Top Ten Memory Stick Tools

Back in mid 2007 I listed my top ten favourite programs that live on my 2GB memory stick and I take everywhere.  Four years on its time to re-visit the core programs that now live on my 16GB memory stick. 

AVG Free Download.  This popular anti-virus program is still there and is better than it was, however I also carry the free Microsoft Security Essentials AV as well.  Both are ok for free software.  I use a mix of the commercial ESET anti-virus and GFI's VIPRE anti-virus on my own PCs and servers.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – I didn’t have this four years ago. It’s the single best virus, spyware and malware removal tool ever created.  Its still free and quite simply everyone should install it and run it every month.

Acronis True Image – hard drive imaging, copying and recovery tool.  Not free, but superb.  Restore your system exactly how it was after a complete hard drive failure.

Cobian Backup – still on the list today, but now up to version 10.  The best free backup tool around.  Scheduling, email notifications, copy files in use and more.

CCleaner – this fantastic tool cleans up all the unnecessary files and cached data on your PC, as well as cleaning the registry.  I run it on every PC I’m repairing.  You should get it and run it every week!

Open Office – still here, and improved, it’s a full Office suite compatible with Microsoft Office file formats.

PS Tools - very useful command line system tools including process viewer, shutdown and kill tools.

Netscan -  Allows you to find the addresses of any network devices on your network.

ERD Commander – boots into a mini Windows environment in memory allowing troubleshooting of systems that wont start.  Change passwords, launch system restore, chkdsk, edit the registry etc.  Not easy to find anymore.

Hirens Boot CD – chock full of fantastic utilities and tools.  Can boot off USB or CD.  Not easy to find either.

Do you have any tools or programs you can’t live without?  Drop me a line and let me know.


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