FREE Windows Software Tools

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit

Version: 1.8.1.1045

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on 64-bit OS.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit is a security program that protects you from zero-day exploits that target browser and application vulnerabilities. This program is meant to run alongside your traditional anti-virus or anti-malware products and provides extra protection against software and Windows vulnerabilities that are discovered, but do not have a patch available to fix them.

Features:
Protects Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera browsers
Protects browser add-ons, including Java.
Defends against drive-by download attacks
Protects PDF Readers, Office, media players, and custom shields. (Premium Only)
Blocks unknown and common exploit kits, including Blackhole, Sakura, Phoenix, and Incognito
Is compatible with most common anti-malware and antivirus products
Doesn’t use a signature database—no need for constant updating

Autoruns

Autoruns

Version: 12.03

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on 64-bit OS.

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Autoruns 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, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP.

Autoruns' Hide Signed Microsoft Entries option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system and it has support for looking at the auto-starting images configured for other accounts configured on a system. Also included in the download package is a command-line equivalent that can output in CSV format, Autorunsc.

Autoruns is a free Sysinternals tool from Microsoft that enumerates all the programs that automatically start on a Windows machine.  You can then examine this list of programs to see if they should be running or should be disabled. Disabling unnecessary startups allows your computer to run more efficiently by reducing CPU usage and memory consumption.

When using Autoruns you will be presented with a list of all the executables on your computer that are starting automatically.  This includes Windows services, Run entries, and many other less commonly known auto-start methods. When you research startup entries, BleepingComputer recommends that you first search within our Startup Database to see if they are known malware or programs that are not required to automatically start.  Using this information you can then determine if the autostart should be disabled.

ESET Uninstaller

ESET Uninstaller

Version: 1.2.8

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on 64-bit OS.

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The ESET Uninstaller is a tool that allows you to remove ESET products that you are not able to uninstall through normal methods.  This tool performs a manual removal of ESET products that it detects on your computer. To use the uninstaller, simply download it and then double-click on ESETUninstaller.exe. This will open a black Windows that will prompt you on how to continue.

Speccy

Speccy

Version: 1.2.8

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on 64-bit OS.

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Speccy is a tool that provides detailed information about the hardware components and operating system of the computer it is run on.  This information is extremely valuable when you want to upgrade existing hardware, find out what specific hardware is installed on your computer, and whether or not the current hardware matches the system requirements for a software you are installing.

Speccy will analyze your computer and display a report of the make and model of all installed hardware found on your computer.  This includes:

  • Motherboard
  • CPU
  • RAM (Including what RAM slots on your motherboard are being used)
  • Optical Drives
  • Graphics Cards
  • Hard Drives
  • Audio
  • Peripherals
  • Network
  • Access hardware sensors on various components and report their current temperature.

Speccy also allows you to save a report of your computer's hardware in the event that you wish to share it with another person or support forum for troubleshooting purposes.

Defraggler

Defraggler

Version: 2.1.9

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on 64-bit OS.

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Defraggler is a free hard disk defragmentation utility that allows you to defrag your entire hard drive or just individual files. Defraggler supports NTFS and FAT32 file systems. A unique ability of Defraggler is to be able to defrag a specific file rather than an entire hard drive.  This allows you to increase the performance of opening a particular file if it is large and severely fragmented.

Defraggler has the following features:

  • Defragment exactly what you want - The entire hard drive or only individual files.
  • Safe and Secure
  • Compact and portable
  • Interactive drive map
  • Quick Defrag
  • Defragment free space
  • Scheduled defragmentation
  • Multi-lingual support
Recuva

Recuva

Version: 1.5.2

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on 64-bit OS.

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Recuva is a file recovery program that can search a hard drive or a particular folder for deleted files and attempt to restore them. When using Recuva you can specify the types of files that you wish to recover and either scan a particular hard drive or a particular folder.  If a file is able to be restored, Recuva will list them and allow you to restore them.

Recuva has the following features:

  • Undelete files on your computer
  • Recovery from damaged or formatted disks
  • Recover deleted emails
  • Recover deleted iPod music
  • Restore unsaved Word documents
  • Quick-Start Wizard
  • Deep Scan
  • Securely delete files you want to erase forever
  • Portable version
  • Full Windows OS support and many languages
SpeedFan

SpeedFan

Version: 4.49

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on 64-bit OS.

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SpeedFan lets you take a deeper view at the status of your computer. Almost every computer includes support for hardware monitoring. Accessing digital temperature sensors is really useful. If you are trying to figure out why your PC hangs when under heavy load or after some hours of usage, SpeedFan might help you find the real cause. Very often it is a poor power supply, or an improperly installed heatsink that lead to behaviours that we tend to associate (incorrectly) with errors from the operating system. SpeedFan automatically searches your computer for informative chips: the hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can display voltages, fan speeds and temperatures. On rare occasions, the BIOS doesn't activate such features. SpeedFan tries to enable them as long as this is a safe thing to do. Not only the motherboard is searched, but also some video cards and almost every currently sold hard disk. SpeedFan can access status info from EIDE, SATA and even SCSI drives, consistently showing internal data that can be used to diagnose current and future hard disk failures. This is known as S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology). At the lowest level, the SpeedFan hardware monitor software can access digital temperature sensors, but its main feature is its ability to control fan speeds according to the temperatures inside your PC, thus reducing noise.

SpeedFan allows you to the monitor the temperature and fan speeds of various components of your computer.  This allows you to fine-tune the temperature of your components by creating custom settings that increase the fan speed when a particular temperature is reached.

For those who want complete control over their computer and components, SpeedFan is an important part of your toolkit.  Using SpeedFan you can quickly view or log the temperature of various components in your computer.  Using this information you can then fine-tune the speed of the fans in your computer to provide the best ventilation and cooling for your components.

SpeedFan currently supports the following types of sensors on a variety of different motherboard and computer components:

  • almost any number of South Bridges
  • almost any number of hardware monitor chips
  • almost any number of hard disks
  • almost any number of temperature readings
  • almost any number of voltage readings
  • almost any number of fan speed readings
  • almost any number of PWMs


Emsisoft AntiMalware

Emsisoft AntiMalware

Version: 11.0.0.6054

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on 64-bit OS.

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Emsisoft AntiMalware's dual scanning engine consists of BitDefender definitions as well as definitions created by Emsisoft themselves allow for very good and up-to-date detections.  Emsisoft is routinely used in our virus removal guides as it is not only free to scan and clean, but also on top of the latest viruses.

The free version of Emsisoft AntiMalware does not include real-time protection and is a on-demand cleaner only. If you want to increase your protection then you can purchase a license to the program in order to activate these features. Emsisoft's real-time protection consists of three components that are described by the developer as:

Surf Protection: If you unintentionally try to access a website that spreads trojans or spyware, Emsisoft Anti-Malware will prevent you from doing so. The built-in list of known dangerous and fraudulent websites is automatically updated every hour.

File Guard: This crucial layer of protection checks all files that are downloaded or run against more than 10 million signatures of known malicious software. The Emsisoft Anti-Malware File Guard is intelligent and self-optimizes continually, so you won’t feel the impact of dozens of files being scanned in the background every second.

Behavior Blocker: To catch zero-day threats that aren't yet included in the signature database, Emsisoft Anti-Malware continually monitors the behavior of all active programs and raises an alert as soon as something suspicious occurs. Combined with the live cloud-verification of the Emsisoft Anti-Malware Network it is our ultimate weapon against specialized and sophisticated malware attacks that others can't protect you from.

Hardware Identify

Version: 2.0.1

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on 64-bit OS.

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Hardware Identify is a program that lists all installed hardware devices on your computer and displays information about each device.  Using this information you can quickly determine if your driver is old and needs to be updated.  This program is also useful when you are upgrading various components and are not sure what devices are installed in your system.  Using Hardware Identify you can quickly see all components installed in your computer.

A useful feature of Hardware Identify is the ability to right-click a hardware device and quickly perform a search for new drivers. For example, if you right-click on your video card you will be presented with a menu that allows you to quickly search Google for drivers related to your video card.  It also gives you the option to search by the device name or the hardware id. Overall, for those who need a free utility that quickly gives a detailed list of their hardware, you can't go wrong with Hardware Identify.

Virtual Box

Virtual Box

Version: 4.3.10

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on 64-bit OS.

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VirtualBox  is free and enterprise-ready virtual machine platform that allows you to run other operating systems within Windows.  Using VirtualBox you are able to install other operating systems into a virtual computer that can be launched  and used directly within Windows. This allows you to run virtually any operating system at the same time while using Windows.

When using VirtualBox, the software is installed on the host machine and then any other virtual machines are considered guests of that host. These guest virtual machines can be running a variety of different operating systems that include older versions of Windows, linux, and even MacOS with some tweaking.  Using a program like VirtualBox allows you to perform a variety of tasks from a single computer such as testing operating systems before you install them, run software that only works on older versions of Windows, analyze malware without risk of your normal machine becoming infected, and to develop software for other operating systems.  It is also useful for running servers that need to be seperated but are not resource intensive enough to require their own machine.

Windows Management Instrumentation

Version: 2.0

Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10 

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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WMI Explorer is a program that allows you to browse and view WMI namespaces, classes, instances, and properly from a single window. WMI, or Windows Windows Management Instrumentation, is the Microsoft implementation of Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM), which is an industry initiative to develop a standard technology for accessing management information in an enterprise environment. 

Unfortunately, the tools that comes with Microsoft to view the WMI are confusing and not easily navigable.  WMI Explorer allows users to easily view and configure the WMI information configured on their computer.  For those who perform system administration tasks using WMI, this is an incredibly useful tool.

WMI Explorer Features:

  • Browse and view WMI objects in a single pane of view.
  • Connect as alternate credentials to remote computers.
  • Asynchronous and Synchronous mode for enumeration.
  • Method execution.
  • SMS (Configuration Manager) mode providing additional functionality for Configuration Manager.
  • Filter classes and instances matching specified criteria.
  • View classes/instances in Managed Object Format (MOF).
  • Search classes, methods and properties for names matching specified criteria.
  • Run WQL queries.
  • Automatic generation of WQL query for the selected Class/Instance.
  • Automatic script creation (PowerShell and VBS).
  • Highlighting enumerated objects.
  • Display property descriptions and possible enumeration values (if available).
  • Display methods descriptions and parameters.
  • Display embedded property values.
  • Caching enumerated classes/instances.
  • View WMI Provider Process Information.
  • Automatic check for new version.
Blue Screen View

Blue Screen View

Version: 1.52

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on 64-bit OS.

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Blue Screen View is a useful, free, portable application that allows you to view minidump files that are created when Windows stops and displays a "blue screen of death". The program will show each minidump individually, with information such as the minidump's filename, the date/time of that crash and the minidump's creation. It will also show the basic crash information such as a Bug Check Code and 4 parameters. The details of the driver or module that possibly caused the crash is reported; this includes the filename, product name, file description, and file version of the driver/module. 

The program is portable, which means it does not need to be installed on the system before it can be used and that there are no keys added to the registry. When downloaded, all the user has to do is unzip the program files, then run the executable file. Since it is portable, the program can be used from a USB key. The program can also output the minidump information to a text file, which can be used in the forums to help diagnose blue screens.

List Crypto Wall

List Crypto Wall

Version: 1.3

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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List Crypto Wall, is a small utility that can be used to export and backup the list of files encrypted by the Crypto Wall ransomware infection. When CryptoWall infects your computer it will encrypt your data and store a list of these encrypted files in your Windows Registry.  ListCWall will export a sorted list of infected files into a text file so that you can easily find affected files.

 

Envelope Printer

Envelope Printer

Version: 1.7.1

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Envelope Printer is a utility that allows you to quickly print out professional looking envelopes with your printer.  This program includes an address book for your return and delivery addresses, the ability to add a business logo, and best of all it's free.

To use the program, you simply need to execute it and enter the addresses you wish to send the letter to.  Once the information is inputted just insert a blank envelope in the printer and select print.  If you are a business, you can also include a logo or other image to print above your delivery address. This allows you to easily create professional looking envelopes that represent your company.

 

NetAdapter Repair All-In-One

NetAdapter Repair All-In-One

Version: 1.2

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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NetAdapter Repair All-In-One is a utility that acts as a Swiss army knife for network related Windows tasks.  Not only can NetAdapter Repair be used to fix common networking and winsock issues, but it also contains a variety of tools and diagnostics that enable you to change various network settings. Please note that this tool requires the .NET Framework 4.0 or higher and to run the program as an Administrator.

When you run NetAdapter Repair you will be shown a screen that contains a variety of tools and fixes. If you just want to repair your networking issues, the first step would be to try the Advanced Repair option, which will repair your Winsock and TCP/IP stack, clear all proxy servers and VPN settings, and reset your firewall configuration.  You can also use the program to perform a variety of other tasks such as configure your computer to use Google DNS or or spoof your MAC address.  When you run any of the tools, its output will be saved to the program's logfile that is created in the same folder as the executable.

Some of its features include:

  • Repair Buttons and Additional Tools
  • Advanced Repair (WinSock/TCP IP Repair, Clear all Proxy/VPN Settings, Windows Firewall Repair)
  • Release and Renew DHCP Address
  • Clear Host File
  • Clear Static IP Settings (enable DHCP)
  • Change to Google DNS
  • Flush DNS Cache
  • Clear ARP/Route Table
  • NetBIOS Reload and Release
  • Internet Options Clear SSL State
  • Enable LAN Adapters
  • Enable Wireless Adapters
  • Reset Internet Options Security/Privacy
  • Set Network Windows Services Default
Display Driver Uninstaller

Display Driver Uninstaller

Version: 12.9.9.2

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Display Driver Uninstaller is a driver removal utility that can help you completely remove AMD/NVIDIA graphics card drivers and packages from your system, without leaving leftovers behind (including registry keys, folders and files, and the driver store).

The AMD/NVIDIA video drivers can normally be uninstalled from the Windows Control panel, this driver uninstaller program was designed to be used in cases where the standard driver uninstall fails, or whenever you need to thoroughly delete NVIDIA and ATI video card drivers.

The current effect after you use this driver removal will be similar as if its the first time you install a new driver just like a fresh, clean install of Windows. As with any tool of this kind, we recommend creating a new system restore point before using it, so that you can revert your system at any time if you run into problems.

This tool acts similar to what other driver cleaner programs do + the extra mentioned above. If you have problem installing older driver or newer one, give it a try as there are some reports that it fixes those problems.

 

Give Me Power

Give Me Power

Version: 2.0

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Give Me Power is an advanced system administration tool that allows you to open a program that runs at the System level, which is a higher permission level than Administrator.  There are many system level Registry entries and permissions that even an Administrator does not have access to.  Using GiveMePower, your program will run as the System user and be able to access this normally forbidden data.

This is especially handy with malware that created Registry entries that an Administrator does not have access to. These Registry entries, though, would most likely allow the SYSTEM user access in order for drivers to access it.  With GMP you can start Regedit as the SYSTEM user and now be able to access these types of entries.

Give Me Power (GMP) is a tool that will give you "System Level" privilege for the application you will open with it. "System Level" privilege are similar to "Root" under Linux system and by so, it is higher than Administrator.

Typical usage :

  • Can help installing a driver that has access deny problems.
  • Accessing previously inaccessible registry region with "regedit".
  • System files edit. ETC...

Note: This is a very powerful program and should only be used if you know what you are doing. Using a program like this can give certain programs great ability to damage your Windows installation.

 

Zemana AntiLogger

Zemana AntiLogger

Version: 1.8.2.320

Windows: XP, Vista, 7 and 8 

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Zemana AntiLogger is a program that protects your computer from keyloggers by encrypting your keystrokes.  When a computer is infected with a keylogger it can see and record all keystrokes that you type on your computer. It can then log this information and send it to a remote location so that the user can steal your passwords, account credentials, and personal information.  By using a program like Zemana AntiLogger Free, your keystrokes are protected from unauthorized access by encrypting what you type so its only accessible to the program you are using.

Zemana AntiLogger Free has the following features:

  • System-Wide Keylogger Protection  - Encrypts keystrokes deep in your computer. Even if stolen, your information is illegible.
  • Always up to date protection - Your protection does not rely on signature database

The commercial version of Zemana AntiLogger contains the following extra features:

  • Screen Logger Protection - Detects screen loggers that attempt to take screenshots of your running applications.
     
  • System Defense - Secures your PC against applications whose behavior matches those of keyloggers or other malware.
     
  • Clipboard Logger Protection - Detects applications try to access the data stored in your clipboard and shuts them down.
     
  • Webcam and Microphone Logger Protection - Offers protection against malware trying to watch or listen to you through your computer's webcam or microphone.
     
  • Cloud Powered Early Response System - Using Zemana's IntelliGuard, unknown applications will be scanned against over 40 malicious file databases to block them automatically. 
Glasswire

Glasswire

Beta Version: 1.2.57.0

Windows: 7 and 8 

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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GlassWire is a free network monitoring tool that displays and alerts you about the network traffic originating from your computer.  This allows you to quickly see what applications are communicating over the network and the Internet, how much bandwidth they are using, and what hosts they are connecting to. GlassWire also maintains a database of suspicious sites and will alert you when you attempt to visit one of them. Last, but not least, GlassWire includes an easy to use application firewall that allows you to block specific applications from communicating over a network and the Internet. 

When testing GlassWire, we found that the tool was very easy to use. Simply install it and leave it running in the background to start logging all sorts of information about your processes and their network activity.  You can then use GlassWire to review this information and decide if you wish to allow these applications to continue being able to connect to the Internet.  Another useful feature is the ability to quickly spot unknown programs that are using the Internet.  Most malware programs tend to send data over the Internet and by using a program like GlassWire you can quickly spot these suspicious programs even before your anti-virus has it in their malware definitions.

WinPatrol

WinPatrol

Version: 33.1.2015.0

Windows: XP, Vista, 7, and 8 

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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WinPatrol is a free security utility that allows you to get a closer look under the hood of Windows so that you can detect programs that should not be running. When using WinPatrol, you will be shown various tabs that show information about configuration sections in Windows. These tabs allow you to get a good overview of what programs are starting and files that may have been left behind by malware. 

Some of the information that WinPatrol displays include:

  • Active Tasks
  • Services
  • Startup Programs
  • Cookies
  • File Types
  • Hidden Files

To make it easier to interpret the information being displayed, WinPatrol will automatically whitelist services and startup items that belong to Microsoft. This allows you to quickly spot ones that do not belong.

Symantec Kovter Removal Tool

Symantec Kovter Removal Tool

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 64-bit version

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The Symantec Kovter Removal Tool can be used to remove the Kovter infection from your computer. The Kovter infection is a Click Fraud Trojan as it generates automated clicks on advertisements.

When Kovter is installed in a computer, it does not install any actual files, but rather inserts itself into the Windows Registry as javascript. It then configures an autorun to automatically execute the javascript in the registry, which launches the malware. As part of its defense, Kovter makes it difficult to remove the Registry entries associated with it. This is where the Kovter Removal Tool comes into play, as it can be used to remove these malicious registry entries.

10bit Unlocker

10-bit Unlocker

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit version.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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IObit Unlocker is a free program that allows you to unlock in use or locked files so that you delete, rename, or move them. It is not uncommon for applications to keep a file open, even when they are not being used. When you try to remove these files, Windows will display an error that states the file is in use and won't let you access it.

IObit unlocker allows you to see what programs are locking a file as well as the ability to unlock it. Users can do this by either dragging the locked files into IObit Unlocker or right-clicking on the file and selecting IObit Unlocker. Once the files are added to the program, you can unlock the files so you can gain access to them again.

Sophos

Sophos Home Version

http://home.sophos.com

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Sophos Home version is a free Internet security anti-virus software that protects Windows and Mac computers from malware and malicious web sites. Sophos Home can be installed on up to 10 Mac and Windows computers, where they can be managed from a single account on the Sophos Home website. In addition to standard definitions based malware detections, Sophos Home also utilizes signature-­-less behavioral-­-based heuristics, a Host Intrusion Protection System (HIPS), malicious url blocking, and web filtering.

Sophos Home allows you to manage all of the computers under your account from one online dashboard.. This also allows you to not only install and manage Sophos Home on your own network, but also on computers for family members at other locations. Once someone installs the client on their computer, you can then manage their security and see security alerts from the dashboard. Now when your parent or family member calls you and says that their antivirus detected something, you can quickly login to the dashboard and see what was found.

In order to use Sophos Home, you first need to register a free account at the Sophos Home website, which can be reached using the download button above. Once you register an account you can login and click on the Add Device button to retrieve a unique installation URL for your account. This link can then be used by you or family members to install Sophos Home and automatically have their computer's added to your dashboard.

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransom Tool

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta

Version: 0.9.14.361

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta is a program that protects your computer from file encrypting ransomware programs. This programs quietly sits in the background while analyzing the behaviour of the process threads on the computer. When it notices that a thread is trying to encrypt data on your computer, it will automatically terminate the thread.

It is important to note that this program is still currently in a beta stage, which means bugs will occur during its use. Even though the program has been proven to work against almost all ransomware that has been thrown at it including Cryptowall, TeslaCrypt, and CTB-Locker, bugs may occur that allow something to slip through.

Clipboard Viewer

Clipboard Viewer

Version 3.0

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Clipboard Viewer is an application that allows you to see the data that is currently copied into the Windows Clipboard. The Clipboard is a utility in Windows that allows you to store information into it that can be then pasted into another application or location. Using the Free Clipboard Viewer you will be able to see exactly what was copied into your clipboard and detailed information about the copied data.

This is a very niche application and since you can only store one item at a time into the application, most people who use the Window Clipboard know exactly what is inside it. The power of this tool, though, comes in the variety of ways the data you copied is represented inside the Free Clipboard Viewer application.

For example, when copying an image you can see the image and a hexadecimal view of the image as if you were using a hex editor. When you copy text, not only does the viewer show the text you copied, but also any html that may have been copied, and its unicode representation.

For those who want a more robust and feature-rich Clipboard utility, you can update to the paid version of this program called Comfort Clipboard Pro. The Pro version includes many other features such as a history of all items stored in the clipboard, more ways to manipulate the data stored in it, and the ability to search for historic clippings.

Unchecky Beta Version

Unchecky Beta Version

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Unchecky is a program that automatically unchecks offers that are commonly bundled with free programs that you download off the Internet. As a way to generate revenue, some software developers include other bundled programs with the installer of their free product. These bundled programs, though, are commonly adware or other potentially unwanted programs and can have an adverse affect on your computer if they are installed. Unchecky provides an extra layer of security by automatically unchecking offers that are not related to the main program you are downloading. This protects you from accidentally installing something that you did not wish to install.

FurMark

FurMark

Version 1.17.0.0

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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FurMark is a utility that allows you to benchmark and stress test your GPU, or graphics card, so that you can determine how well it operates under heavy loads. Using these tests you can diagnose hardware failures or inadequate cooling issues that you may have with your GPU.

Using the benchmarking component of FurMark you can generate a score that represents how well your your graphics card performs using a very intensive OpenGL test. You can then compare your score against other FurMark users to determine if your card is performing well.

The stress test component of Furmark allows you to test how well your graphics cards operates when under a heavy load. When a GPU has hardware issues they commonly fail when under heavy use. In order to detect these issues, you can use Furmark to perform a stress test that quickly overheats your GPU. When running this test if your computer freezes, you have graphical artifacts displaying on your screen, or other issues then this may indicate an issue with your card or inadequate cooling.

As an added bonus, FurMark also includes a CPU stress test called CPU Burner that will quickly get your computer's processor to 100% utilization and overheats it. Using this tool with a CPU temperature monitor utility allows you to test your CPU to see how well it operates under this heavy load and whether or not your cooling solution is doing an adequate job.

Shadow Explorer

Shadow Explorer

Version 0.9

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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ShadowExplorer allows you to browse Windows Shadow Volume Copies created by the Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 Volume Shadow Copy Service. When these Shadow Volume Copies are created, they also create copies of changed data files on your computer. ShadowExplorer allows you to use the Shadow Volume Copies to restore files back to previous versions or even to restore a deleted file.

ShadowExplorer allows you view and access the files store in Shadow Volume Copies. If a file is changed or deleted on your computer, and the Shadow Volume Copies are intact, you can use this tool to restore the particular version of a file that you require.

Shadow Explorer Features:

  • Show available point-in-time copies
  • Browse through Shadow Copies
  • Retrieve versions of files and folders

It is important to note that Shadow Volume Copies, and ShadowExplorer, are not a replacement for a proper backup system. Though this tool will allow you potentially recover files that have been changed or deleted, it is not the same as have a backup that monitors your files and backs them up when they have changed.

VBSworm Removal Tool

VBSworm Removal Tool

Version 7.0

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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VBSworm Removal Tool is a utility that removes VBS and Windows Script Host malware from your computer, USB drives, and the network. This program was created by Panda Security employee and malware researcher Bart Blaze after he had seen this type of malware becoming more active. Using VBSworm Removal Tool, you are able to scan your computer for common VBS infections and remove them. The program also has the ability to scan infected USB drives and clean them so they no longer infect other computers when you insert the drive into them.

Using VBSworm Removal Tool is really easily. Simply run the program where you will be greeted with a screen prompting you to select what action you would like to perform. When running the program you have the option to launch the following tasks:

  • Scan your computer for infections and clean them.
  • Clean a USB drive of infections and unhide hidden files.
  • Download and run Panda USB Vaccine.
  • Enable or Disable the Windows Scripting Host
  • Read instructions on how to use Rem-VBSworm

On a normal machine, when using Rem-VBSworm, you should use it in the following steps:

  1. Plug in your infected USB (if any) and choose option and A and let it finish.
  2. Then choose option B to clean the USB drive.
  3. Finally select option C to download and run the Panda USB Vaccine tool to vaccinate your USB drive so that it cannot get infected in the future.
  4. After these steps, perform a full scan with your installed antivirus product or perform an online scan.

Here are some tips and tricks from the author when using the tool:

  • Using option A, the tool will attempt to clean the infection. It will also fix any registry changes made by the malware. (for example it will re-enable Task Manager should it be disabled)!
  • When you use option B, be sure to type only the letter of your USB drive! So if you have a USB drive named G:\, you should only type G. This option will eradicate any related malware on the USB drive, as well as unhide your files (make them visible again).
  • With option C you can download Panda USB Vaccine to prevent any other autorun malware entering your computer.
  • With option D you have the possibility to disable or re-enable the Windows Script Host (WSH), to prevent any malware abusing it.
  • I advise to end the script with Q as to ensure proper logfile closing. A logfile will open automatically, but is also created by default on the C:\ drive. (C:\Rem-VBS.log).
  • When the tool is running, do not use the machine for anything else. (it takes about 30 seconds to run)
  • If VBS malware is found, it will be automatically removed and a copy will be placed at C:\Rem-VBSqt.
  • Accidentally used an option and want to exit the script? Use CTRL + C to stop it.

Rem-VBSworm can be used to remove the following VBS computer infections:

  • Bladabindi
  • Excedow
  • Jenxcus
  • Houdini/Dinihu
  • Autorun worms
  • Any other VBS (VBScript) or VBE malware
  • Any other malware that abuses the WSH (Windows Script Host)
Panda USB Vaccine

Panda USB Vaccine

Version 1.0.1.16

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Panda USB Vaccine is a free security utility that allows you to block malware's ability to spread through USB drives. These types of malware typically install an Autorun.inf file in the root of the USB drive that causes the malware to execute when you insert them into a computer.

Panda USB Vaccine works by not allowing an Autorun.inf file on a USB to be modified, created, deleted, or read. This effectively blocks this type of computer infection's ability to infect the USB drive. This utility also has the ability to start automatically when your computer starts where it will site quietly running in the background. When a new USB drive is inserted into the computer, it will automatically vaccinate it so that you are protected and any infections on the drive are removed.

Even if you choose not to use the memory resident portion of this program, if you routinely use USB drives, it is strongly suggested that you vaccinate them. This will allow you to protect your flash drives against infection when you use them on other computers.

Reason Core Security

Reason Core Security

Version 1.1.0.0

Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Reason Core Security is an anti-malware program. This program is intended to be used alongside your existing anti-virus software and acts as a second layer of defense in the event that malware slips past your anti-virus program's real time protection.

Reason Core Security comes with a free full featured trial that includes real-time protection. After 30 days, it reverts to the free version, which can still scan for and remove malware, but no longer offers real-time protection. Both versions of this program, though, include Bundle Protection that stops you allowing unwanted software such as PUPs, adware, and hijackers to automatically install along with other software you download.

Voodoo Shield  

Voodoo Shield

Version N/A

Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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VoodooShield is a security program that is unlike most traditional anti-virus programs. Instead of scanning your computer for known malware or using definition files to detect infections, VoodooShield instead locks your computer so that you are notified when an unknown process is started.  This allows you to lock down your computer so that it only executes applications that you decide to whitelist and denies all other programs.  This makes it impossible for an application to run without you first giving your express approval.

When first run, VoodooShield will start in Training mode where it detects the legitimate applications that you normally run.  It adds this list of running processes into your whitelist and allows the programs to run without asking for your permission. Once VoodooShield is out of Training Mode and turned on, it will block any unknown process potentially running and ask if you wish to allow it to execute.  

Zemana AntiMalware  


Zemana AntiMalware

Version N/A

Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Zemana AntiMalware is a second opinion cloud based malware scanner allows you to perform on demand scanning as necessary. Zemana AntiMalware does not currently offer real-time protection, but instead acts an extra utility in your security toolbox that is used to scan your machine for malware that your existing security solution may have missed.  This allows it use little resources on your computer as it only needs to be loaded when you wish to perform a computer or file scan.

Some of the benefits of using Zemana AntiMalware include:

  • Removes unwanted apps, annoying toolbars or browser add-ons.
  • Finds and removes even deeply embedded advanced threats like rootkits and bootkits.
  • Scans thousands of files per second.
  • Compatible with other antivirus solutions.
  • In-house algorithms for zero false positives.
  • Doesn't slow down your PC.
  • Easy-to-use.

Zemana AntiMalware uses cloud based scanning and the benefits are:

  • Reduced detection time for new virus outbreaks.
  • Increased zero hour detection rates for all types of malware.
  • Rapid simultaneous scanning without system resource issues.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery

MiniTool Power Data Recovery

Version 7

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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MiniTool Power Data Recovery is a data recovery tool that can be used to recover deleted files, deleted partitions, and even digital media off of flash drives. This tool is very easy to use with recovery wizards and easy to use interface. Furthermore, MiniTool Power Data Recovery not only recovers data on the hard disk and RAID device, but also supports recovery of data of CD, DVD disks, memory card, memory stick, and flash drive.

MiniTool Partition Wizard  

MiniTool Partition Wizard

Version 9.1

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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MiniTool Partition Wizard is a utility that you can use to manage the hard drive partitions on your computer. Using this utility you can perform tasks such as copying, resizing, deleting, and creating partitions.  In addition to all the normal partition management features, MiniTool Partition Wizard Free also includes a handy OS migration wizard that allows you to migrate to a larger hard drive or a speedier SSD drive.  Overall, this utility packs all the features you would expect in a partition manager.

TrayIt  

TrayIt

Version 4.6.5.5

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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TrayIt is a small utility that allows you to minimize any program to the Windows tray rather than the Windows taskbar. Let's face it, the Windows task bar is prime real estate and there are just certain programs that we want to continue running in the background, but do not want to take up the space on the task bar.  TrayIt is the perfect program to solve this problem as it allows you to set any window or application to minimize to the task tray and still continue to run.

TrayIt is easy to use, simply start the program and open up the various Windows you want to minimize to the task tray. Then in TrayIT right-click on each Window you wish to configure and select 'Place in System Tray'. It is also suggested that you go into the options and specify that you wish to TrayIT to start automatically as it needs to be running for you to minimize Windows to the tray.

Technicians Toolbox  

Technicians Toolbox

Technicians Toolbox is a collection of powerful tools to help both the technician and home users.

Version 1.2.0

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Technicians Toolbox is a suite of administration tools and system monitors that allows a user to quickly perform diagnostics on a computer. These tools allows for quickly fixing common promblems on a computer or diagnosing what could be causing them.  Free version is only available for non-commercial users.  

Included Tools:

  • Take A screenshot
  • Check Disk (chkdsk) At Next Boot
  • Run As System Account
  • Netstat
  • Network Information
  • Static IPv4
  • TCP & UDP Stats
  • Subnet Calculator
  • IP Address Scanner
  • Manage Windows Users
  • Manage Users
  • Create New Windows User
  • User Account Properties
  • Manage Groups
  • Create New Windows Group
  • Group Properties
  • Bulk Manage Users Tool
  • Delete, Move Or Rename Locked Files At Bootup
  • Svchost.exe Lookup
  • Process Information
  • Windows Services
  • Windows Services Safe Mode
  • Windows Shutdown Timer

Included Monitors:

  • CPU Monitor
  • Drives Monitor
  • Memory Monitor
  • Network Monitor

 

Delfix  

Delfix

Version 1.010

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Delfix is a program that remove various security tools, and their associated files, that are commonly used in online computer help forums. When helpers assist people in troubleshooting their computer or with virus removal, they may recommend tools that commonly leave behind log files, quarantines, or other files that are not removed when the support process is completed.  Delfix is a program that can be used as the last step in the support process to clean up all of these leftovers.

Delfix also includes other features that restore settings that may have been disabled or changed during the support operation.

These additional features are:

  • Activate UAC
  • Create Registry Backup
  • Purge System Restore
  • Reset System Settings


Heimdal  

Heimdal

Version N/A

Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Heimdal is a program that scans your computer for outdated and possibly vulnerable programs and automatically updates them to the latest version for you. One of the most common vectors that malware use to infect  your computer are vulnerabilities found in outdated 3rd party programs installed on your computer.  Using a vulnerable software scanner like Heimdal allows these programs to automatically be updated when a new version is released.  This allows your computer to run more securely as your 3rd party programs will no longer be vulnerable to a variety of exploit kit attacks found on the web.

Using Heimdal is easy. Simply install the program and every 60 minutes the program will scan your computer for outdated programs.  If any are found it will alert you and then automatically update the program for you.

It is also possible to purchase the Pro version of program, which will provide a variety of other benefits such as:

  • Blocks access to known phishing or malware sites.
  • Block financial information being sent to known 3rd part sites.
  • Block exploit kits and malware being executed on the computer.Block exploit kits and malware being executed on the computer.
  • Disconnects your computer, blocking the Internet in the event that Heimdal detects it's been hacked or remotely compromised.
Simple System Tweaker  

Simple System Tweaker

Version 2.1.0

Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8  - 32-bit program.

Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Simple System Tweaker is a utility that optimizes various functions in Windows. These tweaks could allow for faster boot and shutdown times, faster network file sharing, and better stability.  Unlike many of the system optimizers on the market that display numerous errors so that you will buy the program to fix them, Simple System Tweaker is free and allows you full control over what tweaks you would like to apply.

Simple System Tweaker offers a variety of tweaks that you can select and customize for your computer.  Even better, next to each tweak option is a description as to what it does and the registry key associated with it.  Furthermore, the first time you run the program it performs a backup of your Windows Registry so that you are able to revert back to your normal settings if an issue arises.

A few examples of the tweaks included in this program are:

  • Launching Explorer in its own process - This makes it so that if your explorer process crashes, it does not close all of your open folders as well.
  • Speed up Shutdown - Auto kill hung programs and services - This causes Windows to not wait 20 seconds for you to acknowledge you want to close a program during shutodown.
  • Improve Network File Sharing - It does this by keeping mapped drives unable to auto disconnect, making access to these drives quicker, hence no need to reconnect again.
  • Service Optimization by disable various services or setting them to manual when they are not needed.
  • Visual Tweaks to increase performance of Windows.