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PC Hunter 1.52

An amazingly powerful low-level system information tool

by Mike Williams

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Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Date Updated: 05 September 2017
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PC Hunter 1.52
An amazingly powerful low-level system information tool

PC Hunter is a powerful, portable tool which can give you a very detailed look at the setup of your own PC. It's aimed at helping experts detect and remove malware, but don't let that put you off - there's useful information here for everyone.

Launch the program and click "Startup Info", for instance, and you'll see a list of everything configured to launch along with Windows: programs, shell references, Explorer extensions, print monitors/ providers, and more. A second tab reveals more details on your Windows services, while a third covers scheduled tasks.

The "Network" section lists open network connections, IE plugins, IE shell extensions, your HOSTS file, and more.

Other sections detail your file associations, firewall rules, user accounts and more.

If you're the technical type then there's an enormous amount of detail to explore (filters, HAL callbacks, DPC timers, lots of hook data (SSDT, Shadow SSDT, FSD, IDT and so on).

There are Registry and file browsers, which could be very useful if your PC is unstable, or has been infected by a virus, and the standard tools won't run.

And most important of all, PC Hunter isn't just producing static text reports. If you right-click anything here - a file name, a Registry entry or whatever - then a context menu will appear with useful options.

For example, if you're having malware problems then you might want to delete several files at once. No problem: click Process, select the problem processes, right-click one of them, and there are options to kill all the processes, "force kill" if they're stubborn, even delete the process executable after it's been terminated.

Other right-click options allow you to search for a file online, upload it to check for malware, verify its process signature, list its open files, and more.

There are plenty more which are relevant to each tab, so for instance it's just as easy to repair a file association, delete a user account, or carry out other useful actions.

And experts not only get to view the various hooks, they can even run a disassembler at the relevant address to get a clearer look at what's happening.

Verdict:

PC Hunter is great at viewing and controlling your running processes, startup programs, hosts file and more. But be careful, all this power can be dangerous - delete something important and you could trash your PC

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Windows 10 November 2019 Update ISO (build 1909)

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

November 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1090 which is the November 2019 Update.

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