Answering software for Gtalk users

          Gtalk Autoreply is a freeware windows utility by CodePlex- Open Source Project Hosting to set an auto reply for Google Talk network. Gtalk Autoreply software gets activated after 3 minutes of inactivity, even if you are using PC and not replying or disturbing Google Talk in any way. Consider a situation, Gtalk Autoreply is activated and you are not inactive for more than 3 minutes. If someone who was not chatting with you sends a message to you then Gtalk Autoreply starts sending automatic reply to him/her.
          Google Talk service uses open standards for instant messaging. That means anyone can build an applications for connecting to Google Talk network.

Gtalk Autoreply working:
           The Google Talk client connects to Google Talk network, reports available status to Google Talk network so that all of your contacts can see that you are online, displays a message sent by anyone on your PC screen and sends a message to intended recipient when you do so. Now imagine Gtalk Autoreply in place of Google Talk client. It connects to Google Talk network, reports available status to Google Talk network so that all of your contacts can see that you are online. But here the difference begins. It is not intended for chatting purpose. It does not display a message sent by anyone on your PC screen but sends a saved message to one who pings you.


  1. Windows installer 3.1 (2.5 MB)
  2. .NET framework 3.5 (offline installer 231.50 MB or bootstrap (internet setup) 2.82 MB)
  3. Gtalk Autoreply (961 KB) by CodePlex- Open Source Project Hosting
          First install Windows installer 3.1. Windows installer service stops as installation updates the installer so you need to restart computer. After restarting install the .NET Framework 3.5. After that install Gtalk Autoreply.

How to start?
          When you install Gtalk Autoreply and open it, it will look as in below image.

Gtalk Autoreply window

          Provide the user name, password and enter the message which you want to send when someone pings you. It will look as in below image.

Gtalk Autoreply window

          Click 'Save and Enable Autoreply'. It will now look as in below image.

Logged in and Active window

          It now shows that you are logged in and Autoreply is active. Within a second it gets minimized in system tray. Now whenever someone pings you, it will message what you have provided to it.
          Just close the application to stop auto replying.

          If you have any other client like Gmail chat or Original Gtalk client open then you will come to know that someone messaged you but if there is no other client then there is no facility for telling that someone pinged you when you were not present. You need to go in Gmail and check the chat history for who pinged you in between. So never keep Gtalk Autoreply logged in and active alone. You need to use it with another chat client to get out of it.

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Understand Google Talk client functionality

          The Google Talk service offers many features for communicating with friends and family. Google Talk service uses open standards for instant messaging and voice calling. That means anyone can build applications for the Google Talk network.We can connect to the Google Talk service using Google's own client, as well as many other IM clients developed by third parties.

          Basically there are five ways to connect to Google Talk network.

  1. Original Google Talk client (Download here): Original Google Talk client offers various services. They are
    1. Instant messaging: Chat with all of your Google Talk and Gmail contacts in real time.
    2. Free PC-to-PC voice chat: You can talk to anyone for free who is online and has the Google Talk client.
    3. Send and receive voicemails: If the person you're calling isn't available, you can leave a voicemail.
    4. Unlimited file transfers: Send files to your contacts. There are no file size or bandwidth restrictions.
    5. Gmail notifications on your desktop: When you're signed into Google Talk, you'll be notified of new messages in your Gmail inbox.
    6. Chat history: If you use Google Talk with a Gmail account then all of your chats are saved to a searchable archive in Gmail.
    7. Voice chat: Free PC-to-PC voice calls to any of your Gmail contacts.
  2. Google Talk Labs Edition (Download here): Google Talk Lab Edition supports invisible mode, group chatting and tabbed chatting. Google Talk Labs Edition does not support voice calling and file transfer. It is only available in english and works on Windows. If you want to voice call and file transfer service then go for original Google Talk client. Issues of late loading and several times connection loss are reported with this version as it is still in development stage.
  3. Gmail built-in chat using the Google Talk network: Besides above mentioned services provided by original Google Talk client, Gmail built in chat supports
    1. Video chat: Chat live. Video chat requires plugin to work. Click here to download video plugin
    2. Invisible mode: Appear to be offline when you don't want to be interrupted.
    3. Group chat: Invite multiple people to chat with you in a group.
    4. No file transfer service: It does not support file transfer service. Ofcourse you can send file of upto 25 MB using email, provided file is a nonexecutable file.
  4. Google Talk gadget to iGoogle: The Google Talk Gadget requires Adobe Flash Player version 8 or above for Windows (Flash Player (IE) and Flash Player (Non-IE)) and version 9 for Linux.
    1. Talk on your homepage: iGoogle lets you gather fun and useful gadgets, including Google Talk, all into one place.
    2. Media previews inline: Preview video and slideshow URLs from YouTube and Picasa Web Albums in your chats.
    3. Group chat: Invite multiple people to chat with you in a group
  5. Third party Google Talk IM clients: Click here to view third party IM clients. Third party Google Talk service clients do not support Voice calls
    to other Google Talk users. All Google Talk clients provides services freely.
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Add your website to McAfee SiteAdvisor

          McAfee SiteAdvisor software is an award-winning, free browser plug-in (download here (5.67 MB)) that gives advice about websites before user click on a risky site.It adds small site rating icons to search results as well as a browser button and optional search box to alert users to potentially risky sites.The SiteAdvisor technology is free, easy to install and even easier to use. And it doesn't collect any personally identifiable information. It is fully compatible with IE as well as firefox.

What Is a SiteAdvisor Site Rating?
          McAfee SiteAdvisor tests sites for downloads, browser exploits, e-mail, phishing, e-commerce, pop-ups and cookies and affiliations with other sites.Site ratings are presented to users in the form of colored icons. These are

  1. SAFE: Very low or no risk issues.
  2. CAUTION: Minor risk issues.
  3. WARNING: Serious risk issues.
  4. UNKNOWN: Not yet rated. Use caution.
What is rated? How is it rated?
  1. Downloads: McAfee SiteAdvisor tests downloadable software that is hosted by and directly linked to from a site. McAfee anti-virus engine is used to determine if the file includes any malware.
  2. E-mail practices: It tests sites for e-mail practices by entering a valid, unique personal e-mail address into a site's e-mail form. Then it measures any mail that is received at this unique address. Mail received is tested for commercial content, as well as the presence of tricks used by spammers to try to escape detection by spam filters.
  3. Browser exploits: McAfee SiteAdvisor tests site to detect the presence of exploits.
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  5. E-Commerce: Site is tested for phishing and scams.
  6. Links (online affiliations): Information about the URL links posted on a site to determine whether the site is affiliated or effectively directing traffic to another site.
Why to add my website?
          When you display the McAfee Secure certification mark, you not only increase sales by increasing shopper confidence, you build your brand with the security seal seen on more top sites than any other.
          Site Advisor is a free service. It will take about 6-8 weeks before your site is rated green, yellow, or red. This is a very basic scan that looks for spyware, adware, malware, etc. There is no obligation to use McAfee antivirus product. It also does not certify that your site is a secure site. You do not get a listing in our merchant directory.

McAfee Secure Certification:This is a daily scan service so we need to pay for this. This scan is very detailed and will scan website all the way into the web application layer. We can then post McAfee Trustmark on website after passing out certification requirements. With every domain you have certified McAfee Secure, you get a listing in our Merchant Directory. If you purchase McAfee Secure, we can expedite the Site Advisor rating to about 2 weeks.

How to add website?
  1. Open McAfee SiteAdvisor homepage.
  2. Enter your site URL in 'View a Site Report' box and press enter.
  3. Next page will tell 'No results found for'. Enter the site URL again in field and click 'Submit domain for review'.
  4. Click on the back link on next page.
  5. Next page shows- 'We've tested millions of websites, but we haven't tested this one yet. Be the first one to submit feedback on it! Are you the owner of this site? Leave a comment'. Click on Leave a comment.
  6. It will prompt for registration. Register with email id. A mail providing confirmation link will appear. Click on confirmation link.
  7. Log in your account and add your website URL by issuing new owner request. Request varification file and create an empty file in root directory of your website.
  8. Click on verify to verify the site.
  9. Your site will be checked and added to secure directory if passed the test.
How to add blog?
    As blogger does not allow to open an ftp connection till you buy your own domain name, it is not possible to open an ftp connection create a html file.
  1. Suppose file to be created has a name
    then create a new post with title
    and empty body. Save it as draft.
  2. Verify the ownership.

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  1. Time magazine named among the 50 coolest websites of 2006
  2. Popular Science awarded SiteAdvisor the "Best of What's New" award in the Computing category for 2006
  3. PC World ranked SiteAdvisor 15 th in "The 100 Best Products of 2007".
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