25+ Best Computer Repair Utility Tools
Most of the time our PC will get repaired for no reason. It may be due to some corrupt files or may be due to virus. It’s really very difficult to predict what could have caused the problem. Sometimes even simple issue in registry can also make your PC to reboot automatically. We may think that this errors can’t be solved and almost everyone use to Format the windows drive. But if we format we will loose all the important applications and reinstalling them will waste your time. So here is a list of cool PC repairing tools which can solve most of the errors which arise in the PC. Some of them are portable applications which you can run from your USB.
25+ Best PC repair Utility Tools
Here is the list of some of the best PC tools which are very useful for repairing and fixing the PC errors.
DIAL A FIX
Dial-a-fix is a collection of known fixes gleaned from Microsoft Knowledgebase articles, Microsoft MVPs, and other important support forums, that will assist you in repairing problems with your system. Although this tool is ordinarily meant for power users, technicians, and administrators, it is quite safe to use even without technical guidance (although guidance is recommended). Simply choose the solutions you wish to apply via checkmarks, and click GO.
LSP-Fix is a free tool designed to fix internet connections damaged by malware or buggy software. The Layered Service Provider (aka LSP) is a part of your operating system that your computer uses to connect to the internet. Some legitimate software (such as firewalls) and illegitimate software (such as malware/adware/spyware) place files in this location and if they become buggy or removed incorrectly, you will no longer be able to connect to the internet. LSP-Fix will show you the files placed in this zone and will suggest which ones need to be removed to gain internet access again.
This free tool allows you to view nearly everything on your system that is set to automatically run and goes far beyond the capabilities of MSConfig. This tool can show you files that are in your startup folder, files being launched from the registry, files that are launched by TaskScheduler, files that Windows starts by default such as DLL’s, Microsoft and 3rd party services and much more.
Ever wonder which program has a certain file or folder open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer displays a list of currently running processes and DLL’s on a the local Windows based system. It is very useful for finding viruses and malware.
RawCopy is a tool designed to copy the contents of one harddrive to another. This program is ideal for those with faulty drives and want to transfer the data directly without going though folder by folder. The program also has built in data recovery code which will attempt to recover data in bad sectors. This program is designed to run under NT/XP/2000 or later operating systems. However, It will run under windows 95/98/Me operating systems but only windows logical drives can be copied.
The PC Decrapifier is a program designed to remove or uninstall
a specific list of unwanted software in an unattended fashion.
It can be used to clean off most of the annoying software that is typically shipped with new PCs.
Tweak UI, an official tool from Microsoft, isnt so much a repair tool but a tool to make small tweaks to an Windows XP based system. Although it does have the ability to repair your hotkeys, repair your font folder, repair regedit, repair unread mail count and repair icons its real power is it giving you control over how WindowsXP behaves.
Unlocker helps delete locked files with error messages like:
- Cannot delete file: Access is denied
- There has been a sharing violation.
- The source or destination file may be in use.
- The file is in use by another program or user.
- Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.
Unstoppable Copier is a tool that allows you to recover files off a failing hard drive that has problems such as a physical damage, bad sectors, errors reading data etc.. The program will attempt to recover every readable piece of a file and put the pieces together. The name Unstoppable Copier comes from its ability to skip files that cannot be read. It will just report which file couldn’t be copied and continue on its way.
CPU-Z is a small stand-alone utility designed to give you advanced information about the main devices on your system such as the CPU, Mainboard, Memory and System.
Pocket Killbox is a tool that allows you to delete files that Windows wont allow you to delete because the file is currently in use. Killbox allows you to choose the file you would like to remove and will delete it when the computer is rebooting (and therefor outside of windows).
Network Stumbler is a free utility designed for finding wireless access points and logging their signal strength. This tool can be used for finding the best location for a wireless access point, finding a location with a strong signal for the connecting device and to find the existence of wireless access points, even if the device has its SSID beacon turned off.
SoftPerfect Network Scanner
SoftPerfect Network Scanner is a free multi-threaded IP, NetBIOS and SNMP network scanner. This tool will ping computers, scan for listening TCP ports and displays the resources available on the network (router web logins, printers, computer shares etc..).
Double Driver is a tool for collecting the drivers that the computer uses to communicate with its hardware. One of the main reasons why you would want to collect an computers drivers is if you don’t have the Driver CD that came with the computer or they are unavailable online. This is a very common task by computer technicians about to format a computer.
Treesize Free is a free utility to view the space usage on your harddrive folder by folder (and its subfolders) which is something Windows is seriously lacking.
DriveImage XML is a free, stand alone application for making a complete backup image of any logical drive or partition, allowing you to backup/restore an entire operating system. The application also includes an image explorer allowing you to view the files inside the backup file created and extract individual files (Im sure plenty of us have left a file behind at some point).
Norton Removal Tool
Symantec has been dominating the computer security market for years now; their most popular offering being Norton Antivirus which is often pre-installed on new brand-name computers. Unfortunately Norton products tend to install themselves deep down into the critical parts of your system and if the product becomes damaged in some way you have a big problem. I have seen it many times on computer repair callouts. Someone tries to remove the Norton product (which is usually the antivirus program) and it appears to uninstall, but next time they reboot the computer Norton presents an error message saying Norton couldn’t start because its missing a critical component.
Belarc Advisor is a free tool that will create a detailed profile of the computer it is run on including a list of currently installed hardware, software, Windows hoxfixes, antivirus status, security benchmarks and many many more details. It then creates a HTML page with this information and displays it in your web browser. Runs on Windows Vista, 2003, XP, 2000, NT 4, Me, 98, and 95.
Restoration is a free utility to recover deleted files that were either sent to the recycle bin and then emptied, or directly deleted from within Windows.
Ethereal is a free and powerful network analyzer that has the ability to monitor packets in realtime. It can show you the packet source, the destination, the protocol its running on and a brief description of what it is. It can then break it down further and show you the packet in HEX. This can be useful for computer technicians who are trying to troubleshoot networks or find suspicious activity on a computer like hacking, viruses, trojans or spyware phoning home. Ethereal can run on Unix, Linux and Windows based computers.
VistaTweaker is a free, stand alone tool for tweaking settings in in both Windows XP and Windows Vista (unlike TweakUI). This application has a nice, clean interface which displays information on what each setting will do and show you which ones are Windows Vista specific. It also has many more settings that are changeable compared to TweakUI which are all useful. Since Vista is slowly creeping its way onto home computers, this one is a must have for a onsite technicians toolbox.
Your client comes to you saying they cant play certain videos. You take a look at the computer and see the error message saying “Error loading codec..”. You instantly know the problem. You tell the client that the computer simply hasn’t got the right codec installed to play that video. Now, you just have to figure out what codec that video actually needs.
HIREN’s BOOT CD
Hiren’s BootCD is a wonderful live CD containing various programs such as Hard drive recovery, Hard Drive Partition, Hard Drive Backup, Hard Drive Testing, RAM (Memory) Testing, System Information, MBR (Master BootRecord), BIOS, MultiMedia, Password, NTFS (FileSystems), Antivirus, AntiSpy, Process, Windows Startup, Registry tools, Windows Cleaners, Optimizers, Tweakers, and many others…
As it is a bootable CD, it can be useful even if the primary operating system cannot be booted. We may call it as an emergency cd which every computer technician or home user must have.
Revo Uninstaller is a free utility that is like the Windows “Add/Remove Programs” on steroids. Revo Uninstaller will seek out programs you have installed (including ones that arent in the Add/Remove List) and display them so you can uninstall the applications or remove their entry if they have already been deleted. Revo Uninstaller doesn’t stop there though, it has an option called “Hunter Mode” where you can drag a crosshair over any program and uninstall it from there. You can also use the crosshair to prevent applications from auto-running at bootup. Just drag the crosshair over the offending program in the system tray and it will give you the option to turn off auto-startup.
Runscanner is a free stand alone utility which scans your system for all running programs and autostart locations. You can use Runscanner to detect autostart programs, spyware, adware, homepage hijackers, unverified drivers and other problems. This program is like Autoruns, Hijack This!, Killbox, Process Explorer and the HijackThis.de analysis site combined. The creators have taken the best features of each program and turned them into one utility. Well worth checking out.
PageDefrag is a standalone freeware utility designed to defragment your system files. Standard defragmentation utilities cannot gain access to the Windows page file and registry hive and thus wont show you how fragmented they are nor defragment it. Paging and Registry file fragmentation can be one of the leading causes of performance degradation related to file fragmentation in a system. PageDefrag can gain special access to these files and defragment these files next time you boot the system.
DBXtract 4.5 is a free (anything above 4.5 becomes paid), stand alone utility that is designed to extract emails out of corrupt Outlook Express databases (.dbx) and turn them into individual .eml files. In laymans terms for our not-so-techie readers, Outlook Express stores your emails in a single database file called a DBX. This file can become corrupt for many reasons and all your emails inside can become unreadable. This tool can extract all your emails so you can read them seperately as .EML files.
JkDefrag is a free defrag tool that puts the built in Windows one to shame. JkDefrag has options such as mutiple levels of defrag (fast defrag, slow defrag, analyze only, sort files by name etc..), including and excluding files, scheduling, shutdown PC when defrag is finished and defrag system files at boot-time. Another nifty feature is that it has a screensaver option that activates the defrag process when your computer is idle and visualizes the defrag process. Best of all it has the ability to skip any files current in use, unlike Windows which will restart the whole process if it hits a file in use. This one is a must have in any computer technicians kit.
ERD Commander is a very useful tool that Microsoft acquired with it’s purchase of Winternals. It’s especially useful for computers that aren’t able to boot into Windows, or even safe mode. ERD (Emergency Repair Disk) allows access to Windows restore points, file recovery, crash analysis, hotfix uninstall, and other low level operating system tasks, all in a very familiar Windows interface. It also provides network and internet access, as well as a web browser.
ATF Cleaner is a free stand-alone utility that cleans up any temporary files that a computer may collect. This includes the Windows temp folder, Current User temp folder, All users temp folder, cookies, Temporary Internet Files, History, Prefetch, Java Cache & Recycle Bin.
It can also remove browser specific temporary files (Opera and Firefox) such as Cache, Cookies, History, Download History, Saved form information &, Saved passwords. This is a tool should be run regularly by home users and is especially useful to run before a virus scan to prevent it getting stuck for a long time on temporary files.
There are plenty of utilities out there to backup your Internet Explorer or Outlook Express settings but very few for Mozilla Products. MozBackup is a free utility for backing up Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite and Netscape profiles. Since more and more households are adopting Firefox and Thunderbird, this tool will help speed up the backup and restore process.
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner.
I hope that you guys like my collection of software. If none of these work , then you try the System restore feature to roll back your PC to some older date. This can also fix some of the problems. These software will definitely help you to fix some of your PC problems for sure. If you know any other useful utility then do let me know guys.