wrote about trying Immunet as an addition to your regular antivirus. Since then, I’ve started using it as my only active antivirus. I do occasionally run ESET’s online scanner.

This afternoon when I booted up my netbook, this is what I saw above my task tray.

immunet-protect-100k

Congratulations to the Immunet Protect team on crossing 100,000 users. You can tweet them at @immunet to offer your toasts to them as well.

Note: I only recommend this free AntiVirus service as an addition to your existing protection. That said, I don’t always take my own advice.

More information:  https://immunet.com/protect