Download Free Change Ringing Software for Windows

Guidance Notes - Security Issues

When the Internet first came into peoples homes it was possible to click on a link and a program would be easily downloaded and installed on your computer. Unfortunately this was exploited by Hackers and Viruses to do nasty things to your computer. There was little in the form of protection until anti-virus software came along.

In recent years, Internet browsers have had their security levels improved to make it more difficult to download malicious software. While this is welcomed, it has made it more difficult to install legitimate software too.

Microsoft has been criticised for not doing enough to improve security of their windows products. At the time of writing [2011] many of the security holes have been plugged. One measure taken is called 'signing' the software. This prevents third parties maliciously modifying software and incorporating a virus or spyware into it. This works like the 'https' encryption used to protect your credit card details when buying on the Internet. Unfortunately the cost of this 'signing' makes it prohibitive for the amateur software writer [Me] to give away their software for nothing. You will see Windows complain when you install my software that it is not signed. Another measure taken by Microsoft, is an offer of free anti-virus software. If you haven't got anti-virus software on your computer because it is too expensive, then search for 'Microsoft Security Essentials' and install that.

In the topics below you will find an explanation of Downloading using either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. Once you are familiar with the process, scroll further down to see the links to download my free software.

How to Download using Microsoft Internet Explorer 9

Click the desired program installer's Download link to initiate the Download.

IE presents this box at the bottom of the window.

Image of Security Warning Screen

Click the little down arrow on the side of the Save button, to drop down the three options: Save | Save as | Save and Run

Image of Security Warning Screen

Click the option for 'Save and Run'.

IE then downloads the file to your computer and scans it for viruses.

Image of Security Warning Screen

IE is unable to verify the publisher because the Installer file has not been signed by me. To securely sign a file is a prohibitively expensive task for an amateur programmer who is giving his programs away for free.

Image of Security Warning Screen

Click the 'Run' option. This passes the security control to windows to further check the file. Please scroll down to the Topic 'Windows Vista Security' other versions of windows operating systems will have different warning boxes to these.

How to Download using Google Chrome

This shows how to use Google Chrome, Version 12.0.xxx.yyy current July 2011

Click the desired program installer's Download link to initiate the Download.

Chrome presents this box at the bottom of the window.

Image of Security Warning Screen

The EXE file is automatically downloaded to the folder you have nominated to receive downloads without further ado. The default folder name is Downloads, but can be changed in Chrome if you really want to (Click: Spanner - Options - Under the Bonnet)

Image of Security Warning Screen

Click the little down arrow to reveal the choices of Open | Always open files of this type | Show in Folder. Click the 'Open' option. This passes the security control to windows to further check the file. Please scroll down to the Topic 'Windows Vista Security' other versions of windows operating systems will have different warning boxes to these.

 

Windows Vista Security

When the computer tries to execute an 'Unknown' program as it calls it, the screen goes grey and this warning box appears.

Image of Vista Security Screen

Click the option:
Allow I trust this program. I know where its from or I've used it before.

Only now will the computer actually run the installer file and display a screen similar to the one below.

Image Installer Welcome Screen

Click the Install button and follow the prompts.

Now you know what to expect, please scroll down to the download section.

 

Download my software from here

NSIS Installer Icon

All my software uses an installer with a very low overhead making it suitable for user who are relying on dial-up. Many programmers wrongly assume everyone has access to Broadband and allow their files to grow to an enormous size. The Logger installer is smaller than 390 Kilobytes in size.

The icon for the Windows operating system installer programs you will be downloading looks like this. The installer is called NSIS and is easy to use by the inexperienced. Should you not wish to continue to use this software, remove by going to the Windows Control Panel - Programs and Features.

Tower Visit Logger Installer

Installer

Miniature Image of Logger Screen Download

The Tower Visit Logger is a stand alone piece of software and can be installed without needing any other files from this site. The installer program is called 'towervisitor.exe' when you have downloaded it. Once installed this file may be deleted, the Logger appears on your Start Button Menu under 'Bell Ringing'.

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