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Recommend me some software please

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by JaseUK, 19 Apr 2010.

  1. JaseUK

    Wise Guy

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    Recommend me anti virus/backup software please

    Guys,
    I'm after an anti-virus software that will scan the computer before it boots into Windows. I currently use Microsoft Security Essentials which is great but it doesnt do the pre boot scan. I had a quick look at Ultimate Boot CD http://www.ubcd4win.com/ but wanted to know if anyone is able to recommend it.

    I am also after some imaging software and I know you are all going to point me to Acronis but I feel there is probably an alternative out there.
    I am aware W7 has its own built in backup software but I need to make a backup of an XP installation.

    cheers
    Jase
     
    Last edited: 19 Apr 2010
  2. jbloggs

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  3. Philtor

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  4. pastymuncher

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    Seagate disk tools is a version of Acronis true image and is free. It works on all of my drives, Seagate, Samsung and Western Digital. It's a great piece of software.

    With regards to AV's that scan pre-boot, i thought most did this. Comodo internet security and Avast certainly do it and they are both free.
     
  5. Stelly

    Don

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    Macrium Reflect is amazing... and they have a free version, if its not cheap enough anyway :)

    Stelly
     
  6. jbloggs

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    DiscWizard and Maxblast (which are the same and is basically Acronis True Image Home) require either a Seagate or Maxtor HDD for it too work, WD also have Acronis True Image WD Edition which also needs a WD HDD to be installed for it too work...

    SeaTools is the Seagate Diagnostic utility for HDDs, it has no backup facility...
     
  7. eXor

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    Avira Rescue Disk.

    I wonder if it can be made to run from flash / hard disk, the way Ubuntu LiveCDs can...
     
  8. JaseUK

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    Thanks for all the replies guys, absolutely brill as always.

    I do like the look of Macrium Reflect and the Hirens boot cd, will be defo giving them a try out. :)

    Its a shame MSE doesnt have a pre-boot scan option as I really like the simplicity of the software.
     
  9. Stelly

    Don

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    Macrium is really good, and if you buy now I think that they are offering a free upgrade to version 5 when it comes out in the next few months.

    Stelly