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Posted on 03-23-09 08:38:42 PM (last edited by 303darthbobby at 09-16-09 09:28 PM) Link | Quote
This kind of ties in with Portable Apps, but strictly for troubleshooting and the such.

I'll try to keep this post updated with all the apps collected.

I recommend checking out the Sysinternals Suite



Apps Mentioned. Last update: 09/16/09


Sysinternals Suite
HijackThis
MalwareBytes
Spybot Search and Destroy
Avast!
Ultimate Boot CD
Hiren's Boot CD
BartPE
IceSword
Avira
ClamWin
Memtest86
JDiskReport
MyDefrag (Formerly:Jkdefrag)






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Posted on 03-23-09 08:50:39 PM Link | Quote
I'll grab it.

I've still got stuff like Prime95 on one of my flash drives. Aside from that, I usually have something like HiJackThis, Malwarebytes, Spybot Search and Destroy and an updated copy of Avast! Home on hand at all times.

The only other things I can think of that aren't for critical ops of comp recovery would be CPU-Z, GPU-Z and SpeedFan to get an idea of what some of your hardware is and how it's performing.
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Posted on 03-24-09 01:51:43 PM (last edited by paulguy at 03-24-09 01:52 PM) Link | Quote
I've used Ultimate boot cd in he past for a lot of problem solving and it works pretty well. Might be able to get it on a USB disk.

EDIT: forgot link http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
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Posted on 03-24-09 02:52:33 PM Link | Quote
If you're looking for boot CDs, I'd also recommend finding Hi-Ren's Boot CD as well.
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Posted on 03-25-09 07:56:11 PM Link | Quote
I've heard nothing but good things about Hiren's, but I've been too lazy to test it out.
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Posted on 03-25-09 08:05:08 PM Link | Quote
I've saved a few systems (mine included) with it.

It has a lot of good hard drive utils, at least, which is why I primarily use it...but there's a lot more that it has.
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Posted on 03-25-09 08:21:41 PM Link | Quote
Bart PE is a good place to start when making a custom recovery and diagnostics discs.

F-Secure's BackLight and Rootkit Revealer (part of the sysinternals suite already mentioned) are good automated tools for sniffing out rootkits. Ice sword will help find what those can't, but its really tool to help you find them on your own.

There's a free portable version Avira antivirus, as well as a ClamWin. And although I'm not sure it counts as a portable app, but Microsoft has a free web based version of the Line OneCare scanner, it takes forever but it catches quite a bit.

Also, no diagnostic toolkit is complete without memtest 86.
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Posted on 03-25-09 09:11:11 PM Link | Quote
Sticking this. Necessary enough to do so and there is a nice list getting generated from this.
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Posted on 03-25-09 10:20:44 PM Link | Quote
JDiskReport is another one. Requires Java.

Basically, it displays the information for your hard drive in terms of the most being used on any drive. Good for sifting through drives with a lot of things on them in order to free up a lot of space. Really good on cases where people complain about 'disk full' errors and sluggish comps...aside from using HJT or msconfig to check their startup and services.
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Posted on 03-28-09 03:49:39 AM (last edited by 303darthbobby at 04-01-09 06:52 PM) Link | Quote
Jkdefrag is good also. You can use it as a screen saver too. For some reason, I thought this was already mentioned.
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Posted on 04-01-09 06:53:02 PM Link | Quote
I can no longer personally recommend JkDefrag. It came very highly recommended to me, and it worked great on my computer. The trouble is that every computer I've tried it on since has bsod'd. If anyone has used this before, please let me know what you experienced with it. I'll look into this and see whats going on, and let you know. Sorry guys =[
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Posted on 04-01-09 10:26:24 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by 303darthbobby
every computer I've tried it on since has bsod'd.
Check if you have a corrupt executable. The MD5 of JkDefrag.exe is 166F80E95A9540EFDDB411CA993FE5C7; the MD5 of JkDefragCmd.exe is 94E7A9966A7EC6F3BCEA61017F8CC021. (Version 3.36.)

Also, there's a bug in Windows XP earlier than Service Pack 3 that causes corruption on SATA drives. It's a known issue; see here for details. (Click on "View and request hotfix downloads" to download the fix without installing Service Pack 3.)
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Posted on 04-01-09 10:30:06 PM Link | Quote
Thanks for that, but I've already checked it. All drives were IDE, and I downloaded a new exe every time. I'm still looking around as to why it's doing this. It was a decent little defragger, and works pretty great on my computer. I'm just not recommending it anymore in case it screws up something. I doubt it will, and it probably can't, but all the same.
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Posted on 04-08-09 04:09:59 PM Link | Quote
How about Vopt, then? Seems like it works pretty well to me...
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Posted on 04-08-09 04:10:58 PM Link | Quote
Never tried it...I think I will now though.
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Posted on 04-08-09 04:14:08 PM Link | Quote
Wait, wait... never mind. I forgot it was a trial.

Defraggler seems nice, though
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Posted on 04-08-09 04:26:39 PM Link | Quote
Yeah, I got the trail though =/
I still wish JkDefrag wouldn't bsod the other computers I have. It runs perfect on my laptop =[
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Posted on 04-28-09 04:45:09 PM (last edited by Sakura at 04-28-09 04:51 PM) Link | Quote
I don't think I've made mention of Prime95 but it's an old-school burn-in and stability test for a computer that uses random Lucas-Lehmer iteration torture tests on all cores at 100%. I'm currently beating the crap out of a Q8200 w/ 2 gigs of OCZ PC2-6400 because we've decided to go quad-core instead of dual-core on our systems...so I've got the prototype in today that we're going to use and...beating the shit out of it by all means necessary.

Burn...heheheh...BURN!

It's still not reached thermal with normal clock and stock fan.

EDIT: I should also mention that I'm using SpeedFan to do the dirty work of monitoring it. I'd rather have hardware but it's a poor man's way of doing the monitoring on all four cores as well as the electrical and HD readouts.
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Posted on 06-13-09 09:58:54 AM Link | Quote
Been a while since this had any updates and this looks pretty handy.

So, I was looking at a friends computer, and it turns out that when they last had it serviced, Geek Squad forgot to remove the System Analyzer that they use. I'm looking into it now to see what the licensing is on this. I highly doubt that it's "distributable", though. Looks to have it's own Anti-Virus and stuff packed along with it.

I'll update with more info, anyone else that may know: feel free to fill me in.
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Posted on 06-13-09 08:24:49 PM (last edited by 303darthbobby at 06-13-09 08:26 PM) Link | Quote
Er, so about that software I was babbling about yesterday ^.

Apparently it's highly illegal in the hands of anyone not certified to use it. I checked on TPB for shiggles, and it looks like the latest leaked version is 4.8. The version I have is 5.6.

It has built in virus/malware/spyware/otherthings/generalsystem scanners built it. It's actually pretty nifty. I haven't put the scanners through any rigorous testing though.

Someone at BestBuy screwed up bigtime. I'm just going to, ahem, delete this immediately and pretend I never saw anything.
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