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This page lists tools that we consider valuable during application development or general troubleshooting.
If you know any additional tools that we should add to this page please drop us a note.
MSSQL Copy Database Author: Garret Mott
Last Update: 25/09/2023Company: Auto-Mate Software
A utility for copying MS SQL Databases. It will clone an existing DB, copy the data & truncate the log on the new DB. No Backup files are needed.

Beyond Compare 3 VDF File Format Author: Allan Greis Eriksen
Last Update: 27/09/2011Company: NOVAX A/S
This is a file that you can import to Beyond Compare 3 so it knows about the VDF File Format.

DataFlex for MEW Author: Gerard Wijnands
Last Update: 31/07/2002
DataFlex Add On for Multi-Edit.
Written for DataFlex versions: DF2.3/DF3.0/DF3.1 and VDF4
Supported are Multi-Edit 7 & 8

VDF8 Workstation Wise installscript Author: Dan Walsh
Last Update: 20/07/2002Company: Legal Software Development
This wise installscript can be used by anyone that is about to deploy his application using VDF8.
This script has been tested with all vdf8 versions prior to vdf8.3.

Beyond Compare
Beyond Compare is a Windows utility that combines directory compare and file compare functions in one package. Use it to manage source code, keep directories in sync, compare program output, etc
The new version (v2) will also support the comparison of an FTP folder against a local folder, easier windows integration (compare files with rightclick menu) and much more.
A very powerful win32 FTP client. It has a natural feel with windows with an explorerlike user-interface.
It has everything included you ever wished for in a ftp-client. Earlier versions were free to use.
The Gimp (windows port)
The Gimp is one of the most well known (free) graphical editors for people using Linux.
For several years there is a windows port which works quite well. So no money for photoshop?
And you have the urge to edit and create images?
Check out the Gimp, i'm sure it is the best value you can get for your money.

ImageMagick is a robust collection of tools and libraries offered under a usage license to read, write, and manipulate an image in many image formats (over 87 major formats) including popular formats like TIFF, JPEG, PNG, PDF, PhotoCD, and GIF. With ImageMagick you can create images dynamically, making it suitable for Web applications. You can also resize, rotate, sharpen, color reduce, or add special effects to an image or image sequence and save your completed work in the same or differing image format. Image processing operations are available from the command line, as well as through C, C++, Perl, or Java programming interfaces.
Java update
Get the latest java runtime environment from here
Gives you the current time in almost any country of the world.

NSIS open source windows installer
The installer that is used for WinAmp is also available for your uses. It is the installer of choice for 'The Hammer', the NSIS installation-script for that is included in the source.

Cygwin is a linux like environment for windows that allows you to use tools in a similar way as you are used to in *NIX environments.
Make sure to also check out the X-addons which allow you to run the Gnome or KDE desktop on top of windows.
This is pretty performant for administrative tasks, testing and programming, less suitable for running production databases though.
Be aware that the KDE desktop requires your machine to have at least 512Mb of memory installed. Gnome runs fine on 256Mb.
See: Cygwin/X, Cygwin Gnome and Cygwin KDE
Microsoft Security Toolkit
The online resources for the microsoft security toolkit.
We recommend that you at least run the STK CD on all your MS servers.
If you're in the US or Europe, then you can obtain the CD for free at the pages mentioned above.
Be sure to also check out the Baseline Security Analyzer, it has a very slick interface to the HfnetChk tool and has several good recommendations once you run it.
This tool allows you to scan local and remote PC's for vulnerabilities, security hotfixes, missing patches and suggests making changes if needed.

Tools for malware removal

Here's a number of tools you can use for malware removal. There's more tools, but hopefully this will do.

Housecall online antivirus scanner
An online virus-scanner/removal tool from Trend Micro, the makers of PC-cillin, anti virus software from Home users.

Kaspersky online scanner
An online scan from the kaspersky labs, detect only no removal.

Ditdefender online scanner
You cannot have enough online scanners for windows cleaning, good removal capabilities.

For creating a list of everything that is currently running or started on your PC

Spybot Search and Destroy
Spyware removal

Run malware against the worlds most known antivirus products in one sweep

Microsoft Sysinternals
A suite of tools written by Marc Russonovich a site with a lot of steps you can take to secure your computer