Momma Told Me: Ask your father to fix it!
While I was growing up I recall my father was referred to as 'Mr Fixit,' both online and in known company. As a technician who worked hands on with complex mechanical and technical machines for a living, my father also enjoyed piecing together computer systems, and tearing them apart. As technology seemed to advance tremendously from one day to the next, he was the go to guy in our family, and circle of friends, who would often be called upon for everything from a basic router reset to massive hardware failure. It seemed my father could doctor any computer back to life. Now an adult, though within 'home visit' range of my father, I recognize that I can't always count on my 24/7 secret weapon. Let's face it, he's not my personal Geek Squad, and my laptop doesn't always fail exclusively when I'm at home. A year back my baby crashed while on a trip to visit the ex husbands family. Every time I'd prompt an internet browser to open it would immediately crash, rendering me helpless as a blogger with deadlines. Even worse, I couldn't access the internet to research the problem and it's solution.
FixMeStick the concept was almost too simple to be true. No, it won't repair a fried hard-drive, or spilled coffee, but it will successfully remove pesky Malware and viruses that have somehow snuck past your existing anti-virus program. Unlike those trusted programs, which are certainly essential for everyday computing safety, the FixMeStick is an external piece of hardware that boots immediately upon start up of your computing system. This means it bypasses the virus, by not allowing it to start in the first place, and immediately begins a full scan of your hard drive for suspicious files and software. Harnessing the knowledge of a triple threat database, Kaspersky, Vipre, and Sophos, the FixMeStick then annihilates the threat, restoring your system to it's previous harmonious state. Of course, you'll certainly want to make your first step after to run a full update of your antivirus software and discover how the attack broke through in the first place.
If it sounds simple, that's because it is. This little flash drive can literally save your computing life, and hundreds of dollars a year on tech service and repairs. Worried it's just an add on insurance policy, and think there's no need to invest in one until your computer has crashed? The FixMeStick comes with an unlimited number of uses for a 1 year period, and will 'treat' up to 3 different devices. The average American consumer has 2.5 computing devices active in their home, as of a 2010 nationwide poll. One FixMeStick can provide piece of mind for your personal PC, your child's college laptop, and a neighbor in need, for one flat price. While I wasn't experiencing any known issues, I gave the FixMeStick a chance with my computer to see how the process worked. It truly was as simple as plugging the USB stick into a free USB drive and booting up my computer. When you first receive your FixMeStick, you'll want to make sure your computer recognizes the device by docking it for the first time and updating any hardware. You can then run a sweep, or put the FixMeStick away for an emergency (remember same device uses are unlimited for up to 3 devices!)
While the FixMeStick didn't flag any threats on my laptop, hooray!, it did give me a very clear walk-through of what to expect should the need arise. One thing I found a little annoying was the ever changing 'expected scan times,' that seemed to have no bearing on the actual time left to scan. Though I notice this often when I perform internal system cleanup and scans on my computer, so it's not abnormal. The entire scanning process took just over 2 hours on my laptop, though the stick advises it can less or more depending on system size and whether threats are isolated/found. During the entire process one can always choose to view any flagged threats, and is given a health status report at the very top of the scan. In all, I feel every home should have one of these FixMeSticks and an active license on hand. For less than $5/month you can have the piece of mind that up to 3 PCs are protected from the unexpected; and imagine the satisfaction you'll feel after the FixMeStick has cleared your PC- no tech support needed!
What Daughter Says: The FixMeStick gives me the peace of mind and power to tackle unexpected Malware problems, without costly, and time consuming, tech support.
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