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Some of the Computer Software Utilities and Tools that I use -- Check Them Out!

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SpyBot Search & Destroy
Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean program and Web-usage tracks from your computer, which is especially useful if you share the computer with other users. Modules chosen for removal can be sent directly to the included file shredder, ensuring complete elimination from your system. For advanced users, it allows you to fix registry inconsistencies related to adware and to malicious program installations. This has a handy online-update feature ensures that Spybot always has the most current and complete listings of adware, dialers, and other uninvited computer software. This is a utility that all Network Administrators need today.
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LavaSoft Ad-Aware
Ad-Aware Standard Edition is a free. It does have a big brother that is worth the money if you have a problem. Ad-Aware is a multicomponent detection and removal utility that consistently leads the industry in safety, user satisfaction, support and reliability. It is a great companion utility to Spybot Search and Distroy. If you use Ad-aware and SpyBot S&D, make sure they are not both operational at the same time.
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VNC- Virtual Network Computing
I use three different versions of VNC for different situations. They are all based on AT&T's Open Source Virtual Network Computing Software. They all remote desktop control to computers via ethernet, and have limited security. Security should considered when implementing. VNC has a wide range of applications including system administration, IT support and helpdesks. The applications consume very little resources of the computer systems they are installed on. A Network Administrator can almost be in two places at one time with VNC software.



TightVNC This is my favorite remote control utility. TightVNC has a small server and viewer software. Just run it, no need to install. TightVNC can be setup to be automaticly started as a service. A single server can have multiple viewers. The view nodes can interact with the desktop or by view only. TightVNC will work with most operating systems. It seems to have issues on a Winodows 2003 Server.
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RealVNC founded by a team from the world-leading AT&T Laboratories in Cambridge UK. The company was established to commercially develop, enhance and promote VNC. RealVNC software is cross-platform, allowing remote control between different types of computer. For ultimate simplicity, there is even a Java viewer, so that any desktop can be controlled remotely from within a browser without having to install software. It can also be used to support the mobile user, both for hot desking within the enterprise and also to provide remote access at home, or on the road. The system allows several connections to the same desktop, providing an invaluable tool for collaborative or shared working in the workplace or classroom.
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UltraVNC has File Transfer capabilities with an intuitive Graphical User Interface. It uses NT Domain and Active Directory based security. Embedded Client/Server Text Chat.There is a Standard Win32 Viewer and JavaViewer connections over TCP/IP. Server's Desktop dynamic resolution switching.
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Xincom - Twin WAN Firewalls
The XiNCOM Twin WAN (Dual Wide Area Network) Router Family are the highest quality, most durably constructed broadband routers on the market today. The Xincom firewall is a first step to network security with load balancing at a reasonable cost. There are different models to meed the diverse Internet access needs of a home user to a large company network.

You really need a good firewall. Plugging into the Internet with out one is living dangerously. Xincom will not only protect you from Internet Problems, it can use low cost broadband to give you outstanding performance.
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Servers Alive - Network Monitoring
Servers Alive is an end-to-end network monitor program. Among the many checks it can do: it can monitor any Winsock service, ping a host, check if an NT service/process is running, check the available disk space on a server, retrieve an URL, check your database engine, and more. When it detects a down condition it can warn you in various ways, including sending you an email (SMTP) saying what is down, or paging you with a numeric or alphanumeric warning. It's also the first monitoring program to support WAP pages viewable with wireless devices. This tool allows you to monitor 10 devices or services for free. This lets Network Administrators know when there is a problem 24 hours a day.
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