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Nov
18

More than 400 million devices are running Windows 10 in 192 countries across the world. As support dwindles for the previous operating systems those numbers are going to continue to grow as more and more users will adopt Microsoft’s “last OS”.

This means we need to keep up, and we’re working hard to do just that.

Microsoft brought over a feature from their tablets and iterations of Windows 8/8.1 called Secure Boot, which relies on UEFI specified boot functionality to prevent malicious software or unauthorized operating systems from loading during the system start-up process. This essentially clamps down on applications which try and edit the boot record or make unauthorized changes during boot-up.

Our software requires a change to the boot record in order to run its restore before Windows loads, as well as gives users the ability to load into the subsystem.

RollBack Rx Home and Professional as well as Reboot Restore Rx and Reboot Restore Rx Professional do have Authenticode for Windows 10 Secure Boot. Our software works on most of the Windows 10 systems with Secure Boot enabled. However, some users are still reporting problems – why?

Secure Boot is a feature – a software code – in the UEFI BIOS. Since it is a software it could have a bug. Some PC manufacturer’s own Secure Boot code has bugs in it, making it incompatible with Microsoft’s own Authenticode. This is what’s behind the problems we’ve seen so far.

Culprits so far include HP, Dell, and Lenovo.

While we’re going to continue to work to get our software running cleanly through any manufacturer, it’s also a matter of those manufacturers getting their own code up to date. If you are experiencing a problem with our software being flagged as not digitally signed this means you are using one of those bugged versions. In this case, please send in a support ticket at support.horizondatasys.com and let us know the manufacturer and the make/model of your PC. Afterwards, please uninstall our software, then disable SecureBoot, then reinstall our software.

We will continue to work on our end to make our software run clean and efficient on those machines, just as it does on hundreds of thousands of others.

Thanks!

~The Horizon DataSys Team


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Oct
21

Today Horizon DataSys announced a rebranding of the world’s leading restore on reboot software Drive Vaccine to Reboot Restore Rx Professional, positioning the program as the next logical step up from the freeware Reboot Restore Rx.

Previously, Drive Vaccine was pushed as the “upgraded” version of Reboot Restore Rx, offering additional features the freeware version lacked such as centralized management, password protection, command line switch capabilities and more. As Reboot Restore Rx Professional this will not change.

However, due to feedback from our end users who reported confusion when looking to upgrade from Reboot Restore Rx and not understanding the best upgrade path, Horizon DataSys has deemed the rebrand necessary.

“Software choice should not be complicated, and when using a freeware program it should make absolute sense from the end user’s perspective of what to upgrade to without having to spend potentially hours doing research,” said Lyle Patel, CEO and President of Horizon DataSys. “We’ve got RollBack Rx Home Edition, and it makes immediate sense to our customers who want to upgrade to go for RollBack Rx Professional. We’re simply continuing with this trend, putting Drive Vaccine to rest, and going forward from now on with Reboot Restore Rx Professional.”

The code itself will be no different from Drive Vaccine, so users familiar with the program will find no differences when transitioning to the latest version, which includes the rebrand.

However, along with a rebrand also comes a facelift for the GUI itself.

“Frankly, it’s overdue,” Patel said. “Drive Vaccine looks like a bit of a ‘90s kid. With our new, redesigned interface we bring ourselves to the modern age of technology.”

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


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Jun
3
Yes, We're Windows 10 Compatible
Posted by Samuel Smith on 03 Jun 2016

Hey folks!

We here at Horizon DataSys wanted to send out a quick reminder to all of our users that yes, we are and have been Windows 10 compatible since October 2015.

This does require an update to v10.4 of RollBack Rx and/or v10.5 of Drive Vaccine in order to run properly. All older builds of the software will not run properly, sometimes resulting in fatal errors if allowed to be installed on Windows 10.

Download and trial the latest version of RollBack Rx Professional from this link directly: http://bit.ly/1XWtSLY

Be sure to read through our User Guide: http://bit.ly/1XWtQno

Have a great day!


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Aug
24

Horizon DataSys announced today (Aug. 24, 2015) a new build for their Windows system restore solution RollBack Rx Professional and Drive Vaccine which patches three security vulnerabilities found in each program.

The security flaws exposed can be used to bypass Windows user privileges, bypass the pre-OS start-up, and modify the Access Control section within the software itself.

Due to the severity of this release it is highly recommended all users update to this latest build to have the most secure version of the product running.

The vulnerabilities were discovered by Joe Kovacic, CEO of itSoftware, a company which specializes in anti-malware technology.

“There is value in occasionally assuming the role of an ethical hacker,” Kovacic said. “Doing so gives me insight into how malicious actors exploit and bypass software technologies – whether that may be useful backup software like RollBack Rx or itSoftware’s own anti-malware technology. With that information, companies like Horizon DataSys and itSoftware are better capable of hardening our products and protecting our customers.”

The exploits discovered by Kovacic affect all previous versions and builds of RollBack Rx and our instant recovery software Drive Vaccine, as well as our freewares RollBack Rx Home Edition and Reboot Restore Rx. The patches for the latter two will be available by the end of August.

Once again, we here at Horizon DataSys highly recommend updating to the most recent build of the aforementioned programs to have the most secure version running.

We sincerely thank itSoftware and Kovacic for the hard work put into discovering and relating this information to our development team.

If you have Annual Maintenance and/or are currently using version 10.0 and above you qualify for a free upgrade. If not, you may inquire about how to upgrade by either chatting with a representative at www.horizondatasys.com, or by calling us directly at 1-800-496-0148.

You can directly download the latest versions by visiting the product pages tab at the top of our homepage.

For more information on itSoftware or to get in touch with the company, please visit www.itSoSafe.com.

For any support related questions or inquiries, please go to our support portal.

For security reasons we will not be detailing how the previous versions were cracked.

~The Horizon DataSys Team


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Aug
6

Microsoft’s newest operating system (OS) Windows 10 is out.

On July 29, 2015 the new OS has been made available to the public and Microsoft has promised all Windows 7 and 8 owners the option to upgrade for free within one year of its release. That’s an enticing offer, and we anticipate many of our users will want to upgrade in that time.

However, it’s important to note officially RollBack Rx Professional and Home versions 10.3, Drive Vaccine version 10.4, Drive Cloner Rx 5.1, and Reboot Restore Rx are not compatible with Windows 10.  A new update is needed for all our programs which we are planning to release as our next major upgrade to bring us up to RollBack Rx version 11, Drive Vaccine version 11, and with Drive Cloner Rx’s upgrade to be announced soon after those are complete.

Our developers, after looking into the Windows 10 Preview and anticipating the necessary changes to make RollBack Rx compatible, are predicting a six-month period after Windows 10′s release to have it up and running. Therefore the goal for us is to have our software fully functional with a redesigned GUI by January, 2016.

While we understand many of our users will want to use our software on Windows 10 as soon as possible, this timeline is necessary when dealing with a program such as ours as it functions not just on the Windows file level, but the sector level as well. This allows our programs to have tighter security and integral failsafes, but it also means a deeper overhaul when dealing with a new OS to ensure the quality of the product stays intact.

Until then our users should not install any of our instant recovery software such as RollBack Rx, Drive Vaccine, Drive Cloner Rx, or the Microsoft steadystate alternative Reboot Restore Rx on any Windows 10 machine. While internally initial tests have shown the OS to successfully allow an install, the subsequent use (i.e. taking/loading of snapshots, restoring the LGK in Drive Vaccine, etc.) has varied results.

If you do plan on upgrading to Windows 10 prior to the release of version 11, you must uninstall our software first.

(Original article: http://blog.horizondatasys.com/a-road-map-for-windows-10-and-rollback-rx/)


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