Windows 10: fixmestick is it any good

  1.    26 Jan 2017 #1

    fixmestick is it any good


    Is this a viable program to use? A friend of mine uses it and swears by it. I personally am not sure if I want to try it.
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       26 Jan 2017 #2

    @Dakota37, it seems to have been around for some time now. Looks like its designed to be easy to use for those with little or no computer skills. Here's a review from 2012.
    Not a Standalone Solution
    My FixMeStick contacts confirmed that they recommend using FixMeStick to clean up a virus mess sufficiently that the desktop antivirus can finish the job...
    FixMeStick

    and this on Bleepingcomputer forum.
    FixMeStick is a bootable USB device which uses scanning engines from Sophos, Kaspersky, and VIPRE...it is primarily intended to get a computer to a more sable state so that you can use your existing anti-virus and other security tools to complete the disinfection process....
    ...There are many free LiveCD/Rescue CD utilities which can do the same thing so I see no reason to purchase this product.
    FixMeStick - Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, and Privacy Software

    Plus in Windows 10 we now have Defender offline.
    Windows Defender Offline Scan in Windows 10
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       26 Jan 2017 #3

    It's not really that hard to create your own tool similar to FixmeStick. I see that they are a using subscription model at $9.95 a month, I would save your money if I were you.
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  4.    26 Jan 2017 #4

    It is essentially just an off line file scanner. While this does give it some advantages it also has it's problems. One is that many viruses can only be detected in a running system. Another is that it only becomes involved after you are infected. It cannot prevent an infection.

    It would be a useful thing to have. But whether or not it is worth $9.95 a month is debatable.
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  5.    27 Jan 2017 #5

    Hi Dakota37,

    FixMeStick has its own operating system built into the stick and it can scan everything on your hard drive without using the infected host operating system.It is harder to clean an infected computer using a program running on the infected PC, because the infection is running and will trick the program that tries to remove it.When you use FixMeStick, the infection is not running, and so it canít interfere when the FixMeStick finds and removes it.


    . If you don't want to continue using it just let us know and we'll cancel any further charges.

    If you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask or contact our support team

    Best,
    FixMeStick Team
    Last edited by Barman58; 27 Jan 2017 at 16:45. Reason: advertising is not free ;)
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  6.    30 Jan 2017 #6

    Bree said: View Post
    @Dakota37, it seems to have been around for some time now. Looks like its designed to be easy to use for those with little or no computer skills. Here's a review from 2012.


    FixMeStick

    and this on Bleepingcomputer forum.
    FixMeStick - Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, and Privacy Software

    Plus in Windows 10 we now have Defender offline.
    Windows Defender Offline Scan in Windows 10
    Only question is: does Defender Offline interfere with virus program that is already running?
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       30 Jan 2017 #7

    Dakota37 said: View Post
    Only question is: does Defender Offline interfere with virus program that is already running?
    Defender Offline shuts down the system and boots to the recovery environment in order to run. Your system, including any AV you may have installed isn't running while it scans (and, more importantly no malware processes are running). From the Tutorial...
    3. You will now see a message that You're about to be signed out to restart your PC in less than a minute to run the scan offline. (see screenshot below)
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  •    30 Jan 2017 #8

    Bree, did not see your screenshot but one more question on this, After the scan is done, how do we know if it found anything we have to contend with? Nothing popped up after the scan was finished.
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       30 Jan 2017 #9

    Dakota37 said: View Post
    Bree, did not see your screenshot but one more question on this, After the scan is done, how do we know if it found anything we have to contend with? Nothing popped up after the scan was finished.
    Ah, that wasn't my screenshot - the quote was from the Tutorial and so is screenshot.

    You see nothing because there is nothing to report - that's good.

    Reply #2 to that tutorial shows the notification in the action centre that you would see if there was a detection. If you want to see it for yourself, Google EICAR test file, a standard test file that you cane create for yourself in Notepad. It is recognised as VirusOS/EICAR_Test_File
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