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Windows security toolbox: Free testing tools

Choosing the right tool can make or break your Windows vulnerability assessment. With so many Windows testing and hacking tools at your disposal, it can be difficult to figure out which tool best suits your needs. We put together this toolbox to help you find the right one.

Process Explorer Metasploit Framework SuperScan v4.0
Prevx Winternals Administrator's Pak PsTools
Fresh Diagnose HijackThis SequoiaView
Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer StartupRun SiteDigger 2.0
NetBIOS Auditing Tool Winfingerprint Cain & Abel

Process Explorer
Display hidden windows with Process Explorer
Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in.
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Track the emergence and spread of new security threats
Prevx Home will protect your PC against the worms, trojans, malicious spyware, malware and hacker attacks that bypass traditional security technology.
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Fresh Diagnose
Our readers' favorite freeware
Fresh Diagnose analyzes and benchmarks your computer system. It can handle many types of hardware, including CPUs, hard disks, video systems, and mainboards. Use this free software to learn more about your computer and its components, detect or diagnose problems, and increase performance. This latest version features SM/DMI and CMOS module enhancements and bug fixes.
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Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer
Microsoft expands reach of best practices tool
The Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer programmatically collects settings and values from data repositories such as Active Directory, registry, metabase and performance monitor. Once collected, a set of comprehensive "best practice" rules are applied to the topology.

Administrators running this tool will get a detailed report listing the recommendations that can be made to the environment to achieve greater performance, scalability and uptime.
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NetBios Auditing Tool
Top 15 security tools for testing Windows
Use this tool to crack passwords on Windows network shares.
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Metasploit Framework
Using Metasploit for real-world security tests
The Metasploit Framework is an advanced open-source platform for developing, testing and using exploit code.
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Winternals Administrator's Pak
Reset admin passwords in a migration emergency
Administrator's Pak is a complete suite of powerful, versatile tools that allow you to repair unbootable or locked-out systems, restore lost data, remove malware from infected systems while the system is safely offline using your existing antivirus software, and diagnose system and network issues.
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Spyware responsibilities: From user to admin
HijackThis is a tool that lists all installed browser add-on, buttons, startup items and allows you to inspect, and optionally remove selected items. The program can create a backup of your original settings and also ignore selected items. Additional features include a simple list of all startup items, default start page, online updates and more. Intended for advanced users.
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Identify spyware and adware programs that run at startup
The StartupRun utility displays the list of all applications that are loaded automatically when Windows boots. For each application, additional information is displayed (product name, file version, description, and company name), in order to allow you to easily identify the applications that are loaded at Windows startup.
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Top 15 security tools for testing Windows
This Windows enumeration tool can ferret out patch levels, NetBIOS information, user information, and more.
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SuperScan v4.0
Domain controller penetration testing
SuperScan 4 is an update of the Windows port scanning tool, SuperScan. New features in this version include:
  • Superior scanning speed
  • Support for unlimited IP ranges
  • Improved host detection using multiple ICMP methods and more

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Bounty of free IT tools available
PsTools are a collection of command line tools that help you administer your Windows systems. What sets these tools apart is that they allow you to manage remote systems as well as the local one.
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Access network shares and mapped network drives
Ever wondered why your hard disk is full? Or what directory is taking up most of the space? When using conventional disk browsing tools, such as Windows Explorer, these questions may be hard to answer. With SequoiaView, they can be answered almost immediately.
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SiteDigger 2.0
Site expert Kevin Beaver's top five freeware tools
SiteDigger 2.0 searches Google's cache to look for vulnerabilities, errors, configuration issues, proprietary information and interesting security nuggets on Web sites.
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Cain & Abel
Our experts' favorite freeware
Cain & Abel is a password recovery tool for Microsoft operating systems. It allows easy recovery of various kind of passwords by sniffing the network, cracking encrypted passwords using Dictionary, Brute-Force and Cryptanalysis attacks, recording VoIP conversations, decoding scrambled passwords, revealing password boxes and analyzing routing protocols.
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