Are you having trouble with a computer virus? Is your antivirus program not working, or you are being prevented from installing one in the first place?
If you are in this position you may feel like hunting down some useful security tools, burning them to a CD and then booting directly to your new toolkit in order to fix the issue.
On the other hand, if you are not so technically minded, FixMeStick may be able to help you.
This handy device is a USB based security tool that should appeal greatly to those of you who are overawed by the thought of burning images to discs and playing with your BIOS to ensure your machine boots to your toolkit before Windows (or Linux).
In fact, its so simple to use, that I reckon just about anyone could be up and running with it straight out of the box:
This device is incredibly simple to use and here is how –
1) Insert your FixMeStick into a spare USB port on your computer.
2) Click on Start > Computer
3) Double click on the FixMeStick drive, as seen in the image below:
4) Now click on Run FixMeStick, as seen below:
5) Depending on your version of Windows you may need to confirm that you wish to run the program at this point
6) If you do have an antivirus or internet security program installed, as I do, then you may have to allow FixMeStick to run by saying you trust it or similar
7) You are now good to go.
As you can see in the image below, a scan may take some time so be prepared for a long wait and then click on Reboot and Run FixMeStick when you are ready to proceed
8) At this point your computer will reboot and then start up from the USB stick
9) You will have the option of running a regular scan, custom scan or undoing a previous quarantining of files
10) Choose a regular scan and then sit back whilst FixMeStick does its thing, much like a traditional antivirus program would:
- it checks for a net connection
- then checks for product updates
- updates its malware definitions
- initiates malware scanners
- scans your computer
- then displays the results
11) If you have any issues here you can quarantine the dubious files
12) Otherwise, you will instead hopefully get a clean bill of health.
13) At this point you can remove the USB drive and then boot your computer as normal
14) When you open your browser you’ll then (hopefully) see a web page that confirms all is well
Despite the fact that there are 14 points above, using this device really is child’s play and very, very simple indeed.
Is it any good though, and is it worth paying for?
Find out with my full review.