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Avanquest Fix-It 10 Essentials Giveaway August 20 -22
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August 18, 2010
7:37 AM
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Avanquest Fix-It 10 Essentials is being given away for free at store.v3.co.uk, the same vendor that recently gave bitdefender Antivirus 2010/2011 licenses away for free. 

Promotional site: here

developer's site: here

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Mod's update:  Please read a bit more of the thread, as some people have been experiencing extreme trouble with this program.  You've been warned!

August 18, 2010
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Thanks, this looks like a nice collection of help.  Now I just need to remember to get it on Friday ;-)

Has anyone had experience with Fix-It?  Is it safe, does it find things not typically fixed by AV scanners, defraggers, system cleaners like Ccleaner?  Does it use a lot of system resources?  Can its real-time protection feature be turned off when needed?

I was told there would be no math...
August 18, 2010
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I've never used it, but Amazon reviewers give 4 of 5 starts for the Professional version of the software.  Not sure of the differences between the “Essentials” and “Professional” though.

August 19, 2010
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karen said:

I've never used it, but Amazon reviewers give 4 of 5 starts for the Professional version of the software.  Not sure of the differences between the “Essentials” and “Professional” though.


here ya go!CoolLaugh

http://i35.tinypic.com/2lwx1et.png

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August 19, 2010
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You branded a chart that the developer made?  That's not cool PCBasics.

Oh, the site that was :(
August 20, 2010
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Thanks for Student26 for the headsup.

For some of us that is not so up on the system maintenance SW, can anyone tell the basic settings that is a must. I am not sure what a check point is or if I really need to have that box checked.

Do I need it to set a “point” on every reboot.Confused

I know this may sound elementary to some, but it is really advanced for me.Embarassed

As always, I really appreciate any responses and suggestions.

EbonyCool

August 20, 2010
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Ebony, as I have understood it over the years (fan of their Power Suite and Power Desk), the Fix It app is selected tools drawn from the Power Suite. There may be something extra, haven't looked. I have been very happy with their products for over 12 years. I think the checkpoint is similar to the Windows restore point. When ever Windows creates a restore point, I make a checkpoint too, have often found the checkpoint to be more reliable than windows restore point when I have needed to use a restore point.

“And now for something completely different”:

The info  Ashraf posted says giveaway does not start until 3PM PST.

August 20, 2010
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Thanks Xinnia for responding. SmileI have dl the SW and received the Lic #.

 

As I said my probs is knowing the needed settings to configure it properly.

I am reading the help screen which is very helpful.

I am finding one thing I do not like is, that it does not have an option to exit so that the icon is not in the tray at all times.

Do you make a checkpoint EVERYTIME you reboot? What is the reasoning?

I am still reading the help, maybe that will answer my ?.

 

EbonyCool

August 21, 2010
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@ Ebony: I installed this and wished I hadn't. I did what I normally would not do – and that is install without checking out reviews/tests. Bad move. Had I done so, I would not have installed it. This prog proved to be a nightmare. Thankfully I backed everything up beforehand and could do a quick restore. And thankfully I was able to Revo it. But be careful, ok. It has the potential to do some serious damage.

“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.” – Martin Luther King Jr
August 21, 2010
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phoenix_rising said:

@ Ebony: I installed this and wished I hadn't. I did what I normally would not do – and that is install without checking out reviews/tests. Bad move. Had I done so, I would not have installed it. This prog proved to be a nightmare. Thankfully I backed everything up beforehand and could do a quick restore. And thankfully I was able to Revo it. But be careful, ok. It has the potential to do some serious damage.


What happened…?
August 21, 2010
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@ Gioneo: It wiped a lot of things that shouldn't have been wiped. Very aggressive. I had used its file back-up facility, but that proved useless when it came to reinstating those files. And I could find no way to stop it running automatically (perhaps someone else had some luck with this, because I sure couldn't find a way around it). It's mxtask is always active and cannot be shut down through the task manager. Just sat there chewing up my CPU. Maybe some other people have had good experiences with it, but for me it was all around negative. And from the reviews I have now belatedly read, it seems the negative experiences have far outweighed the positive. I just worry about Ebony. I would hate her to lose anything lest she have the same experience as I did.

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August 21, 2010
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phoenix_rising said:

 And I could find no way to stop it running automatically (perhaps someone else had some luck with this, because I sure couldn't find a way around it). It's mxtask is always active and cannot be shut down through the task manager.


WOW,

I agree P_R, I could not find a way to exit or get the icon out of the tray and when I clicked on scheduler, nothing happened. I thought maybe I did not have the settings correct. Even after reading the help manual, there was no topic regarding shutting down the program.

Maybe I misunderstood the purpose of the program or how it was suppose to work, but I do not want SW on my machine that I cannot control.

Freebies are good but I am going to start looking at their reviews more closely and not rely on the features that dev is pushing. As for the time limitation, I am not going to be controlled like that.

After reading your post, I immediately revo'd and then came back and posted. Wink

Thanks big time PR SmileSmile

 

EbonyCool

August 21, 2010
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@ Ebony: Glad you were able to get it off your system without any dramas. Awful scenarios were running through my mind!

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August 21, 2010
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Do you want me to remove the link or post an update saying to read the bottom of the thread?

Oh, the site that was :(
August 21, 2010
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@ Locutus: I think it's just a case of being careful and being informed before installing. I'm sure there are people out there who haven't had problems with this software, but I'd hazard a guess that they are the minority. And maybe the developer can use the feedback to improve the prog – especially in relation to not being able to manually override it. Between this forum post and the comments in the promo article Ashraf wrote (http://dottech.org/freebies/17…..al+Feed%29), there is plenty of food for thought for would-be users, and plenty of room for improvement for the developer. Maybe something good will come out of it. Who knows?

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August 21, 2010
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Hum… I just gave it a test run. Everything running smooth so far.

I ran the Registry fixer – Startup Commander – JetDefrag – Internet speed and memory optimizer, all ran fine (didn't notice any change in my system performance but all these modules ran ok).

I have it on the Win7 Ult machine. I'll put it on the Vista machine and see what happens there.

August 21, 2010
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@ Gioneo: Glad it's not causing any headaches for you. I also ran it on Win7 Ultimate.

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August 23, 2010
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Locutus said:

Do you want me to remove the link or post an update saying to read the bottom of the thread?


ConfusedConfusedConfused. I posted a reply to this question on yesterday and it is not here. ConfusedConfused This is the second time that has happened. The other time it was a different forum and I just let go.

But the crux of the response was…

I would say yes to …”reading the bottom of the thread”

To be forewarned is forearmed. It just might help someone avoid a headache, or at least know the issues that we encountered.

 

EbonyCool

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