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 vodomar on 25. February 2013 - 7:15  (105730)

More evidence of tablets slowly killing the PC market

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by vodomar on 4. February 2013 - 12:53  (105080)

Information about ComboFix being infected and what you should do

by vodomar on 20. January 2013 - 18:56  (104678)
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by vodomar on 15. January 2013 - 11:32  (104490)

The "Red October" Campaign - An Advanced Cyber Espionage Network Targeting Diplomatic and Government Agencies

by vodomar on 4. January 2013 - 8:14  (104214)

Microsoft Security Advisory (2798897)
Fraudulent Digital Certificates Could Allow Spoofing

"Microsoft is aware of active attacks using one fraudulent digital certificate issued by TURKTRUST Inc., which is a CA present in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities Store."

by vodomar on 1. January 2013 - 16:18  (104146)

IE 6/7/8:
Microsoft Security Advisory (2794220)
Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution

Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerability in Internet Explorer could allow information disclosure

by vodomar on 16. December 2012 - 22:12  (103656)

Mythbusters: Dangerous Security Advice You Shouldn’t Follow

by vodomar on 10. December 2012 - 21:56  (103494)
by vodomar on 9. December 2012 - 22:19  (103472)


"Q-04: How much does HitmanPro.Kickstart cost?
A-04: HitmanPro.Kickstart is a free solution. You only might need a license for HitmanPro. If you use HitmanPro.Kickstart on a ransomed PC that has a valid license for HitmanPro, it will use that license. If you use HitmanPro.Kickstart on a ransomed PC that has never used HitmanPro, the 30- day free trial period of HitmanPro can be used to remove the ransomware (not available on business computers)."

by ako on 10. December 2012 - 11:25  (103484)

This is cool! Have to test it soon :)

by vodomar on 28. November 2012 - 23:31  (103034)

Windows Blue is Microsoft's future low-cost OS with yearly updates

by vodomar on 27. November 2012 - 11:47  (102965)

Antivirus software so ineffective it's a waste of money, report suggests

by Joe A.TT on 28. November 2012 - 0:13  (102996)

"...especially when freeware solutions outperform paid subscriptions."

This is the first time I read such a statement apart from on TSA. Perhaps there are more such statements elsewhere, but it's good to know that TSA's isn't the only one.

by MidnightCowboy on 28. November 2012 - 1:43  (102997)

There is quite a bit of this around the net. Here's two more examples.

As with all these things though they are relative to the circumstances at the time, and as ako also points out, which components in the programs being tested are actually being used.

It makes sense that the timescale for introducing new samples (very important) is generally less for free AV's because many of these such as Avast!, Avira, Comodo etc. have very active forums providing almost instant feedback.

by Joe A.TT on 28. November 2012 - 4:36  (103001)

Thanks for the educational "homework" MC.

by MidnightCowboy on 27. November 2012 - 12:40  (102968)

At least the "zero" detection rate is easy to understand:D and three weeks to add a new sample is a joke considering how much vendors charge for this junk. MC - Site Manager.

by ako (the) (not verified) on 27. November 2012 - 15:10  (102979)

But Virustotal is not enough for analysing total strength, as it omits dynamic detection (Webroot Prevx, F-secure Deepguard).

by vodomar on 24. November 2012 - 22:05  (102852)

VB100 Results Summary

Whole Product Dynamic "Real World" Test - Graph Bar

by vodomar on 23. November 2012 - 19:22  (102809)
by indie on 20. November 2012 - 17:55  (102626)

Your link to Emsisoft AV scanner from Gizmo's Free AV Scanners leads to paid version:
Please revise it to the following:

by Anupam on 20. November 2012 - 18:07  (102628)

The link is correct, since the editor is referring to the anti-malware and not the online web scanner. The anti-malware has a free version, and a commercial version both.

The second link which you are referring to, which is for online web scanner, has been covered in the online scanners category.

by AnonymousD26 (not verified) on 16. November 2012 - 7:38  (102395)

I just wanted to let forticlient fans know there is a update I found it... version 5... So you guys can update the link now its still being developed woohooo....

by AnonymousD26 (not verified) on 16. November 2012 - 9:00  (102398)

I just wanted to make a comment that it did not install properly as during the install I got a blue screen on windows 7 sp1. Also after I restarted from the blue screen it was not able to start by clicking on the system tray bar. Also lastly it isn't registering in Action Center I'm not sure what is wrong but this is a review similar to the one I read on from the link I put above. So I'm not sure if I should have posted the link if I knew it would do this to my system. Its not a conflict as I haven't installed any other Av or security products before this. I did a factory restore and installed it and got a blue screen of death. I expected much better from Forticlient.

by AnonymousD26 (not verified) on 16. November 2012 - 18:12  (102424)

I just wanted to add to my dismay it was only a system restore that removed Forticlient it did not install properly but realtime protection was on after the blue screen crash... I guess its not compatible with Windows 7 SP1 as I did see it was windows 7 compatible. Had nothing but issues installing and removing and it need lots of work. Not sure why it was released with bugs...

by vodomar on 13. November 2012 - 20:51  (102267)

Download Internet Explorer 10 Release Preview (7)

by mark.n (not verified) on 13. November 2012 - 11:31  (102242)

hi just installed Avast 7 free with malwareytes free and zone alarm free firewall,unchecked toobar first,all running great

by vodomar on 12. November 2012 - 21:58  (102215)

Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit BETA

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