Windows security toolbox: Our readers' favorite freeware

SearchWindowsSecurity.com readers share their top freeware tools.

In response to our popular feature Windows security toolbox: Our experts' favorite freeware, we asked you -- our readers -- to submit your favorite free Windows security tools. Even though most of you agreed with our experts' choices, here is the list of your favorite freeware NOT found on our experts' lists.


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Your favorite free security tools:

  AVG Anti-Virus (Free Edition)
  Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer
  Fresh Diagnose
  Look@LAN Network Monitor
  McAfee's Stinger
  PsTools
  SequoiaView
  Softerra's LDAP Browser
  Spybot - Search & Destroy
  SQL Server Best Practices Analyzer
  SuperScan v4.0
  TaskZip
  Windows AntiSpyware (Beta)
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Top 10 most popular freeware downloads on SearchWindowsSecurity.com:

   1. NetStumbler

   2. SiteDigger 2.0

   3. Cain & Abel

   4. LanSpy 2.0

   5. SoftPerfect Network Scanner

   6. Process Explorer

   7. Netcat

   8. Nmap

   9. John the Ripper

 10. Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)

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John P. writes: One I rarely see mentioned, but find extremely useful, is Prevx Home. If I'm testing a lot of software, I don't need to worry about the source or worry about anything sneaking onto my PC. It's also easy to temporarily disable Prevx Home when installing a known safe program. I particularly like the fact that when disabled, it leaves a small window at the bottom corner of my screen reminding me that it has been suspended.

Prevx Home is free -- and even though there are more advanced versions of Prevx available, I find the Home version more than adequate. It has saved my skin a few times when I have been careless clicking and it also uses relatively little system resources.

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you click on the link for Prevx Home, you will find more information on free trials for enterprise versions of Prevx' intrusion prevention software.


Josh F. writes: Tinyapps.com and other sites offer freeware that'll fit on a removable drive (I even have 10+ on my dinky 128 MB Flash drive (wow, I remember when 128 MB was large).

Anyway, my favorites -- of the ones I've gotten so far -- are (in order):

  1. IECookiesView -- it lets me delete or destroy the cookies of each XP user separately (and not throw away ones I think or have been told are needed
  2. HijackThis -- indispensable as long as you know what you're doing
  3. Unstoppable Copier
  4. StartupRun
  5. Process Explorer -- it has a dragover find windows process, which is great for that random box that won't close or minimize or anything else (EDITOR'S NOTE: Process Explorer was selected by two of our site experts, Kevin Beaver and Jonathan Hassell, in our Windows security toolbox: Our experts' favorite freeware feature.)
  6. Crap Cleaner -- don't let it fool you, you do need to install it but you can run the EXE off your Thumb Drive
  7. Regcleaner
  8. Restore -- great undelete but I can't make it work for permanent removal (see below)
  9. Simple File Shredder -- permanently removes files up to 2x overwrite
  10. Disk Cleaner

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This was first published in September 2005
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