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Tools and Apps

 

Essentials AntiMalware Clean/Shred
Network tools Security tools Sysinternals
Info tools Wifi tools Firefox Add-Ons
Open Source Disk tools Boot tools
Miscellaneous Linux Distros

 


Essentials for Every PC

  • Mozilla Firefox – The Best web browser (don’t forget the addons)
  • Ccleaner – Best temp file cleaner available, frequently updated
  • SmartDefrag – Full featured and very effective free defrag
  • 7zip – Free zip utility, fast and superior compression (replaces Winzip)
  • Foxit PDF Reader – Faster, smaller PDF Reader without the bloat (replaces Adobe Reader)
  • InfraRecorder – Excellent burning software, supports ISO image burning, good interface, small footprint
  • Irfanview – Fast, compact image file editor. Try it… you’ll love it
  • VLC Media Player – A great Media Player that plays all types of video/audio including DVD’s for free
  • Revo Uninstaller – The best app uninstaller on the planet. 5 star recommendation
  • doPDF – PDF converter/virtual printer, quick and easy
  • Launchy – An excellent keystroke app launcher to replace icons and menu trees

Installer Packages

  • SysInternals – Autoruns, Process Explorer, & BGInfo
  • JKDefrag – The older version of JKDefrag, installer w/ Shortcuts
  • Network Tools – Bundle includes AngryIP, SoftPerfectScan, SuperScanner, TFTPD, Teraterm, & PuTTY

Malware Removal

Clean/Shred

  • Ccleaner – Best temp file cleaner available, frequently updated
  • CyberShredder – Good freeware file shredder, small and fast
  • D.B.A.N. – Secure HD deletion, wipes entire drive so be careful

Info Tools

  • Belarc Advisor – Excellent software/hardware inventory tool, free for personal use
  • System Information for Windows – Completely free Software/Hardware inventory tool, portable version available, supports scripting and batch modes
  • BGInfo – Displays system info on the desktop, This is a direct link to my custom setup. See README.TXT
  • Autoruns – most often used to modify startup programs, but also provides a wealth of info
  • Dependency Walker – Shows the dependencies of a service or application
  • WinDirStat – Shows the dependencies of a service or application
  • Treesize – Shows folder sizes in a gui hierarchical format, great for finding where your HD space is being used
  • LANSweeper – Free software/hardware inventory program for Windows networks.
  • DriverMax – Inventories all drivers on a system then backs them up to a single .zip file
  • ProduKey – Displays the ProductID and Key of Office, Windows, Exchange, and SQL Server installed on your PC

SysInternals Utils

  • Process Explorer – Task Manager on Steroids, another essential for every PC you touch
  • Process Monitor – Monitor Process Activity
  • Autoruns – Great registry tool from Sysinternals, most often used to modify startup programs, but also provides a wealth of info
  • BGInfo – Great tool for displaying system info on the desktop, This is a direct link to my custom setup. See README.TXT
  • ZoomIt – Little program from Sysinternals, provides zoom and more on your desktop, great for presentations
  • SDelete – Secure file deletion via CLI
  • PSTools – Window’s multitool for managing local and remote systems, these are the tools that put Sysinternals on the map
  • Rootkit Revealer – Advanced rootkit revealer by Sysinternals that identifies discrepancies that may indicate a rookit infection

Network Tools

Open Source Apps

  • Mozilla Firefox – The web browser you should be using.
  • Mozilla Thunderbird – Great mail client from Mozilla (does not support exchange, of course)
  • Open Office Suite – Fantastic Office suite, free, full featured, and has inherent PDF capability, did I mention it was FREE!
  • 7zip – Open Source, free zip utility, I recommend this over Winzip any day
  • Notepad++ – This is what Windows Notepad dreams of being, from html to config files, this is your tool
  • Filezilla – The only FTP client you will ever need; fast and reliable.

Boot Tools

  • Ultimate Boot CD – Like the name says, Ultimate Boot CD, a must have
  • Bart’s PE – Bart’s PE is a wonderful CD to boot into a Windows like environment

HardDrive Tools

  • MyDefrag – Simple defrag software. Terrible UI, used to be JKdefrag
  • SmartDefrag – Robust defrag utility with great GUI and scheduling
  • TestDisk by CGSecurity – The only hard drive partition recovery utility you will ever need.

Linux Live CD’s

  • Knoppix – Linux Distro that runs from CD, good for file recovery, great for nix noobs
  • CHNTPW – Windows local administrator password reset tool, one of a kind, a lifesaver
  • BackTrack – Another great Linux distro that is primarily for security tasks

Wireless Tools

  • NetStumbler – Find AP’s, filter by encryption, see signal strength, and more (XP Only)
  • inSSIDer – Free Wi-Fi network scanner compatible with XP & Vista
  • Vistumbler – Free, Open Source Wi-Fi network scanner compatible with Vista
  • AirSnort – WEP key cracker (nix only)
  • Kismet – Wireless detector and sniffer (nix only)

Security Tools

Mozilla Firefox Extensions

For the most current list see my Diigo Firefox Extension list.

  • AdBlock – It blocks most internet ads
  • Download Them All – Faster downloads, an essential add-on
  • FlashBlock – Prevents annoying flash elements from auto-playing, very nice
  • Xmarks – Keep bookmarks automatically synced between multiple computers
  • Personal Menu – replaces the standard menu bar with a customizable drop-down menu
  • Mozilla Ubiquity – The Ultimate Killer WebApp
  • ForecastFox – Compact weather toolbar powered by AccuWeather©
  • PDF Download – Allows you to download PDF without automatically opening the file
  • Fire Gestures – Navigate the web with your mouse, great add-on
  • Download StatusBar – View download progress in status bar, very useful
  • Stylish – Great for improving and tweaking FF interface, after install start here http://bit.ly/rVDsr
  • Nuke Anything – Allow hiding of almost anything, for example before printing, via context menu “Remove Object”
  • Site Advisor – McAfee’s Site Advisor provides link ratings on search results to protect you from potentially malicious sites
  • NoScript – Prevents a website from running a script unless you specifically allow the script, makes Firefox safer
  • Better Gmail – Collection of UI tweaks for Gmail
  • Better GCal – Collection of UI tweaks for Google Calendar
  • Better GReader – Collection of UI tweaks for Google Reader
  • Shareaholic – Makes it easy to submit content to multiple social sites.

Miscellaneous

  • EventComb – This is a great MS utility for parsing event logs and looking for patterns in error messages
  • PhotoStory 3 – Free app from MS that you can do amazing photo shows, panning, narration, music, the works
  • XP AntiSpy – Utility that lets you disable some built-in update and authentication “features” in XP, great tweaker for XP
  • WinTime Agent – Network Time problems? this is your salvation, highly recommended, server & client functions
  • WinMerge – Folder comparison tool, great when backing up files, or syncing often changing folders
  • Nlite – Excellent software for slip-streaming Service Packs & creating unattended installations
  • VisionApp RemoteDesktop – Manage Multiple RDP sessions and credentials, req free registration
  • Irfanview – A wonderful, fast, compact image file editor. Try it… you’ll love it
  • Revo Uninstaller – The best app uninstaller on the planet. 5 star recommendation
  • Launchy – An excellent keystroke app launcher to replace icons and menu trees
  • doPDF – PDF converter/virtual printer, quick and easy
  • File Recovery – An excellent file recovery software from Soft Perfect
  • MagicISO – Virtual CD-ROM that allows you to mount/create/edit ISOs
  • Truecrypt – Disk/Volume encryption software, very good, easy, and secure
  • ImgBurn – Free CD/DVD software that supports ISO files
  • FastStone Photo Resizer – Image converter/re-sizer that provides great batch functions
  • SyncBack Freeware – Very robust backup and sync software
  • Outlook Attachment Remover – Excellent attachment pruning tool, great for reducing pst size
  • Health Monitor – Free and powerful Windows system monitoring tool
  • Free Media Converter – A great utility for converting video and audio formats
  • Log Parser – A great windows log parsing utility CLI only see, add Log Lizard for Gui
  • Log Parser Lizard – An excellent GUI front end for Log Parser
  • JavaRa – Detect & Uninstall old versions of Java
  • Flash Player Uninstaller – Detect & Uninstall old versions of Adobe Flash
  • Display Fusion – Fantastic multiple display manager