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Advanced Tools & Resources for IT Professionals

Below is a list of FREE tools for IT Professionals. We use these daily and feel they are the best on the net! We are always looking to keep things relevent, so if you have additional "advanced" tools you think should be included, please email the url and brief description to cvassallo@krns-inc.com and we will review, post and give you credit for additional tools!

Please use these tools at your own risk. They are advanced and can cause major problems if used without proper training/knowledge of how they work.

ISO Recorder
ISO Recorder is a tool (power toy) that allows to burn CD and DVD images, copy disks, make images of the existing data CDs and DVDs and create ISO images from a content of a disk folder.

Wireshark is an award-winning network protocol analyzer developed by an international team of experts.

Sysinternals Suite
The entire set of Sysinternals Utilities rolled up into a single download.

(December 2007)
HijackThis lists the contents of key areas of the Registry and hard drive--areas that are used by both legitimate programmers and hijackers. The program is continually updated to detect and remove new hijacks. It does not target specific programs and URLs, only the methods used by hijackers to force you onto their sites.

v4.23 (December 19, 2008)
This update fixes a bug that sometimes caused AccessChk to not show the full list of rights and privileged assigned to a user account.

v1.71 (November 1, 2006)
Scan your system for rootkit-based malware.

v7.04 (November 1, 2006)
This monitoring tool lets you see all Registry activity in real-time.

v2.43 (February 12, 2007)
The PsTools suite includes command-line utilities for listing the processes running on local or remote computers, running processes remotely, rebooting computers, dumping event logs, and more.

McAfee Stinger
Stinger is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system. Stinger utilizes next generation scan engine technology, including process scanning, digitally signed DAT files, and scan performance optimizations.

v1.6 (November 1, 2006)
Scan file shares on your network and view their security settings to close security holes.

v1.0 (August 21, 2008)
This new utility enables you to create up to four virtual desktops and to use a tray interface or hotkeys to preview what’s on each desktop and easily switch between them.

v1.95 (May 7, 2009)
Execute processes with limited-user rights

v2.52 (December 4, 2006)
Shuts down and optionally reboots a computer.

v1.22 (December 4, 2006)
Changes account passwords.

v2.10 (November 1, 2006)
Bypass password screen during logon.

FileASSASSIN is an application that can delete locked malware files on your system. It uses advanced programming techniques to unload modules, close remote handles, and terminate processes to remove the file. Please use with caution as deleting critical system files may cause system errors.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is an anti-malware application that can thoroughly remove even the most advanced malware. It includes a number of features, including a built in protection monitor that blocks malicious processes before they even start.


StartUpLite is a lightweight application that will allow you to speed up your system startup. It provides a safe and efficient way to disable or remove unnecessary startup entries from your computer.

v3.03 (March 30, 2009)
Presentation utility for zooming and drawing on the screen.

Process Explorer
v11.33 (February 4, 2009)
Find out what files, registry keys and other objects processes have open, which DLLs they have loaded, and more. This uniquely powerful utility will even show you who owns each process.

v3.02 (November 1, 2006)
Monitor serial and parallel port activity with this advanced monitoring tool. It knows about all standard serial and parallel IOCTLs and even shows you a portion of the data being sent and received. Version 3.x has powerful new UI enhancements and advanced filtering capabilities.

Disk Usage (DU)
v1.33 (December 10, 2008)
View disk usage by directory.

v1.12 (December 4, 2006)
Terminate local or remote processes.


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