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Tech Tools

Tech Tools I use to repair a PC

 

Scanners to use (always best to run multiple scans just to be sure):

Avast – Preferred

Avira – An excellent altern. to Avast

Malwarebytes

SuperAntiSpyware

Kaspersky Virus Fighting Utilities

Spybot Search & Destroy

Dr. Web CureIt

CWShredder

McAfee Stinger

F-Secure Easy Scan

MS Malicious Software Removal Tool
For stubborn malware (be careful with these):

ComboFix

Smitfraudfix
Anti-Rootkit:

GMER

Sophos

TDSSKiller


Live CDs (contains a bootable operating system that loads directly into memory):

AVG 32 bit Removal

AVG 64 bit Removal

UBCD4Win

Kaspersky Rescue Disc

Dr Web Live CD
Turn off the System Restore feature and turn it back on (purges it)

- Only do this at the end in case you need to do a restore

.NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (Full Package) – I recommend creating an all-in-one .NET Framework package using Autopatcher

Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Standalone Installer)

7-Zip – WinRar alt., file archiver, file compression

Adobe Reader

Any Video Converter

Auslogics Disk Defrag

Auslogics Registry Cleaner

CCEnhancer – adds support for over 270 new programs for CCleaner

CCleaner – download the slim build because it doesn’t include the Yahoo toolbar

CDBurnerXP

Comodo Dragon – Secure web browser based on Google Chrome

Daemon Tools Lite

Eraser – useful for permanently removing individual files

Everything Search – uses the NTFS file system to find files (doesn’t create an index = very fast)

Firefox

Flash Player (IE)

Flash Player (Non-IE)

Flash Get – download manager

Foxit Reader – great alternative to Adobe Reader

Fraps – displays your frames per second

Free Burn MP3 CD – easily make audio CDs

FrostWire – Limewire alternative

Google Earth

Hard Disk Scrubber – wipes free space to ensure permanent data destruction

HashTab – provides OS extensions to calculate file hashes

ImgBurn/ – disc burning software

iTunes

Java

K-Lite Codec packs – used for adding additional decoders to multimedia players like Win Media Player. Very useful when Windows XP can’t play DVD movies

LiberKey – huge collection of portable apps. Automatically updates your apps

Lightscreen – screenshot tool. Great for Windows XP

Media Monkey – excellent media player

OpenOffice or LibreOffice – free alternative to Microsoft Office (I highly prefer MS Office)

Opera – excellent web broswer

Orbit Downloader – downloads flash videos + download manager

PeerGuardian 2 or Peer Block – for safer torrenting

Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) – security tool designed to detectvulnerable andout-dated programs and plug-ins which expose your PC to attacks

Real Player – excellent media player + downloads flash videos

SetPoint – software + drivers for Logitech mice and keyboards

SpeedFan – monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures.

Silverlight – Microsoft alternative to Flash Player

TeamViewer – super easy remote access

Thunderbird – email client

TrueCrypt – encryption

Unlocker

uTorrent – fav. peer-to-peer program

VLC Player – media player that’ll play just about anything

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor – run to check compatibility with Windows 7

Windows Live Essential 2011 offline installer

Yahoo Messenger

 

 

Phoner – free VoIP

SSD Tweaker

.Net Framework Cleanup Tool

Abiword – word processor

Belarc Advisor – PC Audit

BurnAware – burning software

CamStudio – records your screen and audio activity

CleanMem – optimizes memory every 30 minutes

Drive Sweeper – remove driver leftovers from your system

EasyBCD – awesome bootloader editor

EDraw Mind Map – “Create mind maps (graphical representations of thought processes) for brain-storming, problem solving, rational analysis, and decision making.”

Evernote – Save your ideas, things you like, things you hear, and things you see

Exact Audio Grabber

Game Booster

Gimp – free alternative to Photoshop

K-Lite Codec Tweak tool

LogMeIn – remote access/desktop

MurGeeMon – useful for when a Win XP laptop can’t use an external monitor as its primary display

Nitro PDF creator

nLite – used to customize your Win XP CD

Paint.net – Microsoft paint alternative

Bart’s Pre-Installed Environment – use your Windows CD to create a maintenance disc

PeaZip – alternative to WinRar, file archiver, file compression

PicTexter – turn images into text

Puran Defrag – can defrag all files before Windows boots up

Free Registry Defrag

Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection Manager

RocketDock – application launcher

Sandra Lite benchmarker

BlueScreen Screen Saver

TweakNow programs

Tweaks Logon Changer for Windows 7

Universal Extractor – extract executables. Can be used to make portable applications

vLite – customize your Windows Vista CD. Requires Automated Installation Kit

XMind – mind mapping

ZoneAlarm – firewall. Great for Windows XP

 

Repair Tools ———————————————————————————————————————————–

 

Recuva – recover data

SeaTools – diagnose SeaGate hard drives

UBCD4Win

WD Diagnostics – diagnose Western Digital hard drives

MozBackup – backs up Firefox

$ OfficeFix – fix corrupted Office files

IsoBuster – recover data from discs

SARDU – create multi-boot USB drive or iso to burn to CD/DVD

 

Repair Discs ————————————————————————————————————————-

- use with SARDU -

 

PC Tools’ Alternate Operating System Scanner – - – AVG RESCUE CD – - – Avira AntiVir Rescue System – - – BitDefender

Dr. Web LiveCD – - – F-Secure Rescue CD – - – GDATA – - – Kaspersky Rescue CD

Panda Safe CD – - – VBA Rescue – - – Windows 98 Boot Disk

Clonezilla – - – Gparted – - – NT password

Ophcrack – - – Parted Magic – - – Redo Backup Live CD

System Rescue CD – - – Trinity Rescue Kit – - – Ultimate Boot CD

 

Networking Tools ——————————————————————————————————————————

 

AdapterWatch – display information about your network adapter

WirelessKeyView – recover lost wireless network key

Angry IP Scanner

HeatMapper – Free Wi-Fi Coverage Mapping Site Survey Tool

inSSIDer – Wi-Fi Scanner

Meraki Wi-Fi Stumbler

KiTTY – telnet/SSH client

Nmap – network exploration and auditing

Vistumbler

WireShark – network protocol analyzer

 

Malware Removal ———————————————————————————————————————————-

Autoruns

Process Explorer

ComboFix

Dial-a-fix

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware

rKill

List of anti-rootkits

TCPView

Viper Rescue

WinSock XP Fix

Avast!

AVG

Avira

CWShredder

Dr. Web CureIt

F-Secure Easy Clean

HiJackThiswww.hijackthis.de

hosts-perm batch file – fix the HOSTS file permissions

Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool

Microsoft Security Essentials

McAfee AVERT Stinger

Norman TDSS Cleaner

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool

SUPERAntiSpyware

SmitFraudFix

Spybot Search & Destroy

Spyware Blaster

Spyware Terminator

Task Manager Fix

Kaspersky Virus Fighting Utilities

ThreatFire

 

Programs (portable apps) ———————————————————————————————————————-

$ Auto Backup 3 and 4

Battery Benchmark

BlueScreenView

Web browser cache viewers

CCleaner

Crystal Disk Info

Device Doctor

Double Driver

Google Chrome

Hardware Monitor

Recuva

Revo Uninstaller

System Information for Windows

Sysinternals Suite

TeraCopy

Tor – hide your IP address

TreeSize

Unknown Devices

VLC Media Player

7 Quick Fix

Avast! Remover

AVG Remover

Caffeine – prevents Windows from falling asleep

CPU-Z

GPU-Z

Lookup error codes

FileHippo Update Checker

FixWin Utility

FixIE Utility

SF IE Restorator

Fix WMP Utility

Fix Windows Update Utility

IP2

JavaRa – remove legacy Java

McAfee Removal Tool

Norton Removal Tool

PC Decrapifier

RegAssassin – delete stubborn registry entries

SF Diagnostic Tool – for blue screens

Speccy – system info

StartUpLite

TeamViewer QuickSupport

UDPixel – find dead pixels

XP Quick Fix

 

Other —————————————————————————————————————————

 

.NET Version Detector

Aero Enabler

Crucial Memory Scanner

Easy Exif Delete – detects and deletes exif data from jpeg images

Everything Search – download the zip

Explorer + + – multi-tab file manager

IconCache Rebuilder – can also be done manually be deleting the icon cache in the hidden AppData folder

isReset – reset your files and folders attribute to normal

Master Boot Record backup

Stalled Printer Repair

Tag Scanner – edit music tags

New software ————————————————————————————————————————-

Windows 7 DreamScene Activator

ESET SysInspec

Crystal Disk Mark – HDD benchmark

Icon Extractor

ShellExView – shell extension manager

eSage Bootkit and TDSS remover

ObjectDock – nice alternative to RocketDock

Windows 7 God Mode

FileASSASSIN

Hard Drive Monitor