Today im sharing some really cool Free Softwares that I think you guys will find useful and hopefully you haven’t heard of too many of these. These are for Windows but they may also be available for Mac.
Hashtab is very simple program but also very useful.
Now to understand what it does is have you ever gone on a website and you go to download a file or something and it says check the hash before running the file.
What is Hash?
When you use a certain algorithm to run on the file and then it generates a string of numbers and letters and then every time you use that algorithm on that file it will create the same exact string of numbers so that means that if you download the file and you check the hash string against what they put you know it is the exact same file that they are saying you should be downloading.
That can be important for two reasons first of all to make sure that the file is not corrupted and second of all to make sure that no one malicious when uploaded maybe the wrong file and it’s got a virus in it or something like that.
It’s basically just a way of making sure that you’re downloading exactly what you think.
So what this program does is makes it very easy to check hashes. When you install it now everytime you right click on file and go to properties there’s a new tab that shows you all sorts of different hashes that a website might be using and you can actually select which hashes you want to show up and it also has a comparison box so you can just paste the string right in there and it will tell you whether it’s correct or not.
So the next time you go to download a file and it has a hash listed very easy to say up yup this is exactly what I’m looking for and you’re good to go.
Rescuetime keep track of what websites are going on, what programs are using and which of these are distracting and which are productive so you can keep track on how much time you’re wasting or how productive you are being.
It’s also nice because it can notify you when you’ve been spending too much time on this or that and you can keep track of where you’re wasting most your time and address it.
Now for this one there are actually two versions the free and the paid version the free version basically lets you track all your data and stuff like that whereas the paid version actually allows you to block websites that you determine are distracting so it gives you a little bit more control so that’s just something to be aware of.
Sandboxie is a very useful security program for when you have to deal with suspicious files or anything like that.
Like the name suggests it lets you run files in an isolated sandbox which basically means that it can’t access the rest of the system.
Say you download a file from a suspicious source and you’re not really sure if it’s a virus or not then you can run it in a sandbox and even if it is a virus it won’t be able to access any other files on the computer because it’s contain in that sandbox.
It’s pretty similar if you’re familiar with virtual machines except a little bit more convenient you basically just have to right click the file and click run a sandbox and you’re good to go.
It’s definitely something nice to have for when you run across a suspicious file and you don’t really want to rely on your antivirus which aren’t always perfect.
Keep in mind if you’re going to use this it’s best used for individual files if you go to install a program with it I guess it would work but then that whole program would be isolated so you really wouldn’t be able to run it except in the sandbox so wouldn’t be very useful so it’s mostly used for individual files or groups of files that you’re not sure of being a virus or something like that.
If you haven’t heard of virustotal before you definitely want to pay attention this is a great website i think actually google bought it if i’m not mistaken.
It’s basically a website where you can upload a file and then it automatically scans that with about 50 different anti viruses.
Now what the virus total uploader program does is instead of having to go to the website and click upload and that sort of thing you just right-click on any file through a context menu after you install it and then you can upload it right from your computer instantly.
Then it just checked the file against all sorts of different antiviruses and most of the time if someone has already uploaded that same exact file then you don’t have to wait for the scan it will just tell you the results. It does that by first taking a hash of the file.
Sometimes you might see one or two flag as a virus from some random antivirus software you’ve never heard of so it might be a false positive just keep that in mind and use common sense if pretty much everything said that’s fine but one says it’s a virus it’s still be cautious but also know that might be a false positive.
This is an awesome program i love to use it’s great for people who have a lot of videos movies TV shows on their computer.
What this software will do is import all your video files into a library and then it will scan them and automatically categorize them by show movie it’ll automatically gathered descriptions classified and name the episodes and make it very organized.
But more importantly after you do that it lets you stream all those files from your computer to any device and watch it on your TV.
I think basically all the game consoles these days have a plex app you can at least download if it’s not natively supported.
It does take a little bit of work to set up you sometimes might have to rename some files manually if they’re not organized into folders and stuff like that like you might have to put a TV show in different folders by season manually but once you have it all set up and you have your organization scheme ready to go and you know how it works it’ll just imported basically instantly very easy-to-use.
Notepad++ is basically an infinitely better replacement of Windows notepad.
It might look simple but it has some very good features much better than the typical just bare bones notepad.
For example it lets you do programming so it’ll be like an ide where it will actually highlight syntax and that sort of thing and tell you if there’s incorrect syntax if you import some code it’ll highlight it all nice make it very easy to read.
Its also got a lot of other nifty features for example being able to search several different files at once for specific text you can say find all the files in this folder with that mention whatever and you can also have multiple tabs open for different text documents which you can’t do with notepad.
It also maintains unsaved documents if you close it so if you’re typing up a bunch of stuff you didn’t save it and you go to close it and you open it back up it will all still be there.
Plus it’s got the ability to install plug-ins so if there’s a feature it doesn’t have regularly there’s probably a plug-in you can install to get it.
So this program is great for when you just want a very simple text editor where MS word would be overkill they still want some really good features.
Hopefully you didn’t hear of all of them already found at least one or two that were new to you.