All Things Tech

News

Ars Technica
A publication devoted to alpha geeks, technologists, and IT professionals.

Motherboard
Motherboard is a multiplatform multimedia publication, relying on longform reporting, in-depth blogging, and video and film production to ensure every story is presented in its most gripping and relatable format.

Slashdot
News for nerds, stuff that matters. Timely news source for technology related news with a heavy slant towards Linux and Open Source issues.

Software

Acrobat Reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software is the free global standard for reliably viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents.

BurnAware
BurnAware is a full-featured and free burning software to create CD, DVD and Blu-ray of all types, including M-Disc. Home users can easily burn bootable discs, multisession discs, high-quality audio CDs and video DVDs, make, copy and burn disc images.

Chrome
The Google Chrome Web browser is based on the open source Chromium project. Google released Chrome in 2008 and issues several updates a year. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android and iOS operating systems.

EditPlus
EditPlus is a text editor for Windows with built-in FTP, FTPS and sftp capabilities. While it can serve as a good Notepad replacement, it also offers many powerful features for Web page authors and programmers.

Free Ping
Monitor the availability of servers, routers, switches, websites, mail servers and trace route server/host. Using this tool fetch Round trip time, packet loss percentage and the number of hops. You can monitor up to 10 servers/websites simultaneously.

Notepad++
Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.

VLC
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

 

Tools

Advanced IP Scanner
Reliable and free network scanner to analyse LAN. The program shows all network devices, gives you access to shared folders, provides remote control of computers (via RDP and Radmin)

Autoruns
This utility shows you the currently configured auto-start applications as well as the full list of Registry and file system locations available for auto-start configuration.

CrystalDiskInfo
CrystalDiskInfo is a HDD health monitoring utility. It displays basic HDD information, monitors S.M.A.R.T. values, and disk temperature.

Process Monitor
Process Monitor, or ProcMon, is an advanced monitoring tool that allows you to see in real-time the file system, registry, and process activity occurring in Windows. Process Monitor is the successor to two different programs, FileMon, and Regmon, but also includes much more including filtering, network activity, and file logging.

Whois
Whois is a simple command-line utility that allows you to easily get information about a registered domain. It automatically connect to the right WHOIS server, according to the top-level domain name, and retrieve the WHOIS record of the domain. It supports both generic domains and country code domains.

 

Utility Suites

Malware Sweep

AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free program that searches for and deletes Adware, Toolbars, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and browser Hijackers from your computer. By using AdwCleaner you can easily remove many of these types of programs for a better user experience on your computer and while browsing the web.

Junkware Removal Tool
Junkware Removal Tool (JRT) is a security utility that searches for and removes common adware, toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from your computer. The effectiveness of this utility will diminish over time as it is no longer being updated.

McAfee Stinger
McAfee Stinger is a standalone utility that is designed to target and remove specific computer infections and viruses. This program is not an anti-virus solution, but rather a utility that can be used to remove stubborn infections that are difficult to remove.

RKill
RKill is a program that was developed at BleepingComputer.com that attempts to terminate known malware processes so that your normal security software can then run and clean your computer of infections. When RKill runs it will kill malware processes and then removes incorrect executable associations and fixes policies that stop us from using certain tools.

RootkitRevealer
RootkitRevealer is an advanced rootkit detection utility. It runs on Windows, and its output lists Registry and file system API discrepancies that may indicate the presence of a user-mode or kernel-mode rootkit.

TDSSKiller
TDSSKiller is a utility created by Kaspersky Labs that is designed to remove the TDSS rootkit. This rootkit is know under other names such as Rootkit.Win32.TDSS, Tidserv, TDSServ, and Alureon. TDSSKiller will also attempt to remove other rootkits such as the ZeroAccess or ZeroAccess rootkit if it is detected.

Modified HOSTS File
Using a well designed HOSTS file can speed the loading of web pages by not having to wait for ads, annoying banners, hit counters, etc. to load. The file also helps to protect your privacy and security by blocking sites that may track your viewing habits. Using a HOSTS file is not a cure-all against every danger on the Internet, but it does provide an additional layer of protection.