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BAWSUG Recommended Tools and Utilities

Autoruns is recommended by Ted Vahey
URLhttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx
Typefree
DescriptionThis utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, etc.
CommentsI use it to help identify if malware exists on my systems.


BgInfo is recommended by Ted Vahey
URLhttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx
Typefree
DescriptionHow many times have you walked up to a system in your office and needed to click through several diagnostic windows to remind yourself of important aspects of its configuration, such as its name, IP address, or operating system version If you manage multiple computers you probably need BGInfo. It automatically displays relevant information about a Windows computer on the desktop's background, such as the computer name, IP address, service pack version, and more. You can edit any field as well.
CommentsI use it to identify which system I'm accessing when I have multiple systems open via RDP or VNC.


CCleaner is recommended by Tim Callaghan
URLhttp://www.ccleaner.com
Typefree
DescriptionCCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!
CommentsThis tool does a great job cleaning out unnecessary files on my computer. I image my hard drives on a weekly basis and CCleaner makes sure I don't backup extra files. The application is constantly updated as new supported applications are integrated. I'd recommend any tool from the author's at www.piriform.com.


Defraggler is recommended by Tim Callaghan
URLhttp://www.defraggler.com
Typefree
DescriptionFrom everyone here at Piriform, the company that brought you CCleaner and Recuva... we now bring you a file defragmentation tool... Defraggler! It differs from other defrag tools on the market, by enabling you to quickly and simply defrag the files you want to, without having to process the whole drive. Simply run it, select the file and defragment in seconds. No more struggling with the Windows defragmentation tool! And remember like all Piriform products, Defraggler is completely free.
CommentsThis is a unique defragmenter in that it defragments at the file level. After analyzing your drive you are presented with a list of defragmented files (including how many fragments each file contains) and can choose exactly which files to defragment. I'd recommend any tool from the author's at www.piriform.com.


KeePass is recommended by Clyde Johnson
URLhttp://keepass.info
Typefree
DescriptionKeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).
CommentsKeeps all your passwords safe.


Microsoft Application Verifier is recommended by Ted Vahey
URLhttp://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c4a25ab9-649d-4a1b-b4a7-c9d8b095df18
Typefree
DescriptionApplication Verifier is a runtime verification tool for unmanaged code that assists in finding subtle programming errors that can be difficult to identify with normal application testing. Run the Application Verifier tests on your code to identify issues within heaps, handles, and locks.
CommentsI use it to install applicaitons on unrecognized operating systems.


Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer is recommended by Ted Vahey
URLhttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/cc184924.aspx
Typefree
DescriptionMicrosoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is an easy-to-use tool designed for the IT professional that helps small- and medium-sized businesses determine their security state in accordance with Microsoft security recommendations and offers specific remediation guidance. Improve your security management process by using MBSA to detect common security misconfigurations and missing security updates on your computer systems.
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PingTool is recommended by Tim Mangan
URLhttp://www.tmurgent.com/Tools.aspx
Typefree
DescriptionTool to throw packets around. Tim developed this tool when he was working for router vendors and needed to stress things. It does more than just ICMP, and can produce finely tuned network traffic to a target.
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PowerToys is recommended by Ted Vahey
URLhttp://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/Downloads/powertoys/Xppowertoys.mspx
Typefree
DescriptionPowerToys add fun and functionality to the Windows experience. What are they? PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released.
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Process Explorer is recommended by Ted Vahey
URLhttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx
Typefree
DescriptionEver wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.
CommentsI use it to debug applications, identify malware (linked processes), identify CPU hogs, identify memory hogs, and identify applications associated with processes.


Process Monitor is recommended by Ted Vahey
URLhttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx
Typefree
DescriptionProcess Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such session IDs and user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, and simultaneous fie logging.
CommentsCan be used to troubleshoot permissions that are too strict.


ResHack is recommended by Tim Mangan
URLhttp://www.google.com/search?q=reshack
Typefree
DescriptionEver want to remove an “update” button from an application dialog? Remove an item from its menu? Even change the functionality or some static text? ResHack does the dirty work allowing you to locate and modify the user interface on many win32 based programs. Does not work on .Net or Java.
CommentsThis tool doesn't seem to have a permanent home, google for it!


Synctoy is recommended by Ted Vahey
URLhttp://www.microsoft.com/prophoto/downloads/synctoybeta.aspx
Typefree
DescriptionSyncToy 2.0 for Windows is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center. The easy to use, customizable application helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers.
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TCPView is recommended by Ted Vahey
URLhttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx
Typefree
DescriptionTCPView is a Windows program that will show you detailed listings of all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system, including the local and remote addresses and state of TCP connections. On Windows Server 2008, Vista, NT, 2000 and XP TCPView also reports the name of the process that owns the endpoint. TCPView provides a more informative and conveniently presented subset of the Netstat program that ships with Windows. The TCPView download includes Tcpvcon, a command-line version.
CommentsThink of it as a graphical version of Netstat.


TMNetSim is recommended by Tim Mangan
URLhttp://www.tmurgent.com/Tools.aspx
Typefree
DescriptionTim built this tool for use in his labs and has proved quite popular. It is like a bad WAN on a PC. You can control latency and loss, and inject jitter on the connection to better simulate a shared WAN. It works on one protocol at a time to aid in the investigation of performance implications.
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Vice-Versa is recommended by Tim Callaghan
URLhttp://www.tgrmn.com
Typecommercial
DescriptionFile synchronization software to replicate or backup large sets of files. Supports compression and encryption, preserves file permissions, supports archiving multiple prior versions of files, copies open files, complete with built in tool to create scheduled tasks. The author is offering BAWSUG members a 20% discount, goto http://www.tgrmn.com/web/entry/windowsboston.htm for details.
CommentsGreat application to synchronize large sets of folders. Use it to supplement (or replace) your tape backup systems.


VisionApp Remote Desktop is recommended by Tim Mangan
URLhttp://www.visionapp.com
Typecommercial
DescriptionAn RDP Client with tabs. Manage your typical RDP connections, including credentials if desired. Have several sessions open at once and switch between them just like a tabbed web browser.
CommentsGoogle for version 1.5 which is free or buy the latest version from this German Company.


Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools is recommended by Ted Vahey
URLhttp://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9d467a69-57ff-4ae7-96ee-b18c4790cffd
Typefree
DescriptionThe Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools are a set of tools to help administrators streamline management tasks such as troubleshooting operating system issues, managing Active Directory®, configuring networking and security features, and automating application deployment.
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Xobni is recommended by Tim Callaghan
URLhttp://www.xobni.com
Typefree
DescriptionXobni is the Outlook plug-in (Outlook 2003/2007) that saves you time finding email conversations, contacts and attachments. After a quick install, you'll see the new Xobni toolbar appear in Outlook - and suddenly information will become much easier to find. When a new email arrives, the sender's full communication history appears in the Xobni sidebar, including past conversations, attachments and contact details. Xobni also includes a blazing fast email search tool.
CommentsIt's funny that the website for Xobni states that it "also includes a blazing fast email search tool", I found it to be my most used feature of the software. Xobni worked so much better for email search than Windows Search 4.0.


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