Our theme for the PC Alamode this month is the Internet;
therefore, I have included Internet shareware and freeware for your consideration.
All of these programs work with Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP.
The newest version of Pop-Up Stopper supports Internet Explorer
5.x and 6.x, and now supports Netscape 4.x. It also adds two pop-up control
modes to further customize your surfing experience. Other new features
include new pop-up control technology and more sounds to play as pop-ups
are blocked. There are three versions of this program: free,
professional electronic version for $19.95, and professional CD version
for $29.95. PanicWare
Stop popup ads for good! AdsGone pop up killer prevents pop up
and popunder ads from opening while you browse the Web. AdsGone also blocks
banner ads too! It works by tightly integrating with your browser so popup
ads don't have a chance. AdsGone is fast, simple, stable, works with any
browser, and doesn't interfere with your computer like some other ad blocking
software we've tested. AdsGone also makes browsing faster by preventing
ad content from loading. This release is a major update. You can
try it for 15 days free, but if you want to keep it the cost is $14.95.
PopUpCop suppresses popups and a variety of other annoyances
that, unchecked, degrade the quality of your Web experience. This add-on
for Internet Explorer version 5.0 and above will make your Web browsing
experience more satisfying. Now blocks more types of PopUps, including
requests to change your home page. Added online help. Improved install.
This shareware is less than $20. PopUp
Internet Download Manager version 3.03 can increase your download
speed by up to 500 percent, and schedule or resume broken downloads. Internet
Download Manager's resume capabilities can recover broken downloads from
lost connections, network problems, computer shutdowns, or even an unexpected
power shutoff. The program features dynamic file segmentation, multipart
downloading technology, and it reuses available connections without additional
connect and login stages. Smart in-speed technology dynamically adopts
all settings to your particular connection type in order to maximize your
Internet Download Manager supports download queues, firewalls, proxy
and mirror servers, redirects, cookies, directories with authorization,
and a large number of different server platforms. The program integrates
seamlessly into Internet Explorer and Netscape Communicator to automatically
handle your downloads. The program also features download logic optimizer,
virus checking, and various appearance settings. Try it for 60 days free
of charge or register for $24.95. Tonec
A nice freeware package from SpeedBit,
Download Accelerator is a download accelerator/manager that can
increase download speeds by up to 300 percent. It features multi-server
connections to provide the best possible performance from your dial-up
or broadband connection. Download Accelerator can also recover from lost
connections, computer shutdowns, and other errors. This program even searches
for mirror sites to maximize your download performance. It integrates fully
into Internet Explorer, Netscape (including Netscape 6.x), and Opera, supports
proxy servers, features automatic hang up after download completion, download
scheduling, dial-up configuration, an AlwaysResume feature that will resume
broken downloads from servers that do not support resume functions, and
The newest version includes a convenient toolbar that integrates with
Internet Explorer and includes a file leecher, downloadable link highlighter,
integrated search bar, and more. DAP 5.0 also features the ability to import
and export downloads lists, operate triggered sounds, password management,
and the option to save files to different folders based on their file extension.
WebCopier is an offline browser that downloads Web sites and
stores them locally on your hard drive. WebCopier performs precise link
simultaneously. It can also print an entire Web site or only specific parts.
WebCopier offers support for proxy servers and allows you to specify an
account name and password to access secure Web sites. It also lets you
schedule projects to download, specify download levels, and restrict downloads
to certain links only.
This version features a new skinnable user interface, a redesigned "Download
Info" window, the ability to keep previous log file and query strings in
the file name, and more. Itís shareware for $30 WebCopier
FlashGet 1.1, a freeware program from Amaze
Soft is shareware designed to improve speed and storage of downloads.
By splitting files into parts and downloading them simultaneously, the
downloading speed increases from 100 to 500 percent. FlashGet is capable
of creating unlimited numbers of categories. Each category has a specified
hard drive directory. Files placed in categories will be stored in the
specified directory. The powerful and easy-to-use management features help
you to organize your files in a way that you had never organized before.
For $69.95 you may be able to solve your computer security problems
with iOpus STARR Stealth Activity Recorder & Reporter. This shareware
program is the all-round, award-winning Desktop Security Monitoring tool.
It allows companies and individuals to track the use/abuse of PCs easily
and invisibly. It logs keystrokes, user names, passwords, path names, access
times, windows titles, BOTH sides of a CHAT conversation, AOL, and visited
Web sites into a password-protected encrypted file. The encrypted log file
can be converted to plain text, HTML, or spreadsheet (e.g., Excel) format
to fit different evaluation needs. In the stealth mode, STARR does not
show up in the system tray, task bar, or task list. For remote surveillance
of networked PCs STARR can invisibly e-mail the log file to another PC
via any standard e-mail account or save the log directly to the server
using any Local Area Network (LAN). It contains an installation wizard
for extremely easy setup and use. With STARR, you will know who is doing
what on which PC, and you can, if you wish, even let them know you know.