Probably the Best Free Security List in the World

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15. System monitoring

15.1. Versatile monitoring and maintenance tool:
System Nucleus
QuickMon
Marxio Timer
Windows Inspection Tool Set

15.2. System monitoring and diagnostic:
System Explorer
System info for Windows (SIW)
What's Running
Change Analysis Diagnostic tool
EVEREST Home Edition
Fresh Diagnose
System Spec
Multimon
Hijack Hunter
System Monitor II
PowerGUI
SystemReport
RegistryReport
SimpleSysInfo
SYS Informer
Sys Information
Karen's Computer Profiler
Xyvos System Explorer
System Information Tool
SystemInfo
SysFile 
Son of Snoop on Steroids
WMI-Explorer
Kiwi System Info
BgInfo 

15.3. Hardware monitoring and diagnostics:
LookInMyPC
PC Wizard
HWMonitor
Sisoft Sandra lite
HWiNFO/32/64 Tools
SpeedFan
Speccy
CPU-Z
SF Diagnostic Tool
WinAudit
System Information Viewer - SIV
Novabench
Crystalmark
Hardware Freak
MiTeC System Information X 
Quick Performance Monitor 
Auslogics BenchTown
SharpSpecs
thilmera7

15.4. Hardware, network and software inventory:
Lansweeper
Spiceworks

15.5. Process/startup/etc scanners:
Autoruns
Process Explorer
DTaskManager
Glint
Process Hacker
OTL
Silent runners
Remote Process Viewer
Eusing Utilities
Startup control panel
WinPatrolToGo
Startup Guard
Autostart Explorer
Ez-PC-fix
Atool
Security Autorun
Starter
Startup Manager
Bill2's Process Manager
Ainvo Startup Manager
Auslogics Task Manager
Oolauncher
WhatInStartup
ProcessEye System Utilities
Task ForceQuit Pro
Startup Delayer
TaskManager.xls  
System Tray Cleaner
DDS
Free Startup Manager 
Puran Startup Manager
Task Manager DeLuxe (TMX)
SterJo Task Manager
My Startup Delayer
SterJo Startup Patrol
Chameleon Task Manager Lite
Tizer
Kiwi application monitor
Listsp
Anvir task manager
StartupEye
StartupMonitor
Startup Sentinel 
Registry Alert

15.6. Process/startup/etc scanners with analyzing help:
ESET SysInspector
OSAM Autorun manager
RSIT
Sreng
HijackThis (help)
OLTPE
Emsisoft HiJackFree
FreeFixer
Hijack Hunter
Run Scanner
Runalyzer
Autorun Angel
x-ray PC
Soluto
StartUpLite
TaskPatrol
Startup Inspector
Quick Startup

15.7. Services:
Smart
Advanced Win Service Manager
ServicesSuite
Windows Service Monitor
Service Trigger Editor  
Puran Service Manager  
Tweaking.com - svchost.exe Lookup Tool

15.8. Device & driver analyzing:
ServiWin
Pserv.cpl
DevManView
DriverView
Device Remover
GhostBuster review 
How to Make a List of the Installed Drivers on a PC

15.9.Monitor DLLs:
RegDllView
InjectedDLL
Static Import Finder
Svchost Process Analyzer
FileMap by BB

15.10. Realtime process monitoring:
Process monitor
ProcessActivityView
SpyMeTools
Top Process Monitor
Fileinspect Sidebar Gadget
Moo0 System Monitor

15.11. File/Folder(hard disk activity) monitoring:
Tiny Watcher
Glint
Directory Monitor
Watch 4 Folder
TheFolderSpy
File Watcher Utilities
What's my computer doing?
FileChecker
AFICK
SysTracer
DiskPulse
Moo0 File Monitor
FolderChangesView
NT Filemonitor
Spy-The-Spy
HDD-Profiler 
FingerPrint
Notify 
MoniDIR
Track Folder Changes 
Windows Explorer Tracker
LastActivityView
Recent Files Scanner
Check5
unhide
Free Folder Monitor
Phrozen Windows File Monitor 
Monitor with win7 group policy

15.12. Monitor registry and file changes:
RegShot (Unicode )
TrackWinstall
SpyMeTools
RegFromApp
Windows System State Analyzer
WhatChanged  
InstallSpy
SystemSherlock
RegMerge  
DiffView

15.13. Searching files and processes:
file.net
SystemLookup
File Research Center
Process Library
Bit9 FileAdvisor
SANS Institute: Hash Database
ViCheck
Team Cymru
Emsisoft: Is This File Safe?    
Kaspersky Application Advisor

15.14. File Type Inspector:
TrID / TRIDNet
MediaInfo

15.15. Monitor hard disk/SSD:
CrystalDiskInfo
HD Tune
HDDScan
PassMark DiskCheckup
Acronis Drive Monitor
DiskAlarm
Disk Alignment Test
EASIS Drive Check
SSD Life
Macrorit Disk Scanner 
HDDExpert 

15.16. Monitor memory:
Memory usage analysis: RAMMap
MKN MemoryMonitor
PerfView (also for CPU)
RAMExpert 

15.17.Monitor CPU:
Process Lasso  
Process Tamer

15.18. Monitor video card and  GPU:
GPU-Z
GPU Caps Viewer
RivaTuner
GPU Shark

15.19. Monitor USB activity:
USBDeview
USBLogView
IntelliAdmin USB History Viever 

15.20. Group Policy settings:
How to See Which Group Policies are Applied to Your PC and User Account
Group Policy Settings Reference

15.21. Event/Log Viewers:
Microsoft: Event Viewer
EventLog Inspector
MyEventViewer
Windows Event Log Viewer
EventSentry Light 
SnakeTail
ALV - Advanced Log Viewer
Event Log Explorer

15.22. Checksum calculation:
Hashtab
MultiHasher
FileVerifier++
HashMyFiles
Checksum Verify
IgorWare Hasher
HashSlash
HashGenerator
ExactFile
MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility
Hashcalc
Karen's Hasher
md5deep and hashdeep
checksum
File Checksum Tool
Marxio File Checksum Verifier
Febooti Hash & CRC
Moo0 Hash Code
Quick Checksum Verifier
VSCryptoHash (Calculator of Cryptographic Hash)
QuickiHash
Md5summer
Download Hash Verifier
SDHash
Microsoft File Checksum Integrity Verifier
SFV.net 
Hash'em all!
Hacker 10:How cryptographic hashing functions work

15.23. Search utility:
UltraSearch
Everything
Copernic Desktop Search
Wise JetSearch
Locate32
Agent Ransack
DocFetcher
neoSearch
LAN Search Pro
InSight Desktop Search
Mo-Search
Ultra File Search
Miner Mole
VX Search
Quick Search
FileSearchEX
SearchMyFiles
Effective File Search
SwiftSearch 
MasterSeeker 
Mastering Windows Search using Advanced Query Syntax   
RegScanner
AstroGrep 
FileSearchy
grepWin

15.24. Computer forensic tools: 
Forensic Toolkit
Memoryze Audit Viewer
Mandiant Redline
OSForensics
Disk Investigator
DEFT Linux
CAINE
SIFT Workstation
analyzeMFT
Windows File Analyzer 
TCHunt 
Encrypted Disk Detector
Fedora Security Lab 
Collection of free forensic tools : 1  2

15.25. Integrity checking:
System File Checker tool (sfc /scannow)   more
SFCList
Integrity Checker
Rizone File Checker

15.26. Digital certificates:
How To Check System Files For Digital Signatures
kSign
Hacker 10:How to obtain a digital certificate for free
abylon SELFCERT

15.27. Monitor errors:
Monitor debug output: DebugView
Debugger for Windows: WinDbg
WinCrashReport
WhatIsHang
Windows Journal Parser

15.28. Resource editor:
Resource Hacker
Dependency Walker
ResEdit

15.29. Manage drives:
Drive Manager
USB Manager
FCorp Drive-Thru

15.30. Monitor computer usage:
Blackbox Express review
Spyrix Personal Monitor
Spyrix Free Keylogger

15.31. Test system stability:
Heavyload
System Stability Tester
StressMyPC 
Video Memory stress Test
Prime95
OCCT
GS Data Generator
CPU heater
FurMark

15.32. Other:
Monitor kernel object activity: ObjMon
Handle Tracer
RequestTrace
RecentFilesView
ShellBagsView
Process Notifier
cFosBark
ProcessThreadsView
API Monitor
WinAPIOverride32
FileInfo
How to Manage Super-Hidden Windows System Files
Hyperball
MindGems Folder size

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Comments

by Anonymous on 5. June 2009 - 18:14  (23112)

Nice list. Some links point to finnish sites as expected, some other are outdated and other are not relevant, but overall you did a good job, thanks !

by ako (not verified) on 5. June 2009 - 21:02  (23126)

Hi!

What links are outdated? (I know there are products that are discontinued, but have included them if I find them still useful.)

by Anonymous on 8. June 2009 - 20:42  (23354)

Wow Amazing!! Someone can tell me why i didnt get this list by my rss subscription?

by peter on 8. June 2009 - 23:16  (23361)

You subscribe to a Finnish site? You speak that language?

by PsychEroc on 9. June 2009 - 0:18  (23365)

I really like comprehensiveness and this is it!
Only there are so many choices.
I'd like to know the Editor's Choice and the People's Choice (most popular) for each category. But that opens a whole other can of worms.
I wonder if Gizmo's "Top Pics" could be indicated at least.

by peter on 9. June 2009 - 6:46  (23383)

I don't really understand the last line of your comment.Please bear in mind that this list is copied from two other sites (with full permission, natch) It gets updated sometimes, so any edits made on this page will then be lost. Have I misunderstood you. PsychEroc?

by ako (not verified) on 9. June 2009 - 10:46  (23398)

Hi!

I have tried to have a kind of order "the better more close to top", but this is of course subjective at best.

by JonathanT on 9. June 2009 - 11:48  (23401)

Great list!

What's the difference between UAC-control and Better UAC?

by PsychEroc on 9. June 2009 - 13:19  (23409)

I thought it would be useful, for example, to put a star by the products that are Gizmo's Top Picks.

by peter on 9. June 2009 - 13:32  (23410)

You are very welcome to do that, but you'll have to repeat every time the list gets update (we don't know how often that will happen).

by PsychEroc on 10. June 2009 - 3:28  (23474)

Someone mentioned SafeSpace in a comment for another article, but it's not listed here.
It's no longer being developed, but just wondered if you are aware of it AKO?

by ako (not verified) on 10. June 2009 - 8:32  (23481)

Thanks for a comment. I decided to leave it out as there are developed alternatives, and for a (policy-based) sandbox I expect full security, which is only guaranteed by continuous development. SP may be still very valid, though.

A good example of a very valid undeveloped product is Processguard. It still blocks processes as well as ever.

by ako (not verified) on 10. June 2009 - 8:33  (23482)

Norton has a kind of whitelist included.

by ako (not verified) on 10. June 2009 - 8:51  (23485)

If you are willing to help here. we could think about this.

by peter on 10. June 2009 - 9:48  (23490)

Maybe that's worth explaining in the Article, at the top or somewhere in the bit "This list was kindly provided...
But it's just a sentence, I think.

by Anonymous on 12. June 2009 - 6:27  (23657)

These are for all practical purposes Windows tools, correct?
It would be nice to see a delimiter of OS applicability...just sayin'.

by Anonymous on 12. June 2009 - 12:40  (23669)

Just started using Hamachi as a free VPN solution to replace Cisco's non-Vista compatible VPN client software. It ROCKS!

by Anonymous on 12. June 2009 - 13:18  (23674)

Thanks so much for your efforts to provide this all-encompasing list "of everthing you'll ever need"!!! Am saving it in a Folder in case of future need(s)!!

by Anonymous on 12. June 2009 - 13:20  (23675)

Hi,

for virtualization I and many people use VirtualPC,
you list "Microsoft" but the name of the program is actually VirtualPC, not Microsoft.

Thanks

by Anonymous on 12. June 2009 - 13:32  (23676)

Seems you have forgotten LastPass - my favorite pass keeper

thebluejay

by Anonymous on 12. June 2009 - 14:07  (23678)

Surprised to not see SNORT, or for that matter, an entire NIDS category. Still, nice list that pointed me to a new series of tolls I wasn't aware of. Thanks

by Anonymous on 12. June 2009 - 14:23  (23680)

This is a great list. I've been around a long time but there are plenty of items I haven't encountered before. I also found a dodgy site but only indirectly from the list. Sometimes I check out the ads! Fantastic effort.

Just a comment. I like free stuff so I can try it for a while but I make a point of buying anything I need that is really good. That way I feel I'm supporting those vendors worth supporting. Usually the paid version is worth paying for so it's a win-win.

by Anonymous on 12. June 2009 - 14:25  (23681)

"Surprised a program you like is not on the list" - "the list is not complete without...." - "I prefer to use (such and such)" - "Some of the links are outdated" .......... nag nag nag.... bitch...
The list is free people and someone has spent much time and effort to present it to you... that doesn't give you licence to complain.

Try giving instead of taking and complaining. Seems it's true that our value is judged by what we charge for a service.

by Anonymous on 12. June 2009 - 16:00  (23687)

Twister is NOT free. It has a BUY NOW button. How is that free?

by Anonymous on 12. June 2009 - 16:07  (23689)

Yep, first thing I noticed too. Lastpass is absolutely brilliant. It is so brilliant, I voluntarily paid money for it!

by Anonymous on 12. June 2009 - 18:31  (23702)

A very helpful list! Thank you for putting it together.

by housecorrupt on 12. June 2009 - 18:37  (23704)

5*

by Anonymous on 12. June 2009 - 18:48  (23705)

What about Untagle? www.untangle.com
Free basic firewall to re-purpose hardware (linux-based).
I have no affiliation/investment with this group....fyi

by Anonymous on 12. June 2009 - 20:51  (23714)

Loki VPN Client (www.projectloki.com). "Loki Network Project is free VPN service and SSL based free VPN server. It is an opportunity to protect your private data (IP address, e-mail/FTP/HTTP passwords, web-sites visited, uploaded/downloaded files and etc...) and bypass certain Internet access limitations you may have at your location."

lloonn

by Anonymous on 12. June 2009 - 21:46  (23718)

I have to chuckle because this list points out my main problem with free security software -- the multitude of combinations. You have to find an optimal combination of products, avoiding functional overlap, while minimizing security holes. For example, multiple product categories offer what they call HIPS. If my firewall has HIPS, can I turn it off in my anti-malware and/or anti-virus package? Same for popup blockers, or anti-rootkit, etc., etc., etc. I've even gone through the exercise laying it all out on a spreadsheet to try and identify optimal combinations, but came to the conclusion that there's a fundamental flaw here -- these products just aren't designed to work together.

Now, if someone did some actual vulnerability testing with product combinations, I would be very interested in that. Until then, I'm willing to pay for an integrated, full-function security suite.

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