Lee Recommends Computer Programs

I’ve written about this before. Here is the latest installment…

Astra32 –┬ácomprehensive information about the configuration of your system…. to help you get rid of driver problems for Windows

Open PLS in WMP: This lets you listen to streaming audio like SomaFM in Windows Media Player

Combined Community Codec Pack: This lets Windows Media Player play pretty much any video format including DVDs. You install it and it JUST WORKS :-)

HOW TO – Put DVDs on the iPhone – the super simple way. Use Handbrake

How to archive your DVD collection. Use DVD Decrypter v 3.5.4.0 by Lightning UK! (find it at your favorite warez site) The author’s original site doesn’t work anymore.


Sysinternals File and Disk Utilities:┬áThese tools are great! I’ve only listed the first couple categories of tools here. There are more, check it out.

When you are logged onto a computer via VNC, it can be hard to tell if the hard drive is busy since you can’t hear it remotely. Run DiskMon and you can see it!

Here’s the full list of disk tools:

AccessChk: This tool shows you the accesses the user or group you specify has to files, Registry keys or Windows services.

AccessEnum: This simple yet powerful security tool shows you who has what access to directories, files and Registry keys on your systems. Use it to find holes in your permissions.

CacheSet: CacheSet is a program that allows you to control the Cache Manager’s working set size using functions provided by NT. It’s compatible with all versions of NT.

Contig: Wish you could quickly defragment your frequently used files? Use Contig to optimize individual files, or to create new files that are contiguous.

DiskExt: Display volume disk-mappings.

DiskMon: This utility captures all hard disk activity or acts like a software disk activity light in your system tray.

DiskView: Graphical disk sector utility.

Disk Usage (DU): View disk usage by directory.

EFSDump: View information for encrypted files.

FileMon: This monitoring tool lets you see all file system activity in real-time.

Junction: Create Win2K NTFS symbolic links.

LDMDump: Dump the contents of the Logical Disk Manager”s on-disk database, which describes the partitioning of Windows 2000 Dynamic disks.

MoveFile: Schedule file rename and delete commands for the next reboot. This can be useful for cleaning stubborn or in-use malware files.

NTFSInfo: Use NTFSInfo to see detailed information about NTFS volumes, including the size and location of the Master File Table (MFT) and MFT-zone, as well as the sizes of the NTFS meta-data files.

PageDefrag: Defragment your paging files and Registry hives!

PendMoves: See what files are scheduled for delete or rename the next time the system boots.

Process Monitor: Monitor file system, Registry, process, thread and DLL activity in real-time.

PsFile: See what files are opened remotely.

PsTools: The PsTools suite includes command-line utilities for listing the processes running on local or remote computers, running processes remotely, rebooting computers, dumping event logs, and more.

SDelete: Securely overwrite your sensitive files and cleanse your free space of previously deleted files using this DoD-compliant secure delete program.

ShareEnum: Scan file shares on your network and view their security settings to close security holes.

Sigcheck: Dump file version information and verify that images on your system are digitally signed.

Streams: Reveal NTFS alternate streams.

Sync: Flush cached data to disk.

VolumeID Set Volume ID of FAT or NTFS drives.


Here are the network tools on Sysinternals

AD Explorer: Active Directory Explorer is an advanced Active Directory (AD) viewer and editor.

AD Insight: AD Insight is an LDAP (Light-weight Directory Access Protocol) real-time monitoring tool aimed at troubleshooting Active Directory client applications.

AdRestore: Undelete Server 2003 Active Directory objects.

PsFile: See what files are opened remotely.

PsTools: The PsTools suite includes command-line utilities for listing the processes running on local or remote computers, running processes remotely, rebooting computers, dumping event logs, and more.

ShareEnum: Scan file shares on your network and view their security settings to close security holes.

TCPView: Active socket command-line viewer.

Whois: See who owns an Internet address.

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