PsTools

by Microsoft

A useful utility for managing one or many computer systems

Operating system: Windows

Publisher: Microsoft

Release: PsTools 2.10

Antivirus check: passed

Last revision: Last week

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PsTools is a command line based suite that allows users to manage one or many PCs both. PsTools can be used locally or even remotely. The option of using PsTools remotely means that you can run programs on another computer without physically being present. As long as the computer that is trying to be reached can be connected to on a network, there are many commands that can be used with the PsTools suite. Some commands available in the PsTools suite allow users to execute processes, change account passwords, reboot/shutdown a PC, retrieve system information, and even measure network performance. Most of these administrative tools are only accessible locally on a PC with Windows. With PsTools however, you can set any of them to be remotely enabled. On the surface, PsTools can be a great tool to use for a network administrator. However, hackers that acquire the PsTools suite can and use them for malicious purposes. There are certain criteria that need to be met however, when running the PsTools suite within the command line interface. Both the local and remote computers that a user is trying to connect to remotely need to have both file and print sharing enabled in order to use the PsTools Suite. 

Features:

  • Control PCs remotely
  • Execute many commands (ipconfig, wmic, net_user)
  • No separate software needed
  • Simple to use

In conclusion, PsTools is a great suite of commands to use for accessing a computer remotely. Most of these tools would more than likely be used by a serious IT pro, more than likely a network administrator. The fact that you can run processes, use a command like ipconfig remotely seem invasive, but using PsTools can save time and hassle. But then again at the same time, PsTools can also provide hackers with user credentials, sensitive computer information and pave way for them to wreak havoc on a network of computers.

Command line controlled software.
PsTools 2.4.2 (0.56 MB)
PsTools 2.10 (0.56 MB)
Angus
This product would be excellent for a network administrator. However, the downside of this product is the fact that hackers could use it to gain sensitive information from other people's computers without the party's knowledge. In conclusion, I would give this product three stars out of five considering the fact I am neither a network administrator nor a hacker. It would simply be of no use to me as an average computer user.
Harris
PSTools for windows is an excellent software that allows one to manage multiple PC’s in a command prompt style at once. This app includes incredible administrative tools and has protection against hackers as local access is controlled. This app also allows remote control between different PC's.
Max
The aforementioned software may be useful for computer savvy home users or information technology managers at any size to the company in support of information technology management, information situational awareness, To ensure that their information systems are safe and secure and that their software or hardware related passwords are maintained, Or to ensure that their technologies are being used for the purpose that they were installed and design for by the company’s employees, subcontractors, Or anyone that might be allowed access to the computers or associated networks for the company.
Finn
PsTools for Windows is an analytical tool software product that analyzes and lists all of the processes running on your devices by using command-line utilities. It is, therefore, a free networking program for your PC or laptop, either locally or remotely. This is perfect for hands-on users that want to know exactly what is running and how much it is potentially slowing down device function.
Benjamin
We have this system at work to access remote PCs. It is very easy to use and really efficient! It has been really quick and easy to install on all our desktops and has made our lives so much easier when having problems with our computers. It has been especially useful during these times when a lot of people are working from home.
William
PSTools for Windows is simple to install if you are already familiar with using a command-line in Windows. Downloading and unpacking it is quick. Make sure you can do this as the administrator or your will not be able to do it. This is a good free and safe program. You can use it with Windows 2000 or prior versions.
Leon
IT IS A COST FREE WINDOWS SOFTWARE WHICH IS PUBLISHED BY MICROSOFT. IT ALLOWS YOU TO CONTROL THE REMOTE SYSTEM. ESPECIALLY FOR INSTALLATION NO SPECIAL TOOL REQUIRED. IT DOESN'T CONTAINS VIRUS,COMPLETELY VIRUS FREE BUT HAVE BEEN USED BY VIRUSES HENCE VIRUS TRIGGER NOTIFICATIONS ARE DISPLAYED.
Ollie D**********d
PsTools is a suite of command line tools for managing and monitoring Windows systems. It includes commands for listing and killing processes, viewing running services, managing the registry, and others. PsTools is designed for system administrators.
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