by FrostApps team on 2010-06-28 08:11:49
Version reviewed: Fresh Diagnose 8.41
Most of computer users know very little about their systems. One portion of them knows only what they have to for completing their job and the other is more tech savvy so they know what to answer when someone asks them what they have "under the hood". Even tech savvy don't know everything about their systems. They can diagnose, compare them and know what they can get out of their systems, but they don't know all the details. Sure you don't have to know manufacturer and/or version of every chip in your central unit but its important for those few people that like to tweak everything to suit their needs. That is where programs like Fresh Diagnose come in.
With really comprehensive list of information extracted from your machine Fresh Diagnose is quite a formidable program. It covers all aspects of your system, from software through network, databases and resources to hardware. Every report is extremely detailed showing even the memory locations of files or processes.
We will cover only the major categories that Fresh Diagnose offers, simply because it would take really a lot of time and energy to describe every single one option. With that being said, we will start with "Software System" category. As you could have guessed this covers almost everything about your system, whether you know about it or not. Some of sub categories are your current accessibility settings, Appearance settings, installed and accepted Certificates, Command Line settings like default font and colors of window etc. You get the point, its really detailed. One thing that we found not working here is Windows Updates sub-category, which is supposed to show you what windows updates you have installed. This is most probably due to the fact that we tested Fresh Diagnose on Windows 7 and not Windows XP. Everything else checked out just fine.
Next major category is "Hardware System", which shows you detailed info about your motherboard and processor. Some of sub-categories are BIOS, Busses, Cache memory, CMOS etc. Once again very detailed information about everything. Some of featured information about processor is Processor features, which show you which technologies your processor has, Cache information which shows your processors cache memory, and other classical processor type information. Motherboard information includes S.M.A.R.T. info, various port and sensor information. You could read all this in your Motherboard and Processor Manual but in case you lose it, or don’t feel like searching for particular information through entire manual this feature comes really in handy.
"Devices" category is your classical substitute for windows device manager but with a few enhancements. First of all it shows so much more information than device manager that they can't really be compared, (we did the comparison just to give you a vague idea of what to expect from this category) and second it shows you not just driver info but also hardware info that device manager can only dream about. We feel no need to list sub-categories here, since they are basically the same as in device manager, meaning this category holds all of your hardware information not listed in "Hardware System" category, save for network adapter info, which is in next one.
"Network and Internet" category covers all your networking information needs. One of most important sub-categories here is open ports, which shows you what ports do you have currently opened, tells you what are the ports used for, whether they are standard ports (the ones that are usually opened by default) and what is their current state. This is extremely useful if you wish to expand your knowledge of your network and protect better against possible attacks. Some of other sub-categories are just as useful giving you information about installed protocols and their settings, your network cards including its firmware, MAC address, vendor etc. We dare say this category is the most important for your system security in entire program.
In "Multimedia" category you can find information about your current DirectX version as well as info about all codecs you have installed, joysticks/gamepads, microphones and cameras currently present on your system. Basically all audio/video information that you need can be found here. This category is pretty good for gaining information of codec versions if you are unsure whether you have the latest ones installed or not, also same goes for DirectX and multimedia drivers.
"Database System" covers ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) settings installed on your system. This category has only 4 sub-categories: ODBC Core, ODBC Drivers, ODBC Converters and ODBC Data sources. In ODBC Core you can see locations and versions of all core files including their names. ODBC Drivers shows you, as its name says, information about ODBC drivers, including driver name, path, version and all files associated with the driver for all database types. ODBC converters and sources show just that, converter and sources information.
"Hardware Resources" contains list and information of all resources used by your hardware. Here you can see IRQ list, I/O Ports and which device is using which port, Memory Resources and again which device uses what range of memory and at last DMA channels. When we tested this program, DMA channels didn’t report anything, this is most probably an error so we cant comment on this aspect of program. IRQ and I/O lists as well as Memory Resources displayed the correct information though.
Now, "Snapshot" category is really interesting one. What it does is take a snapshot of all the processes, modules, heaps, threads and windows running currently on your system and displays all kinds of information about them. This means that whenever you click on either of these options it will take a snapshot and give you information about selected process or thread. Say you select svchost.exe info to be displayed. You will get its process id, parent process id, usage count, priority, application that it is associated with, number of threads it has created and memory it uses. Besides that you will get info about application that is creating the process as well as list of all the threads it is running with their priorities. Now if you select a window to see its information you are in for a threat, provided you know your way about windows. This option gives you, first all the info you might need about application who is windows owner, then window properties, which include all windows styles that window is currently using, and its dimensions. We forgot to say that Fresh Diagnose displays list of all the processes, even the hidden ones that you can’t see in windows Task Manager.
In "Traces" category you can see almost all history and user data that windows saved. This includes windows history, search history, run history, open & save history, recent files, browser history, internet cache, internet cookies, executed programs and inserted devices. All these "histories" pretty much speak for themselves and we noticed that they are pretty thorough. You would be amazed to find out what information does windows keep about you exactly. All this information is only displayed here though, you cant edit or delete it. Inserted devices sub-category shows you information about present USB flash drives like their vendor, serial number etc.
Concerning looks Fresh Diagnose is really basic, but that is exactly what you need for this type of program, simplicity. Yes it could have fancy hoovers and flashing buttons, but this way it looks more professional and serious.
The final category is "Benchmark" which does exactly that, benchmarks your system. This option is disabled in non-registered mode od the program, but it's no big deal since registration is free for private uses. If you wish to use this program in any company or organization you are required to purchase a commercial license. But by purchasing this license you get to use all of programs from this developer for just that one-time fee. That is quite a deal if you ask us. We can recommend this program for sure, to anyone who wants to see what insides of their system looks like.