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WinHex 18.3

Examine files, RAM, hard drives and more with this powerful, portable hex editor

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License: Trial Software
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish
Software Cost: €37.73 (Windows)
Date Updated: 17 May 2015
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Developer: X-Ways Software Technology AG
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WinHex
Examine files, RAM, hard drives and more with this powerful hex editor

WinHex is, at heart, a hex editor. Though it now has so many add-ons that you can also use the program for data recovery, computer forensics and many other low-level applications.

You may still use the program as a hex editor, of course. Click File > Open, choose the file of your choice, it'll appear in a flash and you can freely browse its contents, or edit them to suit your needs.

It's just as easy to open and view the memory that belongs to a process, though. Which can be particularly useful if you suspect a program is malware and you want to find out more about it.

WinHex can also open drives, allowing you to view them at the sector level.

A built-in undelete tool helps you recover many types of deleted files.

Other options will help you compare, split and join files, erase files securely, or create disk images for later analysis.

And although they're not available in this trial version, if you pay for a Specialist or Forensic licence then you'll have all kinds of advanced drive manipulation tools available: the program can reconstruct RAID systems, gather and display free, slack or inter-partition space, carry out detailed drive searches, and more.

Version 18.2 changes include:
    ◾For the file systems Ext2/Ext3/Ext4, there is now a "Particularly thorough file system data structure search" functionality.
    ◾Viewing support for Ext3/Ext4 journals.
    ◾Tentative support for Exchange 2010 EDB databases.
    ◾Ability to specify in great detail which types of file archives and which zip subtypes should be explored to include their contents into the volume snapshot.
    ◾Extraction of browsing history information from Safari's icon database.
    ◾More efficient processing of solid 7zip archives.
    ◾Faster processing of huge numbers of original .eml and .msg files in very large volume snapshots.
    ◾Support for up 32 external viewer programs instead of 9.
    ◾Ability to copy the path of the selected key in the Registry Viewer using a new context menu command.
    ◾Maintains a history of the last 8 search terms used in the Registry Viewer.
    ◾Ability to split huge HTML and TSV exports from the directory browser into separate files.
    ◾Ability to tweak CPU and memory utilization of indexing, and more conservative default values are used.

Verdict:

While it's a little expensive, WinHex is also a supremely versatile hex editor with many interesting features.

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