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  • Active Ports
    port monitoring tcp udp

    status: freeware

    screenshot: Active Ports Active Ports - easy to use tool for Windows NT/2000/XP that enables you to monitor all open TCP and UDP ports on the local computer. Active Ports maps ports to the owning application so you can watch which process has opened which port. It also displays a local and remote IP address for each connection and allows you to terminate the owning process. Active Ports can help you to detect trojans and other malicious programs.

    Active Ports
    Author:Ashot Oganesyan K. (SmartLine Inc.)
    Download: Download Active Ports here! freeware!

    AIDA32
    sysinfo system information diagnostics benchmark

    status: freeware

    screenshot: AIDA32 Though the development of AIDA32 is discontinued and also the download is not availabe at the official AIDA site, at Saturday night freeware you can download this masterpiece!

    AIDA32 is a professional system information, diagnostics and benchmarking program running on Win32 platforms. It extracts details of all components of the PC. It can display information on the screen, print it, or save it to file in various formats like HTML, CSV or XML. For corporate users, AIDA32 offers command-line switches, network audit and audit statistics, remote system information and network management. Features of AIDA:

    • full hardware & software information on 85 pages
    • built-in hardware database: detailed information about 27000 components.
    • physical information for CPU, motherboard, hard disk, optical drive
    • motherboard chipset, buses, sensor information
    • installed programs, event logs list
    • diagnostics module to reveal possible problems
    • memory benchmark
    • automatic audit via command-line switches
    • SQL database support (ADO/ODBC)
    • remote control through TCP/IP network
    • 32-bit low-level hardware detection
    • multi-threaded program model
    • full Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 compatibility
    • Iomega Active Disk support
    • multilingual

    AIDA32
    Author:Miklós Tamás
    Download: Download AIDA32 here! freeware!

    Bochs IA-32 Emulator
    x86 linux windows emulation wine emulators vmware

    status: freeware (GPL)

    Bochs is a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes emulation of the Intel x86 CPU, common I/O devices, and a custom BIOS. Currently, Bochs can be compiled to emulate a 386, 486, Pentium, Pentium Pro or AMD64 CPU, including optional MMX, SSE, SSE2 and 3DNow instructions.

    Bochs is capable of running most Operating Systems inside the emulation including Linux, Windows 95, DOS, and Windows NT 4. Bochs was written by Kevin Lawton and is currently maintained by this project.

    Bochs can be compiled and used in a variety of modes, some which are still in development. The 'typical' use of bochs is to provide complete x86 PC emulation, including the x86 processor, hardware devices, and memory. This allows you to run OS's and software within the emulator on your workstation, much like you have a machine inside of a machine. For instance, let's say your workstation is a Unix/X11 workstation, but you want to run Win'95 applications. Bochs will allow you to run Win 95 and associated software on your Unix/X11 workstation, displaying a window on your workstation, simulating a monitor on a PC.

    Bochs IA-32 Emulator
    Author:Bochs Project
    Download: Download Bochs IA-32 Emulator here! freeware (GPL)!

    Cmos password recovery tools
    cmos password

    status: freeware (GNU GPL)

    CmosPwd decrypts password stored in cmos used to access BIOS SETUP.

    Works with the following BIOSes:

    • ACER/IBM BIOS
    • AMI BIOS
    • AMI WinBIOS 2.5
    • Award 4.5x/4.6x/6.0
    • Compaq (1992)
    • Compaq (New version)
    • IBM (PS/2, Activa, Thinkpad)
    • Packard Bell
    • Phoenix 1.00.09.AC0 (1994), a486 1.03, 1.04, 1.10 A03, 4.05 rev 1.02.943, 4.06 rev 1.13.1107
    • Phoenix 4 release 6 (User)
    • Gateway Solo - Phoenix 4.0 release 6
    • Toshiba
    • Zenith AMI
    CmosPwd works and compiles under Dos-Win9x, Windows NT/W2K/XP, Linux and FreeBSD.

    Cmos password recovery tools
    Author:Christophe Grenier
    Download: Download Cmos password recovery tools here! freeware (GNU GPL)!

    Daemon tools
    cd dvd emulator emulation cue bin iso ccd nrg pdi

    status: free for private use only

    Daemon-Tools is an advanced application for multiprotection emulation. It is further development of Generic Safedisc emulator and incorporates all its features. This program allows running Backup Copies of SafeDisc (C-Dilla), Securom, Laserlock, CDCOPS, StarForce and Protect CD (and many others) protected games. Also included is a Virtual DVDROM drive (Generic DVD-ROM) enabling you to use your CD images as if they were already burned to CD! DAEMON Tools works under Windows9x/ME/NT/2000/XP with all types of CD/DVDROM drives (IDE/SCSI) and supports nearly any CD protection.

    Daemon-Tools supports the following image files:

    • cue/bin
    • iso
    • ccd (CloneCD)
    • bwt (Blindwrite)
    • mds (Media Descriptor File)
    • cdi (Discjuggler)
    • nrg (Nero)
    • pdi (Instant CD/DVD)

    Daemon tools
    Author:DAEMON'S HOME
    Download: Download Daemon tools here! free for private use only!

    Exe Dependancy Scanner
    exe dll library

    status: freeware

    screenshot: Exe Dependancy Scanner A small tool to detect all the library files that are needed by an application. Using Exe Dependancy Scanner is easy: in the first step you have to choose the file to execute, and press the Run button. Nothing special happens - the application will run (wow! :) Now your only task is to use most of the features of the program (just to make sure that every library file is loaded and detected this way). After closing the application in the window of Exe Dependancy Scanner you'll see all the library files that was invoked by the application! This small tool can save your day when you have to backup an installed software an installer for a software, or when you have lost your install package but have to copy a software from a computer to another immediately. (In the screenshot you can see the results of testing Acrobat Reader 5)

    Exe Dependancy Scanner
    Author:Robert Salesas (Eschalon Development Inc.)
    Download: Download Exe Dependancy Scanner here! freeware!

    Filemon
    file system activity

    status: freeware

    screenshot: Filemon This free app monitors and displays all file system activity - under Windows NT, 2000, 9x or ME (and I feel that it runs under XP too). I'm sure you all know the feeling when a system window appears containing some fatal error message but tells nothing that could help... Well, Filemon can lend a helping hand to cure those problems! Since file system activity can be really high, the program has a built-in advanced filtering feature (can even highlight lines), that helps you to find exactly what you're looking for. In the result history you can examine which files were opened (and if opening was successful), the type action itself and additional information about number of bytes read/written, byte offset, etc. The most important options are all at hand: you can immediately restart and stop capturing, search for anything in the history, set history depth, launch Explorer on a file. Since I know this kinda cool program, I've used it zillions of times to track down problems with applications, but you might never need this tool if there's no problem with the applications you use, or you don't even how could Filemon help you. But if you're fed up with the helpdesk assistants, or just want to help yourself to locate and solve an error, download and try this masterpiece! (And in this case, go and check Filemon' brother, RegMon too!)

    Filemon
    Author:Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell (Sysinternals)
    Download: Download Filemon here! freeware!

    FRHed
    binary hex editor hexeditor

    status: freeware

    screenshot: FRHed Frhed is a free binary file editor for 32-Bit Windows platforms, like Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT. Features include:

    • Native 32 bit Windows application: long filenames supported, editable file size limited only by available system memory.
    • small program size (ca. 100K), loads fast.
    • Cut, copy & paste binary values. Syntax for describing byte, word, longword, float and double binary values in text form to use with find and paste functions.
    • Directly enter hex values or text in main window (overwrite or insert).
    • Compare files.
    • Search for any combination of text and binary values.
    • Bit manipulation.
    • Import/Export as hexdump to/from file or clipboard.
    • Automatically adjust bytes displayed per hexdump line to window width, or set bytes per line manually.
    • Choose font size, character set (ANSI or OEM), colors of text and background.
    • Intel or Motorola binary format.
    • Can be used as "Send to"-Target and in the context menu for all files and for files with non-registered extensions.
    • Set bookmarks to easily access offsets in the file.
    • Load files partially.
    • Load files by dragging them into the window.
    • Apply binary templates for structured information.
    • Easily remove links to frhed, remove frhed's registry entries and upgrade from frhed versions 1.0.154 and upward (1.0.153 and below used ini files instead) from within the program itself.
    • Switch between sets of instance options.
    • Automatically create backups when saving.
    • OLE drag-drop
    • Source code is included. (Written with Microsoft Visual C++ 4.0. Does not use MFC, only Win32 API calls and C library calls, uses C++ classes).

    FRHed
    Author:Raihan Kibria
    Download: Download FRHed here! freeware!

    Hexplorer
    hexadecimal editor

    status: freeware (GNU GPL)

    screenshot: Hexplorer Hexplorer is a program used to edit files. Contrary to text editors, or graphic editors, Hexplorer doesn't format file content, but it displays it as it is, that is as binary data, allowing you to edit it hexadecimally or like text editor does, so it gives you low level access to each kind of file, providing many tools to operate on data. Main goal while developing this editor was innovative visualisation and interpretation of binary data and that is what distinguishes it from other similar programs. Features of Hexplorer:

    • 6 color schemes to interpret bytes visually. Every of them tries to fit some functionality (for example text analyzing) and user preferences
    • Unlimited undo
    • Access to logical disks under Windows NT/2000/XP
    • Disassembler
    • Import and export to 20 different formats of binary files, including Intel Hex, Motorola S-Record, Atmel standard etc.
    • Ability to find repeating patterns in data, includes Fourier transform algorithm
    • Pixel viewer to show binaries as bitmaps
    • Filter text from binary data
    • Export data to C, C++ and assembler
    • Import numbers from a text and converts them to binary
    • Converts big endian to low endian and vice versa
    • Very fast Boyer-Moore find algorithm
    • Highlights selected byte strings in data to ease navigation thru it
    • Create structures of simple data types like integers or floating point numbers to better interpret and faster edit data
    • Very fast pseudo random number generator
    • Counts checksums like CRC, SHA, MD5, RIPEMD etc.
    • Allows recording macro scripts to automate tasks
    • Encrypts data
    • Recognizes file types
    • Shows statistical information about byte occurence in data
    • Change file creation or access dates
    • Flexibility of common text editor
    • Please note, that Hexplorer is not to be used with very large binary files (may want to try FRHed for such files).

    Hexplorer
    Author:ICY
    Download: Download Hexplorer here! freeware (GNU GPL)!

    NTFS driver
    ntfs for dos ntfs4dos

    status: freeware

    This is a free MSDOS program to access your NTFS partition files in read/write mode. You can also change your NT administrator password :) It works for NT 3.5 and NT 4, and support hard disk >8Gb.

    NTFS driver
    Author:Christophe Grenier
    Download: Download NTFS driver here! freeware!

    RealVNC
    remote control vnc virtual network computing

    status: freeware (GNU GPL)

    screenshot: RealVNC RealVNS is a remote control software which allows you to view and interact with one computer (the "server") using a simple program (the "viewer") on another computer anywhere on the Internet. The two computers don't even have to be the same type, so for example you can use VNC to view an office Linux machine on your Windows PC at home. For the individual user, one common scenario is using VNC to help troubleshoot the computer of a distant less-technically-savvy relative. For the business user, VNC can be used to provide a flexible hot-desking and road-warrior environment by allowing employees to access their office desktop and server machines from any machine in the company's offices or from other remote sites. VNC can also be used in educational contexts, for example to allow a distributed group of students simultaneously to view a computer screen being manipulated by an instructor, or to allow the instructor to take control of the students' computers to provide assistance.

    Features:

    • Multiplatform: available for Windows 9x/2000/NT/XP (x86), Linux (x86), Solaris 2.5 (SPARC), Novell Netware, QNX, MacOS X, HP-UX, AT&T
    • Protect the server with session passwords and list of allowed hosts
    • A nice browser-based viewer (a Java applet) - with which you can connect to a VNC server without even a locally installed client software by using a simple browser
    • "Read only" mode
    • Server part can be run as a system service
    • Full screen and resized modes
    • Various data compression types
    • Disable server's wallpaper to save bandwidth
    • Disable remote keyboard & pointer, or local keyboard & pointer

    RealVNC
    Author:RealVNC Ltd
    Download: Download RealVNC here! freeware (GNU GPL)!

    Regmon
    registry monitor monitoring

    status: freeware

    screenshot: Regmon This is another great free app from the Sysinternals guys. As its name says, this is a registry activity monitoring tool - for Windows NT 3.51, NT 4, 2000 and 9x -, and is the "brother" of Filemon. The registry activity monitored (read/write, etc). is shown in the history list with all the important details (success, value, etc.). This history list can be filtered by process name (include/exclude with joker characters), registry key path (include/exclude with joker characters), or activity (read, write, success, error). Filtering is really useful - even some clicks on the desktop may result in tons of registry activity. Under Windows NT Regmon works as a device driver - this way you can even monitor (log) the boot-time registy activity, since RegMon can configure itself as the very first device driver to initialize in the system. (According to the documentation (Regmon is well documented - the same is true for Filemon) an NT4 will generate a 7MB+, a Windows 2000 will generate a 15MB+ large logfile...) The UI is really self-explaining an has all the basic features that are needed (eg. clicking on a line opens that key/value in the Registry Editor), there's a search feature, a nice online documentation, etc. Altogether, Regmon is a great tool, and is a must if you have to debug or trace an strangely behaving application! Be sure to check out Filemoon too!

    Regmon
    Author:Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell (Sysinternals)
    Download: Download Regmon here! freeware!

    TestDisk
    recover lost partition fat fat16 fat32 ext2 ext3 ntfs

    status: freeware (GNU GPL)

    screenshot: TestDisk TestDisk was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally erasing your Partition Table).

    TestDisk can run under DOS (either real or in a Win9x DOS-box), Linux or FreeBSD, but TestDisk will find lost partitions for all of these types:

    • FAT12 FAT16 FAT32
    • Linux EXT2/EXT3
    • Linux SWAP (version 1 and 2)
    • NTFS (Windows NT/W2K/XP)
    • BeFS (BeOS)
    • UFS (BSD)
    • Netware
    • ReiserFS

    TestDisk
    Author:Christophe Grenier
    Download: Download TestDisk here! freeware (GNU GPL)!

    X-setup
    tweaker hacker system tuning

    status: freeware

    screenshot: X-setup Xteq X-Setup is a so-called "hacker" or "tweaker" program. It allows you to change settings that are normally hidden deeply in some configuration-files like the registry fast and easily (these options helps you configuring more than 810 hidden functions!).

    X-Setup offers several advantages, making it the "ultimate tool for black belt system tuning". It's runs on any Windows version (incl. XP), is clutter-free, easy to use, extensible, powerful, covers any aspect of your computer and has more configuration options than any other tweaker. Has wizards mode for beginners and explorer-like interface for pros, plugin search, logging, plugin and update-system, and a lot more!

    X-setup
    Author:Xteq Systems
    Download: Download X-setup here! freeware!

    XVI32
    hex editor script scriptable

    status: freeware

    screenshot: XVI32 XVI32 is a freeware hex editor running under Windows (95, 98, NT, 2000, and XP). Features:

  • data inspector to view decoded numbers
  • Has built-in script interpreter (I've found it to be XVI32's strongest feature)
  • Easily works with huge files. Try to open a 60 MB sized text file with some other hex editor (not to speak about Wordpad), then use XVI32... If you don't have such a huge text file, use my freeware tool RndFile to create one
  • XVI32 allows to edit files up to 2 GB (enough virtual memory provided, of course)
  • You can abort nearly all operations (reading/writing files, search, replace, print...)
  • Display of both text (ASCII/ANSI) and hexadecimal representation
  • Fully resizeable window (change number of rows and columns), font and font size adjustable
  • Insert text or hex string n times
  • Switch byte offset (address) of first byte between 0 or 1 to examine also record structure of plain text files
  • Search text or hex string, e.g. find "this text" or find "0D 0A"
  • Simplified search for Unicode Latin (UTF-16) strings
  • Search optionally with joker (wildcard) char that will match any character, e.g. find "A.C" or "00 2E 2E 00" where "." = "2E" (user-defined) stands for any character
  • Fast searching algorithm (Quicksearch) for both search directions (down/up)
  • Count occurences of text or hex string
  • Replace text or hex string, e.g. replace "0D 0A" by "0A" or replace "0D 0A" by text "EOL"
  • Character conversion using self-defined character table
  • Bit manipulation (view or set bits)
  • Open file in Read Only Mode (e.g. if opened by another application or to avoid unintentional modifications)
  • Insert file contents into file, write block to file
  • Bookmarks
  • Enter jump width and jump up/down (useful for files with fixed record length)
  • Patches BORLAND PASCAL 7.0 EXE files for execution on processors > 200 MHz
  • Printing with preview or print to file

  • XVI32
    Author:Christian Maas
    Download: Download XVI32 here! freeware!





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