Software Reviews by EM_745

The reviews and opinions below are posted by SnapFiles visitors. They do not necessarily reflect our opinion, and they are solely based upon the experience of individual users.

WinDirStat WinDirStat

Like Sequoiaview, only much better 5 stars
Another great title from the SourceForge community. This app gives a unique "modern-art"-like view of all the files on your hard drive, making it very easy to spot those space "hogs." Granted, this is not something you're likely to use every day, but it's still very useful and a nice tool to have when your HDD's free space is shrinking fast and you want to know exactly where it all went. Easy to use, stable and highly configurable. A real hoot. Price: Free
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TrueCrypt TrueCrypt

Shareware features, freeware price 4 stars
Well now, it's nice to see this one finally make it onto the Snapfiles list :). More often than not, truly good on-the-fly encryption programs have been shareware, or feature-limited freeware... Not this one. Great features, small size, stability, security and documentation (!). The main dialog could be better laid-out, but it's not too bad once you get used to it. The one (minor?) drawback is that it won't work on Win9x platforms. Price: Free
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Crypto-Lock Crypto-Lock

Lock up your executables! 5 stars
There aren't many freeware encryption tools (that I know of) that will successfully password-protect executables. Crypto-lock does it, and does it well. To run an encrypted EXE, just enter the correct password and the file will decrypt and run automatically. And after quitting a program, it even overwrites the decrypted EXE prior to deleting it--again, all of it done automatically. The interface, while having a snazzy skinned look, is not that intuitive, and takes some getting used to. Also, when you run it, it doesn't remember the last folder used--a real pain. Still, if you want to password-protect your executables (or any other file), Crypto-Lock does the trick nicely. Price: Free
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Thunderbird Thunderbird

Recommended, but... 4 stars
Correct me if I'm wrong, but A LOT of people who use this are also using Firefox as their main browser, right? If so, then why not use the Mozilla package instead? I don't understand why one would choose to use the Firefox/Thunderbird combo instead of the Mozilla Suite. Now don't get me wrong. Both Firefox and Thunderbird are good, but when used together they don't compare to Mozilla, which by default offers more features such the quick-launch option (which has gotten REAL fast with the 1.7.8. release), an IRC client, HTML editor (Composer), and a far better help system. Price: Free
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PowerOff PowerOff

Nice. 5 stars
There are a few of these freeware shutdown utilities floating around, and this is the one I found to have the most useful features (to me, at least). It's small, easy to use, and takes up little resources. Only thing missing is a way to access the help file (an html document) from the interface. Price: Free
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avast!  Professional Edition avast! Professional Edition

Always been a fan of the freeware version 5 stars
I've always liked (and recommended) Avast Home (i.e. free) Edition. And to be honest, a part of me wants to tell you to give a few bucks to the fine people at Alwil for their good work. However, the other part of me wants to tell you that the free version should be enough for most users. Many of the worthwhile extras exclusive to the Pro version, like script blocking, can be had with other freeware apps (Script Sentry, for example). Price: Free Trial ($39.95)
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CCleaner CCleaner

Not bad, but... 3 stars
For a freeware cleaning utility, it compares well with others, but there are a few glaring faults. The main one is the high GDI (i.e. "resources") usage under Win98. An "issues" scan made my GDI points drop from 90% to 38%!! A 52% drop is more than enough to hang a system is you have many apps running in the background. To be fair, there are a lot of software (usually written Delphi and VB6) that aren't suited for Win98/ME, even though they're still "rated" for these OS's. I just wish software developers would bother to test for stability before declaring that their programs will work in Win98/ME. Another thing, there should be some kind of "bleaching" option so that deleted items are made unrecoverable. Finally, include some OFFline help, PLEASE! A neat little CHM file won't bloat the download size THAT much. Price: Free
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