Free GOOD Software List -
Some programs may be considered
"Worms/Trojans" by anti-viruses. I assure
you they are safe however. Most of us true geek's don't
run AV - just FYI. If your not "savvy" don't
download and try to run some of these tools. Use at
your own risk.
If you don't see a program listed
here, it is probably not a good idea to download it.
However if you know of a good piece of software that's
not listed, please let me know so I can test it. If
it passes all the testing, it will be added.
I am always updating and testing
free software. I will not add something here unless
I approve of it. None of these
carry ANY - spyware, ad-ware , pop-ups. All "trial"
software includes FULL functionality. If your
software made it to this list, congratulations. We appreciate
If you know where to look - there is no reason to "buy"
software. Please donate to the makers of the software
if you use it.
Newly added *
. Completely-rewritten update of
the highly popular Windows port scanning tool. Many
Scanner: Multi-threaded IP, NetBIOS and SNMP
scanner with a modern interface and several advanced
A great utility to: nslookup, whois, traceroute and
SMTP Verify (great for finding spammers). - online
This little tool allows you to scan blocks of IP's.
Reports back with a map view. ~ This is one of my favorites.
Very slick app that shows you each hop with a GUI map
from point to point. Good trouble shooting app.
Whois, Ping, and Traceroute, Finger etc. About 35 tools.
Very small and useful utility.
A very fast IP scanner and port scanner. It can scan
IP addresses in any range as well as any their ports.
monitoring / Testing
Auto-detect of network configuration, monitoring, reporting,
trapping, statistics, graphs, tree view, os detection
Pinpoint where the problems are in an intuitive graphical
way, and to continue monitoring your connection.
Scan all devices in subnets, draw a layout a map of
your network, monitor services of your devices and alert
you of problems.
Shows all open TCP/IP and UDP ports on the local computer
and maps ports to the owning application - local and
Listings of all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system,
including the local and remote addresses and state of
Alert you to unfriendly MAC addresses on your network
and will also alert you to DHCP requests taking place.
Test your server and connection by using a DoS
attack. With packet spoofing.
Tool for finding hotspots. Also will tell you the AP
vender, channel #, signal strength and keep a log as
you "drive around".
Just like Netstumbler - only for the pocket
log Viewer: Log analizer for the Linksys
routers. Great app to run and log network activity.
Spiceworks IT Desktop: Monitor the hardware and software of your network. Get reports and diagnostics. Very sweet analysis software. *
/ Sniffing / Brute Force
Capture network traffic and analyze to decipher.
Great for wifi and wired.
is a keystroke logger.
ARP spoofing (poison).
Manipulate the ARP table of another computer on a LAN
by changing the ARP table of a router.
Access remote passwords by trying randomnly created
passwords or a password list. Can be customised to attack
A very cool screensaver that uses winpcap to capture
network data - while displaying packets as a screensaver.
A full list of default password and user names for network
routers and devices.
Forget your Windows login password? Just erase it with
this bootable CD (or FDD). Very simple and quick.
Turn those asterisks passwords into plan text - just
drag and drop. Must be used in Windows 95 / 98 / ME
/ NT 4.0.
Windows password cracker based on a time-memory trade-off
using rainbow tables. Live SLAX CD available too. :)
Password recovery of various kind of passwords by sniffing,
cracking encrypted passwords using Brute-Force and Cryptanalysis.
Fast password cracker for those MD5's and encrypted
Microsoft Access database password cracker. Works for
Access 97 or Access 2000 files.
Recovers CuteFTP passwords and usernames.
Recovers WS_FTP passwords.
Good if you need a fresh DOS boot disk to Fdisk that
This combines "Image drive/Ghost" and "Partition
Magic" and many other tools. Free.
Resize partitions, mirror disk images without a proprietary
package like Partition Magic. GUI, small ISO.
BootCD: A full CD of free bootable utilities.
A must have for any tech.
Build your own "live" Windows CD with moduals
(AV, scumware cleaners, etc.). Much like ERD Commander
Pro: Set of powerful utilites for backup,
restore, repair/fix, low-level administration.
BootCD: Many bootable utilities. ;)
ToolKit: The absolute best bootable disk.
No, it's not leagal and your on your own. Don't leave
home without it.
Turn a PC into a dedicated router: Firewall,
Proxy, POP mail, Samba, Jabber, DHCP and many
more. This is what I sell and use.
The bost possible firewall one could
have. Very easy to setup and manage. Just need
a PC with 2 NIC's.
Build an older PC and make it a phone PBX. Easy
to PBX sever that handles many protocals.
Much like the Smoothwall project. Very secure
and configurable firewall server.
Powerful, intuitive browser-based network storage
software distribution. L:ike FreeNAS. Based
off rPath (Redhat). *
Based on BSD, this firewall is a beautiful GUI
and very secure. Combine this with a tiny PC
- you have a solid, small firewall box.
A very small Debian server image. Very secure
and stable. Great for that old PII PC and two
Free for home use (with most features). Probably
one of the best servers you can get (next to
eBox). Must sign up for free distro.
Network-Attached Storage server, supporting:
CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, RSYNC protocols, user
authentication (AD). BSD.
Turn an older PC into a dedicated media center.
This is a "Tivo" style server.
Small app I made to change the defualt 3389 port that
Remote Desktop ueses. Great for multiple RD servers
on the same network.
A great way to identify and repair boken links on a
webpage. Very slick - ran from webpage.
A suite designed to interact with the Asterisk PBX system
at a client level to extend the functionality of your
Enables a user to quickly set up a VOIP Asterisk PBX.
A web GUI makes configuration and operation easy.
Apache, MySQL, PHP+ PEAR, MiniPerl, mod_ssl, Openssl,
PHPMyAdmin and many more server mods all-in-one.
Apache2, PHP4, MySQL4, phpMyAdmin and Zend Optimizer
for Windows (2K,XP). Basically LAMP for Windows.
VMWare: The server and viewer are now free. Run any OS on .. any OS. The server source code is available as well.
VirtualPC: Run virtually any OS on Windows. Great for trouble shooting software/hardware.
Maker: A utility to make the java script
to hide your e-mail from bots on your webpage.
HyperWRT is a great firmware. Be sure to have a version
1-4 WRT. (will not work in v.5) Boost that signal.
Hyperwrt+Thibor is great to boost the signal 2 to 3
times from default. I use it all the time. (we sale
GL's with this firmware).
Boost your WAP signal 2 to 3x from defualt. Must have
a WAP54G : V1, V1.1, V2.
How to unbrick your WRT's.
A little tool to show you your XP key.
After cleaning scumware - your TCP stack can
be damaged not letting you online (I have seed
NOD32 break this as well).
When Windows forgets what to do with auto-run.
Remove the crap AOL and other ISP's branding
Un-installer: Un-install Norton garbage
when it won't let you.
of XP: Change the ownership of XP
Add WPA functionality to older setups that can
only use WEP.
Monitors and displays file system activity on
a system in real-time.
Shows which program has a particular file or
directory open. Memory leaks and spyware finding.
This utility will allow Windows to be able to
use a 3MB+ connection. If you pay for a 5-6MB
connection - you have to do this.
Make Windows XP hold more (50-100) concurrent
TCP connections. XP Pro default is 10, XP Home
is 5. That just stinks. *