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Bryce W
04-23-2007, 11:00 AM
Does anyone here use a computer repair utility that really helps them with their job? If so, recommend it here for our Repair tool of the Week.

computergeek
04-26-2007, 12:39 AM
I have used a few different applications to backups drivers with and the best freeware driver backup application I have come across so far is DriverMax.

It allows you to list or export your drivers to file or folder, compressed or uncompressed and also allows you install them using the application easily.


More details can be found at the website

www .innovative-sol.com/drivermax/

It's worth giving it a try.

TechPro
04-27-2007, 09:23 AM
Hello

Thanks for the mention Knuckles in this weeks Repair tool of the week.

Here are a few suggestions:

CPU-Z (http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php)

nLite (http://www.nliteos.com/)

nLite is for making unattended install cd's very useful for pc rollouts.

CPU-Z helps get info about your CPU.

:)

Mac
06-14-2007, 01:35 AM
belarc advisor (http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html)
PrcView (http://www.teamcti.com/pview/prcview.htm)
Restoration (http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html)
Startuplist (http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/programs.php#startuplist)
:cool:

philthyone
08-21-2007, 04:55 PM
I have been using the UBCD4win, for some time now. Infact it is my primary tool for most issues. It is a cd full of great utilities designed to recover and repair computers. The list of tools is to great to list, but here is a link to the site and a list of applications on the cd.

(Sorry new here and am unable to post URL's just yet. However the site name is ubcd4win. Just add a .com to the end and your able to see it.)

Great site by the way. Just discovered it after hearing you on the radio

gunslinger
08-21-2007, 09:21 PM
These are some programs i have running right off my flash drive that i find myself using most: driver magician, spybot s&d, ad-aware se, mcafee stinger, and portable Ccleaner. I also carry active@password reset disk.

basic
09-05-2007, 06:21 AM
I was going to suggest a tool I use daily, but it seems you are looking for software utilities. But, I'm still going to nominate my tool. I am nominating SATA/IDE to USB adapters. These little devices are quite versatile. The primary reason I love these things is because they allow me to back up any sensitive or important information before I start doing any kind of HD work, preventing headaches that can happen with data loss. I can also easily image drives, scan for viruses, and fix disk and OS errors when it is impossible to too boot or access the drive from the host computer. This is, of course, assuming your drive is operable. Other than my screw driver, this is probably the most used piece of equipment in my toolbox.

ninjaman001
09-07-2007, 03:14 PM
I ran across this some time ago, it was suggested on the CastleCops site. Seems to be pretty comprehensive. Some of you guys should try it and critique.

RunScanner is a freeware windows system utility which scans your system for all configured running programs and autostart locations.
You can use runscanner to detect autostart programs, spyware, adware, homepage hijackers, unverified drivers and other problems.
You can import and export your results and let other people help you to solve your problems.

www.runscanner.net

Simmy
09-07-2007, 05:39 PM
I (or rather my colleague) found a useful tool this week called smitfraudfix. It managed to get rid of a virus that NOD32/Kaspersky/SpywareDoctor/Spybot failed to remove.

Blues
09-07-2007, 07:36 PM
I (or rather my colleague) found a useful tool this week called smitfraudfix. It managed to get rid of a virus that NOD32/Kaspersky/SpywareDoctor/Spybot failed to remove.

I think we mention that somewhere in the forum and might be in an article. I don't know why A/V apps still don't fix this becuase that fix has been around aleast as long as this site. It is a fix only to that particular virus/spyware so its not a great tool but all techs should have a copy or be familiar with it.

Mac
09-08-2007, 08:05 AM
I was going to suggest a tool I use daily, but it seems you are looking for software utilities. But, I'm still going to nominate my tool. I am nominating SATA/IDE to USB adapters. These little devices are quite versatile. The primary reason I love these things is because they allow me to back up any sensitive or important information before I start doing any kind of HD work, preventing headaches that can happen with data loss. I can also easily image drives, scan for viruses, and fix disk and OS errors when it is impossible to too boot or access the drive from the host computer. This is, of course, assuming your drive is operable. Other than my screw driver, this is probably the most used piece of equipment in my toolbox.

Yes i like this one. Good suggestion

rurbaniak
09-12-2007, 11:41 PM
PageDefrag (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/PageDefrag.mspx)

Used to defrag page and system files.

Alden
09-20-2007, 05:04 AM
That have helped me big time:

LAPTOP to IDE HARD DRIVE ADAPTER
Connects a 2.5in hard drive to standard IDE connector. Retrieve files from a laptop that won't start up!
http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat%5fid=3004&sku=17705

And

GO!DATA USB 2.0 TO IDE DRIVE ADAPTER
Connect one ATA or ATAPI directly to a USB 2.0 port; use with #17705 for easy file transfer between desktop and laptop.
http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat%5fid=1501&sku=30500

Back up data from a laptop hard drive without adding a slave / adjusting bios shaves a few minutes off each data gig.

Sweeeeet!

breadtrk
09-20-2007, 03:16 PM
If you have been playing with PC's since the serial mouse days it really helps to use a foldout type fishing tackle box to store all your adapters in.

breadtrk
09-20-2007, 03:45 PM
I don't want to mess up cablestogo but be sure to check E-Bay too. 2.5 3.5 SATA I & SATA II adapters all in one for less than $20.00 and that includes shipping. I have 4 and they all worked just fine.

E-Bay is a great source for all things computer repair.

Vitiated
10-17-2007, 07:39 PM
I nominate GenControl.

Pros: It's a great remote assistance tool. I work in a Windows Domain environment across a LAN/WAN and have admin priv's to the machines I support. It makes my job much easier.

Cons: I don't see it working for techs that want to connect over the internet or through firewalls, etc. Also, It doesn’t work on Windows 9x/ME/XP Home.

Check it out: http://www.os.sg/log/gencontrol

Simmy
10-24-2007, 03:19 PM
Extending the remote assistance theme, I can recommend Ultra VNC Single Click - Link (http://www.uvnc.com/addons/singleclick.html). It works over LAN/WAN and has never failed me and works without the need to configure firewalls - the customer simply runs my vnc.exe file and double clicks from a list of available connections - there is no installation necessary. There is also an option to encrypt the connection.

http://www.smg-computers.com/hosted/vnc.jpg

ServingOnlineSeniors
03-13-2008, 04:30 AM
Try this site Tekgems.com (http://tekgems.com/). These guys are great. Great service, super prices. Your 2.5" Adapters run about $2, nice power supplies we buy by the case (450 W W/Sata) $11 each. Don't need resell cert. Super prices on testers, tools and parts.

jamsaw
03-14-2008, 11:40 PM
Please consider adding System Explorer as a Repair Tool of the Week. I just found it while Googling for freeware utilities, and I think it's going to be one of the most useful tools I have. There is even a portable version. It combines info from a lot of tools I use. Below are features from the developers' web site for version 1.4...

# Major Features: Detailed information about Tasks, Processes, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files
# Easy check of suspicious files via VirusTotal service.
# Easy search details about file/process via online databases
# Easy access to System Utilities
# Performance graphs for monitoring usage of system resources in time
# Action History for monitoring processes activities
# Making of System Snapshots for easy finding of system changes.
# Multiple language support (English, Espanol, Deutsch, Portuguese, Japanese)

Requirements:
OS: Windows XP or Windows Vista

Licensing:
SystemExplorer is FREE for personal and commercial use!

Bryce W
03-15-2008, 02:54 AM
Please consider adding System Explorer as a Repair Tool of the Week.
Thanks for the recommendation, but we've done this one:
http://www.technibble.com/repair-tool-of-the-week-system-explorer/

Keep the suggestions coming though :)

ootuoyetahi
04-18-2008, 12:42 AM
I have used a few different applications to backups drivers with and the best freeware driver backup application I have come across so far is DriverMax.

It allows you to list or export your drivers to file or folder, compressed or uncompressed and also allows you install them using the application easily.


More details can be found at the website

www .innovative-sol.com/drivermax/

It's worth giving it a try.

Check out http://driveragent.com it scans your pc and provides driver updates you need. It isnt perfect but it has saved me several times. It isnt free though, i think its $30.00/year. Also, you need an internet connection to use it.

cbclark
04-26-2008, 05:17 PM
Stumbled across this today. PCWorld gave it a good review, and I tinkered with it on the shop machine for a while and it looks pretty useful.

System Information for Windows (SIW) (http://www.gtopala.com/)

It seems to do a more thorough job than Belarc but doesn't generate an HTML report right off, you have to manually generate one.

If you don't need to print a hardcopy, the standalone version will run right off a flashdrive and give you a nice GUI with a lot of relevant information.

Simmy
04-26-2008, 08:52 PM
Great program cbclark. It will be useful when asking customers for information about their computer over the phone. Instead I can get them to run a batch file using the command line options which will automatically generate an HTML file and email it to me :D

Bryce W
04-27-2008, 08:50 AM
Thanks for the suggestion cbcclark. Its an awsome program. However, we have done it before quite some time ago:
http://www.technibble.com/repair-tool-of-the-week-system-information/

cbclark
04-27-2008, 07:24 PM
Ah, my apologies. I must have overlooked that. =O

kprt
05-01-2008, 05:27 AM
Sorry if this one has been posted before.
Spacemonger
You get a birds eye view of your hard drive. The older 1.4.0 version is free.
http://www.sixty-five.cc/sm/v1x.php

justpcsupport
05-02-2008, 05:43 PM
http://www.oldversion.com/

For those of us who still need a copy of AOL 1.0 Just in Case that Windows 3.1 Service Call Ever comes in.

ootuoyetahi
05-12-2008, 12:46 AM
Everyone out there must have files and documents they need to keep safe, right? http://www.truecrypt.org/ is a free utility that will create an encrypted container as large or small as you want. It provides two levels of plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password. Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent. It offers a variety of different encryption algorithms. Has very easy tutorials online to follow too. Its the best encryption software i've come across.

ootuoyetahi
06-09-2008, 02:23 AM
Ive run into some problems with RPD, winXP with SP3. Microsoft seems to be avoiding the situation. I've come across this (http://www.codeplex.com/Terminals) which seems to work even though RPD doesnt. Make sure you have .NET installed before you run the .exe

xderka
06-17-2008, 03:08 AM
Does it have to be freeware? If not, I really like a program called

"XP Repair Pro", and they just released their latest version which is pretty good. (Currently on sale too.)


If we are talking about freeware, I like truecrypt.

wall2000x
07-01-2008, 09:49 PM
While I ahve only used this once it does make a lot of things a whole lot easier. Hidden Utilities XP. It states that you can modify, repair and remove utilities. I believe that CamTech offers this as freeware.

Includes WFP Tools, Vista Drives, Spyware Inoculator, Cookie Spy SE, Password Vault, SpySites Plus, XP Icons, SpySites, Meta Tag Enterprise, The Html Directory, CleanEm, T5, MemCheck Pro, DunStats, PopUp Master, IE Logos, DunSpeed, CT Cookie Spy, SpyChaser, Toolbar Wallpaper, Toolbar Skins, Icons, IcoFolder, Clear Desktop, Screen Savers, Themes, and most all the Windows Startup Logos.

Wheelie
07-04-2008, 02:59 PM
Good stuff! Thanks!!

Here's one that regularly pulls me out of a jam ----> HijackThis! 1.99 (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3155.html)

Could not imagine life without it.

thecoldone06
07-14-2008, 07:51 PM
I just tried out Absolute Uninstaller from glarysoft.com (www.glarysoft.com). It allows you to uninstall single programs or batch uninstalls together (remove all at the same time). It not only deletes the program but removes any unnecessary registry keys and/or empty folders. Very easy to use. Check it out.

stevenamills
07-28-2008, 07:18 PM
Rarely a day goes by that we don't use the Norton removal tool and/or the McAfee removal tool.

If I was relegated to a single antispyware tool, it would be MalwareBytes.

I know it's been mentioned before here, but UBCDWin is the LAST tool I would get rid of - nothing comes close.

steve

TechPro
08-08-2008, 12:04 PM
Just stumbled across this tool guys its really useful....

http://www.asktheadmin.com/2008/08/savemydata20-or-how-to-make-reformat-easier.html

purple_minion
08-12-2008, 02:20 AM
I did a search and didn't find it suggested yet. Personally I found Teracopy a while back and think it's great. Copies files quickly, pause/resume, retry failed copies etc. Did I mention free? And there is a portable version!

Wheelie
08-12-2008, 03:04 AM
I did a search and didn't find it suggested yet. Personally I found Teracopy a while back and think it's great. Copies files quickly, pause/resume, retry failed copies etc. Did I mention free? And there is a portable version!
Awesome discovery! This is one I'm going to try! THANKS!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php

barrybobbit
09-07-2008, 09:13 AM
I note the CRUK is about to celebrate its birthday, and would like to suggest an updated one, with some of the newer toys on it.
The file would most likely be a little bigger, could I suggest uploading a .torrent?

ootuoyetahi
09-20-2008, 04:24 PM
Jscreenfix is a free java applet designed to fix stuck (dead) pixels and/or reduce burned in images. I have used it a few times with success and it usually only takes a few minutes (less than 20). Here (http://www.jscreenfix.com/applet.php?width=1680&height=1050)is a link to the applet. The webpage for info can be found here (http://www.jscreenfix.com/basic.php). They also have a paid version which can be set to run at set times to be preventive about burn-in and stuck pixels. This is probably the best dead pixel fixer i have used to date. ENJOY!

ootuoyetahi
10-04-2008, 12:08 AM
Not necessarily a "tool" per say but it could come in handy for those clients who need a cd/dvd burning app but dont want to spend the money. CDBurnerXP (http://www.cdburnerxp.se/en/home) (yes it works on vista) is a free, lightweight burning utility that pretty much burns any type of disc (everything from .iso to blu-ray).

Enjoy!

Methical
02-21-2009, 02:22 AM
If I was to recommend a tool, it would be UniBlue SpeedUpMyPC . Portable version though :) Find it helps a lot.

Methical
02-21-2009, 02:23 AM
And also PageDefrag. Defragments the page file @ next boot.

Borris
02-27-2009, 08:48 PM
Does anyone here use a computer repair utility that really helps them with their job? If so, recommend it here for our Repair tool of the Week.

Hi Bryce, Have a look at Advanced SystemCare 3 it seems to do a grate job. I would like to get some feedback from some other techs regarding the app as well as TuneUp Utilities 2009

Resler
03-08-2009, 10:46 PM
Something just occurred to me while I was looking at this thread. Why does it exist? I assume that this thread was made BEFORE the Repair Tool of the Week Suggestions forum was made but now that there is a forum dedicated to this topic is this thread needed? Besides if people post suggestions in this thread they may never make it to the other forum and then get overlooked while anything posted as its own thread in the other forum should get more attention.

Cambridge PC Support
01-08-2010, 05:49 PM
PageDefrag (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/PageDefrag.mspx)

Used to defrag page and system files.

is this any good for Vista/Seven?

Cambridge PC Support
01-08-2010, 05:50 PM
That have helped me big time:

LAPTOP to IDE HARD DRIVE ADAPTER
Connects a 2.5in hard drive to standard IDE connector. Retrieve files from a laptop that won't start up!
http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat%5fid=3004&sku=17705

And

GO!DATA USB 2.0 TO IDE DRIVE ADAPTER
Connect one ATA or ATAPI directly to a USB 2.0 port; use with #17705 for easy file transfer between desktop and laptop.
http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat%5fid=1501&sku=30500

Back up data from a laptop hard drive without adding a slave / adjusting bios shaves a few minutes off each data gig.

Sweeeeet!

I sometimes find that if you can't recover data off a HDD using a direct IDE connection it'll work better with one of these USB2IDE adaptors - and vice-versa sometimes

RegEdit
02-21-2010, 12:38 AM
the best freeware driver backup application I have come across so far is DriverMax.
Does it have to run from the computer that you are trying to back up drivers from, or can you run it from a bench test computer and backup drivers off a customer's C drive that is connected as just a secondary drive?

MobileTechie
04-21-2010, 04:28 PM
This is a great tool for use at business sites with multiple computers. It allows you to get information on all the computers in any domain or workgroup including which OS, service pack, serial number, memory, CPU speed, MAC, IP and so on.

It's simple, small, light and fast especially compared to asset apps like Spiceworks.

Pretty handy if you want to survey the situation whilst people are working and get an idea of which PCs are underspecced or need the OS updating etc.