Useful ToolDescription
Piriform’s CCleanerThis is a great utility that will scrub your system clean.
CPUID’s CPU-ZThe utility to find out the specs of the CPU on your system.
CPUID’s HWMonitorGreat little program that gives you a quick break down of your system’s temperature and other sensors. From the maker of CPU-Z.
Igor Pavlov’s 7-ZipA free, open-source utility that unzips almost everything you can through at it. I install it on all my systems.
Malwarebytes FreeWhen you need to scrub a machine of some nasty malware, this utility will help you get the job done.
Memtest86+The live CD memory tester. This tool boots from a CD and gives your RAM a workout looking for problems that can cause errors such as BSODs and data coruption.
Microsoft’s Sysinternals UtilitiesThe definitive collection of utilities to discover and fix almost anything going on with Windows. My personal favorite is Process Explorer.
Gnome Partition EditorGnome Partition Editor, or GParted, is another live CD that will enable you to resize and repartition your hard drive without reformating. Make sure you have a backup before using this or any paritioning tool on a system you care about.
HiJackThisHijackThis is great for getting rid of those annoying browser toolbars. It’s basically a high-powered version of MSCONFIG.
ImgBurnFor all your disc image burning needs. Many utilities come in ISO format and must be burned to a disc before use. If you are using Windows Vista or previous versions of Windows, ImgBurn will make it easy to burn those ISOs properly.
WiresharkEveryone should have this famous protocol analyzer in their toolbox.
VirtualBoxThe freeware VM that’s great for getting your feet wet with virtualization.
RufusWhen I need to make a bootable thumb drive this is my goto utility
Secunia PSIThis utility checks every program on your system, checking for latest versions. Goes way beyond Windows Update.
VersacryptBitlocker is great if you have the right version of Windows, a TPM chip and want to encrypt an entire drive. For those who don’t, there is Versacrypt.
NmapThe best network security scanner out there! (Included in Kali distro)
MetasploitThe number one penetration testing framework (Included in Kali distro)
HashtabA darn handy Windows hash calculator that embeds itself into the context menu on your system
Kali LinuxThe popular security-centric Linux distro. Contains many of the tools listed here


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