HHD Software’s Free Hex Editor

HHD Software offers up a free hex editor aptly called ‘Free Hex Editor’. The version I installed was the latest, 3.12 which was released on 10/12/2005. It is not, in any way shape or form compatible with Vista, so don’t install it. If you do you may experience sporadic crashes in the explorer.exe process. Vista recovers from this gracefully but it’s still very annoying. I’ve had this installed for a month or so, it took me a while to figure out what was causing it. I finally broke the crash down in Visual Studio and found a dll installed with FHE latched into the shell was the cause.

Faulting application Explorer.EXE, version 6.0.6000.16549, time stamp 0x46d230c5, faulting module ntdll.dll, version 6.0.6000.16386, time stamp 0x4549bdc9, exception code 0xc0000005, fault offset 0x00042e7b, process id 0x1368, application start time 0x01c854ca4f2daea0.

It’s too bad too, the editor is pretty good. Hopefully they’ll have an update at some point. You also might try removing the offending dll or unregistering it, I decided not to waste the time with that though and just uninstalled.

UPDATED – from the comments, HHD has an updated version. I haven’t had a chance to install it yet but feel free to give it a wirl on Vista or Win7 and please post back on how it goes.