Useful Programs & Websites for Students

Useful Programs & Websites 

App-Stick Portable Freeware Directory
Association of Shareware Professionals
Favorite Freeware
Kim Komando Downloads
CCleaner - Suggested download - CCleaner - Slim - No Toolbar
Cleanup Assistant
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner
Registry Mechanic - Paid
BCWipe - Paid
File Shredder
Jack the Shredder - Paid

Active@ KillDisk
DBAN (Darik's Boot & Nuke)

Jetico - Free & paid
Kerio - Sunbelt
Online Armor
PC Tools Firewall Plus
PeerGuardian - IP Blocker
ZoneAlarm Free
ZoneAlarm Pro - Paid
a-squared Anti-Malware - Subscription only
avast! 4 Home Edition
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
AntiVir Personal Edition
ArcaVir - Subscription only - English & Polish
BitDefender 10 Free Edition - Scan and remove only, no protection
BitDefender - Subscription only
BullGuard Antivirus - Subscription only - Multiple Language
CA Anti-Virus - Subscription only
ClamWin Free - Portable
Comodo AntiVirus
Dr.Web - Subscription only
ESET Nod32 Antivirus System - Subscription only
F-PROT Antivirus - Subscription only
F-Secure Anti-Virus - Subscription only
G DATA - Subscription only
HAURI - Subscription only - English & Korean
IKARUS - Subscription only - English & German
Jiangmin Antivirus - Subscription only - English & Chinese
Kaspersky Anti-Virus - Subscription only
McAfee VirusScan Plus - Subscription only
MicroWorld Escan - Subscription only
Norman Antivirus - Subscription only
Norton AntiVirus - Subscription only
Panda Antivirus - Subscription only
PC Tools AntiVirus
Quick Heal Anti-Virus - English & Hindi
RISING Antivirus
Solo Antivirus - Subscription only
Safe'n'Sec - 30 days full feature trial
The Hacker - Subscription only - Spanish Language
Trend Micro AntiVirus - Subscription only
TrustPort Antivirus - Subscription only
VBA 32 - Subscription only - Multiple Language
VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware - 15 days full feature trial
Virusbuster - Subscription only - English & Hungarian
BitDefender Game Safe - Subscription only
BullGuard Gamer's Edition - Subscription only
nProtect GameGuard - Subscription only
a-squared HiJackFree
Ad-Aware SE (only the SE Personal edition, Ad Aware 2007 is not portable)
avast! Virus Cleaner
AVG Rescue CD 7.5 (paid version)
AVIRA Removal Tool
Clam Win
Dr. Web CureIt!
Eraser Portable
Malwarebytes FileASSASSIN
McAfee Avert Stinger
McAfee VirusScan USB (paid version)
Multi Virus Cleaner
Portable Antivirus
Process Explorer
RogueRemover FREE
Sophos Anti-Rootkit
Spybot Search & Destroy
Ad-Aware 2007 Free
CounterSpy - 15 day trial
Dr.Web CureIt
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Free & Paid
Pest Patrol - Subscription only
RogueRemover FREE
Spybot Search & Destroy
Spyware Doctor
Spyware Terminator - Without Web Security Guard
SuperAntiSpyware - SUPERAntiSpyware Free and Professional comparison
The Cleaner v5 Free
WebRoot's Spysweeper - Subscription only
a-squared Web Malware Scanner
BitDefender Online Scanner
CA eTrust Antivirus Scanner
ESET Nod32 Online Scanner
F-Secure Online Scanner
Kaspersky Webscan - Scan only - Does not remove what is found
McAfee Free Scan - Scan only - Does not remove what is found
Panda ActiveScan
Panda's NanoScan - Scan only - IE or Firefix
Symantec Security Check - Scan only - Does not remove what is found
Tenebril Spyware Scanner - Scan only
Trend Micro HouseCall - Works with Firefox or IE
Zone Alarm Online Scanner - Scan only - Does not remove what is found

Online trojan scans

Require Internet Explorer

ewido online scan
Windows Security Trojan Scan - Uses the a² scanning engine

Comodo BOClean : Anti-Malware
PC Tools ThreatFire
Windows Defender
WinPatrol 2007
Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File
Tutorial: Using IE-Spyad

a-squared Free
TrojanHunter - free trial
Advanced Anti Keylogger - Paid
Anti-keylogger - Paid
Elite Anti Keylogger - Paid
KL-Detector - Free
Process Monitor - Free
F-Secure Blacklight - Blacklight Tutorial
Panda Anti-Rootkit
Rootkit Revealer
Sophos Anti-Rootkit
Trend Micro Rootkit Buster

Dr.Web online check
Finjan SecureBrowsing
Malware Patrol
McAfee SiteAdvisor
Norton SafeWeb
Sitehound - Free to try
Unmask Parasites
vURL Online
WOT Web of Trust

Password Safe

BestCrypt - Paid
Dekart Light
Lavasoft Digital Lock - Paid
PGP Encryption
File Research Center
Process Explorer

AVG Specialized Removal Tools
BitDefender Specialized Removal Tools
F-Secure Virus Removal Tools
Griftsoft/AVG Vcleaner
Kaspersky Virus Removal Tools
McAfee Avert Stinger
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool
Trend Micro Damage Cleanup Engine
Sophos Virus Disinfection
Symantec Specialized Removal Tools
Answers that Work
BleepingComputer File database
BleepingComputer Startup List Database
Computer Task Database and Spyware Directory
PC Pitstop Known-Programs Database
Spyware Data File List
Spyware Encyclopedia #1
Tony Klein and CastleCops list of BHOs
Anubis - Must be a Windows executable not more than 2 MB
avast! Online Scanner - 512 KB File size limit
Avert® Labs WebImmune - Free Registration required
ClamAV COSS File Scanner - 500 KB File size limit
Comodo Instant Malware Analysis
Dr.Web File Check
Eset On-line Scanner - In Slovak
FortiGuard Virus Scanner & Submission - 1 MB File size limit
Jotti's Malware Scan - multiple engine scan
Kaspersky File Scanner
Microsoft Malware Protection Center - Results via email
Novirusthanks.org - multiple engine scan
Norman Sandbox Information Center - Results via email
Sunbelt Sandbox - Results via email
Surf Right Malware Analysis - Results via email
PC Tools Threat Expert File Scanner - Results via email
VirusChief - multiple engine scan
Virus.Org File Scanning Service - multiple engine scan
Virustotal - multiple engine scan
Pocket Killbox
Revo Uninstaller - Guide - Using Revo Uninstaller
Unlocker - Guide - Using Unlocker
Your Uninstaller 2008! - 21 day trial

FixPolicies.exe by Bill Castner Tutorial
Avant Browser
Internet Explorer 7
Mozilla Firefox with NoScript and Adblock Plus
Drivers Update Software by RadarSync
Leak Test
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
PC Pitstop
Secunia Software Inspector
Security Test Sites
Calendar Of Updates
FileHippo.com Update Checker
Microsoft Windows Update
Secunia Online Software Inspector (OSI)
WinUpdatesList (Service Packs and Hotfixes)
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

AVG Virus Encyclopedia
Avira Virus Info
BitDefender Virus Encyclopedia
Computer Associates Spyware Information Center
Computer Associates Virus Information Center
ESET Threat Encyclopedia
F-Secure Spyware Description Database
F-Secure Virus Description Database
Fortinet Virus Encyclopedia
Kasperksy's VirusList.Com
McAfee Avert Labs Threat Library
Microsoft's MMPC Encyclopedia
Norman Virus Descriptions
Panda Encyclopedia
Panda Security - What is spyware?
Secuna Virus Information
Sophos Threat analyses
SpywareGuide greynet applications
Symantec Security Response
Symantec Threat Explorer
F-Secure Hoax Description Database
McAfee Hoax Warnings
Panda Hoax Warnings
snopes Virus Hoaxes & Realities
Sophos Hoax Warnings
Symantec Hoax Warnings

If you want to a see a blank look on students faces, ask them about the Dewey Decimal library classification system. For better or for worse, the Internet has become the alternative to a library card catalog for browsing and locating resources. But how do you navigate that system, and how can you trust what you read on the web?
"Frankly, this is my main concern, along with stumbling onto inappropriate material," admits Bonnie Marks, a mother of two. "Just because someone publishes something on their home page, it doesn't make it gospel—many kids don't know this."
Learning how to find the information you need on the Internet, and how to evaluate and appropriately use the information you find, can be challenging for both parents and students. The following is a look at some of the most comprehensive—and reliable—educational websites a student can bookmark and use to research school projects and homework assignments.
Web literacy and general reference
All students—no matter what age—need help navigating and evaluating the ever-growing store of information available on the web. This University of Idaho site is an information literacy primer that will quickly turn any half-hearted or random searcher into a savvy Internet detective. It guides students through a series of modules that teach them how to distinguish different kinds of information on the Internet, search for and select research topics, search databases and other collections, locate and cite sources, and evaluate the sources they find.

A merger of the Internet Public Library and the Librarians' Internet Index, this site is a comprehensive source of "information you can trust." Thousands of volunteer library and information science professionals created and maintain the site’s reference collections—sets of links to websites on U. S. presidents, author biographies, museums, research and writing, literary criticism, and many more topics. The Ask an ipl2 Librarian reference service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, provides individualized help finding authoritative, free online sources for specific topics.

Checking facts in Internet sources is one of the key ways to evaluate them, and Refdesk.com, which stands for "reference desk," simplifies this essential step. Since 1995, Refdesk.com has served as a one-click springboard to many of the web's top dictionaries, encyclopedias, calculators, atlases, news headlines, and search engines. The site also includes a handy Homework Helper section (under the Help and Advice column on the lower right of the page) that provides help in all subjects to students in every grade.

For younger students who are not quite ready to navigate Refdesk, Fact Monster from Information Please is the tool to use. The Reference Desk on this site features a layout that is designed for easy fact-finding and includes timeliness and an almanac, atlas, dictionary, and encyclopedia, as well as a Homework Center. Students can also search by visually identified topics or by typing in keywords. Check out fun features such as Biographies of the Presidents, the Geography Hall of Fame, and the Tallest Buildings Sideshow.

Consider the Microsoft Download Center your ultimate file repository. It links to tens of thousands of downloadable free or shareware programs. These include updates, utilities, applications, and extras for Windows, Macintosh, and other platforms; Internet tools; security essentials; developer resources; mobile devices; and, of course, computer games. You can search for what you need alphabetically, by product family, by download category, or by typing in a keyword. The Microsoft Worldwide Downloads site enables you to download files in more than 80 different languages.

This site is the cool place for the technology leaders of the future. It offers student resources, helps students stay connected through its newsletters and technology clubs, and provides a career portal and Students-to-Business program. The links to scholarship competitions and to TechStudent—a site for website builders, designers, and software developers in training—encourage creativity and skill development. The Student Experience site also links to DreamSpark, which enables students not only to download professional software such as Microsoft Visual Studio, SQL Server, Visual C++ Express Edition, and Robotics Developer Studio for free but provides free training for using these tools as well.

English and history
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Perfect for language studies, this handy website automatically converts text from one language into another, such as English to Simplified Chinese or French to English. You can type and paste up to 10,000 characters (about 1,800 words) into the search window and then select the desired language. Or cut and paste a web URL to convert the entire site.

As every parent and student knows, books that are required reading are not always available, or if they are, students may misplace their copy before they finish the assignment. Project Gutenberg to the rescue. This site enables you to download more than 30,000 free electronic books to read on your computer, iPhone, Kindle, Sony Reader, or other portable device in a variety of file formats. You can search by title and author or browse their collection of classic works, many of which are available in audio editions as well.

This site, sponsored by Fordham University and edited by Paul Halsall, provides older students with access to a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use. It includes collections of primary sources in ancient, medieval, and modern history, as well as history of science, women's history, African history, and others.

The web's answer to those black- and yellow-striped Cliff Notes is Novelguide.com, a reliable and free source for literary analysis of classic and contemporary books such as Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground. The site offers character profiles, metaphor and theme analysis, and author biographies.

This website can be filed in the "where was this when I was a kid?" category. On this aptly named site, visitors can read every play or poem from the world's most celebrated writer and, more importantly, make some sense of his works with free analysis, Old English language translations, and famous quotes.

Math and science
This site provides help in a number of mathematics-related subjects, including basic grade-school math, calculus, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics. Practice exercises are automatically graded—and this free site also features a glossary, calculators, homework tips, math games, and lesson plans for teachers.

Science classes—including the ubiquitous science project—aren't as easy for some to grasp as they are for others. At Science Made Simple, elementary and middle school students can get detailed answers to many science questions, read current news articles related to science, get ideas on school projects, and take advantage of unit conversion tables. Users can also find out if their school's textbooks pass the test.

Ever wanted to know why earthquakes happen? How CD burners work? What the sun is made of? These questions, and many others related to computers/electronics, automobiles, science, entertainment, and people, are all answered at this award-winning website. Simply type a query into the search window or peruse the topics by category. Extras include free newsletters, surveys, and printable versions of all answers.