Category Archives: Security Tools

Bitdefender Mechanic – Stability and Privacy Advisor

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Bitdefender Mechanic is a somewhat small freeware program that allows you to diagnose and detect which applications are crashing and causing errors on your client’s Mac, as well as make privacy recommendations and provides notifications of software vulnerabilities. As a technician, you may have encountered a client who has contacted …

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Patch My PC – Mass Update Third Party Software Automatically

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In today’s world, we are seeing malware writers focusing on weaknesses in third party applications such as Flash and Java rather than just targeting the operating system. Patch My PC is designed to help secure a machine against the vulnerabilities of having outdated third party software installed. Patch My PC …

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CloseTheDoor – Port Scanning and Information Tool

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CloseTheDoor identifies the listening ports for TCP/UDP over IPv4/v6 and the associated program files. This can help a technician discover security holes and find leaks in a system. It can also find vulnerabilities to help diagnose and prevent future malicious attacks. On a basic level it is a great tool …

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Kon-Boot – Bypass Windows and Linux Logon Passwords

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Kon-Boot is software which allows you to bypass a Windows or Linux password by temporarily modifying the kernel. This is great for those times when you are working on a client’s pc but forgot to ask for the password. Kon-Boot is one of the simplest programs I have ever used, …

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WebBrowserPassView – Recover Passwords from Web Browsers

WebBrowserPassView is a small, portable and freeware utility designed to recover passwords from: Internet Explorer (Version 4.0 – 9.0) Mozilla Firefox (All Versions) Google Chrome Opera Once WebBrowserPassView has gathered all the passwords from the various browsers, it displays them in a single table with the URL the password was …

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HashTab – Repair Tool of the Week

HashTab is a small, free, Windows shell extension that adds a tab called “File Hashes” to the Windows Explorer file properties (there is also a Mac version). This tab will allow you to see the hash information of a file. So why should you care about the hash information of …

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Repair Tool of the Week: Offline Update

Since Microsoft shut down Autopatcher, there hasnt been an easy way for technicians to install Microsoft Windows patches on a clients computer. Sure, they can go to the Windows Update site but sometimes an internet connection isnt always available, or it may just be painfully slow. Enter “Offline Update”, a …

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Repair Tool of the Week: Windows SteadyState

Windows SteadyState is a free tool that allows you to lock down a Windows system so it can be used in a public enviroment such as a Internet cafe. This application was previously named “Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP” but after major upgrades they renamed it to Windows …

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