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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Probably the Best Free Security List in the World

Probably the Best Free Security List in the World

Updated 1. March 2011 - 21:14 by ako
Introduction

Motto: Si vis pacem, para bellum.
The products are almost exclusively free with some exceptions: products where there is no free alternative,  good products that offer a lifelong license, and exceptional products. In some cases the links point to executables. In such cases replace [dot] with . and the link will work.
Please inform me for dead/false links, and give suggestions for new applications with the form located at the end of this list. I react to every correction and suggestion, although I may not answer all of them explicitly. This list is updated approximately twice a week, if  needed. So, if your suggestion does not appear to the list immediately, it does not mean it has been omitted. 

Alias: http://tinyurl.com/free-security   http://bit.ly/DQNn0   http://goo.gl/nw5c
Keys:
$ Not free
 Supports 64-bit
 Free version only provides malware detection. Removal included in the paid version.
 Portable version exists.
Links to the Gizmo's "best free" lists
Links to other Gizmo pages
Anti-virus: 
Avast!
Microsoft Security Essentials
Avira AntiVir 
Panda cloudantivirus
AVG Anti-Virus
Fprot (with Returnil)
Ad-Aware
Spyware Doctor with antivirus
PC Tools Free AV
Preventon  
Rising

Zillya
Nano
Kingsoft
Clam Sentinel
Digital Defender
Qihoo 360
CMC Infosec
Twister $
Anti-malware (Can be run alongside with an AV):
Prevx
Immunet
Clam Antivirus
Rising PC doctor
Hazard Shield
Security suite (anti-virus, anti-malware and firewall):
Comodo
Forticlient 
Agnitum Outpost Security Suite
AV/AM trials:
Emsisoft   (works as scanner after trial period)
Kaspersky
Avira
Nod32
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Scanners
AV-Scanners:
Hitman Pro
Trendmicro
Kaspersky
Norton Security Scan
Bitdefender free
MWAV  
Wuzzup 
MalAware
Online Armor Cloudscanner  
Sophos Threat Detection Test
ClamWin
Comodo cloud scanner
Arcavir
Anti-malware scanners:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Superantispyware
NoVirusThanks
Spy Sweeper
Spyware Doctor
Spy-Emergency
CA antispyware

Norascan
Spybot S&D
SpyCatcher
Wormblaster

Portable antivirus/antimalware:
DrWeb cureit
Emsisoft Emergency USB Stick files
Superantispyware
VIPRE Rescue 
AVZ  AVZ database
Norman malware cleaner

Trendmicro Sysclean
Spybot 
ClamWin portable

Multi-AV scanners:
Multi-AV scan
Antivirusmulti
Avert
Multi-AV Scanning Tool
AV Rescue CD:
Kaspersky
Avira
F-Secure 
Panda
BitDefender
DrWeb
AVG
Spybot S&D
more
Command line scanners:
Avira
Emsisoft
Vipre
Virusbuster
Panda
Trend Micro
Sophos
VBA32 Check
AVG
Integrate several rescue disks:
Sardu

Anti-rootkit:
Gmer
Kernel Detective
RootRepeal
SpyDllRemover
VBA anti-rootkit
F-secure
Sophos
Sanity check
Gmer: mbr-rootkit
Gmer: catchme (user-mode)
Rootkitty (boot cd)
Other
Anti-rootkit discussions:
 1  2  3  4  5  6
Memory scanner:
Threatexpert memoryscanner

AV/AM definition files:
Avira
Superantispyware
Avast
Malwarebytes
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Tools for virus removal
Tools for most common viruses:
F-secure easyclean
McAfee Stinger
MS Malicious Software Removal Tool
Avira AntiVir Removal Tool
Tools for stubborn malware:
Norton Power Eraser
Combofix
Smitfraudfix
Bytehero
SafeReturner
Anti-malware toolkit
Geeks to go
Freefixer
Malware Protector
Comodo CE
Roguefix
Kill unecessary/suspect processes:
AntiExeHijack
Rkill
Roguekiller
Removal tools for specific viruses:
BitDefender
Kaspersky
F-Secure
Symantec
Panda Software
Additional AV-spesific tools
Avira
Guides for malware removal:
My cleaning procedure
MajorGeeks
Clean 64-bit machine
Michael Horowitz
Elitekiller
Realsecurity
Malware removal help sites:
Bleepingcomputer
Dslreports
Atribune
Malware Removal
Remove fake antivirus
Geeks to Go!
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Online-scanners
File scanning with several scanners:
Virustotal (Uploader)
Novirusthanks (Uploader)
Jotti
Virscan
Filterbit
Viruschief
Scanning of several zipped files:
Avira
Online-scanners:
Kaspersky
F-Secure

BitDefender
Symantec
BitDefender qscan
Eset
Panda Software 
a-squared
Bluepoint
OneCare
Superantispyware
Mcafee
CA
Iolo
Tenebril
Windowssecurity
Comodo

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Firewalls
Free firewalls:
Comodo
PCTools
Sunbelt
Privatefirewall
Jetico
Iolo
Sotfperfect
Sygate
Webroot
NetVeda Safety.Net
Filseclab
R
Limited versions of commercial firewalls:
Outpost 
Online Armor
Zonealarm
Ashampoo
Simple firewall:
Ghostwall
Windows firewall:
XP firewall guide

Configuring XP firewall
Vista firewall guide
Vista firewall control
Windows 7 firewall control
Sphinx
Diagnose and fix Windows Firewall service problems

Gateways:
Astaro Security Gateway
Endian

Untangle
Smoothwall
Replacement for router firmware:
Tomato
DD-WRT

About NAT routers and hardware firewalls:
article 1
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HIPS
Behaviour blocker:
ThreatFire
StormShield
Classical strong HIPS:
Malware Defender
Comodo defence+
Spyware Terminator
Real time defender
System Safety Monitor

Classical lightweight HIPS:
Windows Defender
Winpatrol
 
System shields
Teatimer
Arovax Shield (XP,V)
Startup monitoring:
Startup monitor
Anti-keylogger:
SpyShelter
Quaresso
CoDefender
Snoopfree
DataGuard AntiKeylogger
KL-detector
PSMA
Zemana $
Registry protection:
MJ Registry Watcher
Anti-executable:
Process Guard (XP)
Trust-no-exe
Winsonar
Faronics $
White/blacklisting anti-executable:
Bluepoint security $
Drive firewall:
SensiveGuard
CoreForce
PE Guard
$
File/Folder Monitoring Software:
Tiny Watcher
FileChecker
FileMap by BB
Osiris
TheFolderSpy
Anti Dialer:
A-Squared Anti Dialer
Dialer shields
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System hardening-HIPS
System & Program Files Protection:
System Protect

Prevent other users deleting files/folders:
Prevent
MBR protection:
MBRguard
Memory firewall:
Comodo memory firewall
Address space randomization:
WehnTrust
Prevention of drive-by-downloads:
Blade
Prevention of exploits in media files:
Quttera
USB-firewall:
No Autorun
McShield
USB protect
Net Studio USB FireWall
Autorun Eater
Ninja Pendisk!
MxOne
USB WriteProtector
USB Drive Antivirus
DVD repair
more
USB protection (other):
USBDummyProtect
Shutdown prevention:
Shutdownguard
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System hardening
Guides for securing your PC:
My current choices for real-time protection
BlueZanetti
Cyber Security Tips
Real security
10 services to turn off in MS Windows XP
disabling autorun (XP)
disabling autorun (V)
Limited user account (LUA):
Why you should not run your computer as an administrator
Vista, 7
XP
More secure browser:
Iron
CromePlus
Comodo Dragon
Google Chrome
Firefox
Epic
Opera
Pale Moon
Google Chrome Frame
More secure pdf-reader:
Foxit
Sumatra
PDF-XChange Viewer
More secure media player:
KMPlayer
More secure image viewer:
Irfanview
Picasa
Hardening tools:
Vispa
Invincible Windows
Harden-It
Secure-It
SafeXP
XPantispy
Security & Privacy Complete
Seconfig XP
Samurai
Windows Worms Doors Cleaner
USB-autorun disabling:
Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine
Flash disinfector
Thumbscrew

Script-file protection:
Script Defender
ScripTrap
Protection against scripts embedded on web pages:
No Script
Protection against flash embedded on web pages:
Flash block
Blitzableiter

SRP (Software Restriction Policy):
instructions 1
instructions 2
PGS - Pretty Good Security
Safe Admin
AppAdmin
Adding user rights:
Sudo for windows
suDown
Limiting user rights:
SuRun
Improved Group Policy Editor:
Doug's Windows XP Security Console
Running program with dropped rights:
PsExec
StripMyRights
1-defender
Protection against spesific vulnerabilities:
.LNK Shortcut Antivirus
.LNK checker
.LNK Sophos
Protection against  DLL preloading remote attack
Hardware-based security:
Determine Processor Security Feature
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Sandboxing-virtualization
Sandboxing (for browsers etc):
Sandboxie
GeSWall
Bufferzone
RTD Smart
Defensewall $
AppGuard $
AppRanger $
System virtualization:
Returnil 
Powershadow 2.6 (Key)
Virtual Protect
Shadow Defender $
Rollback software:
Keriver 1-click restore
Comodo time machine
Rollback Rx  $
Eaz-fix $
Locked system :
Faronics Deep Freeze $
Desktop virtualization:
Mojopac
Icore
Ceedo $
Virtual players:
VmWare player, VmWare converter, EasyVMX converter
moka5 live PC + Fearless Browser
Virtualization software:
VMWare
VirtualBox
VirtualPC
VMLite
VMToolkit
Online VM:
Spoon
Application virtualization:
Evalaze
Cameyo

Virtualized browser:
Inmunos
Dell Kace Safe Browser
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Vulnerability scanning and updates
Windows-system security analyzing:
NeXpose Community Edition
MS Baseline Security Analyzer
Nessus
Belarc Advisor
Protector Plus
WinUpdatesList
Windows-system security analyzing (OS+installed programs):
Secunia
F-secure health check
Updates for installed programs:

Updates from Microsoft:
Shavlik Patch Google® Gadget
Ryan VM's pack
Keep set-up packages up-to-date
AutoPatcher
Windows Updates Downloader
WSUS Offline Update
Searching for drivers:
How To Find Drivers for Unknown Devices in Windows
Device Doctor
Several here and here
CD With All Current Drivers for Windows:
DriverPack Solution 9
Many here
Tools for speeding up (re)install:
Ninite Multiple App Installer
Allmyapps
All in One Runtimes
Check website vulnerabilities:
Zerodayscan
Penetration testing:
Metasploit Framework
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Browser security
Anti-phishing/malware browser plugins:
WOT
Webutation
LinkExtend
McAfee Siteadvisor
PcTools Browserdefender
Norton Safeweb
Surfcanyon
Netcraft toolbar
Bitdefender anti-phishing
Sitehound
Web Security Guard
TrendProtect
Comodo Verification Engine
Real-time link scanning:
SmartScreen Filter (IE)
AVG Linkscanner
 
Finjan SecureBrowsing
Qualys
Manual link scanning:
VTzilla
Team cymry
UrlVoid
IPVoid
Webutation
LinkScanner
Dr.Web plug-in
Unmask Parasites
Online link scan
Norton
Finjan
AVG
DrWeb
TrendMicro
More safe downloading:
µTorrent Virusguard
Trustable Downloader
Prevent Blackhat Search Engine Optimization:
Zscaler

Check the web trader:
Shopping assistant
Anti-phishing  plugins:
IDND
ShowIP
CallingID
Check real URL:
bit.ly preview
Untiny url
TrueURL
expandmyurl
longurlplease
Ad blocking:
Adblock Plus  (blocklists)
Adsweep
Simple-adblock
TACO
AdblockIE
Adblocking for Chrome
Beef Taco
Ad Muncher $
Pop-up blockers:
PanicWare Pop-Up Stopper
EMS Free Surfer
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IP-blocking/hardening
Blocking connections to malware domains:

Blacklists for Explorer:
Spyware Blaster
Internet proxy+blacklist:
SquidGuard
Host File management:
Hostsman
HostsXpert
B.I.S.S. Host Manager
Host files (blocking malware and advertisements):
Hostfile
Hosts
Mvps
Other IP-block lists:
CoU IP blocklist updater (Outpost firewall, Online Armor)
Caching/filtering and blocking pseudo-DNS server:
DNSKong
Internal proxies:
Proxomitron + JD list
Sidki's Proxomitron config
IdnWebShield
BFilter
Polipo
External proxies:
Freecap
Socscap
Better DNS:
Sunbelt ClearCloud   test1  test2
OpenDNS
NortonDNS
Comodo DNS
Google DNS
ScrubIT
DynDNS
FoolDNS
Change DNS-settings easily:
DNS-jumper
local DNS proxy:
Acrylic
IP-blocking:
Peerblock
PeerGuardian 2
Parental control:
Norton Safety Minder 
Windows Live Family Safety
Kidzui
K9 Web Protection
Parentalcontrolbar
Glubble
GoGoStat (Facebook)
Spam filters:
SpamAssassin
SpamBayes
SpamCop
Spamihilator
SPAMfighter
Comodo Antispam
Mailwasher
Spam Manager
SpamFence
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Privacy
Social media privacy:
Defensio
Norton Safeweb
BitDefender safego
ReclaimPrivacy
Privacy Check
Openbook
Zesty
The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Guide
How to permanently delete your facebook account
How to block A Facebook stalker
Social media soberity test:
Webroot
Firefox privacy:
Proxy tool
Mailbox hijack tests:
An Easy Way to Check for Unusual Activity in Your Gmail Account
Chat privacy:
Bitdefender chat encryption
Search engines with high privacy:
ixquick
Scroogle
Startpage

Duckduckgo
Eliminate ad-data tracking:
Privacychoice
Fake identity generator:
Fakenamegenerator
Anonymity tests:
deanonymizer
XeroBank
Decloak

Checking your own ip:
Show My IP
IP Adress
Danasoft
Checking your DNS:
Check DNS-settings
How malware hijacks DNS
Collection of tools:
Anoniem-surfen
EPIC
Download squad
Free VPN connection:
Comodo Trust Connect login page info info2
Hotspot shield
CyberGhost
UltraVPN
Loki
It's Hidden
Jondo
USAip
PacketiX
VPN reactor
Free hide IP
ProXPN
more here
Free online proxy:
Xerosurf
Proxify
Vtunnel
Anonymouse
Ninjacloak
PimpMyIP
Zend2
Proxybrowsing
more here
SSH and SFTP client:
Tunnelier
WinSCP
FileZilla
Anonymous browsers:
Jondofox
XeroBank

Anonymous browsing tools:
Foxyproxy
Estrella Roja
Tor+Vidalia

Spoofing mac address:
Macmakeup
Macshift
SMAC
TMAC
Cookie-control:
CS lite
Cookie monster
CookieSafe
Cookie culler
Maxa

LSO killing:
BetterPrivacy
Objection
Key scrambling:
KeyScrambler Personal
NextGen Antikeylogger
Virtual keyboard:
Trendmicro Transaction Guard
Neo's safekeys
Safeguarding banking session:
My banking advice
Prevx SafeOnline (free here)
Trusteer Rapport
ID Vault
Password management:
Lastpass
Passwordmaker
Password Safe
RoboForm
Keepass
Any password
Secure login
RoboForm2Go
Generating secure passwords:
Password Cards
GRC
Create strong passwords
E-mail encryption:
PGPFreeware
Comodo SecureEmail
Gpg4win
VPN software:
Logmein Hamachi
Comodo EasyVPN
TightVNC
Browsing without a trace:
Portable Firefox 
Browzar
Removal of jpeg metadata:
JPEG and PNG stripper
jScript
BatchPurifier LITE
Removal of doc metadata:
Doc Scrubber
Automatic analyzing of EULA:
Eulalyzer
Spywareguide

Other:
Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
SSL-protected Google
Secure HTTPS server: Perspectives
Referrer control
Detection of web bugs:Ghostery
Service for one-time passwords: KYPS
Protection against search data profiling: Trackmenot
HTTPS-everywhere
VPNLive - collection of proxy and VPN
Secure search engine connection
Email Header Analysis
Collection of privacy tools
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System monitoring
System monitoring and diagnostic:
System Explorer
System info for Windows (SIW) 
What's Running
Change Analysis Diagnostic tool
EVEREST Home Edition
Anvir task manager
Fresh Diagnose
Multimon
Hijack Hunter
Gadgets
Hardware monitoring and diagnostics:
LookInMyPC
PC Wizard
Sisoft Sandra lite
Crystalmark
MKN PerformanceMonitor
System Spec
Speccy
SF diagnostic tool
WinAudit
SIV
Hardware, network and software inventory:
Lansweeper

Process/startup/etc scanners:
ProcessExplorer 
DTaskManager
Glint
Process Hacker
Autorun Angel
Autoruns
Silent runners
Run Scanner
Startup control panel
Startup Guard
Autostart Explorer
Tizer
Ez-PC-fix
Atool
x-ray PC
Security Autorun
Process Eye
Process/startup/etc scanners with analyzing help:
Eset SysInspector
RSIT
 
Sreng
HijackThis (help)
OLT
FreeFixer
Hijack Hunter
a2 HiJackFree
Security Task Manager
Runalyzer
Dart Bit
OSAM Autorun manager
Autorun Angel
ProcessQuickLink
Soluto
Services:
Smart
Realtime process monitoring:
Process monitor
ProcessActivityView
SpyMeTools
Monitor file system activity:
Malware Activity Watcher
Monitor hard disk activity:
What's my computer doing?
Monitor hard disk health:
Acronis Drive Monitor
Monitor memory:
MKN MemoryMonitor
Monitor USB-activity:
USBDeview
USB activity monitor
Monitor registry and file changes:
RegShot
SpyMeTools
RegFromApp
InstallSpy
SystemSherlock
NT Filemonitor

Monitor computer usage:
Blackbox
Test system stability:
Heavyload
Detect packed drivers:
Mischel Packed Driver Detector
Searching files and processes:
fileresearchcenter
processlibrary
Bit9 fileadvisor
Sans institute
ViCheck
Team cymry
File Type Inspector:
TrID
Executable Inspection:
PEiD
Mandiant red curtain

Event Viewers:
EventLog Inspector
Open Event Viewer
Checksum calculation:
Hashtab
Md5summer
Hashcalc
FileVerifier++
MD5 checksum

Other:
How to verify the Integrity of Windows system files, (sfc /scannow)
How To Check System Files For Digital Signatures
Memory usage analysis: MEMMAP
Check injected DLLs
Monitor debug output: DebugView
Debugger for Windows: WinDbg
Monitor kernel object activity: ObjMon
Monitor files in your website automatically: Websites Cop
Svchost Process Analyzer
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Network traffic monitoring
Port checking:
ActivePorts
TcpView
CurrPorts+IPNetInfo
Roadkil's Scan Port
Plax network suite
TCPEye
Botnet diagnosis:
Trendmicro RUBotted

Network traffic monitoring:
Networx
Netmeter
F-secure web trail
Network lights
Urlsnooper
ProcNetMonitor
Network traffic analyzing:
Wireshark
NetworkMiner
Nmap
Cain & Abel
IpSniffer
Microsoft Network Monitor
Analyzer
Smartsniff
NIDS:
Snort
Bothunter
Control internet traffic priority:
NetBalancer
DNS-performance test:
GRC
Namebench
Internet speed test:
Speedtest
Ping:
Emco Ping Monitor
Other:
Protection against ARP poisoning
Securing wireless network
How To Check If Someone Is Stealing Your WiFi

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System cleaning
Versatile cleanup tool:
RegRun Reanimator
Virus effect remover
Process killing:
APT
KillProcess
ProcX
File shredders:
Eraser 
UltraShredder
File Shredder
Secure Wipe

Wipe deleted files:
Prevent restore
Versatile tool for removing infection traces at bootup:
BlitzBlank
Threat Killer
Unlocking files:
Unlocker 
LockHunter
Emco UnLock IT
File killing:
KillBox
Brute force uninstaller (guide)
FileASSASSIN
Avenger
Emco MoveOnBoot
Guide for killing files

Killing registry entries:
RegASSASSIN
Free locked files:
WhoLockMe
Tizer
Device&driver analyzing:
ServiWin
Pserv.cpl
Registry editing:
Registrar lite
Regalyzer
RegSearch
System cleaning:
Wise
CCleaner CCEnhancer
DiskMax
Comodo system cleaner
Easy Cleaner
RegSeeker
Tweaknow RegCleaner
ATF-Cleaner
CleanUP!
PureRa
FCleaner
KCleaner lite
Wipe
System Ninja
Registry Life
PowerTools Lite
Browzer Cleaner
Cleaner Traces Eraser
Duplicate cleaning:
Duplicate Cleaner
Maintenance & Optimization:
WinUtilities
Ashampoo WinOptimizer
Glary utilities
360Amigo
digital defender Fullspeed PC
Memory optimizer:
Cleanmem
Collection of tools:
Mztweak
Ultimate Windows Tweaker
True System Security Tweaker
Alternate data streams:
StreamArmor
ADSSpy
Assasin G13
Shell extensions:
ShellExView
Tool for balancing process CPU:
Process lasso 
Process tamer
Disk defragging
Auslogics disk defrag
Defraggler
WinContig
Puran defrag
Registry defragging:
PageDefrag
WinASO RegDefrag
Quicksys RegDefrag
WinMend Registry Defrag
Simnet Registry Defrag
Uninstallers:
Revo uninstaller
Zsoft uninstaller
Add/Remove Pro
Install Rite
EMB uninstaller
Uninstall Programs Packaged with Windows Installer in Safe Mode
SafeMSI
Raymond cc
Tracking registry and files changes when installing software:
Many here
MRU-list deleting:
MRU-Blaster
Removing unwanted (preinstalled) Windows/software:
PC Decrapifier
Office 2007 remover
AV removal (many tools)
AppRemover
AV removal 2 (many tools)
Old versions of Java
Old versions of Flash
List of uninstallers

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File rescuing from Usb-drive/hard disk:
MiniTool
Testdisk
PC Inspector File Recovery
Photorec
DiskDigger
Avira UnErase
Recuva
Easeus
Undelete 360
File rescuing from memory cards:
PC Inspector smart recovery
Rescuing files from corrupted hard disk:
Unstoppable Copier
DataRescue's DD
Unstoppable copying:
TeraCopy
Versatile tool for coping files:
RichCopy
Rescuing files from broken CD/DVD:
IsoBuster
IsoPuzzle
CDcheck
Recovery Toolbox
Write error resistant DVD:s:
dvdisaster
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Encrypting
Versatile tool for encrypting:
FREE CompuSec
Hiding files/folders:
My Lockbox
Easy file locker
Hidefolders
Free Hide Folder
MySecretFolder
FolderGuard
Folder Password Expert $
Encrypting files:
AxCrypt
DsCrypt
KGB archiver
Crypt4free
EncryptOnClick
Cryptainer LE
Androsa FileProtector
ICE encrypt
Password protect executables:
Empathy
Encrypted USB-stick:
Encrypt Stick
Rohos
Disk/drive encryption:
Comodo
Encrypting with virtual drives:
TrueCrypt
Secret disk
FreeOTFE
Safehouse Explorer
Encrypting for usb-drive:
Cryptainer LE
USB flash security
Rohos Mini
SecureStick
Steganography:
Hide in picture
Bon Kuy Bon
Steghide
DIIT
Invisible secrects
Guide1
Guide2
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Backup
Data Backup:
Syncback
Backup maker
Free File Sync
Fbackup
Datasafe
Karen’s Replicator
Comodo Backup

Cobian backup
XXCopy
Robocopy
Areca Backup
GFI Backup
Hobo Copy
Ocster
Toucan
FileHamster
Creating backup server:
Syncrify
Timemachine for data:
Genie Timeline
Windows-based backup:
Create system Image (7)
Network backup:
Bacula
Syncronization tools:
PureSync
Fullsync
FreeFileSync
USB-backup
USBflashcopy
Online-disk:
Mozy
Crashplan
Adrive
Idrive
Dropbox

Memopal
Gmail Drive shell extension
Skydrive explorer (Windows Live)
Filesanywhere
CX
more
Host and share files:
Send Genie
myUpload
Gigasize
Rapidshare
4shared
Sendspace
HideMyAss
FileDropper
Hotfile
Mediafire
Multiupload
Megaupload
Registry backup:
Erunt
Programs for mbr backupping and restoring:
MBR Backup
Many  here
Creating images from hard disks on-line:
Paragon Express
Macrium Reflect Free
Easeus
DriveImageXML
Comodo backup
Roadkil's Disk Image
Terabyte Image For Windows $
Backupping hard disk with Live-Cd:
G4U
PC INSPECTOR™ clone maxx
Partition Logic
Hard disk cloning:
HDClone free (CD)
Raw copy of hard disks:
Roadkil's Raw Copy
Hard disk wiping:
Darik's Boot & Nuke
Active Kill Disk
PC INSPECTOR™ e-maxx
Disk wipe
Roadkil's Disk Wipe
Backup drivers:
Drivermax
Double Driver
Other:
Backing Up EISA Hidden PQSERVICE Partition and MBR on a New Laptop
Backup and Restore Vista OEM Activation License
Bypass Hard Disk Encryption Software and Format Your PC

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Repairing XP:
Recovering Windows XP using the Recovery Console
How to install and use the Windows XP Recovery Console
Repair XP
How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
Windows install cd to USB:
WinToFlash
Windows Vista rescue disks:
Neosmart
Windows 7 rescue disks/USBs:
Neosmart
Raymondcc

Versatile tool for troubleshooting:
Microsoft fix it center
Techtoolkit
Admin Swiss Knife Suite
TechTools
NirLauncher
WSCC - Windows System Control Center
Cognitivity
Rescue disks:
UBCD4win
Trinity
BartPE
BootDisk
UBCD
Omega
Norton Bootable Recovery Tool
Hiren's boot cd
OTLPEStd
Secured2k's Boot CD

Portable OS:
Ubuntu linux
KNOS
Linux live CD:
LinuxMint
Puppy
Simply Mepis
Slax
Ubuntu
PCLinuxOS
Webconverger
Partition recovery:
Testdisk
Minitool
Partition software:
Easeus
MInitool
Paragon
Gparted
Boot-CD registry editor:
PC regedit
Rescuing and troubleshooting:
Paragon Rescue Kit
Memtest86+
Sisoft
SystemRescueCD
Shockfamily Knoppix
BSOD survival guide
Boot, rescue, partitioning etc.
Parted Magic
Easeus
Fixing MBR:
Fixing MBR with Boot-CD
another
Fixing MBR
Kill bootkits
Disk recovery(data, partition, boot sector):
TesktDisk
Partition Find & Mount
Make bootable USB:

Make bootable linux USB:
UBootNetin
LiLi
Privatix Live-System

Make bootable Windows USB:
A bootable USB
WintoFlash
Recover a hanging system:
Antifreeze
Solve problem drivers:
Bluescreenview
Whocrashed
Remove Leftovers Driver From Your System
Identify Which Service or Driver Failed During System Startup
Repairing of broken internet connection:
Complete Internet Repair
Winsockxpfix
Winsockfix
Lspfix
Autodebug for Winsock
Repairing of broken internet connection (V)
Network test tool
ICR

Restore Corrupted Folder Options and Advanced Settings:
Re-Enable
Tool 1

Tool 2
Fix corrupted .exe association  another
Fixpolicies
XP Quick Fix Plus
Dial-aFix
Computer Repair utility kit
Eable booting in safe mode
Turn off “Autorun” and “Default Share” download
Windows medkit
7 quick fix
XP quick fix plus
Broken shortcut fixer
File Association Fixer another
Repair corrupted IE:
Repair IE
SF IE Restoration
Windows reinstall guides:
How to Rebuild your Computer
Windows reinstall
Install, reinstall, or uninstall Windows
installing windows xp from a usb key
Recover installations keys:
The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder
Recover Windows key for unbootable system
Retrieve the Software Installation Keys
ProduKey
LicenseCrawler
RockXP
Recover/reset Windows passwords:
boot cd for reseting windows passwords
How to reset windows account password
How to recover Windows password
Cain&Able
Ophcrack
Recover other passwords:
Reveal Passwords Hidden Under Asterisks
Recover Firefox master password
Reset BIOS Password
Recover router password
SafeMode:
How to Start Windows in Safe Mode
BootSafe
Stress tests:
Video Memory stress Test

BIOS:
How to enter BIOS
How to set BIOS to boot from the CD
Changing Your Computers Boot Order
Memory dump:
How to Create a Memory Dump for a Program
How to analyse memory dump

Versatile tools:
Advantage-PC Fix
Shane's toolbox
Recover documents:
Recover Word documents
Recover Exel documents
Recover Exel/Word documents
Recover ZIP-files
ZIP repair
Other:
How to check if  system Is 32-bit or 64-bit (x86 or x64)
Mount an ISO Image in Windows 7, Vista and XP
How to use SysPrep to Generate Unique SID before Cloning
How To Fix “BOOTMGR is missing” Error in Vista and Windows 7
How to Quickly Shut Down a Hung or Unresponsive Application

Copy A Downloaded Linux Disk Image To a Bootable USB Stick

RegToBat
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Miscellaneous
Security program lists:
Spywarewarrior
Alken
firewallguide
Best security discussion forums:
Wilders Security
Other problem solving forums:
Microsoft
w7forums
sevenforums
Blogs:
Sunbelt
F-secure lab
Safe and Savvy
PC Security
Portable application launchers:
LiberKey
PortableApps
App.etizer
Asuite
Remote control:
Teamviewer
LogMein
RealVNC
Crossloop
TwinVNC
Screen shearing:
join.me
Other:
Symantec threat meter
WiFi Shield: KittyLitter
System Lock:  Predator
Laptop Security:  LAlarm
Laptop security tips
Track stolen laptop: Prey
Lock keyboard and mouse
IP locator
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Tests and malware analysis tools
AV/AM testing methodology:
My proposal
AV-laboratories:
support@emsisoft.com
newvirus@kaspersky.com
virus@avira.com
report@prevxresearch.com
https://analysis.f-secure.com/

Eicar test virus:
Eicar AntiVirus test file
Test spyware:
Spycar
Scoundrel Simulator
System shutdown test:
ZeroDay test
Keylogger/screencapture/webcam  etc. tests:
Zemana
AKLT
SpyShelter
SKL
Microsoft
HIPS/Firewall-tests:
Comodo
Matousec
Buffer overfolw test:
Comodo
Firewall/port tester:
GRC
AuditmyPC
Hackerwatch
Hackerwhacker
Router crash test:
GRC

DNS security test:
GRC
Email security test:
GFI
Other security tests:
Test my PC
PC Flank
BrowserSpy
Anti-rootkit tests:
Hideproc
Process termination:
SPT
Browser tests:
Web Check
Popup Check

Test sites:
Av Comparatives
Virus Info
Anti Malware Test
Shadow Server
Kareldjag
PCSL - PC Security Labs
Remove-malware
MRG
Virus.gr
Antivirusware
Matousec
TheIgster
Individual tests
Info and tools on malware analysis:
Malwareinfo
MTC
Real-time analysis for sandboxed malware:
Buster Sandbox Analyzer
Extractors:
Universal extractor
Online sandbox for malware analysis:
Threatexpert

Sunbelt Sandbox
CIMA
Anubis
Norman Sandbox
Joebox
Autovin
Wepawet
Eureka
Comodo
Malware samples and hostile sites:
MDL      
Offensive Computing
Malware-Research
Malwaredomains
Malwarebytes
GSI parser:
Getsysteminfo

View HTTP Request and Response Header:
Web sniffer
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Vista/Windows 7 specific security
Better UAC:
TweakUAC
Norton UAC Tool
Microsoft tool
UAC controller tool
UAC Trust Shortcut
Better XP mode:
VMLite
VMware
DEP:
turning DEP on
SEHOP:
Turning SEHOP on
Applocker:
Applocker documentation
EMET (also XP):
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit
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Notes
What's new on this list
I react to every correction and suggestion, although I may not answer all of them explicitely. This list is updated approximately twice a week, if needed. So, if your suggestion does not appear to the list immediately, it does not mean it has been omitted.
25.9.2010 SpamFence   4.10.2010 Four online scanners, Filesanywhere   6.10.2010 Command line scanners  10.10.2010 Namebench, Rohos, Avert   16.10.2010 Folder Pasword Expert    20.10.10 Dell Kace Safe Browser, Evalaze   25.10.10 360Amigo 29.10.10 Backup Maker, Datasafe, Hiren's boot cd   31.10.10 USBflashcopy, join.me, ArcaVir Scanner   2.11.10 OLT, SMAC, OTLPEStd   3.11.10 Startup monitor, SpyCatcher, Puran defrag   7.11.10 Quttera   10.11.10 TMAC   13.11.10 Softperfect firewall   27.11.10 System Spec, Speccy, SF diagnostic tool    1.12.10 System monitoring gadgets   3.12.10 Agnitum Outpost Security Suite   4.12.10 FreeFixer, Malware Protector, Wormblaster    11.12.10 RockXP, Bootsafe, Secured2k's, LicenseCrawler, LookInMyPC   12.12.10 Winaudit, AutoPatcher, Windows Updates Downloader, WSUS Offline Update, Admin Swiss Knife Suite, TechTools, NirLauncher, WSCC - Windows System Control Center   13-12-10 PageDefrag, WinASO RegDefrag, Quicksys RegDefrag, WinMend Registry Defrag, Simnet Registry Defrag, Registry Life, PowerTools Lite   14-12-10 SIV, Re-Enable   16-12-10 several fixing tools, FoolDNS    20-12-20 VBA32 Check, Undelete 360   23-12-10 Astaro Security Gateway, myUpload   25-10-10 FileDropper, Hotfile, Mediafire, Multiupload   4-1-11 Keriver, Pale Moon, Norton Safeweb, Torrent Virusguard, Megaupload, Trustable Downloader, CallingID, Beef Taco, CMC Infosec, Spybot portable, 9-1-11 Digital Defender, Defensio   14-1-11 Scroogle, Startpage, Duckduckgo   15-1-11 McShield   20-1-11 Liberkey, Roguefix   21-1-11 Realsecurity, Cognitivity   2-2-11 Prey 7-2-11 EventLog Inspector    12-2-11 Norascan   16-2-11 Bluepoint onine scanner   21-2-11 Ashampoo FireWall  27-2-11 Qihoo 360 28-2-11 StormShield, Duplicate cleaner, True System Security Tweaker

My current choices for real-time protection

 Free setup (both 32-bit and 64-bit) for my friends and relatives. Here robustness and simplicity are as important as efficiency of protection:
  • Microsoft security essentials
  • Windows Firewall
Optional:
  • Prevx free with Safeonline
  • Panda USB vaccine
  • LUA (Vista, 7)
     
My personal setup for 32-bit Vista laptop:
  • LUA+TweakUAC
  • Defencewall personal firewall
  • Prevx with Safeonline
  • Winpatrol Plus
  • Panda USB vaccine
     
My personal setup for 64-bit  Windows 7 desktop:
  • LUA+TweakUAC
  • Sandboxie Pro
  • Windows Firewall
  • Microsoft security essentials
  • Prevx free with Safeonline
  • Winpatrol Plus
  • No Autorun

Cleaning procedure
Below a combat proven cleaning procedure for removing stubborn malware. ( All steps are not necessarily needed.)
  1. AV boot cd -  Kaspersky/Avira  (How to enter BIOSHow to set BIOS to boot from the CD)
  2. UBCD4Win + DrWeb Cureit/Emsisoft Emergency*
  3. If system becomes unbootable try repairing Windows with the XP recovery console or Vista/7 system recovery options menu. (These may be found  in the boot menu, but if they have not been installed,  you can use them with original Windows install cd or with a specially made recovery cd. (Look also here.)
  4. Repair possibly corrupted .exe association made by malware.
  5. Repair internet connection, if it was lost during cleaning. 
  6. COMODO Firewall with Defence+ ***
  7. You can try to perform the next two steps in Safe Mode** with networking
  8. Hitman Pro****
  9. Malwarebytes antimalware/Superantispyware
  10. Prevx free + manual cleaning
  11. Winpatrol (For manual analysis: HOSTS-file, startups etc.)
  12. Remove with CCleaner  temp-files and clean registry. (Take registry snapshot before cleaning.)
  13. Clean Alternate Data Streams (ADS)
  14. Verify the Integrity of Windows system files (sfc /scannow)
  15. Check DNS-settings. Here   more info.
  16. Switch Windows firewall on. 
  17. Uninstall old (possibly corrupted) AV. Install new AV and scan with it.
  18. Check for Windows/Microsoft  updates.
  19. Check updates of other programs with Secunia sofware inspector
  20. Repair system modifications made by malware.
  21. Empty the system restore and create a new restore point. (XP, Vista/7)
  22. run chkdsk /r
  23. If you suspect you've had MBR-rootkit you can repair MBR with the XP recovery console or Vista/7 system recovery menu. (Look also here.)
*) Notice, that all these portable antimalware can be used with UBCD4Win boot cd. You can copy them to hard disk, USB stick or CD. Run always "full scan".
**) Some malware does not run in safe mode.
***) Use paranoid settings and prevent anything unknown from running.  Check these.
****)  If you meet a malware that still blocks executables, try a "Force Breach" start of Hitman Pro (hold the left Ctrl-key until the man with the ladder appears while opening Hitman Pro). If you get UAC prompt you need to keep holding ctrl while you acknowledge the message. In case the internet connection is broken or unavailable, start a Early Warning Scoring (EWS) scan by selecting it from the Next button. This will also reveal: 1) The use of a local proxy server  (an indication of malware redirecting or sniffing your web activity). 2) Check and fix an invalid Winsock stack. 3) Detect problems with NDIS (Network Driver Interface). 4) Track down rootkits or other malware that are cloaked, perform suspicious activity or have many bad characteristcs (unethical construction and/or behavior).


My banking advice
Use one LUA for ALL everyday use and make another LUA which is used ONLY for banking. The point is, that if the everyday LUA is infected, the infection is almost always limited to that account. (99% safety guaranteed. This of course requires, that  you are not yet infected, and don't install malware with adminstrative rights in the future.)
And get the free version of Prevx SafeOnline.

Other anti-rootkits
There are numerous anti-rootkits. I give here some more.  They may be very good, but I cannot recommeded them, as I don't know anything about their quality:

My proposal for a simple AV/AM testing methodology

Cleaning test
1.install AM
2.boot
3.run Tiny watcher
4.real-time protection off
5.take 10 samples, check at Virustotal
6.install samples (monitor with Process explorer to see if really runs)
7.boot
8.realtime protection on
9.Clean, boot, Clean, boot, Clean, boot,.....
10.run TW again (what is left)
11.Check rootkits (+others) with Prevx free + Hitman pro
Protection test (samples)
1.take 10 samples (checked at Virustotal)
2.install AM
3.boot
4.run Tiny watcher
5.install samples (monitor with Process explorer to see if really runs)
6.Boot
7.Clean, boot, Clean, boot, Clean, boot,.....
8.run TW again (what is left)
9.Check rootkits (+others) with Prevx free + Hitman pro
Protection test (exploits)
1.take 5 exploits
2.install AM, old adobe, old java, old flash
3.boot
4.run Tiny watcher
5.run exploits (monitor with Process explorer to see if really runs)
6.Boot
7.Clean, boot, Clean, boot, Clean, boot,.....
8.run TW again (what is left)
9.Check rootkits (+others) with Prevx free + Hitman pro

Individual tests
Dennis labs
Ekaitse
PC Mag 1 2
AV-test.org 1 2
Virusbulletin 1 2
NSS Labs
Wilders 1  2
Securacomp
Languy99

Prisoners on remand (might be useful, but not recommended)
RemoveIT Pro  (too many dangerous false positives)
Winpooch (not compatible with XP SP3)
WIPS (PoC-software, very demanding)
Digital defender, Blue Atom, Moon Secure  (low detection rate AV)
Emco Malware destroyer , Mysystemexpert, Malware Eraser (low detection rate AM)
SecurityKISS Tunnel (free version very limited)
Ultrasurf (probably legitimate, but has some strange behaviour)


Doing time in jail (not recommended)
NoAdware, StopZilla (rogues)
IObit Security 360, IObit  Advanced SystemCare Free, IObit Uninstaller, IObit Smart Defrag (probable MBAM database theft)


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Disclaimer: Some of these programs may harm your PC (especially when misused). Use at your own risk.
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