Posts Tagged ‘nirsoft’

Find Out What Happened Recently on Your Windows PC

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Here are several useful tools that help users to keep a closer eye on noteworthy events on a Windows PC.

If you want to find out what happened recently on your Windows PC, say which programs or files were opened or saved, or which USB devices were connected to it, then you can either dig deep into the Windows Registry and Event log, or use specialized software which makes the process more comfortable. Nirsoft created several programs in the past that assist you in finding out more about the various actions and events on a machine running Windows.


List All Recently Run Programs on a Windows PC

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Here’s a neat trick that could prove particularly useful when diagnosing resource usage issues …

Do you know which programs ran in the past on your Windows PC? It is likely that you know at least some of them, the programs that you have started manually for example. Depending on how the computer is used, it may be just a tiny fraction of executable files that are run on the system. Files may be executed automatically by the operating system for example, or by other users who have access to the system (and same user account).


DNS Data View – Display Domain DNS Records

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

This seems like a useful alternative to nslookup, especially for those who are more comfortable with a graphic interface.

DNS Data View is a graphical user interface alternative to the nslookup tool that ships with the Windows operating system. It can be used to display DNS records for one or multiple domain names. The program uses the DNS server of the active Internet connection by default, with options to switch to another DNS server. Especially the latter can be very handy to check DNS propagation progress.


WhatIsHang Tells You Why a Windows Program is Not Responding

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

In my case, I’m not sure if it would actually help me to know why a program isn’t responding, but it sure would answer a few questions just for the sake of curiosity.

Software may hang or freeze occasionally on a system. Sometimes it is hard to tell why it hangs, while it is more or less obvious at other times. Say you are currently rendering a video which taxes your cpu, memory and hard drive. If you now launch other applications on the system, it may happen that they hang or freeze. This can happen because they cannot read data fast enough from the hard drive, or do not have enough cpu cycles or ram available.


Firefox Download View

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

It sounds like this program provides a lot more information that the stock Firefox download manager does …

Computer users who want to access a list of recent Firefox downloads need to open the web browser to access that list providing that the download records are stored and not deleted on exit or user request. Downloads are listed under Tools > Downloads or by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-j.


DriveLetterView, Manage Windows Drive Letters

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

This sounds like a useful tool to add to one’s bag of tricks …

Drive letters in Windows; The operating system assigns a drive letter when the hardware is first connected to the system. That drive letter is usually kept until the drive gets disconnected again.


BulletsPassView – Reveal Hidden Passwords

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Hmm … I don’t know what to think about this one; it seems like it could present a lot of potential security issues.

Passwords are usually concealed or hidden behind bullets or asterisks on computer systems. This is done largely to prevent access to those passwords by other users. These hidden passwords do however cause problems for the owner of the password as well. When I worked in tech support I had numerous cases where users received a password incorrect message because of an activated caps lock key. The asterisks prevented them from seeing what they entered in the password field.