Deep Freeze: Keep all malicious viruses/worms at bay

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I reformatted my PC few days ago, get the new installation and all other softwares  onboard. Anyway I chose not to install any antivirus for the first few days, let it run for few days and here where the problem started. I was not entirely sure whether it’s related to virus or not but it took ages before the windows was fully loaded. So, I tried to open System Configuration Utility (Run.. > msconfig) to learn what programs hook up to the startup but it simply disappeared after a brief popup. Dang! It must be a worm/virus of some sort.

It doesn’t cause any detrimental effect on the PC except the loading part, but I hate being denied to access on my very own PC. Looking for the fixes is time consuming and annoying, pretty much the same experience in these bad days. Scrutinizing and sometimes pruning ruthlessly on the unrelated articles, I finally stumbled upon something that can do all the magic to completely eliminate threats posed by viruses and worms.

Deep FreezeDeep Freeze is a real godsend as many new viruses and worms nowadays are trying their best to elude antivirus defenses. This program simply preserves all the computer configurations and settings regardless of changes made. Everything will be restored to its defined point every time the computer is restarted. Deep Freeze comes in 2 versions, standard and enterprise. For the sake of your personal PC, the standard version should suffice.

I know you eager to install this program right away, but there are few things which I personally think you need to be aware of. Don’t install and run it on your current system. No matter what antivirus you are using there’s always a slim chance that a virus or worm is still wandering in your system freely. I’m sure you won’t take the chance of putting Deep Freeze in motion while having worm or antivirus reincarnates itself every time you restart your PC.

What I did is I have a clean installation (formatted) and equipped with the necessary softwares and antivirus. Get your Windows updated and get the latest definition for your antivirus. At this point you may want to consider to optimize your computer, to ensure your computer is running at full throttle.

How to set up Deep Freeze

The installer used to install Deep Freeze is also used to uninstall it. So once downloaded, put it in a proper place, so that you know where to head to later on. After everything is done, you may start to install it. Don’t freak out if you computer start to flicker and restarting itself; that’s normal. After your Windows loading up, the Deep Freeze will appear on the system tray. You need to press SHIFT + double click the icon in order to call up the control panel or alternatively ALT + CTRL + SHIFT + F6.

Deep Freeze panel

During the first run, password is not setup. You can set your own password or leave it as it is. Basically there are 3 options, see the above screenshot. Boot frozen is the default set which will effectively make your computer to reset to its original setting after every restart. You may want to make you computer unfrozen (Boot Thawed), after you make any changes on the computer. Bear in mind it will not happen immediately after the restart.

The first restart will restore everything back to normal but now it will be in Boot Thawed mode. So, if you want to update your system, set Deep Freeze to Boot Thawed mode and restart. You can do any changes at this moment and the changes will be saved after the next restart. The same thing happens when you want to change your computer back to frozen mode.

Now you can sit back and have a peace of mind with your daily works.

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The author is the founder of eches.net. He was brought up and is currently living in a small town at the northernmost of Malaysia.