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Steven Avery:


FileZilla (FTP)

"WinSCP is free, open-source software... GNU"

Sherrod FTP
"3-21-2008 - A new FREE FTP client - for both home and commercial use! ... we do have a Deluxe version which offers some additional features, but the FREE version should satisfy 95% of the FTP users out there."  Deluxe is $20, feature chart on site.

free Windows software that includes the client FTP features you need.  Features like SFTP (SSH), SSL, TLS, IDN, browser integration, site to site transfers, FTP transfer resume, drag and drop support, file viewing & editing, firewall support, custom commands, FTP URL parsing, command line transfers, filters, and much, much more! ...There are no popup ads, advertising or spyware and you're never asked or reminded to register.
"If you're using Core FTP for business/commercial interests we ask that you sign up on the mailing list so you can be notified of updates to Core FTP products" - forum response to inquiry

NetDrive discussed in abandonware section.  JScape and many other additions possible, the above have especially good rep and experience and solidity. FireFTP Firefox extension is especially notable.



Forum - Server Support

Community (free) - Professional - Enterprise

Others that could be EULA-checked are : Cereberus, CoreFTP and the smaller projects like Home FTP Server by Ari Pikivirta and Guild FTP and Baby and Quick 'N Easy by Pablo Software.  zFTPServer has a free FTP server for non-commercial use, up to 10 accounts and connections.



Reported on TechNibble to be free for commercial use !

Mikogo - browser-based
"Free screen sharing for people and businesses"
Firefox extension -
Skype extension -

PuTTY: A Free Telnet/SSH Client - (see post below by 40hz)
Portable PuTTY
"Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction ...anybody (even companies) can use PuTTY without restriction (even for commercial purposes) and owe nothing to me or anybody else. Also, apart from having to maintain the copyright notice and the licence text in derivative products, anybody (even companies) can adapt the PuTTY source code into their own programs and products (even commercial products)"

Real VNC - VNC Free Edition 4.1
"VNC Free Edition is release under the GNU Public License."

 TightVNC is a free remote control software package....
    * free, GPL-licensed, with full source code available;
    * useful in remote administration, remote customer support, education, and for many other purposes;
    * cross-platform, available for Windows and Unix, compatible with other VNC software.

"UltraVNC is Free and distributed under the terms of theGNU General Public License."

OpnnVPN - Open Source
Free Open Source: OpenVPN Software is a free software download and may be modified to the needs of the user as long as restrictions and conditions governing the use of the software and it's development are adhered to as outlined in OpenVPN GPL License. Open Source licensing is based on the idea that all can use the programming code for their needs."
"Commercial Licensing: Businesses and enterprises who wish to incorporate a modified version of OpenVPN Software into an appliance for re-distribution and keep those modifications proprietary must license a commercial version of OpenVPN."
"OpenVPN is a full-featured open source SSL VPN solution that accommodates a wide range of configurations, including remote access, site-to-site VPNs, Wi-Fi security, and enterprise-scale remote access solutions with load balancing, failover, and fine-grained access-controls"

In the paid yet reasonable realm,
Techinline -
is worth a note with a monthly plan, or $20 for five session. $4 to support a client or friend can make some sense.

Steven Avery:


PC Tools Firewall Plus
"Best of all it’s FREE. No catches, limitations or time-limits."
Forums - Firewall Plus
"Is PC Tools Firewall Plus freeware also for Commercial use ?(for the small business ) ... It is free"
This firewall does have some HIPS functionality.
Will new PC Tools owner Symantec keep this policy ?

Webroot Desktop Firewall
(Confirmed fully freeware on phone call only.)

Filseclab is also apparently free for all use, however the Wilder's thread indicates that while the firewall is serviceable the software  has been effectively abandoned (source code is for sale).  And a new rewrite, Vista-compatible, is forthcoming.  Unclear whether the free aspect will remain at that time.

XP Firewall Commander
Forum (minor activity)



ClamWin Free Anti-Virus (On-demand scan, open source)
"ClamWin Free Antivirus is based on ClamAV engine and uses GNU General Public License by the Free Software Foundation, and is free (as in freedom) software."
This can augment your other security strategies.
PortableApps -
PortableApps ClamWin Forum -

PC Tools Anti-Virus Free Edition
"Is it legal to use PCTools Antivirus in corporation? ..
PC Tools Free AV is free for all users, including non-profit and commercial." 08/2008
More discussion.

Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 6
"The Starter Edition offers full scan and removal of threats, and basic real-time protection, is available for free as part of the Google Pack."
PC Tools - Spyware Doctor Starter Edition - for Google Pack users (Not sure yet what, if anything, the "Google Pack" requires.)

Note the distinctions between the Trial edition and the Starter edition.


Avira AntiVir Removal Tool
"For all those experiencing the damaging effects of a virus infection, Avira's researchers have prepared a free removal tool, which can be used to eliminate major distinct threats."

Free Tools
Avira AntiVir Removal Tool
Avira AntiRootkit Tool
Avira Boot Sector Repair Tool
Avira UnErase Personal
Avira NTFS4DOS Personal
Avira AntiVir Rescue System

Questions about Antivir Rescue System
"1) Is it free of charge for commercial use or only for personal non-commercial use?"
"1) It's free to use in any environment. Please take a look at AVIRA_EULA.txt under the licenses folder of the CD for more details."

This will likely apply to the group of tools above, allowing for free use in a commercial environment (likely with limitations on modifying, removing copyright, charging, bundling without approval and such).


There are a few such tools from vendors, often with no easily-visible specifics about license on the web-blurb.  For now we are including Avira because of the "for all those experiencing" wording.  (Additional confirmation now added above.)



ComboFix  - limited, specific functions, not a general anti-malware tool
"ComboFix is a program, created by sUBs, that scans your computer for known malware, and when found, attempts to clean these infections automatically. In addition to being able to remove a large amount of the most common and current malware, ComboFix also displays a report that can be used by trained helpers to remove malware that is not automatically removed by the program. You should not run ComboFix unless you are specifically asked to by a helper. Also, due to the power of this tool it is strongly advised that you do not attempt to act upon any of the information displayed by ComboFix without supervision from someone who has been properly trained."

Roguefix - Plague of the rogue scanners (smitfraud)
Repair Tool of the Week: Roguefix

Repair Tool of the Week: SmitFraudFix



Runscanner Freeware startup and hijack analyzer (From author of LanSweeper)
Repair Tool of the Week: Runscanner
Runscanner specialist helper forums
FreeFixer - Kephyr - Roger Karlson
Support Forum,com_fireboard/Itemid,26/func,showcat/catid,15.html
Freefixer User Forum - GoogleGroups
(similarities to HijackThis!)
"FreeFixer is a general purpose removal tool which will help you to delete potentially unwanted software, such as adware, spyware, trojans, viruses and rootkits."

HijackThis - bought by TrendMicro from Merijn
Lifehacker - Manage browser add-ons with HijackThis

HijackReader (2007) - Mikko Hollmén Olesen
Ghacks - HijackReader analyse HijackThis results
Lifehacker - Understand HijackThis Results with HijackReader

HijackThis automated log analyzer!

Some more info to follow-up on both HijackThis type analysis and startup programs (free and commercial) at:

Win Patrol Plus (Bits Du Jour- Fri) Chameleon Startup Manager, Startup Organizer


RootRepeal - Rootkit Detector
Forum - GeekstoGo


Resplendent Software, which has Texttractor uplist (from their obsolete or outdated freeware section):

Registrar Registry Manager for administrators and power users - free lite version - and command line edition
Resplendent Resolver - Resolve compatibility issues with older applications (obsolete section)


Security software references in a Microsoft forum thread, Oct 2008.

Best free antivirus for commercial use
BitDefender is apparently not.

Comodo has crapware and adware concerns, note that PC Tools is now owned by Symantec and policies could change. And AOL Active Virus Shield software is no longer an active software.  Dr. Web Cure-it Utilility is another that I have a request in about the licensing.

Wilders discussion of PC Tools.
PC Tools Antivirus v. 6


HIPS - Host Intrusion Prevention System

MJ Registry Watcher - Mark Jacobs
"MJ Registry Watcher is a simple registry, file and directory hooker/poller, that safeguards the most important startup files, registry keys and values, and other more exotic registry locations commonly attacked by trojans. ... Exactly which keys and files are protected can be completely configured by the user, although the sets I supply with MJRW will cover most standard PCs."

Mark Jacobs has an interesting group of fully freeware software.
MJ Emails - MJ News Reader - Maths Penknife - Grapher - MJ Player - MJ Zoomer - MJ Browser - MJ Radio Listener

Any HIPS program that you put on for non-tech users -- you might want to be sure you have already managed a fairly extensive "no warning" configuration.


On security software it might be nice to have a short list of the "free for home use" most interesting products, although the list can get pretty long.

This one needs a EULA/vendor check.

AntiFreeze - Emergency task manager for unresponsive and hanging systems

While these two you might find especially interesting for home and/or research use.

Sanity Check - Daniel Terhell
"an advanced rootkit and malware detection tool "

Objmon - Monitor kernel object activity in realtime
              research and educational purposes, not recommended for production puters.

Malware and Spyware Cleaning Guide - Geekstogo



Help Forums (English) from RunScanner list

PC Help Forum -
The SpyKiller -
Geeks to Go -
Bleeping Computer -
Gladiator -
TeMerc -
WhatTheTech -

Caution: WhatTheTech is a Uniblue affiliate, also .. and others
Sites that promote Registry Booster  -- shamware ads on security sites

List of forums supporting Trend Micro's "HijackThis" - Pac's Portal

Steven Avery:




Startup Control Panel and StartupMonitor - Mike Lin
Startup Selector
Google Groups Forum (2007-current)
(Although started by Mike Lin and active today, not sure when he last monitored the forum.)

An important category for business install, where afaik the well-known Lite programs are generally not fully freeware. Note:There are a number of programs with general utilities that have some limited Startup functionality and a shortcut to msconfig is always an alternative.

Autoruns - Sysinternals

WhatInStartup - NirSoft
"Disable/enable/delete programs at Windows startup "
"This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification ! "



"All my programs are completely free, and will  always remain free .. any donation small or large, will be welcome (and gratefully appreciated!"
I like this as the actual Task Manager replacement because it is so much like the Windows Task Manager in look and feel, simply much better, while for example the Sysinternals Process Explorer takes more attention.

System Explorer
"Licensing: SystemExplorer is FREE for personal and commercial use!"
(Donation appreciated)

Process Explorer - Sysinternals
And other Sysinternal softwares - this one fits well here

** This next is a Wilder's discussion special **

Eset SysInspector
"ESET SysInspector is a free, state-of-the-art diagnostic tool for Windows NT-based systems."
This note at Misertech:
"SysInspector works as an excellent diagnostic tool for identifying potential problem areas on a Windows computer....  While released as freeware, I was unable to find any specific limitations for commercial use in the license. "
Eset Forums on Wilders (very favorable comments on some threads, too)

Free Extended Task Manager - Extensoft
(However note the thread about buggyness - plan to drop this to a second tier.)




LockHunter - Crystal Rich
"LockHunter is a foolproof file unlocker. It is a free tool to delete files blocked by something you do not know ... So if you like LockHunter and it helps you in your work consider donating any amount of money to show the authors your appreciation. "

Kill Process - Roger Kulläng
"All applications developed by Orange Lamp Software Solutions are today totally free of use ... Any donation size if accepted."


OpenedFilesView - Nirsoft

WhoLockMe - Dr. Hoiby
An exception to our not getting involved in Explorer extensions ! Dr. Hoiby has a number of freeware tools.

Advanced Process Termination - Diamond CS
This company though is reported as dormant a long time at Wilders, so be careful about any purchase products.

UnLock IT - Emco
MoveOnBoot - Emco
EULA/author check would be helpful.

[email protected] - Gibin Software - [email protected]

Notes -

One of the top programs, 32-bit, howeer reported to install an ebay program even if you uncheck, discussed on DC, Wilders and elsewhere, with lots of back and forth, so caution if you use. Also portableapps is working with a beta and forum discussion and that may be the safest no-hassle continuation. The Unlocker site does have a nice graph with 20 programs and their features (information a bit stale) designed to be pro-Unlocker, and nicely including urls to many products.
Malwarebyte's File Assassin, and other freeware utilities from MB like RegAssasin, biz user contacts their corporate support.  
LockedFileWizard - Registrations are required for daily or professional uses.
Note that Process Explorer and HijackThis also get a number of recommendations as file unlockers/process terminators.

I will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways...freely
Excellent article .. note also the section on Linux Live CD's

Lifehacker - Determine what app has locked a file with WhoLockMe



svchost viewer
Free Up Your System Resources With Svchost Viewer



JustCloseSomeTasks - DonationCoder - Justice


SmartClose - BM Productions
Download of the Day: SmartClose (Windows)
Smart Close

Close All Windows - NTWind (author of the nice WinSnap, now commercial, and more)

EndItAll2 - Docs Downloads
Repair Tool of the Week: EndItAll
"EndItAll2 is also handy for closing all programs before installing software, which I always recommend."
A bit different, shutting down all but essential processes.

PC Mag had this .. the same ?

EndItAll 2: A True Killer App,2817,2068,00.asp
"This version has been superseded by TaskPower 2 ",2817,2253746,00.asp
TaskPower 3 Puts System Control in Your Hands
(Which reminds us that we should see how a techie would use PC Mag utilities in a biz environment)

Caution: noting that some folks have problems with these utilities, it may be simpler to just reboot.



DShutdown - by Dimio (Dimitrios Coutsoumbas)
The Ultimate Windows Shutdown Application - Ghacks
Dimitrios is the author of the excellent DTaskManager above.  Three others to be considered for adding above are DSynchronize, DSpeech and HDHacker.

Slawdog Smart Shutdown Classic 2005
"Software License: The product is freeware, contains no functional or time limitations, and no attached advertisements. ... the alpha release of Smart Shutdown LX is available to the public for preview purposes."

Mz Shutdown Scheduler - Michael Zacharias (Uses Net 2.0)
"Donations are the biggest motivation for supporting me and making Mz Ultimate Tools better!"

Planned System Shutdown - Triston J. Taylor (.NET Framework 3.5)
"Registration is not applicable for this program it is freeware. You should keep in mind however that support is available only to those who have made a donation to support this project and its development."

"PowerClick is a small free utility that provides you with fast access to all commonly used power management features available in Windows. Those are shutdown, restart, standby, hibernate, log off and station lock..."

RS Somnifero - Rico Software
"The registration of the programs is completely free. The purpose of the register is to be able to improve to the maximum the programs through statistics as well as the possible sended suggestion by the users... RS Somnífero is a task manager for the computer, that will allow you to carry out an action under the selected condition."
Others software includes RS Alicia - a text editor with MDI interface, RTF or HTML.


Autologon for Windows - Sysinternals
Forum - Sysinternals Miscellaneous Utilities

As with Screen Capture, we have a wealth of choices.

AMP WinOff (solid Lifehacker ref), Quick Shutdown (Shatran Software)  A.F.1-4 (Alex Fauland), Shutdown Scheduler (SDS) by Damian Pasternak, Simple Shutdown Timer by Shane of PCWinTech/Cleanmem, Shutdown PC, Shutdown Monster, Direct Shutdown and Shutdown After may be fully freeware, listed vaguely in order of interest.

And definitely fully freeware are Manage PC Shutdown (Spanish website, Ghacks review), Timed Shutdown by Tinnes, Auto Shutdown by Konrad Papala, Auto Shutdown by VCL Developer (Open Source, sShutdown (skin interface, by Shedko), Shutdown Machine and Mini Shut Down Utilities (MSDU-2004).

While Shutter by den4b (also ReNamer, Hasher ,CPUMon, Hooker) has a Creative Commons license, and you write and request or negotiate. For Shutdown Tool by Koma a donation of your choice is required for commercial use.

Quite a roundup, the whole panoply of the freeware world.


Shutdown - Network & Local Capable

PowerOff -  Jorgen Bosman - Belgium
"Free applications .. If you want to thank me for any of these programs, please have a look at my goodies whishlist!"
And with Source Code.

Manage PC Shutdown - (Shutdown My PC) - Genbeta
PC Shutdown Manager - Ghacks
And some nice network instructions, Ghacks

PsShutdown - Sysinternals
"You can use PsShutdown to initiate a shutdown of the local or a remote computer, logoff a user, lock a system, or to abort an imminent shutdown." - Command Line utility
PsShutdown -Make remote shutdowns a cinch - WindowsIT Pro - February 2005 (pics)

ServersCheck Remote Booting
ServersCheck Monitoring Free Edition is another from ServersCheck
More info needed, apparently quiet on Serverscheck website.


Steven Avery:



MySQL Workbench
This incorporated the highly regarded DBDesigner4.

Mailing Lists and User Groups

Visual Studio Express 2008 (Basic C+ C++ Web Developer, SQLServer)
"# Can I use Express Editions for commercial use? Yes, there are no licensing restrictions for applications built using Visual Studio Express Editions ... "Express Edition products are designed for hobbyists, students, and novice developers. As such, they lack the full breadth of features found in higher-end Visual Studio and SQL Server Editions."
"No IDE support for databases other than SQL Server Express and Microsoft Access" - see other limitations and links to other articles that discuss limitations like refactoring reductions.

Support Lists and Forums

DBTools Manager
Freeware, only in a limited non-commercial Standard edition, however a full-use tool (Professional Enterprise Editions) for a database on a server for about $70 to $130.  Apparently there are no "per seat" or run-time or number of application concerns.

Smashing Magazine - Paul Andrews
"In the overview below we present some of the most useful and most popular MySQL Admin and Development Tools for Mac, Windows and Linux, for beginners and for professionals. Among other tools we feature phpMyAdmin, MySQL Workbench, HeidiSQL and SequelPro"
Also Aqua Data Studio, SQLyog, MYSQL Front, EMS SQL Manager, Navicat Lite MySQL Admin Tool, DreamCoder for MySQL, Toad MySQL, SQL Buddy (Web-app) and four more.  Quite a round-up.


We will need more information as to which tools allow for full use and deployment in a commercial environment free or very low cost.  For now, here is an article with some sharp insight.

Readers suggest – best SQLite tools digest

From his summary we will include here:

AnySQL Maestro

And if this leads to a developers purchase to augment placing custom apps for free on multiple puters, the salient consideration is that there is no "per seat" cost.  Also for consideration, commercial database tools with a free runtime .exe or environment (ie. one cost only, not per seat, without having to buy a super-$$ special developer's version to create the runtimes).


Access to MySQL - Bullzip
Access To MSSQL
"Access to MySQL is a small program that will convert Microsoft Access Databases to MySQL ... Please make a donation to keep the wheels turning for the Bullzip products. Even small donations help."
Note also that the Dataceptor product, for bringing MYSQL to a web-site, has "Personal licenses are free." while commercial licenses are steep, $900.

Steven Avery:
EVENT VIEWER & LOG FILES - analysis & real-time


Erunt - The Emergency Recovery Utility NT - Lars Hederer
"to backup the registry, as well as providing an auto-backup capability, for example at Windows startup. Or, before installing a new program for testing purposes one could save the registry with ERUNT, install and test the program, uninstall it and restore the registry to be 100% sure that no debris is left."

Lars Hederer
"Though I chose to make my programs freeware so that no one is required to pay for using them, I accept and appreciate donations"

NTREGOPT -NT Registry Optimizer - Lars Hederer
"You should use the NTREGOPT utility regularly, but especially after installing or uninstalling a program, to minimize the size of the registry files and optimize registry access .. the program does NOT change the contents of the registry in
any way, nor does it physically defrag the registry files on the drive (as the PageDefrag program from SysInternals does). The optimization done by NTREGOPT is simply compacting the registry hives to the minimum size possible."

RDilly - JoeJoeSoft
"RDilly is program that makes a backup copy of the NT,2K,XP registry. It's very similar to System Restore found in WinME and WinXP. You get a point-in-time copy of the registry labeled with the date it was made. You also are able to restore the registry to this point-in-time copy."

Registry Wizard - Brian Friesen - Freezerware - Last update 2006
"Registry Wizard is a powerful program that allows you to backup your Windows registry."

Registry Backup XP
"The advantage of ERUNT, if you have Windows PE or a UBCD24Win CD, is that you need only boot with one of those CD's and run the executable ERDNT.exe from whatever directory the backup is stored in to restore the registry very easily." - Elvandil


Eusing Free Registry Defrag
"Free Registry Defrag is a freeware product, this means that you can download and use it for free. Anyway we will appreciate contributions: we will use collected money to finance new development of Free Registry Defrag."
"optimizes registry by removing gaps, fragments and wasted space in Windows registry files... nor does it physically defrag the registry files on the drive. The optimization is simply compacting the registry hives to the minimum size possible. " (Similar function to NTREGOPT, simiilar wording too.)

Auslogics Registry Defrag - Last Freeware Version - (no to Ask Toolbar install)
This compacts the hives and defrags the file.
"Is their any legal or ethical problem with using your last freeware version of the Registry Defrag ? .... No specific problems, but we decided not to provide too many free software as we still need to get some revenue in order to produce new software" (correspondence).  On another free product on their site: "Question: Is it really free? Answer: Yes, it is. No hidden costs, no viruses, no spyware."

PageDefrag - Sysinternals
"how many clusters make up your paging files, event log files, and Registry hives (SAM, SYSTEM, SYSTEM.ALT, SECURITY, SOFTWARE, .DEFAULT), as well as how many fragments those files are in."
Note pic: you can use this to first see if there really is any substantial defrag need.

Defragment Your System Files (Pagefile and Registry) in Windows XP

Wilders Thread
Registry defrag for 09?

Auslogics and Eusing also have free registry cleaners (as did CCleaner above).  Since that is a largely unnecessary and hazardous category, it is not ready to have a section yet.

Be awares, even the compacting and defragmenting options have techies who feel that they are either potentially hazardous (there is at least one such thread on the Sysinternals forum). And maybe of little utility (defragmenting, which would occur at boot).  Thus Erunt is the one stand-out tool in this section. In using the other tools, unless you are personally very confident in the tool and use, use Erunt with a UBCD4-type disk handy, and/or imaging, before use.  Similar with the partition software.  The last thing you want to do is create a problem.



PageFileUsageMonitor - Howard Kaikow



Unknown Devices
(Unknown Device Identifier by HunterSoft is a well-documented rip-off of this - and according to PortableApps places a shortcut unasked on the desktop.)


Double Driver - BooZet
"Double Driver is freeware. Feel free to use and give this program to anyone you know. Your donation or feedback would be greatly appreciated."
BooZet has a doozy-nice program here, you can have all those pesky video and ethernet and other drivers that you know actually work on your system backed up in various ways and lists, including .. a simple and strong .exe reinstall where you see before selecting.

DriverGrabber - Siginet Software
"This small exe will grab all 3rd party drivers from your system and stick them into a "Drivers" directory in the same directory as the exe. ... "I do want to update drivergrabber in the future. It is a simple program I created a long time ago that deserves an upgrade. When I get some time in the future I will update it.  Or if someone is interested in helping develope it please let me know. " - 5/29/2009 forum note

Driver Lists and Services (overlaps process manager)

Device Info - Alex Nolan
"A simple spin off utility from System Spec. It lists all your PC's device drivers and their provider and version."

DriverView - NirSoft

ServiWin - NirSoft
"ServiWin utility displays the list of installed drivers and services on your system. For some of them, additional useful information is displayed: file description, version, product name, company that created the driver file, and more.
In addition, ServiWin allows you to easily stop, start, restart, pause, and continue service or driver, change the startup type of service or driver (automatic, manual, disabled, boot or system), save the list of services and drivers to file, or view HTML report of installed services/drivers in your default browser."

Caution: In this section, Nirsoft is linking to a not-recommended pair of utilities.  Driver Checker and Driver Detective, which can charge you for their services while automatically dangerously "updating" drivers (rules of thumb, if it is working good, an update is not needed, and if an update is wanted, do it by hand yourself from the vendor. Driver Detective also sets off alarm bells on my Avira).  

EVENT VIEWER AND LOG FILES - (Some are network capable.)

MyEventViewer - Nirsoft
"watch multiple event logs in one list ...easily select multiple event items and then save them to HTML/Text/XML file"
Filters to errors only, column sorts.  Network feature via command line, one at a time.

Event Log Explorer
FSPro will give a free personal license to Event Log Explorer upon registration, looking at up to 3 puters, then their business licenses have a reasonable price (up to 10 users = $150, up to 25 = $200).

EventSentry Light
Full vs. Light

Event Log Archiver - Netwrix
There is a freeware tool for consolidation of multiple PC sources, the archiving is limited to one month.  Apparently this tool uses the standard eventvwr.exe engine, so it would be interesting if it could use the alternate NirSoft engine.


BareTail - (2006)
"A free real-time log file monitoring tool ... View files over a network" -
Startup Splash screen can be disabled with $25 registration and registered Pro version is $35

MakeLogic Tail 2.1.0 - Freeware from our labs (Java)
"Used for monitoring log files in real time"

"LogExpert is a Windows tail program (a GUI replacement for the Unix tail command). LogExpert is free for non-commercial or commercial use. ... there are many good replacements for tail (e.g. BareTail or Tail for Win32) out there. LogExpert is one of these tail programs. It adds some nice features which are very useful if you have to work with log files."
Support Forum

Tail for Win-32
SourceForge and Forum

JlogTailor - Paul Mutton (Java)
"This software product is OSI Certified Open Source Software, available under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Since the GPL may be too restrictive for use in proprietary applications, a commercial license is also provided."
"A Java log tailer with regular expression features"

mTAIL - d'Olivier Philipp
mTAIL is a Windows Program that emulates the TAIL Unix Command. It's free ... so enjoy !
(Corporate/Professional users are really encouraged to register mTAIL)



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