For over 10 years now i have been involved in fixing computers. Along the way i have built up a list of tools that i use to help me analyse and fix computer problems from antivirus programs to windows dmp file checkers. They are all free to use but you must adhere to the publishers terms and conditions and although i have had no problem with using any these tools mypchealth doesnt except any responsibility of problems that may arise when using them.
Free Anti Adware / Malware Programs
Adaware Free - A free scanner and real time potection against spware, malware and viruses.
Malware Bytes - malwarebytes is a free scanner that removes infections. it doesnt offer real time protection like some of the others.
PrevX - includes the following, Malware detection, Fastest ever scanner (although can they really claim this ? i dont know), Instant threat alerts, Adware removal
Spybot search and destroy - spybot search and destroy removes spyware and such like. It has a realtime scanner that im not particularly enamoured with, The computer scanner does take a hell of a long time but is pretty good at finding stuff.
Microsoft Windows Defender - This microsoft program protects against spyware. I dont believe it to be that good and always use in conjuction with another program
Microsoft Malicous software removal tool - It does exactly what it says on the tin. There is a new version release on second tuesday of every month.
Free Anti Virus Programs
Avast - Free antivirus program
AVG Free - Free antivirus program. This is the one i tend to use
Avira - Free antivirus program
Clamav - Free antivirus program
CCleaner - A program used to root out and delete invalid or redundant registry keys. It can increase computer performance but as all registry cleaners it should be used with caution. Ccleaner also has other features such as cleaning up of files and a menu of all the items that startup when the computer boots.
AML Registry Cleaner - A program used to root out and delete invalid or redundant registry keys. It can increase computer performance but as all registry cleaners it should be used with caution.
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner - A program used to root out and delete invalid or redundant registry keys. It can increase computer performance but as all registry cleaners it should be used with caution. Eusing does produce other tools which is worth a look.
Hardware Testing Tools
Ultimate boot CD - This is an absolute beauty. it is a cd that you burn from an iso file and contains soo many utilities such as : Memory Tests, Harddisk test and Cpu tests.
Video Memory Stress Test - Just like memory modules in your computer that can go wrong so can the video memory. Use this program to test the memory on your graphics card.
Memtest86+ - Free memory test program. Requires making a cd and booting to the cd to test the computer memory.
HCI Memtest - Free memory test program that will run from in windows. It will test the memory that is currently not in use by the operating system. Good to test under Operating System environment.
Free Debugging/ Analysing Tools
Win DBG - allows you to debug dmp files created when your computer crashes.
Who Crashed - This program reads the memory dmp files created by windows when a computer blue screens. It gives you a simple way of having a look at what might have crashed your computer. The publisher also does other various tools.
HWMonitor - HWMonitor is a hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed
Core Temp - This program reads the temperatur of your CPU and it will allow you to see if your CPU is overheating.
PC Wizard - This is a hardware analysing tool. It provides you with information on the current hardware installed. it also allows for benchmarking to test your hardwares performance.
Ultimate boot CD - This is an absolute beauty. it is a cd that you burn from an iso file and contains soo many utilities such as : Memory Tests, Harddisk test, Cpu tests, partitioning tools, file recovery tools, harddisk cloning, harddisk wiping, harddisk low level editing, data recovery and boot management tools. This is an absolution must have !!
Hijackthis - HJT scans a user's computer quickly, and displays browser hijacking locations, showing what entries are there. HijackThis is used primarily for diagnosis of browser hijacking and does not remove spyware etc.
Iso Buster - Allows you to possible recover lost files from CD's and DVD's but it also allows you to burn ISO images such as required when downloading the Ultimatebootcd above.
Recuva - This program is by piriform and is a program you can use to recover deleted files. Although to be honest in this area buying undelete software is normally better as the do more in depth scans
TouchFreeze - This program freezes your mouse touchpad so that when you are typing the cursor doesnt jump and round and causing problems.
Windows Tools ( Sysinternals) - This is a website of tools made by microsoft. There is lots on here so rather than explaining them check them out.