Windows: 10 More That Are Useful

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By Roark L. Masbad

Wacky Tech

Sunday, June 1, 2014


IF YOU'RE still on a Windows-based PC, here are 10 programs that may prove useful for you. And no, these aren't the usual list of Firefox, VLC, 7-Zip, etc.

It's a different list to help you out.

10. Speccy (http://www.piriform.com/speccy)

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It's a quick way of having a bird's eye view of your system - model numbers, running temperatures, hard drive status, RAM, and a plethora more of other geeky items that some of us will find joy while staring at it.

Speccy


9. Ultimate Windows Tweaker (http://www.thewindowsclub.com/ultimate-windows-tweaker-v2-a-tweak-ui-for...)

If you're the same kind as me who just loves to change up everything in your system - how it looks, how it performs - this will be a definite blessing for you.

Ultimate Windows Tweaker


8. Stress Testing Utilities

Back when I was still using Windows-based computers, I've always wanted to have a program that will allow me to put my machine through a pre-determined stress test. I couldn't afford benchmark programs because I'm not a benchmarker. This one will keep the geek in you alive and happy. ANd if you're a regular user, this will have plenty of use too.

> Prime95: http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft/

> LinX: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?201670-LinX-A-simple-...

> AIDA65: http://www.aida64.com/

Stress Testing Utilities


7. MalwareBytes, VirusTotal and AdwCleaner

Now these are three of the most annoying things I've every dealt with back in the day - malware, virus and adware. They're hard to get rid of and I've come to the point of reformatting my entire hard drive several times just to start off with a clean slate. These programs should be able to solve things for you.

> MalWareBytes:http://www.malwarebytes.org/

> VirusTotalUploader: https://www.virustotal.com/en/documentation/desktop-applications/virusto...

> AdwCleaner: https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewdownload/1-adwcleaner/

MalwareBytes, VirusTotal and AdwCleaner


6. Magical JellyBean Keyfinder (http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/)

Now here's one for some who might have mistakenly thrown away the box that came with their purchased software that has the product key printed on it. Need I say more?

Magical JellyBean Keyfinder


5. Process Explorer (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx)

If you're frequently launch Windows Task Manager and look at what's happening inside your system, you might want to look at Process Explorer instead. Get ready for the info overload though. But I'm sure you'd love that too.

Process Explorer


4. UNetbootin and YUMI

Here's what Lifehacker has to say about this:

"Even if you're a diehard Windows user, Linux can be really useful from time to time -- especially for troubleshooting. Traditionally, Linux distros and other troubleshooting tools come in the form of live CDs, but if you don't have a CD drive, UNetbootin is a seriously handy tool. It can turn nearly any ISO into a bootable flash drive. Even better is YUMI, which lets you put multiple live CDs on one flash drive -- meaning you can combine all your favorite rescue discs, Linux distros, and other tools and put them in your pocket."

> UNetbootin: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

> YUMI: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/

UNetbootin and YUMI


3. Wireless Network Watcher (and Other Network Tools)

No, it won't let you nuke a certain wi-fi network but it will let you have a look as to how many are connected and a few more details about each connection. Check out the other tools that Nirsoft has in store though. You might find the one that best suits your needs.

> Wireless Network Watcher: http://nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

> Other tools: http://nirsoft.net/network_tools.html

Wireless Network Watcher


2. WinDirStat (http://windirstat.info/index.html)

Even if you just put in a 1TB internal hard drive, time will actually come that you get a prompt that you're running out of space. There are two ways about it. One, you can go through each and every one of your folders and try to find out exactly which one is eating up all the valuable virtual estate. Two, you can fire up WinDirStat and see a graphical presentation of what files are eating up space.

WinDirStat


1. Sandboxie (http://www.sandboxie.com/index.php?DownloadSandboxie)

Let's face it, more often that not, we all get to download the fishy and smelly piece of software that we aren't sure what kind of problems it will cause our system. The solution is to either run it on a test system you have lying around. But that's not really realistic because most of us will only have one PC. This is where Sandboxie comes in and flexes its muscles. Run that fishy and smelly software inside the sandbox without having to harm anything else.

Sandboxie


Source: http://lifehacker.com/top-10-incredibly-useful-windows-programs-to-have-.... Images grabbed from the same page.

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