I was talking to an IT Pro recently who was working on a machine they suspected was running spyware. I suggested they run Process Explorer from the sysinternals web site. They didn’t know what I was talking about. What?! They hadn’t heard of it! That just isn’t right; if you are an IT Pro you need to know about these tools. These are some of the greatest Windows tools available and they’re free. I just counted and there are 67 different tools. Take a look and see what ones are your favorites.

My three favorite tools are:

· Process Explorer or Procexp.exe – this tool is a task manager on steroids. This is the tool that will tell you what is happening on your machine. You can even replace the task manager with it.

· Autoruns.exe – this tool lists all the locations programs can be auto started. This is my go to program if I need to remove spyware manually.

· Disk2vhd.exe – this tool creates a Virtual Hard Disk file of running system. Run this program to backup your system to a bootable vhd file. You then boot your machine in Hyper-v on Server 2008. Who knew that it could be so easy to move a physical machine to virtual?

You can find them here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals