Computer geeks like me are not contented with software that resolves the computer problem just like that, and ignorance about our own computer system and tech terminologies make us feel ashamed. In almost every way, we want to dig out as many detailed information about our machines and master it ourselves. We even try not to rely on existing antivirus software and dare to solve the problem ourselves. So if you are one of us, you’d love to have these little and very useful system utilities meant for your Windows-based computer.
- CPU-Z – This is a freeware popular to those who frequently overclock their computer system. With CPU-Z program, you’ll get to know the technical details of your computer processor (CPU), and memory (RAM). Geeks usually use this when they "overclock" their PCs. Overclocking, in geeks understanding, means pushing your processor and other computer components’ speed higher than its specification. I don’t know why but computer masters usually have pathetic computer systems specs and they always feel their system performance is not enough.
- PC Wizard - is known to be one of the most advanced system information programs on the market. PC Wizard is a powerful utility designed for detection of hardware, but also some more analysis. It can analyze and benchmark many kinds of hardware, such as CPU performance, cache performance, RAM performance, Hard Disk performance, CD/DVD-ROM performance, Removable/FLASH Media performance, Video performance, MP3 compression performance and a lot more. This utility receives frequent updates to make sure that results of benchmarks are always accurate. Guess what? This utility is completely free and lightweight.
- Autorun – Autorun a small program developed by SysInternals (now acquired by Microsoft) which allows you to see the programs configured to run after system boot and Windows login. This utility helps geeks by showing to them advanced registry information that is very useful to spot a malicious program without the need of antivirus products. This works like Windows Defender, but with more technical air that geeks like.
- Process Explorer – If you feel that some malicious programs are running on your Windows system, this is the best utility to use! With Process Explorer, you’ll find out which files, registry keys and object processes are open and which DLLs (dynamic link libraries) they have loaded. Personally, what I loved with this program is that it shows the path or location of the files that are running on the memory. So, if you team this utility with Autorun (#4), viruses and trojans are easy to spot and stop! You may also want to check other SysInternals programs.
- Putty – Oh yes, this little utility is a popular terminal emulator for Windows and Unix platforms. It is a client program for the SSH, Telnet and Rlogin network protocols, to be specific. Of course, geeks love this to access remotely their beloved Linux systems — well, from Windows (though it works vice versa as well). The console command utility to open a remote session is very powerful. Much like what you have seen on Die Hard 4 movie! If you don’t have technical know-how, you may find it difficult to use this utility. If you are eager to learn though, here are heaps of information about Putty. I highly recommend that you use Putty along with WinSCP, an FTP and SFTP client.