At a Glance
- Plenty of nice tools for systems admins and power users
- May prompt false alerts from many AV apps
This multi-function toolkit is sure to please any Windows power-user who can see past the malware false positives.
NirLauncher gathers a cornucopia of small, useful tools and
utilities from NirSoft into a simple, portable launcher. The
ever-changing lineup of available tools can range from programmer
tools to system utilities to password recovery utilities–and those
password recovery tools will likely cause your antivirus app to
Password recovery utilities, such as the included NirSoft tools
for use with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and wireless networks, can
be a boon if you lose your own passwords. But they’re also
sometimes used by malicious hackers who sneak them onto PCs to
Antivirus apps will therefore typically identify such tools with
labels such as “HackerTool,” or sometimes even mis-identify them as
Trojans. But if you’re knowingly downloading the tools yourself,
there’s no risk. Just be prepared for the alerts, and to
potentially circumvent your security app’s protection if it
automatically quarantines some NirLauncher files. For more info,
see the explanation from the NirSoft developer.
You won’t need to install NirLauncher; just unzip it into the
directory of your choice and double-click the included
NirLauncher.exe file. You can run it off a portable USB drive, too.
When we reviewed NirLauncher, we found a utility to display the
installation keys for Office and Windows, a tool to capture
Flash videos while watching them in a browser, and an applet to
display all the network resources on a LAN. Others might display connected USB
devices, or allow for adjusting the volume
of your speakers with your mousewheel.
Dozens of additional utilities are gathered into categories such
as Password Recovery Utilities, Disk Utilities, Video/Audio Related
Utilities. To launch any given tool, select it and click “Run” in
the bottom of the launcher window. And to get more info about a
particular app, select it and click “Web Page.”
As an added bonus, you can pull the suite of exceptional system
tools from Microsoft’s SysInternals into NirLauncher using some
instructions from NirSoft. But also note that NirLauncher only
includes NirSoft utilities that have been updated in the last 1,000
days. Anything older than that is purposely left out.
If you’re a power user or sysadmin who likes to dig into the
techie details of your Windows system, you’ll likely love the many
free tools gathered into NirLauncher. Just be prepared for
potential false positives from your AV app.
Note: This link takes you to the vendor’s site, where you
can download the latest version of the software. This software
frequently triggers false positives in malware scanners.