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My Digital Toolbox

When it comes to computer repair, every technician has a collection of software that they use on a regular basis. Whether it is on a CD, DVD or USB drive, these programs are essential to diagnosing different computer related issues. Here are just a few of my favorite programs that I keep in my digital toolbox.

Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)

The main screen for the Junkware Removal Tool

JRT stand-alone (requires no installation) program is essential for finding and removing all sorts of known malware, spyware and adware. It is very simple to use, as it has no user interface. It just opens up in a command prompt window. But don't think for a minute that this program just a collection of scripts, it is quite powerful. And now that it is part of the Malwarebytes collection of tools, it has some major support behind it. If you're looking to clean up some adware or junkware, look no further than JRT.

Click here for more information on JRT

Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD)

The Ultimate Boot CD main menu

Another of my favorite diagnostic tools is UBCD. It contains a bunch of useful programs that run from a Linux based CD. All of the programs contained on the UBCD are free of charge. The programs included in it range from memory diagnostics to hard drive erasers. And it has the best selection of hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic programs you will ever find. UBCD does come as an .ISO file that you can burn to a CD or you can load it on to a USB drive. Their website has all of the instruction on how to do it. UBCD is a privately fund project, so if you find it useful, please make a donation.

Click here for more information on UBCD

Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset (DaRT)

The main screen for the Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset

My all-time favorite set of diagnostic tools is DaRT. It is not just one program but a complete set of diagnostic tools that boots up on a version of Windows (depending on what version of Windows you build it on). It is similar to the system recovery disk you can make inside of every version of Windows, but it also includes various programs that you can use for diagnostics.

DaRT has quite a few programs straight out of Windows like File Explorer, Registry Editor and Computer Management. It also includes Crash Analyzer, SFC (System File Checker) and Locksmith (resets passwords for local accounts). When you create the DaRT media you have the option of configuring what programs are going into your DaRT build.

Now here is the downside. DaRT is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) and is only available to Microsoft's Volume Licensing Service, MSDN or Action Pack subscribers. But if you or your company has one of these subscriptions, DaRT is one tool you'll be glad you have in your digital toolbox.

Click here for more information on the Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset (DaRT)

Easily remove adware and malware with the Junkware Removal Tool

Doing virus removal I get allot of calls from people who believe their computer is infected. It's usually a program or browser toolbar that they don't know where it came from, it just showed up one day. And sometimes it turns out to be adware / malware. One of the best tools I've found for removing programs like these is the Junkware Removal Tool by Malwarebytes.

Junkware Removal Tool main screen
The main screen for the Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool (JRT) is no frills, bare-bones program for removing some of the more popular and notorious junkware / adware programs out there. JRT uses just a command prompt window for a user interface, no features or options here. It first creates a backup of the registry and then scans the system processes / services, files / folders, registry keys / values and browser plugins. And when done, it creates a text report on the desktop and opens it up.

Here are just a few of programs JRT removes:

24×7 help, Advanced System Protector, Ask Toolbar, Blekko, Browserprotect, Browsersafeguard, Conduit, Driver Pro, Driver Cure, Inbox Toolbar, Incredibar, MoboGenie, MyPC Backup, MyWebSearch, NewTab, Omniboxes, OoVoo Toolbar, PC MightyMax, PC Optimizer Pro, PC Performer, PC Speed, Maximizer, PC Speed Up, PCFixSpeed, PCSafeDoctor, Search Protection, Strongvault, SysTweak, TopArcadeHits, Visualbee, Wajam and Yontoo.

JRT requires no installation, just download and run. And it automatically checks for a new version every time you run it, so you will always have the latest version.

For more information on JRT, just follow the link below.

Junkware Removal Tool

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