If you are looking for freeware for your Windows 10 PC, you must consider Nirsoft. NirSoft website provides a unique collection of small and useful freeware utilities, all of them developed by Nir Sofer. These freeware could be Password Recovery Utilities, Network Monitoring Tools, Internet-Related Utilities or Command-Line Utilities.
This article will represent my top Nirsoft tools and in no particular other.
Best Nirsoft Freeware Utilities For Windows 10
Nirsoft: Password Recovery Utilities
This Nirsoft tool shows passwords for Internet Explorer (Version 4.0 – 11.0), Mozilla Firefox (All Versions), Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera. It works to recover passwords in any website including even the popular ones like Facebook, Yahoo, Google, and GMail. This password must have however been stored by your web browser.
It has a” save selected items” functionality that allows recovered passwords to be saved in text, html, csv or xml files.
This Nirsoft password recovery tool reveals the passwords stored behind the bullets in the standard password text-box of Windows operating system and Internet Explorer Web browser. The revealed passwords can then be copied and saved.
This Nirsoft password recovery tool will reveal the passwords and other account details for Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook 2000 (POP3 and SMTP Accounts only), Microsoft Outlook 2002/2003/2007/2010/2013/2016 (POP3, IMAP, HTTP and SMTP Accounts), Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird (If the password is not encrypted with master password), Group Mail Free, Hotmail/MSN mail – If the password is saved in MSN/Windows/Live Messenger application, Gmail – If the password is saved by Gmail Notifier application, Google Desktop, or by Google Talk.
Nirsoft – Network Monitoring Tools
This lightweight utility runs in the background monitoring the activity of wireless networks around you. It operates by displaying for each detected network the SSID, Last Signal Quality, Average Signal Quality, Detection Counter, Authentication Algorithm, Cipher Algorithm, MAC Address, RSSI, Channel Frequency and Channel Number.
It is a tool that scans your network and displays all the current connections on your network. It displays the IP address, MAC address, the company that manufactured the network card, and optionally the computer name for all the devices connected to your network.
This utility doesn’t require any installation process or additional DLL files. All it takes is to copy the executable file (BluetoothView.exe) to any folder and run it. Moments later, BluetoothView will start to gradually display all detected Bluetooth around you.
Nirsoft: Internet-Related Utilities
This utility allows one to find the information related to an IP address. Information like the owner of the IP address, the country/state name, IP addresses range, contact information (address, phone, fax, and email), and more.
It basically scans the cache and history files of your Web browser, then locates all search queries that you made with popular search engines (Google, Yahoo, and MSN) and with popular social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook).
This nirsoft utility tool is useful if you ever need to watch a video online. As far as the video file is stored in your browser’s cache, this utility can help you to extract the video file from the cache and save it for watching it in the future.
This Nirsoft utility is basically a screenshot service. It enables one to save a screenshot of any Web page into a file. It automatically creates a hidden window of Internet Explorer, loads the desired Web page, and then saves the entire content of the Web page into an image file (.png, .jpg, .tiff, .bmp or .gif).
Nirsoft: Freeware System Tools
If you ever need to know what activities are started up with your Windows OS, this is the app for you. It lists of all applications that are loaded automatically when Windows starts up.For each application, it lists Startup Type (Registry/Startup Folder), Command-Line String, Product Name, File Version, Company Name and Location in the Registry or file system.
This utility is important for displaying device drivers currently loaded on your system. It will also display the load address of the driver, description, version, product name and company that created the driver.
This utility shows USB devices currently connected to the system as well as USB devices that have been previously used on the PC.
For each device, it displays device name/description, device type, serial number (for mass storage devices), the date/time that device was added, VendorID and ProductID.
Nirsoft: Desktop Utilities
This works similar to file explorer. It allows you to easily search files in your system by wildcard. This utility works on any version of Windows starting from Windows 2000 and up to Windows 10. Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported.
It will work for your local system, for a remote computer on your network, and for external hard-drive plugged to your computer.
Even though with upgrades in Windows OS many of the utilities in Nirsoft may increasingly become obsolete, from personal experience I often go back to see what’s available on Nirsoft. Often I find something very useful that I may have had to pay for elsewhere.