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

dotTechies: We have tested all the software listed above. However, Windows Software of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new programs. Always use your best judgement when downloading programs, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing shareware programs, if applicable.

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