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Deletion/Undeletion

DBAN – disk wipe and data clearing.

Recuva – recover files deleted from Windows.

Photorec – open source file data recovery tool.

 

 

System Recovery

sysresccd

RKILL

System Info

Hardware Detection Tool

 

Hard Drive Management

HDTune

MHDD

Unstoppable Copier – Recover files from disks with physical damage.

Acronis True Image – Entire disk backup and cloning.

GParted – partition editor and manager

Defraggler

SpinRite – low level HD repairs

Testdisk

 

Networking

inSSIDer – Wifi visibility tool\

TCPView – show TCP and UDP endpoints on your system

 

Cleaning

CCleaner

Revo Uninstaller

Ace Utilities

PC Decrapifier

Autoruns

Process Explorer

Software Diagnostics

Bluescreenview

Process Explorer

Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT)

 

Hardware Diagnostics

memtest86+

HWMonitor

 

Mobile Tools

Universal Extractor

 

Other

Ninite

WSUS Offline

SpaceSniffer

KonBoot – login to Windows PC with any password

HP Service Pack for ProLiant

Rufus & RMPrepUSB – Create bootable USB drives

YUMI

XDF – exact duplicate finder

“EXE File Association Fix”.

Infections

Adwcleaner

HijackThis

OldTimer ListIt

ComboFix

SuperAntiSpyware (Portable)

HiddenFinder

HookExplorer

 

    Rootkit / MBR (Master Boot Record) Scanners

GMER

AntiHook

AppDefend

Cyberhawk

DefenseWall HIPS

Dynamic Security Agent

Exe LockDown

GeSWall

Neoava Guard

ProcessGuard

SocketShield

ThreatMon

Aries Sony Rootkit Remover

aswMBR

TDSSKiller

AVG AntiRootkit

Avira Rootkit Detection

chkrootkit

Rootkit Buster

Blacklight

Anti-Virus

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Microsoft Security Essentials

SUPERAntiSpyware

Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool

Webroot AntiZeroAccess

Microsoft Safety Scanner

SurfRight Hitman Pro

Trend Micro HijackThis

Sysinternals AutoRuns

Trend Micro RUBotted

Spybot Search & Destroy

NOD32 Online Scanner

Stinger

Avira AntiVir Personal

Avast w/ boot scan included(32-bit systems only)

Archon Scanner

 

Bootable

Kaspersky Rescue Disc – Bootable LiveCD with AntiVirus

Microsoft Windows Defender Offline

Avira Rescue System

Microsoft System Sweeper

 

RootKit Removal(TSDD Killer)

Kaspersky Rootkit removal tool

HitMan Pro

Suites

SysInternals Suite

NirLauncher

Ultimate Boot CD

Hiren’s Boot CD

 

Recommended Browser Extensions (Firefox)

 

WOT Safe browsing addon

Adblock Plus

NoScript (Advanced users only)