Podnutz Daily #213 – Phase One

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Steve McLaughlin fromDoorToDoorGeek.com joins us today to go over his regimen of repair/diagnostic programs he calls “Phase One”.

Boot media

Hardware testing/Info Tools

  • Crystal Disk Info is a HDD/SSD utility software which supports S.M.A.R.T.
  • SIW System Information for Windows is a tool that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings
  • ardai16 analyzes your computer and displays thorough information on its hardware
  • MemTest86+ memory tester (included on UBCD and UBCD4WIN)
  • Cleanup Tools:
  • Steven Gould’s CleanUp removes temporary files created while surfing the web, empties the Recycle Bin, deletes files from your temporary folders and more.
  • PureRa also cleans and removes temporary files
  • CCleaner removes unused files from your system
  • Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded. (also part of the SysInternals Suite)
  • Spacemonger 1.4.0 is a tool for keeping track of the free space on your computer
  • JavaRa removes old and redundant versions of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE)
  • Glary Utilities
  • PC Decrapifier for removing assorted trialware included with new computers
  • Revo Uninstallerr for clean uninstalls
  • Autoruns for Windows is an advanced MSConfig (also part of theSysInternals Suite)

Other Resources:


  • Tim from Oceanside asks for info on rootkits and rootkit removers includingunhackme, D2D recommends scanning from outside the OS like a boot CD
  • Jim is looking for an alternative source of Dell laptop Batteries and power supplies, Steve recommends EBay and searching with the term “genuine”
  • Laptop powering up with a bios error of keyboard failed, Steve says try to boot with the keyboard disconnected and an external keyboard plugged in
  • Rick asks if Steve’s done any video’s on computer networking, D2D says to trypracticallynetworked.com
  • Jorge says Dagon Design has info on Windows XP and Vista Product Key Recovery
  • Russ asks about backing up drivers before reinstalling Windows, Steve says he downloads the drivers, or use driverpacks, the chatroom says to tryDrvback DoubleDriver

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Music provided by Evan King
Notes by Mike Evans at datamike.net