By TechRepublic, 13 IT Pros and their tools
#1: John Bartow, consultant
RoboForm Pro and Portable : Password manager, form filler, and password management.
CCleaner : File system and registry cleaner.
Autoruns: Startup process manager; shows programs configured to run during system bootup or login.
Process Explorer : Lets you see which handles and DLL processes are open.
Vipre : Antivirus, malware, and rootkit software.
Spybot S&D : Suite of PC security products.
SIW : Software Information for Windows; gathers and displays detailed information about system properties and settings.
DotNet cleanup tool (dotnetfx_cleanup_tool): Aaron Stebner’s tool Automated cleanup tool for removing the .NET Framework.
Auslogics Disk Defrag : Hard drive defragmenting software.
Auslogics Registry Defrag : Registry defragmenting software.
#2: Sterling Camden, consultant
Vim : “Powerful” text editor.
Google Chrome : Windows browser that’s getting a lot of good reviews.
Ruby : “One of the most popular scripting languages.”
Synergy/DE : Suite of advanced cross-platform software tools for Windows, UNIX, and OpenVMS.
PVCS Version Manager : Source control.
PuTTY : Telnet and SSH for Windows and
FileZilla : Open source FTP client and server.
VMware : Virtualization technology products.
Visual Studio 2008 : Suite of development tool
#3: John W. Colby, consultant
C2DbFW3G: Custom framework for Access.
MZ-Tools : Enhanced programming tools for VB and VBA programmers.
LogMeIn Hamachi : VPN service.
VNC : Integrated security.
VMware Infrastructure : Virtualization for individual machines and servers.
Comodo Internet Security : Firewall and Antivirus suite.
ThreatFire : Antivirus software.
#4: Donna Cook, applications analyst
CSVed : Manipulate Excel files (.xls). “…great tool for anyone who hates Excel.”
Copernic Desktop Search : Windows Desktop Search tool.
Irfanview : Fast graphic viewer/conversion tool for Windows.
eCleaner : Strips HTML symbols, formatting codes, and so on.
CoreFTP : Free, user-friendly, secure FTP application for Windows.
SiSoft Sandra : Gathers information about a machine.
Lan MonitorSendToAny : Displays information about every network adapter on your computer. : Extends the Windows Send To menu to include anything on your Program
#5: Deborah Elam, consultant
DNS source script : Creates DSNs from code. “…moving computers and new user
#6: Steve Erbach, software development
HardCopy : Screen capture utility. “…relaxed shar
Paint.NET : Image and photo editing software.
ColorPic : “Superb” pop-up color picker control
Irfanview : Fast graphic viewer for Windows.
Windows Grep : Graphical text search and rep
CPU-Z : Quickly review information about system’s devic
FireBug : Web debugging tool. “… absolutely outstanding…no
SpinRiteAutoHotKey : Data recovery. : Automate keystrokes.”
Process Explorer : Lets you see which handles and DLL processes are open. “Excellent and detailed information…”
Belarc Advisor : Profile system
WinPatrolWin2PDF : Improve system performance. : Install PDF fun
XML Notepad 2007 : Browse and edit XML
MZ-Tools : Enhanced more than a million driver u
Disktective : Disk-space reporting.
KeePass : Password manager.
ToDoList : NET-based to-do list.
TreePad : Personal Information M
#7 Athur Fuller, business analyst
NoteTab; Award-winning text and HTML editor. “Try this and you will never again load NotePad.”
xPlorer2 : Desktop File Management
#8 Stuart McLachlan, IS
Irfanview: Fast graphic viewer/conversion tool for Windows
Polestar Virtual Printer : Virtual PDF and image printer.
Foxit Reader : “Fast” PDF reader with “neat” capabilities.
AutoIt : “BASIC-like” scripting language for automating W
PowerBASIC : A Windows compiler. “…small, fast, no depe
ZTree : “The best file/directory manager out there.”
VirtualBox : Virtualization products for x86 systems. “Great for developintesting in others.”
FireFTP : FTP client plug for Firefox.
NetSetManPro : Network settings manager. “I can go to any of my clients’ sites and hook my laptop into their network witho
#9 Kren Rosenstiel, Web dev
UltraEdit: “…an excellent all-around program
UltraCompare : Compare and merge files, directors, documents, zip archives, and so on.
#10: Francisco Tapia, database administrator
SQL Compare : Moves SQL Server data from development to production.
SQL Diagnostic Manager : Monitors SQL Server.
#11 Jon Tydda, IT technician
Ad-Aware: The original anti-spyware
Spybot-S&D: Detects and removes spyware.
ZoneAlarm: A suite of security products.
AVG Anti-Virus : Antivirus and Internet security.
Startup Control Panel : A simple user interfacestart your computer.
Process Explorer : Lets you see which han
Trojan Hunter : Protects system from Trojans.
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware : Detects and removes malware “where others fail.”
#12 Dan Waters, business systems
MZ-Tools: Enhanced programming tools for VB and VBA
Find & Replace Add-in for Microsoft Access that lets you quickly rename design objects.
#13 Drew Wutka, network administrator
Remote Administrator (radmin): “Great tool for admin
MoveWindows : Custom application that captures all of the open windows on your machine. “Handy for multiple monitor issues when an application gets lost.