Add GeGeek Toolkit to Hiren’s CD/DVD for the ultimate troubleshooting tool

One of the best sites on the web is GeGeek.  GeGeek has over 300 tools (freeware) that you can download for troubleshooting any computer.   How can it possibly get more powerful?

Use Rufus USB to create a bootable ISO of Hiren’s CD/DVD’s ISO.  See our other article – link.  Once you create the bootable flash drive, copy the GEGeek folder to

Now when booting to your USB drive, you can boot into Windows XP mini and navigate to the flash drive.  Navigate further into the Prorams folder and then into the GEgeek folder.  You can now use any tool you need to troubleshoot or diagnose your computer.

GEGeek Toolkit

Rufus USB boot and Hiren’s Boot ISO

Hiren’s Boot CD is one of the best tools IT personnel can get their hands on.  (See our article on adding the GeGeek Toolkit) WIth the following tools, Hiren’s can help you diagnose, repair and secure your computer -

  • Avira AntiVir
  • ClamWin
  • ComboFix
  • Dr. Web CureIT!
  • Malwarebytes
  • Remove Fake Antivirus
  • RootkitRevealer
  • Spybot – Search and Destroy
  • SuperAntispyware
  • TDSSKiller
  • CloneDisk
  • Copy DMA
  • CopyWipe
  • DiskImage
  • DriveImage XML
  • Drive SnapShot
  • FastCopy
  • G2L Ghost 4 Linux
  • GImage
  • Image for Dos
  • Image for Windows
  • ImgBurn
  • InfraRecorder
  • Macrium Reflect
  • ODIN
  • Partition Image
  • Partition Saving
  • RegBak
  • Raw Copy
  • ShadowCopy
  • SelfImage
  • Seagate DiscWizard
  • Dozens more-  http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

CD/DVDs are becoming rare on laptops and are not easy to carry around.  You can use Rufus USB to make Hiren’s Bootable.  Down Hiren’s and simply use Rufus on a blank 4 gb flash drive.  You will now have dozens of utilities to use on a flash drive you can keep on a key chain or lanyard.

When working on computers, you can easily enter the boot settings and boot to a USB drive.  This may require you to work with UEFI and legacy settings to get it to boot.

Hiren’s will supply you with the tools you need and Rufus will create your bootable USB.

Download for Hiren’s - http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/

Download for Rufus USB boot - http://rufus.akeo.ie/

Once you download Hiren’s, unzip the file and open Rufus.  Insert a BLANK 4 gb flash drive and navigate to the iso in the unzipped files.  Once you have navigated to the file, click on start.  This will create a bootable Hiren’s USB.

Unzipped files

Rufus

1 Hirens 2 Hirens 3 Hirens 4 Hirens 6 hirens

Want to make more than one bootable USB?   

If you have a bootable USB, you can easily make another by using ImageUSB.

Here’s what you should do -

  1. Install ImageUSB
  2. Insert your source drive

1 usb image tool

3. Select backup
4. Name the image file

USB Image Tool

5. Next highlight the image file and select restore on the target drive4 usb image tool restore

3 USB image tool Restore

You will now have a bootable USB drive

Acrylic Wi-Fi Real-time WLAN information and network analysis

Acrylic Wi-Fi  real-time WLAN information and network analysis monitors -

  • Access points (SSID/BSSID)
  • Signal level
  • Inventory
  • Channels
  • Security

Other features include -

  • Hidden networks: Detailed information for hidden WLAN networks. Get hidden networks SSID names with monitor mode capture.
  • Packet viewer: It works as a WLAN sniffer showing the captured network packets.
  • Integration: Acrylic innovative driver automatically integrates with Wireshark, enabling wireshark to capture WLAN packets under windows.
  • Pcap: It uses the pcap format, compatible with market tools such as Wireshark, aircrack, etc.

Download from here

This freeware utility can be added to your personal inventory of wi-fi utilities such as Xirrus, NetSurveyor or Vistumbler.

APs Packets Signal Strength

PCap file opened on controlled network with Wireshark (below)

sniffing

Excellent video tutorials are also listed here -

https://www.acrylicwifi.com/en/support/video-tutorials/

Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector

My two personal favorite Wi-Fi Inspectors are NetSurveyor and inSSIDer. Another great application is Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector which is a powerful tool for managing and troubleshooting the Wi-Fi on a Windows XP, Vista, or 7laptop. Built in tests enable you to characterize the integrity and performance of your Wi-Fi connection. Applications include:

  • Searching for Wi-Fi networks
  • Managing and troubleshooting Wi-Fi connections
  • Verifying Wi-Fi coverage
  • Locating Wi-Fi devices
  • Detecting rogue APs

Don’t forget about Vistumbler which offers GPS information.

Updates and HotFixes you may miss in Windows

Microsoft Windows has a great update feature built in.  You may not know it but Microsoft also releases HotFixes and other items that are needed for security, networking, features and other functionality.

How do you find Hotfixes and other items that may need to be downloaded?   You can use a third party utility such as WHDownloader.  (Download here)

WHDownloader is easy to use and brings in both Microsoft Office Products and the latest Windows OS.

Download

Updated List

 

See who’s on your wireless network – SoftPerfect WiFi Guard

Want to see who is on your wireless?  SoftPerfect’s  WiFi Guard is freeware that scans your network, both wireless and wired and it also inventories connections on your network.

Before setting up WiFi Guard, inventory your computers, printers, routers, TVs and other devices that use your network.  Get each devices’ MAC address.  Load WiFi Guard and mark each device as trusted.  WiFi Guard’s settings allows you to set a scan interval and to put comments on devices that you know.  In the event a new device is connected to your network, you’ll be alerted.

taskbar

Scanned

Set a scan interval that meets your needs.Settings 

WiFi Guard keeps a history of devices that connect to your network.History

SoftPerfect WiFi Guard

Map a drive using a batch file

You can map a network drive using a script or batch file.

Open up Notepad

Type the following in substituting computer with the computer you are connecting to.  You will also substitute the folder with the folder name that is shared (only share with who you want to have access) also you can type in the password and username as necessary.

After typing this information in, Click on File and Save As.   Type map.bat and select the file type as all files.  Save the file where you want it.  You can now add it to your startup or to a schedule you set.

net use P: \\computer\folder password /user:username

pause

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If you want to disconnect the drive after a period of time, follow the above steps substituting -

net use P: /delete