Protect your computer using Deep Freeze

April 30, 2009

I often have people ask me about specific problems that their computers are having such as an application that won’t open, programs freezing or websites not loading properly, among other things.

The thing about our standard Windows-based home PC’s is that they aren’t very “robust”. Over time, after enough little doodads and applications are installed, things can get bogged down and finicky. Windows has never been very good about preventing applications from messing with other applications, or cleaning out unneeded debris that may affect how your system runs.

99% of the time, the best fix for a computer that’s acting up is to reinstall the operating system from scratch. The time taken to troubleshoot and attempt to repair any of the multitude of potential problems with your machine is time wasted, really, as you can never be sure that you have fixed things 100%. 

If you have an external hard drive, this can be relatively straightforward - copy all of your data over to the external drive and reinstall Windows and all of your drivers and applications. This can be a fairly time consuming process, so it’s not something that you want to have to do every month.

I have used an application in the past that can keep your PC in a perpetual “brand new” state. This software is called Deep Freeze. What it does, essentially, is completely refresh your system every time you reboot the computer. You can literally install every virus laden piece of software known to man on your computer, format the hard drive, mess with system settings or any number of damaging things – reboot your computer and you’re right back to a brand new install. You can set the software to leave your documents, pictures, music or movies alone, or you can have it wipe everything, every time.

I installed this software on a pair of public computers at a convenience store and they ran with zero maintenance for 8 years. This is truly a “set it and forget it” application.

This software would be perfect for anyone with kids using a computer, or even for any less experienced user – this takes away the “what if I break something” issue completely, as salvation is only a reboot away.

Deep Freeze isn’t free – it costs $45 bucks and you can download it directly from the website. There is a free 30 day trial that you can download if you want to see if the software will meet your needs. If you decide that you might go this route, I really recommend that you have you computer wiped and refreshed before you install it for maximum computing enjoyment.

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