• Avast – Free Anti Virus its a little bit more bloated than free AVG
  • AVG Free – Basic antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows available to download for free.
  • CCLEANER – is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused and temporary files from your system
  • ComboFix – ComboFix allows the manual removal of spyware infections, You should not run ComboFix.exe unless you are asked to by a trained helper .
  • Computer Hammer – When all else fails use a hammer! (How to use video)
  • Dr. Web Curit! – download free anti-virus! Cure viruses, Best free stand alone anti-virus scanner!
  • HijackThis – Hijack This is for advanced users. If you are not familiar with running processes on your computer as well as anything ever installed that could tie into your web browser, it will not be much help to you.
  • Kaspersky Virus Removal Tools - virus=fighting utilites developed by Kasperky Lab
  • Malwarebytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes has developed a variety of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer Purchase Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Michael’s Knowlegebase – A list of information to help fix or build systems
  • Microsoft Security Essentials – Microsoft root kit removal tool self booting cd or usb drive
  • SpyMe – very useful in detecting Registry and Disk changes
  • Process Explorer – Show all running process in great detail
  • Rkill - a program that attempts to terminate running malware processes
  • Taskbar Repair tool – This application allows you to Repair and Customize the Quick Launch, Taskbar and Notification Area in Windows XP.
  • Ultimate Boot CD – diagnostic tools for PC Hardware
  • Unhide - This program will remove the +H, or hidden, attribute from all the files on your hard drives
  • Winsock Fix – Fixes the winsock settings on your Windows XP machine. This tool is recommended for IT professionals only.

Hard Drive crash recovery

  • SpinRite 6 – Crash Hard Drive recovery tool.
  • Zero Assumption Recovery – Data can be lost due to many different reasons. Accidental reformatting, power spikes, virus attacks and hardware malfunction are some of the scenarios where you will find yourself looking for a data recovery solution.

Windows Updates & Service packs