Dan the Computer Man

Your Computer's Best Friend
In-home computer repair in the San Antonio area

Technical Information

Hard Drives and Equipment

Wiztree hard drive space analyzer or Direct download
CrystalDiskMark drive tester and benchmarker (see also CrystalDiskInfo and CrystalCPUID)
Seagate SeaTools
Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostic
HD Tune hard drive tester
Heidi Eraser to wipe secondary drives from Windows
Acronis Drive Monitor
SanDisk SSD Dashboard
CPU-z to identify system components
SpeedFan for system temperatures
Furmark GPU stress test

Internet Speed Tests


Removing Viruses

GMER for revealing hidden bad guys. Direct Zip download
Sysinternals Tools - see what's happening in your computer
Process Explorer
Kaspersky's TDSS Killer tool (removes a specific family of viruses/rootkits) (Direct link)
Norton Power Eraser and Direct link
HijackThis - my Swiss Army knife (Direct link)
Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool
64 bit MSRT
32 bit MSRT

Removing Antiviruses

Norton Remove and Reinstall Tool and Direct link
How to remove McAfee products and (Direct link) to McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool
avast! Uninstall Utility (Direct link)
Uninstall AVG

Bluescreen Stop Errors

Carrona's complete BSOD Index
BlueScreenView from Nirsoft, Direct download 32 bit and 64 bit

Fixing Windows Services

Tweaking.com, automated tool to repair lots of problems in Windows.
Fix Windows Update for Windows 7


SMS gateways (for texting from email to a cell phone)
Country code top-level domains
Area codes and Area code lookup
Hosts file to filter out ads and garbage


Ultimate Boot CD for tons of hardware tests etc. etc. (see Mirror Sites for download links)
Puppy Linux, a live boot CD
HDShredder (for completely destroying all data on a hard drive)
Active@ ISO Burner to burn any ISO file to CD or DVD
CD Burner XP for burning CDs (data, music, etc.)
RapidCRC for verifying downloads
CDex for extracting and encoding CD audio

Dan's Technical Notes

Tips, Commands, Fixes
Viruses, Microsoft KB articles, Email, ISPs
Software & Websites
Long Procedures, Registry Keys