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Best PC Protection for Schools and Universities

By February 26, 2016 No Comments

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.