handy tools and links.

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting Help' started by looktall, Aug 8, 2002.

  1. looktall

    looktall Working Class Hero

    Sep 17, 2001
    HDD diagnostic, formating and recovery tools

    seatools. hdd diagnostic tool from seagate.

    disk wizard hdd formatting tools from seagate.

    data lifeguard. hdd diagnostic tools from western digital. also formatting tools

    drive fitness test. hdd diagnostic tools from Hitachi. also formatting tools.

    pwrdiag hdd diagnostic tool from maxtor/quantum. also every download for all maxtor products..

    Partition Saver freeware partition copy/backup tool.

    Disk Investigator Freeware to undelete files, examine HDD at the raw sector level.

    Ontrack Utilities Generic disk wizard program / diagnostics and data recovery.

    cyberscrub military grade file deletion.

    spinrite5 generic HDD diagnostics and recovery tool.

    PC inspector freeware HDD data recovery tool, plus links to many other handy tools.

    ultimate boot CD HDD diagnostic and management, memory testing plus more.

    Spyware removal tools

    spychecker.com various spyware detection and removal tools

    spybot one of the best spyware removal tools currently available

    ad-aware another one of the best spyware removal tools

    hijack this and CWshredder browser hijack removers

    alan.techconnect huge list of spyware removal tools, including some already listed above.

    Memory testing tools

    memtest86 memory testing tool.

    memtest v2.0 memory testing tool.

    goldmemory memory testing tool.

    Benchmarking and stress testers

    Sisoft Sandra a good information program, which can also benchtest components... this is the OCAU mirrored version.

    Fresh Diagnose Benchmarking and stress testing Utility

    prime95 all round system stress tester.

    HD Tach physical performance hard drive test

    Free anti-virus software

    AVG free anti-virus

    antivir free anti-virus

    The Cleaner trojan detection and removal tool. 30 day trial.

    RNAV this is not an antivirus, it is a tool for completely removing NAV 5 - 2003

    General system tools

    Belarc excellent tool for reading your system and reporting back things like hardware and installed software.

    System Mechanic general all purpose fixer uper.

    speedfan hardware monitoring software, that can report S.M.A.R.T info from supported HDD's.

    Useful links

    BIOS central comprehensive BIOS info, including beep codes and POST codes of all major BIOS manufacturers. (and some i've never heard of :p )

    File Libary - loads of helpful stuff

    utility geeks thousands of tools available for download. including some of the ones already posted here.

    shields up free internet security test.

    answers that work list of common (and not so common) processes found in task manager.

    please post links to more good diagnostic tools. :D

    EDIT: tidied up the thread. thanks to those who posted links. :D
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 22, 2013
  2. arkenstone

    arkenstone Member

    Jan 25, 2002
    Just came across a good one.


    walks you through pretty much anything internet related in a pile of operating systems.

    Also talks about a lot of old stuff which is handy when supporting users who still run 95 etc..
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2002
  3. Ch00k

    Ch00k Member

    Aug 14, 2002
  4. simba

    simba Member

    Sep 13, 2002
  5. looktall

    looktall Working Class Hero

    Sep 17, 2001
    thanks simba, but that is in fact the second tool i linked to. :D
  6. snoopie

    snoopie Member

    Aug 29, 2001
  7. boz

    boz (Banned or Deleted)

    Aug 9, 2001
    Sth Brisbane, Just Perfect.
    FreeSoft 6.04.03

    * Firstly I'd like to say I try to personally test (and check for viruses) all software I post, as long as it runs in w2k, so I usually know if it will be handy and best of all FREE. Everyone loves good, free software. No? *
    BHODemon - protects browser from unknown Browser Helper Objects (BHOs)
    jv16 PowerTools
    Freeware Pocket PC
    WinLinux 2003 Free Version
    MyIE2 my favourite browser.
    PhoneDeck: flexible, lightweight addressbook
    IP2. find LAN IPs
    CPU-Z provides information on your CPU
    ChangeDetection.com tool to keep web customers or your fans updated.
    Hivelogic Email Address Encoder
    Aignes Product - Some Freeware
    Freeware Links by halfcut
    Java Service Wrapper
    Knoppix - Live Linux Filesystem On CD
    Miha's Utilities
    NGDiskCat 1.01 - disk cataloging tool
    Teemz Discussion Systems the FREE Web-based discussion system.
    WinDriversBackup backup your Windows driver files.
    WoundedMoon Freeware programs that either went commercial after these versions or were discontinued, or are hard to find or just plain good.
    XP-AntiSpy is a little utility that let's you disable some built-in update and authetication 'features' in WindowsXP. boz: most of the options appear to work in w2k as well.
    Gallery Wizard Great little graphics utility. Check it out.
    Freeskills Looking to learn new IT skills to aid in your current job, check out Freeskills.
    TutorGig The only bookmark you need for tutorials
    Homepagetools A unique selection of tools to improve and add interactivity to your website.
    AppletSoup 1.0 Create dazling webpage animations without writing line of code
    WinMorph high performance morphing and warping software
    InstallWatch and InstallRite
    Mayang's Free Textures v6.5 Over 750 totally free to use textures, and more every release!
    RegShot registry compare utility
    Hnet Info Hnet Info Processor provides detailed information about processor or procesors
    DiskSpeed32 Graphical HDD performance tester.
    Computer Profiler More than 200 interesting facts about your computer.
    AceMoney AceMoney is a personal finance manager.
    Virtual drum machine This thing is FREE and sounds as good as any drum box.
    The anti-leech leecher You want to use a download manager, but first you need the address.
    SpywareBlaster SpywareBlaster doesn't scan and clean for spyware - it prevents it from ever being installed.
    Eraser completely remove data from hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.
    Invision Power Board Invision Power Board is completely free forum software for both personal and commercial use, no catches, no "spyware", no hidden costs anywhere.
    RD Tech Toolbox Heaps of computer and software tips and tricks. Check it out.
    Fli4l Fli4l is a single floppy Linux-based ISDN, DSL and Ethernet-Router.
    PRR Video Utilities This homepage provides You some utilities, that make watching video clips more enjoyable.
    Swat It scans your files for Trojans, Worms, Bots and other Hacker programs
    NetRun 'RUN' a 'List' of programs only when a internet connection is detected, and close/kill them when the connection is lost
    2Sync The most dynamic and visual personal desktop organizer.
    SmartBee Everything from Murphy's laws, Devil's Dictionary, myths, jokes, computer mimics, facts, stories, Hacker Jargon File, Deep Thoughts and not to forget - quotes from famous people
    LeechGet LeechGet was designed as a fast, comfortable and also powerful download manager, providing all capabilities you need to download files from the Internet quicker and simpler than ever.
    Folder Style Folder Style is an easy to use and unique shell enchantment utility. Use this tool to apply different icons to individual Windows folders, make every folder different from others.
    IECookiesView IECookiesView is a small utility that displays the details of all cookies that Internet Explorer stores on your computer.Includes many functions for editing cookies.
    STGThumb Need to make an HTML Album with high-quality thumbnails?
    Want smaller photo files? Using STGThumb it's fast and easy to do this and much more.
    Rename Master FREE utility for renaming large groups of files with a few clicks. Anyone that has worked with websites, file archives, or collections of music, videos, or pictures has probably spent way too much time renaming hundreds of files.
    ID-Blaster PLUS In Windows, many applications have something called a "product ID number", a "GUID" or a "Unique ID number". These numbers may be a security risk, in that you can be tracked on the internet. This free app can change or eliminate GUIDs from any software on your system that may be displaying one.
    WyvernWorks Firewall If you connect to the Internet, whether through a dial up (Modem) or a broadband (DSL, Cable, Satellite) connection, your computer is always at risk of unauthorized intrusions from hackers all over the world!

    Last edited: Apr 6, 2003
  8. sen

    sen Member

    Jun 27, 2001


    30 Day Shareware (15min testing limit)

    Pretty popular tool for testing new boxes at puter stores.
  9. eyeLikeCarrots

    eyeLikeCarrots Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Canberra Is Shit Sex: Yes
    this one has saved my butt a few times


    and that BHO Demon is just what I've been looking for!
  10. Soandso

    Soandso Member

    Jun 30, 2001
    analogx.com has heaps of nice programs :)
  11. dantheman65

    dantheman65 Member

    Aug 18, 2001
    Get Data Back - Absolutely perfect data recovery software. Will recover data flawlessly from deleted partitions, of different types, formatted numerous times. Even saw old old data from monthes back.
  12. DJ-Studd

    DJ-Studd Member

    Jul 30, 2001
    Victoria, Australia
    Eraser - "Eraser is a secure data removal tool, which allows you to remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it with carefully selected patterns."

    The data removal techniques that Eraser uses conform with some NSA standards or something along those lines.

    Great freeware program for killing off any data you don't want found.
  13. SchRAMBO

    SchRAMBO Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    I think you mean that its OSS (Open Source Software) lisenced under GNU.

    I too have just discovered this very good data remover. ideal for formatting hdd's before seling or whatnot.
  14. deepspring

    deepspring Member

    Jul 8, 2002
    Maitland, NSW
    Some good free programs that I have found very very useful over time.

    The Gimp 1.2.5 (w32) - The best OpenSource image editor around
    IrfanView - Image viewer / converter / batch processor
    Dev-PHP - A small, easy to use PHP Development Environment
    GVIM 6.2 (w32) - Probably the best programmers editor/tool every written.
    BloodShed Dev-C++ - A complete C/C++ Development Environment
    Sodipodi - OpenSource Illustration / Drawing program
    SysInternals site - lots of free goodies, namely TCPView.
    Spybot Search & Destroy - The ultimate anti-spyware program.
    QCad - OpenSource CAD program
    XChat - A great IRC client that ISN'T mIRC...
    RealVNC - Remote admistration program
    Kerio Personal Firewall 2 (free for home use) - Very very good free firewall, leaves ZoneAlarm in its wake
    Alwil Avast 4 Home Edition - A decent fully featured free antivirus solution
    Blender - A professional quality 3D modelling program
    Trillian Free Edition - Think AIM/ICQ/IRC/MSN/Yahoo all in one...

    There are a crap load more but I am struggling to remember the site address and the names of some of them, so the above list will do for now.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2003
  15. Jenova

    Jenova Member

    Jul 9, 2003
    u missed one
    stress test = toast and
    which it better prime 95 or prime 98???
  16. LethalCorpse

    LethalCorpse Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Is this the correct collective noun for operating systems? Maybe a stack? :D
    Perhaps collective nouns could use its own thread in the pub
  17. Anthrox

    Anthrox Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    South Australia, Adelaide

    Found this Great Bat file it goes thought windows 9x/Me and remove everything that windows just doesnt delete that it should like temp file iconcache the evil ie Content.IEx its a very well done bat file

    run this on a win9x/Me pc after a good updated spybot scan and you'll be amazed of how fast the slowest windows 9x/Me pc gets after this bat file also once done run a scan disk and defrag pc should be like new

  18. Reva

    Reva Member

    Feb 18, 2003
    I'm just wondering ...
    On the first page, why is the link given for Ad-aware is for the German site (www.adaware.de) and not the www.lavasoftusa.com?

    This afo I found the German site to be really slow ....

  19. DaveQB

    DaveQB Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    Narellan, Sydney
    under system tools

    Aida32 -- reports system components names and manufacture, even has hyperlinks straight to a companies Driver, BIOS etc page.

    PS theres an installer binary floating around the net, i have the zip version where you dont have to go through the install process; if anyone wants.
  20. SchRAMBO

    SchRAMBO Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    yeh i've just grabbed this last night. havent tried it out yet but defnetly looks promising :)

    maybe I should have gotten the zip instead of the download. mmm

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