It is a common fact that computer viruses are a big problem, that not only messes your work process but is very hard to delete as they often don’t let you to download any virus scanner or run any safety tool. Sometimes you can’t even run Windows.
If you don’t have computer geek friend who knows what to do, you may face serious troubles while trying to “cure” your computer and lose hours of time. FixMeStick is a brand new product claimed to solve the problem. It’s literally a stick inserted in a USB-adapter that is able to remove all infections from Windows and MacOS. It runs the same processes that computer professionals usually do manually (using scanning utilities and operating in BIOS etc.)
The FixMeStick is booted from BIOS, so to run the device you should just plug it in an adapter and press the “Power” button. As an alternative you can insert FixMeStick when the Operating System is enabled and it will connect to the Internet via you Wi-Fi and force a reload. After running it will update its own software – you’ll have to enter your Wi-Fi information in case it hasn’t been run – and will start a scanning,
The time of scanning depends on the condition and storage capacity of your PC: in some cases it will take only half an hour and sometimes it may take several hour to finish. The FixMeStick uses 3 antivirus programs: GFI Vipre, Sophos and Kaspersky increasing the chance to find and cure all viruses. There is an option for experienced users that gives an opportunity to choose scanned storages and even specific files.
When the scanning is over you’ll see a full list of detected viruses and Trojans putting to quarantine. After running Windows again, you'll be redirected to a special webpage with contact information and phone numbers of the Technical Support in case you have any questions or problems when something doesn’t work as it is supposed to. The phone number is Canadian. There is one important point about the FixMeStick: it is not able to cure infected system files and it just puts them to quarantine. Sometimes when system files are infected operation system won’t run, so you’ll need to contact with the Technical Support. The device can’t clean the registry from infection traces so after using the FixMeStick you’d better use some other product to finish the cleaning.
Inserted in the USB-adapter, the FixMeStick automatically makes copies of itself on the hard drive and creates a special folder for quarantined files so you can return them if they were deleted wrongly. The FixMeStick sends you a letter to an e-mail containing a link with scanning results.
Customers’ Feedback For The FixMeStick
It is easy to find plenty of reviews for the FixMeStick in the Internet. They are left by both usual customers and IT-professionals. The feedback appears to be mostly positive.
PC Magazine gave the FixMeStick 3 stars which means they were satisfied with the device. They emphasized that the FixMeStick is bootable, handy and gives an opportunity to cancel everything in case of problems.
But they considered the quarantine system as a serious drawback because some virus infections still affect the OS even after the FixMeStick claimed they were deleted. They also mentioned that FixMeStick is too hard sometimes as it can remove some “vital” files. That is why the ‘Undo” option is very useful.
Customers left more than 800 reviews on Amazon.com with an average rate of 3.8. They appreciated that the FixMeStick is user-friendly, effective and has a good and on-the-fly Technical Support. On the other side, some users complained that it malfunctioned (we can’t say exactly what was the reason) and didn’t change PC performance for the better (in some cases the FixMeStick even worsened it).
HSN.com also gave the FixMeStick quite good mark (4.3 stars from 314 reviews) and Walmart too (3.5 stars from 56 reviews). The pros and cons mentioned are quite similar to those found on Amazon.com.
The FixMeStick developed and manufactured by FixMeStick Techolohies. Their head office is located in Montreal, Canada. The company has been on the market since 2011, but it has never been marked by the Better Business Bureau.
The FixMeStick Price
The FixMeStick can be ordered in 3 options:
1-Month trial that will cost you 9.95$ plus shipping and handling, allowing you to use the software on 3 machines.
After a month has passed you’ll be charged off 44.99$ and get your 12-month subscription.
Full 1-year subscription will cost you 59.99$.
The FixMeStick PRO will cost you 299.99 for 1-year subscription and it’s possible to use it on as many PCs as you want.
Readme: the FixMeStick can be bought offline in many retail stores. The list of the stores can be found on Store Locator webpage.
If you buy the FixMeStick directly from the company stock, a 45-day refund policy is offered. If you are not satisfied with the product, you shouldn’t send it back. You receive a virus infection removal guarantee that says: “If the FixMeStick didn’t help, call us and we’ll delete all viruses manually”.
Buying the FixMeStick you get unlimited Technical Support via e-mail, chatting and phone. It can be initiated by calling 888-530-6125 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ah! We’ve overviewed all features of the FixMeStick, so let’s go on and make a conclusion.
Is FixMeStick A Good Choice?
Haven’t you forgotten the article about anti-virus software we mentioned? It’s meaningless to compare the FixMeStick with any of the freeware anti-viruses. Why? Because the FixMeStick is designed to be an addition for them – or any other security software. It’s like a key and a lock. They are very good things individually but are much more useful when work in tandem.
First of all, we recommend you to read our anti-virus review article and install some reliable anti-virus program. After that if you still want to increase the level of protection, we suggest you buying the FixMeStick. It is definitely very handy, manufactured by a well-known company and has good ratings from both customers and professionals.
But remember that if you’re experienced PC user, you can easily purchase any of the security program the FixMeStick uses (Sophos, GFI and Kaspersky).