Apps

Five great apps to handle emergency recoveries

Introduction

NOTE: If you'd prefer to view this information as a blog post, check out this entry in our Five Apps blog.

I have put together this list of five tools that have a place in the perfect emergency toolkit. Each tool serves a different purpose. Together, they make up a kit that I think will make your life a heck of a lot easier.

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About

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.

39 comments
rosshiuk
rosshiuk

hi the site you link to for the download of BlueScreenView is a known spyware distributer www.nirsoft.net According to Zonealarm extreme security

khvahik
khvahik

ClamAV is detecting "w32.1201.nircmd" trojan in combofix.exe

jdemontjoie
jdemontjoie

BitHammer et al; thanks for the links, but in the browsers I'm using there is no obvious way of getting a single page article - and how counter-intuitive to think that a blog will perform this function, by the way. If I have to hunt for it, the screen design is poor, there is no sensible debate to be had about it. Just get some decent content management system and stop trying to force written articles into an image serving format. Really, that even one person complains should be enough to get the sight owners thinking. That nearly half the posts are from people sick and tired of this inelegant, timewasting format just shows how overdue the change is. Please get this sorted, it will keep your members happy. This is a great site, but there is always room for improvement. Many thanks. John

terry.sanderson
terry.sanderson

"The use of the simple RDP protocol is fine for some, but it's not nearly as secure as it should be." The simple RDP protocol? Do some research, instead of just listening to heresay. 128-bit encryption, NLA, and TLS are hardly "simple". Time to do some learning, Jack, and get out of your Linux lala land.

J.Man
J.Man

SpinRite! Not free like the others mentioned, but it has helped me out many times. (Thanks be to Steve Gibson - GRC.com)

BitHammer
BitHammer

Discussion about actual content: 10 posts Arguing about the way the content is presented: 13 posts People, we don't have time for silly arguments. Let's not be drawn into time-sucking com box feuds; It wastes your time and annoys other readers (unless they feel like wading into the battle, thereby killing more time and... (Endless loop begins here) Thanks for the article, by the way. I picked up one tool from the content that I was not aware of that will help me greatly, and two more from the other serious commenters.

pamoon32907
pamoon32907

A - Why is it supposed to be understood that a "blog" presents everything on one page? Wikipedia: "A blog (a portmanteau of the term web log) is a personal journal published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first." - - - Nothing implys it's on ONE FRIGGIN PAGE. B - It's "terds" not "tards" Tard is a village in Hungary. C - The real point is that having everything on one page makes it convenient to print it to PDF to stuff away for when you need it. Visit Kim Kommando's website (or many others) where the tips have a "Print" link that reformats everything onto one page and even gets rid of all the ads. Get used to that and you will wonder why everybody else doen't do it too. @TechRepublic - It would be helpful if there was a mention about the cost of each program you review. A link to the author's website would be nice too.

TammieV
TammieV

Thank you for the info. I have e-mailed it to myself for later investigation. But, Like my boss says... everything should be no more than one click in.. much faster and more efficient use of time.. not that I should be waisting this much time suggesting this for the 'nth time. Thanks.

TammieV
TammieV

Yes... All caps!! You know how much we hate these slide shows! They are slow loading and inefficient. We would much rather see it all in black and white, maybe download the article for future reference and get back to work solving the latest emergency crisis.

Busboy2
Busboy2

No Spinrite in your kit??... Well good knowing you lol

EarlMelton
EarlMelton

Ditto! Ditto! Ditto! Ditto! Ditto!

a_clarke
a_clarke

Combo Fix is seen as a virus by Symantecs Endpoint Protection. Just thought people might like to know that.

billbo72
billbo72

What a group of tards... Wah! Flash! Wah! Every one of their slide shows has a link under it to the blog entry version of the post. It seems that "techs" would be able to find that in the not-so-fine print right under the slide show. Jesus...

fernpromero
fernpromero

Some of that apps has already included in the last version of Hiren's Boot CD, bur I can't find a freeware version of Norton Ghost supporting sv2i image files. Does anybody know such an app?

radio1
radio1

Everything in this whole list could have easily been put on one page. You could even get really fancy and put a link on each picture to a larger picture. To get really advanced you could put a link to download each piece of software, or at least a link to the website. Maybe you hired some M$ developers that think pretty and flashy trump functional. Functional wins every time in my book. Give me the info in an easy to use, easy to understand fashion and I am happy. I think most tech guys agree with this.

weserphillip
weserphillip

They are a pain in the you know what. Most of us are checking this at work and all the extra time to review this stuff is killer. I rarely make it to the end, even on a great piece like this.

gallen6
gallen6

Just because Techrepublic is about technology doesn't mean you have to use every opportunity to use it - some tried and true ways to present information are still the best - just give use a list for crying out loud!

salpern
salpern

I agree with "the count." At least have an option... plus, flash doesn't work on all smartphones.

count_zero_interuptus
count_zero_interuptus

I hate these flash slide shows. Slow, page reloading, etc. How about just a column with the info.

GraphicStart
GraphicStart

Good tips, but what about individual, proprietary file formats, like Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress or even a print-ready PDF? Standard emergency recovery apps do not work and often even make the problems worse for these DTP (Desktop Publishing) file formats. Here is a method to recover InDesign, Quark and even print PDF files: http://markzware.com/support/faq/recover-bad-file-service/

smandell99
smandell99

I'm looking for an information source that will tell me: During boot up, there are certain error conditions that give 1 beep. Others 2, 3, 4 beep. Somewhere there is a book at this level, that includes a table for these communications, and what they mean. I'm trying to use a simple box and monitor as a memory checker. These beeps hold the answer for my memory tests as well as whether my hookup is flawed. Can you help me here? Thanks, Smandell

mbrello
mbrello

is also American slang for retard.

TammieV
TammieV

Once I went to the blog (which in no way indicated that it was a quick 1 page rundown of the apps), I could not download or print the info in a concise pdf. I had to e-mail myself a link.

thomaskent
thomaskent

"They are slow loading..." Are you still on dial-up?

BitHammer
BitHammer

1. Since ComboFix is also a signature based tool, many of the signatures that it uses to compare against in order to search out and destroy malware look to Symantec like the malware that they are also trying to search out, or... 2. Symantec would really rather that they own to anti-malware market, and so attempt to frighten you away from using other tools. By the way, the first thing that Combofix does is tell you to turn off other antivirus tools. This is not to infect your machine, but to prevent interactions that could cause either system to go haywire.

mbrello
mbrello

If you decide to try ComboFix on a PC that obtained a virus and the installed virus program didn't catch it, you should uninstall, or at a minimum disable, the installed program before trying any other program to detect & clean. Having two virus programs on one PC will eat up resources and slow the computer down, as well as causing the two programs to work against each other.

OH Smeg
OH Smeg

Which are tied to the BIOS Maker & Version that you have on your hardware. You can get the Basic Makers POST Beep Codes here though there may be some slight differences depending on the Version Number of the BIOS in use. http://www.bioscentral.com/ Col

jcurtis
jcurtis

If you Google POST beep codes I think you'll find what you're looking for.

smandell99
smandell99

Thanks. I've checked this one out fully, and it seems complete. I'm waiting for a load of bad memory so I can get used to the process of memory testing.

smandell99
smandell99

Thanks. You gave me a pointer to all I needed. I'm building a box to serve as a memory tester for used memory. I'm in that business and as volume goes up I find my testing needs increasing.