Maybe I am just being paranoid , but this very plain site that is hosted on a non-Microsoft.com domain name scares me.
Well, sysinternals.com is a Microsoft-owned and operated domain. It’s no different from live.com or technet.com or foldershare.com or many other domains. One thing that can set your mind at ease is that all the files are digitally signed using Microsoft’s code-signing certificate:
If you launch from saved bookmarks, you’re also safe from typo-squatters. And here’s a cool Windows Vista technique you can use to make access even easier:
- Open the Computer window, right-click any empty space, and choose Add a Network Location from the shortcut menu.
- In the Add Network Location wizard, select Choose a custom network location and click Next
- In the Internet or network address box, enter \\live.sysinternals.com\tools and then click Next.
- Give the shortcut a name and click Next.
- Click Finish to save the shortcut and open it in Windows Explorer.
If you open the shortcut in Step 3 using Internet Explorer, in XP or Vista, it should open in Windows Explorer. Here’s what the directory listing looks like. It’s important to note this is a WebDAV share, not a conventional Windows folder share. That means it’s accessible via HTTP (corporate firewalls like that) but behaves like a folder.
You’ll notice that live.sysinternals.com appears as a computer in the Network folder (left column). In this case I typed some terms in the Search box to filter the list of search results.
Because I saved this as a network location, I can return to it any time from the Computer folder in Windows Explorer, where the shortcut is under the Network Locations group.