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How to recover deleted files for free

I understand your frustration when you have accidentally deleted some important files from your computer, such as documents, family pictures, movie files etc. This has happened to all of us. If this is the case, do not panic. There is a good chance to recover your deleted files.

Let me discuss first some theory behind file recovery. A computer hard disk or any other storage device (USB drives, external disks etc) store each file on a specific area on their surface and then the operating system creates an “indexing table” which specifies the exact disk area where each file is stored. This is used in order for the computer to locate and retrieve the file whenever necessary. Now, when you delete a specific file, you actually delete the “index pointer” for that file and NOT the actual file contents. The operating system thinks that the file is removed but actually the file is still on the disk. Ofcourse, the operating system marks that file area as “empty” so that it can write another file later on if needed. If the operating system did not write other data on top of the deleted file disk area, then you can recover that deleted file.

There are file recovery software on the market today that are capable to scan your computer drive and find any deleted files that can be recovered. I will suggest two of them, one which is completely free and one which you can try out for free and then you can purchase if you find it useful. The first free software is Recuva and the other file recovery software that I recommend is Paretologic Data Recovery program. The later is a commercial tool (very good tool by the way) which you can download and try it for free. First try out the completely free Recuva tool and if it does not find the files you want to recover, then download the Paretologic Data Recovery tool and give it a try (free scanning).

I hope you find the precious lost files that you are looking for. Good luck!!

All the devices and hardware components that you install on your computer have drivers. A Driver is a special piece of software code which is responsible to make a specific device or hardware component to operate properly and communicate with the computer operating system. Every once in a while these drivers get updated, either to synch them with new devices that might be attached to the computer themselves such as peripherals, or simply get them to run better. While most operating systems have automatic driver updating features, not everyone get updates especially those copies not certified by the software company. Windows, for example, does not update pirated operating systems.

So the option for the computer owner is to manually search and download the updates, get certified drivers, or buy a program that updates drivers automatically.  This last option is often the most preferable, because manual updating is time-consuming as well as highly prone to errors, some irreversible. Getting certified drivers means you have to pay for the license, and you sometimes get unwanted bothersome information from the manufacturer that clogs up the driver databank. Automatic updating gets the job done quickly and efficiently, and often worth more than the cost.

There are several top driver update tools available online: DriverCure, DriverChecker, DriverDetective, and DriverGenius. All of them promise perfect solutions to your driver update problems and instant updates from all over, but one software that surpasses all is DriverRobot.  It boasts of a number of advantages over the others that puts it ahead. Some of them are:

  • Database of drivers for over 100,000 devices: obsolete, discontinued, in market, new. The biggest driver database.
  • Automatic and constant search for new updated drivers released from manufacturers so database of drivers is never outdated
  • Compatible with all Windows versions including 64-bit Vista and Windows 7
  • Money-back guarantee for 60 days
  • Updates installed in proprietary servers so updates are available although the device manufacturer’s website is down
  • Usable even in new computers without drivers that are not online
  • Complete old and new updates
  • Full or repair backups available
  • 24/7 service and technical support
  • Most reliable hardware scan to detect all devices on the computer in order to update with the most proper drivers.

Some of the drivers DriverRobot can update automatically are drivers for sound cards, printers, routers, DVDs, AC97s, USBs, motherboards, Bluetooth, FireWire, Ethernet, Windows Vista,  Windows XP, wirelesses, chipsets, webcams, video cards, and so on.  Now if that is not a comprehensive coverage, none would be.

But definitely, DriverRobot is not a perfect software that can universally solve all of your computer problems, since all the problems cannot be foreseen. What it can do, however, is update your drivers and solve any device hardware problems discovered by the manufacturer; the rest may be solved by the technical support that you can reach anytime, all the time.  But by far, DriverRobot is still the best option you can take when it comes to updating computer drivers automatically.

Unless, of course, you love updating drivers manually, and would like to gamble on your computer crashing because of device conflicts and incorrect driver installation. The choice is still up to you. As always.

SpotMau Powersuite 2010-2011 Review

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If you have been using computers for sometime, then you understand that even computers —the marvel of modern times— can also experience difficulties and even crash once in a while. After all, it is only a machine and machines can go wrong as well. So if you have experienced some computer crashes and you need a windows recovery solution, you know how hassling that can be. You definitely need something that will correct it fast, if not avoid it altogether forever.

Well, don’t worry: there is Spotmau PowerSuite 2011. It is the most preferable, all-in-one repair kit for your Windows operating system (supports all Windows versions like 98, 2000, 2003, XP, VISTA, Windows 7). It can boot up your crashed computer (the CD is bootable), then allows you to operate recovery tools to bring the machine back to normal operation, and perhaps even enhanced.  It can recover deleted or corrupted data in the hard disk, fix registry errors, recover the master boot record and Disk Partition Table, and generally perform any windows repair where needed. Best of all, it does everything safely without risking any data loss in your Windows system so you are back on an even enhanced machine very quickly.

What Spotmau PowerSuite 2011 can do
It can:

  1. Boot up a crashed system and recover data even from a corrupted drive
  2. Repair errors and find missing files
  3. Recover forgotten and lost passwords, or misplaced and difficult-to-find product keys
  4. Optimize the computer’s registry, hard disk and performance
  5. Improve start-up and networking speeds
  6. Remove unwanted pop-ups and toolbars
  7. Uninstall unused and no-longer-wanted programs
  8. Reprogram your start-up menu
  9. Clean up system redundant and obsolete trash
  10. Partition or reformat your hard drive as you wish
  11. Back up or even copy the whole system
  12. Record memorandum, hide active windows in one click
  13. Reset or change Windows Administrator/User password
  14. Recover lost passwords such as email, windows live, google talk, outlook, yahoo messenger.
  15. Troubleshoot hidden running programs and free up system resources
  16. Encrypt and decrypt files
  17. Delete or wipe clean the entire disk
  18. Create a special hidden space that does not show up in the directory for your extremely confidential files
  19. Lock programs for your own use only
  20. Protects your privacy
  21. Protects against Identity Theft
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In addition, technical support is 24/7 free for a year, obtainable either online or via the telephone, whichever is more convenient to you.

Perhaps the most important thing is that Spotmau PowerSuite 2011 is quite easy to use, even newbies will love it. The tabs and simple icons it uses make it easy, the interfacing is organized and navigation is rather direct and very intuitive. The suit consists of many component utilities, but meshed so well together you’d think it was a solo package instead of being a compilation.

The two major components are WinCare and BootCare. The first is composed of the utilities you need to make your computer perform at the optimum, while the second is the component to use when your computer fails. Just restart the computer with the CD, and you will be guided on what to do with step by step instructions in recovering data ,whether deleted, formatted or corrupt.

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Privacy & Security

Spyware has become a problem that affects almost everyone that owns a computer at one time or another. It can not only be a very big annoyance, but it can also lead to bigger problems like losing all your stored information on your computer and even lead to identity theft. When a malicious virus is inadvertently downloaded or installed on your system, it can scan your computer for such things as your credit card numbers, banking information, passwords and other personal information.

The positive out of all this is that although the spyware threat is on the rise all over the world, so are the people that build these antivirus and antispyware software programs that are designed to help you not only fix current problems, but also help prevent further attacks on your system. Here are the top 3 free antivirus and antispyware tools that are available today, in my opinion.

  • Avast antivirus (Free Home Edition) is one of the best, free antivirus software programs on the market today. It provides all the strengths and protection of almost any paid software product. It can protect you computer along with the network because it has multiple shields that scan not only your files, but also any executables as well.You have the ability to set your own parameters for a custom scan. You can also adjust the security sensitivity level which is good when downloading files, emails and a lot of P2P’s. The updates are also a neat little feature as it will speak to you telling you that your system has been updated. With the Avast antivirus and antispyware tool, it will tend to slow down your system somewhat, but it usually isn’t enough to deter people from using it.
  • Ad-Aware is one of the most popular and trusted antivirus and antispyware software programs. However, the Free edition is only an anti-spyware program, not an antivirus. Although you can upgrade to a paid version that has more bells and whistles and provides also antivirus functionality, the free version will do nicely to start with. You won’t have as many options such as custom scheduled scanning, but there’s no skimping on the quality of its adware defense.You will also have access to all the updates for the software, just the same as a paid user. You get two options for scans; a smart scan or a full scan. The smart scan only focuses on the critical areas of your system. A full scan will take longer, but it will also do a more thorough job. You may need to disable or remove other programs such as the Alexa tool bar in order for Ad-Aware to install properly.
  • Although AVG Antivirus free edition only offers the basics, it is very capable of giving you complete protection for your system. It comes with a real time shield, a link scanner and also an antivirus and anti malware packaged together. This program is scheduled to run automatic searches for viruses and spyware, and you can also set your own scheduled scans. It won’t slow down system like others tend to do, and with its brand new interface, it’s easier then ever, for anyone, to navigate around.

RegCure Review

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Those who run Windows often find out that after frequent use of their computer, it starts to slow down considerably. Many people run their disk defragmenter, anti-virus software, and anti-spyware software to no avail. Some of these people assume that their computer is just broken, but many take the next step and run a registry cleaner.

Each program that is installed in Windows leaves registry keys. Moreover, when the programs are deleted or uninstalled, they also leave behind many of these registry keys. This is fine after a few programs are removed, but over time as more software is added and removed on the machine, the machine can really get bogged down. Registry cleaners work by removing the registry keys from programs that are no longer installed on a machine and other temporary keys that existing programs no longer need. By running a registry cleaner, many machines are able to run faster and better since they are no longer bogged down with unnecessary registry keys. The operating system (Windows) accesses and reads the registry very often, so by having a cleaned-up and compact registry area will make your PC much faster.

The Internet’s top selling registry cleaner is RegCure Registry Cleaner and many attest to how well it works. Go ahead and download RegCure Cleaner below and perform a free scan to verify its capabilities by yourself.

Some actual user testimonials that I have gathered over the internet are shown below:

sre94 (CNET Forum User)

Last year, my computer would barely run. Seriously, it took like 10 minutes for a web page to load!!! Then, I stumbled upon some registry cleaner review sites and they said RegCure was the best registry cleaner. So, I decided to try this registry repair software, and it worked! My computer wasn’t all of the sudden lightning fast, since it needed more memory, but it ran a lot better than it had before…

lhendri479 (CNET Forum User)

I have had RegCure for about 3 months now and I DO like it very much. I also tried CCleaner, but I prefer RegCure.

Jason Andes (petri forum)

We wanted to do a thorough RegCure review to see if it was worth your time and money, so we ran it on one of our IBM T42 Thinkpad Laptops that was running very slow….The results of our RegCure review test run were pretty amazing. The total boot time of our laptop decreased from 4 minutes 42 seconds to 2 minutes and 44 seconds! This was a huge improvement. The overall speed of the laptop is also much improved, and there have been no errors or crashes.

(softpedia review)

The application looks good and integrates perfectly in Vista shell. All the menus and options are in plain view and easy to access. The scan is fast and the areas covered are quite important.
RegCure manages to detect huge numbers of errors in the registry. However, not all of them are fatal to your system and not all of them will contribute to your system’s low performance.

The company behind RegCure is ParetoLogic.com which was created by four software professionals (brothers) who recognized that modern computer users don’t need to be at the mercy of expensive computer repair technicians to maintain, secure, and optimize their own PC’s. Read some facts about ParetoLogic below:

  • Established in 2004, ParetoLogic is a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau
  • ParetoLogic and its CEO have been the recipient of several awards including Entrepreneur of the Year, Emerging Technology Company of the Year, and Innovative Excellence
  • ParetoLogic currently has seven products on the market, several of which have received public acclaim and awards
  • ParetoLogic products are available in eight languages in seventy countries around the world
  • ParetoLogic offers a 60 day money back guarantee on all of its products
  • ParetoLogic has a dedicated Customer Support Team. Their genuine desire to help people out often results in them helping customers with general computer use and maintenance issues and has garnered ParetoLogic a large number of loyal customers

Back to our product review, some popular features of RegCure include the ability for users to perform a registry backup before starting and also to decide whether they would like to clean their registry manually by selecting which keys to keep and which to remove. Moreover, the program allows those users who are slightly less computer savvy to do an automatic registry clean which selects and deletes the keys for the user. Maybe the most important feature however is the ability of the software to perform SAFE and THOROUGH registry cleaning.

RegCure also allows users to run the software when they feel it is needed and allows for regular scheduled registry cleaning. The scheduled cleaning is great for those who don’t want to be bothered with their work on their computer by running a registry scan. Instead, the user can schedule it for a time of the day, week, or month that they will not be using the computer so they won’t be bothered by the software.

The interface for RegCure Registry Cleaner is considered to be one of the most user friendly. It allows the user to watch it scan different areas of their machine and see the progress as it finds errors. This is an important feature for those who like to learn what is going on with their computer.

Different registry programs work differently, so it’s important for those looking to buy registry cleaners to look into some that work well. With over 60 million users, RegCure Registry Cleaner optimizes the speed of the PC and fixes computer errors safely and thoroughly. RegCure Registry Cleaner also allow prospective buyers to try out their software before buying. Visitors to the RegCure site can download the software and run a free scan to see if the software fits their needs.

Studies have shown that registry problems in computers can lead to system errors and crashes so it’s important to run a registry cleaner regularly.

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