Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/school/sysinternals-pro/lesson1/
This How-To Geek School series will teach you how to use SysInternals tools like a pro, so your geek cred will never be in question. Not that we are questioning your geek skills. You do use SysInternals tools, right?
I wouldn't leave these tools on most machines, Autoruns in the wrong hands can cripple a machine for instance. Simply keep them all on a thumb drive.
This is a handy-dandy set of tools... But as always, interpeting the info can be something of a challange; no one wants to kill the computer by deleting the wrong thing... Looking forward to the rest of the series. I have been told when a person has two iexplores and one gobbles up lots of memory and is located in folders 32--that iexplore is a trojan and should be deleted. I wonder if this is true. I had a search redirect trojan/virus which I got rid of. But now I wonder about this iexplore--I have three... I might add Youtube offers lots of movies about these--but I an't about to tinker under the hood if it ain't broke and if the computer still works... So what, if someone from the Ukraine is reading all my emails and tracking my computer surfing... If Jimmy Carter can be paranoid--then paranoia must be the up and coming trend...
SysInternals tools have been awesome since day 1. I always like to keep them handy, but you definitely don't want them lying about where "regular" end-users can reach too easily.
These days, I keep them installed and up to date on my own systems via Windows System Control Center. It's a free utility that bundles SysInternals tools and NirSoft utilities, and makes it easy to check for updates and new utilities. It also includes shortcuts to many built-in Windows tools, some of which can otherwise be hard to reach.
Come to think of it, I'd love to see some of the NirSoft utilities get the same "How-To Geek School" treatment sometime. There's a lot of great stuff in there.
One additional word of caution with WSCC and the NirSoft tools: Many of the utilities in that bundle are password recovery tools or other things that one might call "hacking tools". As such, some malware scanners may alert and quarantine those files.
Flabbergasted. I was sure you guys messed up with that \live.sysinternals.com\ link. I've used process explorer for years in tuning up PCs. This is a great way to get at the current version of all the tools. Thanks.
I'm glad to hear that even geeks are finding use in our series
SysinternalsUpdater, available here:http://www.wieldraaijer.nl/, is the best tool to download the most recent versions to your hard drive, if you prefer to have them offline, like me
Re SysInternals Live. (See lower down)
Just a word to point out that what you should type into the Windows Run box is not \live.sysinternals.com\ but http://live.sysinternals.com/
Thanks for great article.
So you can simply type \live.sysinternals.com\ into the Windows Run box after pulling that up with the WIN + R shortcut key, and you’ll be able to browse their file share and look around.
I love the Geek newsletter guys ....keep up the great work!
Though you may not want to leave these tools on regular users' machines, you can use the third-party Sysinternals Suite Installer (http://www.domador.net/extras/programs/sysinternals-suite-installer/) to create a Start Menu program group and entries for them on your own PC.
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