Probably the Best Free Security List in the World

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21. System rescue

How to fix a computer that won't start
How to fix PC (
How to restore, refresh or reset your PC
Windows Startup Settings (including safe mode)
Windows hangs or freezes
Recovery:the last step in total data security
When Some Websites Do Not Open On Your Computer – Troubleshooting Guide
How to check if system Is 32-bit or 64-bit (x86 or x64)
System Update Readiness Tool
How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc

21.1. System Restore:
Quick Restore Point Maker
System Restore Explorer
Restore Point Creator
Fix System Restore Calendar
Automatic System Restore Maker

21.2. Troubleshooting/diagnostic:
Microsoft:How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows
Microsoft:Resolving blue screen errors in Windows 7
BSOD Index  1  2
BSOD survival guide  WinVistaClub
Windows Error Codes
System Error Codes
Events and Errors Message Center
Microsoft Exchange Server Error Code Look-up
Windows Error Lookup Tool- WELT
Error Messages for Windows
Windows Memory Diagnostic
SF Diagnostic Tool
Problem Steps Recorder
Beep Codes Viewer
See Also: 1 2

21.3. Versatile tools for troubleshooting/rescuing:
Wise PC 1stAid
Farbar Recovery Scan Tool - FRST  (diagnose and fix boot issues)
Microsoft fix it center portable
Admin Swiss Knife Suite
WSCC - Windows System Control Center
Windows Repair (All In One)  
KZTechs.COM Software Suite
Advantage-PC Fix
PC Tools by Davis PC Mechanics
Helge’s Switchblade
GEGeek Tech Toolkit

21.4. Memory dump:
Overview of memory dump file options for Windows 
How to Create a Full Memory Dump
How to analyse memory dump

21.5. Repairing XP:
Recovering Windows XP using the Recovery Console
How to install and use the Windows XP Recovery Console
Repair XP
How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install

21.6. Windows Vista rescue discs :
Neosmart $

21.7. Windows 7/8 rescue discs/USBs: 
Create a WinPE (Vista or 7) without WAIK
WinUSB Maker

21.8. Rescue discs:
Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD) 
Hiren's boot cd more
Paragon Rescue Kit
Knoppix more
OTLPEStd more
Secured2k's Boot CD
Ubuntu Rescue Remix
Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home
Lazesoft Windows Recovery Home

21.9. Portable OS:
Icaros Desktop
Syllable Desktop
Privatix Live-System
Cybershield-OS (boot USB/CD e.g.  for online banking)

21.10. Linux live CD:
Lightweight Portable Security (LPS)
Linux Mint
Simply Mepis

21.11. Disk management:
Parted Magic 

21.12. Partition/disk recovery:
Partition Find & Mount 
Eassos Recovery Free

21.13. Partition software:
AOMEI Partition Assistant Home
Cute Partition Manager 
Ranish Partition Manager 
PartitionGuru Free
Macrorit Disk Partition Expert Home Edtion 

21.14. Fixing MBR:
Fixing MBR with Boot-CD another
Fixing MBR

21.15. Boot-CD registry editor:
PC regedit

21.16. BIOS:
How to enter BIOS
How to set BIOS to boot from the CD
Changing Your Computers Boot Order 
Easily Install FreeDOS in USB Flash Drive for BIOS Flashing

21.17. SafeMode:
How to Start Windows in Safe Mode
How to easily enter safe mode in windows 8?
Enable booting in safe mode
SMFixer - Repair Windows Safe Mode

21.18. Solve problem drivers:
Driver Fusion
Identify Which Service or Driver Failed During System Startup 
Driver Verifier more
Driver Reference Table
See Also: 1 2

21.19. Recover a hanging system:

21.20. Repair Internet connection:
Microsoft:Troubleshoot network connection problems in Windows
Fix Internet Connection after Malware Removal 
How can I reset the Hosts file back to the default?
Complete Internet Repair  
Farbar Service Scanner 
Autodebug for Winsock
Repairing of broken internet connection :ICR
Connectivity Fixer
Avira DNS Repair-Tool
Repair Winsock & DNS Cache
Why Can't I Connect? 
Network drivers: 3DP Net

21.21. Restore corrupted system files/settings:
How to Repair a Windows Image (DISM tool)
See Also
A. General:
FixWin Utility  
7 quick fix
Remove Restrictions Tool (RRT)
XP Quick Fix Plus
RefreshPC   review
Virus Effect Remover
Windows medkit
MBR Regenerator
Quick Disaster Recovery
Turn off “Autorun” and “Default Share” download
B. File association:
Fix corrupted .exe association: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7
File Association Fixer another
File Extension Fixer (ExeFixer)
Default Programs Editor
Types - Repair .lnk (Shortcuts) File Association
Broken shortcut fixer
C. Permissions:
Reset Registry Permissions
Permissions Time Machine 
D. Security settings:
How do I restore security settings to a known working state
Security Restore
E. Removable storage:
DVD repair
F. Additional:
How to Restore Missing Default Shortcuts in the Windows 7 Start Menu 
Microsoft .NET Framework repair tool
Recycle Bin back to desktop

21.22. Repair corrupted IE:
Microsoft: How to reinstall or repair Internet Explorer in 7,V, and XP
Repair IE
SF IE Restoration
Repair Internet Explorer

21.23. Restore Task Manager:
Task Manager Fix 
Enstella Task Manager Enable Tool

21.24. BIOS password recovery:
Raymond:How To Reset, Remove, Clear or Reveal CMOS BIOS Security Password
Manually Reset BIOS Password Like a Hacker to Access CMOS
BIOS Password Removal for Laptops
CMOS De-Animator 
PC CMOS Cleaner

21.25. Recover installations keys:
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder
Recover Windows key for unbootable system
SoftKey Revealer
Win Key View
Advanced Tokens Manager
CD Key Seizer
Lazesoft Windows Key Finder
Recover Windows Key for unbootable system with Hiren's boot cd

21.26. Recover/reset Windows passwords:
How to reset windows account password
Lazesoft Recovery My Password Home
Reset a Windows 8 Password without using any third party software

21.27. Recover other passwords:
Reveal Passwords Hidden Under Asterisks
Reveal a Password in your Browser with a Simple Trick
Password Recovery Tools (SecurityXploded)
Windows Password Recovery Tools (NirSoft)
Recover router password
Advanced Password Recovery 
John the Ripper 
Online Trillian Password Decoder
Hash Kracker

aBhacksPsw Lite 

21.28. Recover documents:
Recover Word documents
Recover Excel documents
Recover Excel/Word documents
Recover ZIP-files
ZIP repair
How to recover corrupt Microsoft Word files

21.29. Clean & update Windows install CD:
RT Se7en Lite
RVM Integrator
Win Toolkit
Windows 7 Component Removal (beta)
WinFuture xp-Iso-Builder

 21.30. Make bootable linux USB:
LinuxLive USB Creator - LiLi
Universal USB Installer

21.31. Make bootable Windows installation USB:
Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool
RMPrepUSB (also for linux)
A bootable USB
WiNToBootic review
DriveDroid (also for linux) guide
more: WBICreator (Windows Bootable Image Creator)

21.32. Windows reinstall guides:
How to Rebuild your Computer
Windows reinstall
Install, reinstall, or uninstall Windows
installing windows xp from a usb key
No-reformat, nondestructive reinstall of Win7
See Also

21.33. Other:
How to use SysPrep to Generate Unique SID before Cloning
How To Fix “BOOTMGR is missing” Error in Vista and Windows 7
Windows Leaks Detector
Restoring Factory Hard Drive Capacity
The Backup Failed when Creating System Image in Windows 7
How to initialize a hard drive in Windows 7
Manually Reset or Clear Dirty Bit in Windows without CHKDSK
Boot an ISO directly from the Windows Boot Manager
How to Fix Problems When Windows Installer or Uninstaller doesn't work

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by Home User on 6. September 2013 - 17:04  (110560)

*Antivirus Remover* Link is Not working!

Here, it is the correct Link:


by ako on 6. September 2013 - 18:40  (110563)

Thanks! Just in case: Virustotal: 0/47

by Home User on 1. September 2013 - 10:57  (110445)

For 'Section 21.0' of your List, ako...

Fix Windows problems with *Wise PC 1stAid*

by ako on 1. September 2013 - 18:01  (110451)

Thanks, I'll check this :)

by Adrastos on 22. August 2013 - 9:37  (110255)

Thanks for such a great list of freeware and for all the work you guys do very appreciative.

by ako on 6. September 2013 - 18:43  (110564)

Thank you for your kind words :)

by Adrastos on 21. August 2013 - 12:05  (110235)

Hi all, I recently came across this freeware offering Qihoo 360 and I seen it on here in one of the posts I forget where exactly might have been the best free security list or one of the sections, but anyhow it led me to check it out. I liked the latest results it got from Av-comparative as well scoring 99.0% with 0.2%user dependant and 0.8% compromised it was up there with Kaspersky, TrendMicro, and Bitdefender. Anyone have any input on this software?

I have also noticed that a few of the other Chinese offerings Kingsoft and Baidu seem to be very similar almost like they are a re-brand of the same product as they both have their own cloud features maybe they share resources or infrastructure and both use Avira engine. I like Qihoo 360 I have been testing it out seems to be fast and effective so far, I like Online armor so when I pick a AV I want it to work with Online armor. Qihoo 360 Internet security seems to be a bit different and more effective in the testing results as the other Chinese offerings. I am a fan of Bitdefender engine over Avira IMO.

by J_L on 21. August 2013 - 23:58  (110248)

Forgot to add it, since it was Chinese the whole time, thanks. Also Baidu replaced Kingsoft (which leads to a Chinese page), so I'll change that as well.

by ako on 7. August 2013 - 22:24  (109963)

Our wonderful editor vodomar has decided to end working for this list. I want to thank him for the excellent work he has done here!

We are lucky, however, that we still have another strong editor, namely J_L, working for this list.

by J_L on 8. August 2013 - 6:59  (109969)

Thank you for the praise, but it's really sad news. Hope vodomar's doing fine and just needs a break. I'll continue to try to keep the list relevant.

by MidnightCowboy on 8. August 2013 - 7:12  (109970)

My thanks also to vodomar. I'm sure many folks don't realize just how much work goes into maintaining this list and his contribution will be missed. MC - Site Manager.

by arsenaloyal on 7. August 2013 - 10:03  (109947)

I think you mean Defensewall by Softsphere when you say Defencewall ?

by ako on 7. August 2013 - 22:19  (109962)

Yes :) Thanks! It is extremely powerful, but only for 32-bit :(

by satrow on 5. August 2013 - 8:06  (109903)

Startup Sentinel is still at 0.3.x level, ie. early pre-release. Watch out for the download page, ensure you get the non-RK version!

Winpatrol free version is much better and smaller, too.

by ako on 7. August 2013 - 22:32  (109964)

Winpatrol (paid) is also my choice.

by drchetan5 on 29. July 2013 - 10:09  (109728)

My head started spinning and eyes started rolling after reading this loooong list. How shall I know how many of these I require?

by ako on 30. July 2013 - 12:55  (109762)

Well, you can look e.g. at: 25. My Choices and More


Our security wizard

by cyguyjg on 4. July 2013 - 18:40  (108976)

Perhaps I should know but why is MalwareBytes Free not listed? Thank you.

by MidnightCowboy on 4. July 2013 - 23:30  (108982)

It is listed. See 3.2. MC - Site Manager.

by cyguyjg on 5. July 2013 - 1:37  (108983)

Thanks. I guess I was looking at a different list. MB is my number 1 bullpen pitcher.

by Adrastos on 22. August 2013 - 9:43  (110256)

MB leads the league in strike outs... Next up. MB strikes them out... YOUR OUTTA HERE!

by MidnightCowboy on 5. July 2013 - 5:29  (108985)

No problem.

Visitors might look at our listing (and others here) and wonder where the free version is. It is common practice for vendors to have their commercial product page presented first because this is what they want to sell to you. The page we link to Malwarebytes is no exception but if you follow the links through from that page you will arrive at the free version download.

by NotSoSure on 4. July 2013 - 14:11  (108966)

In category #10, Sandboxing/Virtualization, under Rollback, the link for Comodo Time Machine has been useless for a long time. Comodo seems to have dropped that program long ago.

Please delete it from your list, or, if you can find it, provide a new link.

by ako on 4. July 2013 - 15:06  (108969)

Thanks! Removed.

by vodomar on 2. July 2013 - 13:39  (108904)

46 Things We've Learned From Facebook Studies

by vodomar on 20. June 2013 - 19:57  (108627)

KB2821895 Windows 8 x64 Update 06.11.2013 problem

>>System File Checker finds corrupt files after installing KB2821895
(KB 2864252)

by vodomar on 16. June 2013 - 11:15  (108552)
by vodomar on 11. June 2013 - 7:37  (108457)

How to Be Secure on Facebook

by vodomar on 7. June 2013 - 16:27  (108376)

What the NSA Spying Scandal Means for You

by vodomar on 6. June 2013 - 16:57  (108336)

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