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Save Your Dead PC with These Outstanding Free Recovery Tools

Sitting down, pushing the start button on your PC only to have it refuse to boot, will fit right in with anyone’s definition of frustration. It’s almost a personal thing – “why are you doing this to me?” But all is not lost.

Before you consign your dead PC to the garbage dump, or start considering just what kind of boat anchor you might craft, you should know that there are some terrific free tools that can help you recover. These free applications are at the “Top of the Class”, in my view.

I’m not suggesting that you download them all but, if you have some spare CDs – why not? Or, do a little info gathering on the author’s site – then choose those that best meet your specific needs.

If I’ve missed one of your favorites that you feel should be on this list, then let me know with your comments.

Hiren’s Boot CD

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Hiren’s Boot CD is a boot CD containing various diagnostic programs such as partitioning agents, system performance benchmarks, disk cloning and imaging tools, data recovery tools, MBR tools, BIOS tools, and many others for fixing various computer problems. Downloading this application is a bit of a hassle since ownership of some of the utilities on the CD is open to interpretation.

Ultimate Boot CD for Windows

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A terrific recovery CD for repairing, restoring, or diagnosing computer problems, but since it involves hands on “building skills” to compile the necessary tools, it’s not for everyone. Nevertheless, for those who have the skills, this utility is a “must have”.

Trinity Rescue Kit

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Trinity Rescue Kit or TRK is a free live Linux distribution that aims specifically at recovery and repair operations on Windows machines, but is equally usable for Linux recovery issues.

Ubuntu Live CD

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Can’t boot into Windows? Can’t figure out how you’re going to rescue all that data that you can’t reach? Ubuntu Live CD can come to the rescue. Need to connect to the Internet as part of your recovery process? No problem – Ubuntu Live CD makes it easy.

Specialty Recovery Tools:

Comodo Time Machine

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This innovative utility takes snapshots of your PC and archives those snapshots so that if you experience a computer problem (like a malware or virus attack), you simply revert back in time to one of the snapshots you had previously taken. In other words, if you mess up your PC and you have the Comodo Time Machine software installed, you can go back in time to restore your PC to a previous good state.

Kaspersky Rescue Disk

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This rescue CD can scan your boot sector, and your Hard Drives from the outside looking in. Malware doesn’t have a chance to hide if it’s not running. It’s become the first step I now use when I’m dealing with an infected machine.

Avira AntiVir Rescue System

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Avira AntiVir Rescue System is a Linux-based application that allows accessing computers that cannot be booted anymore. Thus it is possible to, repair a damaged system, rescue data, scan the system for virus infections.

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A Little Humor and a Lot of Learning with Comodo TV

Comodo Group, the developers of a number of very well known free applications including, Comodo Antivirus, Comodo Firewall, Comodo Time Machine, System Cleaner, Comodo BackUp, have been offering a series of instructional and informative videos that are extremely interesting, persuasive, and in some cases, rather humorous.

I think we can agree that there’s not much that’s funny about Spam, but Comodo’s recent video “Turn Spam Into Cash”, is brilliantly done, hilarious, and manages to turn the very familiar 419 scam (The Nigerian advance fee fraud), on its head.

By spoofing the techniques used in TV commercials by the likes of the late Billy Mays, (he of the impassioned sales pitches), Comodo manages to be both convincing, and witty.

Turn Spam into Cash

This type of “edutainment” is a terrific way for your family, friends, and associates, to learn the basics of Internet security, and in this case, our old friend – the 419 scam.

Let them know that they can learn the basics of Internet security in a  constructive, yet lighthearted way, and point them to Comodo’s Really Simple Security.

They’ll be glad that you did. As well, by doing so, you will have helped raise the level of security for all of us.

The Comodo TV site, is broken down very neatly into the following areas:

ComodoVision Covers Internet trust and security news, solutions and important developments.

Solution Spotlight – Profiles the features and benefits of specific Comodo products and services.

Smart Strategies – Examines major Internet trust and security challenges and what to do about them.

Security Insider – Offers commentary on major current developments in the critical cyber-security arena.

HowVision – Explains how to get the most out of Comodo products and services.

Como-dy – Funny, irreverent, or just plain weird videos tackling the lighter side of Internet security.

ComodoCommunity – User-generated content from people like you about Internet trust and security.

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Comodo Time Machine – A Lifesaving Computer Restore System

Popular guest writer Rick Robinette, has a knack for finding great free applications – applications that make your computer experience smoother, safer and more interesting. See what Rick has to say about his most recent find – Comodo Time Machine.

Comodo Time MachineIf you are looking for an utility that will literally save your PC’s butt, then Comodo Time Machine may be the answer you are looking for.

What this innovative utility does is take snapshots of your PC and archives those snapshots so that if you experience a computer problem (like a malware or virus attack), you simply revert back in time to one of the snapshots you had previously taken.

In other words, if you mess up your PC and you have the Comodo Time Machine software installed, you can go back in time to restore your PC to a previous good state.

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Comodo Time Machine (CTM) is a powerful system rollback utility that allows users to quickly restore their computers to an earlier point in time. CTM ’snapshots’ are a complete record of your entire system (including the registry, critical operating system files and user created documents).  As part of a layered security strategy, users can schedule automatic snapshots to be taken at regular intervals then roll back to the last known working state in the event of virus attacks or crashes. It is also recommended practice to take snapshots of your computer before large installations or system maintenance like installing a Windows service pack, security updates or new drivers. Software Developers and testers can easily restore test systems to the default configuration after each deployment  without the need to manually uninstall each application. Home users can even let the kids run amok on the family PC for an afternoon and be safe in the knowledge that any damage can be instantly undone and all files recovered.

Comodo Time Machine is an excellent replacement for the “System Restoration” function that is built into Windows.  As a matter of fact, on my main PC, I turned “off” the Windows Restore utility, to reclaim disk space, and started using Comodo Time Machine as my main PC restore (rollback) utility.

Comodo Time Machine is a much more capable restore utility than the restoration function that is built into Windows; AND, what I find amazing is that there is no excessive disk usage bloat (like with Windows Restore).  This utility, when properly managed, could be a lifesaver to you.

I am now using Comodo Time Machine, on my main PC, as a layer of protection in conjunction with my disk imaging and backup software.

Layered Security

  • Schedule automatic snapshots to be taken at regular intervals
  • Roll back to the last known working state in the event of virus attacks or crashes
  • Take snapshots of your computer before large installations or system maintenance

It also comes in very handy when I am testing software. I simply install/test the software; then, instead of uninstalling the software, I revert back in time, using the Comodo Time Machine.  If you have multiple users (like kids) using one PC, this software may help you keep your sanity.

I am not going to get into all of the capabilities of the Comodo Time Machine; however, I highly recommend that you read the “User Guide” [ Click Here ] before you make the decision to use the software.

Personally, from what I can attest thus far; Comodo Time Machine is a great innovation and is what the Windows restoration should be.

Why should I use Comodo Time Machine?

  • Easy to use – even beginners can quickly create system snapshots with a few mouse clicks
  • Provides instant and comprehensive system recovery after virus or spyware infections
  • Instantly reclaim your machine after devastating system crashes
  • Rollback the changes to ALL your documents – not just changes to system files and the registry
  • Boot-up console allows you to rollback even when your system will not boot to Windows
  • Test new software and network configurations in the knowledge that you can quickly switch back if problems develop
  • Completely remove unwanted software installations without the need to uninstall or clean the registry
  • Flexible restore options allow you to mount and browse snapshots to recover individual files or folders
  • Right click on any file or folder to synchronize it with a snapshot version
  • Schedule regular system snapshots to ensure highly relevant restore points
  • Network administrators have another way to quickly fix user or software problems
  • Libraries, Internet cafes and other publicly shared networks can schedule a total system restore at the end of each session

Supported Operating Systems:

Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit)
Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit)
Windows XP with service pack 2
or higher (32 and 64 bit)
Windows Server 2003
(32 and 64 bit)
Windows Server 2008
(32 and 64 bit. Except Windows Server 2008 Core)

Download at: Comodo

This is a guest post by Rick Robinette, who brings a background as a security/police officer professional, and as an information technology specialist to the Blogging world.

Why not pay a visit to Rick’s site at What’s On My PC. Like me, you’re sure to become a frequent visitor.

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Comodo “Really Simple Security” – Free and Uncomplicated

Just like “free”; “simple” is good. When you combine free and simple thought, you often get “great”. Comodo Group’s new, free, Internet security series, is just that – great.

Internet security advice, is often free, but too often it’s far from simple. In fact, it tends to be complex, and occasionally, frustrating to grasp.

We’ve written here previously about Comodo TV, a terrific free service offered by Comodo, the developers of a number of very well known free applications including, Comodo Antivirus, Comodo Firewall, Comodo Time Machine, System Cleaner, and Comodo BackUp.

Comodo VP Bill Fallon and his team have taken this concept one step further, and have developed a new Internet video series, Really Simple Security, published on a dedicated YouTube channel.

Really Simple Security

As Bill explains “Each program is about a minute, and in a light and entertaining way gets the point across about what every Internet user needs to know, and needs to do, to be more proactive about their own protection… We produce and distribute two new programs every week.”.

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To ensure the security lessons are topical, current, and reflect the “real” Internet environment, Comodo wants to hear from you. Or, as Bill Fallon puts it, “ if you have any suggestions for topics to cover, we’re all ears”.

We know that running security applications alone, will not ensure safety on the Internet; education and awareness have taking on a new urgency.

While you may not need to be convinced, your friends, relatives, and associates, particularly those who are new Internet users, undoubtedly need to learn the basics of Internet security.

Let them know that they can do this in a  constructive, yet lighthearted way, and point them to Comodo’s Really Simple Security. They’ll be glad that you did. As well, by doing so, you will have helped raise the level of security for all of us.

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Comodo TV – Taking Security Awareness to Another Level

image Hearing it through the ‘‘grapevine” might be ok, when you want to hear the latest neighborhood, or office gossip. The problem with the “grapevine’, as we all know though, is the facts tend to get distorted and twisted.

Listening to “grapevine” type news on Internet threats, or computer system tweaks, or listening to advice from Uncle Joe (who heard it from his buddy Steve, who’s an “expert” with computers), is almost sure to lead to unsatisfactory results. Just like the neighborhood/office “grapevine”, information from these sources tends to get distorted and twisted.

I’m a big fan of companies that do their utmost to educate users on Internet security related issues, or who offer advice on system related issues so that computer users don’t have to rely on second hand information.

In some cases, these same companies are well known for providing free security applications, which are often supplemented by additional system applications.

Comodo Group, the developers of a number of very well known free applications including, Comodo Antivirus, Comodo Firewall, Comodo Time Machine, System Cleaner, Comodo BackUp, and you may be surprised to learn, many, many more, is now offering a series of instructional and informative videos that are extremely interesting, persuasive, and in some cases, rather humorous (not a bad thing when all is considered).

Watching these informative videos, will definitely help an average user increase Internet security awareness, as well as gaining answers to some very common system issues.

The Comodo TV site, is broken down very neatly into the following areas:

ComodoVision Covers Internet trust and security news, solutions and important developments.

Solution Spotlight – Profiles the features and benefits of specific Comodo products and services.

Smart Strategies – Examines major Internet trust and security challenges and what to do about them.

Security Insider – Offers commentary on major current developments in the critical cyber-security arena.

HowVision – Explains how to get the most out of Comodo products and services.

Como-dy – Funny, irreverent, or just plain weird videos tackling the lighter side of Internet security.

ComodoCommunity – User-generated content from people like you about Internet trust and security.

The following videos are just a small sample of what’s available:

Avoiding Viruses from Adult Content Sites (You’ll love this one).

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Adult content sites are among the most popular on the Internet, and among the most likely to infect your computer with viruses or other malware. This video explains the most common infection scheme.

Desktop Security – ComodoVision Consumer 6

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Semi-monthly news magazine for consumers on Internet Trust and Security.  This edition features a recap of the major Internet Trust and Security stories of 2009, some suggested Internet Trust and Security New Year’s resolutions.

Comodo How-to.

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Here’s how you can boost your PC’s performance with a few quick steps.

Desktop Security – Dangers on the Web

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Dangers on the Web shows some of the dangers facing all Internet users today in a way that we think people will easily be able to relate to.

Many of us have a learning style in which both hearing, and seeing, are important components,  and if that’s your learning style, you’re sure to enjoy Comodo TV.

Update – January 25, 2010: Comodo has just released a new video entitled “How To Feed the Needy; Starve Scammers” which deals with cybercriminals unconscionable use of the Haitian tragedy. I encourage you to view this video.

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