Listed below are the main Computer Repair Utilities I use for general repairs. These programs are all on (and more) my USB thumb drive which I use on every computer that comes in for repairs and pc tuneup performance service.
Ccleaner by Piriform
Excellent overall free disk cleaner, internet tracks eraser and history cleaner.
Ccleaner Portable USB Version
Malwarebytes Anti Malware Free Version
Long time favorite for detecting and cleaning computer of malware, junkware, spyware, and potentially unwanted items like worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues, adware, and more. This program will detect, remove and fix up the bulk of the problems on your computer. Free version, make sure near end of installation to uncheck “Enable Free Trial…”
SUPERAntiSpyware Free Version
Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats. Does a real good job identifying “PUPS” (Potentially Unwanted Programs) and Adware.
Emsisoft Emergency Kit
“The Emsisoft Emergency Kit contains a collection of programs that can be used without software installation to scan for malware and clean infected computers: Emsisoft Emergency Kit Scanner and Emsisoft Commandline Scanner.”
JRT (Junkware Removal Tool)
Is your PC running slow? It could be infected with potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), adware, or other junkware. Junkware Removal Tool (JRT) by Malwarebytes sweeps up and removes all traces of irritating hitchhikers.
The PC Decrapifier is a program designed to suggest and remove unwanted software. It can be used to clean off most of the annoying software that is typically shipped with new PCs.
Spybot Search & Destroy
Older version 1.6.2 has been around for ages and STILL a great removal program! “Can repair malware such as Registry, Winsock LSPs, ActiveX objects, browser hijackers and BHOs, PUPS, computer cookies, tracker ware, heavy duty, homepage hijackers, key loggers, LSP, tracks, Trojans, spybots, revision, and other kinds of malware.”
Spybot Anti Spy-Beacon
“Spybot Anti-Beacon is a standalone tool which was designed to block and stop the various tracking (telemetry) issues present in Windows 10. It has since been modified to block similar tracking functionality in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems.” Portable and Installer versions available.
“Hitman Pro is a portable antimalware program, which aims to detect and (if found) remove malicious files and registry entries related to rootkits, trojans, viruses, worms, spyware, adware, rogue antivirus programs, ransomware, and other malware from infected computers”. Portable USB version. 30 day trial, but you can use it to follow up scan your computer and remove any threats detected for 30 days.
“AdwCleaner is a program that searches for and deletes Adware, Toolbars, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and browser Hijackers from your computer. By using AdwCleaner you can easily remove many of these types of programs for a better user experience on your computer and while browsing the web.”
Eset On Line Scanner
From Eset Anti Virus – “Scan your PC with one simple click and without having to register any contact information.”
“Unchecky is a lightweight application that aims to keep your checkboxes clear. It automatically unchecks the boxes that allow companies to install promotional crapware on your computer, and issues warnings if you accidentally agree to install something you may not want.”
Defraggler Free – File and Disk Defragmentation
Disk fragmentation optimizer. “Defrag entire hard drives or individual files. Works with HDD and SSD and supports NTFS and FAT32 file systems! Defraggler speeds up your PC by assembling fragmented files on your machine and organizing them more efficiently.”
iDrive Automatic Remote Data Backup – One service you cannot be without.
FREE 5 GB account to try with no expiration! Protect your data and information stored on your device with automatic data backup & recovery.
Anti-Malware Definition Updates – For when you cannot connect to internet to auto download updates, manual download & install.
Malwarebytes, SuperAntispyware, And Spybot malware definitions.
uBlock Origin – Chrome – Firefox – Opera Browser Extension
Ad Blocker, Tracking Blocker, Malware Domain Blocker and much more! “An efficient blocker: easy on memory and CPU footprint, and yet can load and enforce thousands more filters than other popular blockers out there.” Speeds web page load times with less ads and tracking scripts. Blocks Youtube & Facebook ads.
Recommended Free Anti Virus –
Panda Free Anti Virus
Paid & free for home use versions available. “It is extremely light as all the work is done in the cloud. Panda Free Antivirus provides you with the fastest protection against the newest viruses thanks to its cloud-scanning from PandaLabs’ servers.”
Avast Free Anti Virus
Paid & free for home use versions available. Make sure protection from “unwanted programs” is enabled within settings.
Avira Free Anti Virus
Paid & free for home use versions available. Avira Free Antivirus for PC is an industry-leading antivirus software, which secures your data, protects your privacy, and keeps your PC malware-free.
Best Paid Anti Virus – Bitdefender Anti Virus, Kaspersky Anti Virus, Eset Anti Virus, Avira Anti Virus & Trend Micro Anti Virus.
NOT RECOMMENDED – Norton, Webroot, AVG & Microsoft Security Essentials
Very low detection rate especially for malware, unwanted programs and performance problems.
Internet Parental Control Software –
K9 Web Protection – Free Internet Filter & Parental Control Software
“K9 Web Protection is a free Internet filter and parental control software for your home Windows or Mac computer. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids.”