Tuesday, August 25, 2009

UndeletePlus to the Rescue

Ionut Ilascu, an editor with Softpedia, recently reviewed eSuppport.com's UndeletePlus and gave it a "very good" rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Below are some excerpts from the review:

"...As far as performance goes, UndeletePlus is among the best file-recovery tools on the market, as long as certain rules are obeyed: never store data on the drive the application is scanning for lost files and use the program as soon as you realize the deletion of the data...

"...UndeletePlus combines the ease of use with amazing data-recovery capabilities and wraps it all up in a great-looking interface. All the search options present in the application will make sure that you find the desired file and that it is recovered.

"The preview option allows you to view the file before recovering it and keeping folder structure enables the recovery of an entire directory with subfolders, having all the data in the exact same place as when it has been deleted.

Read the entire review here:

Friday, August 21, 2009

Back to School – Make Sure Your PC Gets a Passing Grade

With fall just around the corner and school starting up again, it’s a really good time to do a check up on your computer. You want to make sure things get started off right, so that there can’t be any "my computer ate my home work" experiences.

Below are our ABCs to good PC health:

A. Accidentally Deleted Your Homework? – We all know stuff happens, especially at 2am or 3am when you’re cramming to get that term paper finished. There’s a good software tool available called UndeletePlus (http://www.undeleteplus.com/) that you should have on hand, just in case the unthinkable happens. What’s cool about UndeletePlus is that in addition to being able to recover deleted files from a PC, it can also restore data from flash drives, memory drives, and even, cameras.

B. Beware of Bloatware – Almost every new application that you load onto a PC automatically adds some extra code to the boot-up process. This additional code is often called "bloatware" and not only increases the boot time for the computer, it uses up system memory. Because this slows down your PC, it’s important to remove any extraneous software from your laptop.

C. Security – One of the best things you can do to avoid online trouble, is to download a free Web guide called SiteAdvisor (http://www.siteadvisor.com/) from McAfee. SiteAdvisor displays green, yellow, and red safety ratings in the browser for every website that is visited. If SiteAdvisor rates a site red, it means that the site has a history of misbehavior that could include malware, spyware, Trojan horses, rootkits, spammer and more.

Also, SiteAdvisor provides ratings on search results and even has pop-up alerts if you try to download free Hot Girls of Pensacola wallpaper from a risky website. SiteAdvisor is all about safe surfing, something everyone should practice. In addition to a Web guide, you should have anti-virus software.

D. Don’t Be Tardy – Don’t you hate it when it takes forever for your computer to do anything? There are a couple of chores you can do to keep it running at peak performance. One is cleaning your PC’s registry so that you can work at top speed and not miss "due dates."
With each new application that gets installed or each setting is changed within Windows, the registry gradually gets cluttered, slowing down your system, and can causing some unexpected problems. RegistryWizard™ (www.registrywizard.com) is an all-in-one tool that detects and automatically corrects errors in your registry. It will help optimize and stabilize the performance of your computer.

E. Educate Yourself – Take time to learn a little about updating device drivers to keep your PC from crashing. Lesson One: What are device drivers? Buried within a PC’s software are a multitude of small programs that tell the core processor how to interact with the world. These are called drivers. They are critical to a PC’s performance. Actively maintaining these drivers can boost performance and reduce problems, allowing you to get the most from your PC.

DriverAgent™ (http://www.driveragent.com/) is the industry's best driver updating software. It’s has more than 12.5 million drivers from nearly a thousand manufacturers.

F. Put the "Freeze" on Unwanted Access – Don’t you hate it when you get up from your desk for a second and your goofy roommate (let’s call him Jack the Laptop Hijacker) jumps on to your computer and starts doing who knows what….? Yeah, it’s so junior high that you can’t trust him, but it’s your reality, at least, until the end of the semester. So what are you going to do?

Two words: Phoenix Freeze™ (http://www.phoenixfreeze.com/). It automatically locks and unlocks your laptop or netbook by combining with your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. With Freeze whenever you walk away from your computer with your cell phone, it locks. When you return, it unlocks whenever you re-enter an adjustable pre-set zone. It’s that simple and totally secure!

If you take all these lessons to heart, you and your computer should get through the school year without failing.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

"A Quick & Effective Way to Retrieve Accidentally Deleted Files"

If you have ever gotten rid of a digital file and then later realized it was a mistake, you're not alone. I'd ventured to say practically everyone does this once in awhile. Recreating something you deleted is a drag, but the worst case of not being able to recreate something that you really need is where a product like eSupport.com's UndeletePlus comes to the rescue.

In a blog called OCIM, Ali Munandar gives a good review of the file recovery software:

"UndeletePlus is a quick and effective way to retrieve deleted files, files removed from the Recycle Bin, in a DOS window, from Windows Explorer with the SHIFT key held down. UndeletePlus with its clean and simple interface, is a small, fast, useful, practical and powerful."

Read the entire blog posting here:

Friday, August 14, 2009

All About Device Drivers and DriverAgent

A device driver is a small piece of software that controls a device (often called a peripheral) on your PC. Every device, whether it be a printer, disk drive, or keyboard must have a driver. Many drivers, such as the keyboard driver come with the operating system. For other devices, you may need to load a new driver when you connect the device to your computer.

In DOS and Windows systems, drivers are files with a .sys extension. In Windows environments, drivers can also have a .drv or .vxd extension. A driver acts like a translator between the device and programs that use the device. Each device has its own set of specialized commands that only its driver knows. In contrast, most programs access devices by using generic commands. The driver, therefore, accepts generic commands from a program and then translates them into specialized commands for the device.

Drivers are not your ordinary software updates. They often offer new and improved functionality and resolve technical issues. You should always keep your drivers up-to-date as this will help you get the most out of your hardware and software.

With DriverAgent™, you can automatically and quickly identify your computer's hardware devices, and see whether there's a newer driver available. This information is very helpful in the event you need or want to update the device drivers on your PC.

Just run Driver Agent on your system and it will give you a detailed report on which drivers on your system should be updated.

DriverAgent will not damage your system in any way. It is simply a tool that you can use to obtain useful information about your system.

Monday, August 10, 2009

About eSupport.com

Phoenix Technologies’ eSupport.com provides online diagnostic software and other support tools that enhance the computer user experience.

eSupport.com’s comprehensive line of web-based tools will keep your PC fast, easy-to-use, and running at peak performance. Some of the most recognized names in the PC utility market have been developed by eSupport.com’s industry-leading development team.

Check out our products:DriverAgent™ scans computers for outdated drivers. It uses sophisticated matching technology to search our comprehensive database of over 12 million device drivers. Downloaded more than 10 million times, DriverAgent is the Internet’s premier device driver search and update service.

RegistryWizard™ is an all-in-one tool for correcting errors in your registry and will help optimize and stabilize the performance of your computer. With each new application that gets installed or each setting is changed within Windows®, the registry gradually gets cluttered, slowing down your system, and can causing some unexpected problems. RegistryWizard detects and automatically corrects these problems, restoring your PC to health.

UndeletePlus is a quick and effective way to restore accidentally deleted files. It works with computers, flash drives, cameras, and other forms of data storage. Simply scan the device, select the files you want to recover, and click to restore the information or image you thought was lost forever.

Phoenix Freeze™ is a security product for Windows XP™ and Vista™ that automatically locks your computer when you walk away from it with your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone and unlocks when you come back. Freeze provides the option to shut off your PC's screen and can also put it in sleep mode - leading to longer battery life.

eSupport.com is the world's oldest and largest provider of BIOS Upgrades with nearly 20 years of unparalleled excellence in the industry. BIOSAgentPlus™ is a software product that will scan your computer to keep it current when new BIOS updates are available.

With 139 technology patents and 65 patents pending and approximately 500 dedicated employees worldwide, Phoenix is revolutionizing the personal computer by delivering unprecedented performance, security, reliability, continuity, and ease-of-use. We’re committed to continuously improving and leveraging our history of expertise to deliver the world's best core systems and next generation computing device software solutions.

Phoenix Technologies is headquartered in Silicon Valley (Milpitas, California) with offices worldwide.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Mr.Gadget.com Thinks eSupport.com(r) Has "Nifty" Tools

It's almost Back-to-School time and here's a great article posted by Steve Kruschen on his Mr.Gadget.com site 10 days ago, about how you can save some money by tuning up an aging personal computer:

Maybe An Existing Windows PC Need Not Be Replaced, Only Tuned Up – Advice for Parents and Students

In the article, Kruschen informs readers about easy ways to optimize PCs with a little help from eSupport.com products and services.

Be sure to read the entire piece. Spoiler alert! Here are the last two paragraphs:

All of these particular services can be found at eSupport.com (www.esupport.com), a central PC tune-up shop with nifty tools and products for your PC. Unlike many such sites, eSupport.com has live customer support should you need help along with the way.

The moral of the story is, before spending the time and money buying a new computer this back-to-school season, give your current PC a well-deserved tune-up using services like eSupport.com and discover untapped potential and new life in your computer.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Optimize Your PC - Clean the Registry Like Your Would Your Clothes Closet

You have probably noticed that your PC is gradually getting slower while error messages and even crashes are becoming more common. It’s not the hardware wearing out; it’s the software that’s dragging. One important way of restoring your PC’s performance and reliability is to clean the registry.

The registry is a reference list that Windows uses to keep track of information about the many software pieces your PC uses. For each application program the registry tells, among other things, what options and default settings to use, what types of data files the program can handle and where to find them, and what the program will want to check out and use from the library of system software that Windows makes available. The registry also controls some of the order and timing of things the PC does.

Every time you install a new program in Windows, information about that program adds to the registry. Removing the program, however, may not necessarily remove the registry information. Imagine a list on which you write down the clothes you own and what other clothes they go with to make nice ensemble outfits. Clothes go out of style, get damaged, or somehow loose their fit, and new ones get added to the closet. As this happens that list gets longer and some entries get scratched out. But you not only have to remember to scratch out, say, the entry for a blue shirt that got wine spilled on it and was thrown out, you have to correct the note under those black pants that says they would look good with the blue shirt. Otherwise you might find yourself looking for that shirt when you want to wear those pants, and it’s no longer there.

The list also starts getting very ugly, especially if you make a lot of changes. Over time it will take longer and longer to look through the list when you want to find something. Add that to the errors like the blue shirt reference that didn’t get removed from the pants entry, and the list gets harder and harder to use. After a while, you’ll probably want to copy the list over to clean it up and maybe also check it against your closet contents to make sure it’s accurate.

The exact same thing happens with the Windows registry. Over time, as you add and remove programs, change settings, and otherwise go about the daily business of using your computer, the registry keeps getting longer and errors creep in.

When Windows removes entries from the registry it leaves gaps that the computer still must scan when it’s looking for information in the registry. The result is that the computer takes longer and longer to find the registry information it needs, slowing down system performance. The errors can cause the computer to make mistakes, ranging from freezing a program to crashing the system.

Cleaning up the Windows registry is not a simple task, however. It uses somewhat cryptic coding and it is not always clear from inspection where all the cross references lead, what must change, and what can safely be deleted. Make a mistake in the wrong place and your computer may simply stop working, leaving you with no way of undoing the damage.

Applications software such as RegistryWizard from Phoenix Technologies can help automate this difficult and risky yet essential task. These programs can check the registry for entries on programs that are no longer in the computer, verify that cross references are valid and accurate, and eliminate the empty spaces to make the list more compact and efficient to use. They can also rearrange registry entries to streamline program execution. They do all this with full understanding of how the registry works, and implement safety measures to ensure that changes can be reversed if problems do arise.

The benefits of cleaning the registry are immediate and obvious. Your PC will boot faster and activate programs more quickly. Programs may also execute more quickly, improving such things as video playback and game performance. Most importantly, many of those annoying freezes, glitches, and crashes will simply vanish.

Cleaning the registry is not the solution to every problem on a PC, but it will go a long way toward optimizing your computer's performance and stabilizing its operation.