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Our users have written 17 comments and reviews about Deep Freeze, and it has gotten 105 likes

Deep Freeze was added to AlternativeTo by NuAngel on Oct 28, 2009 and this page was last updated Oct 28, 2021.

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Top positive commentApr 25, 2023

I like Deep Freeze Reboot Restore, because it always protects you, if you have to shop online it is recommended to reboot as a precaution. Sometimes I turn off the Deep Freeze Reboot Restore protection to do all the computer and program updates then I put the protection back on and use the computer quietly, if I have to store documents you can use google Drive or similar products myself with Deep Freeze Reboot Restore I always recommend it.

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Top positive commentFeb 8, 2017

Recently evaluated Deep Freeze Cloud for a customer. Set it up for them a month later.

What we got

  • Deep Freeze (It can be controlled from a web console as well as mobile app)
  • Application control/ whitelisting
  • Desktop lockdown (Similar to group policies, but easier)
  • Anti-virus + Web filter + Firewall + Anti-rootkit + Anti-spyware
  • Usage monitoring & stats
  • Automatic software updater Plus lots of other features which you can check on their website.

This platform has worked extremely well for all my customers so far. Support is very responsive. Truth be told, most light virtualization software end up causing some conflict with other software/ serups.

So for me, it is important to have a reliable vendor with good support, along with a reliable software.

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Top negative commentAug 25, 2016

I've been a long time customer of Faronics. I started using Deep Freeze back in 2003.

At the time, they were the only real alternative to Windows Steady State that I knew of, and their pricing was pretty fair. Product itself was great.

As the years went on, I noticed that the program more or less stayed the same. There wasn't any new features per se, just support for this and support for that. Don't get me wrong, I like that the program supports Dropbox, but logistically, it shouldn't conflict with Dropbox in the first place!

There were some issues I had that I found, primarily in regards to installing Updates. Don't expect to be installing updates easily. There were times where I had to play around with a bunch of nonsense to get the program to update automatically.

I've since switched over to Drive Vaccine. It's very similar, but it's easier to use and has features I wish Deep Freeze had. As a long time customer I don't want to have to jump ship, but close to a decade with no real improvements? Like what am I paying you an annual fee for?

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Joseph Peni
Positive commentJan 10, 2021

My PC was infected with ransomware and I lost many files. I always backup my C: drive so I was able to restore my operating sytem. I lost some files on my D: drive due to the ransomware so now I always backup this drive more often as well.

My solution to this ransomware problem is to use Deep Freeze ( to protect all files on drive C:. Deep Freeze redirects all information written to the hard drive to an allocation table, leaving the original data intact. With a reboot, any unwelcome or unwanted changes are removed from the system, restoring it to its pristine Frozen state.

The inconvenience of having to save active files on another drive is no problem. Deep Freeze allows you to temporarily deactivate (thaw) the program so you can periodically update Windows or add programs to the protected drives.

I also recommend updating any protected drives with any added or revised data routinely so all new files are also protected. For example - if you own a business and have important client and financial data - you could add the new or revised files once a day to a protected drive so they can be restored in case of a ransomware attack

It is unfortunate that malware and ransomware make it necessary to protect your files, but this method works for me. I have many irreplaceable files that I do not want to lose, so I use this as my selected safety measure.

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CommentMar 27, 2018

Shadow Defender is the best app ever to replace deepfreeze. give it a try

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No, it's not, it's not maintained.

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Negative commentNov 26, 2017

I downloaded the file and when I opened it, DF immediately froze my computer! Worse, the geeks at DF couldn't tell me how to unfreeze or uninstall it. Finally one suggested I change my computer clock to fool it and run out the trial period. I still couldn't uninstall it.

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Positive commentNov 3, 2016

Deep Freeze

  • Does what it promises

  • Works with Mac & all Windows versions

  • Suited for enterprise environments

  • Support is very responsive

  • Maintenance fees are there , but its optional.

ALTERNATIVES Reboot Restore - Freeware is ok, but limited features. Not recommended for enterprise environments. Known to cause conflicts in enterprise environments. Support issues take months to get resolved. Drive Vaccine - It is discontinued now I guess. I've faced a lot of issues with it so not going there again TimeMachine - Works only for Apple products SmartShield - Used to be good. But ok support Lethe - Use at your own peril.

For regulation/ compliance needs, go for Deep Freeze. More reliable & good support. If you have 5-10 PCs & your needs are limited, go for Timefreeze or Lethe- or Reboot to Restore

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Hey Techzilla!

Sam here from Horizon DataSys - the developers of Reboot Restore Rx and Drive Vaccine (which has been renamed to Reboot Restore Rx Pro). Sorry to hear of the issues you've faced! If you're ever wanting to look at the program again feel free to contact me and I'd be happy to discuss any problems you faced and see if it's something that can be resolved.

Either way, have yourself a Happy Holidays!

Reply written Dec 22, 2016

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hey I just installed Reboot Restore Rx (the free version) and I personally did not like it. The startup takes longer but it can be tolerable. There is 2 main issue for me: The first one u can just disable it which is not appropriate for class environment- a student can disable it easily- (I m wondering if the pro version asks for a pass when you wanna disable it.) The second problem I can get the image of computer after I installed the program, it basically starts from the boot like acronics. When I wanted get image of computer I clicked on CD option from startup menu for acronics cd it started then reboot restore rx stopped the program to load and started for restoring and windows started normally. so basically I cant get the image of pc when I installed Reboot restore rx

Reply written Jan 25, 2018

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