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Security Tools

This page does not deal with configuring security (permissions), but lists some basic security tools that may help you protect your computers from viruses and malware.

By now, every sane computer user will be aware that some form of anti-virus and anti-malware is required for Windows computers.
As the list grew too long and changed too frequently, I removed the anti-virus, anti-malware and firewall sections.
Just use your preferred search engine to find a decent anti-malware solution.
Do some research, though, preferably before downloading and/or buying anti-malware software — there are many "rogue" (a.k.a. fake and even malicious) "anti"-malware software vendors!

 

 

Prevention
 
Security Check / Patch Management
Product Description Manufacturer Download Purchase
beITsmart Online enterprise version of Belarc Advisor Belarc Demo Sign up for the online beITsmart service
Belarc Advisor List installed hardware, software & license numbers, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status & CIS benchmarks Belarc Go to the download page Free
(for personal use)
BrowserCheck Check security patches of browsers and plugins Qualys Go to the download page Free
JavaRa Update JRE and remove older versions SingularLabs Download JavaRa Free
(donations welcome)
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer Check your Windows installation for vulnerabilities Microsoft Download Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer Free
Microsoft Security Assessment Tool Assess weaknesses in your IT security environment Microsoft Go to the Microsoft Security Assessment Tool page Free
(validation required)
Microsoft Security Compliance Manager Configure and manage your computers using Group Policy and SCCM Microsoft Download the latest version Free
Office Update Inventory Tool Check status of Microsoft Office updates Microsoft Download the Office Update Inventory Tool Free
Qualys FreeScan Detect vulnerabilities on your Internet-facing server Qualys Apply for a free scan now Free
Qfecheck Command line utility to verify the installation of Windows 2000 and Windows XP hotfixes Microsoft Go to the QFECHECK download page Free
(validation required)
Secunia Network Software Inspector Check your network installed software for vulnerabilities Secunia Download a Secunia NSI trial version Buy Secunia NSI now
Secunia Personal Software Inspector Check your locally installed software for vulnerabilities Secunia Download Secunia PSI Free
(for personal use)
Symantec Online Security Check Online security scanner Symantec Scan your computer now Free
Windows Server Update Services Deliver updates to corporate environments from Microsoft Update Microsoft Download WSUS Free
 
Password Management
Product Description Manufacturer Download Purchase
Access Manager Password manager Citi-Software Download Access Manager Free Edition Purchase Access Manager Professional Edition
KeePass Password Safe Open source password manager Dominik Reichl Download KeePass Free
(donations welcome)
LastPass Password manager LastPass Download LastPass Free
LastPass Premium Password manager LastPass Download LastPass Upgrade to LastPass Premium
Password Checker Test the strength of your passwords Microsoft Check your password strength now Free
RoboForm Automated password manager & form filler Siber Systems Download RoboForm Purchase RoboForm
Saved Password Editor Improved password management add-on for FireFox Daniel Dawson Install Saved Password Editor Free
 
 
Encryption
Product Description Manufacturer Download Purchase
CryptoStorage Encrypt logical, removable or virtual disks, files and/or folders InfoWatch Download CryptoStorage trial version Buy CryptoStorage now
Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs Centrally control EFS settings on all your PCs Microsoft Download Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs Free
File Checksum Integrity Verifier (FCIV) MD5 and SHA1 file checksum calculator Microsoft Download FCIV Free
Genie Eyes Only AES based encryption software Genie-Soft Download Genie Eyes Only trial version Buy Genie Eyes Only now
StringHash MD5 and SHA* string checksum calculator Rob van der Woude Download StringHash Free
(donations welcome)
SysKey Secures/encrypts the Windows (XP) SAM accounts database Microsoft Native in Windows XP and later
 
Privacy Protection
Product Description Manufacturer Download Purchase
BetterPrivacy Detect and control LSOs (Flash cookies) (Firefox add-in) IKRG Download BetterPrivacy Free
DelFlash.vbs Delete Local Stored Objects ("Flash Cookies") (3) Rob van der Woude Download DelFlash.vbs Free
(donations welcome)
FlashCookiesCleaner Delete Local Stored Objects ("Flash Cookies") (3) Mixesoft Download FlashCookiesCleaner Free
Ghostery Detect and control online tracking elements (Firefox/Chrome add-in) Ghostery Download Ghostery Free
IEHistoryViewer Browse IE's history and/or remove selected entries NirSoft Download IEHistoryViewer Free
StartPage.com Anonymize Google searches Ixquick Install StartPage.com search plugin Free
 
Miscellaneous Prevention
Product Description Manufacturer Download Purchase
Adobe Flash Player Settings Manage security settings for Adobe Flash player Adobe Go to Adobe's Flash Player Settings page Free
a-squared Anti-Dialer Anti-Dialer Emsi Software Download Free
a-squared HiJackFree Anti-Dialer Emsi Software Download Buy now
Attack Surface Analyzer Catalogue changes made to the OS attack surface by the installation of new software Microsoft Download Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer Free
CryptoPrevent Prevent infection by Cryptolocker malware or "ransomware" Foolish IT Download CryptoPrevent Purchase CryptoPrevent Premium Edition
Dan Pollock's HOSTS file Set IP address 127.0.0.1 for maliscious or unwanted sites Dan Pollock Download the modified HOSTS file Free
Free Hide Folder Hide files and folders (2) Cleanersoft.com Download Free Hide Folder Free
(donations welcome)
LUA Buglight Trace and fix LUA bugs Aaron Margosis Download LUA Buglight from Aaron Margosis' blog Free
McAfee Wi-Fi Scan Online Wi-Fi security check (Internet Explorer 5+) McAfee Check your Wi-Fi security now Free
MyUSBOnly Manage access to removable media MyUSBOnly Download trial version Buy now
NetWrix USB Blocker (6) Manage access to removable media NetWrix Download Free
NoAutoRun.bat Block Windows' AutoRun.inf feature Scott Dunn (.reg), Rob van der Woude (.bat) Download NOAUTORUN.BAT Free
OpenDNS Web filtering at the DNS level OpenDNS.com Start using OpenDNS now Free
(for home use)
Privilege Authority Elevate applications, Windows features and ActiveX controls ScriptLogic Download Privilege Authority Free
PsExec Block malicious web code by running your browser with limited user priviliges: (7)

psexec -l -d
"c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe"

psexec -l -d
"c:\program files\mozilla firefox\firefox.exe"
Mark Russinovich (Microsoft) Go to the PsExec download page Free
Securable Check which hardware security features (64-bit instruction, DEP, virtualization) your CPU supports (4) Steve Gibson Download Securable Free
SSL Blacklist Firefox add-on to detect unsafe SSL certificates (5) CodeFromThe70s.org Download SSL Blacklist Free
SSL Guardian Internet Explorer add-on to detect unsafe SSL certificates (5) Heise Online Download SSL Guardian Free
Windows SteadyState Restrict acces and/or undo any system or file modifications Microsoft Download Windows SteadyState Free
(validation required)
 
Detection
 
Laptops
Product Description Manufacturer Download Purchase
BlueWatchDog Hardware: Emits an alarm at both ends when your laptop case and cell phone get separated from each other Secu4 N/A
(hardware)
Buy BlueWatchDog now
LAlarm Emits a loud siren sound when an USB stick is removed (requires an old USB stick that can be tied to the furniture) LAlarm Download LAlarm Buy LAlarm now
Free for personal use
Laptop Alarm (1) Emits a loud alarm when someone tries to steal your laptop Syfer.nl Download Syfer.nl's LaptopAlarm Buy Laptop Alarm now
 
Miscellaneous Detection
Product Description Manufacturer Download Purchase
AVG AntiRootkit Find and remove Rootkits Grisoft Download AVG AntiRootkit Free
BlackLight RootKit scanner F-Secure Go to the download page Free
GMER RootKit scanner GMER Download GMER Free
RUBotted Check if your computer is part of a botnet Trend Micro Go to the RUBotted download page Free
Tiny Watcher Monitor system changes Olivier Lombart Download PopupCop trial version Free
 
Repair / Recovery / Removal
 
Recovery
Product Description Manufacturer Download Purchase
a-squared Emergency USB Stick Anti-Malware to be run from USB sticks Emsi Software Download Buy now
Reimage PC Repair Scan and repair damaged system files (single computer license) Reimage Download Reimage trial version Buy Reimage PC Repair now
Reimage Three PC Repair Scan and repair damaged system files (3 computers license) Reimage Download Reimage trial version Buy Reimage Three PC Repair now
System File Checker (SFC) Repair missing or corrupted system files Microsoft Native in Windows XP and later
Stinger Cleanup after infection McAfee Download McAfee's Stinger Free
VIPRE PC Rescue Scan and clean heavily infected PCs where installation of AV software is no longer possible Sunbelt Software Navigate to the VIPRE PC Rescue page Free

 

Notes: (1) Read this review of LaptopAlarm.
  (2) Though hiding your files may prevent others from accidentally accessing confident or private files, for true protection files should be encrypted before hiding them!
  (3) Best used in conjunction with Adobe Flash Player Settings.
  (4) Read Steve's explanation on www.grc.com/securable.htm.
  (5) Read more on the OpenSSL vulnerability addressed by these add-ins in this article: Debian package of OpenSSL generates weak keys.
  (6) Requires Active Directory (Windows Server 2003 or later) and SQL Server 2005 or later.
  (7) Running your browser with limited privileges will block its automatic updates; close the browser and run it once with full privileges each time it complains about a failed update.

 

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page last uploaded: 17 August 2014, 14:42