1.) Added more entries
This is something I will have to complete over a few days maybe a week or two, it's taken me an hour to do just what you see and I have gone thru like 5 of 50 folders on my USB so.... there is more to come, so if your going to add to it please add to the categories that are here and I'll be adding the rest as I go THANKS!
I thought I'd post these, ***USE AT YOUR OWN RISK**** if you don't know what the tool does ( exactly what it does and how ) or how to use it than I would recommend that you don't use it at all. Many of these tools are informational and do not modify or change anything on your computer or file system. Many of them DO, and if you mess up you will create FUBAR for your system. I have them categorized as I use them, most of them I use fairly frequently, some are very useful but only in a pinch ya know. Many of the tools have x86 and x64 versions so if you plan on keeping a USB drive like I've got than get both cause it's the OS bit that counts.
Couple things you may notice, lots of stuff from NirSoft, and SysInternals, Resplendence and maybe some other software houses. Yep you can go direct to those sites and browse what they have or search it. It may look like it when I finally finish but this isn't every app they have not even close. Just the ones on my goto USB drive. Of course the links to those sites are on that USB you never know you need something to do something for you and you don't want to change fifty registry keys manually every time your grandfather downloads Spice Toolbar Elite Search ( thats short for whatever application you can't uninstall no matter what you do ), well take five minutes and look cause one of those places might have something you need or can use.
Useful Sites - Where many of these tools came from
NirSoft Site - http://www.nirsoft.net/
SysInternals Site - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb545021.aspx
Resplendence Site - http://www.resplendence.com/main
Tweaking.com Site - http://www.tweaking.com/
Direct DL - where I have direct DL ( dl = Download ) if you click or paste that link it should bring up the run/save/cancel box,l hence it's a direct download.
Link - this is a page it may be the page of the software or tool creator or maker it may be another page where you have to hunt a bit to find the DL.
A - Advanced tool - Advanced tools are mostly used for advanced, diagnostics, repair, or discovery and are not likely to provide much helpful info for someone not technically advanced.
F ( 0 to 5 ) - Fubar rating - The ability the tool has to fubar your system, if used wrong or mistakenly using a function of the tool. 1 is low and 5 is high, 0 is nearly impossible or impossible ( the tool is not capable of making changes to your system ) A high rating does not necessarily mean it's easy to fubar your system it just means you can.
I - Informational - The tool is primarily informational and for the most part can not make changes to your system.
CD Burning Utils
ImgBurn - Link - http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download if you look in the right spot you can get the installer right from imgburn without a super amount of junk in it. F(0)
Command Line Utils
NirCmd - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html NirCmd is a small command-line utility that allows you to do some useful tasks without displaying any user interface. A; F(4)
Device IO View Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_io_view.html DeviceIOView allows you to watch the data transfer between a software or service and a device driver (DeviceIoControl calls). I
DLL Export View Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dll_export_viewer.html This utility displays the list of all exported functions and their virtual memory addresses for the specified DLL files. I; A
GDI View Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/gdi_handles.html GDIView is a unique tool that displays the list of GDI handles (brushes, pens, fonts, bitmaps, and others) opened by every process. I
Heap Memory Viewer Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/heap_memory_view.html HeapMemView is a small utility that allows you to view the content of all memory blocks allocated in the heap of the process the you select. I; A
Simple Program Debugger Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_program_debugger.html SimpleProgramDebugger is a simple debugging tool for Windows that attaches to existing running program or starts a new program in debugging mode, and then displays all major debugging events occurs while the program is running, including Exception, Create Thread, Create Process, Exit Thread, Exit Process, Load DLL, Unload Dll, and Debug String. I; A
XP Boot Log - Direct DL http://www.greatis.com/bootlogxp.zip This logs Windows XP startup events times for you. Not of much use now really but it still exists when you don't know what's causing that slow down or where it is for that old timer with the XP box he just has to get fixed. I
Blue Screen View - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.html BlueScreenView scans all your minidump files created during 'blue screen of death' crashes, and displays the information about all crashes in one table. I
GSmart Control - Link - http://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.net/home/index.php/Downloads A tool for displaying HDD SMART data and testing HDD, it's not a useful as it used to be, it hasn't be updated in a while and getting SMART data from other applications is often easier. But she still has some shine if you like SMART stuff and want to learn how to use it, can be very powerful. I; F(1)
HD Tune - Link -http://www.hdtune.com/download.html Scroll down to the free for home use version and only use it in your home. There are much more useful SMART and HDD tools but this has it's place. I; F(1)
Crystal Disk Info - Link - http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.html Never used it, but some guys ( TECHS ) swear by it so it must have something in there that's decent I don't need it again thou you never know. I; F(1)
Last Activity View - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/computer_activity_view.html LastActivityView is a tool for Windows operating system that collects information from various sources on a running system, and displays a log of actions made by the user and events occurred on this computer. ** This is simply awesome for those of you that have clients that never install or do anything?? You know those ones, well this is like truth serum. "So what did you install?" "ahhh nothing its been doing this since you left last time" "Oh, mind if I remote in for a second" Bring up LAV "Oh what's that your doing" "It's a list of everything the computer did with date and time, oh so I uninstalled MS office 20 minutes ago?" "ahhh well I may have done that and... then" "yeah yeah..." I
Driver Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/driverview.html DriverView utility displays the list of all device drivers currently loaded on your system. Why would I use this I have the Windows device manager? Yeah that's why you'd use it lol. I
Tweak Now Disc Analyzer - Link - http://www.tweaknow.com/HDAnalyzer.php Find out which Files or Folders are Taking-up the Most Space of Your Hard-disk. We really don't need this but honestly I have used it a half a dozen times for those clients that bury stuff 50 folders deep in some random place like a dog burying bones in football field size back yard, when you just can't find where it all is. It's slow but beats folder flipping for 4 hours that's for sure. I; F(1)
Tweaking.com Hardware Identifier - Direct DL - http://www.tweaking.com/files/setups/tweaking.com_hardware_identify_setup.exe I have never used it, maybe I should try it some day, I guess it Identifies hardware for you. Could be useful for those laptops that have been frankenstien'd somehow. Didn't even know I had it, yeah my USB drive is that big, you'll see. I
USB Device View - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html USBDeview is a small utility that lists all USB devices that currently connected to your computer, as well as all USB devices that you previously used. I don't really do remote work but, when you asked 50 times if they disconnected everything and they said yeah, well now you can look and also see what else they have been connecting. I never connect anything just my printer, yeah we'll see about that hahah. I
Who Crashed - Link - http://www.resplendence.com/downloads Comprehensible crash dump analysis tool for Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP/2012/2008/2003 (x86 and x64) Sort of like Blue Screen View but not, same idea, very good stuff. I
Close on open - NO LINK - This is a .NET exe I made, it open a form and closes itself. I use it sometimes for replacing other .exe files about an OS as a means to see when they are getting hit, executed, for instance I think that FJ%(#$FS($#.exe is a virus but I'm not really sure so I replace it with the CloseME.exe ( rename it of course ) and you'll see a little form pop up and close. Shoot how can you get it without a link, well PM me if you want it. It ain't that useful has it's place thou. F(0)
File Properties Modifier ( Attribute Changer ) - Link - http://www.petges.lu/home/download/ I dunno why you'd need this I dunno why I have, but I have used it once or twice. Useful when you said you made that word document yesterday but you just did it a minute ago, wink wink. It's ain't that great. Nothing you can't do with the CMD Window, well it's GUI so hey. I; F(1)
File Search App - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html SearchMyFiles is an alternative to the standard "Search For Files And Folders" module of Windows. Cause no one likes the Windows Search function, except when it finds something for you. I don't, I don't like the services running all the time I don't like anything about the Windows one, still I've never used this hahah. I
File Type Manager - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/file_types_manager.html FileTypesMan is an alternative to the 'File Types' tab in the 'Folder Options' of Windows. I never used it so can't say, looks like it's got more than Windows does and when Windows is all messed up and can't function, this does, or so I hear. I; F(1)
Installed Codex Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/installed_codec.html InstalledCodec is a small utility displays the list of all Codec drivers and DirectShow filters currently installed on your system. Pretty decent, when you wanna look real quick. Yea I know you can see them in the registry and with Autotuns ( Autoruns reads the registry so if the registry is wrong or fubar ). It's cool I looked at it but I assume it reads the registry as well but I am not 100% sure of that. I
Services/Driver Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/serviwin.html ServiWin utility displays the list of installed drivers and services on your system. I
Open Locked File Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/opened_files_view.html OpenedFilesView displays the list of all opened files on your system.This could probably go under diagnostics. I
Run as System Tool - Link - https://www.raymond.cc/blog/download/did/1620/ Force things to run as the system. It's pretty decent I've used it a couple times actually. F(0)
Sys Explorer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/sysexp.html SysExporter utility allows you to grab the data stored in standard list-views, tree-views, list boxes, combo boxes, text-boxes, and WebBrowser/HTML controls from almost any application running on your system, and export it to text, HTML or XML file. Sounds stupid, well it's not, cause when you have a list view with 500 things in it and you don't wanna type it out or copy it and have it come out all messed up, or want it in XML to post to your website. Well this does it. I
Volume Mouse - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/volumouse.html Volumouse provides you a quick and easy way to control the sound volume on your system - simply by rolling the wheel of your wheel mouse. It looked cool, it is cool, but I don't use it anyway. Maybe you will. I; F(1)
Browser History Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html A single place to view, IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari's history. I
DNS Data Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_records_viewer.html A GUI NSLookup. I
HTML to Text Converter - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/htmlastext.html Converts HTML files to simple text. I; F(1)
IE Cookie Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/iecookies.html View and manipulate information about all cookies stored from IE. There's one for Firefox etc I; A; F(1)
IP Net Info Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html This can provide all needed or useful info about an IP address. I
Last Search Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_last_search.html Scans the cache and history in your web browser(s) to locate search queries from the most popular search engines like google, msn, yahoo etc etc. I
Mozilla Cache Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/mozilla_cache_viewer.html Same as the other cache viewers. I
Mozilla Cookies Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/mzcv.html Same as the IE cookie viewer only for Mozilla. I; F(1)
Site Shooter - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/web_site_screenshot.html Allows you to save any web page as a screenshot into a image file type. I
Skype Log Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/skype_log_view.html Displays Skypes log files. There are links to other Skype utils from this DL page like ones that record the audio and/or video etc etc. I
Video Cache Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html Extracts videos from the web cache. I
Who is Domain - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/whois_this_domain.html Domain registration look up utility. I
Bluetooth Activity Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bluetooth_viewer.html Runs in the background and compiles info about bluetooth devices. Name, Address, Major and Minor type, as well as first and last detection times etc etc I
Current Ports - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html Monitors and displays all the open/in use etc TCP/IP and UDP ports. Useful for seeing who is talking to who. when, where and how. I; A
Download Speed Tester - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/download_speed_tester.html DownTester allows you to easily test your Internet download speed in multiple locations around the world. It automatically test the download speed of the URLs that you choose, one after another. This is really a portable speedtest.net application, where you can choose the download location by URL, this is certainly for specific testing purposes. I
Network Adapter Properties Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/awatch.html AdapterWatch displays useful information about your network adapters: IP addresses, Hardware address, WINS servers, DNS servers, MTU value, Number of bytes received or sent, The current transfer speed, and more. In addition, it displays general TCP/IP/UDP/ICMP statistics for your local computer. This is just more in depth info, similar to the properties page or form of your network adapter. I
Network Resource Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/netresview.html NetResView is a small utility that displays the list of all network resources (computers, disk shares, and printer shares) on your LAN. As opposed to "My Network Places" module of Windows, NetResView display all network resources from all domains/workgroups in one screen, and including admin/hidden shares. Again more comprehensive info and all in one place, of the same information you can get from multiple places in side of Windows. I
Smart Sniff Packet Sniffer/Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/smsniff.html SmartSniff is a network monitoring utility that allows you to capture TCP/IP packets that pass through your network adapter, and view the captured data as sequence of conversations between clients and servers. A very specialized tool, another one that would only be used for very specific purposes or diagnostics. I; A
Wireless Network Monitoring Tool - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_view.html WirelessNetView is a small utility that runs in the background, and monitor the activity of wireless networks around you. For each detected network, it displays the following information: SSID, Last Signal Quality, Average Signal Quality, Detection Counter, Authentication Algorithm, Cipher Algorithm, MAC Address, RSSI, Channel Frequency, Channel Number, and more. Plenty of different uses, one is for quickly determining the availibility of free channels, in an area flooded with wireless networks like an apartment complex, office building or dense residential or commercial area. I
Autoruns - Link - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx This is the best and most comprehensive utility for viewing start up registry entries. An extremely useful and popular tool in the professional community. I doubt there is a professional technician that does not have this readily available to them at all times. I; A; F(5)
ProduKey key retriever - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html Another tool I think every technician has, it enables you to retrieve the activation/product keys stored in the SOFTWARE registry hive for applications suites like Microsoft Office, or the Windows product key. You only need the hive file, you can point search with this product so grab the keys across the network, from a recovered SOFTWARE hive file. Really you use this to reinstall Windows or Office etc when you can't find the key in yours or the customers email, the key is lost or whatever. Very helpful. I
Nirsoft Registry Cleaner - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/clean_after_me.html Another registry cleaning tool, at first glance it appears to be either confusing or not very comprehensive, but it's just like Ccleaner's for the most part with a different UI. F(1)
Nirsoft Registry Scanner - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/regscanner.html RegScanner is a small utility that allows you to scan the Registry, find the desired Registry values that match to the specified search criteria, and display them in one list. After finding the Registry values, you can easily jump to the right value in RegEdit, simply by double-clicking the desired Registry item. You can also export the found Registry values into a .reg file that can be used in RegEdit. I; F(1)
Nirsoft What's In Startup - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/what_run_in_startup.html Very similar to Windows' System Configuration startup tab (msconfig.exe). It does give you the option of running it on an offline drive which can be helpful in some situations. I; F(1)
Process Explorer - Link - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx This is an extremely useful tool for lots of things. I should do a tutorial on this tool, it makes discovering things that would or could be very difficult to find or pin down really really easy. I; A; F(2)
Process Monitor - Link - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645.aspx This is another extremely useful tool from Sysinternals. This one deserves a tutorial like it's counter part, it also makes discovering certain things very easy. For example which program/service/application is accessing a particular registry key or using specific files. I; A; F(1)
PSTools - Link - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896649.aspx A suite of useful tools of various abilities, centered around remotely managing or executing the tasks.
Reg File from Application - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/reg_file_from_application.html Monitors registry changes made by the application selected and creates a file of those changes. Useful for seeing what changes are made or importing them into the registry. I; A; F(5)
RegNull - Link - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897448.aspx Finds, replaces or deletes Null registry key/values etc. I; A; F(2)
Shell Extension Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html Displays all of the shell extensions installed on the machine and allows modification of those entries. I; A; F(3)
RegDLL Viewer - Link - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/registered_dll_view.html Displays all DLL/OCX and COM registrations and their pertinent info. Allows modification of those entries. I; A; F(3)
System Optimization Utils
ADWCleaner - DIRECT DL - http://www.majorgeeks.com/mg/getmirror/adwcleaner,1.html ADWCleaner is a AAA grade PUP ( junkware, adware, annoying application ) killer. It runs in under 5 minutes, 90% of the time in 2 minutes or less. It gets everything, 100% free and can be run unlimited number of times. It's frequently updated so if you notice it misses something you don't have the latest update it never misses. So far in my experience I have never seen it miss or remove a legit application, if ADWC tags it you don't want it, even if you think you do. 100% must have can't say enough about how effective and time saving it is. It's under system op tools because that's when I use it the most when cleaning up systems. I; F(1)
Unchecky - Link - http://unchecky.com/ This is a small application that installs as a service and runs in the background. It takes almost no resources, and will have 0 effect on machine performance. It watches application installers for check boxes, option groups, and automatically deselects them so that if your not paying attention to the installer you don't get any PUPs with the application your installing. This is also under system op tools because I put it on every customers machine I clean up, it has cut down the junk they get by 50-75%. It's updated fairly frequently, the only drawback it has is that it is not self update-able in the background the user has to do it. So as the installer find trickier ways of concealing PUPs, you need to update it if it doesn't catch them. However so far it's the only of it's kind that I know of, a must have for the family member that clicks and installs literally everything. I; F(0)
Tweaking.com Set Services to Defaults - DIRECT DL - http://www.tweaking.com/files/setups/Tweaking.com-SetWindowsServicesToDefaultStartup.exe This is a utility from Tweaking.com the sets Windows services to their defaults. It has it's uses I wouldn't say it's a common one to use. F(3)
Tweaking.com Repair Windows Update - DIRECT DL - http://www.tweaking.com/files/setups/Tweaking.com-RepairWindowsUpdates.exe - Another tool from Tweaking.com it does just what it says, usually I manually fix WU. That's because I am used to doing it that way but for those who aren't I believe this checks and registers the WU components etc. F(1)
Tweaking.com Reset File Permissions - DIRECT DL - http://www.tweaking.com/files/setups/Tweaking.com-ResetFilePermissions.exe This tool adds an admin user with full access to the file permissions, it will not remove any current ones. In some cases where malware may have destroyed permissions and programs stop working etc, this can fix those problems. F(1)
Tweaking.com svchost.exe Lookup Tool- DIRECT DL - http://www.tweaking.com/files/setups/Tweaking.com-svchost.exe_Lookup_Tool.exe This is one of the more useful tools, svchost.exe is often host process for Windows services, sometimes you want to quickly see what service it belongs to and more information about it. Such as hunting down malware, or maybe you want to know what is eating up all the memory and CPU time. I; A; F(2)
Tweaking.com AIO ( all-in-one ) Repair Tool - DIRECT DL - http://www.tweaking.com/files/setups/tweaking.com_windows_repair_aio_setup.exe This combines many of Tweaking.com's tools into one application that allows you to choose via check boxes inside the application which ones to run. It can be set verbose with logs etc. Sometimes used if a machine was infected with more than one malware or virus that has lots of adverse effects, basically making the system really fubar. This tool can set everything from registry permissions to WU strait again. F(1)
Auslogics Disk Defragmenter - DIRECT DL - http://downloads.auslogics.com/en/disk-defrag/disk-defrag-setup.exe I install this on every machine I clean up, I have it on every machine I own and I use it. It has options and settings Windows defragmenter doesn't have, forget about using the Windows one, it does nothing when compared to this one. Options to move system files to the beginning of the disk, VSS compatible, clear temp files before defrag etc etc. Can make a surprising difference in boot time and all around snappiness esp on those machines that are 4 years old and have never been defraged. I; F(1)
CCleaner - DIRECT DL - http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard Another tool that goes on every machine I clean up and resides on every machine I own. Cleans up temp files, and things like that. Also finds and can clean errant registry entries. It has other functions and some other useful stuff but the Cleaner and Registry tabs are the most useful. F(2)
TDSS Killer - Link - http://usa.kaspersky.com/downloads/TDSSKiller A really good tool for finding and removing Rootkits. It's still updated pretty frequently, but Rootkits are fading away fast I haven't seen a single one in almost a year. TDSS killer used to find something on maybe 4 out of 10 machines now it's hasn't seen a bad guy in a year. That is not to say TDSS is not effective it's a testament to Rootkit's largely disappearing. Still if your going to remove what you might find got to have this. A; F(2)
GMER - Link - http://www.gmer.net/ A really powerful Rootkit detection utility. Again Rootkit's are fading fast so, don't bother with this one. It's complex and I'd say 90% of the people who download it don't know how to use it, and don't take the time to learn. The average user might as well start reading a Chinese dictionary, cause that's what it will look like to you. Even Technicians have a hard time understanding it I think. It has instructions but if you really wanna get good with it you've got to understand what it's doing and understand Rootkits as well. Still I post it cause I keep it on the off chance I might need it, though I've probably forgotten half of what it does haven't needed it in almost 2-3 years now. A; F(2)
MSE - Link - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5201 Basic virus software from MS, what I recommend the most as it's lite, good at detection, and considering today virus landscape it's really all one needs. I
MBAM - Direct DL - http://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/ A great virus, malware and PUP detector and removal tool. Pair it with ADWCleaner, and HitManPro and so much manual work is automated for you. A; I
HitManPro - Link - http://www.surfright.nl/en/products/ Self described as a second opinion/option virus/malware/PUP scanner and removal tool, I urge you to consider it as a first option. Its very effective at detection and removal, once activated ( free to activate one time ), it has unlimited use for 30 days then you have to purchase it for I believe 6$ per removal run after that. You can still scan an unlimited amount of times. Pair this with MBAM and ADWCleaner.
This is going to take me a lot longer to finish that I originally thought. I figured I'd add a folder a day, but answering and replying to already answered posts, plus just being busy has made that impossible. I hope I am helping our user base more ( by that I mean in the immediate time frame ) by responding to threads than I am by completing this thread. I assume I am anyway that's another reason I've ended up adding a few entries at a time when everything else in my tiny world is done and I have nothing to do but this thread haha, CHECK BACK or use the FOUR major links ( the software houses that created most of this stuff ) if your looking for something to do something specific. As always you can start a thread and ask your question if you need help advice or just an answer. I'll keep plugging away when I can.