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Usenet Freeware

Below, we offer a roundup of free programs for getting the most out of Usenet newsgroups (which serve as bulletin boards on which anyone can post content).

Binary Boy

An excellent freeware utility, Binary Boy searches the newsgroups for binary file attachments that match your search criteria. You may execute searches immediately or use the scheduler to call your news server at a preset time. You can also create different search criteria for each newsgroup or search globally. New version adds many new features, such as the ability to cancel downloads of unwanted files and an improved newsgroup picker that finds matching newsgroups as you type.


Here's an excellent, highly configurable free newsgroup reader for Windows. Offers many advanced features, such as built-in uuencode and uudecode. You can also view binary (graphics) files as they download. NewsXpress also lets you send E-mail via SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) and much more. (For Windows).