How To Submit Software, Mobile App and Game On Softpedia

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Softpedia is a site where you can find computer programs and technology based articles. It's owned by SoftNews NET SRL, a Romanian company. It was launched in 2001. My programs have been reviewed by the Softpedia editors thrice. I submit my programs whenever they are ready to be released.

I have been asked a few times about this(how to submit..). It's pretty easy to submit your programs to Softpedia all you have to do is fill the form fields and submit.

They have different pages to submit for different platforms such as Windows, Linux, Mac etc.

Submit Windows Softpedia

Submit Games and Tools

Submit Mac OS Software

Submit Linux Software

Submit Mobile App

NOTE : you can submit your java programs in any section except Mobile.

Make sure you go to the right page, if you have a PAD file for your software already just fill the PAD form fields and submit if not fill the regular submission forms and submit. Don't forget to give your regular email address they'll send you an email when your program has been published.

How To Read A Text File Hosted Online To A String

 How To Read A TXT File Hosted Online To A String
So I got a email asking how to do this, I haven't done this before so went through some Google searches and found how to do this. It was pretty easy. I'll just share the code here maybe it'll be useful for someone.

You need these namespaces :
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Net

Event :
Dim TXT As String = ""
Dim WC As WebClient = New WebClient()
Dim Read As StreamReader = New StreamReader(WC.OpenRead(TXT))
Dim STR As String = Read.ReadToEnd
TextBox1.Text = STR

  • Replace the TXT string value with your .txt link. 
  • You can also write into a richtextbox or whatever you want(I used textbox1 for example) 
I hope you learned something from this snippet.

Change Your Drive Icon With Drive Icon Changer 1.0

Drive Icon Changer 1.0 is a simple program that helps you to change/modify your Drive's icons with few clicks.

First select the Drive you wish to modify/change the icon, next browse and select an icon(.ICO) from your hard drive. The preview thing shows your a preview of the icon you selected. Finally click 'Change', it doesn't require a restart to effect. An explorer relaunch is enough to see the changes.

  • Administrator rights
  • .NET Framework 2.0(download it from here)
  • Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 bit
Program Details
  • Developer : SHIM SOFTWARES(Mohamed Shimran)
  • Name : Drive Locker 1.0
  • Size : 763 KB
  • License : Freeware
  • Last Built : December 12th, 2013 
Direct Download -
Mirrors :

How To Login To Instagram Using The API In VB.NET

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Instagram is a photo and video sharing app for smartphones, we can call it a social network. As I said It's a smartphone app but you can view photos, like photos, comment on photos and follow/unfollow users via their website from computer also there are more than 10 popular websites where you can view photos, like photos, comment on photos and follow/unfollow users, browse hashtags and view stats they use the API to do the works.

Without much talk let's get into it..

Remember you're just going to make a Instagram Login, you won't be able to view photos or do anything. You need two textbox and a button you can also add two labels to make it look good. The textbox1 is for username and textbox2 is for password.

Instagram Login form preview

Time for some codes...

Required Namespaces :
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Net
Imports System.Text

Functions(We need two functions) :
 Dim CC As New CookieContainer
    Dim RQ As HttpWebRequest
    Dim RP As HttpWebResponse
    Public Function GetResponse(ByVal url As String, ByVal referer As String) As String
        RQ = CType(HttpWebRequest.Create(url), HttpWebRequest)
        RQ.CookieContainer = CC

        If referer <> "" Then
            RQ.Referer = referer
        End If

        RP = CType(RQ.GetResponse(), HttpWebResponse)

        Return New StreamReader(RP.GetResponseStream()).ReadToEnd()
    End Function

    Public Function GetResponse(ByVal url As String, ByVal post As String, ByVal referer As String) As String
        RQ = CType(HttpWebRequest.Create(url), HttpWebRequest)
        RQ.Method = "POST"
        RQ.CookieContainer = CC
        RQ.UserAgent = "AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) Chrome/28.0.1468.0 Safari/537.36"

        If referer <> "" Then
            RQ.Referer = referer
        End If

        Dim byteArr() As Byte = Encoding.Default.GetBytes(post)
        RQ.ContentLength = byteArr.Length

        Dim dataStream As Stream = RQ.GetRequestStream()
        dataStream.Write(byteArr, 0, byteArr.Length)

        RP = CType(RQ.GetResponse(), HttpWebResponse)

        Return New StreamReader(RP.GetResponseStream()).ReadToEnd()
    End Function

This code is for your login button :
Dim html As String = GetResponse("", "")
        Dim token As String = html.Substring(html.IndexOf("csrfmiddlewaretoken")).Split(""""c)(2)
        Dim username As String = TextBox1.Text
        Dim password As String = TextBox2.Text

        Dim S_B As New StringBuilder
        S_B.Append("csrfmiddlewaretoken=" & token)
        S_B.Append("&username=" & username)
        S_B.Append("&password=" & password)

        html = GetResponse("", S_B.ToString, "")

        If html.Contains("""username"":""" & username) Then
            MsgBox("Successfully Logged In", MessageBoxIcon.Information)
        ElseIf html.Contains("Please enter a correct username and password.") Then
            MsgBox("Invalid Username or Password", MessageBoxIcon.Error)
            MsgBox("Unable Login Error", MessageBoxIcon.Error)
        End If

Now run the program and test it..

If you enter correct login credentials you will get this message :

How To Login To Instagram Using The API In VB.NET

I am looking to develop a Instagram picture view if everything goes well I will let you all know. Follow me on Instagram @54j33dh4.

How To Get Environment Variables In VB.NET and C#

Environment Variables are set of values that are used for running special processes or special system files.. for example when you install java or python you must make a new environment variable in order to compile and run java or python programs that's all I know about it. Without wasting anytime let's get into it...

This is a simple code that will show you the environment variables..


        Dim EV As String = Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("PATH", EnvironmentVariableTarget.Process Or EnvironmentVariableTarget.Machine)


For C#

'you must add these namespaces 

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using Microsoft.Win32;

'add this code in an event 
string EV = Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("PATH", 
                EnvironmentVariableTarget.Process | 

The "PATH" defines the environment variable name so if you want to get another ones just change PATH with the variable name.

How To Check If Directory Exists In VB.NET And C#

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I have had some hard times in solving this problem not these days but sometime ago when I started programming so I think this would be helpful for anyone who has started programming..

Here's the code to check if the directory exists in VB.NET :

            If System.IO.Directory.GetDirectories("PATH").Length > 0 Then
                MsgBox("directory exists")

            End If
        Catch ex As Exception
        End Try

All you need to do is replace PATH with the directory you want to check... length > 0 identifies if the directory exists.

Here's the code for C# :

                if (System.IO.Directory.GetDirectories("PATH").Length > 0)
                    MessageBox.Show("directory exists");

            catch (Exception ex)

Do the same thing as given for VB.NET code.

How To Get The MD5 Hash Of A File In VB.NET

MD5 is a widely used cryptographic algorithm that produces a 128-BIT hash value. I think all the files you have in your computer has a unique md5 hash.. in some virus scanning process the files get identified easily with the hash value. Today we are going to make a simple application that will help you to get the md5 hash of any file.

Start a new project and do the traditions lol.. you must add a button, a label and a textbox.

user interface :)

You must add these namespaces before you could do any coding :

Imports System.Security.Cryptography
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Text

Here's the code for the application it's all under button click event.. I have explained the basic things by small comments.

  'creating the openfiledialog
        Dim Open As OpenFileDialog = New OpenFileDialog
        Open.Filter = "All Files (*.*)|*.*"
        If (Open.ShowDialog() = DialogResult.OK) Then TextBox1.Text = Open.FileName
        If Open.FileName = "" Then Exit Sub

        'accessing file & getting the hash
        Dim RD As FileStream = New FileStream(TextBox1.Text, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read, FileShare.Read, 8192)
        RD = New FileStream(TextBox1.Text, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read, FileShare.Read, 8192)
        Dim md5 As MD5CryptoServiceProvider = New MD5CryptoServiceProvider

        'converting the bytes into string
        Dim hash As Byte() = md5.Hash
        Dim SB As StringBuilder = New StringBuilder
        Dim HB As Byte
        For Each HB In hash
            SB.Append(String.Format("{0:X1}", HB))
        LabelHash.Text = "MD5 : " & SB.ToString()

The usage is pretty easy all you have to do is select and load the file from the button and you will get the Md5 hash for the selected file in the Label.

How To Use TinyURL API In VB.NET

TinyURL Icon Ultimate Programming TutorialsTinyURL is a URL shortening service a web service that provides short URLs for redirection of long URLs. This can be achieved very easily in PHP, I posted a PHP snippet about this you could reach it from here. Last year I created a TinyURL shortener I named it TinyURL Desktop App you can download it from here if you want. I found the source code of TinyURL Desktop App just now that's why I am writing this hehe. I used Devcomponents in my TinyURL Desktop App also I didn't handle exceptions because I was a noob then :0.

Down For Everyone Or Just Me in VB.NET

Down for everyone or just me is a website that can check whether your website is down or up.

Required components
  • One Button
  • One TextBox
Coding :
Add these codes to Button click_event & don't forget to add the namespace Imports System.Net.
'Imports System.Net
 'defining strin as a string & setting it to download strings from the website & the URL
        Dim strin As String = New WebClient().DownloadString(("" + TextBox1.Text))
        'checking string
        If strin.Contains("It's just you.") Then
            MsgBox(TextBox1.Text + " is up", MessageBoxIcon.Information, MessageBoxButtons.OK)
            'checking string
        ElseIf strin.Contains("It's not just you!") Then
            MsgBox(TextBox1.Text + " is down", MessageBoxIcon.Information, MessageBoxButtons.OK)
            'checking string
        ElseIf strin.Contains("Huh?") Then
            MsgBox("Invalid website", MessageBoxIcon.Error, MessageBoxButtons.OK)
        End If
Now to check you can just enter the URL you want to check in TextBox and click on the Button you added.

How To Make A Lyrics Fetcher In VB.NET

Description of the program : You can get the lyrics of songs with the artist name & the song name from this program.

 As usual just create a new fresh project and add the following tools to your form

  • 2 Buttons
  • 2 TextBoxes
  • 1 RichTextBox
  • 1 SaveFileDialog
Usage of the tools that you have added(Don't forget to change the buttons text : 
  1. Button1 - Fetch
  2. Button2 - Save
  3. TextBox1 - Artist Name
  4. TextBox2 - Song Name
  5. RichTextBox1 - Lyrics
You have to add System.Web reference, select add reference from project menu then search for it and click ok :

Adding reference to VB.NET

How To Force/Prompt Your C# & VB.NET Program To Run As Administrator

If your code will target or access secured files or libraries, then your program needs Administrator Privilege. It's easy to run your program as Administrator, simply you can right click your program and select run as administrator, and in C# & VB.NET theres a XML Manifest that tells the .NET Framework to prompt the user to run the program as Administrator, we can easily configure your program to prompt the user to run the program as administrator.

How to configure your program to prompt the user to run your program as Administrator?

1 : Go to Project(in your visual studio menustrip) and select Add New Item(or simply CTRL+SHIFT+A shortcut to open Add New Item)


2 : Choose Application Manifest File and click add(actually your debug folder has a manifest file but we are adding a new one)

3 : You will find a new file in your Solution Explorer called app.manifest and you will fall into that file automatically lol, inside that file you would have some text(of course XML)








4 : Inside that file find  <requestedExecutionLevel level="asInvoker" uiAccess="false" />

5 : Replace asInvoker with requireAdministrator

6 : That's all

Now whenever you run your program, your program will prompt to run the program as Administrator.

How To Make A EICAR-Test-File In VB.NET

The EICAR Standard Anti-Virus Test File or EICAR test file is a computer file that was developed by the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research (EICAR) and Computer Antivirus Research Organization (CARO), to test the response of computer antivirus (AV) programs. - Wikipedia
It's really easy to build a EICAR-Test-File in VB.NET because it has 68 ASCII characters which makes the file get detected as virus so what we are going to make is very simple, we are going to write those characters into a EXECUTABLE file.


Just add a button to your form or write down on any events
'Don't forget to add Imports System.IO namespace
'By Mohamed Shimran
   Dim File As Integer
        Dim Text As String
        File = FreeFile()
        Text = "X5O!P" & Chr(37) & Chr(64) & "AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}" & Chr(36) & Chr(69) & Chr(73) & "CAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!" & Chr(36) & "H+H*"
        Dim save As New SaveFileDialog
        save.Filter = "Executable Files'(*.exe)|*.exe"
            Dim strwrt As New StreamWriter(save.FileName)
As you can see we have a string,integer & a savefiledialog declared so it writes the ASCII chracters to the exe file using stream write.

I have saved the exe file and here my avast pops up
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

How To Use Spell Checker WPF In VB.NET

How To Use Spell Checker WPF In VB.NET
I started WPF in and soon I will move to c# by the way this the first tutorial in Ultimate programming tutorials about WPF so be cool first of all WPF means windows presentation foundation as i know WPF is really cool . so to get started Start A new project and select WPF
How To Use Spell Checker WPF In VB.NET

so then you will see two items called Application.xaml and MainWindow.xaml in your right side bar where you see your forms and resources . go to MainWindow.xaml and double click it and you will see something alike form and you will have these codes

How To Hide Internet Explorer Script Errors In VB.NET & C#

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I think most of the people hate web browser control script errors in and c# . if you don't know what i mean , look at the picture below i hope you know it.
Internet error script
Okay i will straightly come to the main point ! you just need to add this line of code in form_load 
   Me.WebBrowser1.ScriptErrorsSuppressed = True
'change WebBrowser1 to your webbrowser name' , here is the code for c#
            this.webBrowser1.ScriptErrorsSuppressed = true;
that's a snippet , thanks.

How To Make A Proxy Grabber In VB.NET

How To Make A Proxy Grabber In VB.NET
Okay now we are going to make a proxy grabber , so what is this proxy grabber thing ? first of all proxy is something that covers your ip address(it's like you put a jacket when snow falls lol ) and grabber ? grabber is  meant for something that will fetch you things or whatever it's called . For this tutorial we are using websites that provides proxies so we use httpwebrequest and grab the proxies from the website and we check for the right format by using regex .

Let's start ,
First go ahead and create a new project and we need a ListBox and Three Buttons so just add them . After adding them to your form arrange as you see in the below picture.
How To Make A Proxy Grabber In VB.NET
Now coming to the coding point , first add Imports System.Text.RegularExpressions namespace because we use regex as i said before , first open the button click event which is the grab button and add this codes.
 'creating our httpwebrequest target NOTE: you can use any websites that use to provide proxies directly
        Dim the_request As System.Net.HttpWebRequest = System.Net.HttpWebRequest.Create("")
        'creating the httpwebresponce
        Dim the_response As System.Net.HttpWebResponse = the_request.GetResponse
        'defining the stream reader to read the data from the httpwebresponse
        Dim stream_reader As System.IO.StreamReader = New System.IO.StreamReader(the_response.GetResponseStream())
        'defining a string to stream reader fisnished streaming
        Dim code As String = stream_reader.ReadToEnd
        'haha here we use the regex
        Dim expression As New System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex("[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}:[0-9]{1,4}")
        'adding the proxies to the listbox
        Dim mtac As MatchCollection = expression.Matches(code)
        For Each itemcode As Match In mtac
After the first button we will see the second button which save.
   If ListBox1.Items.Count = (0) Then
            MessageBox.Show("Please click grab to grab proxies and then try saving", "Error", MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Error)
            'defining a streamwriter
            Dim S_W As IO.StreamWriter
            'converting listbox items to string
            Dim itms() As String = {ListBox1.Items.ToString}
            ''defining a savefiledialog
            Dim save As New SaveFileDialog
            Dim it As Integer
            save.FileName = "Grabbed Proxies"
            save.Filter = "Grabbed Proxies (*.txt)|*.txt|ALL Files (*.*)|*.*"
            save.CheckPathExists = True
            S_W = New IO.StreamWriter(save.FileName)
            For it = 0 To ListBox1.Items.Count - 1
        End If
At last we need to add a line of code to clear the listbox which is

Finally debug your program and test test .. How To Make A Proxy Grabber In VB.NET
YAY it's working ,I have explained the code by commenting over the codes and i hope this is helpful . thanks

Influence Theme - Dark Theme For VB.NET

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I have been using this Influence theme from a little longer time and it's really impressive than other themes. I hope you will like this theme .

How To Set .NET Framework Target For VB.NET and C# Projects

I heard that many people don't know how to change the .NET Framework target in their projects or they don't know why their programs don't work on others pc who don't have the .NET Framework that you use  so i wanted to write an article about changing the Framework so , i think everyone should target their .NET Framework to the older version because not everyone have the latest .NET Framework ; i always target my Framework to .NET 2.0 because most of the people have .NET Framework 2.0 . There is a small problem in changing your .NET Framework , if you use any latest libraries or maybe algorithms that are not compatible with older versions of .NET Framework then when you change the Framework Target it will show lots of error . I will come to the point now changing the .NET Framework is easy by the way i would like to say that it's better to change the .NET Framework target when you just started the project and don't think to change the .NET Framework in the middle of your project or in a finished project because there is a chance of your project getting corrupted .

Free Messaging Client : Rabbit Messenger 2.0

Rabbit Messenger 2.0 is a free application which allows you to send fast and quick a message to your friends.

Without to use any email app. Some may think that rabbit Messenger is a chat application but its not, it even allows you to add friends to contact you. You can even send others a fast message without to be friends.


  • Add Friends
  • Visit there profile
  • Control your own profile
  • Compose messages
  • Save messages into a file
  • Look who's online
  • Birthday view of your friends. and send them a sweet birthday message.
  • Give other Reputation points
  • Faster Reply to messages
  • Notification of a new message every 5 min. (standard time)
  • Complete Members List
  • Delete friends
  • Change your Online Status

Infographic : Brief History About Programming

Here is a Brief History About Programming in a form an infographic which i found while surfing over the web pages :)

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Click here to view the image

Google Chrome Theme For VB.NET

So everyone loves the looks of Google Chrome and wonder why not in here is a theme that looks like chrome :)

first add a class

Google Chrome Theme For VB.NET
then add these codes inside the class