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Software

We do not accept any liability if you download or install any of the below, this is all done at your own risk; you should check them out first before you install them on your computer.

Below are some links to where you can download some useful software, many of which can be used for free. If the developer is providing the software for free and asks for a donation, then send them something to encourage them to create some more useful things.

If you know of any other free useful software applications which can be utilised by investigators then please email us and we will try to include them.



Anonymizers          Anti-Virus          Audio          Deleting & Hiding Files & Folders

Encryption          File Recovery Software          Firewall

Hash Value Generator          Hidden / Meta Data          Image Viewer

Internet History Eraser          Keyloggers          Laptop Recovery Software

Media Converter          Meta Search Utility          Network Tools

Newsgroup Readers          Odd Ones          On-Screen Video Recorders

Operating Systems          Passwords          PDF Viewers & Others

Screen Grab/Capture          SpyWare Protection          Steganography

Video Players          Video Recording / Downloading          VOIP

Web Site Copiers & Monitors


Anonymizers
www.torproject.org - Tor is a software project that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens privacy
www.iprivacytools.com - this tool lets you change your IP Address any time by routing your Internet traffic through private and secure overseas servers
www.hotspotshield.com - allows you to hide your IP address and protects your computer whilst using public wi-fi hotspots
www.hideman.net - a free & paid for service which easily allows you to pick a country & IP Address
www.freesafeip.com - this free tool lets you change your IP Address, to pick a country & IP Address
www.tunnelbear.com - this free tool lets you change your IP Address by choosing a different country of origin
www.psiphon3.com - Psiphon is a free tool that utilizes VPN, SSH and HTTP Proxy technology to provide you with uncensored access to Internet content


Anti-Virus
www.grisoft.com - ideal integrated protection for your home and small office workstations
www.avast.com - free integrated protection for your computer
www.comodo.com - free anti-virus software, with extra features
www.sophos.com - protect against a variety of web-based threats
www.agnitum.com - free anti-virus software, with extra features


Audio
www.sourceforge.net - Audacity is free open source software for recording and editing sounds


Deleting & Hiding Files & Folders
Delete Files & Folders
www.wisecleaner.com - WiseCare365 allows you to shred deleted files
www.iobit.com - a free useful tool to uninstall & shred deleted files & folders
www.revouninstaller.com - Revo Uninstaller helps you to uninstall & remove unwanted programs installed on your computer

Hide Files & Folders
www.wisecleaner.com - Wise Folder Hider is free easy to use software to hide folders on a computer or usb stick
www.cleanersoft.com - Free Hide Folder is a free computer security software to hide your private folders, a useful way to keep your personal data away from others


Encryption
www.safehousesoftware.com - safehouse explorer is free encryption software
www.truecrypt.org - truecrypt provide free open source encryption software
www.axantum.com - axcrypt is free open source encryption software for windows systems
www.jarvas.ca - provides free encryption software for Windows & Linux
www.myplanetsoft.com - WinTrezur is free image viewer & photo encryption software


File Recovery Software
www.z-a-recovery.com - ZAR is suitable for home users and small businesses who need a powerful data recovery solution, the free evaluation copy is ideal for lost images
www.piriform.com - Recuva (pronounced "recover") is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer


Firewall
www.zonelabs.com - ZoneAlarm provides free basic PC protection for the home user, or pay and get the advanced firewall with identity and privacy protection
www.comodo.com - Comodo's firewall monitors all internet traffic and lets you allow or deny applications which attempt to go online
www.ashampoo.com - the Ashampoo FireWall Configuration Assistant guides you through every step of the simple set-up process. Easy Mode makes using it a breeze, you don't need any special technical knowledge and everything is explained clearly
www.agnitum.com - free firewall software with extra features


Hash Value Generator
www.karenware.com - obtain a unique number for the contents of a file or folder, to preserve its integrity, to show it has not been altered, added to or deleted
www.slavasoft.com - SlavaSoft HashCalc is a free hash value generator but for files not folders
www.nirsoft.net - Hash My Files is a free hash value generator
www.md5calculator.com - md5 calculator is a free hash value generator
www.softpedia.com - MD5 & SHA Checksum Utility is a free useful hash value generator


Hidden / Meta Data
Documents
www.microsoft.com - Office 2003/XP Add-in. Remove Hidden Data. With this add-in you can permanently remove hidden data and collaboration data, such as change tracking and comments, from Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint files
www.downloadcrew.com - FOCA was designed as a penetration testing tool but can be used to locate metadata in many document types
www.payneconsulting.com - Payne Group is a leading provider of metadata removal and desktop automation software
www.esqinc.com - a leading provider of Microsoft Office metadata management
www.javacoolsoftware.com - free software to view & strip out metadata in office documents
www.evermap.com - AutoMetadata is a free application for exploring & editing metadata in PDF documents

Photographs
www.photome.de - PhotoME is a powerful tool to show and edit the metadata of image files
www.tawbaware.com - basic exif viewer
www.geosetter.de - free but powerful exif viewer with nice geo-locator display & IPTC data
www.impulseadventure.com - jpeg snoop is a good free exif viewer
www.sourceforge.net - hide a file in a picture with hip2.1
www.softpedia.com - BartMark Bitmap Encoder allows you to encode text messages into bitmap images

Social Networking Site
www.geocreepy.com - creepy is an application that allows you to gather geo-location related information about a users Twitter, Instagram & Flickr account. There is a useful explanatory video showing you how to use it Here

Videos
www.headbands.com - Gspot can access & display very basic metadata in video files but is a bit old and outdated
www.sourceforge.net - MediaInfo is a newer tool which display very basic metadata in video files
www.digininja.org - ivMeta appears to show meta data in iPhone videos, including geo-location, date & time


Image Viewer
www.irfanview.com - an image viewer that allows you to open most of the image and video formats


Internet History Eraser
www.cnet.com - ScrubXP cleans a computer from temporary files and registry keys resulting from opening files and or using the Internet
www.privacyroot.com - Wipe 2011.00 clears browsing history and many other tracks of PC activity


Keyloggers
www.myplanetsoft.com - Anti-KeyLogger is free software which can be used to deactivate many system-wide hook-based keyloggers
www.myplanetsoft.com - Mouse Only Keyboard is free software which helps fight against keyloggers as it allows you to enter passwords using only your mouse


Laptop Recovery Software
www.preyproject.com - Prey lets you keep track of your laptop, phone & tablet whenever stolen or missing


Media Converter
www.cocoonsoftware.com - Quick Media Converter can convert video or audio formats
www.freemake.com - free media converter which can convert many types of video or audio formats


Meta Search Utility
www.paterva.com - Maltego is a useful search facility for linking individuals & accounts


Network Tools
www.majorgeeks.com - SamSpade a dated but great network investigators tool
www.netstatagent.com - NetStat Agent is a powerful network toolkit that includes well-known tools like netstat, ping, traceroute, ipconfig, arp, route, whois, http checker and dns query
www.nirsoft.net - IPNetInfo is a small utility that allows you to easily find all available information about an IP address


Newsgroup Readers
www.forteinc.com - Forte Agent is an integrated Newsreader and Email viewer
www.newsrover.com - News Rover is a Usenet newsreader that features a built-in search engine for finding files in any Usenet newsgroup
www.phex.org - Phex is a file sharing client for the Gnutella network


Odd Ones
Free Software
www.sourceforge.net - a site with links to open source software
www.osalt.com - a site with links to open source software
www.opensourcemac.org - a site with links to open source software for apple macs
www.orbitdownloader.com - free software to download music and video files from sites like YouTube & MySpace

Software
www.download.com - a site with links to all types of software
www.snapfiles.com - a site with links to all types of software
www.nonags.com - a site with links to all types of software
www.filehippo.com - a site with links to all types of software
www.majorgeeks.com - a site with links to all types of software
www.thedatalist.com - a site containing a large list of very useful software, much free to use
www.morethanacleaner.de - an easy & fast way to automatically install & update popular applications
www.ninite.com - an easy & fast way to automatically install & update popular applications
www.downloadastro.com - a site with links to many popular & useful bits of software

Various Tools
NotePad
www.notepad-plus-plus.org - Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement
Screen Brightness
www.justgetflux.com - f.lux adjusts the colour of your computer's display to the time of day, making it appear dimer at night & brighter during the day
www.skytopia.com - this free software lets you adjust the brightness of your computer screen depending on the time of day, so you can make it dimer at night & brighter during the day
Security
www.montpellier-informatique.com - PREDATOR is a small utility which allows you to lock your computer using a USB Flash Drive, which is free to download
Software Checker & Updates
www.openwith.org - if you have been sent or downloaded a file that you don't recognize and can't open, this programme will tell which free programme you'll need to open it
www.cleansofts.org - the Update Notifier is a small utility that scans your computer for installed software and displays a list of updates
Time Checker
www.soft112.com - AtomTime Pro is a Windows based application which will connect to an atomic clock time server and display correct current atomic clock time value and then adjust your computers clock to the correct time if needed
Windows Start Up / Desktop Look
www.classicshell.net - free software that allows you to change the way your Windows system operates
www.diecru.eu - Spencer is free software which gives the classic Windows XP Start Menu to a Windows 8 system
www.iobit.com - iobit's Start Menu 8 is free software, giving the Windows 7 start menu to Windows 8 systems


On-Screen Video Recorders
www.techsmith.com - Camtasia allows you to record your onscreen activity but expensive
www.techsmith.com - Jing allows you to record up to 5 minutes of your onscreen activity
www.nchsoftware.com - Debut Video Capture Software allows you to record video from a webcam, recording device or screen
www.camstudio.org - Camstudio is open source software which allows you to record your onscreen activity
www.sourceforge.net - RecordMyDesktop is an open source software for linux based systems, which allows you to record your onscreen activity. Useful explanatory video on YouTube
www.pixelmetrics.com - CaptureWizPro is a professional tool for capturing anything on your screen
www.screenpresso.com - free video screen capture for windows
www.wisdom-soft.com - AutoScreenRecorder video screen capture
www.atomisystems.com - Active Presenter provides both paid for & free version of screen capture software
www.litecam.net - provides both paid for & free version of screen capture software for various devices
www.srecorder.com - free video screen capture for windows
www.bandicam.com - free video screen capture for windows


Operating Systems
www.ubuntu.com - a free operating system ideal for running cheap standalone systems
www.vmware.com - VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your computer
www.isodisk.com - ISO Disk is a clever utility that allows you to access ISO disc files so that they appear as a normal drive, save you having to load CD's / DVD's every time you want to use them


Passwords
Password Recovery
www.lostpassword.com - reasonably priced software to recover lost passwords for MS Office documents
www.elcomsoft.com - Advanced PDF Password Recovery is an easy to use tool that recovers passwords & removes restrictions from password protected PDF's


PDF Viewers & Others
www.cutepdf.com - CutePDF Writer (Freeware) create professional quality PDF files from almost any printable document. FREE for personal and commercial use! No watermarks! No popup Web advertisements!
www.primopdf.com - Primo PDF (Freeware) create professional quality PDF files from almost any printable document. Also offers a free on-line service changing files to PDF
www.foxitsoftware.com - a small & fast PDF viewer / creator
www.icecreamapps.com - as well as a having a PDF Converter they have useful free software that allows you to add or remove pages to a PDf or merge PDF files
www.pdfcore.com - free advanced PDF utilities
www.nitroreader.com - free advanced PDF creator
www.tracker-software.com - PDF viewer / creator
www.pdf2jpg.net - PDF to JPG converter
www.freepdfcompressor.com - Free PDF Compressor is free software which enables you to reduce the size of PDF files making them easier to send
www.pdferaser.net - allows you to delete text, images and whole pages from a pdf document
www.investintech.com - software which allows scanned pdf's to be converted to word documents
www.pdfconverter.com - pdf converter software with a free online trial feature
www.cisdem.com - pdf converter software with a free trial feature


Screen Grab/Capture
www.snapfiles.com - MWSnap is useful free Windows based program for getting screen captures of a desktop or a specified part of the screen


SpyWare Protection
www.safer-networking.org - the home of Spybot-S&D, the best (according to PC World, PCMag.com) privacy software available
www.malwarebytes.org - Malwarebytes is all about helping users remove malware from their computers and making sure their computers stay infection free
www.spywareterminator.com - Spyware Terminator 2 is another good & free spyware protector
www.superantispyware.com - detects and removes Spyware, Adware, Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers and many other types of threats. Free home version and paid for pro version
www.lavasoft.com - Ad-Aware offers a number of free and paid for software option
www.agnitum.com - free anti-spyware software, with extra features


Steganography
www.embeddedsw.net - OpenPuff steganography software
www.softpedia.com - Hide-In-Picture software
www.openstego.info - OpenStego is free steganography software which allows data to be hidden within an image
www.quickcrypto.com - free steganography software to allow you to hide files within an image
www.securekit.net - free steganography software which allows data to be hidden within an image etc


Video Players
www.videolan.org - VLC is a powerful media player, playing most of the media & video formats out there


Video Recoding / Downloading
www.keepvid.com - download streaming videos from YouTube, DailyMotion, Google Video, Megavideo, Metacafe & Vimeo
www.handbrake.fr - useful tool for downloading videos to play on mobile devices
www.freemake.com - useful tool for downloading videos from different websites, which can then be saved in many different file types
www.ytddownloader.com - YTD downloader allows you to easily download YouTube videos along with many other sites
www.4kdownload.com - download from YouTube and other sites and convert to other file types
www.infradead.org - download & save programs from the BBC iPlayer
www.eagleget.com - useful free software for downloading on-line videos


VOIP
www.skype.com - free Skype to Skype calls & cheap calls to other phones
www.callgraph.biz - an add-on for Skype, which allows the user to record audio calls
www.pamela.biz - an add-on for Skype, which allows the user to record calls, videos and chat
www.prettymay.net - PrettyMay Call Recorder for Skype is a powerful Skype add on, which allows you to easily record Skype calls on Windows
www.voipcallrecording.com - MP3 Skype recorder is absolutely free and automatic Skype call recording tool for windows Skype users


Web Site Copiers & Monitors
Web Site Copiers
www.httrack.com - HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility, which allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory
www.tensons.com - Website Ripper Copier is an all-purpose software that allows you to save website data
www.kiwix.org - Kiwix is software that allows you to save a whole website for off-line viewing
www.microsystools.com - A1 Website Download allows you to download full websites for you to view offline
www.github.com - this allows you to download a full website from archive.org to view offline
Web Site Monitors
www.aignes.com - WebSite-Watcher can be set to automatically check web pages for any updates or changes to save you regularly revisiting