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On this page are links to applications that I use to protect and tune-up my computers along with applications I find useful to have and sometimes. There are also a few applications that I use for cleaning up an already infected machine listed as well. Below are a few things you MUST UNDERSTAND before using any of the applications/scripts in this list:

  • This list is provided to help save you the time of hunting these applications/scripts down on your own.
  • I do not take any responsibility for problems that may arise from the use of these applications; please see the FAQ, Help, Forums, etc. of the software in questions for this!
  • Please do not contact me for support and/or help with fixing machines or questions regarding the applications.
  • If you do not like an application on this list too bad because I do and I ONLY list software I believe in!
  • Use all applications on this list at your own risk!

NOTE: If you know of something that should be added to this list and wish to contribute please let me know.

Adware, Antivirus, Rootkit, Malware, Nagware, and Spyware Applications:

  • AdwCleaner (“AdwCleaner is a program that searches for and deletes Adware, Toolbars, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and browser Hijackers from your computer.”)
  • aswMBR (“aswMBR is a anti-rootkit scanner that searchs your computer for Rootkits that infect the Master Boot Record, or MBR, of your computer.”)
  • Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool for PC (“Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool for PC is a free app that identifies and removes unwanted apps such as adware, malicious hijacker programs, annoying toolbars and other browser add-ons.”)
  • BlockBlock (“Malware installs itself persistently, to ensure it’s automatically re-executed at reboot. BlockBlock continually monitors common persistence locations and displays an alert whenever a persistent component is added to the OS.” – OS X 10.9+)
  • ComboFix (“ComboFix is a program, created by sUBs, that scans your computer for known malware, and when found, attempts to clean these infections automatically.” “Please note that running this program without supervision can cause your computer to not operate correctly. Therefore only run this program at the request of an experienced helper.”)
  • Emsisoft Anti-Malware (version 11.0 for Windows XP) (formerly A-Squared)
  • Emsisoft Emergency Kit (“… is very useful for infections, such as Ransomware…”)
  • ESET Online Scanner (A free online Virus Scan from ESET; this is the download so it can run offline after update.)
  • ESET SysRescue (“ESET SysRescue Live is a malware cleaning tool that runs independent of the operating system from a CD, DVD, or a USB. It has direct access to the disk and the file system, and therefore is capable of removing the most persistent threats”)
  • Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (“Farbar Recovery Scan Tool, or FRST, is a portable application designed to run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 in normal or safe mode to diagnose malware issues. It is also possible to run FRST in the Windows Recovery Environment in order to diagnose and fix boot issues.”)
  • HitmanPro 3 (Just use the free 1 time scan and you can put in any bogus e-mail address for the activation it requires before cleaning.)
  • HiJackThis (Scan your computer to find settings changed by spyware, malware or other unwanted programs. Trend Micro HijackThis generates an in-depth report to enable you to analyze and fix your infected computer.)
  • Junkware Removal Tool (“…a security utility that searches for and removes common adware, toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from your computer.”)
  • Kaspersky Lab Free Utilities (A collection of utilities for cleaning infections and decrypting ransomware infections.)
  • Little Flocker (“Protection Against Ransomware, Spyware, and Misbehaving Applications” – MacOS El Capitan & Sierra)
  • Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Free (designed to quickly detect, destroy, and prevent malware)
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac (designed to quickly detect, destroy, and prevent malware on Macs)
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware (beta) (“Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta is a program that protects your computer from file encrypting ransomware programs.”)
  • Malwarebytes’ Anti-Rootkit (Beta) (“…used to search for and remove rootkits from your computer.”)
  • Malwarebytes’ Chameleon (“Gets Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Installed and Running”)
  • Norton™ Power Eraser (“Eliminates deeply embedded and difficult to remove crimeware that traditional virus scanning doesn’t always detect.”)
  • Reason Core Security (“…attempts to terminate known malware processes so that your normal security software can then run and clean your computer of infections.”)
  • RKill (“Security Software that Removes Malware
    and Adware Your Anti-virus Will Miss. Fast and Simple.”)
  • RougeKiller (“…tool designed to clean your computer if you are already infected with a virus and your operating system is not working properly as a result of the infection.”)
  • Spybot 1.6 (With all the changes I still prefer and suggest 1.6 over any version of 2.x. Use the free version and ignore the paid.)
  • SUPERAntiSpyware
  • TDSSKiller (“TDSSKiller is a utility created by Kaspersky Labs that is designed to remove the TDSS rootkit.”)
  • Tron (The next best thing to run after RKill if cleaning up an infected machine.)
  • uBlock Origin (Efficient blocker that is easy on the CPU and memory while being open-source.)
  • Unchecky (“Unchecky aims to keep potentially unwanted programs out of your computer.”)
  • Unhide (“…reverts back the changes made to your files and Windows Registry by the rogue.FakeHDD family of rogue anti-spyware program.”)
  • Zemana AntiMalware (“…is a second opinion cloud based malware scanner that allows you to perform on demand scanning as necessary.”)
  • ZHPCleaner (“…is a software designed to combat the pirates of browsers (Hijackers).”)

Cleaning/Tune-Up Applications:

  • ATF Scanner (Windows 2000 and XP ONLY! “…a good temp file cleaner that could do the job safely and without removing files that are crucial to windows…”)
  • BleachBit (A bit tricky to figure out, but it’s very good and takes care of things CCleaner doesn’t. Officially – “…designed to help you easily clean your computer to free space and maintain privacy.”)
  • CCleaner (I am not into buying or trying their Pro version, but so far the FREE version is still good for most users. Officially – “…tool for cleaning your Windows PC”)
  • SpinRite 6 (“…is able to recover data, repair & maintain hard disk drive and even solid state flash drives!” – PAID)
  • Windows Repair (All In One) (help fix Windows problems on windows XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 2008, and 2012)
  • UltraDefrag (Better than Windows stock De-fragment application.)
  • WinDirStat (disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool)

Network Applications:

  • Console (Allows you to have multiple CMD windows open and managed via tabs)
  • KiTTY (“KiTTY is a fork from version 0.64 of PuTTY”)
  • Little Snitch 3 (“Little Snitch intercepts these unwanted connection attempts,
    and lets you decide how to proceed.” – Max OS X 10.10+)
  • mRemoteNG (“…a fork of mRemote, an open source, tabbed, multi-protocol, remote connections manager.”)
  • NetAdapter Repair All In One (“…is a utility that acts as a Swiss army knife for network related Windows tasks.”)
  • Open Visual Traceroute (Open source cross-platform visual traceroute with 3D map component)
  • PuTTY (open-source SSH, Telnet, and RAW client)
  • SuperPuTTY (“…allows the PuTTY SSH Client to be opened in Tabs.”)
  • WinSCP (open-source SFTP, SCP, FTPS, and FTP client)
  • WinMTR (free network diagnostic tool)
  • Wireshark (“…world’s foremost network protocol analyzer.”)
  • JPerf (network throughput utility; new UI for the old JPerf which was a fork of IPerf.)
  • WiFi Profile Manager (“WiFi Profile Manager is a simple tool to view your Preferred Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 8 / 10.”)

Miscellaneous Applications:

  • 0 A.D. (Not a program to really help you, but just thought I’d link to this very FUN, but very young, RTS! “A free, open-source game of ancient warfare.”)
  • 7-Zip (“7-Zip is a file archiving application with a high compression ratio. Supports most common compression file types.”)
  • Ardour (Open-Source audio software for Recording, Editting, and Mixing.)
  • Audacity (“…is free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing.”)
  • Blender (Open-Source and complete 3D creation suite.)
  • Bluefish Editor (Open-Source editor targeted towards programmers and webdevelopers.)
  • Firefox ESR (Generally a much more stable version of the Firefox web browser.)
  • F.lux (makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like
    sunlight during the day.)
  • FromScratch (Auto-saving scratchpad app)
  • FreeUndelete (Free for personal use to recover delete files.)
  • GIMP (“…is a cross-platform image editor…”)
  • HFSExplorer (HFSExplorer is an application that can read Mac-formatted hard disks and disk images.)
  • Inkscape (“Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It’s free and open source.”)
  • KeePass (free way to store all your passwords securely. They also have KeePassDroid for Android smart phones.)
  • KeePassX (A fork of KeePass)
  • LibreOffice (replaced OpenOffice.org as a free Office Suite)
  • Lightworks (professional NLE software. Has a free and pro version.)
  • LMMS (Open source digital audio workstation)
  • Natron (“…Free and open-source compositing software”)
  • OpenSCAD (“…software for creating solid 3D CAD objects”.)
  • PDFtk (“…graphical tool for quickly merging and splitting PDF documents and pages.”)
  • Raw Therapee (like Adobe Lightroom)
  • Recuva (I just use the FREE version – “Recover your deleted files quickly and easily.”)
  • Sublime Text 3 (Beta) (My preferred Text Editor. Payware, but free to use otherwise. Multi-platform support. Package Control platform is a must to manage plugins!)
  • Thunderbird (My preferred desktop mail client.)
  • Sumatra PDF (“Sumatra PDF is a free PDF, eBook (ePub, Mobi), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) reader for Windows.”)
  • VeraCrypt (“VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX (https://www.idrix.fr) and that is based on TrueCrypt 7.1a.”)

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