Windows software of the day [April 29, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • X-Proxy: quickly switch and manage proxies
  • FAR: manage filenames using regular expressions
  • JunctionMaster: create filesystem links between folders

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Software for April 28, 2012


Want an easier and more convenient way to manage proxies? Want to ensure anonymity when posting on the internet? Hide your IP with X-Proxy. Unlike most proxy sites, X-Proxy lets you apply and check the status of your proxy rather than just listing a large list of proxies.

Are certain sites banned in your country? Proxies are a good way around such bans, so long as your country’s filter isn’t too advanced. So if you’re looking for an easy way to switch proxies, perhaps to get around IP-based bans, X-Proxy is a good way to go.

Price: Free! 

Version discovered: v2.2.0.0

Supported OS: Windows with .NET Framework 4

Download size: 20.3MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42 (web installer)

X-Proxy homepage

FAR: Find and Replace

Want to rename and replace filenames and the contents of text files? Look no further than FAR, FAR away with Find and Replace. Using its built-in Replace function, you can actually replace text inside files, and using its built-in Rename function, you can automatically rename files.

If you want to rename or replace text in a vast number of files, FAR is definitely the software for you. And, it’s open source, so if you can program you can even make your own improvements to it.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.6.5

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/Mac OS X/Linux

Download size: 665KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/41

FAR homepage


Want to easily access files from one drive as though they are on another? JunctionMaster, making use of NTFS hard links, makes this possible. For instance, you can map C:\myfolder so that its files are actually being stored in E:\notmyfolder.

JunctionMaster makes creating these links super easy, as well. By right clicking on a folder and selecting the appropriate option, you can create links in seconds without a worry in the world. It’s that easy!

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v0.20 alpha

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size: 129-133KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 32-bit: 0/42 | 64-bit: 0/42

JunctionMaster homepage

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  • Mike Corbeil

    The x-proxy link still leads to the Google translation page for x-proxy, but the download link leads to v2.5.0.0. 2.2 is apparently available at the author’s website through the home page,, but if more recent versions are also free, then why not use one of them? Did more recent versions exist when you posted this article on April 29th? If they did, then I assume you had a particular reason for recommending v2.2 instead of a more recent version.

    Actually, if you check the Noticias page at the website, then it’s clear that v2.2 was the most current version when you posted your article on April 29th. v2.3 is from May 1st, and 2.4 and 2.5 followed aftewards. I don’t know what all of the changes are, yet, but noticed that support for one or more additional languages has been added; French, f.e.

  • Rob Streetman

    I downloaded X-proxy, but can’t seem to get it to connect to one site…what am I doing wrong?

  • Rob (Down Under)

    I am going to change my name to ‘John’
    ‘Rob’ has been asking for the that info for weeks, with no response.

  • Locutus

    @John: Consider it done, starting tomorrow!

  • John

    Hi, how about adding a “Is portable / Has portable version” to the list of features (Price, Version discovered, Supported OS, Download size…)?

  • jayesstee

    @Locutus: There is a lot of ‘RED’ print on the JunctionMaster homepage, including the word: “Alpha”! I reckon it needs somebody who is knowledgeable and brave (or has a spare machine) and has the some spare time to do an ‘In Depth’ on this. Scary!

  • Janet


    Oops. I just read the home page. Not what I thought. It still continues to route through the original location (?). Also, it seems not to work within a drive (?). I would like shortcuts that update to the new location when you move the target. In XP, a moved target would ask you if you want to change it and it would help you find it; in Win7 it simply says it’s not valid and asks you if you want to delete it. Then you have to go fiddling in Explorer to find it and set up a new shortcut. Ugh!

  • Janet


    So they are shortcuts that work even after you move the file/folder? That’s great! I would use it all the time instead of shortcuts! Any disadvantages? If not, one would be able to say goodbye to invalid shortcuts!

  • RobCr

    Ashraf, I posted a reply to Janet on –
    For some reason I was not auto logged in, so the reply is awaiting moderation. Could you kick it through.
    That has happened to me once before, and I went to another tab to log in, and that auto cleared the moderation delay. This time it didn’t.
    Is the fact I was not auto logged in, a problem with your site, or is it a problem at my end ?

    When that post gets cleared, there is a couple of links that might be of interest to DotTechies.
    That is, a couple of free portable programs, and a cure for the Win key + M problem in Win 7 (where Win 7 has grabbed it for ‘Mobility’)


  • Ashraf

    @Janet: Off the top of my head one reason I can think of is making it easier to store data in non-c partitions withouthaving to manually change the links allthe time.

  • Janet

    How are these “hard links” different from regular shortcuts??