Process Hacker

A free, powerful, multi-purpose tool that helps you monitor system resources, debug software and detect malware.

Graphs and statistics allow you quickly to track down resource hogs and runaway processes.

Use Ctrl+I to view system performance information. Move your cursor over a graph to get a tooltip with information about the data point under your cursor. You can double-click the graph to see information about the process at that data point, even if the process is no longer running.

Can’t edit or delete a file? Discover which processes are using that file.

Use Ctrl+F to search for a handle or DLL. If all else fails, you can right-click an entry and close the handle associated with the file. However, this should only be used as a last resort and can lead to data loss and corruption.

Get real-time information on disk access.

This may look very similar to the Disk Activity feature in Resource Monitor, but Process Hacker has a more features!

https://processhacker.sourceforge.io/

Notepad++

What is Notepad++

Notepad++ is a free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GNU General Public License.

Based on the powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.

https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

XMPlay

The XMPlay Support site is a resource for users of the audio player XMPlay. It has been called to life by Nathan “Keltic Danor” Hindley in 2004, who unfortunately had to give up caring for the site in early 2006. The project had then been picked up by Thomas “Rah’Dick” Radeke, who was maintaining the XMPlay Archive, a site which offered (almost) all versions of XMPlay that were ever released.

The site became the result of a merging of both the archive and the support site into one and reprogramming the whole site from scratch – with the target to offer all XMPlay users a greater experience of their favourite player.

Near the end of 2010 Nathan returned to give the site a small facelift and more importantly make it possible for more people to maintain the site quickly and easily and so it changed that the very community the site was designed to support, was also the driving force behind keeping it up to date.

https://support.xmplay.com/

Un4seen Development Support for XMPlay

https://www.un4seen.com/

7-Zip

7-Zip compresses to 7z format 30-70% better than to zip format. And 7-Zip compresses to zip format 2-10% better than most of other zip compatible programs.

  • High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression
  • Supported formats:
    • Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
    • Unpacking only: AR, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DMG, EXT, FAT, GPT, HFS, IHEX, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, QCOW2, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, UEFI, VDI, VHD, VMDK, WIM, XAR and Z.
  • For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
  • Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
  • Self-extracting capability for 7z format
  • Integration with Windows Shell
  • Powerful File Manager
  • Powerful command line version
  • Plugin for FAR Manager
  • Localizations for 87 languages

https://www.7-zip.org/

foobar2000

foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform.

  • Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND… and more with additional components.
  • Gapless playback.
  • Easily customizable user interface layout.
  • Advanced tagging capabilities.
  • Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.
  • Full ReplayGain support.
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
  • Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.

https://www.foobar2000.org/

Process Lasso

Process Lasso is Windows process automation and optimization software. From tuning algorithms like ProBalance to user-created rules and persistent settings such as CPU affinities and priority classes, Process Lasso enables full control over running applications!

Our famous ProBalance algorithm maintains system responsiveness during high CPU loads. This proprietary algorithm dynamically adjusts the priorities of running programs to keep problematic background processes in check. With ProBalance, no longer will single, or multiple, processes be able to bring your system to a virtual stall. Process Lasso will let you keep interacting with your computer, even when it is under a heavy CPU load.

https://bitsum.com/

Chocolatey

Chocolatey is a software management solution unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced on Windows. Chocolatey brings the concepts of true package management to allow you to version things, manage dependencies and installation order, better inventory management, and other features.

https://chocolatey.org/