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My digital toolbox

Every computer repair technician has a digital toolbox, more than likely several. They are either on a CD / DVD or USB drive and contain programs that we use regularly. Here are a few of the programs that I have in my digital toolbox.

My Digital Toolbox

All of the following programs have one thing in common; they don't require installation. Just right-click on them in File Explorer and select Run as administrator, that's it. Some of the programs may require access to the Internet for complete functionality.

AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner is one of the best stand-alone adware removal tools I have found yet. Right out of the box, and it will scan your system with a generic set of definitions. But if you are connected to the Internet before you start up AdwCleaner, it will download a current copy of adware definitions. And if you select uninstall, it will remove any quarantined files and then delete itself.

AdwCleaner

.NET Framework Cleanup Tool

When it comes to resolving .NET problems, you are sometimes better off just removing and reinstalling the framework. The .NET Framework Cleanup Tool is a stand-alone program that does just what its name implies. Just pick the version you wish to remove (or all) and click Cleanup Now. Once it is complete, reboot and use Windows Update to reinstall whatever version of .net framework you need.

.NET Framework Cleanup Tool

Sysinternals Suite

Sysinternals is hands down, the best collection of Windows troubleshooting tools. All of them are stand-alone programs, over 70 altogether from seeing everything that automatically starts up with Autoruns, exploring running processes with Process Explorer, or monitoring network usage with TCPView. When it comes to Windows diagnostics, you cannot beat the Sysinternals Suite.

Sysinternals Suite

Clean up your Internet browser with AdwCleaner

Updated September 24, 2020

I've been doing virus/malware removal for a while now and have seen many different types of infections. The latest trend is to target your Internet browser. Whether it is Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge, it can get compromised. One of the best programs I've found to clean up Internet browsers is AdwCleaner by Malwarebytes.

The main screen inside of AdwCleaner
The main screen inside of AdwCleaner

Browser exploits have been around for a while now. Who hasn't had their home page changed or have a mysterious toolbar appear when they opened up their browser? AdwCleaner is the perfect tool for getting all of that junk out of your browser(s).

The settings screen inside of AdwCleaner
The settings screen inside of AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner works great for removing adware, PUP's (Potentially Undesirable Program), unwanted toolbars, and home page hijacking. It can also clean up all Internet settings and reset your network adapter(s) back to their default state. And when AdwCleaner is finished cleaning your computer, it will restart it.

AdwCleaner is a stand-alone program (requires no installation) except for the quarantine folder and a few registry entries it creates. Just download it to your computer, and you are ready to go. And you can uninstall it right from the main user interface. Best of all, it's free.

For more information on AdwCleaner, follow the link below.

Malwarebytes AdwCleaner

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