Since I primarily manage Mac and iOS systems, I haven’t blogged much about Windows. However if you are a Windows admin, then you absolutely need to know about Microsoft’s Sysinternals toolset.
I use Process Explorer as a much more powerful replacement to the standard Windows Task Manager. And Autoruns is a great tool for managing which processes start up with Windows. This is essential when cleaning up all the crap that installers add under the covers to “phone home” or even arguably malware add-ons that get installed with some other driver or utility.
More recently I used SDelete to clean up a system that was being decommissioned. Really hard drive destruction is the best way to ensure data cannot be recovered. But barring that, SDelete is a the next best thing. And best of all, they are all free. Thanks, Mark!