Nov 122012
 
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We have done reviews of antivirus and anti-malware software before here on DragonBlogger.com but the idea behind the FixMeStick virus removal device was one of it’s biggest selling points.

In some cases your computer may be so infected with viruses or malware that your existing antivirus software may also become altered so that it will not recognize it or become infected in itself.

This is where the FixMeStick comes in, the FixMeStick is an all in one AntiVirus / AntiMalware USB Device.  This easy to use usb antivirus stick leverages 3 powerful antivirus / antimalware tools including: Vipre Antivirus, Kaspersky and Sophos.

To use the FixMeStick all you need to do is have your computer on and booted to Windows, then plug in the FixMeStick virus removal device.

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Once it is plugged in it should auto boot showing you next steps, if not then open your My Computer and open the FixMeStick USB Drive and run the executable file.  You will then see the following message:

fixmestick reboot

Now, when you reboot the FixMeStick will boot off of the Ubuntu Operating System installed on the FixMeStick and immediately start scanning your computer for malware and viruses.

The FixMeStick has two partitions and the Linux partition is completely hidden from Windows, this prevents the FixMeStick from being accidentally corrupted or possibly infected by Windows and ensures it will work time and time again.

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The FixMeStick will automatically connect to the Wireless network that you were connected to when you were in Windows, or if Ethernet will connect to the internet.  It will then update it’s virus and malware definitions files so that it always has an updated copy of the definitions to make sure it scans for the absolute latest viruses and malware.

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Now the FixMeStick scans every single file and uses 3 different antivirus software programs so it can take a while, estimate at least 1.5 – 2 hours for a full scan of a typical computer.

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On the laptop that I ran the FixMeStick on it found 9 problems that needed correction:

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These included the following malware:

  • Quarantine- Yontoo (v) (Vipre)/ –> Inserts ads into Facebook.com (possibly other sites too)
  • Quarantine- not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Persi.aa (Kaspersky)GameVance (fs) (Vipre)/ –> GameVance AdWare
  • Quarantine- Click run software (v) (Vipre)/
  • Quarantine- Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT (Vipre)not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.EpicGames.c (Kaspersky)/ –> GameVance AdWare
  • Quarantine- GamePlayLabs (v) (Vipre)/ –>AdWare
  • Quarantine- Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT (Vipre)/
  • Quarantine- Mal/Behav-001 (Sophos)/

You can see that some adware was found with Kaspersky, others were found with Vipre and Sophos found a Malware.

In Summary:

I have multiple computers in my household, my kids have their own laptops the FixMeStick is an easy to use tool to help scan and cleanup infected computers and works perfectly for family households or small businesses where your IT staff is local to work on your machines.

For $59.99 it includes 1 year of definition updates and includes licensing to use it to keep up to 3 computers/laptops clean from malware/adware and viruses which is a great deal.

Enter to win a FixMeStick for your Household

Now that I told you how awesome the FixMeStick is you can enter to win one for yourself, just get as many entries as possible in the Punchtab contest below to increase your odds of winning. This contest is open to anyone anywhere and the winner’s information will be sent to FixMeStick who will send you your copy of the FixMeStick Virus Removal tool.

Special Note:

I had to initially call into the FixMeStick technical support and can say from first hand experience that their support staff is very knowledgeable friendly and customer oriented.  They had a tool that helps them gain access to your computer so they can guide you at looking at any problems and are there to help you.  They have a good understanding of both Windows and the Ubuntu OS that the FixMeStick runs on.  We did learn that my FixMeStick had some initial problems when plugging it into 2 USB ports on my test computer, this was because I test and plug/unplug Flash Drives 20x per week on average for these machines and had worn down the USB connectors a little bit.  The FixMeStick worked fine when I plugged it into a USB port that wasn’t in such high use and the company told me that only some previous batches had sensitive connectors and none of the models going forward should be so sensitive to worn USB connectors.

Disclosure:  FixMeStick provided me with a copy of the FixMeStick so I could perform a thorough test and review of the product, they also are providing (1) FixMeStick that they will provide to the winner of the contest once the winner is chosen.  All options are 100% mine and mine alone.


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Justin Germino
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  • Joanne Gregory

    I have a pc laptop. This would be useful as I spend so much time on the internet. Never know what you are going to get on your computer.

  • Dacko

    I use a desktop computer two years old, a good configuration on which the operating system is Windows 7. First time I hear about FixMestick. It seems like a great tool for cleaning infected computers. Thanks for the contest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anujaiho Anumesh Jaiho

    i think its not much useful for me so , if i won i am going to re-gift to dragonblogger site

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

      I will say that I used Microsoft Security Essentials and MalwareBytes AntiMalware tools on the same laptop always, this FixMeStick still found all of the malware listed above despite using 2 antivirus/malware tools at the same time.

      • Francisco Cortes

        first off, ms essentials and malwarebytes are good but are not the only tools out there that will do proper cleaning, and some computers require more than a couple of tools, and some questions still remain: how did you run the applications? were you on safe mode? was it a deep scan? what are the ratings on the threats found?

        my point is that this can be done at no cost as long as your hd is not encrypted, and is not that hard either for the average user: take the hd out, put it an external hd enclosure (cheap and useful afterwards), connect the hd to a know good computer, run deep scans on the connected hd with at least 4 or 5 reputable tools that can be downloaded and updated for free, result: your hd is clean from the infection.. the stick is convient but not infallible and a bit too pricy for me, it would be nice to have this tool using recognized free tools that will do the job. I wouldnt mind paying for the package if I know I can continue using it after the year.

        • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

          Bit too pricey perhaps, but consider that you can use it on 3 devices in the home it is cheaper than paying 3 separate license fee’s for antivirus software.
          Of course I have used Avira, Avast and many other freeware equivs, bitdefender, spybot search and destroy, you name it I have tried every single free anti virus/malware program on majorgeeks.com practically over the years. The point is that this is very efficient and probably better at cleaning/disinfecting kids and family PC’s for users who don’t have a lot of knowledge, I use it to 1x per month scan and wipe the crap my kids collect just from their online browsing, demo testing and the like.
          Most antivirus programs only come with a year of free upgrades, that is why they release annual versions, this stick will work after a year, it just won’t download new updates without renewing. Believe me, I am all about freeware and use free versions of anything unless I absolutely need to buy software, games are pretty much the only software I pay for and I have never paid for an antivirus suite before.

        • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

          Bit too pricey perhaps, but consider that you can use it on 3 devices in the home it is cheaper than paying 3 separate license fee’s for antivirus software.
          Of course I have used Avira, Avast and many other freeware equivs, bitdefender, spybot search and destroy, you name it I have tried every single free anti virus/malware program on majorgeeks.com practically over the years. The point is that this is very efficient and probably better at cleaning/disinfecting kids and family PC’s for users who don’t have a lot of knowledge, I use it to 1x per month scan and wipe the crap my kids collect just from their online browsing, demo testing and the like.
          Most antivirus programs only come with a year of free upgrades, that is why they release annual versions, this stick will work after a year, it just won’t download new updates without renewing. Believe me, I am all about freeware and use free versions of anything unless I absolutely need to buy software, games are pretty much the only software I pay for and I have never paid for an antivirus suite before.

  • vhick

    FixMeStick sounds good to me. I always prefer to fix machine in boot to remove pesky virus and a like.

    I have my 4 yr old desktop computer with Windows 7 operating system.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

      Yep, a boot device or external scan tool has less risk of itself being infected or compromised plus can scan the underlying system files which may be hiding.

  • Antonio Iacobone

    I often help friends with viruses and so on…so FixMeStick would be so useful for me! I have a Phenom2 Quad core system and Windows 7 64bit…soon to be upgraded to Win8

  • http://www.facebook.com/travis.glenn Travis Dillard

    I would love to have it because I do a lot of PC repair and this would be a Tech’s dream tool. Right now all I have is Dell D520 Laptop.

  • http://www.businessonmarketst.com Nicole

    Why couldn’t I have thought of this!?

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

      I know, it is a pretty brilliant product honestly.

  • annethought

    This will be so useful to our household who surf and play games heavily everyday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dgruell Damon Gruell

    I keep basic utilities on a USB drive to make repairs with and I think this would be a great addition to that plan. I like the idea of not having to install something to make the neccessary repairs.

  • enemyrex

    i get given computers on a regular basis which i then repair and give away to familys that have not got one and having a fixmestick would me this happen a whole lot quicker. i current run a core i7 2600k with 16gb ram.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerald.shimizu Gerald Shimizu

    Wow this will be a good extra protection or add on on top of the antivirus and other programs I have to ward of all the evil spirits that are out to invade me on my machine.FixMeStick nothing to install just plug in and use,this will be a perfect assistant.The computer I have is still the first one I put together,ASUS P4V800D-X board with the 478 front side bus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerald.shimizu Gerald Shimizu

    Oh the OS is Windows XP Professional x32.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dmitriy-Sukhanov/100003081499627 Dmitriy Sukhanov

    I need this powerful stuff for my “wandering” laptop!

  • Alex

    I’m just techy enough to get into trouble, so I’d love a FixMeStick to help get me out! I have an HP laptop.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shaznoo Shazia Noreen

    I have Acer Extensa 4350 laptop with windows 7 in it so need this stick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000637285489 Jorge Lopez

    I have an ol Compact pc that i would like to clean out

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.lipscomb.90 Jim Lipscomb

    I have a six core AMD and I love the idea of a bootup rescue stick

  • http://tomjamieson.wordpress.com Tom Jamieson

    Great review Justin! I have a Dell Laptop at home that could use some serious help. This would be a great tool.

  • Frickin Bill

    I would love to have this since I use an older laptop and antivirus is always running.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jtheater22 James Thompson

    4 small kids who use the computer and do not know anything about a virus or malware dangers. This would be a great investment to ensure we do not download anything malicious to our family computer.

  • ana georgievska

    wish i have it , so my study stuff is protected and yet allow me some freetime amusement without fear

  • http://www.facebook.com/tauseefalam.leo Tauseef Alam

    i’ve been using an assembled PC and has been hit twice by worse malware attack. I download the stuff frequently from internet and that’s why chances are higher to be hit from a virus attack as well. To make me ready to fight against any such situation i need Fix Me Stick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charleeybwoy Charley Bwoy

    That sound like a great device which i could certainly use around me, family/friend.computer. I currently own a full tower case.

  • Samantha Lee Amberstone

    id love something like this the parents in law dont know how to turn thier pc’s on. w e live so far that this could be a simple soulution when they have problems, its so frustrating to explain over the phone sometimes

  • michael joshua pabia

    Wow. Never saw anything like it.. maybe that will keep me away from using deep freeze now. I use an intel LGA 1155 build with windows 7 64bit. I dunno if people know deep freeze but it’s the best software in keeping your computer problem-free but with a few cons like being unable to save or delete anything in the frozen drive LOL :D

  • tawndam

    well… this is an older desktop… but there are several various laptops in the house at any given time… & EVERYONE seems to come or call here when they have a problem…

  • Royal Delinquent

    Running a custom gaming setup with a load of Steam games so one can NEVER be careful enough and this would really just make me feel a lot safer.

  • http://113tidbits.com/ tony greene

    An older laptop could use this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jakes.Anoop Anoop Jacob

    I am hearing something of this kind for the first time. So, I myself want to get a hands on experience on FixMeStick. I am having a HP proBoook and Win 7 system :)

  • peppe

    I have a laptop and it could be usefull in future

  • http://www.facebook.com/ChristinaMcQueen1 Christina McQueen

    We have a HP pavilion computer and a Toshiba laptop.I would use to to help kick out the viruses in our computers and such. I don’t know how by my family always manages to get out computer infected and I always clean it up. This would be helpful

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerald.shimizu Gerald Shimizu

    Good shot Steve.

  • mahnoor siddiqui

    Why couldn’t I have thought of this!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerald.shimizu Gerald Shimizu

    Good shot Steve!

  • HCL Service Center

    FixMeStick is vary useful for computer to protect form viruses