Windows 10 Anniversary Update Guide for RollBack Rx

*IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT THE WINDOWS 10 ANNIVERSARY UPDATE*

After testing the anniversary update (1607), the senior technical staff are advising all RollBack Rx, Reboot Restore Rx, and Drive Vaccine users to first uninstall our software before applying the update.

If users install the update without removing our software first, the machines will still boot into Windows but there could be errors which pop up.

However, it is recommended to still uninstall and reinstall our software to run on the cleanest state.

Read about the update here: http://zd.net/292Tzoc

Windows 10 Free Update Deadline Approaches: What Will You Do?

A year ago Microsoft released Windows 10 upon the world. Within the first year MS made good on their promise to upgrade older operating system users to Windows 10 free of charge. This turned out to be a popular decision, as Windows 10 went on to be the fastest adopted new OS in company history.

Pretty great. Except for those who, you know, didn’t want their OS upgraded. But that’s neither here nor there.

But with that promise came a catch: Within one year only would Windows 10 be a free upgrade. This offer is coming to an end on July 29, 2016, which means people have to choose to upgrade now or stick with what they got, lest they pay for it in the future.

A tough choice, right? Well, let’s make it a little easier on you and weigh the pros and cons of adopting Windows 10.

A Mixture of the Old and the New

Windows 8/8.1 despite its flaws was built on a firm foundation. But, it was almost too different for people to feel comfortable adopting it. For one, when it first launched it went a bit too far into tablet/phone territory with its design and app-centric focus. Not until 8.1 was released did Microsoft backtrack a bit and offer the option to actually boot into desktop mode did it start to feel like Windows again.

Windows 10 didn’t make the same mistakes.

Like its predecessors, Windows 10 boots into Windows and features familiar features such as the quintessential Start Menu. Upon clicking it, Windows 10 combines Windows 7 and 8/8.1 features and shows off a Start bar as well as the tablet-style apps bar, which can be used to quickly access daily news, emails, weather information, and more. It’s slickly lain out and fully customizable to suit the user’s needs.

It’s Taken Care Of

The benefit of being the most recent OS (and apparently Microsoft’s ‘last’ one) is it is being looked after. Unfortunately, MS has already announced it will no longer be supporting Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 with security updates, meaning new threats discovered over time will only be upgraded into the Windows 10 security functions.

While this can be scary, it’s important to keep in mind our instant recovery software is capable of keeping older operating systems clean and safe from modern threats.

Automated Updates

Anyone who has installed Windows 10 Home Edition knows by now updates will be pushed any time Microsoft tells it to. Needless to say, having less control over your system is not ideal.

Unlike operating systems of the past, users will not be able to turn off updates without going through some confusing steps many users would be uncomfortable following. This can lead to systems being updated outside of a time convenient for you, or even pushing out updates you as the user did not want nor need.

Privacy Concerns

One particularly controversial Windows 10 feature is the tracking system which sends all search bar queries to Microsoft servers, and the Windows Store app is tracked for ad targeting. On top of that, Windows 10 also tracks the PC’s location, typing, Edge browser behaviour, and program installations.

Many of these features can be disabled, but some of it simply cannot. If this makes you uncomfortable, then Windows 10 may not be the best choice.

Compatibility

A new OS means a lot of upgrades, and not just by Microsoft. Companies (including our own system restore software) had to upgrade their software to meet the new operating system requirements to run properly.

But, not all of us are there yet. Certain programs just aren’t compatible, and even those which are can suffer from bugs not present in other operating systems.

It’s important for a potential Windows 10 user to do their homework first. Find out what programs are important to them, ensure they’re compatible with Windows 10, and then choose whether to upgrade or not.

Are You Happy With What You Have?

The final question you need to ask yourself after running through the list of good and bad is the most important, and that question is, “Do I even need to upgrade?”

Sure, having the option to freely upgrade to a new operating system is like any new thing you’re able to get – it’s exciting. Powering on a PC and seeing a new desktop can feel refreshing after years of booting into the same setup, but as the old adage says, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

The lure of the momentary new just can’t beat out the old, yet reliable. If you’re happy with your system, then stick with it. If there are no problems, don’t make some.

While Windows 10 may be getting the attention from here on out by Microsoft, many companies, including our own, are still standing guard against PC threats.

Feel free to try this 14-day free trial of RollBack Rx Professional, and see how you can keep your old PCs running clean and smooth, even after Microsoft stops its updates.

Starter Guide: How to Operate the RMC (Remote Management Console)

So, you’ve just finished installing RollBack Rx or Drive Vaccine on your end user machines. It’s configured just how you want it, you’ve ran your initial tests and the program is working fine. You’re about to settle back in at your desk with a fresh cup of coffee when you realize there’s one final step left before you can call it a day – installing the RMC, the free centralized management tool.

But don’t sigh just yet. Installation and running the RMC is as easy, if not easier, than setting up either RollBack Rx or Drive Vaccine. After reading this quick guide I’m sure you’ll feel confident using this tool.

To start with, when you download either of the two programs (or from the CD if you purchased it) the .zip file/CD package will contain a second folder identified as the “(Program Name) Remote Management Console”. Be sure to unzip this folder if you downloaded the program, and then open up the folder.

Inside, you’ll find a few folders, which can be ignored. Simply run the Setup.exe Application, or the x64.exe Application should you be running a 64-bit Windows Operating System and wish to run this specific installer (the Setup.exe default is still recommended, as it will identify the OS itself. This should be reserved for failed installs while running the Setup.exe).

1 - RMC Intro

Unlike RollBack Rx or Drive Vaccine, installing the RMC does not require a reboot. So don’t worry about that. Simply follow the on-screen instructions and you should be finished with the installer in just a few seconds.

…Done? Excellent!

Next up is to run the RMC itself. Open up the program from the newly created desktop icon, and you’ll be greeted with an intro screen requesting a username and password, as well as the server ip and port. By default, this will be set to the local machine ip (127.0.0.1) and Port 9000. If you’re running the RMC from this same computer, these default settings are sufficient. If you are running the server control portion on another PC, please enter that computer’s ip address or machine name to connect through.

Important note – the username and password requested here are not the same as the ones set for the end users. By default, the username is Administrator and the password is left blank. Simply click on Login to enter into the RMC.

2 - RMC Login

Voila! We are in.

As you’ll see the RMC tool is quite simple in its layout. There are default groups located on the left-hand side, with a display (which can be visually changed to suit your preferred style) on the right-hand side highlighting all the connected PCs. Users which are online will be colorful, while users who are offline will appear greyscale.

Now, we can get started.

Getting Started

The first thing a network administrator may want to do is set up a username and password for the RMC itself. To do so, click RMC in the top-left corner and select User Management from the drop-down menu. A new window will appear with the current Administrator being listed. If you wish to start creating other Administrators or users with variations in their capabilities, simply click Add and fill out the requested properties.

To change the settings of existing users, highlight the user and select Properties, or select Change Password to update the password. Do remember by default the Administrator has no password, so you may want to update it now to include one.

3 - RMC Change Settings

Now that our users are configured, it’s time to start setting up our workstations. The first thing we should do is place the end users into the appropriate group.

Group Settings

By default there are several built-in groups divvying up the “Clients”, or end users, by their Windows OS, Activation status, whether or not they are currently online or offline, and a single group containing all clients.

If this configuration floats your boat, then by all means stick to it. If not, creating groups can be accomplished by right-clicking whitespace on the left-hand menu and selecting “Add Group”, or clicking on RMC and selecting “Add Group” from the drop-down menu. Complete this action by giving the group a name, such as “Computer Lab Room 232”, writing in a description and selecting OK.

Adding clients into your group can be done by dragging and dropping the clients into the appropriate group. Removing clients can be done the same way, or by right-clicking the desired PC and selecting “Remove from the Group” in the drop-down menu.

Deleting groups can be done from the RMC menu as well, or by right-clicking on the group and selecting “Delete Group”.

The power of grouping PCs, aside from the aesthetics, is in the precision it gives you, the administrator, the ability to tell full groups of systems in a specified grouping a set of orders, functions and policies.

For example, let’s say we have a group labeled as “Library Room 1” and we want all PCs in this group to run a certain way. In this case, we’ve told all PCs in Library Room 1 to take a new snapshot every weekday at 8:25 a.m., before the library opens. This way we know there’s a safe snapshot to load into from the morning should a problem arise.

4 - RMC Client Settings

I’ve also placed another task labeled as “Staff Room 3rd Floor” and have given it a task to wake up the PCs (WOL required) every weekday at 8:45 a.m., before the staff arrive. This ensures there’s no downtime waiting for the PCs to startup when staff starts to arrive for work.

Both of these tasks are only issued to the PCs in their specified groups, effectively giving individual groups specific policies for every PC that joins. This tool is very handy.

Taking Control

All right. We’ve got our Administrator permissions set and we’ve got our PCs placed in the appropriate group. What now?

From here on it’s a game of your design. The RMC can be configured to issue out commands to individual PCs by highlighting one, right-clicking, and selecting one of several options available, i.e. taking a new snapshot, rolling back the system, deleting snapshots, defragging, issuing commands, sending files, remoting in (Windows enterprise needed), shutting down, restarting, locking the screen, or completely changing the configuration of RollBack Rx or Drive Vaccine’s settings by selecting “Client Settings” from the menu.

5 - RMC Task Scheduler

As you can see, the Client Settings menu gives you full control over the function of the program, from its appearance to the end user down to the functioning of the program. This is one of the most useful tools the RMC has, as it allows for quick changes to be issued to connected users on the fly without the need to physically go to each machine. These can be issued individually, to groups, or to all connected machines at the same time.

Staying Informed

By this time the RMC should be up and running with your groups in place and all the configurations set out as you want them. Congratulations!

The last two notes are about staying informed, as the RMC offers two different ways to keep up to speed with 1. The Alert Settings, and 2. The Event Logs.

The Alert Settings can be found by selecting the RMC button and clicking “Alert Settings” from the drop-down menu. Once selected, a new window will appear presenting a few different options for an email to be sent out to the administrator such as if the client has been offline for a certain number of hours, or free space is getting low on the drive.

6 - RMC Alert Settings

By entering in an active email address the RMC will issue information based on these options, keeping the administrator up to speed on all of the connected clients.

Keeping an eye on the functions of the RMC and its connected PCs can be done through the Event Logs. This information is key when troubleshooting any issues. The logs can be found by selecting the RMC button and clicking “Event Logs” from the drop-down menu.

Selecting “Save As” will export the data into a “.log” file, which can be sent around easily to whoever may need it.

Finally, we come to exporting client information. The RMC allows for users to export all connected client PC information into an XML file. This can be found by selecting the RMC button and clicking on “Export client to XML” from the drop-down menu. From here, the administrator needs to write in a name and choose a save destination, then click Save.

Additional Support

If you’ve come across an issue you still don’t understand after reading through the User Guide as well as this starter guide, then feel free to get in touch with the support team here, or by calling in at 1-800-496-0148.

TechSoup Canada Now Features Horizon DataSys Software

Horizon DataSys is proud to announce its premiere instant restore software is now available for all certified nonprofits, libraries and charities on TechSoup Canada, allowing these organizations the opportunity to upgrade their PC security and backups at a low-cost price.

For years Horizon DataSys has been an active donor to TechSoup.org, a donation program set up by Bill and Melinda Gates to supply NPOs with top-quality software and tech.

However, this didn’t include the Great White North, and we felt it was time to include our Canadian family.

“Oftentimes nonprofits, libraries and charities are not capable of handing over hoards of cash to tech companies to keep their PCs secure,” said Lyle Patel, CEO and President of Horizon DataSys. “These selfless organizations shouldn’t have to shell out money to keep doing the amazing work they do. Unfortunately, viruses and malware are indiscriminate, commonly looking for the easiest and least secure systems to infect and break down. This is why we choose to donate our software to TechSoup, and now TechSoup Canada, to make it easier for these organizations to access the best PC protection services available.”

Both the company’s flagship products – RollBack Rx Professional and the leading restore on reboot software Drive Vaccine – are available to all organizations approved by TechSoup Canada.

RollBack Rx can take virtually unlimited snapshots of the hard drive covering all data, programs, drivers, and more. Snapshots are stored on the sector-level of the hard drive and protected with 256-bit AES encryption, virtually eliminating the threat of lost or damaged data due to viruses, malware, or ransomware.

Each snapshot exists outside of Windows, so if the Operating System (OS) itself is corrupted, the snapshots can still be accessed via the software’s own subsystem which boots outside of Windows.

For more information please visit Horizon DataSys online at www.horizondatasys.com, or call in toll-free at 1-800-496-0148.

To try the software for free, please follow this link and on the product page click Download Now.

About Horizon DataSys

Horizon DataSys Corporation is a privately held software company headquartered in Blaine, Washington which develops, publishes, and distributes branded computer software applications specializing in end-point PC management, OS integrity, and instant restore.

Microsoft Envision 2016: Technology of the Future (Plus, the Team is Back!)

After a long, hard week of work, the team at Horizon DataSys has finally returned from beautiful New Orleans, Louisiana after attending Microsoft Envision 2016.

While a couple of us manned a booth in the expo hall for both days of the show, challenging all who passed to crash our system with our instant recovery software RollBack Rx installed (none could, sadly), others were lucky enough to see keynotes featuring some of the biggest names in the tech industry, and beyond.

Microsoft posits the show as a place for business leaders from around the world to come together to share ideas, have conversations, and offer insights on how technology can empower business transformation. And did they deliver.

RollBack Rx Crash

Ram Sarma (mid-left) showing an attendee how to recover from a full PC crash with RollBack Rx installed.

Judging straight from the keynote speeches which included U.S. astronaut Captain Scott Kelly, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s Executive VP, Business Development Peggy Johnson, President and CEO of PayPal Dan Schulman, and Chairman of the Special Olympics Timothy P. Shriver, one could see why this trip was worth it.

The diverse group of keynote speakers gave their valuable perspectives and viewpoints to, as Microsoft puts it, “help you bring the future into focus”. With the new waves of technology sweeping into our homes and pockets every year, the future is certainly a bright one.

Swamp Tour

A good ol’ fashioned Louisiana swamp tour.

At the same time, if we weren’t rubbing shoulders with astronauts, the team got to take in the sites around New Orleans including a guided swamp tour where we got to feed wild crocodiles, a walk through the seemingly ever-busy French Quarter where we ate beignets, stopped in a couple spots along Bourbon Street, checked the wares in some voodoo shops, and listened to music outside St. Louis Cathedral. And yes, the team did eat both crawfish and alligator.

Needless to say, we worked hard last week.

These tradeshows are a great opportunity for us to present our software to a wider audience, and the Horizon DataSys team would like to personally thank each and every person who spent time with us to learn more about what we do.

As was the goal with Microsoft Envision in expanding the conversation about emerging technology and the possibilities it can bring, a part of that future is a world with continuous data protection from the likes of RollBack Rx, Drive Vaccine, Drive Cloner Rx, and Reboot Restore Rx.

Utilizing our patented sector-mapping technology, IT admins can rest easy with our software running on the drive as it sits waiting to undo viruses, malware, botched updates, user error, and ransomware in under a minute.

A big thank you goes out to Microsoft for putting on a great show. We can’t wait to see you next year in LA!

Interested in what we do? Then feel free to download and trial RollBack Rx Professional for up to 14 days by following this link: http://www.horizondatasys.com/en/products_and_solutions.aspx?ProductId=1#Download

If you want to learn more then give us a call at 1-800-496-0148 or speak to a representative live on chat at www.horizondatasys.com.

The HDS Team.

The HDS Team sailing along the Mississippi River in NOLA.

 

The Cloud, and Restore on Reboot Technology

The question comes up quite a bit when people are looking at our restore on reboot software Drive Vaccine, or its freeware little brother Reboot Restore Rx – do these programs work with the cloud?

The answer is simply and unequivocally yes.

There it is. If you wanted to know the short answer, well, there you have it.

But simply stating that fact isn’t fun enough for us, so if you aren’t satisfied yet and want to know exactly why cloud-based applications such as DropBox and Google Drive don’t just work, but work very well with our software, then keep reading.

Still here? Great. Let’s get into it.

The Cloud VS the Local Drive

All of our software works in some way shape or form by taking a “snapshot” of the entire system (data included) which is stored on the sector-level of the drive. This is the sub-space below the Windows file level which works with all the 0’s and 1’s known as binary, or sometimes referred to as machine language.

Whether you’re dealing with Reboot Restore Rx, Drive Vaccine, or the PC time machine RollBack Rx, each of these programs are built on the same foundation. You can visually get a sense of this by installing each program and upon restarting the machine you will see the corresponding splash screen/logo, which allows the user a quick few seconds to access the subsystem of the program. Take a look at the subsystem – don’t each of these programs look alike?

That’s because they are.

Now, knowing this, you can come to understand Reboot Restore Rx, Drive Vaccine, and RollBack Rx either “freeze” or “snapshot” the system in their own way. With the former, the software is taking a snapshot of the drive and on every reboot is automatically restoring the snapshot. This works the same way with Drive Vaccine, except Drive Vaccine has a couple more snapshots available (the LGK and Installation state). RollBack Rx can essentially be thought of as an “unlimited” version of these two programs without a built-in auto-restore function. While its brethren are working with up to a few snapshots, RollBack Rx is free to take as many as the drive can handle, and will only recall those snapshots on specific parameters the end user creates.

All of these “snapshots” are stored locally on the sector-level of the drive. The reason the programs do this is so when a user makes a mistake or gets a PC infection such as a virus, malware, or ransomware, then these viruses are not able to locate and infect another snapshot. This allows the user to load into any snapshot on the system at their leisure, undoing any problems created in another snapshot state.

Let me reiterate – all of these “snapshots” from Reboot Restore Rx, Drive Vaccine, and RollBack Rx, are all stored on the local drive. They cannot be moved off the local drive or stored on another partition unless the user uses our imaging software Drive Cloner Rx to backup the system and its snapshots.

This is where the cloud comes in handy.

With Google Drive, Dropbox, or any of the many cloud-based solutions out there “syncing data into the cloud” boils down to simply uploading and storing those files onto an external drive, which is usually on those companies’ servers. The beauty of the cloud is as long as the user has an Internet connection and proper login credentials, they can open and view their files from several devices such as a smartphone, tablet, or PC, and share that data with other users. This is great for all kinds of users, as important data can be stored offsite in case of hardware failure.

Do you see where we’re going with this yet?

Our software is all about the local drive. The cloud is the opposite, and focuses on everything off the local drive. In fact, pairing these two types of software is the perfect match.

Covering all angles

Reboot Restore Rx, Drive Vaccine, and RollBack Rx all take care of the local drive and its contents in their own ways. But not all problems can be managed by a single solution, and in case of a hardware failure for instance offsite backups are necessary to ensure important data is available and safe.

The cloud offers this ability, and our software does not interfere with these programs and their capabilities.

Best PC Protection for Schools and Universities

In the IT world it doesn’t matter if you work in public or private schools, universities or colleges, as the challenges are always going to be the same. On one hand you have the student body that are there to learn, and their teachers don’t care about anything other than giving them the tools to do so. In nearly all cases, this means access to computers for conducting research, attending computer science class, or any variation in between.

This means having one goal – computers that stay up and running no matter what curious minds may do.

On the other hand you have the administration. Staff PCs which hold invaluable data/records of the staff and students together. This information is crucial, as it not only contains records which affect the future lives of these students, but also keeps the school running its day-to-day operations efficiently. If this goes down, well… we don’t want to think about it.

Once again, the goal is to keep these computers up and running no matter what curious minds may do.

In the Computer Lab

Students are naturally curious and explorative. This is a great mindset to have as a young, eager learner of the world. However, occasionally, this can lead to trouble. This also puts the IT department in a catch-22 situation. How much freedom do we allow students to have, without compromising the computers themselves?

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Horizon DataSys’ system restore software Drive Vaccine, and its Microsoft SteadyState alternative Reboot Restore Rx are designed with this teaching environment in mind. If somehow a virus were to attack the PC, malware, ransomware, or direct deletion of system files and/or registry keys, both of these restore on reboot programs will revert the system back to a predefined, pristine state.

The software works by capturing the state of the machine as defined by the IT administrator. Upon every reboot, logoff, idle time, or set schedule (hourly, daily, weekly, etc.), the program will simply restore the state and undo any changes, catastrophic or not.

That way your IT admin can sleep at night knowing the PCs are always protected, and the students can have fun learning without running into constant restrictions imposed on them despite their goodwill. We call it a win-win situation.

In the Office

While our restore on reboot software works great in environments where data on the local drive is not going to be changed, this doesn’t work for the administration and staff PCs, as critical data is constantly in flux.

This is why we made our instant recovery software RollBack Rx Professional.

The program works efficiently in the background, without any user knowledge (unless the IT admin sets it as so). On a set schedule, the program will take snapshots of the local drive, storing any and all data at that point in time on the sector-level of the harddrive. Should a PC suffer a ransomware attack, get infected with a virus, be bogged down through malware and adware, or simply suffer a faulty driver or botched Windows update, RollBack Rx Professional will be able to restore from any of its stored snapshots in just a few moments.

RollBack Rx Professional and Drive Vaccine also come with a free centralized management tool, so your IT admin doesn’t even have to get up from his or her desk to resolve a PC problem.

Want to learn more?

At Horizon DataSys our North American based sales and technical staff are ready to chat via a live chat service, phone call, or through a ticketing system between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you want to learn more about our software, or to get a quote, feel free to contact us. We’re always happy to chat.

How to Get Rid of Ransomware – Use Instant Restore

Ransomware. A vicious virus infecting PCs globally using a simple but effective method to exploit money out of the end user – encryption.

Encrypting files is nothing new. Businesses do it all the time using encryption software such as BitLocker to keep their files locked up and keeping the only access key inside their virtual pockets. This is, and should be, considered best practice.

Ransomware inputs its own encryption on the drive without providing the key to access it. Well, not until the end user pays (and sometimes not even then). For a business with sensitive data files it needs to continue operating, paying off the typically ~$500USD ransom is worth it over losing potentially years’ worth of work. This is how ransomware thrives – it knows the price point is low enough to get businesses to pay, and with anonymous payment via BitCoin and Tor web browsers any trace linking the cyber-criminal to the crime is virtually erased.

Getting the virus onto the PC is even easier. Google “ransomware” and you’ll read thousands upon thousands of articles of businesses, government offices, schools, home users, and even police stations getting infected. This is because ransomware comes in many different disguises and all it takes is one user to click a link they shouldn’t have to activate the virus.

How it starts…

Think of Suzie in Accounting. Maybe Suzie is waiting on an invoice to come in from a client. She’s sipping coffee, checking her favorite blog, when suddenly an email notification appears onscreen. “INVOICE 1552” it reads. Suzie clicks the email and in the body of the message it contains a vague-yet-slightly-accurate paragraph telling Suzie an invoice has arrived. Without thinking about it, she clicks the attachment claiming to be an invoice. After all, why wouldn’t she?

Unbeknownst to her, Suzie just inadvertently infected her PC and soon to be the rest of the PCs in the business with ransomware. All it takes is one person for this to happen, as ransomware likes to find attached networks and start infecting those too.

By this point, I hope you see why ransomware is so dangerous. It takes one lapse in judgment to get into the business and start spreading. Within a few hours the virus can bring the business to a standstill.

How do we stop it?

At this point most IT technicians will tell you the only way to stop it is to have constant backups stored offsite. If infected, start nuking the old machines and restoring from those backups. This method is rather scorched earth, but it gets the job done.

Recently, Malwarebytes announced a beta version of their anti-ransomware software. At the moment it has been known to stop quite a few leading ransomwares from infecting the PC.

Antivirus and anti-malware can’t stop an infection from ransomware if an end user decides to run an attachment found in their email by accident. In fact, nothing will.

RollBack Rx has flown under the radar for its anti-ransomware capabilities. But our instant recovery software can get an infected machine back up and running inside of a few minutes. How? It’s simple. Once installed RollBack Rx will take snapshots of the PC on a schedule defined by the administrator. These snapshots are not Windows file-level backups, but rather lock and encrypt the drive and all its information at the time it was taken on the sector-level of the drive. Ransomwares currently do not run on the sector-level and therefore these snapshots cannot be infected.

With RollBack Rx getting out of ransomware infections is as easy as loading into a snapshot taken an hour before. Maybe you lost the work from the past hour, but that’s nothing compared to the headache and anxiety from an unprotected PC and network.

For more information on RollBack Rx click here.

Windows 8 Support is Over – How to Stay Protected

Today (Jan. 12, 2016) marks the final day Microsoft officially supports Windows 8, as well as Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10. This means any new malware, virus, or bug will no longer be patched in these programs/OS’s by the tech-giant, exposing those users to potential new threats in the future.

While it’s not unusual for a company to drop support of older versions of their programs – or in this case an entire operating system – the ultimate goal here is to push more users to adopt Windows 10 and Microsoft’s new web browser Microsoft Edge. If not, the message to their end users is essentially, “too bad.”

But Windows 8 users don’t have to be put out to pasture.

How to Stay Protected

Horizon DataSys’ instant recovery software RollBack Rx Professional and Home Editions provide data and security protection against malware, viruses, bugs, failed updates, and more. Just because Windows 10 will be the only OS now receiving security patches doesn’t mean our software can’t help protect against new threats Windows 8 no longer recognizes.

The software works by creating snapshots on a schedule defined by the administrator.  These snapshots capture the PC at the point in time they were taken including all data and drivers. This information is then stored and encrypted on the sector-level of the disk – below Windows. This placement further protects the PC from malicious Windows infections.

“Don’t AV’s Do the Job?”

Typical antivirus software uses its “definitions” and “signatures”, which are essentially tags of known malicious code. If a tag is found then the code is not allowed to run and will instead be quarantined and/or deleted.

However, whenever a new virus or malware is created there is no “tag” yet put on the code. This allows cyber-criminals to infect PC’s until antivirus/anti-malware companies get a piece of that code and tag it, then issue out the update to their end users. This can take time, leaving millions of machines exposed to new threats until it’s caught by these companies.

Strong Support

With RollBack Rx the end user will have safe restore points they can load in seconds, even if Windows has been crippled and fails to load. If a new virus, malware, or ransomware strain starts to spread RollBack Rx can load into its snapshots and undo potential damage.

Even though Windows 8 is no longer supported, RollBack Rx is.

Updates: Security Boost; Drive Cloner Rx 6 & Win10

Happy New Year! Updates, software upgrade

As it is finally 2016, the team here decided to put out a slew of important updates over the holidays for all of RollBack Rx, Drive Vaccine, and Drive Cloner Rx users. While some of these update details include the usual minor bug reported and fixed by our end users, this round includes some very important upgrades as well.

Windows 10 Compatibility

First off – Drive Cloner Rx v6.0 is now Windows 10 compatible!

Get that full 360-degree protection of our instant recovery software RollBack Rx and our imaging software Drive Cloner Rx on Microsoft’s newest OS. As of Jan. 4, 2016, 200-million users had already adopted Windows 10. We didn’t want to leave Drive Cloner Rx users out to pasture, so be sure to download the most recent build (2700899268) to take full advantage of the program.

The Updates

Our restore on reboot software Drive Vaccine has been given a driver security overhaul, is now able to handle machines with larger RAM on UEFI-based systems, and features the ability to update/reset the installation snapshot through the use of command line switches.

Finally, as with Drive Vaccine, RollBack Rx has been given a driver security overhaul to make it harder to crack, as well as the capability to handle larger RAM on UEFI-based systems.

Moving Forward

We’re always in a state of constant flux at HDS – changing what needs to be changed, cutting the unnecessary, and fixing any problems we come across. That’s why moving forward the team here is going to be focusing on reporting any and all issues the software is having with our users. Look forward to a monthly newsletter which will feature the first round of bugs being worked on in the coming weeks.

As always, it is highly recommended to download and install the latest builds of our software. To keep up to speed on our latest news, be sure to visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Have a great 2016.