Download Squad: Windows Steady State Bulletproofs Your System

This is well worth the read and download if you’re in IT or tend to your family’s computer(s) on occasion. (Probably more useful in the latter scenario, anyway.)

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So you’re thinking, “Hey, I want to be totally irresponsible with my computer and load it up with crapware!” Really, isn’t everyone getting tired of having to be so stinking responsible on the Internet all the time? We certainly are. We’re ready for system protection that isn’t afraid of our reckless browsing, indiscriminate downloading, and general apathy towards good computer usage habits.

…Which is why we love Windows Steady State. It creates a cache file in which your operating system operates, meaning any harmful changes can be undone by simply emptying the cache. After downloading it’s a snap to install – just a few obligatory clicks and the usual EULA mumbo-jubmo and you’re set.

Our first test was pretty a pretty low-intensity workout. We surfed, bookmarked, set up a POP account and downloaded a few messages, and cluttered up the desktop with a dozen or so hilariously named folders. After issuing the old Windows – U – R we waited anxiously for the system to reboot.

There it was, just as it had been before – no trace of any of our activity. The desktop was still tidy, no favorites or emails were anywhere to be seen. So far so good, but let’s try some real abuse!Do your worst! Fire up Internet Explorer and go on a malicious web-surfing bender. Download rogue applications! Install 16 browser toolbars! Download obviously fake songs with Limwire! When you’re spent, reboot and check the results. To the dismay of Trojans everywhere, not a shred of your misdeeds will remain.

(more via Windows Steady State Bulletproofs Your System)

Lifehacker: Sysinternals Live is One-Stop Shop for Launching Must-Have Utilities

Another awesome post from Lifehacker…maybe I should just add their RSS feed as a widget on the sidebar. 😉

sysinternals-live.pngIf you’ve ever done any serious Windows troubleshooting, you’ve no doubt come across a freeware utility or two by Sysinternals—like the excellent, previously mentioned Process Explorer. You may also know that Microsoft eventually bought up every Sysinternals utility and bundled it into a single suite of apps. Now Sysinternals has launched a new way to access their library of must-have utilities quickly and easily from any internet-connected PC.

First, you can point your browser to http://live.sysinternals.com/ for no-nonsense access to any Sysinternals tool. Even better, though, you can open up Windows Explorer and point it to \\live.sysinternals.com\ to browse and launch any Sysinternals app as though you’ve already downloaded and installed it on your computer. That means next time you’re doing tech support for friends and you forgot your PC Rescue Kit, you can quickly get to any Sysinternals tool for help. At the very least, though, it’s a quicker way to start the BlueScreen screen saver on a friends computer.

(via Sysinternals Live is One-Stop Shop for Launching Must-Have Utilities)

NirSoft: Freeware utilities, etc…


NirSoft web site provides a unique collection of small and useful freeware utilities, all of them developed by Nir Sofer.
In order to search for a freeware utility in NirSoft Web site, click here.

If you are looking for password-recovery tools, click here.

To view your IP address and other information, click here.

If you have a software-listing Web site, and you want to add the freeware utilities provided by NirSoft, click here.

These utilities are pretty damn cool and remind me a bit of the SysInternals utilities, which were somewhat recently (July 2006) purchased by Microsoft.