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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



Kaspersky Virus Fighting Utilities

Spybot Search & Destroy

Dr. Web CureIt


McAfee Stinger

F-Secure Easy Scan

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






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

AVG 32 bit Removal

AVG 64 bit Removal


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


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)


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



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


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 – 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


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


WireShark – network protocol analyzer


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


Process Explorer



Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware


List of anti-rootkits


Viper Rescue

WinSock XP Fix





Dr. Web CureIt

F-Secure Easy Clean

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



Spybot Search & Destroy

Spyware Blaster

Spyware Terminator

Task Manager Fix

Kaspersky Virus Fighting Utilities



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

$ Auto Backup 3 and 4

Battery Benchmark


Web browser cache viewers


Crystal Disk Info

Device Doctor

Double Driver

Google Chrome

Hardware Monitor


Revo Uninstaller

System Information for Windows

Sysinternals Suite


Tor – hide your IP address


Unknown Devices

VLC Media Player

7 Quick Fix

Avast! Remover

AVG Remover

Caffeine – prevents Windows from falling asleep



Lookup error codes

FileHippo Update Checker

FixWin Utility

FixIE Utility

SF IE Restorator

Fix WMP Utility

Fix Windows Update Utility


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


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


Hard Drive Monitor