Recommended Tools and Readings
The following applications, tools, and reading materials are all ones that I have personally tested or read.
I highly recommend checking them out.
Windows Internals, 5th Edition
by Mark Russinovich
- Highly recommended if you want to learn what happens "Under the Hood" in Microsoft Windows. I have
found it very useful for troubleshooting Windows problems, especially when having trouble getting a
Windows installation to boot. This edition covers Windows Vista and Server 2008. The 4th Edition is
available for specifics about Windows XP and Server 2003.
By Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, and Jon Orwant - Absolute must have book for any aspiring Perl
programmer. Completely goes over every minute detail related to programming in Perl and also a great
resources for learning tricks that are applicable to many other programming languages.
- Great tool for removing pretty much any type of malware. Includes options to perform quick scanning
which usually finds most normal infections extremely quickly. Paid version includes active scanner.
- Complete set of programs to perform troubleshooting and diagnostics of troublesome Windows
installations. Also includes tools for connecting to Active Directory, creating Virtual Hard
Disks from physical drives, and viewing System Objects. Referenced extensively in Windows
- Useful for identifying and manually removing malware. Shows programs and services set to run when
windows boots, lists browser helper objects for Internet Explorer, and much more.