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Privacy Tools for Windows 2000/XP

As an Network Administrator, you can't afford a hacker gaining access to your workstation, and all of your network documentation and tools that reside on your hard drive. Whether you want to clear a PC's cache, make sure your old hard drives are really wiped clean before recycling them, or protect your home DSL/Cable Modem connection, you'll find what you need here.

Our top picks:
Ad-Aware Size: 872Kb Freeware
Ad-aware is a free multi spyware removal utility that scans your memory, registry and hard drives for known spyware and scumware components and lets you remove them safely. It is updated frequently.
If you are new to Ad-aware, we recommend you read the getting started tutorial
Analog X Super Shredder Size: 231Kb Freeware
SuperShredder gives you the ability to delete files using not only common methods such as Gutmann and NISPOM (DoD), but can be completely customized to give you all the security and/or performance you may need. It can receive files via drag-and-drop onto the application or the icon, selecting files from inside the program, command line, and can even add a shortcut to your 'Send To' menu inside the Windows Explorer so it's simple to delete files in a secure and convenient fashion.
Don't Panic Size: 700K Shareware: $9.95
This cool utility lets you instantly hide, close, or minimize any or all applications with a configurable hotkey or by moving your mouse along any edge of your screen and clicking. It can also immediately clear your Web browser's history, recently viewed documents, and other personal history lists; empty the Recycle Bin; mute sound output; launch an application, and automatically close IE pop-up ad windows. Network functions are available in the purchased version. Rated 5 stars by ZDNet
East Tec Eraser 2000 Size: 1.7Mb Shareware: $39.95
East-Tec Eraser 2000 © ("Eraser" in short) is an advanced security application designed to help you completely eliminate sensitive data from your computer and protect your computer and Internet privacy. Eraser is able to completely destroy any data from previously deleted files that might still be accessible on your disk, and remove sensitive information stored without your knowledge or approval (evidence of your computer activities, texts and pictures from sites visited on the Internet, the contents of deleted e-mail messages, etc.) Eraser's extensive erasing capabilities match and exceed the specifications of the U.S. Department of Defense and can stop even the most sophisticated hardware recovery tools. Advanced features like verifying each wipe pass and each disk operation allow Eraser to intercept any failures and inform you if data is not successfully erased. East-Tec Eraser received
he Editors' Pick Award and Five Star Rating from Ziff-Davis Interactive
Evidence Eliminator Size: 2,800k Shareware: $39.95
Buy protection for just $39.95(US) that will defeat Forensic Analysis equipment costing over $7000.00(US)! Working deep below your Windows operating system Evidence Eliminator© employs the exact same sector analysis technology as available in ultra-high-priced tools available to law-enforcement agencies, for example the FBI. After identifying and analyzing the unwanted data hidden in your drives, Evidence Eliminator© destroys it with proven methods of secure disposal similar to US Department of Defense standards for destruction of classified material.
Fire Extinguisher Size: 1,010k Shareware: $60.00
A general-purpose tunnel that allows you to pass through that firewall. Fire Extinguisher works by mapping your network requests into web request to our server. Even if you don't have a firewall in your way, you may still want to use Fire Extinguisher to enhance the privacy of your email or web browsing. A 14 day trial version is available.
OptOut Size: 320K Freeware
A clean and simple Spyware Detection and Removal tool. Written in 100% pure assembly language. This gives it lightning speed and tiny size. (Just 31k bytes for the entire 32-bit Windows application, including all built-in help text!) There's nothing to install, just run OptOut for an instant analysis of ANY 32-bit Windows system! Removes spyware that secretly monitors your system and transmits info, compromising bandwidth and privacy. Small and fast.
LanStealth Size: 1593k Shareware: $34.95
When activated your workstation will become invisible to your network and your network will become invisible to your workstation while retaining complete internet access, and all other existing network security measures will remain the same. Eliminates snooping and monitoring of your workstation and files through your network. Even if a hacker breaks into your network they will not be able to get into your workstation or your files. Neither will Net Admin or any other would be spy. You control access.
Terminus Size: 13.3Mb Shareware: $30.00
Terminus is a high-performance, Government-grade file and directory destroyer that is fast, efficient, thorough, and easy to use. Capable of meeting or EASILY exceeding DoD 5220-22 M specifications for file deletion, your sensitive data can be consigned to digital oblivion to a whole new level. With the change of a single option, you can delete a file to such a level that not even extravagant means of data recovery such as tunneling electron microscopy or magnetic field residue tracing will yield any useful data. Terminus also deals with free space on fixed or removable drives with Terminus DriveWiper, and its complement, SlackWiper, takes care of data fragments lurking in the slack space, that space between the end of a file and the end of the last cluster of drive space the file uses.
Other Software Sites:

If you are looking for additional sources of Utilities, try these sites:

Beverly Hills Software
This sites been around a long time, and they do a great job. Software is rated, and easy to find, but some days the site seems a little slow.  
Great site, although a bit tough to navigate. Literally hundreds of programs are available.


SunBelt Software
Sunbelt Software is the world's first and largest provider of 'Best of Breed' NT Utilities. You get mainframe quality tech support, and the best tools all from one source. They also have a few great mailing lists, an online Tech "University", and a tech Glossary.

Well organized, and fast. Gotta love a page that gives a "Five Cow" rating for software. However, you may have to wade through a ton of end user software before you get to applications that you may actually find useful. NT Shareware
One of our favorite sites. All of software is well organized, lists license status, price, size, download time, etc., and the site is searchable.

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