Clean_DNS - a portable app that will scan your DNS cache for faulty entries and clear them
EMCO Network Software Scanner - compile a list of installed applications and updates from PCs located in a LAN/WAN
Emsisoft Emergency Kit - a fully featured portable dual-scanner with antivirus, anti-malware and anti-spyware all in one
Lessmsi - a portable app with a GUI or command-line to view and extract the contents of an MSI file
Syncios - manage your iPhone, iPad, Android and iPod without iTunes
SZ PortScan - quickly locates active devices on your network ascertaining the IP address and open services per device Writefull - checks your writing against databases of correct languages and gives feedback on your writing
Clean_DNS is a portable app that will scan your DNS cache for faulty entries and clear them.
Diagnosing internet speed issues can be difficult. One has to look at the network card, settings, multiple internet settings hidden in the registry and that's before you get to a possible problem with the router. DNS cache can also be a problem, hence Clean_DNS.
Clicking on the Control button will scan and show you a log file of what entries it found.
Clicking on the Repair button will clean the entries you were shown and once again, show you a log file.
Closing the log files will annoyingly close the application as well for some reason. You can't move or resize the window which always opens at the center of your screen.
The log files will also be saved wherever you run the application, so be aware of that. The log files will be named the date and time you ran it, for example, Clean_DNS_27_06_2017_07.46.54.
Clean_DNS is simple enough to use at any skill level. However, a little knowledge of the DNS cache is helpful. We had no problems taking a leap of faith, running it and rebooting. If you're having trouble diagnosing slower internet speeds, Clean_DNS might just be your missing link.
EMCO Network Software Scanner (58.4 MB) Win XP - Win 10 Freeware
EMCO Network Software Scanner allows you to compile a list of installed applications and updates from PCs located in a LAN/WAN.
All information gathered during the scan will be kept in a centralized database allowing you to view the application name, version, installation date and other fields available in the Programs and Components dialog in Windows. You can also export the information to CSV files for comparison with results from previous scans.
EMCO Network Software Scanner allows you to scan Windows computers in a local network and extract installed application details on every PC. The reported information includes the application name, version, and vendor, installation date, and installation size, as well as other fields displayed in the Windows Programs and Components dialog. Information collected from remote PCs also includes a list of installed software updates. Such lists of updates are grouped by applications, making easy to check the history of updates for all applications. it can also track installed software changes automatically saving the details to a database allowing for comparison.
Additionally, for every scanned PC, EMCO Network Software Scanner allows you to export the collected software inventory information, including a list of installed applications, updates, and software changes, to a file in the CSV format.
Emsisoft Emergency Kit (312 MB) Win 7 - Win 10 Freeware
Emsisoft Emergency Kit is developed for malware removal professionals and corporate users, such as help desks and PC repair companies.
Quick and thorough scans
Emsisoft Emergency Kit comes with a fully featured dual-scanner with antivirus, anti-malware and anti-spyware all in one.
Detects PUPs that others miss
Many antivirus products don’t detect and remove them properly because they are often bundling PUPs themselves. Emsisoft follows high ethical standards and would never sell out their customers for quick cash made for example via PUPs.
Not intruding on your privacy
Emsisoft Emergency Kit 11 does not rely on cloud-scanning (files or meta-data is uploaded to some cloud server) but can scan while being offline which is often crucial on heavily infected machines and for privacy reasons.
You can just download the package, extract its content to a folder of your choice and run a scan – simple as that. To remove it, simply delete the whole folder and it’s gone.
lessmsi (497 KB) Win Vista - Win 10 Freeware Open Source
lessmsi is a portable app with a GUI or command-line to view and extract the contents of an MSI file.
MSI stands for Microsoft Installer, and it works just like an executable does. Double-click any MSI and the install routine will begin. Lessmsi will allow you to extract or view the contents of the MSI file without installing it.
To get started you can go to File, Open or drag-and-drop any MSI file into the window itself. By default, all files will in the archive are selected so if all you want to do is extract them, then click on Extract, select a folder and click OK.
There are three other tabs including Table View, Summary, and Streams. There's almost too much information (if that's possible) in each of these to go over. However, we found the Summary tab the most interesting with information on the Title, Subject, Keywords, Comments, Revision Number, Date Created, and much more.
lessmsi hits all the check points we like to see. It's easy to use to extract the contents of an MSI but goes far beyond that for power users.
Syncios (85.1 MB) Win XP - 10/OS X 10.9 +/Android to Ver 7 Ad-Supported
Syncios permits you to manage your iPhone, iPad, Android and iPod without iTunes allowing you to transfer data between your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android devices and your PC.
This helpful backup tool promises to allow the transfer of all files including messages, notes, photos, videos, music, contacts, and more. You can easily drag n' drop videos, ringtones, photos, songs and more to your mobile devices without the need to use iTunes. You can also transfer files from your iTunes Library to your PC or iOS devices and create your own ringtones and text tones as well as convert audio, video to most mobile phone supported formats.
Syncios also provides a convenient one-click backup and restore tool so you can restore your iPhone or Android whenever you want.
Ultimate version available with added features at cost of $34.95
Version Comp http://www.syncios.com/version-compare.html
SZ PortScan quickly locates all active devices on your network as well as ascertaining the IP address and open services per network device.
PortScan shows all open ports and additional information like hostname, MAC address, HTTP, FTP, SMB, iSCSI, SMTP and SNMP services. It uses up to 100 threads for scanning large IP address ranges.
Easily search for UPnP enabled devices, Netgear router, Samsung printer, Freecom network devices, and Bonjour services - making it easy to encounter them regardless of not knowing the specific IP address.
Perform a Ping to any computer with 3 standard sized packets, 3 different sizes, each for 10 times or simply ping the computer continuously.
Writefull is a desktop and Chrome extension that checks your writing against databases of correct languages and gives feedback on your writing.
One of its strongest points is the ability to use it with most applications. Simply select a piece of text, hit the short-key to activate Writefull, and choose one of its many options.
Check how often your selected text is found in the language database, and see how it is used in context. Hear how your text is pronounced. Translate from any language into English. Enter two chunks and compare how often they are found in the database. Also, see how they are used in context. Find out which words are used most often in a gap in your selected text. See which synonyms of a given word are used most often in your selected text.