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Links

I’ve compiled a list of website links that may make IT life easier:

  • PC Hardware & Software Support Phone Numbers
  • IT — Guides & Forums & Tools

  • How Stuff Works — good place to start if you want to learn about computers
  • iFixIt — free repair manual for Apple products, game consoles, phones, etc
  • Tek-Tips Forum — 800+ forums aimed at computer professionals
  • TechNet — Microsoft resources for IT professionals
  • Experts-Exchange — Microsoft MVPs - IT consultants answer IT problems
  • Cheat-Sheets — cheat sheets, round-ups, quick reference cards, quick reference guides & sheets
  • MSExchange.org — Exchange Server Resource Site: Articles & Tutorials
  • RouterPasswords — largest and most updated default router password database
  • Black Viper — Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/2008R2/8 Service Configuration
  • IT — Retailers

  • PCPartPicker — help do-it-yourself PC builder
  • Memmory Express — by far the best Canadian hardware retailer
  • Newegg Canada — another good hardware retailer
  • MonoPrice — specializing in high quality cables, components, accessories for computer and consumer electronics
  • PriceWatch — kind of gives you an idea where hardware prices are
  • AV Firewalls — Fortinet authorized online retailer
  • Xoxide — this hardware retailer is for the super geek, very specialized items
  • RetailMeNot — Coupons, Promo Codes, Free Shipping and Discounts for Thousands of Stores
  • FatCow — domain & web hosting
  • Think Geek — Keeps your checkboxes clear when installing applications
  • Software — Free

  • Browsers & Plugin Software
  • Google Chrome — Googles highly rated browser
  • FileZilla — FTP application
  • BitTorrent — peer-to-peer file sharing application
  • Digsby — Instant Messaging, E-mail, and Social Networking in one easy application
  • VLC — free and open source cross-platform multimedia player - multiple CODEC installation
  • Leawo Blu-ray Player — free Blu Ray player that actually works
  • Adblock — simple browser plug-in that blocks banners, pop-ups and video ads
  • Unchecky — simple browser plug-in that blocks banners, pop-ups and video ads
  • Backup & Re-Installation Software
  • Cobian Backup — best free backup utility for all versions of Windows
  • DriveImage XML — Windows XP/Vista/7/8 clone backup utility
  • Belarc Advisor — builds a detailed profile of your PC's software, hardware, network, missing hotfixes, etc.
  • Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder — utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install windows
  • PC Decrapifier — removes shovelware from new laptops and PCs
  • Ninite — Download multiple Applications with one easy sweep
  • Productivity Software
  • LibreOffice — best free office suite
  • Paint.NET — free image and photo editing software
  • GIMP — free photo imaging program - (GNU Image Manipulation Program)
  • Inkscape — Open Source vector graphics editor
  • Utility Software
  • Ultimate Windows Tweaker — Tweaker Utility for Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10
  • Classic Shell — Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins for Windows 8
  • 8GadgetPack — Use Gadgets on Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 — Tech Gadget Pack
  • FAT32 Formatter — format drives larger than 32GB using FAT32
  • Treesize Free — disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool
  • Prime95 — Torture Test utility that allows maximum stress testing on the CPU and RAM
  • Burning, Mouting, Ripping, & Compression Software
  • CDBurnerXP — free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray
  • MagicISO — powerful CD/DVD image file creating/editing/extracting/mounting tool
  • Free ISO Creator — ISO creation tool no complicated settings and options
  • DAEMON Tools Lite — Mount mdx, mds/mdf, iso, cdi, bin/cue, cue, flac, nrg, isz images
  • HandBrake — Convert video from nearly any format
  • IZarc — ultimate freeware archive utility
  • Remote Software
  • Team Viewer — Remote control any computer or Mac over the internet within seconds
  • UltraVNC — easy to use program that allows you to control another PC remotely
  • join.me — simple screen sharing and remote control, requires only a web browser and internet connection
  • Security Software
  • CCleaner — deletes temporary, log, history, cookies (files) from PC
  • KeePass — light-weight and easy-to-use password manager
  • Anti-Malware Software
  • Microsoft Security Essentials / Defender — Microsoft's free AntiVirus
  • Malwarebytes — identify and remove malicious software from your computer
  • SUPERAntiSpyware — removes ALL the Spyware, not just the easy ones
  • ComboFix — rated one of the best anti-spyware available
  • Monitoring Software
  • CPU-Z — tells you all about the CPU you're running, it's the standard all computer geeks use
  • GPU-Z — utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU
  • HWiNFO — Comprehensive Hardware Analysis, Monitoring and Reporting for Windows
  • CoreTemp — monitor processor temperature
  • HWMonitor — monitors PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed
  • Websites With Various Free Software
  • SysInternals — amazing Windows utilities by Mark Russinovich
  • Doug's Windows Tweaks and Tips — good 2000/XP/Vista tweak utility site
  • Alex Nolan Utilities — numerous useful system utilities
  • NirSoft — utilitiies for passwords, Outlook, network, command-line, etc.
  • Roadkil.Net — numerous useful system utilities
  • Convert for Windows — converts units of distance, temperature, volume, time, speed, etc.
  • OldVersion — Old Software Downloads for Windows, Mac, Linux and Abandonware Games
  • Software — Licensed

  • SpinRite at GRC — Steve Gibson hard drive data recovery software
  • ArtRage — an inexpensive, fun, and easy-to-learn program for experimenting with digital art
  • CoffeeCup Software — web building software
  • Alcohol 120% — burning, image making, image mounting application
  • Power ISO — Create, Edit, Compress, Encrypt, Split, Mount, Extract ISO file, ISO/BIN converter, Virtual Drive
  • WinRAR — powerful archive manager. Decompress RAR, ZIP and other files
  • Software — Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows — Windows home page
  • Ubuntu Linux — most popular Linux version
  • Mint Linux — my personal favorite
  • Kali Linux — penetration testing arsenal that aids security professionals
  • RedHat Linux — popular server base Linux OS
  • VirtualBox — creation of a virtual operating system on a host machine
  • PortableApps — software to work from your USB drive with a sleek customizable menu
  • Software — Network & IT Utilities

  • DNS Benchmark — GRC Domain Name Speed Benchmark
  • Angry IP Scanner — network scanner designed to scan IP addresses, ports, and many other features
  • DD-WRT — Linux based alternative OpenSource firmware suitable for WLAN routers
  • Unlocker — Unlock "cannot delete file: Access is denied" files
  • Tor Project — anonymity online -defend yourself against network surveillance and traffic analysis
  • Ophcrack — free Windows password cracker based on rainbow tables
  • Nagios — IT infrastructure monitoring
  • PuTTY — SSH and telnet client
  • Vernalex — SYSPREP driver scanner
  • SolarWinds TFTP & TFTPd32[64] & TFTP2 — TFTP utility for upgrading firmware on network appliances
  • Wireshark — capturing and protocol analysis of network traffic
  • Microsoft Network Monitor — capturing & protocol analysis of network traffic
  • Wake-On-LAN — turn on computer from network connection
  • SysInternals - Mark Russinovich — host of advanced system utilities and technical information
  • Display Driver Uninstaller — Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU)
  • Cain & Abel — password recovery tool for Windows (sniffing the network, cracking encrypted passwords)
  • Ultimate Boot CD — diagnosing, repairing, removing spyware, cloning, rescuing data, etc
  • Hiren's BootCD — diagnosing, repairing, removing spyware, cloning, rescuing data, etc
  • Programming

  • Wirth's Law — "Software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware becomes faster"
  • CODE.ORG — Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science
  • W3Schools — great site to start programming in HTML, Scripting, etc
  • ProgrammersHeaven — every programming language imaginable
  • Visual Studio Express — Microsoft's free API
  • Notepad++ — best editor for hard coding (ASCI)
  • PC Assembly Language — Assembly is challenging
  • Bloodshed — C++ editor and compiler
  • Wifeo — Offers ready-to-use and customizable Website designs
  • Hello World Collection — "Hello World" is the first program one usually writes
  • Web Based Utilities

  • HTML5 test — tests how well your browser supports the upcoming HTML5 standard & related specifications
  • Peacekeeper — free and fast browser test that measures a browser's speed
  • Fast.com — simplified broadband speed test
  • Speedtest — advanced broadband speed test
  • Test My Cam — automatically connects to your webcam to test if it is working
  • A Web Whiteboard — online whiteboard you use your computer or smart device to easily draw sketches, collaborate, and share
  • join.me — simple screen sharing and remote control, requires only a web browser and internet connection
  • What's My IP Address — public IP address, port scan, location, etc.
  • IP Lookup — IP Address Lookup with Google Maps
  • MX Toolbox — domain and blacklist lookup
  • ';--have i been pwned? — check if your personal data has been compromised
  • MAC Address Database — MAC addresses assigned by the vendor
  • Jotti's malware scan — online service that enables you to scan suspicious files
  • Perfect Passwords — GRC's Ultra High Security Password Generator
  • ShieldsUP! — GRC's internet security vulnerability profiling services
  • RAID Calculator — Calculates array characteristics in RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 6
  • TypingTest.com — learn to type online
  • Interesting Websites

  • World's first website — What did web pages look like 25 years ago [Aug. 23, 1991]?
  • Way Back Machine — Internet Archive - Way Back Machine
  • Random Facts Slides — slide show of random facts
  • Neverending Playlist — listen to your favorite artist online - for free!
  • goosh.org — google-interface behaves similar to a unix-shell
  • Cell Size and Scale — viewpoint on technologies manufacturing process
  • Space Jam (Movie) — Warner Brothers movie site. Has not updated in 17 years and counting
  • Acronym Finder & NetLingo & File Extension — WYSK
  • Babbel — learn a new language for free
  • TED — Ideas Worth Speading
  • BrainyQuote — Famous Quotes
  • Maximum PC Magazine — nearly a decades worth to read online - Google Books
  • Statistics

  • Market Share — Market share for Browsers, Operating Systems, Search Emgines, etc.
  • Google Trends — Googles top searches results
  • W3School — Browser Statistics and Trends
  • Worldometers — Real time world statistics
  • World Internet Usage — Users and Population Stats