Friday, June 30, 2017

Fix Me Stick "Review"

I applied to do a review on this Fix Me Stick, because it would be super convenient to have a bootable USB stick that I can use when / if a computer crashes due to a virus.

I had 10 days from the time they approved me to be one of the reviewers, to finish the review (the 10th day is today). It took 6 days for them to ship, I received the product on Monday of this week -- a VERY busy week for me.

So I messaged the company and asked them on Tuesday to extend the deadline to at least cover the weekend, since I like to take time on my reviews and the weekends allow me that.

They didn't respond and so I got a notification that the review is due TODAY.

So this is my review. I have not even opened the Fix Me Stick, because I have been busy, I work full time and have landscaping projects going on in my backyard, church related things to do at least one evening a week, and we are remodeling our dining room. Not to mention one of my best friends since childhood went missing last week and the police are investigating it as foul play on the part of the boyfriend so I am a nervous wreck.

So here is my review without actually using the product. The company itself apparently doesn't respond in a timely manner. The product, though, looks to be one that would be awesome to have.

We currently run MalwareBytes, which is a free virus and malware scan program, that we do once a week on our networks here at home (we have 3 networks!) We also have known for 20+ years to not click links that we are suspicious of, and to not open attachments. It is very rare that we will get a virus, and mostly it is malware because of websites that we might visit such as graphics sites when I am looking for stock images, or font sites that I want to download a freebie font for some graphics that I am working on in InDesign or Photoshop. (I am a cheapskate).

Our experience with virus removal usually always ends up with us helping a friend out, fixing their computer.

This will be good for that, however it comes with only a year subscription to 3 computers.  I am not a fan of the "subscription" service, and the limitation to just 3 devices. But in a pinch it will be a lifesaver.

Would I recommend them? If you didn't know anything about computers except how to use the internet and play games, then this might be for you! It is easy enough to use. But who I think it would really help is those who know enough about networking, computers, etc to be called on to help others when their PC crashes.

I think the best feature is the boot options. That makes it SO quick and easy.

You can check them out here on Amazon

Again, I have not had first hand experience with it yet, so please take that into consideration.