How to make SEO Friendly URL's in Joomla 1.5?

How do I enable SEO Friendly URLs in Joomla?

I have already enabled Search Engine Friendly URLs   however my URLS are still too long:

http://www.mysite.com/products/8-category/16-article-name

I want it to be:
http://www.mysite.com/products/category/article-name

Some of them I also want them to be:
http://www.mysite.com/article-name

How can I get this accomplished? Please give me exact steps. I am using ja_purity as my theme.
nainilAsked:
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Mehul_PanchalConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Use sh404sef component for url rewriting.

This component is very useful for this and give good security for that.

Thanks
Mehul Panchal
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lazysheepmediaCommented:
make sure your htaccess.txt file is changed to .htaccess (no the dot at the beginning)
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nainilAuthor Commented:
I had already taken care of that.
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joomla_phpCommented:
The issue is that 1.5 doesn't allow you to manipulate the URL's so you want to find an SEF plugin at extensions.joomla.org
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nainilAuthor Commented:
Any particilar SEF plugin? I am not able to locate the one that will help my needs.
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joomla_phpCommented:
I can't recommend one because every time I search for one I'm not happy with the choices either.
Your alternative is to hack the database I think the jos_redirect_* tables.
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