www.openwith.org – free programs to open any file extension
www.pdfgeni.com – find PDF reference manuals
GetHuman.com – phone number and button to press to get human support
ninite.com – The Easiest, Fastest Way to Update and/or Install Software
pcidatabase.com – identify PCI Unknown device in Device Manager
HTTrack [free] – make an offline copy of a website
CmosPwd [free] – recover cmos/bios password
LCP [free] – is a user-account password recovery tool for Windows NT/2000/XP/2003. This tool can recover using a dictionary attack, brute force attack, or a hybrid dictionary/brute force attack. LCP allows you to import from a local computer, remote computer, SAM file, .LC file, LCS file, PwDump file, and Sniff file.
Ophcrack [free] – runs on Windows, Linux/UNIX, and Mac. It cracks LM and NTLM hashes; has free tables for XP, Vista, and 7; includes a brute-force module for simple passwords; offers an audit mode and a CSV export; presents real-time graphs; has a LiveCD for easier (and more efficient) recovery; and dumps and loads hashes from encrypted SAM.
Hash Suite [free] – marketed as a program designed to test the security of password hashes. It’s incredibly powerful and offers high performance (one of the fastest crackers available), an easy-to-use GUI, reports and statistics, and all the features of modern crackers. This is the go-to tool when you need to recover (or test) a number of password hashes. Please note: To successfully use this tool, you will need to employ a pwdump tool to gain the necessary hashes for Hash Suite to crack. Here is a list of possible pwdump tools.
Windows Key [$40] – can reset your Windows password for you. This is different from the other tools, in that it doesn’t recover a list of user passwords or even recover from a file. Windows Key creates a bootable CD (or USB device) you can use to boot the machine and recover the password.
Windows Password Unlocker [$20 to reset] [$30 to recover] creates a USB or CD that can then be booted to recover passwords.
PowerSuite [$70] – great suite of tools including password reset.
Audit your PC
ProduKey – to recover software product keys
Belarc Advisor – hardware, software, product keys and everything else
ark.intel.com – Intel Product Information
Clean your PC
Removing dust and dirt
CCleaner [free] – After you have uninstalled the junk apps, use CCleaner to make sure that no traces of it are left over. CCleaner can also perform the basic tasks of uninstalling software and detecting what runs on startup.
Spybot Search & Destroy
WinPatrol – free version is limited
Revo Uninstaller – free trial version available. Can find and remove pieces left from a prior uninstall
Your Uninstaller – free trial version available
IOBit Uninstaller [free] – has Forced Uninstall button for stubborn apps
Advanced Uninstaller Pro
Cleanse Uninstaller Pro – free trial version available
ComboFix [free] – cleans malware, rootkits, trojans, worms and viruses.
GMER [free] – rootkit scanner
VirusTotal [free] – analyzes suspicious files and URLs against 42 anti-malware provider databases
ThreatExpert [free] – analyze and report the behavior of computer viruses, worms, trojans, adware, spyware, and other security-related risks.
Roadkil’s Unstoppable Copier – get data off broken drives.
$39.95 VirtualLab Data Recovery – for PC and Mac Hardrive plus USB and Memory Cards
$49.95 File Scavenger – emphasis on deleted partitions or reformats
$49.95 BootSuite 2012 – (spotmau) a “super data rescue package,” but that’s just one of its forty features. It can also fix boot problems, recover from blue screen errors, and reset lost Windows passwords.
$69.99 to $299.99 Recover My Files
BlueScreenView – analyze dump file
Ultimate Boot CD for Windows, Ubuntu or Knoppix – boot to Linux to access non booting system