CNET Editors' review
D7 is Command Central for techs. Foolish IT's powerful suite of free system utilities is for pro PC technicians, Net Admins, and advanced users; not for beginners in any sense, unless they're recently certified by Microsoft. It's completely portable yet integrates a wide range of excellent third-party freeware utilities, including users' own preferred tools. It can manage individual PCs or whole networks of machines.
D7's thoughtful developer throws up many red flags, including the project's name ("FoolishIT") an unusually stern EULA stating plainly that misusing D7 can damage or kill your system (or systems) and a popup message basically saying, "OK, you've been warned!" But D7 quickly impressed us. For instance, the Shell Extension Configuration tool listed an amazing array of right-click menu options. We downloaded and installed Ketarin, a free tool D7 uses to check for and install updates for all third-party apps. D7's busy interface opened with an Info tab sporting a button labeled Speccy. Well, that's our favorite little system information tool! The Reporting button called up one of NirSoft's nifty reporting apps; another good sign. Turns out, D7 integrates lots of terrific portable freeware from Piriform, NirSoft, Sysinternals, and others. It also turns out that D7 does way too much to even attempt to summarize, like scan, clean, repair, tweak, restore, customize, back up, update, maintain, and support single computers or networks. It affects the registry, caches, file system, hidden and superhidden files, disks and drives, archives, networks, clients, and just about everything else that can be scanned, accessed, or changed. It even packs some unique extras, such as DataGrab, which quickly retrieves specified data from live or offline systems for backup.
The standing joke about the price of luxury goods applies to D7: If you have to ask, it's not for you. Yes, it is a fantastic free suite of powerful tools that will find a happy home on any serious tech's USB drive. Yes, it can and will kill your system if you let it by using it in ignorance or inexperience, and don't say you weren't warned. But we have no problems recommending D7 to aspiring experts, provided they use it with appropriate (i.e., extreme) caution, frequent and full backups, Plan B (C, etc.) and the patience and intestinal fortitude to deal with the "explore" in Explorer.
From Foolish IT:
D7 is a tool for PC technicians to aid in many tasks and provide a uniform procedure for technicians to follow. It has many capabilities and many uses including offline and live malware removal assistance, offline registry editing, data backup and restores CPU or RAM stress testing, information gathering and quality assurance uses. D7's malware scan functionality is designed to show you what D7 doesn't recognize, by whitelisting known good items, and automatically deleting known bad items. From there, D7's Malware Scan merely shows you what is left after the whitelisting or blacklisting is applied. From there, you have the option to whitelist, blacklist, delete, rename, ignore Google, or whatever you want with the results.
What's new in this version: Version 7.8.19 has updated to address several dCloud related issues.
More Products to Consider
- Protect your PC against the latest viruses and spyware.
- Protect your computer from viruses and malicious programs.
- Detect and quickly remove malicious threats to your computer.
- Provide secure, anonymous, and private browsing on Wi-Fi hotspo...
- Search your hard disk and Registry for threats to your security...
- Protect your Windows PC from online threats.
- Detect and eliminate viruses, get free protection for home user...
- Download and exchange files safely, enjoy games and Web surfing...
- Detect and remove spyware, malware, rootkits, trojans, hijacker...
- Record and view every keystroke typed on keyboard.
- Secure your connection to public Wi-Fi networks with premium VP...
- Keep your business safe when e-mailing or going online.
- Protect your personal home computer from malware attacks.
- Detect and remove rootkits on your PC.
- Protect your PC against viruses, spyware, Trojans, worms, rootk...
- Stay anonymous, change your IP address, and protect your comput...
- Clear Internet and Windows garbage from your hard disk.
- Stay notified about your CPU usage on PC.
- Remove malware and spyware from your computer.
- Protect your PC from harmful threats.
- Manage, maintain, fix, and protect your system.
- Stop viruses and spyware automatically before they reach your c...
- Speed up slow PC with system checkup, system cleanup, system sp...
- Detect and clean thousands of threats.
All versions:3.6 stars
out of 7 votes
Current version:0 stars Be the first to review this product
My rating:Write review
Results 1-7 of 7
"Awesome All-In-One Tool !!"
Version: D7 7.8.10
Loaded with all of the features any tech would need to administer their system.
Not for the inexperienced. Inexperienced users can easily damage their operating system, without knowing it.
D7 has truly impressed me. You can tell a lot of thought went into the development of this software. To have all of the tools you would possibly need in one area is a major time saver. It is a very powerful tool, definitely not for the inexperienced. I would recommend D7 to any of my "tech" friends.
"Packed with features"
Version: D7 7.4.43
It is very impressive and useful. Every technician should have it.
I haven't noticed anything negative at this time.
"Just a Set of Links"
Version: D7 7.4.43
You have easy download access to lots of great shareware
It is just a program to quickly download and run other programs -- all it is is a link manager
Not actually a diagnostic program itself but an interface with quick links to shareware programs in various categories
"Good virus for virus, spyware, worms, trojans. etc."
Version: D7 7.3.27
D7 saved the operating system on a computer I was working on. I kept going back to the problem being in malware, but I had scanned with 4 programs. Finally, I tried D7 and the problems were fixed.
No cons that I found
"Terrible since V7"
Version: D7 7.3.11
A tech's dream tool
Version 7+ is payware only
1 license is 100 freaking USD(license only, not software)
Since version 7 went payware only(without notice) i feel this app has gone downhill and not worth using.
"Brilliant but very technical"
Version: D7 4.7.9
No install. Does more than most other similar programs. Additional program updater for other products.
Playing on emotions for donations - come on, if the exchange rate wasn't that bad I would contribute - instead I removed it - only fair.
Those who can (last count over 44 thousand downloads) support this guy!
Way too technical for the average user.
Slow in performing certain tasks.
Sell it to technicians or companies - at least they'll know how to use it's power properly.
Thought out and well executed.
Worthwhile tool for any tech-savvy person.
"'Uninstall' Locked Me Out"
Version: D7 4.2
Good that it's available at all.
Too complicated for me.
I realized that it was above my understanding once downloaded. I decided to remove D7. I couldn't find a way to Delete it. It apparently doesn't really install. I 'checked none' on the pages permitted to do so.
Undid 'system configuration' and closed. I rebooted and then couldn't get back in. Exploring various F8 options brought me a blocking lsass.exe error every time.
Last Know Good Configuration did the trick. Too scary. And from what I did, it shouldn't have locked me out of my OS.
The warnings are not for naught. A book online detailing all the functions needs to be available with it.
Add Your Review
Submit your reply
E-mail this review
Report offensive content